Pastoral Care

UCH has identified and trained seven members to serve on the Lay Pastoral Care Team in support of our minister’s pastoral ministry. The Lay Pastoral Care Associates are a one-on-one ministry whereby members of our church can help other members who need care. A Pastoral Care Associate is a confidential, compassionate, and listening presence. Associates have been trained by the minister and coordinator, and are headed by Coordinator Jim Cavenaugh. They meet regularly and receive continuing education in relevant issues.

Members of the Pastoral Care Team include: Coordinator Jim Cavenaugh, Jessica Chuckalovcak, Nan Cavenaugh, Ray Harris, Marj Forster, Nancy Hall, and Kathleen Stewart.


The purpose of pastoral care is to assist UCH members in life changing situations. Naturally, they can only assist if they know that someone needs help. Please contact Pastoral Care for yourself or other UCH members in any of the following life-changing situations:

  • People who are hospitalized;
  • People who are grieving a loss;
  • People who are separated or divorcing;
  • People in need of long term care;
  • People who are terminally ill;
  • People experiencing job loss;
  • People experiencing financial struggle;
  • People facing legal difficulties;
  • People experiencing abuse;
  • People adjusting to life-changing situations; and/or
  • People with a family member in prison.
Making a Referral

In person: You may contact our Minister, Jim Cavenaugh, or any staff member directly to make a referral.

Voicemail: In addition, we have established a voice mailbox for anyone wishing to leave a confidential, detailed message regarding any life-changing event. Call the church office at 717-564-4761, ext. 707 (Pastoral Care Associates).

Sharing Your Joys and Sorrows

UCH members are encouraged to share their concerns and sorrows.

**During this time of distanced worship, you may still wish to share. Submit your joys and/or concerns online by Thursday morning to be read during the recorded service for the following Sunday.  

We offer “Joy and Sorrow” cards for those entering the sanctuary, so you can complete one and place it in the basket provided, either before the service or during the meditation. Please include your name, and if you are not a member, your contact information, and tell us whether it may be shared during the service.

We offer a collective pastoral prayer as part of the service. The one leading the service will be responsible to incorporate shareable joys and sorrows in the pastoral prayer.