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Norman Teigen

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Re: Shut-Ins/Pastoral Visitations
« Reply #30 on: February 02, 2013, 06:32:55 PM »
That's a good one. Heh heh.  Picking up the ladies.  I always liked that one.

I have read some amazingly good things on this thread.  I want to put in another plug for participation in parish visits by the laity.  We need to become involved, dear brethren and sisteren, because it is the work that we all can do.   We need to follow the direction of our pastors in this and show our willingness to participate.   It is a matter of the living out of the concept of the priesthood of all believers.

I personally believe that this is the most personally satisfying church work that can be done. 
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« Reply #31 on: February 02, 2013, 06:41:17 PM »
I had more opportunities to "pick up" young men
and women from our PreSchool.  They would come
to Lutheran School Sunday Worship Service to
hear their children sing.  Then they would keep
coming back.  The Lord blessed our parish with
many baptisms of preschoolers and adult confirmands
of  their parents.

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« Reply #32 on: February 02, 2013, 06:41:36 PM »
I am a firm believer in providing pastoral care for shut-ins.  I am also firm about not encouraging those who could reasonably attend church to stay at home and having the pastor come to them.  It is better if they can, even with help needed, attend church with the congregation.  That can be a tough call to make.  One indication is if I have a hard time catching a shut-in at home among their other activities, they may not be a real shut-in.  (By the by, for making house calls I always phone first, not only in case there are doctor appointments or what not, but generally it is polite to give warning before showing up at the door.)
 
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Re: Shut-Ins/Pastoral Visitations
« Reply #33 on: February 02, 2013, 07:31:50 PM »

 ... There is even a supply of cushions on hand for those who find wooden pews too uncomfortable. ...




When I was a very young child a rather elderly (or so it seemed) woman always left her pillow on the rear pew at the conclusion of the service.  No one ever bothered it, Mrs. K's pillow remained in the church until she died.

At her age and condition Mrs. K's housekeeping was none too good.  My mother's sister visited while on vacation during WW2.  My mother, the pastor's wife, took her sister along when visiting Mrs. K.  My mother drank the juice Mrs. K offered, my mother's sister entered into our family's lore when she poured her juice into the flowers while Mrs. K's back was turned.

P. S.  I am now older than Mrs. K was at time of her death.

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« Reply #34 on: February 02, 2013, 07:46:16 PM »

 ... There is even a supply of cushions on hand for those who find wooden pews too uncomfortable. ...


When I was a very young child a rather elderly (or so it seemed) woman always left her pillow on the rear pew at the conclusion of the service.  No one ever bothered it, Mrs. K's pillow remained in the church until she died.

At her age and condition Mrs. K's housekeeping was none too good.  My mother's sister visited while on vacation during WW2.  My mother, the pastor's wife, took her sister along when visiting Mrs. K.  My mother drank the juice Mrs. K offered, my mother's sister entered into our family's lore when she poured her juice into the flowers while Mrs. K's back was turned.

P. S.  I am now older than Mrs. K was at time of her death.

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More than a decade ago my semi-shut-ins included a feisty old farmer who was bi-lingual, fluent Pennsylvania Dutch being the other language.  Most likely English was his second language.

He would supply me with English walnuts from his trees...and one time, with some homemade wine. "Here's something to use in Church!" he said with a grin.  I placed the container of dark, frothy liquid carefully between the seats of the car.

By the time I'd made it the six miles or so home the container looked like the proverbial tempest in a teapot.  I had stopped at the end of my lane to retrieve the newspaper.  I knew that this wouldn't be fit for Church use.  Being careful to hold the lid of the container away from me I headed gingerly to a groundhog hole nearby.  The lid shot off like a champagne cork.  The seething contents went into the burrow. 

It was years before that burrow was occupied again.

Old Raymond never knew what happened---but that story was one that I shared in his Requiem homily years later.
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Re: Shut-Ins/Pastoral Visitations
« Reply #35 on: February 05, 2013, 10:22:26 AM »
Heh heh.  Good one.  I always liked that one about the home brew.
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Re: Shut-Ins/Pastoral Visitations
« Reply #36 on: February 05, 2013, 02:19:33 PM »
Among the joys of being a parish deaconess and chaplain at a county home for the elderly was the privilege of visiting home bound shut-ins and the infirm confined to nursing homes.

It was the practice of my supervising pastor to commune the shut-ins once a month. He asked that I visit them once a week for prayer and the reading of Scripture.  Among the dearest shut-ins were the elderly parents of Fort Wayne professor, Eugene Klug.

