Health & 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!
OSW provides weekend meals for students at Tolbert Elementary and Harper Park Middle School. 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 two days. More than 12,000 students in Loudoun County are considered "food insecure."
Shopping and delivery team: Beth & Gary Cummings, Heike Wood, Linda Merkle--Help is always needed and appreciated.
To make a financial donation to support this ministry: Make checks payable to OSWLC and write "Backpack Buddies" on the memo line. Food items may be placed in the brown bin in the narthex closet. We are always in need of individual mac & cheese cups, Chef Boyardee cans and shelf milk.
Caring for Adults with Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities
Next Bingo Party is Saturday, September 15, 2-4pm
Next Karaoke Party is Saturday, October 6, 2-4 pm.
Quarterly, Our Savior's Way, in partnership with the Greater Loudoun Civitan Club, sponsors karaoke and bingo parties 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, during the party, and clean up.
If you are a caregiver, you are special, you are chosen by God, and you are loved!
Caregiving can be stressful and isolating; we hope these resources (in addition to the websites listed below) will help you find support and lift you up spiritually.
Caregiver burnout is a very real thing! Our prayer is that you can find ways to fill your own cup daily and keep a sense of humor. May God wrap His loving arms around you and give you peace.
Book Recommendations: (Please share yours with us)
Caregiving Season by Jane Daly, Hugs for Nurses by Philis Boultinghouse
Blog: Dealing With Dementia
Bible study: The Heart of the Caregiver
"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience." Colossians 3:12
"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." Galatians 6:9
Resources & Events
See below for Health resource links.
Check out the Parish Nurse bulletin board in the narthex for current health information:
Lyme Disease is epidemic in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Throughout the summer we will share information on prevention and treatment of this very serious disease. Need more information?
Life With Cancer information is available with workshop, meeting, and support group dates.
Columbarium Applications and "5 Wishes" Advance Directives available.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
The Prayer Garden is open for prayer and meditation. Would you like to join a prayer group or do prayer walking?
If you love to knit or crochet, there is a group who 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? Would you like to help with gardening in the prayer garden?
- Aging with Dignity (5 Wishes, Advance Directives). Everyone over 18 is encouraged to have a valid Advance Directive.
- Virginia Association of Area Agencies on Aging (information on Caregiving, Facilities, Senior Centers, etc.)
- Loudoun County Area Agency on Aging
- National Center on Caregiving
- Alzheimer's Association
- Fall Prevention
- Caregiver Burnout
- Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers
- Jill's House (Respite care for families raising kids with intellectual disabilities)
- Blessed Beautie (5 ways to guard the heart)
- American Heart Association
- Healthy for Good (American Heart Association)
- International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society
- Under Our Skin video
- Information about lyme disease in Loudoun County
- CDC lyme disease information
- Visual Faith Ministry
- Journaling the Bible
- Facebook page for Visual Faith Ministry
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!
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.