One of the River’s initiatives for 2019 is a Congregational Care Team (C.C.T.) -- a caring ministry that comes alongside those who deal with (or who care for others with) physical, emotional, relational or spiritual woundedness. The C.C.T. is meant to supplement, not replace the support that happens through groups at the River (women’s, men’s and life groups) -- offering a team of trained, compassionate care-givers who can help those in difficult circumstances.
As part of this new ministry initiative, the River is holding an all-church seminar from 9am-12pm on January 19th, in the Church of God fellowship hall. The cost for the seminar is $10.00 (group leaders are free); childcare will be provided (please RSVP by noon on January 18 to Kate@TheRiverNRV.org, otherwise sufficient personnel cannot be guaranteed).
The title of this seminar is “Walking Together when Life is Hard”, addressing the fact that when troubles are overwhelming, we tend look to one another in the church for help, longing to find God in our problems and pain. However, it can be challenging to know what to do when someone asks for help, or is struggling to find God in the midst of difficulty. This seminar will help you see the troubles of life through the eyes of faith, to avoid common missteps, to move into care opportunities with wisdom and sensitivity, and to "bear one-another's burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ" (Gal 6:2).
If you are seeking comfort in the midst of a difficult season and/or quality instruction how to care for others, this is a great opportunity.
Please email Kate@TheRiverNRV.org to RSVP or with any questions about this event.
Michael Gembola is Executive Director of Blue Ridge Christian Counseling. He has served on church staff and as a professional counselor. In addition to his counseling practice, Michael is an instructor at the Blue Ridge Institute for Theological Education and Westminster Seminary, where he graduated with a Masters degrees in Counseling and Biblical Studies. Michael is the author of After an Affair: Pursuing Restoration. He and his wife Kelly live in Roanoke with their two sons. For more on Blue Ridge Christian Counseling, see www.brccva.org