Offering Hope, Support, & Spiritual Guidance
If you are facing difficulties or challenges, feeling overwhelmed or uncertain, our care response team can assist you in finding help within the church as well as within the broader Madison community. You can reach a Care Responder Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 11 am–3 pm at 608-828-4230, or complete a Care Ministries Contact Us form. Schedules may vary, so please feel free to leave a message.
For emergency care needs, call the church office (608-828-4200). Follow the prompts to reach an on-call pastor if you are calling after office hours.
Blackhawk offers support resources for a variety of needs including:
A few things to keep in mind as you share prayer requests:
- Respect the privacy of others – Ask permission first before sharing a request on behalf of someone else.
- Maintain confidentiality – you don’t need to use names, God knows.
- Be careful when sharing personal information, God knows the details.
- Don’t vent. Matters between you and another person should stay that way.
Care Support Team
For more information, complete a Care Ministries Contact Us form or call 608-828-4230.
Dane County has numerous Christian counselors that provide quality support. For recommendations to assist you with your specific situation, complete a Counseling Recommendations Request, or call 608-828-4230.
Mental Health Support
Living Grace: Groups will resume Fall of 2021. For more information please contact email@example.com.
Living with anxiety, depression and other challenges can be exhausting and confusing. Living Grace will empower you with new ways to reduce symptoms, increase your well-being, and rest in God’s grace.
- Rest, Relaxation, and Joy
- Safe and Healthy Relationships
- Renewing your Mind
- Managing Stressors
*Pre-registration is required and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Family Grace: For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supporting a loved one through anxiety, depression and other challenges can be confusing and stressful. Family Grace is a curriculum-based, peer group that will empower you to make confident decisions to care for yourself and your loved one within a supportive community.
- Communication Skills
- Whole-Health Renewal
- Handling Problems
- Boundaries to Rebuild
Each participant will receive a workbook ($20) to keep.
Pre-registration is required and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
More to the Story: For more information please contact email@example.com.
Many of us experience trauma, anxiety, depression, and other difficulties throughout life. It is easy for these challenges to become the only story we tell ourselves and others, resulting in barriers to support, connection, and growth.
Building on WISE Wisconsin’s stigma reduction efforts, the More to the Story workshop expands our stories beyond hurtful beliefs (associated with difficulties) by considering Biblical truths and personal strengths to safely develop and disclose portions of our stories within a supportive community. Through reflection, learning, and dialogue, this workshop guides us to own the mental health continuum without shame and accept the choice to voice our challenging experiences intentionally and effectively. As our resilience grows, our mental health challenges no longer define us, and instead, we practice a loving response towards ourselves and others as we all care for our minds, hearts, and souls.
Each participant will receive a workbook ($10) to keep.
Pre-registration is required and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
One to One Care
One-to-one ministry by trained, caring, volunteers who have responded to Christ’s call to “carry each others’ burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” One to One Care provides someone who cares, supports, listens, shares, prays.
What is a One to One Caregiver?
One to One Caregiver is:
- Christ-follower who walks beside a hurting person
- caring Christian who really listens and supports
- volunteer who has received 50 hours of training in how to provide compassionate care.
One to One Caregiver is not:
- counselor, therapist, or mental health professional
- person who will solve all your problems
Why should I seek a One to One Caregiver?
Are you going through a difficult time and needing someone to care, listen and share God’s love with you, one-to-one and confidentially? Are you hurting due to loss of a spouse, retirement, loneliness, unemployment, despair, childbirth, hospitalization, grief, separation and divorce, terminal illness, being shut in, faith issues or other problems? If so, a One to One Caregiver could help.
How can I receive care from a One to One Caregiver?
Please contact a member of our Care Response Team for information. Complete a Care Ministries Contact Us form or call us at 608-828-4230.
I know someone who could use a One to One Caregiver. How do I handle it?
Go to the person in need and let them know about One to One Care. Pray with them about it.
If you would like to hear what volunteering in One to One Care involves please click HERE – 10-minute video hosted by Care Pastor – Dave Gagnon & One to One volunteers.
If you are interested in serving with One to One Care complete an application HERE.
Groups will resume Fall of 2021. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t go through separation or divorce alone. DivorceCare seminars and support groups are led by people who have walked down the road you are on. We offer you resources to help deal with the past and rebuild your future. New participants are welcome at any time, but pre-registration is necessary. If you have questions or would like to request a scholarship, please complete a Care Ministries Contact Us form.
DivorceCare is a video seminar series featuring counselors and experts on divorce and recovery discussing topics from a biblical perspective. Real people share their stories of how they have faced the pain of separation and divorce with Christ’s strength and comfort.
This group meets for 13 weeks with a new topic covered each week, such as:
- Deep Hurt & Anger
- Grief & Depression
- Fears, Anxiety & Loneliness
- Financial / Legal issues & Conflict
- Forgiveness & your Former Spouse
- Single Living
The videos are combined with confidential support group discussion each week. Each participant will purchase a workbook to keep through the National DivorceCare website.
Only one person from a separated/divorced couple may attend the 13-week session at a time. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Locate other DivorceCare groups in the area.
In this small group book study, bestselling author Dr. John Townsend helps you discover a simple path to regain the intimacy and fulfilling closeness that every person needs. Difficult relationships can damage our ability to trust, causing us to shut down. But God designed us to experience freedom and love. To live this way, we all eventually need to take a risk.
- Topics include:
- Understanding the Problem
- Knowing When You’re Ready
- Knowing When the Other Person is Ready
- Moving into Relationship
This is a DVD series with small group discussion. Registration is required. Each participant will be responsible for purchasing the workbook. Once registered you will receive an email with details and a link to purchase the workbook on Amazon.
Men's Book Study on Pornography
Surfing for God: The Divine Desire Beneath Sexual Struggle by Michael John Cusick
Next session begins 9/27/21. Register HERE
This practical, biblical, and hope-filled 8-week study helps us discover the divine desire beneath the sexual struggle men face. The author uses examples from his own life and from his twenty years of counseling experience to show us how the pursuit of empty pleasure is really a search for our heart’s deepest desire – and the real key to resistance is discovering and embracing the joy we truly want.
Participants will be expected to register, purchase the book, read two chapters each week and attend consistently.
Funerals and Memorial Services
Long time Blackhawk member Phil Roethlisberger went home to be with the Lord on Monday, July 12th, 2021. View his obituary HERE. Many of us remember an unforgettable time when Phil and Laura sang in the service on 11/24/2013 when Pastor Chris spoke on the Gospel & Marriage. View Phil and Laura at about the 40 minute mark HERE.
Joanne Mann passed away on May 24th, 2020. View her obituary HERE. A service was not held at that time due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A memorial service is planned for Saturday, August 14th, 2021 at Brader Way 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM.