Lay Visitation

Busch Funeral and Crematory Services Caregiver of the Month Award was given to Loretta Cross, who has served as Divinity Lutheran’s “Visitation Minister” for the past 16 years.  (Congrats, Loretta!)  Thank you for your dedication and hard work!

An individual with a solid Lutheran background, a strong prayer life along with being an active member of Divinity Lutheran Church holds this position.

Its primary responsibility is contact with Divinity's homebound members through visits, communion, telephone and the greeting card ministry.

Lay Visitation Responsibilities:
  • Visit homebound (about 50) in homes, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities; Hospital visits are on an as needed basis.
  • Plan 3 luncheons parties annually: Maundy Thursday, a July picnic, and a Christmas party.
    • Do themes and activities such as singing, games, prizes, and planned entertainment.
  • Keep a supply of greeting cards on hand for volunteers to send out.
  • Write a monthly Pray-er Thoughts article for the Digest
  • Attend seminars and workshops
  • Member of the Board of Witness
  • Create packets for the new member classes providing pertinent information.
    • Address one of the three new member classes.
Stephen Ministry Coordinator:
  • Establish training, retreat and Peer Supervision schedule
  • Interview prospective ministers
  • Plan advertisements
  • Arrange commissioning service/reception
  • Create invitation/information packets
  • Order supplies and training materials
  • Create commissioning packets
  • Establish caring relationships
Prayer Ministry
  • Distribute prayer requests by phone, email, or U.S. Mail
  • Create commissioning service and reception
  • Call prayer vigils as needed
  • Prayer hotline
  • Prayer shawls