We care about our members and about everyone else around us and in the world. We do this in many ways.

Congregational Care

“God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another.” 1 John 4: 7- 11

Care-giving has been a part of the ministry at CCRC from the very beginning. The Congregational Care Committee provides care through the work of two subcommittees: Samaritan Care and Stephen Ministry.

To inquire about or request any of the services or join any of the committees listed below, please contact our church office at 518.371.7654 or

Samaritan Care

Samaritan Care is a quiet ministry; members work behind the scenes offering love and support in many ways.

Notes of Support and Encouragement

Committee members write monthly notes of support and encouragement to members who are experiencing difficulties or illness.


Meals are offered to CCRC members during illness, after hospitalization or other crises.


Transportation is offered to and from church, church functions and medical appointments.


Committee members are available for visits in homes, hospitals and nursing homes. Some visits are during and after illness and hospitalization, others are longer term pastoral visits.

Memorial/Funeral Reception

Committee members organize and host receptions after memorial or funeral services for all those who attend. Receptions can be held at the church or in a private home. A member of the committee is also available to house sit during the time of the service, reception and/or burial.

Prayer Tree

Prayer Tree Ministry is a subcommittee of Samaritan Care and one of our original caring ministries. This ministry provides intercessory prayer on behalf of all members and their families during specific times of difficulties.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Prayer Shawl Ministry is a recent addition to our caring ministry. Committee members join together to knit or crochet a prayer shawl while weaving good thoughts and prayers of healing, hope and love into the piece so it will comfort and warm the recipient. The shawls are a visible symbol of God’s loving arms holding us and reassuring us in times of need.

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry equips gifted lay people to provide confidential, one-on-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation who are experiencing difficulties in their lives. A Stephen Minister receives 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care – listening, praying, supporting and encouraging. New classes are scheduled on an ongoing basis.

Pastoral Care Associate

This ministry focuses on nurturing the spiritual well being of the congregation. The Pastoral Care Associate works collaboratively with the ministers, providing care to the ill, shut-in, bereaved, elderly, lonely or depressed, those in spiritual crisis and new members. In addition, the associate leads support groups with specific needs.

The Pastoral Care Associate is a liaison with Samaritan Care and co-ordinates Stephen Ministry. Working with the Stephen Ministry leaders, the associate teaches the training course required of new Stephen Ministers and leads the monthly educational meetings of commissioned ministers.