• July/August 2017 Newsletter

    NO meetings these months  Take time to refresh yourself, your soul  and your minstry

    See you in September  (9/14 – Save the date!)

    I always look forward to seeing you at our meetings.  I hope and trust that the connections you make with each other are valued friendships in growing your ministries.

     Thank you to those of you who make the effort through the year to attend the peer group meetings when you are able, it is encouraging to our wonderful hosts and guests as well.  Please give me any suggestions you may have for future meeting topics/programs, locations or formats.


    “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!

    July                                                                      August

    11  Sharon Holte                                           27  Dedie Moore

    29  Gene Maki

    31 Jean Bokinskie

    Keep in your prayers:

    • Pray for those that have this ministry on their hearts; to serve their faith community
    • Those with family members who suffer from Chronic Diseases
    • Pray for wisdom in leading this health ministry as we move beyond our 25th Year
    • Board members with gifts in bookkeeping and marketing.


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


    Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month:  aforders@arthritis.org

    July 28:  World Hepatitis Day:  www.worldhepatitisday.info


    National Breastfeeding Month:  www.usbreastfeeding.org

    National Immunization Awareness Month: www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niam/default.htm

    September —  Looking Ahead

    Fruits and Veggies – More Matters Month: www.PBHFoundation.org

    Healthy Aging Month: media@aao.org

    National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month: www.coam-month.org

    National Head Lice Prevention Month:  npa@headlice.org

    National Yoga Month: www.yogamonth.org

    Ovarian Cancer Month: www.ovarian.org

    Sept 10-16: National Suicide Prevention Week:  www.suicidology.org

    Sept 22: Falls Prevention Awareness Day:


    August—National Immunizations Month Immunization, or vaccination, helps prevent dangerous and sometimes deadly diseases. To stay protected against serious illnesses like the flu, measles, and pneumonia, adults need to get their shots – just like kids do. August is National Immunization Awareness Month and it is s a great time to promote vaccines and remind family, friends, and coworkers to stay up to date on their shots. For the tool kit, visit https://healthfinder.gov/NHO/AugustToolkit.aspx

    Care Transition Program – –

    Please Make sure your congregates know that YOU are their Parish Nurse.

    When you visit them in the hospital or nursing home settings feel free to leave a calling card OR write your name on the patient “white board” in their room.  I hope that you have had a chance to “listen-in” on the conference calls, as there has been some good tips and info shared.  Our St Luke’s Contact is Lois Opseth RN- Discharge Advocate in the Discharge Planning office 249-5699. She has our Professional Listing. PHR forms are printed and available in the Case Manager office on 2W – (Just outside the 2W main doors)

    Please take note of the Projects we have coming forward:

    1. With the Essentia Community Contribution we received – we are able to provide a small stipend for Parish Nurse Preparation – Please pass this on!!
    2. 2. Transitions Coach program is ongoing- – This is being done on a national level. Keep practicing  on those in your congregation when discharged.

    3    Our “Live Well at Home” grant from Dept. of Human Services for a Dementia and Communities of Faith has come to an end. You were asked to report on the screening tool results each quarter. Please know that your participation is still very valuable. The copy of “Through the Wilderness” book and curriculum you received can still be implemented. PLAN now for the fall in presenting this to the adult groups in your congregation, as many COMMUNITEES are becoming Dementia Friendly. DON’T LET YOUR CONGREGATION FALL BEHIND.   Add an Advance Directive opportunity at the end, or as a follow up.  If you would like me to come and lead 2 sessions from this program – let me know.  The APNA had a Poster Presentation at the recent Age Odyssey Conference here in Duluth at the DECC as a “final report” on this grant project.

    UPCOMING Events/Educational Opportunities:

    July 18th: APNA Board Meeting 4:30 to 6pm at First Covenant Church, Duluth.

    August 3: Rise Above Seizures Walk for Duluth. Sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation: to register a team call 1-800-779-0777  or visit efmn.org/walk

    Sept 9: Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Duluth. Go to www.alz.org/mnnd

    September 12: Transitional Care and Parish Nurses: Deb Ziebarth will be presenting to the St Cloud  Grouping of Parish Nurses, and an invitation has been extended – Watch for more details.

    Sept. 14: FIRST PN MEETING FOR THE NEXT SEASON- Watch for details.

