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A Lutheran Hour Ministries Project Connect Spotlight
Hope and Healing: Surviving Breast Cancer
Blessings to you this Fall! October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and we would like to share more about tangible ways your congregations can offer support. One of my favorite ministries that we have implemented through our Congregational Health Ministry is the “Project Connect" booklet ministry. A little about this ministry below:
"Bring hope to your community through Project Connect — an indispensable, on-site, booklet ministry resource that uses a display (Rotating Booklet Stand) of pocket-sized, topical booklets to promote outreach. There are also some booklets for equipping your congregation's members to share their faith. Each of the more than 50 booklets available is written from a Christian perspective and addresses a variety of topics, from forgiveness and the after-life to depression and anger management. Many have been translated into Spanish too." (lhm.org) Project Connect also offers booklets for youth.
During October, Project Connect is a wonderful resource for Breast Cancer awareness month with their booklet, Hope and Healing. This booklet highlights scripture throughout the Bible that speaks to His healing, love, and care of us. This booklet also walks through the journey of a breast cancer diagnosis, what to expect physically, emotionally, and spiritually, and gives tangible examples of how to support one another. Many congregations offer the Project Connect Booklet Ministries, and along with a meal ministry program, prayer shawl program, and visitation program, congregations can be a supportive and comforting presence to those families that are affected by a breast cancer diagnosis, or any cancer diagnosis.
So please, remember to go for your annual Mammogram, screening ultrasounds if needed, and do your monthly self-checks. Early diagnosis is key to good breast cancer outcomes. Gently remind your loved ones as well.
In His joy and service,
Colleen Bottcher RN, BSN, FCN
NJ District LCMS Parish Nurse
Our Savior Lutheran Church
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410