• September 2017 Newsletter

    Welcome BACK!  This month our Kick-Off meeting will be on Thursday September 14, 12:00 Noon to 2:30PM at First Covenant Church, 2101 W 2nd St. Duluth. (218-722-5451 church number).  Lunch will be Catered/ provided

    Please try to make an effort throughout the year to attend the peer group meetings when you are able; it is very encouraging to our wonderful hosts and guests. We have some great projects in place and hope and trust you will find them useful to your faith communities.

    GUEST/Program : Jessica Fleming will be giving us a presentation and introduction to THE LICE LOUNGE.  This is a new salon in Duluth that deals with Lice Removal.  She will also be  giving us helpful education tools to pass along to those in our congregations.


    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.” Proverbs3:5-6

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

    3   Cindy Salakka                  26 Rebecca May

    14 Winnie Gustafson               29 Marcia Heyser

    Keep in your prayers:

    • Pray for those that have this ministry on their hearts to serve their faith community
    • Parish Nurses with health issues
    • New opportunities for funding available to us.
    • Community Connections and resources available to us as a group.
    • Those with family members who suffer from Chronic Diseases including Mental Health


    Program Planning Helps: – –

    Just a Few suggestions, go to www.health.gov  OR www.nationalwellness.org           


    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 10-17: National Suicide Prevention Week:  www.suicidology.org

    Sept 22: Falls Prevention Awareness Day:


    Go to  www.MentalHealthMinistries.org  for more faith-based resources


    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 2 -8:  National Mental Illness Awareness Week:  www.nami.org

    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 – –

    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 is a program in St Cloud on this aspect of Parish Nursing, Sept 12th. Come to the meeting on the 14th and learn more!
    2. Our “Live Well at Home” grant from Dept. of Human Services for a Dementia and Communities of Faith is now completed. Feel free to use your church’s copy of “Through the Wilderness” book and curriculum to make presentations and open up dialogue. PLAN now for the fall in presenting this to your adult groups in your congregation. If you need help, let me know.
    3. There is a new “round” of grants through the Northland Foundation’s Rural Aging Initiative Grant. If you have any thoughts as to what we should be exploring, let me know.

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

    July through September Quarterly reports will be due in October. Please send these in.

    UPCOMING Events/Educational Opportunities:  2017

    Sept 9: Walk to End Alzheimer’s – DULUTH – Meet at DECC, walk is on the Lakewalk

    Sept 12: A Transitional Care Model using Faith Community Nurses: 9:30am to 3:30pm St Joseph MN

    Sept. 12: (LOCAL) FREE CEU EVENT at Ecumen Lakeshore: Adv Care Planning and Compassion Fatigue. Total of 2 CEUs. Morning option 8am-10am   OR Afternoon Session 12noon to 2pm. Call Jenna Evens at 218-625-7838 to reserve your space. BY SEPT. 7th!!

    September 14: First PN Meeting for the next season –

    Sept 15 & 16: Powerful Tools for Caregivers Leader Training:  8:30am to 5:00pm each day (Breakfast and registration at 8AM) $150 held at Westwood Terrace Community Rom – Benedictine Living Community on Kenwood Ave – contact Cindy Conkins to register at 218-529-7542 or cconkins@ardc.org BY Sept 7th.  (We have Grant money for this type of training if you would like to attend – contact Pam 310-0613)

    September 19: FREE 4-CEU event: Post-Acute Skills Day 11:45am to 4:30pm at Miller Dwan   Auditorium, call Karen Wright at 786-5751 for questions (Attached flyer has registration link)

    Sept. 24: Heartwalk- Duluth:  8am to 10am on the Lakewalk Contact Heather Hughley for more info at   218-340-8735

    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 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.

    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 Grand Rapids, MN, 11/15 held in Virginia, MN, 11/16 held in Silver Bay  FREE CEU event.  Registration due


    Duluth is at work 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 “Demetia  Friendly Faith Community”  at


    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 greet the person warmly, using simple sentences and calm voice
    • Be patient and accepting of the person’s behavior and appearance.
    • Resond in supportive ways
    • Help unite the person with family members if he or she appears to be disoriented or lost.
    • 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.

