Pastor’s Perspective:

November 2020 

Pastor Paul Mattson

In the coming days, we will be launching our BeFriender Ministry at Immanuel. So what is it? 

BeFriender ministry trains and supports members of the church in offering care, a non-judgmental presence, and active listening to others. They receive training on topics that include grief and loss, spirituality, listening, confidentiality, and communication. 

EVERYONE experiences difficult times in life, times when we need a caring companion who will listen, empathize, and be a reminder of a caring, faith community. 

A BeFriender can provide care through a listening presence to anyone experiencing grief, loss, transition, or other concerns such as:


• Cancer or chronic illness
• Divorce or separation
• Abuse
• Death of a loved one
• Relocation • Job loss/career change
• Parenting challenges
• Depression
• Imprisonment
• Getting married
• Alzheimer’s
• Financial concerns
• Addiction
• Stress of caregiving
• Buying/losing a home 

BeFriender ministry is not a ministry of curing, but caring, not of doing, but simply being – be-ing present and listening quietly. 

If you would like to know more about becoming a BeFriender, or if you know someone who would benefit from the care of a BeFriender, please contact the church office. 

On Sunday November 15, we will commission our inaugural BeFriender Ministry Team con-sisting of Jim and Meredith Bloedel, Nancy Evans, LuAnn Henrichs, Elaine Karel, Carol Pundt, and Kim Waffensmith. Exciting! 

May God bless and be at work in this new ministry among us! 

Pastor Paul 

Immanuel’s Vision Statement 

A vibrant and diverse community of faith where lives are changed;
Where people of all ages are invited and challenged
To become disciples of Jesus in their daily lives;
Where real people experience healing, help, hope and harmony

Please contact the church office if you, or someone you know from Immanuel, with their permission, is in the hospital. Due to confidentiality laws, the hospital does NOT contact the church (or pastor) when they are admitted, even if they designate a specific church/pastor on the intake form. At Immanuel, we hope and strive to provide timely and appropriate pastoral care to those who would desire and appreciate it. Too often, we are last to know about a member being (or having been) in the hospital. Thank you!