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Caring Ministries

No One Hurts Alone

Our hope and daily pursuit to be a church where no one hurts alone. Dozens of caring people—from pastors to volunteer nurses—lend a hand to make sure that each person at First Pres can receive the care he or she needs. No one is forgotten at a time of crisis. If you are in need of care, many resources are available to you. Unless otherwise noted, please contact Caring Ministries at 719-884-6145 with questions. 

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” – 2 Corinthians 1:3–4

Memorial Livestreams

During this season of COVID-19, we are thrilled to offer livestreams of memorial services hosted at First Pres. Click here to join in from afar.

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Need Prayer?

Prayer is our first resort in times of need. Our Sunday Prayer Team is available at in-person worship the end of each worship service to pray with anyone who requests prayer. You can also email your prayer requests to .

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Hospital Visits

Visitation and phone calls to those who are hospitalized, homebound or in short-term rehab is part of the daily heartbeat of Caring Ministries. Call us if you or a family member are hospitalized. Referrals are also welcome. If you know of anyone in our church family who feels lonely, isolated or overlooked, please contact Caring Ministries to request a visit. 

Deacon Ministry

Deacons are elected and ordained officers of the church who each care for a small number of members. Deacons contact their “flock” quarterly, in addition to serving the needs of our members in a number of other ways. If you would like to have a Deacon contact you, please contact Caring Ministries. 

Stephen Ministers

Stephen Ministers are trained volunteers who can listen, offer support and walk alongside those who are facing a season of loss, stress or transition. Stephen Ministers are available to meet weekly with you during your time of trouble. 

Military Ministry

We want to bring Light and Life to our entire military community of active duty and retired personnel, veterans and their families. Through monthly sponsored dinners at Fort Carson, holiday dinners, prayer and other support efforts, we're here to share the challenges and successes of military families. We also sponsor a monthly Vets Talk, an informal gathering on the fourth Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon at Samaritan Coffee at 225, located at 225 N. Weber St.

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Counseling Coalition

Those who need the assistance of a licensed, professional counselor can select from a group of Christian counselors who are part of our First Pres Counseling Coalition. 

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Cancer Support

Our CanCare team is made up of trained volunteers who have been cancer caretakers or who have survived cancer. They are available to walk with patients and families facing cancer. For more information on becoming a CanCare volunteer or to speak with a CanCare volunteer, please call Caring Ministries Office at 884-6145 or call Emily Jones at 641-6900.

Grief Workshop

If you are struggling with the loss of a loved one during this challenging time, you don’t have to journey alone. The Grief Workshop is a great way to grow toward health and wholeness from a Christian perspective. In this seven-week workshop, you’ll learn tools for dealing with loss, share your own story and hear from others who understand—all in an emotionally safe environment. Occurring on Mondays at 6:30-8:30 p.m. from September 13 through October 25.

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Help for Holiday Blues

Join us online for Help for the Holiday Blues, an online workshop led by Assistant Pastor Linda Boyles. You will be encouraged and equipped as you travel through a difficult season after a loss or life change. 

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Candlelight Memorial Service

Just after Easter each year, we provide a worshipful opportunity to remember loved ones who have died through our Candlelight Memorial Service. Our April 15 service in 2021 at 4 p.m. celebrated those loved ones who are now with the Lord. People were able to light a candle to honor their loved ones as we shared in the memories of those who have passed.

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Support Groups

Weekly and monthly, First Pres hosts support groups that meet many different needs, from Alcoholics Anonymous to Alzheimer's Care Givers Support; from diabetes and Parkinson’s to grandparents raising grandchildren. 

Life Groups

Life Groups are smaller communities where we know each other by name, pray meaningfully for each other, apply God’s Word to our lives together and live out our faith together. New Life Groups form several times each year and may run for short or long periods. Many of our Adult Sunday Communities and Bible studies also function as Life Groups. Our hope is that every person at First Pres will be connected to a Life Group, so that when times of trouble come, each person will already be embedded in a caring community. Questions? Call 719-884-6117.

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Questions? Get in Touch!

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John Goodale

Pastor of Caring Ministries

Office: 719-884-6143

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Sue Hayward

Caring Ministries Associate

Office: 719-884-6140

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Matt Holtzman

Pastor for Engagement and Care

Office: 719-884-6170

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Linda Boyles

Assisting Minister of Care

Office: 719-884-6141

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Pat Hartsock

Assisting Minister of Care

Office: 719-884-6119

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Abi Tovar

Associate of Volunteer Engagement

Office: 719-884-6189