• October 2017 Newsletter

    Our October meeting will be Thursday October 12th at Lakeview Covenant Church, 1001 Jean Duluth Rd, Duluth. (218-525-6625) From 12 Noon to 2:30PM.  Our host will be Penny LaBerge.  Please bring a sack lunch, coffee and dessert will be provided.

    Program: Lezlie Oachs will lead us in an educational exercise on Centering Prayer. This method of prayer is a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Him.  Lezlie leads classes and meditations voluntarily through the McCabe Renewal Center. She was trained through Contemplative Outreach Organization, started by Father Thomas Keating.  Depending on her time, we will have lunch (your own) and dessert after her time with us.


    From North:  Coming in from iron range on 53. Make a Left at Menards onto Arrowhead Rd.  Follow Arrowhead into Duluth. At Woodland Ave make a Left, getting into the Right hand lane, you will make a RIGHT onto Snively, which will take you to the corner of Glenwood – the Church will be on the Left hand Corner.

    From South: Take 35 North to 21st Ave EAST. At top of hill make a RIGHT onto Woodland Ave. Follow Woodland to Snively, making a right at the light. Snively will take you to the corner of Glenwood. The church will be on your Left.


    “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!

    6  Gale Pearson                         25 Julie Phaneuf  Hill

    10 Mary Ann Kult                     28 Marianne Fightlin


    Keep in your prayers:

    • Pray for those that have this ministry on their hearts; to serve their faith community
    • Pray for the family of Pat Moore who recently went to her heavenly home. She served the Lutheran Church in Eveleth.
    • New opportunities our funding has provided for us.
    • Those with family members who suffer from Mental Illness and Parish Nurses with health issues


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


    Alzheimer’s Association Walk Month – Duluth and Brainerd Walks in Sept   www.alz.org

    Health Literacy Month:  www.healthliteracymonth.org

    Healthy Lung Month:   American Lung Association     www.lungusa.org

    Domestic Violence Awareness Month:  www.ncadv.org

    National Breast Cancer Awareness Month:  www.cancer.org

    National Liver Awareness Month: www.liverfoundation.org

    Oct 1-7:  National Mental Illness Awareness Week:  www.nami.org and www.mentalhealthministries.net

    Oct 6: National Depression Screening Day:  smhinfo@mentalhealthscreening.org or call 781-239-0071

    Oct 16-20:  National  Health Education Week;   www.sophe.org/NHEW.cfm

    There are so many this month – –


    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 Handwashing Awareness Week:   www.henrythehand.org

    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. There was a program in St Cloud on this aspect of Parish Nursing, Sept 12th. – Deb Ziebarth is doing research on FCN or Parish Nurse aspects of care – we are thinking of inviting her up here to share with us.
    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)    July through September Quarterly reports are due now in October. Please send these in.


    Living Well with Chronic Disease Training Opportunity:  Oct 3 – 5 & 10 from 9am to 5pm each day at the ARDC office in Duluth (221 W1st, First Floor Conference Room) Contact Katey Fornear at 218-529-7531 or kfornear@ardc.org  to register OR get more information.   The cost of the 4 day training is $400, scholarships are available.  This curriculum was designed by Stanford University and is an outcome based initiative.

    UPCOMING Events/Educational Opportunities:

    Oct 4: Sleep and the Brain (6-hour Seminar) 8:30 to 4pm, $79, Holiday Inn and Suites in Duluth. Register by calling 866-652-7414. This is put on by Institute for Brain Potential.

    Oct 10: APNA Board Meeting at First Covenant.4:30pm to 6pm

    Oct  11th: The Four Things that Matter Most, Presented by Dr Ira Byock a leading palliative care expert: -Sponsored by CentraCare in St Cloud MN. 6.5 CEU’s ($119) Contact: 320-255-5642 to register.

    Oct. 12th: Parish Nurse Meeting Noon- 2:30pm at Lakeview Covenant Church – See page 1

    Oct 12 & 13: St Louis County Health and Human Service Conference;  $75 if you register Sept 1 – Oct 6 www.stlouiscountymn.gov/hhsconference   for more info and registration information.

    Oct 13 &14: Fall Renewal “Through Suffering to Healing”, at Luther Seminary in St Paul. Put on by the ELCA-Parish Nurse Association. $110/ 10 CEU’s visit www.luthersem.edu/kairos or call 651-641-3416.

    Oct 26 & 27: Parish Nurse RETREAT – close to “home” sponsored by NW Parish Nurse Ministry (See below)

    Oct 27 & 28: Self Care: The Art and Heart of Healing , Fall Retreat at the McCabe Renewal Center in Duluth, Sponsored by the Great North Chapter of the American Holistic Nurses Association. $90 contact Jenni Carlson to register: 218-590-6672,  Jenniftcarlson@gmail.com

    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. Location TBD.

    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 will receive  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.


    Oct 13 & 14 – Parish Nurse Renewal at Luther Seminary –Through Suffering and Healing . Total of 10 CEUs, Friday evening starting at 3pm thru Saturday 4pm. $110.  Go to the Luther Sem Site to register.www.luthersem.edu/kairos OR Call KAIROS office at 651-641-3416  10 CEUs offered.

    October 26 and 27th: Northern Waters Parish Nurse Ministry hosting a Fall Retreat: “Steeped in Spirit” $60 Program on Friday presented by Terry Giles, “Bereavement Ministry”. Contact Lyndi at 1-715-392-3080 to register or would like more info (PDF attached of event as well.)

    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.

    Our September Meeting Update:    A special Thank you to Jessica Fleming from “The Lice Lounge” who came to our meeting and presented to us on lice removal.  The Lice Lounge uses the Shepherd Method, which is manual removal of head lice.  She also gave us some interesting info as well as updated research on Lice.

    Did you know that Lice have to eat every 2 hours (your blood). Once a female louse is pregnant, she is pregnant for the rest of her life and lays up to 10 eggs per day. Read more on the website –

    She is very passionate about supporting families going through this process.  The Lounge is located at 113 N 2nd Ave W, Duluth /218-382-LICE(5423) Or go to their website – there is a Resources Tab:  www.TheLiceLounge.com

    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 from 12/16/2017-1/14/2018.

    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.

    In Keeping with our Annual focus on Mental Illness Awareness Week here are some meditations from Mental Health Ministries.

       Think about planning ahead and suggesting to your Pastor; a Blue Christmas Service on December 21st – the darkest day.

     People with mental problems are our neighbors. They are members of our congregations, members of our families; they are everywhere in this country. If we ignore their cries for help, we will be continuing to participate in the anguish from which those cries of help come. A problem of this magnitude will not go away. Because it will not go away, and because of our spiritual commitments, we are compelled to take action.                        Rosalynn Carter

    Come along with me as a sojourner in faith.

    Bring along a sense of expectancy, a vision of high hopes, and a glimpse of future possibility a vivid imagination. For God’s creation is not done.

    We are called to pioneer forth toward a future yet unnamed. As we venture forward, we leave behind our desires for a no-risk life, worldly accumulation, certainty of answers.

    Let us travel light in the spirit of faith and expectation toward the God of our hopes and dreams. Let us be a witness to God’s future breaking in.

    Come along with me as a sojourner in faith, secure in knowledge that we never travel alone.

    Rev Susan Gregg-Schroeder


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