Congregational Care

John Shaffer (chair): 505-466-4372

Mary Lou Carson's Birthday Party, Ben Whitehill, and ____ cropped compressed

Your Care Team serves the United Church congregation in several ways. We visit those who are hospitalized or homebound, and help provide food is provided for those with short term needs due to illness, hospitalizations or other issues. Care Team members send notes of condolence, healing, encouragement, joy and support in times of loss, transition, or blessings. Finally, each month a Care Team member serves “On Call” as back up contact for our pastors, particularly when both are away or unavailable.

Throughout the year, the Congregational Care Team also hosts Pastoral Care Gatherings such as “When the Holidays are Different,” “Moving through Grief,” or “The Role of the Church in Mental Health.”

Team members are John Shaffer (chair), Debbie Maloney, Nevanne Merrill, Janyth Fell, Ferol Fell, Dusty Pruitt, Dave Wilkison, and June Yoder. Staff support is offered by Senior Minister Rev. Talitha Arnold. The team meets 9-10 times a year to review parish needs and concerns. It is a dedicated, active group that is truly blessed to contribute to the life of our church. For more information, please call the church office (505-988-3295) or Chair John Shaffer (505-466-4372).

Weekly Syllabus:
In All Our Living – Week 1
In All Our Living – Week 2
In All Our Living – Week 3
In All Our Living – Week 4

Some writings to reflect on:
Why I Hope to Die at 75 by Ezekiel J. Emanuel: Why I Hope to Die at 75 – The Atlantic
Preparing for a Good End of Life by Katy Butler: Preparing for a Good End of Life – WSJ
“When Death Comes” by Mary Oliver: Mary Oliver When Death Comes
“I have only just a minute.” by Dr. Benjamin E. Mays

Advance Care Planning: Help for Making Care Decisions Now and for the Future by Mary Lynne Knighten: Care Notes – Advance Care Planning
Values History (UNM)
BiFocal: A Journal of the ABA Commission on Law and Again – 10 Myths
Making Health Care Decisions Fact Sheet
Advance Directives: Why Do We Need Them?
How to Talk to Your Doctor
Nursing and Advance Care Planning – Burnett/Wolff
Effectiveness of strategies for informing, educating, and involving patients
Facts Sheet about MAID
Summary of States with “Death with Dignity” Act
Oregon Death with Dignity Act
Annals of Internal Medicine: “Ethics and the Legalization of Physician-assisted Suicide”
Albuquerque Journal Editorial: “A legacy of service, a reminder of NM’s aid-in-dying failure”
The National Academies Press: “Dying in America”
American Hospital Association: Patient Care Partnership

CHRISTUS St. Vincent form: “My Choice My Right to Decide”
CHRISTUS St. Vincent form: “First Step, Advance Directive”
New Mexico Medical Orders For Scope of Treatment (MOST): nmmostform2014
New Mexico Uniform Health Care Decisions Act: NMuniformhealthcareDecicionsAct
New Mexico Advance Directive Form
Oregon Request for Medication Form
Presbyterian Advance Directive Form

Websites and Links:
For an easy-to-use legal advance directive document, click the following link:
Presbyterian Hospital Volunteer Opportunities:
Patient’s Choice Vermont (videos):

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