Congregational Care Ministries

Purpose: To serve the church by assessing the care needs of the congregation, providing coordination of the caring ministries of the church, and providing leadership for volunteers involved in the ministry.


The Congregational Care Ministries (CCM) of Emanuel’s Lutheran Church provides for the various needs of the Congregation. Director of Congregational Care Ministries Donna Simmons maintains personal communications with members of Emanuel's Lutheran Church through the following programs.

  • Life After Loss - Grief and loss programs featured several times a year providing resources and help for those experiencing loss and going through the grief process. Pastor Darwin Huartson and Donna Simmons facilitate small group sessions centered around the personal, physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of grief. These one-time to multiple-week programs are offered to the entire community. 

  • Food, Fun & Fellowship - Widowed, divorced or single friends gather once a month to have a meal together, fellowship, and have fun. FF&F usually meets in the Women's Ministry Room following worship, but occasionally wanders off campus to a local restaurant. 

  • Healing Through Conversations Support Group - This monthly group is for those who have been widowed and need help learning how to get through their grief and how to live in a new way.

  • Life Care Planning- In coordination with Guadalupe Regional Medical Center, Emanuel's offers Life Care Planning packets and guidance to assist members with end of life decisions. 

  • Homebound Communion -  Communion is brought to the homes or our members who are unable to come to church for worship. Our Pastoral Care Team visits with members, offers communion, and keeps people in-touch with the life of the church. 

  • Member Care - The Director of CCM works with the Pastoral Care Team, the Phone Care Team, and other volunteers through a number of outreach ministries.  Birthday and Care Cards are mailed with regularity. Families facing hospitalization and illness are cared for. People in the midst of life's transitions are contacted and offered resources as able.  

  • Prayer List-The Prayer List is updated weekly. As indicated, prayer requests are shared with members, the Pastoral Care Team, and/or the Prayer Phone Tree.  

  • Special Events- CCM hosts congregational and community events, often in partnership with other churches, throughout the year. Hope in the Holidays concerts and Family Summer Film Series' are recent offerings. 


The Congregational Care Ministries of Emanuel’s Lutheran Church provides support for Emanuel’s members and also provides leadership for volunteers involved in these various ministries. This ministry is about members taking care of members.

Would you like to become involved in membership care? Email Donna Simmons to learn more about this vital ministry at Emanuel's Lutheran Church.