Sick/Suffering Ministries


Pain happens. Illness and loss, injuries, failure, and loneliness are common wounds in our world.

Prayer is a powerful force against sickness and a help that soothes our suffering and brings peace during times of distress. During our 9am service we offer anointed healing and intercessory prayer at a prayer desk to the left of the altar immediately following communion. Being present for another and sharing support is another way in which we bring God’s love into the world.


Hospital visitation, counseling, and support in times of hardship or suffering performed by both clergy and our Lay Eucharistic Ministers.


A volunteer group of church members make comforting prayer blankets for delivery to the sick, those grieving a loss, those in need of employment, battling addictions or for anyone experiencing a tough season in their lives. A special prayer for the person in need is said with each knot tied. The blankets are then prayed over by the whole congregation and blessed by the rector before delivery. The person receiving the blanket is literally wrapped in prayer and love. The cost per blanket is approximately $35 if you would like to donate to this beautiful outreach ministry.


Nine times in Holy Scripture we are reminded that ALL believers have been called to be a kingdom of priests, commanded to serve those in need for the glory of God! This is why we have Lay (non-ordained) people who help assist the priest in administering the sacraments of holy communion: the consecrated bread and wine. They may also take the sacraments to those who are ill, in need of the Lord’s care, or otherwise unable to attend Mass. Calvary’s LEMs usually visit two to three people each week, bringing them communion, praying with them and sharing news from Calvary, letting them know that even though they may not be able to get to church they are in our prayers, hearts and a part of our community!


Everybody can fall on hard times and the Episcopal church has long dedicated funds to help assist people in the congregation and the surrounding communities who need assistance with gas money, food, train fare, and other occasional needs. These funds come primarily from the open plate offerings on the first Sunday of each month. Additional money may be donated or raised by the congregation specifically for this use. The rector and/or almoner is in charge of distributing and managing these funds.


Love is one thing we definitely aren’t in short supply of at Calvary! The Love Fund is to be used for one-time grants to meet emergency and extraordinary needs of the members of the congregation and their households. The Love Fund was set up under Father Castle’s direction, and receives ongoing funding from donations specifically designated for  the fund.


Dealing with addiction or the addictions of family members is terribly trying for everyone involved. Calvary is proud to provide space for those in recovery to meet and benefit from each other’s counsel at Calvary.

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How We Serve with Pastoral Care and Love
  • Need rides to Church?

    This ministry provides rides to those who are unable to drive themselves to our weekly worship services, or on occasion, special Calvary events. If you are in need, know someone who is, or want to become a part of this ministry, please contact the Calvary office at

  • Would a visit help?

    Do you know someone who is homebound or hospitalized and might enjoy a visit from someone at Calvary? Are you interested in becoming a visitor for those in need? If you would like to help, or know someone who would like a visit, please contact Deacon Marvin at or Ada Carrasco at

  • Receiving cards in the mail is better than bills!

    This ministry sends out loving cards to those who are ill, hospitalized or dealing with difficult life transitions. Stamps and cards can be provided by Calvary if needed. If you know someone who may appreciate a card or you would like to send cards out to others, please contact Lynda Neely at or Carla Castle at

  • Communion brought to you

    Are you, or someone you know, homebound or hospitalized and wish to receive communion? Are you interested in helping serve in this way? Please contact Please contact Deacon Marvin at

  • Wrap someone in prayer

    Our prayer blankets comfort those who are ill or hurting. If you know someone in need, or would like to help out with this ministry, please contact Jan Bruesch at

  • Could a phone call cheer someone up?

    Do you know someone who could benefit from a friendly phone call? This ministry is for people who like to check in via phone with those who are ill, hospitalized, homebound or otherwise in need. If you are interested in serving in this way, or know someone who could benefit from a friendly phone call, please contact contact Lynda Neely at or Carla Castle at

  • Need prayers or enjoy praying for others?

    This ministry is made up of people who feel led by God to pray continuously with or for those in need. If you would like to serve the community through prayer, or know someone who could benefit from Calvary’s prayers, please contact please contact Deacon Marvin at or Lynda Neely at

  • Food made with love!

    This ministry is for people who enjoy making and delivering a meal for those in our community who are in need due to illness or injury. If you know a family or someone who could benefit from this ministry, or would like to serve on this ministry, please contact our office at