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
February, 2015

Words of gratitude to everyone who helped with the recent Memorial Services for our dear friends Steve Weikal and Bob McMurrer.


When you are a bereaved family member coming to a service to celebrate your loved one, it warms your heart and consoles you to see so many loving members of our church family attending the service and helping with the reception, sound, music, ushering and all other details that go into making the service about love.


I thank you all. I am so honored to be a part of this loving community of kind souls that takes the message of love out into the world each and every day.


Love and Blessings,



    Beginning to tune in to even the minutest feelings of…gratitude softens us…

If we begin to acknowledge these moments and cherish them…then no matter how fleeting and tiny this good heart may seem, it will gradually, at its own speed, expand.

Pema Chodron

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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