• December Newsletter

    DECEMBER 2015

    We have been invited to the Annual Joint Meeting with our Parish Nurse friends from Northwest Wisconsin – Thursday December 10, 2015 at Aces on 29th in Superior WI. (2827 Oakes Ave,  715-392-2546).  5:30 to 7:30PM

    RSVP to Pam by Monday Dec. 7th – –  218-722-5451  OR 218-310-0613. If you would like a ride over the bridge – let me know.


    From Duluth: From the Intersection at 21st Ave West – Take the 35 S (East into Wisconsin) exit, go 2.9 miles Stay in the Left Lane (going straight) follow the Fifth St/Hammond Ave exit.  I-535 S becomes Hammond Ave.; Turn RIGHT onto Belknap St/US-2 W; Turn Right onto N 28th St.  Take the 2nd Left onto Oakes Ave. :  Aces will be on the RIGHT. 


    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. . . He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs3:5-6

    Remember those in prayer on their birthday – What a wonderful gift!

    4  Ruth Juntune                                               13 Marilyn Moore

    Jackie Weum                                                    18 Penny LaBerge

    8   Jean Prickett                                               20 Craig Carlson

    12 Joan Guite

    Keep in your prayers:

        • Pray for those that have this ministry on their hearts; to serve their faith community
      • Thank God for a year filled with many blessings – and more to come
      • New opportunities our funding has provided for us.
    • Those with family members who suffer from Mental Illness and other Chronic Diseases
          • Pray for wisdom in leading this health ministry in the coming New Year


    Program Planning Helps: – – Just a Few suggestions, go to www.health.gov OR www.nationalwellness.org 


    December:Safe Toys and Gifts Month: www.preventblindness.org                     National Influenza Vaccination Week: www.cdc.gov/flu/nivw/    International AIDS Awareness Month: www.aidsalliance.org/        Dec 6-12: National Hand Washing Awareness Week: www.henrythehand.com

    January 2016:  National Glaucoma Awareness Month: www.glaucoma.org       National Birth Defects Prevention Month: www.marchofdimes.com   National Blood Donor Month: www.aabb.org 


    February ; National Cancer Prevention Month: www.cancer.org     Wise Health Consumer Month: www.healthylife.com American Heart Month: www.americanheart.org  Cervical Cancer Awareness Month: www.nccc-online.org

    February 5: National Wear Red Day: www.hearttruth.gov or www.womenheart.org     Feb 23- March 1: National Eating Disorders Awareness Week www.nationaleatingdisorders.org   February 14-20 Random Acts of Kindness Week: www.randomactsofkindness.org


    Other resources that you can sign up for: http://freshhope.us/ ,   http://wwwsaddlebackresources.com/products/hope-for-mental-health-starter-kit


    Care Transition Program – – I hope you have had a chance to listen-in on the conference calls; there has been some good tips and info.

    New Year Program Ideas for your adult groups? Contact Tania McVean at Bayshore: 218-727-8651. Tania came to our Sept meeting and provided us with the following topics: Home Safety, Back Care and Safety, Cardiac Wellness, Advanced Directives, Staying Social, Fall Prevention to name a few. – – –


    New Found and Shared Mental Health Resources:

    Journal of Christian Nursing, National Institute of Health www.nih.gov , or for Health Observances (like those listed), go to: www.healthfinder.gov/nho

    Please take note of the Projects we have coming forward:

    1. With the Rural Aging Initiative Grant (Northland Foundation) – we are able to provide a Scholarship for Parish Nurse Preparation – Please pass this on!!Check out our NEW Website and LIKE our Facebook Page (Arrowhead Parish Nurse Association)
    2. Transitions Coach program still ongoing.  Remember, our St Luke’s Contact is Lois Opseth RN- Discharge Advocate in the Discharge Planning office 249-5699 OR lois.opseth@slhduluth.com, Outside beeper number 218-249-8020. She has our Professional Listing. PHR forms are printed and available in the Case Manager office on 2W – (Just outside the 2W main doors.   Our Contact at Mercy Hosp in Moose Lake is Donita Korpela 218-380-4916.
    3. We received a grant from “Live Well at Home – Dept. of Human Services” for a Dementia and Communities of Faith (training and program tools).Our November meeting was a training on the Screening Tool that you will be asked to report on each quarter. I will be contacting those of you who did not make the meeting. Please know that your participation will be very valuable in this grant process and education for our congregations.

    UPCOMING Events/Educational Opportunities:

    December 2: An extended training on the Live Well At Home Screening Tool (this was on our Facebook

    page )

    December 2: Ethics Conference at St Luke’s – Duluth; 8am to 12:30PM). “When Patients and Families

        Disagree”   $40  Register on line at  www.slhduluth.com/events

    December 10: Joint EVENING meeting with NW WI Parish Nurse group,  at Aces in Superior!

    January 14: Parish Nurse meeting – Watch newsletter for location.

    February 2016– the next Parish Nurse Prep Course through Concordia (2/22-26/16)

    April 7-10:  Westberg Symposium in CHICAGO 2016 (Celebrating 30 years of Parish Nursing!)

    Save the Date: October 20th 2016OUR 25th Anniversary Celebration!


    THRIVENT  Reminder:

    Are you a member of Thrivent Financial who is eligible to direct Choice Dollars?

    You and Your Choice Dollars recommendation can make a world of difference to OUR Organization. Look for Arrowhead Parish Nurse Association to direct your dollars. Go to Thrivent.com/thriventchoice to find us OR Call 800-847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice” after the prompt.  Thank you to those who give so generously!

    Be sure to put this in your church bulletins to remind your congregates! 


    Please share this info in your newsletters – Feel free to Cut/Paste

    Health insurance open enrollment NOW through January 31st

    Some options available year-round.

    Do you know someone who doesn’t have health insurance?  Are you looking for a better option?  It is now open enrollment, which is a time for people to review, change, and/or renew their commercial health care coverage.  Open enrollment only runs through January 31st, so it is important to look into your options now.  There is free local assistance with the enrollment process; utilizing this assistance is encouraged!  The assisters, also called navigators, are located in trusted organizations throughout Duluth.  To connect with navigators near you, contact United Way 2-1-1 by dialing 2-1-1 (landline) or 1-800-543-7709 (mobile).  Walk-in assistance is also available at the downtown Duluth Library every Saturday from 10:30-1:30.

    Many people qualify for free or low-cost coverage and MNsure is the only place to get the subsidies to help offset the cost of monthly premiums.  Navigators will help you understand what you might qualify for.  And public program enrollment, which is medical assistance and MinnesotaCare, is not restricted to the open enrollment period; people can enroll in public programs year-round.  If you’re not insured, don’t wait, call now and find out about you options!


    Have a Truly Blessed Season of Preparation in Advent  for Christmas

    Thank you for all that you do for those you serve.

    This has been an exceptional year!



    Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming

    Lo, How a Rose e’er blooming from tender stem hath sprung, of Jesse’s lineage coming as saints of old have sung. It came, a floweret bright, amid the cold of winter, when half-spent was the night.

    Isaiah ‘twas foretold it, the Rose I have I mind: with Mary we behold it, the virgin mother kind. To show God’s love aright she bore to us a Savior, when half-spent was the night.

    This flow’r, whose fragrance tender with sweetness fills the air, dispels with glorious splendor the darkness everywhere. True man yet very God, from sin and death he saves us and lightens every load.                                                                                         Covenant Hymn #148, Words: German 16th century – Theodore Baker,    Music: Geistliche Kirchengesang, Cologne 1599



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