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
Summer, 2015

Tis the season….when it stops raining….for using sunscreen and lot’s of it.

Sunscreen can drastically cut your risk of developing melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer.

Summer sunlight is more intense and it is just out there longer making the right protection more important especially here in Texas.

A few things to know about using sunscreen:

-     1 ounce or 2 tablespoons are necessary for protection.  If you don’t use enough, the SPF protection is much less.  Your face needs a nickel sized portion

-     Waiting to apply….it takes 15 minutes to absorb so apply sooner rather than later

-     There is no sun….cloudy, overcast skies can still burn your skin

-     A hat is not enough….to protect your face…wear one that covers your ears and forehead and still apply sunscreen to your face…don’t forget sunglasses for the kids too

-     Umbrella protection….not enough protection…wear sunscreen

-     Dark skin and never burn… can still get skin cancer

-     Waterproof, sweat proof sunscreen still need to reapply every 2 hours

-     Makeup with SPF….a good idea but not enough protection if you work outdoors or plan to spend time in the sun

-     Stuff from last year….if past expiration date…get rid of it

-     Lips….use a lip balm with SPF and apply frequently – kids too

Sunscreen must have UVA and UVB broad-spectrum protection to be effective.  You have to use it and always have it with you.  Often skin cancers do not make an appearance until later years but there are many cases of people developing skin cancers at a young age.  The skin is our largest and fastest growing organ.  Please do everything you can to protect it.  Skin cancers are no fun.

Love and Blessings,



Every moment Life is there

infusing us

with the radiant risk and splendor of being.

It is breathtaking.


Simple Ways Towards the Sacred

Gunilla Norris

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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