Historically, the church has played a major role in the health and caring of people by establishing the first hospitals, hospice and long-term care facilities. Over time, the church stepped back from their role and healing became the task of medical professionals and clinical institutions.
We now recognize that technology and medical treatment by themselves are not the (only) answers in bringing about healing. People of faith are reaffirming their call by God to minister to one another. We have come to realize that good health requires caring not only for the body, but also for the mind and soul.
A Parish Nurse is…
A registered nurse who is committed to the caring and healing mission of the church, educated to promote the wellness of mind, body and spirit. Their program follows the Scope and Standards of the Parish Nurse Practice. The Parish Nurse works in partnership with the pastors.
The Health Ministry Team…
- Is committed to the vision of Grace Lutheran Church.
- Is made up of individuals committed to the wellness of the members of the church.
- Assists the Parish Nurses with specific activities and programs.
- Supports and encourages the Health Ministry Team members.
The Focus of this Ministry is…
- Promoting health and wellness.
- Caring for the “whole” person.
- Making referrals as appropriate. (This is not a substitute for physical health care.)
- Bringing wholeness and healing to the faith community.
- Educating, supporting and counseling all members.
Some of the services a parish nurse could provide are…
- Referrals to appropriate support services.
- Support and prayer during times of crisis, grief and celebration.
- Health education and promotion. Support to members on health-related issues in a confidential manner.
- Home, hospital and nursing home visits, as needed.
The Parish Nurses and the Health Ministry Team have books with health-related topics for you to check out in the Parish Nurse office. Some of the topics include Alzheimer’s, cancer, grief and loss, senior living, stress, and many other topics. Large-print devotional books are also available. You are free to come and browse through and check out anything that could be useful for you.
For more information or to speak with someone who cares, call the church office at, 952-432-7273, and ask for Lois Askvig or Amy Fleser, Parish Nurses.
We have an AED at Grace on the wall near the front doors. These devices are designed to walk and talk you through how to use them in the case of an emergency, even if you don’t know how. Still, feeling prepared goes a long way. Below you’ll find a downloadable audio file so you can listen to how the AED voice instruction sounds like. There is also a quick training video you can watch.