• November 2017 Newsletter

    This Month our meeting will be on Thursday November 9th from Noon to 2:30PM at  FIRST COVENANT CHURCH,  2101 W 2nd Street, Duluth  (218-722-5451)  Bring a Sack Lunch – dessert/beverages will be provided.

    Program: Advance Care Planning- Ethics & Strategies for Success presented  by Sara McCumber CNP. One CEU will be offered.   As families gather for the Holiday season – a good resource to have available for them.


    From South: Take Hwy 35N to the 21st Ave West Exit (Left lane). Then staying in the Right lane, circle around under the freeway – the Church will be on your LEFT.

    From North: Take 53 into Duluth. Go past the Mall, and at Trinity Rd make a Right (follow signs to 35W) coming down Piedmont Ave – exit at the 21st Ave West ramp. The Church will be directly in front of you.

    In Duluth: the church is on the corner of 21st Ave West and 2nd street, across from Mid-Town Manor in Lincoln Park.


    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. . . He will make your paths straight.”

    Proverbs 3:5-6

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

    5  Julie Jagim                                        16 Gerry Paulson

    6  Joan Rich                                          27 Anne Varda

    GG Walker                                       30 Barb Poulter

    Keep in your prayers:

    • Pray for those that have this ministry on their hearts; to serve their faith community
    • 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.
    • Marcia H for prayers of healing with broken ankle.


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


    American Diabetes Month:  askada@diabetes.org

    Bladder Health Month: Communications@UrologyCareFoundation.org

    COPD Awareness Month: info@lung.org

    Lung Cancer Awareness Month:  info@lungcanceralliance.org

    National Family Caregivers Month:  info@caregiveraction.org

    National Hospice and Palliative Care Month:  jradulovic@nhpco.org

    Nov 16: Great American Smoke Out: www.cancer.org

    Nov 19: International Survivors of Suicide Day   info@afsp.org


    Safe Toys and Gifts Month:   Media@aao.org

    Dec 4 – 11:  National Influenza Vaccination Week;   fluinbox@cdc.gov

    Dec 4 – 10:  National Hand washing Awareness Week:   www.henrythehand.org

    December 21 – Host a “Blue Christmas Service” on this day.  www.mentalhealthministries.org


    Cervical Health Awareness Month:  www.nccc-online.org

    National Birth Defects Prevention Month:  www.nbdpn.org/national_birth_defects_prevent.php

    National Glaucoma Awareness Month:  www.aaa.org/eysmart

    Thyroid Awareness Month: www.thyroidawareness.com

    Jan 8-14: National Folic Awareness Month:  www.nbdpn..org/faaw.php

    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.  Our new St Luke’s Contact is Amanda Klinghoffer 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. Transitions Coach program still ongoing. We have been keeping up with what is being done on a national level. Keep practicing on those in your congregation when discharged.
    2. There is a new “round” of grants through the Northland Foundation’s Rural Aging Initiative Grant. I will keep you up to date on what our focus will be.

    Check out the REPORTS tab on our Website and LIKE our Facebook Page (see back page)

    Do you have your July through September Quarterly report in? If not – please consider sending this in as soon as you are able.  Thank you .

     Healthy Northland is offering Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Coach Training

    If you would like to become certified to facilitate a Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) in your community then contact Kim Matteen, regional Lifestyle Change Coordinator for Healthy Northland 218-733-2855  or  KimM@CommunityHealthBoard.org   Training will be held November 16 & 17 at Essentia Health-Virginia (901 9th St North) 9am to 5pm both days . Pre-registration is REQUIRED There is no charge to attend this training (valued at $750). Registrations are due by November 6.  For more info  – go to the link  below


    UPCOMING Events/Educational Opportunities:

    November 8: Depression in the Church: 9am 01pm New Hope Church, New Hope MN $25 for 3 CEUs’. Call Joanne Hall at Elim Care 1-952-256-4461 or joanne.hall@elimcare.org to register.

    November 9: Parish Nurse Meeting: Sara McCumber will give us a CEU presentation on Advance Care Planning revolving around Ethics. See page 1.

    November 10: Grief Support Services Fall Conference. 8:45am to 4:30 pm at Essentia. Dr Janice Nadeau will present: Meaning-Making in Bereaved Families: Making Sense of Death.  CEU’s offered. $130 if  registered before 10/20 ($150 after). Call Grief Support Services to Register 1-218-786-4402

    November 14, 15, 16: Spiritual Companion Series event sponsored by Essentia Hospice; You should have received a special mailing: 11/14 will be held in Grand Rapids, MN, 11/15 held in Virginia, MN, 11/16 held in Duluth. ALL are FREE CEU event.  Registration due is November 9th.  PDF also attached in email.

