Region 3 includes Minnesota, North and South Dakota

The Region 3 Board of Directors

2019 Board Members: Click Here

Becky Hulden -Chair

Rose Umland - Vice Chair

Ann Dunagan, Treasurer

Marie Wiegerg, Secretary

Jean Bokinskie

Jean Bokinski

Renee Compo
Sandy Connel

Louise Nesdahl





Greetings from the Evangelical Lutheran Parish Nurse Association (ELPNA) of Region 3!
      We have an exciting opportunity for Lutheran congregations who would like to start or develop a parish nurse program within their faith community. Members of the ELPNA have long been supportive of new parish nurse program starts and are acutely aware of the financial situations of congregations throughout Region 3. In response to this need, the ELPNA is providing start-up funds for 2 Lutheran affiliated congregations in Region 3. Congregations can request up to $500.00 as a start-up grant.

We received the following comments from pastors of churches that received ELPNA Region 3 grants.

Pastor Cheryl Mathison – St. Philip the Deacon Plymouth, MN
We are so grateful to have our parish nurse at St. Philip the Deacon.  Her creative energy, passion for health and deep faith help us to reach out to more people in new ways.  We are so thankful for the grant, which has helped us to meet the needs of this large faith community.

Pastor Gary Andersen -American Lutheran, Worthington, MN
Things are going very well with our Faith Community Nurse ministry. With a dedicated Caring Ministry Team (health cabinet) in place, and the hiring of our FCN, we are in full swing. Many good things are happening and we are receiving very positive feedback from those being served.  We are very appreciative of the support of ELPNA. 

We are asking for your assistance in publicizing the information to Lutheran affiliated congregations. The grant applications are due by May 31 via an electronic submission process. June 14, 2019 with funds issued by, June 28, 2019.

 Click here for the application form. Send to: Becky Hulden, bhulden@lyngblomsten.org.

 We are pleased to be able to award these grants to promote Parish Nurse Ministry.
The Region 3 Board of Directors

2019 Spring Gathering

and Fall Retreat


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      Spring Gathering 

             Wednesday, April 24th         8:30-12 pm
                Conflict in the Congregation:
               How Faith Community Nurses can help

  Location: Salem Lutheran Church, 11 West Bernard Street in West St. Paul, MN 

  Presenter and discussion leader: Mary Stumme Froiland, Senior Pastor, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in North St. Paul. 
Pastor Mary Stumme Froiland began her call as Lead Pastor at St Mark’s July 1, 2018. A graduate of Augsburg University and Luther Seminary and ordained in 1985, she has served congregations in Eastern Ohio and Southern Wisconsin. From 2013 to 2018, she served as bishop of the south Central Synod of Wisconsin, ELCA. She is married to Rev. John Froiland, and they are the parents of three adult children and two grandchildren, Isaac and Elsa. Blessed to have enjoyed a wide variety of ministry opportunities over the years, Mary has come to understand that the best call is always the one in which one is currently serving.
Click here for brochure with Registration Information

Objectives: will be achieved by presentation and discussion, case study work

  • Understand congregation as a “family” system
  • Understand congregational conflict as transitional anxiety
  • Identify faith community nurse’s role in conflict in the congregation
  • Identify behaviors that exhibit calm and courageous leadership

Suggested reading: Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times by Peter Steinke

Schedule:                                                                                            Cost:

8:30                  Registration and Networking                                       $30.00 for ELPNA members

9:00                  Presentation with break midmorning                          $35.00 for non-members

12:00                Evaluation and lunch (provided)

This program has been designed for 2.5 CEUs for Minnesota RNs


         Fall Retreat                                                                                                       

TreeA retreat is planned for September 26-27, 2019 at Luther Crest in Alexandria, MN. Tammy Divine from Portico Benefit Services, will be the retreat leader. The tentative program will be on Spiritual Assessment via Spiritual Mapping and Integration of Spiritual Practices.

Region 3 Representatives on National Board:

Phyllis           June Sand        
Phyllis Bruce              June Sand,                  Marie Wiegert, Secretary
Minneapolis, MN          St. Paul, MN 
                 Minnespolis, MN        

Bi-annual Gatherings (in April and October) include an educational program (with RN Continuing Educations Units) on some aspect of spiritual enrichment.

Region 3 Board of Directors Minutes
(The Board meets every other month on the odd months and
committees meet on the even months)

January 2018
March 2018
May 2018
July 2018
September 2018

Annual Meeting Minutes
October 8, 2016
Accepted as written at October 2017 Annual Meeting

October 14, 2017  Draft
This is a draft to be voted on at next Annual Meeting, October 2018
The 2018 annual meeting did happen, but there will be an Annual Meeting during the Spring Retreat of 2019.  

Updated  ELPNA By-Laws.  October 2016.  Click here to view these By-Laws.

Are you Receiving our Mailings??

Are you a Parish Nurse at an ELCA or Lutheran Congregation or a Parish Nurse who belongs to an ELCA or Lutheran Congregation but have not been receiving E-Blasts or mailings from the Region 3 ELPNA? We want to hear from you! Email Phyllis Bruce, Membership Chair, so you can be added to the list!  pbceilidhdancer10@gmail.com

Are you a Lutheran Parish Nurse but not a member of the Region 3 ELPNA? Join today! 
To become a member or renew your membership, will find the current membership form on the "Join Us" and the "About Us" pages.

Your Region 3 ELPNA Board of Directors,

Becky Hulden, Chair rhulden5@gmail.com

Rose Umland, Vice-Chair rose.umland@gmail.com

Ann Dunagan, Treasurer parishnurse@trustinc.org

Marie Wiegert, Secretary mariewiegert@hotmail.com


 Updated 2/19