...Know, Grow, Go, Show, Sow
Once we have accepted Christ into our own hearts, we are called by Him to share our joy and faith with others through acts of service and sharing. This is what is means to be a missionary. At SPC we develop meaningful opportunities for everyone to become a missionary, at home or abroad, in order to spread the Good News.
The GriefCare Place
The GriefCare Place opened its doors in June of 1997. The center serves individuals of all ages, offers a home-like atmosphere and is a non-denominational faith based organization where those of strong faith or those of none can come comfortably. The GriefCare Place educates participants about grief, and provides caring volunteers who walk alongside them during the grieving/healing process.
The GriefCare Place's mission is to provide a SAFE PLACE where grievers gather together, under the guidance of trained facilitators, to educate, encourage and uplift each other throughout the healing journey. It was over 30 years ago when Lou-Ann Redmon, Founder and Executive Director of The GriefCare Place, recognized that widows needed support, encouragement, and reassurance that what they were experiencing as grievers was normal. She realized the impact they could have on each other by coming together and finding support in one another. This is how the first support group began to grow.
As the need for bereavement support grew, the vision for a stand-alone, non-profit organization specifically created to provide support for grieving children, adolescents, and adults was born.
The GriefCare Place was founded in June of 1997, by Lou-Ann Redmon and other volunteers, to fulfill that vision. Since that time, The GriefCare Place has not only served thousands of grieving individuals and families, but it has also been utilized by churches; social agencies; schools; extended care facilities; nursing, psychology, ministerial, and medical students; hospices; and other community organizations. The GriefCare Place currently serves 64 communities in Northeast Ohio and is committed to bring hope and healing to broken hearts caused by the death of a loved one.
Here are some testimonies from people who were helped by the GriefCare Place.
"With a heavy, broken heart when my husband died, I walked into the door of the Until Healing Comes group meeting sponsored by The GriefCare Place. I knew I was in the right place because I was able to breathe, there were people there just like me, hurting, confused, scared and feeling so alone. All the emotions of grieving were foreign to me and I could not believe how intense the pain was. I knew I had to do this for me for my mental health.
I went to all the meetings of Until Healing Comes, as well as the Widows meeting and gradually was able to understand and grieve in a healthy way. We did not just come together to cry and tell our story, but learned how to bring new meaning to our life. Over 2 years have passed since my husband's death and I can say that I am steady, able to think and reason clearly, make 'big' decisions on my own and function in my 'new normal' life. It will never be the same, I know that, but, I look forward to what's ahead. I have no idea what that tomorrow will look like; I just deal with today because that's all we have, a griever knows that all too well.
Thank you to all who went before me and helped me along and to my friend, Lou-Ann Redmon, Founder and Director of The GriefCare Place, for following the tugging on your heart to help all us emotionally crippled people that would over the years walk through the door." - Anonymous, Widow
“The understanding, the support and encouragement of the volunteers, staff and those in the support group have made the grief journey bearable. It was comforting to know that my emotional experiences were normal and that I was not losing my mind.” - B.O., Adult Daughter
Barberton Food Pantry and Haven of Rest Ministries — Local missions we support who assis those who are in need of help.
American Red Cross Blood Drive — We host regularly scheduled blood drives to provide an ongoing supply of much needed blood products to help sick and injured patients in our many local hospitals. Last year the Red Cross collected 230 pints of blood at our site.
Briarwood Nursing Home — Our Pastor for Care, Wally Kukuk leads worship every Sunday afternoon for residents and staff. Our volunteers also visit with residents.
Faithful Servants Care Center — Located in Tallmadge, it provides urgent care services with a Christ-like compassion for those without insurance and the ecomomic means to acccess traditional health care, and to assist in identifying continuity of care.
Great Commission Ministries — We are developing joint ministry options with Matt McClure, campus outreach coordinator at Kent State University. This nondenominational ministry mobilizes and resources church-based ministries on campus.
Habitat for Humanity — We participate in Habitat home construction projects in Summit County.
Kilts for Missions — We coordinate a blanket drive in conjunction with the Scottish Heritage Association of Northeast Ohio during their annual Kirkin' of the Tartan service. Blankets benefit The GriefCare Place (below). The Kirkin' service was held at our church in 2005 and 2008.
The GriefCare Place — This local center provides support to adults, teens and children in need of healing after the death of a loved one. Our church members assist with financial support and donations of cookies and comfort blankets.
South Dakota - Since 2006 we have sent mission teams to the Yankton Sioux Reservation to minister to the community, lead Bible studies, and coordinate a summer vacation Bible school for local children. We partner with Cedar Presbyterian Church on the reservation, and are actively involved in helping the church repair and renovate its facilities. In 2011 we hosted nine members of the Dakota Presbytery to share their faith stories and to visit Native American historical sites in our area.
Unemployment, poverty, and depression are oppressive factors in this community. Our goal is to support the local church in bringing comfort and hope to the people through an understanding of God's love. The trust some of our team members have built with members of the community over the years is a testament to the Holy Spirit at work in this community. This summer our team returns to the reservation to continue to build relationships, serve others, and help people know Christ.
Read about one of our home-grown, South Dakota missionaries: Gayle Schrack.
Bread 4 Haiti—A Stow business is working with the Haitians in creating a self sufficient bakery after listening to God.
Companeros en Mision Nogales—A cross border mission between the United States and Mexico in order to strengthen the faith in the communities on both sides of the border.
Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship—We support missionaries who work with Christians in the volatile area of Northern Iraq and the Kurdistan region.
Summit Missions Interantional—A Summit County based mission that serves the post Soviet areas in church planting and provides services to the area's orphans.
Transport for Christ in Russia—This ministry provides mobile chapels to reach truck drivers with the Gospel, offer a place to worship, and talk about God and life. Chapels are located throughout Russia, Canada and the United States.
Wycliffe Bible Translators—The church has been supporting a translation team who have worked in Papua New Guinea by bringing the Bible to people who have no written language.