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SPIRIT Carole & Ronald Krist Samaritan Center for Counseling & Education November 2010 · Touching Lives · Healing Hearts
A Listening Ear

It was once said, “The greatest act one person can do for another is to listen.” And, although a listening ear is an extremely valuable gift, unfortunately, for many individuals, it can be hard to come by. 

A lay minister is a member of a faith community that does not have the responsibility of the clergy, but who offers spiritual care to members of the congregation. Lay ministers meet with struggling individuals and families, strive to achieve an empathetic listening presence, and provide spiritual and emotional support. Equally important, they seek to facilitate the expression of a person’s thoughts and feelings without intruding or redirecting their story. 

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Krist Samaritan Center’s Lay Ministry Training Program 
The Krist Samaritan Center is launching a Lay Ministry Training Program in January that focuses on congregational care. From hospital visits to random encounters in the elevator, this program will train participants what it means to help those who are hurting — by truly listening. The program will consist of weekly meetings for 10 to 12 weeks led by Congregational Care Consultants Rev. Dr. Ted Smith, Rev. Dr. Ron Sunderland and Ms. Denice Foose. 

For the participants that desire to become lay ministers, the program will consist of:
•	Submission of reports based upon visits with parishioners
•	Study of grief theory
•	Cultivation of an identify as a lay minister and more 

To learn more about the Lay Ministry Training Program, contact Rev. Dr. Ted Smith at 281.480.7554, ext. 16.

“One of the most valuable things we can do to heal one another is to listen to each others’ stories.” 
~ Rebecca Falls

Service Spotlight

Each month, Spirit will shine a spotlight on one of our services to reveal how Krist Samaritan Center is touching lives and healing hearts all across Houston.

Support for Struggling Individuals
The Krist Samaritan Center hosts support group sessions for the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) of Greater Houston — a free, confidential support group for people struggling with depression and bipolar disorder, and their families and friends. 

Led by trained facilitators, DBSA support groups are held every Thursday evening beginning at 7 p.m. at the Center. 

To learn more, visit www.samaritanhouston.org or www.dbsahouston.org.
A Samaritan Celebration 2010
Krist Samaritan Center Honors Houstonians Who Make a Difference

Carol & Michael Linn, Rahul Mehta, Alice & Keith Mosing, and Kids’ Meals, Inc. were the honorees in attendance at the Krist Samaritan Center’s annual gala, A Samaritan Celebration, held November 4, 2010 at the River Oaks Country Club. A Samaritan Celebration raised more than $250,000 for the Center’s Counseling Assistance Fund which allows the Center to provide high quality counseling and mental health services on a sliding fee scale. 

More than 325 people attended the event chaired by Diane & Brian Kingshill. The night was dedicated to the 6 honorees, who were given the Samaritan Spirit Award. Upon receiving the award, each honoree spoke of their own experiences making a difference in the lives of others.

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Thank you to all who attended A Samaritan Celebration 2010. Your financial and personal support is invaluable to us and our work at the Center. We are truly grateful for your friendship. Special thanks to everyone who planned and worked behind the scenes to make the event a success — we could not have done it without you. 

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