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

Getting regular exercise during these long hot summer days can be a challenge. Researchers are now telling us that one of the worst things for our body is prolonged sitting. Studies have found that sitting for long periods of time can lead to increased levels of blood cholesterol, triglycerides and blood sugar as well as increased inflammation and fat stores.  Those who sit a lot, regardless of their overall physical activity level, have higher mortality rates, especially from cardiovascular disease.

The key word is “prolonged.”  If you find yourself sitting at a desk all day or sitting in front of the TV for many hours, you need to break-up the prolonged sitting by getting up and taking a 5 minute walk every couple of hours.  Researchers found that those partaking in “screen-based entertainment” for more than 4 hours a day tend to have a heart attack or stroke more frequently independent of other risk factors.

The best advice is to get up every few hours and walk around the room, pace or climb some stairs for 5 minutes.  Whether at work or at home, try to break the pattern of inertia.  These short breaks can give you more energy and mental clarity.  Give it a try!   And….keep up the other regular exercise you are already doing.  Both help to improve your overall health.   If regular exercise is not part of your routine now, it is never too late to get started.

Love and Blessings,  Donna Rutherford

Be faithful in small things because

it is in them that your strength lies.

Mother Theresa

Support & Assistance with Living Wills

Suze Miller, church member, Licensed Social Worker and former Director of Texpec (Texas partnership for end of life care) will be available in the Library on Sunday July 13th from 9:30am to 10:30am to help you better understand, execute or update a living will and health care power of attorney.  Having these documents complete is necessary for everyone at ANY age.  Do you have your info and is it up to date??

You need to update all of this information when:

The 5 D’s……

Decade – you start a new one
Death – a loved one dies
Divorce – or other major family change
Diagnosis – with a serious medical problem
Decline – a significant decline or deterioration in an existing health condition

Stop by and talk with Suze.  We will have supportive materials for you in the lobby that Sunday.

Services and Duties of the Congregational NurseHealthy 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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