An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, edited by Don Armentrout and Robert Slocum, defines pastoral care as, “The ministry of caring at the heart of the church’s life.” At Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, laity assist clergy to respond to human needs within the parish. The team of lay pastoral care ministers follow up with individuals to whom our clergy have provided pastoral care. Team members serve one week per month, by calling, writing notes, sending cards, and facilitating meals. These helping acts are meant to strengthen, sustain, celebrate, and encourage our fellow parishioners at important times in their lives. Whether mourning a loved one, recovering from surgery, or welcoming a new baby, such expressions of support from our team can be sustaining and renewing. While caring is our priority and love is our goal, an added benefit is the creation of connections in our church community. If you feel called to help in this important ministry, please contact Lay Pastoral Care Coordinator Jocelyn Busby through Realm Connect (www.gracestlukes.org/realm).