Each district representative shared answers to the following questions:
How do you promote Congregational Health Ministries and Parish Nursing in your District?
How do you provide consultation and/or resources to congregations considering a Health Ministry program?
How do you provide on-going consultation to Parish nurses, health ministers, and Pastors on issues related to Congregational Health.
How do you provide Parish nurses in your district with information regarding opportunities to serve on short term missions in national and international venues.
How do you interface with district health, health advocacy, human care and ministerial health committees, and with the District President, to have a unified voice in Congregational Health Ministries.
Following the May 24 meeting, we joined LCMS Pastors, Parish Nurses and Congregational Health Ministry leaders at the 24th Annual Conference for Parish Nursing and Congregational Health Ministries, held May 25 & 26 at Concordia University Wisconsin. This years conference theme was "Hope and Health," based on Romans 15:13: "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him."
We gathered in worship and seminar, to learn from various keynote speakers and at breakout sessions. Topics included Hope and Health-A Theological Framework, Ministry of Presence, A Military Family's Sacrifice, Parish Nursing after Trauma and Disaster, Hospice Nursing, Human Trafficking, Helping your Parishioners with Methods to improve Chronic Illness, and many more. In chapel the second day, we took part in a very beautiful Blessing of the Hands. We also received enough resources to fill a second suitcase to take home!
I would like to thank Patty Criscenzo for being our New Jersey District Parish Nurse Rep for the past 14 years! It is a blessing to serve our New Jersey District in this role, and I look forward to sharing resources, and the answers to all of the above questions with you over the next year!
For more information regarding Parish Nursing or Congregational Health Ministries, please contact Colleen Botcher via email or cell phone: 201-723-9836.