Care Ministries

Griefshare Weekly Meetings

Mondays 6:30-8:30 PM

13 week sessions are available in the Fall and Winter/Spring. Our winter 2024 session begins on January 8!
Many people who lose a spouse, child, family member, or friend find that there aren’t many people who understand the deep hurt they feel. GriefShare is a program that was developed specifically to help those who are grieving the death of a loved one. It is a friendly and caring group of people who walk alongside one another through one of life’s most profound experiences. No one needs to travel the grief journey alone. GriefShare meets weekly to help individuals face the challenges of the grieving process and enables them to move forward by rebuilding their lives. GriefShare is a Christ-centered program with direction and purpose. It helps individuals learn how to walk through their unique grief journey through the support they receive along the way. GriefShare is a place where hurting people find hope and healing. These sessions are FREE due to the generosity of the ILCS Foundation.

Griefshare Surviving the Holidays Seminar

Help and hope as you navigate the Christmas season. November 13, 2023, we will be hosting a special seminar for the holidays: Wondering how you will survive the weeks surrounding Thanksgiving and Christmas? Are you dreading these holidays, knowing that everything has changed and that happy memories from past years can’t be recreated?

Our Surviving the Holidays seminar is especially for people who are grieving a loved one’s death. You’ll learn:
  • How to deal with the many emotions you’ll face during the holidays
  • What to do about traditions and other coming changes
  • Helpful tips for surviving social events
  • How to discover hope for your future


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Stephen Ministry

Hear from a former carereceiver above. Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one lay caring ministry offered by Immanuel and other congregations. The Stephen System equips and empowers lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care. They work with people who are hurting or going through a difficult time such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, relocation, or separation due to military deployment. Men are paired with men; women with women. Each Stephen Minister comes alongside a hurting person and meets with that person weekly to listen, care, encourage, and pray. For further information or to request a Stephen Minister, email* or call Gretchen Patti ( or 630.267.0051) or Sue Marvel (630.844.6562). *Please note that email is not strictly confidential and no confidential information should be sent via email.