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.
Blood Pressure Screenings
Donna holds blood pressure screenings on the last Sunday of each month in the Pastoral Care Office. The next screening day will be Sunday, December 1 before and after worship.
High blood pressure often has no signs or symptoms. The only way to know for sure if you have high blood pressure is to be tested periodically for it. Stop by and have your numbers checked.
Please check the Congregational Health Ministry Bulletin board located in the hallway for timely health information articles that might be of help to you and your family.
From Your Congregational Nurse
“Doing December Differently an Alternative Christmas Handbook” written by Nicola Slee & Rosie Miles from the Iona Community explores “ how we can celebrate the Christmas season without putting ourselves under intolerable strain, or by perpetuating false and oppressive myths of ideal family life. “
As the holiday approaches each year, we all struggle with the need to just keep it simple yet we somehow are not able to get that to happen. This book gives ideas to help you prepare for the season with integrity and simplicity.
A few suggestions from the book:
- Do what you can to make small changes. This is always an option ….make some kind of change this year, any change…..start small.
- Be compassionate – to yourself as well as to your relatives and friends. Be realistic about what you can and cannot expect to “get out” of Christmas. Give up the illusion of the “perfect family Christmas.”
- Cherish and claim limitation, restraint, simplicity and enough-ness as sound Advent
principles as much as you can. Practice saying “no.” Stay in. Create small spaces for silence, rest, prayer however and wherever you can.
- Plan ahead. After Christmas write a sticky note for your next November calendar to remind yourself of things that will be helpful next season.
- Communicate. Talk to family and friends about how you plan to, or would prefer to manage Christmas. Make a list of your desires. Expect them to understand; but even if they don’t, be clear and consistent.
Find excerpts from the book on the Health Ministry Bulletin Board for December. Ideas include how to enjoy being alone on Christmas, ethical shopping, how to simplify gift giving and creative December workshops for the family.
I hope during this season of Advent and Christmas you are able to remember to slow down, and be truly present and engaged with each moment as it unfolds. This is a gift we can give ourselves and others this Christmas season.
Love and Christmas Blessings,
“Each moment is a place you’ve never been.”
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.
Contact Nurse Donna Rutherford