News from Region Five
Region 5 includes:
     Northern Great Lakes

Repesentatives are:
     Michelle Knapp, Chicago, IL,, Newly retired from Advocate Health Care Faith  
     Community Nurse.
     Susan Richards, Madison WI,,

Grants are available for churches starting a Parish Nurse Ministry.  Contact on the above Respresenatives for information.

                                                        Region 5 News

Greetings Region 5 - Faith Community Nurses ! 

Belated Happy New Year!  A while ago I received an email from the Siena Retreat Center in Racine, WI.  They  offer a variety of programs that might be very helpful for FCNs, especially those in SE and South Central WI, and NE Illinois.  They will be soon offering:

Honoring Grief...Intending to Heal I, Saturdays, February 24, March 3, March 17 and March 24, 2018 (snow date: April 7, 2018).  "This is a condensed, intensive, basic training program for those who wish to companion the bereaved individually,  as a facilitator of a grief support group and/or within a bereavement outreach program."

For more information go to and click on Retreat Programs.


You can find helpful resources for your church at the Church Health Center's website -  If you are looking for a Foundations of FCN course, you can find information about the ones coming up there, as well as information about the Westberg Symposium in Memphis in April 2018.


With the help of the list of churches in Region 5 on the ELCA website, I've been looking for the parish nurses in our region by looking at church websites.  If you know of parish nurses, please let me know so I might reach out to them.


Please send me news about what's going on in your area of Region 5 so we can publicize the events for you here on the website.  Is there anyone out there who would like to help organize a gathering for faith community nurses in our region?  Let me know.

Blessings to you and your ministry!

Michelle Knapp RN    -     newly retired (after 28 years)!  Advocate Health Care Faith Community Nurse                                     
                                           Ebenezer Lutheran Church & Immanuel Lutheran Church                               
                                           Chicago, Illinois
                                           cell (773) 936-4751

Updated 2/16/18