Monthly Bulletin/Newsletter Articles from Advocate Health Care
December 2016: Depression in Older Adults
January 2017: Addiction
February 2017: Heart Health
March 2017 - Healthy Family Eating & Hidden Ingredients in Prepared Foods
April 2017 - Family and Church Emergency Preparedness
Here We Walk - Idea for Lent
With Christmas over, Lent is just around the corner. I had so much fun designing a special Lenten fitness challenge to celebrate the Reformation that I want to share it with all of you. It is two sheets designed to be printed on one piece of paper double sided. Each participant needs one sheet to record their physical fitness during Lent and also learn about the significant places in Martin Luther's life. There are a variety of ways you could tailor the experience to your church.
Here are just a few suggestions:
However you do it, have fun and encourage your congregation to get moving! Please let me know if you use the program and share with me any stories of your experience.
God's peace and joy in the New Year,
Becky Elsbernd, Parish Nurse
Trinity Lutheran Church
Mason City, Iowa
Click of the following to download:
Reformation and Martin Luther Information
Here we walk map
Healing Service Bulletins
These Healing Service Bulletins were developed by Phyllis Bruce for the Healing Services at her church. They folow a basic template with changes in music and scripture readings, and a focus on seasonal services. You are welcome to revise them according to your need and faith traditions.
January: Readings from Psalms 37,23, and Philippians, John and Hebrews
March: A Small Group Service of Healing for Repentance, Prayer and Meditation for Lent Using Lectio Devina and Anointing with Oil
Explaination of how to use Lectio Devina in small groups
This prayer card is formated to make a double sided card. Print the two pages, then copy them on card stock making a double sided card. They can now be cut to make four cards. Give them to members of your visitation teams, Befrienders, etc., or use them to give to those you visit, after reading the verse and prayer to them.
Click here to open the prayer card
ELPNA Display Pictures
You may use these pictures to make your own display for special meetings like Synod Assemblies, WELCA meetings, or for your own church.
JOY- Jesus, Others, and You
Having Balance in your Life
by Linda Graffius, Faith Community Nurse and Coordinator of Care and Health Ministry at Luther Memorial Church, Erie, PA
As you know, there is a huge initiative being conducted about fall prevention for seniors and the elderly. I became inspired to conduct a class here at my church, Luther Memorial, in Erie, PA. I knew that I would need help formatting and conducting this class, so I contacted the Physical Therapy department at a local university, Gannon. The head of that department along with a Physical Therapist from the Visiting Nurse Association and I met to discuss the possibility of having class. They were very excited.
We set up a 6 week program, consisting of 3 classes in November and 3 in December. The attendance was anywhere from 8 to 16, with participants ranging in age from 60 to 90. It was wonderful to have such experts as instructors. We did not advertise this a balance, fall prevention class, hence the name JOY, and some participants said they wouldn’t have attended if we had. Many people think that a fall won’t happen to them.
The class schedule was as follows:
Each week a gift was given to the participants, i.e. night lights, flashlights, a magnifying glass, stress balls. They were also given a list of exercises for Good Posture=Good Balance=Less Falls.
The evaluations completed by the participants showed excellent satisfaction results.
Leading a Congregation Through Change
This is very helpful article, written by Carol DeSchepper, our ELPNA National Board of Directors Chairperson. A must read for any congregation considering introducing a Parish/Faith Community Nurse Program.
Click here to read the article
Power Point Presentation
"Using the Visual Arts in Parish Nurisng Practice"
Ruth Manchester presented "Using the Visual Arts in Parish Nurisng Practice" at the recent Health Ministries Association conference in College Park, MD. The first slides were just shown with background music (listed on the separate attachment) as a reflection exercise. Then she spoke about how Parish Nurses/FCNs might do some of the ideas she presented in their practice. If you have questions, you may contact her at email@example.com.