Region 8 includes Northwestern and southwestern Pennsylvania, Allegheny Synod, Lower and Upper Susquehanna Synods, Delaware, Maryland, Washington DC, West Virginia  

Your Region 8 Representatives are:


               Ruth Manchester,                                          Marilee Tollefson
              Silver Spring, Maryland                                 Rockville, Maryland
                              Greetings to all our Region 8
                 Parish/Faith Community Nurses

Words of Welcome
Dear Parish Nurse/Faith Community Nurse,
Welcome to ELPNA-the Evangelical Lutheran Parish Nurse Association. Marilee and Ruth are the Region 8 representatives, and we’d like to introduce ourselves. But first, we’d like to thank you for your membership. The venue we’d like to promote is our organization’s website www.ELPNA.org. Each region has news of what Parish Nurses are doing, membership and other items of interest. This is one way we hope to stay connected. If you have an upcoming event, please forward to us so that we may post.
Ruth Manchester originally hails from Minnesota, and after taking her nurses training at Methodist-Kahler School of Nursing in Rochester, MN and obtained a BSN at the University of Minnesota, 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 12 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 13 years, coordinating care teams, serving as staff liaison to Social Ministry, and supporting many volunteers on the Health and Wellness Teams. We are members of the Holy Cross Hospital network of faith community nurses
Marilee has two daughters, Sara and Mari Liv and is “Mimi” to Lauren, Eric, and Emery.

Please keep in touch with e-mail. We want to promote Parish Nursing in the Lutheran Church. Right now, there are so few of us. Let us know of problems or concerns in your ministry. We now all have the ELPHA network and maybe can offer assistance. Help us spread the good news!

Congratulations Ruth!!

Congratulations to Holy Cross Faith Community Nurse Program partner Ruth Manchester, who was honored for her 40 years of service during Holy Cross Health's celebration of Nurses Week (May 6 – 12). 

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for a short profile with Ruth's story and her advice to new nurses!


Region 8 Programs and Workshops


 Region 8 Education, Resources, and Tools
for Ministry

Foundations of Faith Nursing Course Available

Shenandoah University will be offering a Foundations of Faith Community Nursing course from March 3 to May 19, 2017.  The course will feature a new blended format that includes both classroom and online, self-paced learning.

 For more information, please contact:

 Lorie Henley, Faith Community Nurse Coordinator,

Shenandoah University


 Reen Markland, Parish Nurse Coordinator,

Winchester Medical Center

rmarklan@valleyhealthlink.com  x 67255

(540) 536-7255

Holy Cross Faith Community Nurse Program
Winter 2017 issue of Partners in Health
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As always, our newsletter contains faith community updates that many of you have shared, as well as articles about topics that we hope are important to you and your health ministries. In this issue, we look at our program's new alignment with the Holy Cross Community Health division and how it will benefit your ministries; how your congregations can respond to both immediate needs and long-term challenges of those in your communities who are facing homelessness; and follow-ups to our fall network meeting and retreat, among other articles and resources.

Senior Connection -
Lutheran Church of St. Andrew helps their seniors

The Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, Silver Spring, MD, Health and Wellness Ministry offered a training session by a community non-profit agency called Senior Connection, in which 10 volunteer drivers learned safety techniques in driving seniors to appointments and worship services. They were also offered an opportunity to obtain additional insurance coverage, if they signed up to also be volunteer drivers for their agency. They learned about resources available to seniors at the agency, including bill-paying and grocery shopping, which broadens the services which we can make available to our homebound senior parishioners. Marilee Tollefson, Faith Community Nurse

Need Financial help for a Ministry?
Marilee used the following to pay for the instructor for her CPR/AED class for ushers and property management at her church.
Thrivent Action Team Funding
As a Thrivent member, you can bring people together to make an immediate impact in your congregation or community through Thrivent Action Teams. Hold Action Teams for CPR training, winter coat collection, food banks, after school programs and more! Thrivent provides $250 for each Action Team event. It's very easy to apply at www.thrivent.com/actionteam