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Pastoral Care Ministry

About Pastoral Care

Jesus said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another just as I have loved you.” (John 13:34)  At PEPC, we are committed to reaching out and serving others with the love of Jesus. We do this through the various Care Ministries, which are Biblically based and facilitated by members of our congregation. These services are available to anyone in need of love and support. Our Associate Pastor Gary McCusker works under the umbrella of Pastoral Care. If you have any questions, email Gary McCusker, Associate Pastor, at [email protected].

Care Ministries

PEPC Care Ministries

These services are available to anyone in need of love and support.

Card Ministry: Come join us on the 3rd Monday of each month at 9:00am in the PEPC conference room. Join in making handmade cards to send to people on special occasions, for when they are ill, or grieving. Contact Joyce at 303-424-6974 for information.

Care Portal: A online platform, working with Douglas County Child and Family Services, CASA, and Bethany Adoption Services. As needs of children and families in the community are discovered, Care Portal makes local churches aware of needs, giving them an opportunity to respond. Questions? Email: [email protected]. Website:

Chronic Issues Support Group (Formerly WHOOT): Do you live with chronic illness or pain or know someone who does? Come and be encouraged by others who understand. Meetings are held the 3rd Sunday of each month at 10:30am in the PEPC conference room. Questions? Contact Kristi at  [email protected].

Deacon’s Fund: Emergency requests can be made by contacting the office. You can help replenish this designated fund by donating anytime. Just write “Deacon’s Fund” in the memo of your check or use one of the envelopes provided in the pew or chair in the Worship Center. Email Gary McCusker, Associate Pastor, at [email protected] to inquire.

Freedom Prayer Team: Prayer ministry to help broken and hurting people find freedom from deep emotional wounds, addictions, fears and oppression. The ministry is under the direction of Pastor Gary and our elders. Contact Royal Benjamin at [email protected].

GriefShare: GriefShare is a 13-week Christ-centered seminar and support group for people who are grieving the death of a loved one. Join others who understand what you are experiencing and learn valuable information about recovering from a loss. Our first session will be January through April 2024. For information, email [email protected] or visit

Handyman Ministry: Serving those in need, such as the single, widowed or elderly, with household repairs; we are an extension of PEPC’s Men’s Ministry. Contact Brent at [email protected] for more information or questions.

Hopeful Hearts: A ministry to help women within our community who attend church without their husbands. This is a support group offering encouragement, prayer, study and fellowship. We meet on the 2nd Sunday of each month at 10:00am in Doug’s office. For more information, contact Judy Grimes at 303-523-5290 or Annamaria Phillips at 720-539-1580.

Marriage Support: Whether you’ve been married a few months or 50 years, there is always more you can do to strengthen your marriage! There are two options that PEPC encourages couples to attend: Glen Erie Getaway or A Weekend To Remember. If you would like information on marriage support, please email Gary McCusker, Associate Pastor, at [email protected].

Meals Ministry: Calling all those who would like to be a blessing to those who could use help during an illness or after a hospitalization by preparing and delivering meals to them. For more information on how you can minister in this way, please call Fran Rupprecht at 303-617-4507.

Mental Health Care Team (OVERCOME & Anchor Groups): To support and encourage people, to understand and navigate mental illness, and to reduce the stigma of getting help, all while being a support for questions and resources from a biblically sound framework. For more information, contact Cindy Hoeft at [email protected].

Military Ministry: The Military Ministry packs boxes once a month to send to military men and women. We need non-liquid toiletries and snacks. Would you like to help us with the items to fill the boxes? Are you interested in helping us pack them once a month? For more information or to support, contact Sheila Marsh at 720-254-8144.

New Beginnings: A group for adults who have lost a loved one through divorce or death. A time for support and fellowship. Gatherings will be catered with a small lunch. Donations $10-$15. We meet the 2nd Sunday of the month at 12:00noon in the Ministry Center. Email Marge at [email protected].

Prayer Chain: PEPC has a team dedicated to praying for your requests and our staff prays for individual requests each Wednesday. Email prayer requests to [email protected].

Stephen Ministry: Do you need someone to walk with you in your struggles and challenges? Stephen Ministers are members (and friends) of our congregation, who have been trained to listen, care, encourage and provide emotional and spiritual support to people facing a crisis or going through tough times. The care you’ll receive is biblical, confidential and free. Questions? Email [email protected].


Military Care Ministry

Many of our friends and families have loved ones serving in the military, and this can be a very challenging and emotionally draining time for everyone.  Our vision is to encourage and support those who serve. This group of women and men meets monthly to pack boxes to be sent to those both overseas and stateside. We rely on the generosity of others for help in providing items and donations for postage.  For more information, contact [email protected].  See items requested below:


Toothbrush for Children and adults
Nail file/clippers
Foot powder
Skin lotion
First aid items – Band aids, salve

Candy (no chocolate)
Red licorice
Beef jerky
Crackers- cracker & cheese, peanut butter & crackers
Swedish fish
Fruit roll-ups
Trail mix

Puzzle books
Magazines (appropriate)
Books (no hard cover)
Sudoku books
Playing cards, games
Heat wraps for sore muscles

Additional Resources

They have seven different walk-in in centers for immediate in-person support, information and referrals. All of these confidential services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
1-844-493-TALK(8255) or text “TALK” to 38255

NAMI started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 and has blossomed into the nation’s leading voice on mental health. Today, we are an alliance of more than 600 local Affiliates and 48 State Organizations who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.
800-950-NAMI or Text “NAMI” to 741741

We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.