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Welcome to the website of the Evangelical Lutheran Parish Nurse Association! We seek to be the light of Christ as we integrate faith and health in the ministry of parish nursing. Here you will find information about parish nursing, tools to assist you in your ministry,  as well as updates on our progress and activities. May God bless you with peace and joy for the day!

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, 

Welcome to the home page of the Evangelical Lutheran Parish Nurse Association ELPNA website!  We hope this dynamic and informative website can become a wonderful resource for you in your parish nursing practice! 

ELPNA is a professional association that seeks to support Parish Nurses (also known as Faith Community Nurses) in Lutheran congregations, regardless of denominational affiliation. We have much in common and a few things that divide us, but we stand together in helping people stay well, being with them in life crises and transitions, and helping them integrate their faith and health.

If you are not a member, we would welcome your involvement and leadership in this effort.  A membership application blank is on this website and dues are a bargain at $30 per year.  If you are a member, please make your voice heard as we advance the work we are about. 

On our website you will find resources for Faith Community Nurses, for pastors and congregations, plus regional and national ELPNA news.  We encourage you to look around and see what information will be beneficial to you and your congregation.  Come back often to see what is new and revised.  If you are a member you get e-blasts alerting you to what is new on the website. 

If you have resources and programs that you can share with nurses around the nation and the world, please contact me or your regional representative to the national board.  We would welcome hearing what you are doing in your faith community! One of our major goals is to continue to find ways to better communicate with and engage our members in our work, in spite of geographic challenges.

May God’s richest blessings be yours in abundance, as you serve in His Kingdom. 

The ELPNA Executive Committee
Carol DeSchepper, Chair (Region 3)  cjdeschepper@gmail.com
Nancy Deetz, Vice Chair (Region 3)  nancydeetz.nd@gmail.com
Andrea West, Secretary (Region 2) amwestrn@yahoo.com
June Sand, Treasurer (Region 3) djsand@comcast.net

For further info, Click here to download our ELPNA Brochure

New ELPNA Blog
We are excited to announce a new communication source for Parish Nurses/Faith Community Nurses and our organization!  We have created a blog at https://elpna.blog  Please let us know what you think, and let us know how we can make this website more helpful to you and your practice!

The ELPNA Communications Committee  

Holistic healing:
Parish Nurses Care for Body, Mind and Spirit
A wonderful article based on interviews from our own ELPNA nurses.  It has also been put on the ELCA web site.

Updated: 02/6/2017