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Are you a Friend InDeed?

Within each of us is the longing for deeper relationships, and a sense that healthy connections can help us cope and flourish through the pains and joys of life. Despite our desires to know others and to be known by others, it is sometimes difficult to be vulnerable and make friendships in a culture that does not always feel safe.

First Lutheran’s new program *Friends In-Deed* will be a networking structure in our church to create the space for connection, where our members and friends are encouraged to share with one another through gifts of deeds and service, as well as through the gift of listening companionship. This is a way to foster deeper connections with others in your community and to share life's everyday blessings and challenges.

We all have times in our lives when we can reach out, and times when we need someone to reach out to us. Where are you now? Could you use a listening ear or a helping hand? Could you share your listening ear or helping hand?

The Origins and Philosophy

The Friends InDeed Programme began as an initiative within the parish that we may reach out to each other and to be under the umbrella of the pastoral care at First Lutheran Church and the work of the Parish Care Centre. Its purpose is to serve as one way that our church can facilitate a space for connection and initiate outreach:
A space where our members and friends are encouraged to share with one another through gifts of deeds and service as well as through the gift of listening companionship.
It is an initiative to serve as a networking resource and a system of support and fellowship for those who are currently seeking and companioning already.

The Future Vision

We hope:
 to go beyond our parish and eventually grow into the greater community,
• 
to deepen our involvement with the Parish Care Centre’s work with refugees
•  and ultimately to be an active outreach to all members and friends connected with to our parish.

Friends InDeed Team

Friends InDeed Lead Coordinator:  Rev. Margaret Marquardt (604-435-6020)                                                                                    Friends InDeed Information and Communication Coordinator: Elina Singh (604-435-6020)  

 

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