    December:  Watch for info on Joint Christmas Party with our “comrades in Superior”.

    Spring 2018: Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Course, For RN’s Interested in this Health Ministry. Hosted by the Faith Community Nurse Network (FCNN Office) in St Paul. Monday – Friday,  April 9 -13, 8:30am to 5pm (Closing convocation at 2pm on Friday). 41.5 CEUs/$450 – with possibility of scholarships to assist.  Call 651-204-0904 or email  contact@fcnntc.org

    November Spiritual Companion Series this year will be: Spiritual Care for Complicated and Hidden Losses. (All locations will be 8:30 am to 12:30pm) The Email address beside each location is where you can RSVP.  This is FREE!!

    November 14: Spiritual Companions Series in Virginia email:   mary.gregorich@essentiahealth.org

    November 15: Spiritual Companions Series in Grand Rapids: Donna.Helgeton@Essentiahealth.org

    November 16: Spiritual Companion Series in Duluth; LuAnne.Anderson@Essentiahealth.org

    This is certainly a good “Companion” piece to our past/future projects.

    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.


    GRIEF SHARE – Grief Support Groups

    ** Wednesdays 1pm to 3pm Oct 11 – December 20 at Lakeview Covenant Church,

    Call 535-6635 to reserve a spot.

    **Wednesdays 2pm to 3:30pm  at Benedictine Living Community Chapel. Call Christine Sabol,

    Dir of Spiritual Care at 218-723-6416 OR Christine.Sabol@bhshealth.org


    OPEN ENROLLMENT for Mn sure. (Health Insurance)

    The next open enrollment period will, in effect, only be two weeks shorter that previous open enrollments, running from 11/1/2017-1/14/2018.

    The federal open enrollment is 11/1/2017-12/15/2017, and MNsure is creating a special enrollment period for all Minnesotans from12/16/2017-1/14/2018.

    This is coming on the heels of more good news – at least in the short-term – with the proposed rates for 2018 holding steady and in some cases going down.  That is, given that federal approval is granted for the reinsurance program.


    Our October Meeting Update

    A special Thank you to Penny LaBerge and the Parish Nurses at Lakeview Covenant Church who hosted our meeting this month. Special thanks to Lezlie Oachs and Meredith Shifsky from the McCabe Renewal Center who led us through a “Centering Prayer Exercise”.  The Centering Prayer is also known as the Prayer of Consent.

    It is a method designed to facilitate the development of contemplative prayer by preparing our faculties to receive the gift of God. It presents ancient Christian wisdom teachings in an updated form. Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer; rather it casts a new light and depth of meaning on them. This method of prayer is a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Him.

    The Health Ministries Association (HMA) is the national professional membership organization for faith community nurses/parish nurses. They developed the Faith Community Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice in collaboration with the American Nurses Association.  The HMA offers health ministry’s consultation and support and various resources. The annual membership fee is $50. For more information go to www.hmassoc.org or call 1-800-723-4291  – The NEW edition of the Scope and Standards is available through this organization.

      Have a Blessed Thanksgiving – – – “Maker of the Seasons, thank you for all that autumn teaches me. Change my focus so that I see not only what I am leaving behind, but also the harvest and the plentitude that my life holds. May my heart grow freer and my life more peaceful as I resonate with, and respond to, the many teachings this season offers to me.”                                                                              Joyce Rupp, “The Circle of Life”

     As we gather with Family and Friends for the Thanksgiving Holiday Season – Let us also gather our thoughts of Thanksgiving and Gratitude to God in preparation for Advent.

     Comfort, Comfort, Ye My People

    Comfort, Comfort ye my people, speak ye peace, thus saith our God: Comfort those who sit in darkness, mourning’ neath their sorrows load. Speak ye to Jerusalem of the peace that waits for them; tell her that her sins I cover and her warfare now is over.

    Make ye straight what long was crooked; make the rougher places plain, let your hearts be true and humble, as befits his holy reign. For the glory of the Lord now o’er earth is shed abroad; and all flesh shall see the token that his Word never broken.                   Amen

    (Covenant Hymnal #131, Based on Is40:1-5)


    If I can be of any assistance, please feel free to contact me,

    218- 310-0613 (Cell phone)    OR   218-722-5451 (First Covenant Church)


    Pam Franklin – Parish Nurse Coordinator/ Director

    Arrowhead Parish Nurse Association

    PO BOX 16328

    Duluth, MN 55816


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