Alzheimer's / Dementia Support
1st and 3rd Wednesdays
MDPC’s The Gathering is a ministry of compassion and support for those facing early-stage Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Volunteers provide two one-half days of care for the affected individuals, as well as a day of respite for their caregivers. The day is under the direction of a trained and supervised team of volunteer caregivers. Activities include fellowship, music, exercise, games, arts and crafts, and a light lunch served at no charge.
Contact us for further information about volunteering, or to register a loved one or friend.
Gigi Gomez, CarePartners, Inc.
or 713-682-5995 x203
Beth Case, MDPC Associate Pastor, Caring Ministries
Branches meets for the purpose of writing notes to members or family members who have been hospitalized or who have had a death in their family. Branches meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 11:00am in the Caring Ministries Conference Room.
Contact Beverly Fluke at
Walking the Mourner’s Path is an eight-week Christ-centered grief program designed to help those dealing with the loss of a loved one. It is limited to 10 participants, creating a safe place to share feelings with each other and with God. Trained facilitators guide the group. For the schedule and more information, contact Beverly Fluke at
GRIEF: IT'S COMPLICATED.
All types of loss can lead to grief. It may be the loss of a relationship, a job, or the vision you had of what life was supposed to look like. Sometimes grief is confusing. We grieve what once was or what could have been. No matter the loss, you are welcome to join us as we seek comfort together through this small group community. For more information, contact Amanda Grace Morris at
THE WIDOWS' CONNECTION
For women who have lost their husbands and are interested in joining other widows for support, fellowship, and fun. The group meets monthly. For more information, contact Beverly Fluke at
MDPC periodically hosts blood drives for the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center. Contact Annette Erickson at
or 713-490-9544 for more information.
Home Communion is available to homebound members, following the schedule of Communion services offered at church, or upon request. MDPC Officers are called upon to serve communion to our church members who are unable to attend worship.
In serving Home Communion, Officers use a bulletin in which the communion service is entirely written out. It is a service which incorporates the reading of scriptures and various printed prayers. Servers need not speak extemporaneously.
For more information, contact Beverly Fluke at
Register for Home Communion
If you are looking for a new way to stay in touch with our MDPC family, consider being a part of the Home Visitation Ministry. Home visitation provides you the opportunity to spend time with members who appreciate a monthly visit. These visits allow you to connect and to share, developing and honoring the bond that we have in Christ.
Contact Beverly Fluke at
or 713-490-9542 for more information.
My Gift for the Living
At the link below is a packet of materials prepared for you by the Caring Ministries Office at MDPC entitled My Gift for the Living. These documents have been compiled with much prayer, and careful research. However, we do encourage you to consult with your own attorney and/or financial advisor regarding these matters.
Download the PDF Packet
If we can be of assistance, contact Beth Case, Caring Ministries Associate Pastor, at
Powerful Tools for Caregivers
WHO IS THE CLASS FOR?
Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational program designed to help family caregivers (no professional caregivers, please). This program will help you take care of yourself while caring for an older relative or friend. You will benefit from this class whether you are helping a parent, spouse, or friend who lives at home, in a nursing home, with you, or across the country.
This program has been shown to reduce caregiver guilt, anger, and depression; improve caregiver self-care and communication skills; and increase use of community service. Your participation will make a difference!
WHAT THE CLASS COVERS
This class will give you, the family caregiver, tools to:
• Reduce stress
• Communicate effectively with family members, your doctor, and paid help
• Take care of your needs
• Manage guilt, anger, and depression
• Help you relax
• Make tough decisions
• Set goals and problem-solve
CLASS DOES NOT COVER
This class will not focus on specific diseases or hands-on caregiving for the care receiver.
Each class participant will receive a book to accompany the class content. That covers topics such as:
• Hiring in-home help
• Helping memory-impaired elders
• Making legal and financial decisions
• Making decisions about care facility placement
• Understanding depression
• Making decisions about driving
WHAT PAST PARTICIPANTS ARE SAYING
“About the time the class began, I was at my wits end. The communication tools will work toward maintaining a better atmosphere and contribute to improved attitudes for both of us… it will never be easy, but it is easier than it was six weeks ago!”
“This class covered so many subjects that I find useful now and I have important reference material I can depend on.”
For more information, contact Beverly Fluke at
Each prayer request is confidentially supported in daily prayer for two weeks. To submit a prayer request, you may email your request to
or call 713-953-2558.
The MDPC Prayer Wall also is a wonderful resource.
Second Family is a Care Team® ministry offering friendship, help, encouragement, and hope to individuals with a special need due to aging or illness. Teams, or care circles, reach out to members of the congregation who benefit from a few extra hours of love and support from their MDPC family. These individuals, or care partners, may live alone or with family and may require varying degrees of support. For instance, Care Team members might make phone calls, home visits, provide transportation, or offer respite care for the caregiver. Second Family is a ministry designed for you to use your gifts to make a difference!
If you would like more information about becoming a volunteer, contact Beverly Fluke at
TO BE ASSIGNED A STEPHEN MINISTER
Stephen Ministry offers a confidential one-on-one relationship between anyone who is hurting and a trained Stephen Minister. God works through Stephen Ministers to plant a seed of hope and healing in a person whose life seems empty or lost due to a crisis or life transition. Stephen Ministers extend care to those experiencing difficult times by listening, encouraging, and sharing the love of Christ.
To be assigned a Stephen Minister, contact Beverly Fluke at
TO BECOME A STEPHEN MINISTER
Stephen Ministry is a program within our congregation that equips people with the skills to provide distinctively Christian one-to-one care to those who are experiencing stressful life circumstances. Stephen Ministers care for people who are: discouraged, anxious, dealing with serious illness, grieving over the loss of a loved one, and/or dealing with life transitional issues. Whatever the need is, large or small, a Stephen Minister is ready to offer support and encouragement.
To learn more about serving as a Stephen Minister, contact Beverly Fluke at