Have you ever wanted to reach out to another person in need but have felt nervous or anxious?

Have you ever wanted to visit a lonely neighbor or a sick friend in the hospital but are afraid of doing the wrong thing or saying the wrong thing?

Have you ever wondered what's the best way to offer comfort to another person?

If so, the free Community Care Class at Bridges of Carroll County is for you.

Led by Parson Bob Stark of First Lutheran Church of Mount Carroll, Community Care kicks off 10-11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at Bridges of Carroll County, 417 Main St., Savanna.

The eight-week class covers all the basics you need in order to be of real comfort to another person. The topics covered included how to be a good listener; how to minister to the whole person; how to avoid taking on the problems of others at the expense of your identity; how to speak the truth in love; and much more.

"Many of us feel the tug to reach out to others, but sometimes we don't know how," said Parson Stark. "This class aims to offer some training in practical skills that anyone can master who puts time into it. Many people in our community feel lonely or disconnected. The Community Care class is a way of helping everybody get more connected."

The Community Care Class is available in person at Bridges of Carroll County. Social distancing will be observed and masks are required.

The Community Care Class also will be offered through Zoom.

Register for the class by calling or texting Parson Stark at 630-240-1106 or Pastor Gary Panetta at 815-590-1792.