The Live Oak Pastoral Care Associates are members and friends of Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Congregation who are trained to assist Rev. Tamara Casanova Suzuki in caring for our Live Oak Community.
Our mission is to provide compassionate listening and support for people in the congregation who are experiencing crisis, grief, illness, or other of life’s challenges. We strive to offer loving support on behalf of the whole congregation, and to deepen our own lives through service to others.
Functions of the Pastoral Care Associate Ministry (PCA)
The members of the Pastoral Care Associate Ministry are available to provide compassionate listening and support to members and friends in need. The PCA takes an active role in the weekly service by lighting candles and recording the Joys and Sorrows of our community.
At our monthly meetings we talk about those people at Live Oak who are in particular need, and determine how best to reach out and help them (all of our conversations are kept confidential). We also read and discuss material to develop and refine our understanding and skills as listeners.
During the absence of the Minister, each member of the PCA rotates being on-call for pastoral care emergencies. The PCA on call will be listed in our weekly newsletter, The Acorn.
The current members of the Pastoral Care Associate Ministry are Ken Solter (chair), Priscilla Marchus, Craig Garvin, Colleen Poulsen, Roberta Weissglass, Elaine Sears and Jeanne Northsinger.
The Live Oak Caring Network is available to provide short-term assistance such as transportation and meals to members and friends of Live Oak who are struggling through difficult times.
The Caring Network is a program overseen by Live Oak’s Pastoral Care Associates. Through coordinator Colleen Poulsen, the Caring Network connects Live Oak volunteers to members of our community who are in need of concrete assistance.
Our Caring Network can provide the following:
- Rides to/from medical appointments
- Rides to/from worship on Sunday morning
- Errands (e.g., grocery shopping, picking up prescription medication, etc.)
If you can help provide this kind of short-term support in times of need, or if you need this kind of help, please contact Rev. Tamara, Ken Solter, or Live Oak’s Administrator, Clacey at 967-7867.