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Pastoral Care

Counseling ~ We offer counseling from a licensed Psychologist to those in need. Contact Melody Martini, Psy. D.

Grief Share ~ A confidential, small group setting provides teaching and support for those going through life’s difficult moments.  See Grief Recovery brochure for details.

DivorceCare ~ This 13-week program helps people through their divorce recovery.  Emotional, educational, and spiritual support are provided. See brochure for details.

 

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    • Long Days – Dark Nights by Melody Martini, Psy.D I remember the days between my beloved father’s death and his funeral.  The days were long, filled with decisions to be made, e-mails to be sent, phone calls to dear family friends, visitors to console and food or flowers delivered hourly.  As long as the days were, the nights were longer.  In the dark when…
    • Melody B. Martini Pastoral Care Ministry By Peg Eastman In July St. Michael’s welcomed Melody Martini to the staff. She is a licensed clinical psychologist who will be regularly at St. Michael’s on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. This new position was created as part of St. Michael’s “Heart and Home” ministry. Melody’s charge is to provide long-term support to those who may need support…
    • GriefShare GriefShare is a thirteen week  Biblically based video and discussion program, with an optional workbook, for individuals grieving the loss of a loved one, no matter how recent or distant the death.  This confidential and supportive program is held in  the pastoral care suite on Tuesday evenings at 6 pm beginning January 17, 2012. Free…
    • DivorceCare DivorceCare is Biblically based thirteen week  educational and experiential support  group for individuals considering divorce, divorcing, or divorced previously.  This class uses videos, discussion, and an optional workbook. There is also a class called DivorceCare for Kids offered concurrently during the adult sessions.  This fun program helps kids 5-12 understand and talk about what is…
    • Adapted GriefShare Offered by St. Michaels at Bishop Gadsden St. Michael’s is hosting and facilitating an adapted version of GriefShare at Bishop Gadsden. This course is directed to care givers, family, and friends of individuals with dementia and associated memory disorders . There are many good-byes over weeks, months, and years when interacting with someone who has dementia. Frequently, “the long good-bye is used…
    • Day of Healing Prayer Reflection I was a little concerned that the “subject” of the day would keep people away.  Will anyone come to a Day of Prayer about “Addiction”?  Even though we tried to advertise “broadly”, saying “addiction can be a lot of things”, I wondered, would people come? The answer was “Yes.”  No one knew what the “addiction”…
    • Light for Our Darkness Recently I was with a person who confessed, “Soon it will be Thanksgiving and then Christmas and then the New Year.  I wish I could just sleep through it all.  This is the hardest time of the year for me. I know I should be thankful and I ought to be excited about Advent and…
    • Surviving the Holidays How strange it is to be writing about survival in relationship to a time so many people anticipate as happy, fun and filled with family.  We think of survival in relationship to war and natural disasters. We think of survival as a life and death issue. Yet, survival is appropriate when we consider that for…
    • Is It Really New Year’s? When I was a little girl I believed that an eternity existed between Thanksgiving and Christmas. As a senior adult it seems only a moment - and then comes January 1st! Instead of resolutions this year I have made some personal goals. Goals are obtainable, measurable, and time specific, e.g. I will lose 10 lbs.…
    • With God’s Help! Over the Christmas season, someone sent me a wonderful article about resolutions for this new year.  I was inspired by the thoughts of living intentionally - aware of myself and others.  Then I remembered previous years and the longevity of my efforts to follow those new practices.  In some instances, the apostle Paul and I…
    • From the Pastoral Care Suite On Sunday, February 5, St. Michael’s sponsored a  “Protecting Our Children” plenary. Elizabeth Hocker, Director of Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center, spoke about ways parents, educators, church personnel, and adults in relationship with children can care for all our children. Using the Adverse Childhood Events study, she described the effects of childhood neglect, verbal physical,…
