ministries: Compassionate Care
Sharon Dunn Coordinator: Sharon Dunn, RScP
510.547.1979 X 350


Under the direction of Reverend Joan Steadman, our Community Spiritual Leader, Compassionate Care (formerly Pastoral Care) uplifts the members of our spiritual community with emotional and spiritual support. Those who serve CompassionateCare believe that their lives are deeply blessed through loving and compassionate service and they assist those making life changes.

Compassionte Care takes place in many different ways including:

  • Creating a quiet space for prayer and meditation
  • Visiting the sick, attending to those making their transition, comforting the bereaved
  • Offering spiritual support to our congregants and those close to them who are experiencing any of life’s transitions, the familiar trials that characterize the world
  • It is a ministry of presence, which is centered on a caring acceptance, a nonjudgmental stance, and physical and emotional availability
  • It is person-centered, spiritual care focusing on healing, guiding, supporting, reconciling, nurturing, liberating, and empowering people in whatever situation they find themselves
  • It is our joy to reach out to the homebound in order to keep them connected to our spiritual community
Compassionate Care List:
Rev. Joan reads a list of names from the pulpit at each Sunday service. The names on this list are given to the Compassionate Care Director, who generates the list weekly from names received by leaving a message on the Compassionate Care line at OCSL, (547-1979, x350).

Compassionate Care Ministry includes:

Animal Ministry
Calling Angels
Consoling Parents Support
Crisis Support 
Grief and Hospice Support
Helping Hands
Love Lights (funerals and memorials)
Love Notes
Sage Ministry
Visitation Ministry

All ministries meet for visioning & discussion on the third Sunday of every month following the 11 AM Service.