News from Region Five
Region 5 includes:
     Northern Great Lakes

Repesentatives are:
     Michelle Knapp RN, Newly retired from Advocate Health Care Faith Community Nurse, Chicago Illinois.

     Lucina (Lu) Kimpel is a parish nurse for Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Des Moines, Iowa. You can   contact her at 515-979-8897 or at

Lu Kimpel

Region 5 News

Greetings Region 5 - Faith Community Nurses ! 

 During these wonderful early days of spring, I would like share the following prayer from Joyce Rupp's new book "Prayer A Gathering of Blessings, Reflections, and Poems for Spiritual Growth" from the chapter " A Listening Heart" -

O Listener of our Deepest Self, the ear of your heart is forever attentive to us.  We call and you respond.  We turn and you embrace.  We look and you gaze.  We search and you lead.  We lose and you find.  We wander and you return us home.  Grant us the grace to be a reflectiom of your presence.  Remind us often to let go of vain ambition when it pushes us to control or impede what you are stirring within the one whom we companion.  Thank you for the priviledge of walking with those who desire to set their hearts on you.  Amen.


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 also.  

The past couple of months, with the help of the list of churches in Region 5 on the ELCA website, I've been looking the parish nurses 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 !  Advocate Health Care Faith Community Nurse                                     
                                           Ebenezer Lutheran Church & Immanuel Lutheran Church                               
                                           Chicago, Illinois
                                           Church # (773) 743-1820

Suicide Awareness Training

Trinity Lutheran Church in Mason City, Iowa, is hosting Fe Anam Avis the creator of Soul Shop and author of A Second Day: A Hopeful Journey out of Suicidal Thinking on April 26 and 27. There are two different opportunities. Wednesday evening, April 26, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. we will have a free community awareness suicide training for community partners. On Thursday, April 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. we will have a Soul Shop training for leaders. Soul Shop equips leaders of faith communities to minister to those impacted by suicidal desperation. Participants will learn tools to make a positive difference in the lives of many people, and they will be trained to lead Soul Shop for their congregation. Participants for the one day training must register and pay $30 per person (if registering with others from the same church, each additional person is $15) by contacting Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center at All the information is included in the attached brochure, press release and poster.

  Click to download:     Brochure                     Press Release                        Poster