All church members participate in caring for one another in good times and bad. Extended Ministry facilitates their response by publishing a weekly Circle of Friends Column on the listserve so that members can send cards, visit, or make calls to fellow congregants who have a special joy or sorrow in their lives. Similarly, Extended Ministry coordinates meals, transportation, visits, or other special requests as needs arise and participates in providing these services. Another important function of EM is to coordinate Memorial Service Receptions and to respond to the needs of the family when a loved one dies. Ideally, our community rejoices in the good fortune of its members and offers encouragement, support, and sympathy in times of sorrow. Extended Ministry helps make this happen.