A Time of Shared Faith and Hope
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).
Recognizing the deep personal and spiritual significance of every struggle with cancer, Central offers a special ministry for cancer survivors and their families. As a “time of shared faith and hope,” it is an opportunity to tell our stories, acknowledge our ongoing needs, share our faith and hope, and become strengthened through informal personal conversation, interaction with our evening’s speaker, and worship.
We meet at the church, in the Study Class room off Tull Fellowship Hall, normally on the first Sunday of each month, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m., September through May. Specific meeting times and places are regularly announced in The Weekly and during Sunday worship. While the underground parking garage is closed at this hour, there is ample parking in the church’s alley and on surrounding streets.
Our meetings are simple, warm, and friendly. We generally begin with light refreshments and brief self-introductions, followed by an informal speaker on a topic of common interest, which can be explicitly spiritual and reflective or down-to-earth and practical—or both. Time is allotted for questions, discussion, and mutually supportive conversation, and we end each meeting with a brief time of worship.
This ministry is rooted and grounded in faith. Its primary purpose is to strengthen Christian faith and hope through the fellowship and good times we share. It is this feature that principally distinguishes this ministry from other kinds of cancer support groups in the community, although they too can be helpful, and we consider it a part of our mission to make information available about those support groups and about other resources.
Anyone who has had cancer or is a family member or close friend of a cancer survivor is welcome to attend, whether or not they are members of Central. As a point of clarification, this ministry is not intended for persons who have lost a loved one to cancer, but rather for all who have survived the disease and are living with its continuing threat, however keenly or dimly felt, and others who are close to them. It is a ministry as much for family and close friends as for the survivors themselves.
Our ministry is sponsored by Central’s Board of Deacons and is directly planned and carried out by a small committee. Any of us would be happy to hear from anyone interested in participating in these meetings or who has questions about them.
For more information, contact Rev. Steve Bacon.