Statement of Purpose
As a faith community of individuals, called by name and joined in love and commitment to God, we seek to provide an opportunity for each person in the Pullen community to give and receive care and experience a sense of belonging.
Joys & Concerns Shared in Worship
During our prayer time in worship each Sunday, joys and concerns in our Pullen extended family are shared. Persons wishing for illnesses, deaths or major celebrations to be voiced in worship should contact one of the ministers prior to Sunday morning to request that they be included. You can also call the church office during the week to ask that concerns be added to the white board in the office, which alerts church members and staff of needs in our community.
Ministry to Home-Based Members
A Pastoral Care Group of Pullen members extends our ministry to those members unable to attend church services regularly, contacting them through periodic visits or by phone. Church office volunteers send bulletins and sermons to home-based members.
This ministry offers support and resources to Pullen people and their families immediately following a hospital stay as needed.
This group extends a caring and helping hand to Pullen people who need occasional help with personal or family tasks due to illness, injury or hardship.
- Transportation to worship or local medical appointments
- Emergency child care
- Small flower arrangements are available in the east-side information room for members to take to those who might enjoy a colorful touch from their congregation.
- A card ministry reaches out to those mentioned in Sunday prayers.
- On Sunday mornings, volunteers are available at the back door of the church to assist worshipers with mobility limitations.
- An LGBTQ support group provides resources, conversation and community.
Facilitator: Jill Hinton
The hours and days following the death of a loved one are difficult times. Pullen members and groups offer important acts of kindness to grieving family members.
- Phone calls, cards and visits: Staff and members offer support in the weeks following the death of a loved one.
- Comfort Meals: Ministry teams offer care through the provision of food to those who are grieving the loss of a loved one.
- Funeral Receptions: At the time of a funeral or memorial service, the church provides either a family meal or a reception after the service so that those in attendance can greet the family.
Visitor & New Member Support
Through its commitment to fully support individuals who visit and/or join Pullen, this ministry seeks to provide information, make a personal contact and offer encouragement as people integrate into the life and ministry of Pullen Church.
Building Tours: Tours of our building are gladly offered when newcomers request them.
Greeting Visitors After Worship: Visitors are greeted after worship each Sunday in the parlor so that newcomers to Pullen can ask questions about our church.
Sunday Morning Coffee Hour is held each Sunday morning between Sunday Groups and worship from 10:30—11:00 AM in Finlator Hall starting September 17, 2017. These gatherings provide an opportunity for newcomers to get a cup of coffee or tea and meet Pullen members and staff in an informal setting.
New Members: New members are introduced to the congregation, not only on the Sundays they respond to the invitation, but also through spotlights in subsequent issues of Pullen News and on the new-member bulletin board outside the church office. Each new member or family unit receives a packet of helpful information, which includes church histories, directory of the membership, constitution/bylaws and brochures describing the various facets of Pullen life. A mentor is also provided for new members who would like to have personal help finding their way around our church and its ministries.
Facilitator: Frank Farmer
Pullen’s Crisis Ministry offers immediate response to Pullen people in the event of a personal or family crisis. The pastors and other appropriate caregiving groups respond to and assess needs at the time of crisis and offer support in the days immediately following the crisis.
The Inclusion Ministry focuses on supporting all members of the congregation to fully participate in church life by assisting the church in meeting the needs of members who have special needs. We offer special support for children and youth so they can fully participate in our ministries with their peers.
Circles of Support
A Circle of Support is a group that agrees to meet on a regular basis to help individuals or families accomplish certain personal visions or goals when they are unable to do so on their own. The Circle provides support and takes action to achieve the named goals. Quaker-style Clearness Committees are formed when requested for members who desire input when making significant life decisions.
About the Congregational Care Council
We seek to:
- Assist the pastors in caring for Pullen people in times of need.
- Help Pullen groups and individuals discover, develop, and utilize their diverse gifts in the care of the community.
- Provide support and opportunities for each individual to experience a sense of belonging.
Council members are nominated by the Nominating Committee and serve a three-year term.
How to Receive Or Provide Care
For more information on any of these ministries, to volunteer to serve or to receive care, contact one of Pullen’s pastors.