• October Newsletter 2016

    October 4 & 5 Mental Health Event


    This event is being held during Mental Illness Awareness Week.  Please make plans to attend and bring your pastor(s) and lay leaders in preparation of being able to serve those with this type of chronic illness. Make your reservations TODAY! As it is FILLING UP FAST!This is being sponsored by a grant from the Miller Dwan Foundation and we are working together with NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness – Duluth Chapter)

    Tuesday Evening  6pm Registration/6:30 to 8pm will be the De-Escalation Training.

    Wednesday is specifically geared towards communities of faith; there will be a Pastor on the Panel Presentation for Suicide Pre-and Post-Vention.

    8:15am  registration/workshop begins at 9am ends at noon.  (3 CEU’s)

    All events will be held at the Inn on Lake Superior; 350 Canal Park Dr.


    Come all the way into Duluth, Lake Ave Exit – head on to Canal Park. See you there!



    “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                   26 Beth Ronning

    28 Marianne Fightlin

    Keep in your prayers:

    • Pray for those that have this ministry on their hearts; to serve their faith community
    • Pray for a successful Community Event and OPEN conversations around Mental Illness.
    • New opportunities our funding has provided for us.
    • Those with family members who suffer from Mental Illness



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


    Health Literacy Month:  www.healthliteracymonth.org

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

    Domestic Violence Awareness Month:  www.nrcdv.org

    National Breast Cancer Awareness Month:  www.nationalbreastcancer.org

    National Liver Awareness Month: www.liverfoundation.org

    Oct 2-8:  National Mental Illness Awareness Weekwww.nami.org/miaw

    Oct 10: World Mental Health Day.  www.wfmh.org

    Oct 16-22:  National Health Education Week;   www.sophe.org/NHEW.cfm


    American Diabetes Month:  www.diabetes.org

    Great American Smoke Out (11/17) and Lung Cancer Awareness Month (same site): www.cancer.org

    National Family Caregivers Month: www.nfcacares.org

    National Hospice and Palliative Care Month:  www.nhpco.org

    Nov 13: World Kindness Day:  www.randomactsofkindness.org

    Nov 15: America Recycles Day:  www.americarecyclesday.org

    Nov 19: International Survivors of Suicide Day: www.afsp.org/survivorday


    International AIDS Awareness Month:  www.aidsalliance.org/

    Safe Toys and Gifts Month: www.preventblindness.org

    Dec 4-10: National Hand Washing Awareness Week:  www.henrythehand.com

    National Influenza Vaccination Week: www.cdc.gov/flu/nivw/



    Some of you have had questions about food safety instruction in your church kitchens  especially with the holidays coming up– here are 2 resources other parish nurses from our region use;  www.fsis.usda.org     AND     http://www1.extension.umn.edu/food-safety/courses/online/cooking-safely-for-a-crowd/

    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.  We have a new contact (newly hired) and I will find out who she is. She is the Discharge Advocate in the Discharge Planning office 249-5699.  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 Rural Aging Initiative Grant (Northland Foundation) – we are able to provide a Scholarship for Parish Nurse Preparation – Please pass this on!!

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

    July – August – Sept NOW due in Oct !! As you have stats, send them in.

    1. Transitions Coach program still ongoing- – we are keeping up with what is being done on a national level. Keep practicing on those in your congregation when discharged.
    2. Our “Live Well at Home” grant from Dept. of Human Services for a Dementia and Communities of Faith (training and program tools).You have been asked to report on the screening tool results each quarter. Please know that your participation is very valuable in this grant process. You should have received your church’s copy of “Through the Wilderness” book and curriculum workbook by now. PLAN now for the fall in presenting this to your adult groups in your congregation. Add an Advance Directive opportunity at the end, or as a follow up. If you need a copy of the Pre/Post Tests – please let me know.  See the Tools/resources we received at the last PN meeting. Included in this issue
    3. 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 4 & 5: Mental Health Community Event; Tuesday evening 10/4  –On  Wed 10/5: Special

    Congregational component  ½ day – Will be held at the Inn on Lake Superior –  See front page.

    Oct 15 & 16: St Louis County Health and Human Service Conference –

    www.stlouiscountymn.gov/hhsconference   for more info and registration information.

    Oct 20th: 25th Anniversary Party (along with 20th for NW WI Parish Nurse Ministries) see below

    Oct 22: Advance Care Planning-NE MN will be presenting Being Mortal.  An evening CEU Event at St.

    Luke’s Hospital (Duluth)  6:30 to 9PM

    Oct 25: APNA Board Meeting at First Covenant.

