We strive to be a Faith Community that is compassionate and welcoming of veterans, their families and offer a place to worship and find hope and healing
We strive to witness and to share the burdens of war.
We seek to tend to the wounds, particularly wounds of the soul, that can be borne by veterans and effect the whole family unit.
We seek to host healing circles and other opportunities.
We offer Pastoral care to veterans and their families.
We Host special worship services at Veterans Day and Memorial Day and remember other days such as Pearl Harbor Day.
We work at raising community awareness through education and presence.
We offer a network of resources and services that support veteran needs.
____________________________________________________ THE COMPASS HEALING CIRCLE Comprised of veterans, family members of vets, and committed members of the larger community, COMPASS meets monthly. The Circle is carefully established as safe space, “holy ground” where: *the stories of veterans and family members are welcomed and heard in the process of deep listening; truths and wisdom of veterans experience are received and honored. *truths and wisdom of veterans experience are received and honored: *the soul wounds of war and military service are tended to: *The things needed for restoration and healing are named; and *the isolating breach between those returning from service and the wider community is being repaired.
Please contact at Pastor Teresa Martin at 717-654-4044 or RevTeresaMartin@outlook.com for more information.
_______________________ The Witting Tree The Witting Tree is a silent, faith- filled witness observed each year prior to Veterans Day. We hang 154 sets of dogs tags in a public remembrance of as many 22 veterans who take their lives each day by suicide. There is a deep need for our society as a whole to take responsibility to interrupt and transform destructive cycles that cost service people, their families, and the large community so much. This kind of commitment can begin to be assumed by faith communities. The term “witting” means to be cognizant, deliberate and aware to the facts of a situation.