Years later the congregation my husband served asked that Bill and I follow the same practice.  Large congregations do well to consider calling a deaconess to assist in ministry to the elderly.

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Re: Shut-Ins/Pastoral Visitations
« Reply #37 on: February 05, 2013, 04:25:05 PM »
Among the joys of being a parish deaconess and chaplain at a county home for the elderly was the privilege of visiting home bound shut-ins and the infirm confined to nursing homes.

It was the practice of my supervising pastor to commune the shut-ins once a month. He asked that I visit them once a week for prayer and the reading of Scripture.  Among the dearest shut-ins were the elderly parents of Fort Wayne professor, Eugene Klug.

Years later the congregation my husband served asked that Bill and I follow the same practice.  Large congregations do well to consider calling a deaconess to assist in ministry to the elderly.

Marie Meyer

Amen!  Amen!  Amen!

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« Reply #38 on: February 05, 2013, 04:43:44 PM »
Among the joys of being a parish deaconess and chaplain at a county home for the elderly was the privilege of visiting home bound shut-ins and the infirm confined to nursing homes.

It was the practice of my supervising pastor to commune the shut-ins once a month. He asked that I visit them once a week for prayer and the reading of Scripture.  Among the dearest shut-ins were the elderly parents of Fort Wayne professor, Eugene Klug.

Years later the congregation my husband served asked that Bill and I follow the same practice.  Large congregations do well to consider calling a deaconess to assist in ministry to the elderly.

Marie Meyer

Amen!  Amen!  Amen!
For years, my congregation taped the church service and I and other church members distributed these tapes ... sometimes moving them from home to home during the week. At times it was a quick knock at the door and a simple drop off after the Divine Service on Sunday ... other times it involved an in home visit. Visits from pastor(s) and deaconess are great ... but should be augmented by congregational members when possible.

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« Reply #39 on: February 05, 2013, 04:50:57 PM »
Many congregations have implemented the
"Stephen Ministry"  which requires trained laity
to minister to fellow laity in the parish.  While
this ministry is not geared for hospital  and
shut-in visitation, it could be adapted for this
purpose. 

The fellowship of a parish is only as strong as
its interpersonal relationships.  Laity calling
on and visiting laity is one way to build up a
parish.

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« Reply #40 on: February 05, 2013, 04:59:50 PM »
Among the joys of being a parish deaconess and chaplain at a county home for the elderly was the privilege of visiting home bound shut-ins and the infirm confined to nursing homes.

It was the practice of my supervising pastor to commune the shut-ins once a month. He asked that I visit them once a week for prayer and the reading of Scripture.  Among the dearest shut-ins were the elderly parents of Fort Wayne professor, Eugene Klug.

Years later the congregation my husband served asked that Bill and I follow the same practice.  Large congregations do well to consider calling a deaconess to assist in ministry to the elderly.

Marie Meyer

Amen!  Amen!  Amen!
For years, my congregation taped the church service and I and other church members distributed these tapes ... sometimes moving them from home to home during the week. At times it was a quick knock at the door and a simple drop off after the Divine Service on Sunday ... other times it involved an in home visit. Visits from pastor(s) and deaconess are great ... but should be augmented by congregational members when possible.

Amen!  Amen! Amen!

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Re: Shut-Ins/Pastoral Visitations
« Reply #41 on: February 05, 2013, 05:06:00 PM »
Pr. Bohler, are those Amens sung or spoken? Inquiring minds would like to know. :) I can't help but hear them sung to the DS III tone.

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Re: Shut-Ins/Pastoral Visitations
« Reply #42 on: February 05, 2013, 05:06:39 PM »
I had more opportunities to "pick up" young men
and women from our PreSchool.  They would come
to Lutheran School Sunday Worship Service to
hear their children sing.  Then they would keep
coming back.  The Lord blessed our parish with
many baptisms of preschoolers and adult confirmands
of  their parents.
Thank God for that .... our congregation had a day care for years ... the pastor gave special attention and care to the unchurched patrons, but sadly, they viewed things from a strictly business standpoint ... very little "visible" growth ....only the Lord know ...  but eventually the congregation moved its outreach efforts in other areas.

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Re: Shut-Ins/Pastoral Visitations
« Reply #43 on: February 05, 2013, 05:09:01 PM »
I don't see the need for a Stephen Ministry to get the active laity involved in visiting shut-ins.  Some of us just do it on our own accord.  Be sure to let the church office know when you have made a visit, so the pastor and others can plan accordingly...