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
November, 2014

Well… is that time of year when we turn our attention and appetites towards Thanksgiving and Christmas and we say to self……..  “I am not gaining weight this holiday.”  Been there done that and it is just too hard to shed those extra pounds despite many well intended New Year resolutions.  With each decade of life it gets harder and harder and it is just not fair!

What to do:

-          Keep a food journal….on your phone or tablet.  Write down everything you eat so you think before opening your mouth!  Myfitnesspal is a good app for this.
-          Don’t skip meals.  When you skip meals you consume more calories.  Irregular eating patterns can cause your metabolism to slow down.   Not good.
-          Eat more home-prepared meals.  Avoid carbs.  Fill up on veggies, fruit and good protein.  Limit restaurant meals.  Dining out frequently adds extra pounds.
-          Get more than 6 hours sleep every night.

“How to Eat” by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is part of a series on mindfulness practice.  This book contains  short meditations covering eating with others, enjoying  food and  connecting to the Earth.

From the book:  “The Five Contemplations”

  1. “Food is a gift of the Earth, sky, numerous living beings, and much hard and loving work.  May we eat with mindfulness and gratitude so as to be worthy to receive this gift of food.
  2. May we recognize and transform unwholesome mental formations, especially our greed, and learn to eat with moderation.
  3. May we keep our compassion alive by eating in a way that reduces the suffering of living beings, stops contributing to climate change, and heals and preserves our precious planet.
  4. We accept this food so that we may nurture our brotherhood and sisterhood, build our community and nourish our ideal of serving all beings.”

Remember to take time for yourself this holiday season and be mindful of how best to care for your precious body.  Hopefully unwanted, un-needed pounds will not be greeting you this New Year.

This is a day for thanks,
So let us touch each other and know that
we are one.
For these and other blessings, we thank Thee, God.
Daniel Roselle

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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