Congregational Health Ministry

Our Congregational Nurse (Donna Rutherford, RN) provides a healing ministry that helps support and fulfill the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of our congregation. She is a volunteer on staff, our nurse minister.

Health MinistryNotes from the Congregational Nurse

Congregational Health
April, 2015

A special thank you to all in our church community who helped with the recent remembrance services for our dear friends, Margaret Tolbert and Don Miller.

So many of you volunteered to bring food, usher, setup/clean-up, shop, perform last minute errands, arrange flowers and pictures, help with audio/visual and on and on.  Many of you attended the service and provided support to family and friends through your warm and loving presence.

Your gifts of time and grace means everything to this church community of friends that is “St. Andrew’s Church.”

May you be blessed this season of Easter with loving friends and family, and with hope and joy in the greening of our earth.

Love and Blessings,


May you use your hands to touch all of life with reverence and gratitude.

May your hands reach out with care to others.

May your hands be willing to receive

Services and Duties of the Congregational Nurse

Healthy Living

Donna serves our congregation as:

- a health and wellness educator
- a health and wellness counselor
- a community liaison and personal advocate
- a member of the Pastoral Care Team

All conversations and records are strictly confidential. All records are secure. No one else has access to the records of the congregational nurse.

Her duties include:

  • Meeting individually with clients in the home, church, or hospital to provide holistic care and support.
  • Advocating for clients in the health system.
  • Promoting health education.
  • Providing health screening and monitoring, as with our First Sunday Blood Pressure Screenings.
  • Assessing the needs of the congregation and establishing programs to meet these needs.
  • Assisting in locating resources for the community.

The Congregational Nurse does not give direct hands-on treatment but helps to empower and enable clients in their healing journey.

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