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 obtaining a BSN at the University of Minnesota, she moved to the Washington, DC area. She has been a salaried parish nurse at Saint Luke Lutheran Church in Silver Spring, MD for the past 16 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. Ruth researches nurses' stories and combines them with images of caring in art. This fall (2017), at the American Association for the History of Nursing in Rochester, NY, she presented the story of a Lutheran missionary nurse, Marjorie Bly, who cared for leprosy patients in Taiwan for 50 years. She also teaches a course in the history of architecture at Montgomery College.

Ruth is married to Paul and 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! 

Region 8 Education, Resources, and Tools

for Ministry

You can find helpful resources for your church at the Church Health Center's website -  www.churchhealth.org.  
Shenandoah will offer their Foundations course in the Spring (2018) in Feb/April with a blended format of face-to-face time and online time.  Click here for brochure

 Information about all upcoming FCN education and training opportunities (through November 2017) can be found on the Westberg website at: https://westberginstitute.org/calendar-list-view/ 

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.

Shenandoah University’s Eleanor Wade Custer School of Nursing’s Faith Community Nurse Certificate Program
February through April 2018.

Shenandoah University’s Eleanor Wade Custer School of Nursing’s Faith Community Nurse Certificate Program will offer a Foundations of Faith Community Nursing course from February through April 2018. This offering is a hybrid/online format based the 2014 curriculum developed through the Westberg Institute.
For additional information, please see the attached flyer or contact Lorie Henley, RN, BSN, MSEd at lhenley@su.edu.
   Click here for the flyer

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

Updated 9/2417