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.
Funeral Planning Resources
We’ve prepared a page of information and planning documents that can be filled out online or printed. We encourage you to go through this process before it’s needed! Use the button below to visit the funeral planning page.
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.
Watch a Training Video
Meals on Wheels
Whether it’s for the convenience or because you are unable to prepare meals, whether the need is long-term or short-term, Meals on Wheels delivers to much of the surrounding area around Grace. Deliveries are Monday-Friday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm or a weekly delivery option is also available. Price is based on need, and diet-specific meal options are available.
Care Options Network
Looking for senior housing options (independent, assisted, memory care, etc.)? Care Options Network provides comprehensive information on facilities across the metro area.
Apple Valley American Legion Medical Equipment Loan Program
Needing a short-term loan of medical equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, toilet seat boosters, or other things? The Apple Valley American Legion (14521 Granada Drive) makes available equipment at no cost to anyone living in the area. You do not need to be a veteran or be an Apple Valley resident. Call (952) 431-1776 during weekday, working hours.