News from Region 8
Region 8 includes: Northwestern and Southwestern Pennsylvania/Allegheny, Upper and Lower Susquehanna, Delaware, Maryland, Washington DC, and West Virginia
Welcome to ELPNA-the Evangelical Lutheran
Parish Nurse the Region 8 web page.
We’d like to introduce ourselves.
If you have news to share from your Synod or Network, let us know so we can post.
Ruth Manchester originally hails from Minnesota, and after taking her nurses training at Methodist-Kahler School of Nursing in Rochester, MN and obtaining a BSN at the University of Minnesota, she then moved to the Washington, DC area. She has been a paid parish nurse at Saint Luke Lutheran Church in Silver Spring, MD for the past 18 years. In this capacity, she is in charge of Caring Ministries, Social Ministry, and the one-to-one caring that a parish nurse does. She has an MA in art history from the University of Maryland, so combines her love of art with Parish Nursing. She is mom to Sarah and Dan and “Grandma” to Raina, Alden, Evan, and Aaron.
Marilee Tollefson is from South Dakota, has a BSN from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, during which time she joined the Army Student Nurse Program, and was on active duty for 23 years. During that time she earned MSN, and upon retirement from the Army Nurse Corps, worked at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center in Washington, DC. She is currently paid staff faith community nurse at Lutheran Church of St. Andrew in Silver Spring, MD for the past 17 years, coordinating care teams, serving as staff liaison to Social Ministry, and supporting many volunteers on the Health and Wellness Teams. Marilee has two daughters, Sara and Mari Liv and is “Gramma” to Lauren, Eric, and Emery.
We are members of the Holy Cross Hospital network of faith community nurses.
Grants are available for churches starting a new Parish Nurse Ministry. Contact the above Representatives for information.
Mental Health Support Group
For parents and caregivers of young adults and children with mental health challenges
Come, relax and be refreshed with people who can relate to what you are going through.
Date: Thursday, January 16
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Place: Lower Level, Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD
For those who are grieving the death of a loved one, the Holy Cross Bereavement Program offers a nine-week grief support program that is held on Wednesdays, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and drop-in grief group meetings held every other Saturday, 2 to 3:30 p.m. or every other Thursday, 12-1 p.m. at the the Holy Cross Resource Center, 9805 Dameron Drive, Silver Spring, and one Saturday a month, 2-3:30 p.m., at Holy Cross Germantown Hospital, 19801 Observation Drive, Germantown, MD 20876. Spanish language groups are also offered. For more information, contact the Bereavement Center at 301-754-7742 or email@example.com
Saint Luke Lutheran in Silver Spring is a Recipient of an
ELCA Hunger Grant
Saint Luke Lutheran Church in Silver Spring was awarded a $3000 Hunger Grant from the ELCA. It was used it to provide classes for our food pantry recipients. Six sessions of five days each were held in English and Spanish by an educator from the University of Maryland Extension under a program called EFNEP-Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program. On May 8, Saint Luke was recognized as a “Hero” of the program. The grant monies were used to award the attendees with a gift card from a local grocery store. (The educational program was state-funded.) Ruth Manchester, Parish Nurse, is receiving the award. Hunger Grants for 2020 are now open for application. Visit the ELCA website for more information
Living Well Chronic Pain Self-Management Workshops
A FREE 6-week 2.5-hour workshop designed for people who are experiencing chronic pain due to injury, fibromyalgia, post stroke pain, neuropathic pain and other causes. Participants are provided with the tools needed to meet health-related goals and manage their chronic pain every day.
Date: Fridays, Jan. 17, 2020 through February 21, 2020
Time: 9:30 AM-12:00 Noon
Place: Stedwick Community Center, 10401 Stedwick Road Montgomery Village, Maryland 20886
Registration required: call 301 754-8800 or visit:
Date: Tuesdays, March 17 through April 21, 2020
Time: 1:15 PM-3:45 PM
Place: Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd Silver Spring, Maryland 20901
Registration required: call 301 754-8800 or visit:
Treatments for Parkinson’s Disease and Essential Tremor
Join us and learn from a panel of experts about cutting-edge treatments for Parkinson’s disease
and essential tremor.
Date: Saturday January 11th 2020
Place: Holy Cross Hospital 1500 Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring MD 20910
This event is free but please register in advance at
HolyCrossHealth.org/classes-events, or by calling 301-754-8800.
Online Health Minister Certificate
Presented by Wesley Theological Seminary's Heal the Sick program
Online orientation begins Jan. 19-25th , 2020- weekly modules Jan. 26th- Apr. 4th 2020
Registration ends soon, visit www.wesleyhts.org for more information
Holy Cross Health Blog
Easily accessible and helpful educational tools on various health topics
A publication of the Holy Cross Faith Community Nurse Program, serving faith community nurses, health ministers, clergy, and partners in faith and health.
Dove archive on the brand new website http://www.holycrosshealth.
Policies for Mental Health Services for the Uninsured: Click here for document
This is written in English and Spanish. It has a 2010 date but is still current.
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod Newsletter Issue 1, Fall 2019
Cornerstone Montgomery ACT and Crisis Houses:
ACT (Assertive Community Treatment Services) – call 240-855-3061 to make a referral. They work with patients MD Medicaid and Medicare. Patients must be resident of Montgomery County.
Residential Crisis Houses
They work with patients in a psychiatric crisis; emergency rooms to help divert a psychiatric hospitalization; clients reside in Maryland/preferably Montgomery County; They take Maryland Medicaid, Medicare; and uninsured clients. Call 301-340-6510 for more information.
They provide Psychiatric Case Management. They work with Maryland Medicaid (not Medicare). They work with a variety of patients, including the homeless population. The contact person is: Sondra Trannen/Executive Vice President 410-863-7213x103
Anyone can refer.
Recovery Centers of America
They Provide Substance Abuse Treatment; Contact person is Sarah Watson 509-438-6583; in her description of their services she writes: We are currently in the process of partnering with Shady Grove Medical Center, Washington Adventist Hospital, MedStar Montgomery and Nexus Montgomery with a focus on the Hope Act to reduce rehospitalization and fight the opioid epidemic…. [they have an]inpatient detoxification and residential program... We provide 24/7 admissions and complimentary transportation. We can normally have patients picked up and out of the hospital in 2-3 hours.
Daria Berman MS, RN
Faith Community Nurse Coordinator
Holy Cross Health – Faith Community Nurse Program
10720 Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, MD 20901
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 8:00 to 4:00