Pastoral Care Team
Jan Austin and Amelia Koford
Ubuntu: a Nguni Bantu term from the Zulu people meaning “I am because we are.”
“Ubuntu is rooted in what I call a relational form of personhood, basically meaning that you are because of the others. In other words, as a human being, you—your humanity, your personhood—you are fostered in relation to other people.”
—James Ogude, Kenyan literary scholar
Mission Statement: The mission of the Wildflower Pastoral Care Team is to support the well-being of Wildflower members and friends going through challenging times. The care team provides meals, rides, deep listening, facilitated discussions, and friendly visits on a short-term basis. The care team is a non-professional group that agrees to honor the privacy of the members and friends we serve. Call or write the Care Team for support with an illness, isolation, birth, end-of-life, or any situation that could use a helping hand.
What can we help you with?
Everyone needs an ear now and then. Do you need to talk to someone? The Deep Listening sub-team consists of people who have been trained to allow you space to process a difficult experience, grief or dilemma. We can also help you navigate the list of resources on the WF web site with a grounding of emotional support.
Going through a rough spot and need some homemade meals delivered to your door to tide you over? We can help you out with delicious goodness for two or three weeks!
Whether it’s a one-time doctor’s appointment or a regular ride to church, let us know and we’ll be glad to try to get you where you need to go!
Visits & Cards
In the hospital? Sick at home? Feeling lonely? Or know someone who is? We can send greeting cards and make in-person visits. Let us know how we can help.
You can get in touch with us in two ways:
As always, if you are thinking of hurting yourself or someone else, there are several ways to get help. A few of those are:
Integral Care (formerly known as ATCHMR – Austin Travis County MHMR):
LGBTQI crisis hotline: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/get-help/
For more information, please see our Austin Community Resource List here.
Remember, at Wildflower Church, we are a family, and families help each other!