The Live Oak Pastoral Care Associates are members and friends of Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Congregation who are trained to assist the Minister 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 help us 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 Live Oak Caring Network is available to provide 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 two coordinators, 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 need any of the above help, please contact the current Caring Network Coordinators, Priscilla Marchus and Mary Dochterman. Please contact Live Oak’s Administrator at 967-7867 for that contact information. The Caring Network Coordinator will then contact volunteers to help get you the help you need.