    Sept: Check dates for HeartWalk- Duluth . Contact Heather Hughley for more info: 218-340-8735

    Sept. 25- Deadline to Register for Parish Nurse Training/Preparation Course; Oct. 12 -16 in Fargo ND   This program is through Concordia College, Moorhead MN – Dr Jean Bokinskie, Director (218-299- 3825)

    October 12 & 13: 35th Annual St Louis County Health and Human Services Conference at the DECC in Duluth.  Early bird registration (June-August) $60 after that $75 to $90.  Register on Line starting in June at www.stlouiscountymn.gov/hhsconference – CEU’s available

    October 12- 16: Parish Nurse Ministry Program Preparation Course in Fargo, ND

    Oct 16 – 20: Parish Nurse Preparation Course Sponsored by Faith Community Nurse Network of the Greater Twin Cities in St Paul.

    November 6 & 7: Comprehensive Mental Health Care. 8am to 4:30PM at Greysolon Ballroom.  Sponsored by St Luke’s Hospital go to:slhduluth.com/MentalHealthConference

    June Meeting Highlights

    Thank you to Gerry Paulson at St Matthews Lutheran Church in Esko for hosting our June/Annual Meeting.  We had 2 guests that shared their areas of expertise.

    Michele Keil, Lead Donor Recruitment Representative from Memorial Blood Centers gave us a brief update on her role and the need for blood donations in our community. All blood donated through Memorial Blood Centers stays in this area for the needs here. To schedule a Blood Drive in your church- call 1-218-740-1541  or email at  mkeil@mbc.org  .

    Devin Stigsell gave us a brief Essential Oil 101 overview. Devin is a Wellness Advocate for doTERRA, provider of the purest and most potent essential oils. She is also the owner of Superior Essential Wellness. She shared her passion, drive and goal of educating people on how to safely and effectively use essential oils to improve their quality of life physically, spiritually, and emotionally. She also had goodie bags for us!  Contact her at: 218-269-9220 to set up a time for her to come and share.  She also sells essential oils go to her website: www.superioressentialoils.us

    Reminder:  April through June Quarterly reports are due now in JULY!! Thank you

    Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging:

    The Chronic Disease Management Program: Leader Training will be Tuesday Oct 3 thru Th Oct 5  9am to 5pm each day:  Location TBD in Duluth.

    Chronic Pain Leader Cross-Training  Oct 11 & 12 9am to 5pm each day: Location TBD in Duluth.

    Contact Rebecca Sash at Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging: Evidence Based Health Programs (EBHP) at 218-525-7531  OR RSash@ardc.org

    Duluth has been working on becoming an Alzheimer’s Friendly community.

    This is very timely with our Congregational Educational tool that you all have received (“Through the Wilderness”).  Carlton has been going through this process since last year and now Duluth is in this process. God has certainly helped with our timing in this community need;  For more resources on this process click on this LINK “Dementia  Friendly Faith Community”  at http://www.actonalz.org/community-resources

    Here are some suggestions from the website on Being a Welcoming Faith Community:

    • Always be respectful toward the person with Alzheimers
    • Wear a nametag and gret the person warmly, using simple sentences and calm voice
    • Be patient and acceptin fo the person’s behavior and appearcance.
    • Resond in supportive ways
    • Help unite the person with family members if he or she appears to be disoriented or lsot.
    • Send “thinking of you” notes and cards; include worship bulletins and newsletters to help the family stay connected.
    • Provide ongoing prayer support for the person with Alzheimer’s and family members.

    Lord, Speak to Me

    Lord, speak to me, that I may speak in living echoes of your tone; as you have sought, so let me seek your erring children lost and lone.

    O lead me, Lord, that I may lead the wandering and the wavering feet; O feed me, Lord that I may feed your hungering ones with manna sweet.

    O teach me, Lord, that I may teach the precious things that you impart; and wing my words, that they may reach the hidden depths of many a heart.

    O fill me with your fullness, Lord, until my very heart over flows in kindling thought and glowing word, your love to tell, your praise to show.

    O use me, Lord, use even me, just as you will, and when, and where, until your blessed face I see, your rest, your joy, your glory share.       AMEN.

    (Hymn #620 – Covenant Hymnal, Words by Frances Havergal, Music; Robert Schumann – 1800’s)

    May God speak to you in this season of rest and renewal and give you peace and reassurance.

    Thank you for all that you do.


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