Health and Hope Ministry
"My dear friend, I pray that everything may go well with you and that you may be
in good health–as I know you are well in spirit." 3 John 1:2
Parish Nursing is currently supporting the following activities to promote wellness of body, mind and spirit within our church and our community, to Christ's glory! If you would like to join our group to promote health and hope, we welcome you!
Upcoming Packing Dates, Fall 2017:
12/10, 9 am in the Great Room
OSW provides weekend meals for 25 students at Tolbert Elementary twice a month, and 37 students at Harper Park Middle School twice a month. These meals go home in the backpacks of children identified by school counselors as being at risk for hunger over the weekend due either to lack of funds, or parents working and unavailable. The food provided, such as mac and cheese cups, can be easily prepared. Milk, breakfast foods and healthy snacks are included for 2 days .More than 12,000 students in Loudoun County are considered "Food Insecure."
To make a donation: Make checks payable to OSWLC and write "Backpack Buddies" on the memo line.
Thank you to those who worked so hard to present the "Music Can Feed" Concert which raised over $1900 for our Backpack Buddy program!
This year we are also supporting Mobile Hope to give help to homeless youth, teens and young adults in Loudoun County. Last year over 2000 homeless youth were identified in Loudoun County.
We will be packing 100 Christmas gift bags for homeless children and young adults on Tuesday, December 12, at Noon at Linda's house. They will be disbursed at the Mobile Hope Holiday party on December 16th. Call for directions to Linda's if you would like to help assemble the bags.
If you would like to become involved in either of these ministries, please contact Linda.
Karaoke & Bingo
For Special Needs Adults
Next Karaoke Party is January 20, 2018, 2-4 pm!
Quarterly, Our Savior's Way sponsors a Karaoke Party along with the Loudoun Civitan Group to provide a fun day out for adults with special needs who live in group homes in the greater Washington D.C area. Help is needed with set-up, help during the party and clean-up.
Comfort Dog Ministry
On October 8th, OSW had a very special visit from our comfort dog friends Addie and Lily! They came with their handlers from Connecticut and New Jersey to spread some love and show us the joy that is headed our way when we get our very own OSW comfort dog. Lutheran Church Charities has deployed comfort dogs to Las Vegas, Texas and Florida following the recent tragedies. More information is available at www.lutheranchurchcharities.org
You can follow the new dogs being trained by Lutheran Church Charities on their Facebook page--LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in Training. Which one of these beautiful dogs do you think will become a part of our church family? Do you have a passion to help spread comfort to a hurting world? The OSW Comfort Dog Ministry Team is forming!
Did you know...There is a beautiful owl living in the woods by the garden. You can most likely see him perched on the cross in the early morning or late evening hours. There are rabbits hopping and bullfrogs croaking. The garden is open for prayer and meditation.
"Come to me all who are weary from carrying heavy loads and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28
The Columbarium is complete and niches are available for purchase ($3000). Applications and Advance Directive "5 Wishes" forms are available by the Welcome Center. Pastor Mann is available to discuss preplanning funeral services for those interested.
Gardening and garden clean-up are ongoing.
Check out the Narthex Parish Nurse Bulletin Board for current health information.
Lyme Disease is epidemic in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Need information?
Life With Cancer information is available including "Necessary Conversations" workshop dates in November and December.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
If you love to knit or crochet, there is a group who meet occasionally and work individually to create beautiful shawls for distribution to those who are ill, hurting, and in need of comfort.
Do you know someone in need of a prayer shawl? Do you want to join the group?
FAQ about Parish Nursing
What is a parish nurse?
A parish nurse is a registered nurse who has completed a Basic Preparation Course in Faith Community Nursing developed through the International Parish Nurse Resource Center in consultation with the Health Ministries Association and the American Nurses Credentialing Center. A parish nurse may also be called a Faith Community Nurse. Parish Nurses are volunteers or may be paid by their church.
What does a parish nurse do?
The parish nurse functions as a health educator and patient advocate, giving referrals for community services and also for prayer and presence in times of illness and loss.
Parish nurses link health care and spiritual care in today's high tech world, bringing back what has been done by the church for over 2000 years.
Parish nurses may plan seminars, classes, support groups, health screenings (blood pressure) and offer services such as blood drives, flu shot clinics (conducted by outside agencies or health care systems.)
How does Parish Nursing work with the pastors?
Parish nurses work with the pastors and other church staff to determine needs of members.
Parish nursing is a ministry which may assist pastors in helping parishioners cope with the absence of health in the physical, spiritual or emotional areas of a person's life.
Do parish nurses work alone?
Parish nurses may train volunteers from medicine, pharmacy, social work, nutrition and psychology as well as other areas that assist health care. Parish nurses welcome others to serve as volunteers, visitors and leaders of programs.
When did Parish Nursing start?
Parish nursing was started in 1984 by Rev. Granger Westberg, a Lutheran pastor in the Chicago area. Most denominations now have parish nurses and many churches in Loudoun County have parish nurses.
What is Parish Health Ministry Team?
At Our Savior's Way Lutheran, the Parish Health Ministry Team will consist of members who are interested in congregational health ministry. This will include nurses and those from other disciplines within health care.
Is Parish Nursing a visiting nurse service?
No. Parish nursing is not a visiting nurse service, nor a substitute for home health care or regular medical care by your physician or nurse practitioner.
Parish nurses do not give direct hands-on care or perform invasive procedures. By the scope of the Nurse Practice Act, parish nurses do not do dressing changes, foot care, give injections, administer medications, etc. Referrals will be given to agencies that provide the care needed.
Can a parish nurse visit me?
A parish nurse may visit you at home or in the hospital. Please ask a pastor or call the church office. We are available for prayer support during illness, to help you understand the health care system and to encourage good communication with your physician and health care team.
Can I help?
Yes, volunteers are welcome to join us as we begin this new ministry here at Our Savior's Way Lutheran Church.
The Health and Hope Team
|Linda Merkle, RN, FCN||Marie Pfancuff, BSN, RN|
Parish Nursing at Our Savior's Way Lutheran Church is sponsored in part by a grant from Wheat Ridge Ministries.
"Lutherans seeding new ministries of health and hope in the name of the healing Christ."
For more information on Wheat Ridge Ministries, please visit their website at www.wheatridge.org.