    The DECC is looking for employees:

    Here is a link to employment opportunities at the DECC:  http://decc.org/employment/#job-positions   Contact: Annette Eberhart|Director of Event Planning, Duluth Entertainment Convention Center  218.623.1208|fax 218.722.4247   www.decc.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.

    Home Instead Offers some interesting topics for presentations. Another option for speakers for your congregation this fall (or next year).  Contact Mary Andrews at 218-727-8810                         

    –          The 40-70 rule is a program that helps adult children begin pro-active, positive conversations with their aging parent.

    –          The 50-50 rule is a program that offers practical support services to develop open discussions between adult siblings. It can help improve communication skills, develop teamwork, make decisions together and divide the workload in caring for aging parents.

    –          Making Home Safer for Seniors is a program that provides a home safety checklist to ensure an older adult’s home is safe from the pitfalls that could put them at risk for falls and injuries that can lead to hospitalizations and decline.

    –          Protecting Seniors from Fraud is a program that prepares family caregivers with a kit to protect seniors by informing them of the latest scams that target aging adults. It offers a variety of resources and tools to help their seniors avoid becoming a victim of these scams.

    –          Prevent Senior Hospitalizations addresses the issues of aging that can make seniors vulnerable to the potential risks of hospitalization such as infection.

    –          Too Close for Comfort is a program that helps adult children and their parents answer the question, “should we live together?” It also addresses the emotional, safety, and financial aspects of intergenerational living.

    –           Let’s Talk about Driving, various conversation starters and tips on what to watch for.


    Be sure to add these in your church bulletins as reminders for your congregations!

    Long Term -Financial Update:

    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.

    Advance Care Planning info:    

    Following is an example to help advertise for a class on Advance Care Planning or Living Wills.

     What’s a Good Death?

    Polls asking Americans about how they would like to die indicate that most of us want a peaceful transition with the end spent at home surrounded by our loved ones. Yet the reality is that far fewer that voice this preference actually spend their final days in this way. One reason for this disparity is that people are not clear about their preferences for end-of-life care, leaving their family members unsure of the most important decision anyone can make.  Come join us talk about the how’s and why’s of this important discussion.



    NAMI – Family to Family Classes.

    Our family to family class will be offered this fall.  The dates are September 10 to November 19, Sunday evenings from 5:00 – 8:00.  The class will be held at the Birch Tree Center Conference Room.  The Center is located at 4720 Burning Tree Road up by Bridgeman’s at the Mall.

    Family members of a loved one living with mental illness want to know how they can help their loved one.  Family members and caregivers usually play the largest role in caring for someone with a mental illness.  Millions of people have experienced the questions and thoughts you may be having right now.  Family to family is an 11 week course designed for you.  Pre registration is required:   Call Melanie 218 213-4798 or Cindy 218-355-8928


    As you begin your new season in ministry – –

    May God’s Love Be Fixed Upon You

    May God’s love be fixed upon above you, overshadow you with grace; may God’s love stand firm beneath you, welcome you with glad embrace! Alleluia! Alleluia! Glorify the Lord with praise!

    May God’s love advance before you, vigilant of all your ways; may God’s love keep watch behind you, shielding you through all your days! Alleluia! Alleluia! Glorify the Lord with praise!

    May God’s love be close beside you, qualify you for life’s race; may God’s love live deep within you, with assurance of his grace! Alleluia! Alleluia! Glorify the Lord with praise!

    May God’s love remain upon you, and your faithfulness repay, with a peace the world can’t give you, neither shall it take away! Alleluia! Alleluia! Glorify the Lord this day!

    (Covenant Hymn #669; words John Dalles, Music John Gross)

    In August we had an invitation to staff the First Aide station at the Bubble Fest held at the Children’s Museum.  Our 3rd Year!! Always some good community connections with this opportunity.  Thank you Penny for your assistance.


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