GriefShare meets on Mondays, from 6 to 8 pm. This is a support group for persons working through the death of a loved one. To join this GriefShare group at First UMC, Copperhill, please call the church office: 423-496-4931 or contact Lonney McDonald by email:  

GriefShare is a 13-week, biblically-based and Christ-centered support group program for anyone who is suffering from the death of a loved one.  It is open to everyone in the community.  Each session includes a video seminar and group discussion.  A workbook helps you with note-taking, journaling, and grief study.  Although it's nice for everyone to start at the same time, each session is "self-contained."  This means you can join the group after the 13-week sessions have begun.  

Who should come to GriefShare?
This support group is for people grieving a person's death.  Of course there are other losses in life that cause a person to grieve.  For example, you might have lost a job, recently been divorced, or lost custody of a child.  Such types of grief are real but are not the kind discussed in GriefShare.  Ask your pastor or a counselor to locate help for such circumstances.  

Is GriefShare just for members of First United Methodist Church of Copperhill?  Absolutely not.  Anyone can come!  You do not have to belong to any church to come.  Here's JoAnne, to tell you how GriefShare has helped her recover from losing her husband:
To learn more about this outstanding national ministry, go to the GriefShare website:  (It will open in a new window, too.)

Footprints in the Sand
        One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
             Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
                  In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
                       Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
                           other times there were one set of footprints.
                                  This bothered me because I noticed
                                that during the low periods of my life,
                             when I was suffering from
                         anguish, sorrow or defeat,
                     I could see only one set of footprints.
          So I said to the Lord,
      "You promised me Lord,
         that if I followed you,
             you would walk with me always.
                   But I have noticed that during
                          the most trying periods of my life
                                 there have only been one
                                       set of footprints in the sand.
                                           Why, when I needed you most,
                                          you have not been there for me?"
                                 The Lord replied,
                          "The times when you have
                  seen only one set of footprints,
          is when I carried you."
                                                   Mary Stevenson
                                                                    -- Copyright, Mary Stevenson, Used with Permission