News from Region Five
Region 5 includes:
     Northern Great Lakes

Re esentative is:
     Michelle Knapp RN  

Region 5 News

Greetings Region 5 - Faith Community Nurses ! 

As we move into Lent I would like share the following prayer from the book "Peanut Butter and Jelly Prayers"  by Julie B. Sevig-


God of Abraham and Moses, Martha and Mary, in this season of Lent,  we remember Jesus and his journey to the cross.  We remember he was tempted and resisted tempation.  We remember he was baptized and sent into a ministry of healing and hope.  In these days may we, too, remember our call to do deeds of kindness and mercy within our family and in the world.  As we enjoy this meal, may we also remember to work so that all will have enough to eat: bread for their bodies - as well as the cup of salvation.  AMEN.


There are some wonderful resources from the Church Health Center that you might be able to use in your parish ministry at your church.  The 2 that I have used in the past are: "Walking to the Cross Lenten Devotional" and "Seasonong Lent - 40 Days of Recipes and Reflections".

You can find more resources at the Church Health Center's website -                                      If you are looking for an online Foundations of FCN course, you can find information about the ones coming up there also.  When I looked recently I noted that there is a course thru University of Southern Indiana March 20 thru April 28.  For details go to -  or contact the organizer

On the Church Health Center's website you can find information about this year's faith community nursing symposiums "2017 Westberg On the Road - A Year of Community Conversations" held at different times this spring at 6 locations around the country.  


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