Compassionate Care Team


are sponsored throughout the year by the Compassionate Care Team (CCT).   

5th Sunday Seminars

Below is a listing of the Seminars held to date. 

Names underlined and in blue below are folks that are part of our Grace family who would love to talk to you more about their story or answer any questions you have on the seminar topic.

 A few seminars have been recorded and are available on our Sermon Archive page.  Search a key word in the title to find them.

Let's Talk About Suicide and Break the Stigma (recorded) 

| 4.28.2018 |Suicide is not the answer! This 5th Sunday Seminar will help you gain insight into the prevalence of suicide in our society, how a family reacts to a suicide, and how to walk alongside them in their grief. God is always with us, carrying us through even in our deepest losses.  

Todd and Angela Tharp and their children Brett (and wife Morgan) and Mason lost their son, brother, and friend, Connor, to suicide at 17 in 2014.  Their desire is to honor his life by sharing Connor's Cause - 

     Be Kind. For everyone you meet is fighting a battle  

     Be Smart.  Properly lock up any firearms in your home

     Be You.  God has a purpose and plan for your life!  (Jeremiah 20:11)

Tharp Presentation

NAMI How Can I Know if Someone Is Suicidal

AXIS Parent's Guide to Depression & Anxiety

Understanding Chronic Pain (recorded) 

| 10.29.2017 | Speaker Don Gilbert, PhD, MS, LMHC, APA (New Life Counseling) with Mikayla Rietgraf sharing her personal cancer survivor story and resulting chronic pain.

Understanding Chronic Pain. By Don Gilbert

The STRESS Effects on the Body. By Don Gilbert

Understanding and Communicating with Parents of Kids with Disabilities | 01.29.2017 | Speaker and Local Author Jolene Philo (Different


 Many of the books in the Resource List in the attached PDF are available for checkout in the Comfort Cove.

Understanding Parents.

By Jolene Philo

 Ten Ways to Care for Families of People with Special Needs Including Resources.

By Jolene Philo

Randy Hughes: One Man’s Journey from Addiction to Recovery 

| 04.30.2017 | Randy Hughes shared his personal struggle with alcoholism


 Free Books Are Available from CCT (Ask Melonie Stall or Office Secretary Vicki Oler to obtain)

     From Binge to Blackout: A Mother and Son Struggle with Teen Drinking by Chris and Toren
           Volkmann | Highly recommended for ALL Parents with Teenagers 

     Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life by Henry Cloud
           and John Townsend

     Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself by
           Melody Beattie

     The Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson | Available in the Resource Board

           located by the restrooms

Addiction Definitions, Facts, and Resources

Alcohol Facts and Stats

AA 12 Steps

How to Have Compassion for an Addict

The Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test - MAST

Letting Go Poem

Substance Abuse Symptoms Checklist - NCADD

AA 12 Traditions

Depression:  It’s Time We Talked About Mental Health (recorded) 

| 10.30.2016 | Speakers Julie Saxton (Ames Police Department Mental Health Advocate) and Tim Denger (ISU Police Detective) with Joshua Kraling and Don Todd sharing their personal struggles with depression

Mental Health. 

By Julie Saxton

Helping Yourself through Depression

Depression and Faith.

By Joshua Kraling

Things to Say or Not Say to Someone Who is Depressed

Depression and Faith PowerPoint Verbiage.

By Joshua Kraling

How to be Friends with Someone who is Depressed - The Mighty

If you are affected by any of these topics and would

like to be on the Compassionate Care Team's Prayer List

or if you would like to speak to someone on the Team

about these issues, please Contact Us.