    Oct 28 and 29th: North American Holistic Nurses Association – Fall Retreat at McCabe Renewal Center,

    Duluth. Contact Jenni Carlson at Jenniftcarlson@gmail.com  or 218-590-6672 by Oct 7th (4 CEU’s for

    Friday/ 7CEUs for Saturday). Friday 4:30pm to 9pm / Saturday 7:30am to 3pm.

    November 14, 15, 16: Spiritual Companion Series event sponsored by Essentia Hospice; Watch for a special mailing or email:  11/14 will be held in Virginia MN,  11/15 held in Grand Rapids MN, 11/16 held in Duluth  FREE CEU event.  Registration due by 11/9.

    INVITATION TO OUR 25th CELEBRATION: Thursday Oct 20th at Greysolon Ballroom, Duluth MN. Hopefully you have received this special invite. If you did not –please let me know!

    There has been a very nice response so far, and it is hoped that it will be a very enjoyable and meaningful event. Responses are due AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!!  If you have not RSVP’d as of yet – please do so by calling or responding to the parishnurse email.   Those that have been our donors, grantors, program presenters have also been invited to share in our special event.

    NOTE:   IF you would like your pastor/pastoral staff to attend – please extend the invitation, as invites were not sent to each individual congregation.

    Oct 7 & 8 – Parish Nurse Renewal at Luther Seminary – Go to the Luther Sem Site to register.

    www.luthersem.edu/kairos OR Call KAIROS office at 651-641-3416  10.8 CEU offered.


    November Spiritual Companion Series this year will be: Keep Your Headlights On; Respectful Care for People Living with Depression, Anxiety & Addiction at End of Life. Exploring the importance of helping you identify spiritual distress and mental illness at the end of life. (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; LuAnn.Anderson@Essentiahealth.org

    God has put more pieces together than could be imagined – This is certainly a good “Companion” piece to helping with more mental illness tools.


    St Louis County Public Health and Human Services Aging and Adult Disabilities:

    Support and Information is available to anyone 60 and older OR anyone who has been determined disabled. Services include information and assistance in accessing community resources, an individual evaluation to determine the need and eligibility for long term services and case management.

    Duluth Office: 218-726-2063 Aging and Adult Disabilities   218-726-2101 Financial Assistance.

    Virginia Office: 218-471-7128 Human Services (ask for Aging and Adult Disabilities)/218-471-7137 Fin. Assist.

    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.

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


    Our September Kick-Off meeting:

    Thank you to all of you that made the effort to attend. Our guests were invited to give us TOOLS to help with “Through the Wilderness – Dementia Project” we are doing as a group.

    From Age Well Arrowhead – Care Consultation and Volunteer Services

    Emma Shepard (Care Consultant) emmas@agewellarrowhead.org   218-623-7807

    She explained her role as Care Consultant and also the services that are provided.  In following up on referrals, she does a home visit and helps people navigate through the caregiver role. She can also give you the care consultant in your area – if you are not in her service area.

    Kim Hileman (Volunteer Coordinator) kimh@agewellarrowhead.org   218-623-7805

    In her role of Volunteer Coordinator she is not only connecting volunteers to the services needed by participants  – She is also looking for volunteers. BELOW is some info for bulletin.


    Age Well Arrowhead is a non-profit organization in Duluth that connects older adults (60+) and caregivers to services that promote healthy aging and independence.  We are looking for volunteers to help with household services, work in the yard, mow or shovel snow, shop for & deliver groceries or provide transportation to a medical or essential well-being appointment. Volunteer as often as you’d like. We are flexible and able to accommodate your schedule.

    When you serve with Age Well Arrowhead, you’ll learn that even the smallest task can make a big difference in someone else’s life! At the end of the day, there are few things as rewarding as the genuine gratitude shown by the older adults we care for.

    Contact Volunteer Coordinator, Kim Hileman by phone at 218-623-7805 or via email at kimh@agewellarrowhead.org<mailto:kimh@agewellarrowhead.org> for more information or a volunteer application packet. Please note, all volunteers must successfully pass a background check before beginning service.


    Tim Sieh, Financial Advisor for Merrill Lynchtimothy_sieh@ml.com  218-726-3171

    He gave us an overview of measures taken within financial institutions to initiate financial safeguards for those that have an early dementia process.  He also gave us several Document/TOOLS to help those that we serve get their finances in ORDER – especially with early onset. These were included in an earlier email – please let me know if you would like a copy as well.


    Mental Illness and Families of Faith Resource Guide

    Rev Susan Gregg-Schroeder, Coordinator of Mental Health Ministries


    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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