    • Relationship as God’s Refining Fire As part of my responsibilities at St. Michael’s, I see many couples and families who are working on their relationship.  It is always exciting to see God’s people awaken to the need to work on their interactions and reactions to each other.  Many of us enter marriage and create families without any expectation that these…
    • Pastoral Care, Healing and the Front Office Welcomes the Boomans Welcome David! David came to us from Roper Hospital where he was working in their Clinical Pastoral Education ministry. You can read all about David and Caity and their joint education at the Trinity School for Ministry. But let me say that only God could have arranged the Boomans being in the right place at…
    • The Triumphal Entry and Dead Palms It was a beautiful warm sunny day in March at Camp St. Christopher.  I was attending as prayer support at Alpha Weekend Away when it was suggested that I hike to the crab dock on the circle path.  I was told to enter the path at a certain point and just keep walking , looking…
    • Ministry In and Out “I came into this group feeling alone and frightened and left knowing more deeply God’s love and care for me.”  GS participant St. Michael’s hosted GriefShare this past fall and spring.  These small groups met in the pastoral care suite to view videos, share conversation, pray for each other and receive God’s healing.  We addressed…
    • Transitions and Change Many years ago someone told me “all change is perceived as loss - even good change”.  How can that be?   Recently I saw someone in my office who was confused about their feelings related to graduating from college.  This person was excited about a new life - an entrance into adulthood - but sad…
    • Christian Healing Ministry Internship Program: A Report from Randy and Paulette Gobel Paulette and I were privileged to train as interns on May 8th through the 12th at the MacNutt’s School of Healing Prayer in Jacksonville Fla. We attended two days of training at the Christian Healing Ministries campus followed by two and a half days praying with participants at the “Journey to Healing” retreat held at…
    • Reflections on the Festival of Joy The Festival of Joy offered the opportunity for healing and revival to members of St. John’s  Chapel and residents of the Eastside through teaching, prayer, fellowship  and music.  One special moment was during the Sunday service when the congregation together prayed through the prayers for generational healing  before going to the altar for communion. This…
    • In-Between Times Many times I have heard the Christian walk described as being “like a trapeze artist”.  I imagine those who use that simile are focused on letting go of old things and holding onto the new things God has for all of us.  However, recently I have been focused on the “in-between” the old and the…
    • What? Who? Why? How? When most people in any church are asked these questions, the answers usually looks like this.  “Oh, of course, you know, when the priests visit hospitals and retirement or nursing homes.  They say prayers from that special book they carry.  Sometimes they carry communion.  They do it because usually those people are in distress, and…
    • “I Feel So Disconnected” One of the major illnesses of our time is being disconnected.  It can cause depression, chronic fatigue, anger, loneliness, anxiety, confusion, even suicide.  It can play a major role in alcohol abuse, physical diseases such as gastrointestinal disorders, headaches, and general malaise as well.  It can and does lead to alienation from family and children…
    • Excellence in Pastoral Care Is any one of you in trouble?  He should pray.  Is anyone happy?  Let him sing songs of praise.  Is any one of you sick?  He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. James 5:13-14 We want to be a…
    • Counseling Grief Share and DivorceCare have already begun.  But it is never too late for you to begin. We have already seen people connecting and sharing their experiences of hope and faith.  It is a joy to see God intervene in pain and despair, fear and grief.  JESUS HAS TRULY COME TO HEAL THE BROKENHEARTED AND…
    • What is Stewardship in Relationship to Pastoral Care? Oh no! It is that time again…what and how do I respond to the blessings that God has given to me and my family? As a psychologist, I know that resilience (the capacity to return to baseline after experiencing physical or emotional trauma) is associated with multiple factors.  These factors include an individual’s belief in…
    • Again Lord? I have experienced a familiar theme in my life and the lives of many people sitting in my office over the last couple of weeks.  “Lord, I find myself here again…lacking trust in you, feeling little joy, and just plain worn out with daily life!  Why do I (and we) end up here over and…
