Health and Wellness Ministry
The Health and Wellness Ministry at Grace promotes health, wellness and healing within the community of Grace Lutheran Church and School. Health Cabinet programs are coordinated by parish nurse MaryBeth Buschmann, with direction and support from volunteer members of the Health Cabinet.
Grace's Health and Wellness Ministry promotes healthy living habits and assists members who are struggling with illness and caregiving issues.
Sunday morning Heatlh Cabinet activities include:
• A Health Cabinet table in the atrium on the fourth Sunday of every month, offering blood pressure checks, pedometers and a walking program, and other health information.
• Healing stations during communion distribution on the first Sunday of every month. We all are in need of healing of our spirits, bodies or minds at one time or another. After receiving communion, those who wish to participate in this ritual may go to either side of the church sanctuary to receive a prayer and an anointing. Participants may also ask to include a family member or friend in the prayer.
If you would like to be part of the activities of the Health Cabinet, or have an interest in initiating a new activity directed to its mission, please consider becoming a member. A health care background is not required. To learn more, contact Marybeth Buschmann (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Parish nurse works with the pastors and with Grace members to meet the mental, physical, and spiritual health needs of individuals in the congregation. She visits and counsels individuals when they are ill or grieving, assists them in making choices about health care, provides resources and referrals to appropriate services, and educates congregation members on the relationship between faith, health, wellness, and lifestyles.
The Health and Wellness Ministry program is a health-centered ministry of service.
This ministry shall promote the health, wellness, and healing of God's people--body, mind, and spirit--through compassion, competence, and care.
This ministry shall act as a source of influence in the life of the church and the community to ensure that the stewardship of health is expressed in worship, education, nurture, and networks of support.
The Health and Wellness Ministry program shall be coordinated by an appointed Health Cabinet and include a parish nurse.
Health and Wellness Ministry topics
Chronic Illness Support Group
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Advanced care directives
Mental illness awareness
Links to health, caregiving, and other information on the web
Health and wellness columns in Grace Notes