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    Author: Linda Papertsian

    Category: The Pulse 2018, The Pulse - 2018.09 Issue 9, The Pulse - 2018.10 Issue 10

    Cancer – Now What? A Stephen Ministry Book Review

    THIS IS THE QUESTION ASKED BY THOSE DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER and their loved ones. On March 20, 2018 at 6:30 pm, Stephen Ministry leader, Linda Papertsian, will be introduce a book titled “Cancer – Now What?” written by Kenneth C. Haugk, Ph.D., founder and executive director of Stephen Ministry St. Louis.

    Cancer - Now What? Taking Action, Finding Hope, and Navigating the Journey Ahead (2017) was written because of Dr. Haugk’s own journey alongside his wife who battled cancer. As the Stephen Ministry brochure says, “He built on that foundation through extensive research with over 3,500 cancer survivors, loved ones of people with cancer, and medical professionals, incorporating their wisdom, experience, and expertise. The result is a caring, how-to resource – written in a warm, conversational style – that covers the wide range of issues a cancer diagnosis brings. Cancer- Now What? provides helpful information, practical ideas and hope-filled encouragement.”

    We invite the congregation and friends, as well as Stephen Ministers along the Connecticut River Valley to join us for this Book Review on March 20 at 6:30 pm. We want to show you why this book is helpful to those facing cancer. We want to explain how it can be used easily and effectively by cancer patients and loved ones. Also, we will show you how and when to give this book to friends, relatives, neighbors, colleagues, and church members in affirming and respectful ways. Our hope is that Cancer - Now What? will be used to “guide and support cancer patients and their loved ones through the medical, emotional, relational, and spiritual challenges they may encounter.”

    God blessed this faithful servant, Kenneth Haugk, with gifts, talents, compassion, love and suffering so that he could write this book. Virtues of compassion, trust, knowledge, faith, and Christ-centered ministry are the bedrock of Stephen Ministry. We hope to highlight how these virtues and other valuable information can be used to serve one another and be served, even in the midst of the suffering and confusion of cancer.

    Cancer - Now What? book information resources will be available. A Q&A session will follow.

    If you or someone you know is suffering through illness, loss or hardship, please consider contacting the WEFC church office or at 860-563-8286. Stephen Ministers are trained and ready to walk with you through your difficult times.