    • Reflection on Day of Healing Prayer While I have only been serving at St. Michael’s for eight months, I have heard on several occasions that this was the day we had long been waiting for – the day when our very own Chaplain Major General Charlie Baldwin would lead a Day of Healing Prayer specifically focused on the healing of those…
    • Love & War Ends with Peace & Joy Five couples from the pilot marriage program spent the weekend before Thanksgiving on retreat at Spring Island, a coastal island in Beaufort County.  The weekend was filled with laughter, play (skeet shooting, kayaking), food, talk, videos, and prayer.  The presence of the Holy Spirit was felt by all. One husband said, “I never have felt…
    • Thanksgiving is not Over! Years ago I saw a most amazing Christmas card that stopped me in my tracks. On the flat black card was a gold manger with a golden infant resting upon gold hay.  The baby’s hands and feet were clearly visible above the edge of the manger.  They were pierced and showed spots of red blood.…
    • LOVE AND WAR St. Michael’s newest marriage initiative! Groups are now forming for mid-January start! Locations and meeting time options available Call  Melody Martini, Psy.D. for further information 843-597-3999
    • LOVE and WAR BEGINS AGAIN One of the core ministries at St. Michael’s is the support of families and the home.  We recognize that in order to reach out to the broken and hurting world, we must have healthy families who are engaged in living out the Gospel.  The very first  grouping of a family begins with the husband and…
    • Balance is Not as Easy as Riding a Bicycle On January 13th I stood in the Kinloch room surrounded by activity.  People were every where  gathering information about classes, Bible studies, life groups, and wellness courses for adults, children, and families.  Children were playing and eating donuts, lots of donuts.  Music played in the background and then the new GIC video played on the…
    • Where does Reflection Lead? Lent is a time of deeper focused reflection - thinking about our lives and our connections with ourselves, others, and especially our Lord.  But is it good  to “navel gaze”?  Healthy? Healing? Reflection and evaluation are important to our growth in Christ.  It is in observing our behaviors, attitudes, emotions, and thinking, that we can…
    • Excellence in Pastoral Care At St. Michael’s we believe that pastoral care is a ministry of the entire body of Christ involving clergy, counselors, prayer ministers, Eucharistic visitors, and life group leaders. Because we believe that we are the body of Christ, we also believe that when one part of the body suffers we all suffer together (1 Corinthians…
    • Reunion – Searching for Home When I was a little girl, my family moved to a new home.  My parents enrolled me in the neighborhood school and drove me on the route I would take to walk home (remember it was a long time ago when children walked to school).  The very first day I wept when my daddy dropped…
    • Love and War Group Goes on Retreat A group of six married couples (all but one from St. Michael’s)  just completed the Love & War marriage course. Love & War is a book written by John and Staci Eldridge and is a must read for all couples. Based on the Eldridges’ book, the course consists of eight DVD sessions, featuring both John…
    • School of Healing Prayer Reflections Taking the MacNutt School of Healing Prayer Level 1 almost felt like I was going backwards, as I have had 8 years of prayer ministry training in other schools.  Never assume anything (lesson #1!).  The Lord always is teaching us new lessons, even as we review material we have studied time and time again.  His…
    • Living in a Culture of Worship in London I finally saw it – Holy Trinity Brompton (better known as “HTB”). After an overnight, seventeen-hour trip that began in Charleston at 6:00 p.m. (EST) Monday, Brenda Georgi and I arrived at Heathrow airport in London, UK at 11:50 a.m. (GMT) Tuesday. We managed to purchase Oyster cards and took the Tube, arriving a block…
    • What If? What were your dreams when you said “I do” ? Did they include disagreements, financial difficulties, more disagreements, fractious whiny children, more disagreements, despair, and thoughts of divorce? Probably not. Yet most couples find this as their reality at some point in their relationship. Some find it as a continuing reality throughout their marriage. The…
    • From Conflict to Connection I urge Euodia and Syntyche to iron out their differences and make up. God doesn’t want His children holding grudges. And, oh, yes, Syzgus, since you’re right there to help them work things out, do your best with them. These women worked for the Message, hand in hand with Clement and me, and with the…
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