Well Beings (Community Care)
As a congregation, we all play a part in promoting a community of compassion, caring and support. Sometimes, we need more than words of encouragement or a hug from a friend. This is when the Well Beings Care Team can offer the needed support. Care Team members are volunteers from our congregation that are skilled/gifted in compassionate listening and caring.
Team members may: visit persons who are ill at home or in the hospital; support those experiencing a major life transition or personal crisis; maintain contact with individuals unable to attend church due to illness or other reason; support family and friends involved in care giving; comfort the bereaved; assist with spiritual support; and help individuals find the resources they need.
At Highlands Church we care about the wellbeing of our community (physical, emotional, spiritual, relational, financial and other.) We bring all of our life experiences with us as we continue to navigate the relational and spiritual journeys we find ourselves on. Some of those experiences have built us up, others have wounded us, and together they have helped to shape the way we see life, ourselves, other persons and God.
We offer periodic workshops/groups designed to help us better understand why we are who we are; how to identify and build on our strengths; and ways to embrace healing as we grow through the challenging moments of life. Additionally, we will help connect you to resources and support systems within the community.
To learn more about any of our services please contact Cindy Wells at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone/text at 720.989.5695.
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS OFFERED AT HIGHLANDS CHURCH:
Advance Care Planning — 10 am–12 pm, Saturday, Aug 19, Holiday Theatre
Did you know that only 25% of Americans have put their medical care wishes in writing? Fewer than 20% of faith communities offer education for their congregations related to end-of-life, serious illness or advanced care planning. Common reasons why people have not completed Advanced Directives include-belief that these forms can only be completed by an attorney; thinking they are not at “that” age; and, not wanting to think about illness and dying. Advanced care planning is relevant for persons of all ages, those providing care for a loved one and anyone wanting peace of mind in such matters.
Natalie DeVille, LCSW, Life Care Manager at Lutheran Family Services, will help clarify the steps in this process-assessing your values, selecting a decision maker, talking with your loved ones about your wishes, understanding forms specific to Colorado, such as Living Will and Medical Power of Attorney, and when and how these documents are used. LFS received a grant to provide this service to faith communities at no cost.
Estate Planning – Myths, Misconceptions and Truths — 10–11:30 am, Sat, Sep 9, Holiday Theatre
Your estate planning documents do not necessarily govern the disposition of all of your assets. Would you like to learn some of the most common myths and misconceptions about estate planning? Please attend if you do not have an estate plan, would like to update your current plan, would like to name Highlands Church as a beneficiary of your estate and/or have other questions you’d like to have answered concerning this process. Facilitated by Nancy L. Peterson, Esq., an attorney with The Peterson Law Firm, LLC. Her practice focuses on estate planning for all types of families, estate administration, trust administration, guardianships and conservatorships.
Strengthening Relationship: A Retreat for Couples — 8:30 am–3:30 pm, Sat, Sep 23, Holiday Theatre
If you want to strengthen, refine and make even better your relationship, join us for Highlands Church’s first ever couples retreat. We will discuss styles of relating, provide space to connect, and create opportunities to grow, as we explore the “Highlands way” of being in relationship. Whether dating, partnered, married, or uniquely committed – we hope to see you there. Presented by Jason McBride, Daniel James, Heather Nelson and Cindy Wells. Facilitators bring combined experience and passion in the areas of counseling, pastoring and relationships.
Retreat limited to 20 couples.
All Things Transgender — 10 am–12 pm, Saturday, Oct 28, Holiday Theatre
Transgender issues have been in the news for a couple of years now, but most people still do not understand much about it. What causes gender dysphoria? Is it genetic or prenatal? Why is the suicide rate so high? What price do transgender people socially pay for transitioning? In this workshop you will find answers to all of those questions, and more. You will also be able to ask any and all questions you might have about the transgender experience.
Rev. Dr. Paula Williams serves as a pastor, pastoral counselor, coach and church consultant. She works with OPEN, a network of progressive evangelicals, is a coach with the Center for Progressive Renewal, and directs the Church Planting team at Highlands Church in Denver. Paula also serves on the board of the Gay Christian Network and is a blogger for The Huffington Post. For more information visit paulastonewilliams.com.
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