Health Ministry News October/November

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How are churches across the nation serving their faith and wider communities?

Here’s a sampling of what’s floating out there on the web over the past month. Click to read full stories, some are a few pages, but I gave you brief quotes here.

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National News

licensed photo courtesy Beverly & Pack

licensed photo courtesy Beverly & Pack

Researchers Hopkins, McBride, Randall given Adventist Health Ministries Medal of Distinction: Trio has promoted prevention of at-risk behaviors through healthy relationships

Three Seventh-day Adventist health experts were awarded the denomination’s Health Ministries Medal of Distinction for their ongoing research and promotion of healthy relationships to prevent at-risk behaviors.

Andrews University professors Dr. Gary Hopkins and Duane McBride were presented the award yesterday during a meeting of the Institute of Prevention of Addictions board at the denomination’s world headquarters…

Adventist Health Ministries Director Dr. Peter Landless said the trio’s research over the past decade has made a “tremendous contribution” to the Church and society. Through papers and scholarly journal articles, all three have promoted the importance of healthy relationships for reducing at-risk behaviors in young people as well as a stabilizing influence for older people.

Catholic Group Launches Health Care Sharing Ministry

Throughout the history of the church, Christians have been actively involved in the provision and funding of health and medical resources. But for the past 50 years, these functions have been treated as political problems reserved for the state rather than matters to be addressed by the church.

Some Christians, though, are beginning to reassert this biblically mandated role by participating in health care sharing ministries (HCSM). HCSMs are not insurance companies, but nonprofit religious organizations that help members pay for medical treatments.


Kay Warren Interview: ’24 Hours of Hope’ Broadcast on World Mental Health Day, Impact of Son’s Suicide on the Church Community, and Stigma of Mental Illness

Today, Pastor Rick and Kay Warren of Saddleback Church are hosting “24 Hours of Hope,” a free global online event designed to encourage individuals living with a mental illness, educate and support their families, and equip church leaders for compassionate and effective mental health ministry.


Shelton’s St. Joseph Church has vital role in parish nursing program

As the Griffin Hospital Valley Parish Nurse Program celebrates its 25th anniversary this October, it gives special credit to St. Joseph Church in Shelton for being one of the trailblazers for this community health program.

In 1990, under the guidance and support of the Rev. Robert Weiss and Sister Alice Keating, the St. Joseph Parish Nurse Program started with a burst of enthusiasm.


Brooksville church offers health fair

For registered nurse Linda Ravenhorst, the Health Fair at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church on Saturday will be a ministry to her church as well as outreach for her community.
Ravenhorst, who serves as a volunteer “faith community nurse” for her church, organized the event with the help of fellow church members Dale MacKeown and Daniele Whitman, a registered pharmacist from the Barclay Publix store.

“We want it to have a twofold purpose,” Ravenhorst said. “We want to let our members know what health services are available and . . . let the community know what ministries the church has to offer.”

Teen leads Gainesville church’s bicycle ministry

Bicycle licensed photo courtesy Michael

Bicycle licensed photo courtesy Michael

Pine Grove Baptist Church in Gainesville is using bicycles to help win its neighbors to the Lord. The ministry, which refurbishes used bikes to give away to needy children and adults, depends on the skills of 15-year-old Evan Tanner…

Recently, volunteers, including [Pastor Dean] Slocumb, helped health-care workers on “Flu Mist Day” when students received nasal protection against the flu. The church provided cookies for the students after their mists and muffins for the adult volunteers. Slocum handed out cookies…

“If the Lord opens a door through a bike, then we plan to use that door,” he said. Recently a single mother coming out of a walk-in medical clinic next door to the church saw bicycles leaning on the church building. She asked about the bicycles and she was told about the repair ministry. Her son and daughter, whose bikes were stolen, received bicycles refurbished by Turner. A homeless man and woman received another two.

Faith Calendar

The Bible Baptist Healthcare Ministry is hosting a free program on breast health and breast cancer awareness Tue. Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. Call 305-836-7644.

New Day N Christ Deliverance Ministry invites the community to free Mind, Body, and Soul Enhancements; self-improvement class and Zumba Fitness. Call 305-691-0018.

Florida Independent Restoration Ministries (FIRM) asks if you have family problems that deals with drugs, and alcohol, they can help. Call 800-208-2924 ext. 102 or prayer line, ext 104.

A Mission With A New Beginning Church Women’s Department provides community feedings. Call 786-371-3779.
Bethany Seventh-Day Adventist Church hosts bereavement sharing group meetings, every 2nd Sunday from 3-4 p.m. Call 305-634-2993.

MEC Ministries will be running a healing service every fourth Fri. at 7:30 p.m. Call 305-693-1534.


Resurrection Lutheran retreat focuses on women’s health

Breast Cancer licensed photo courtesy  ~Pawsitive~Candie_N

Breast Cancer licensed photo courtesy ~Pawsitive~Candie_N

Women of Resurrection Lutheran Church retreated to Lutheranch in Tallapoosa last weekend for ministry in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Thirteen women of the church in Newnan, including Pastor Barb Gibson, gathered for food, fellowship and studying scripture.

Gibson says the American Cancer Society in Peachtree City held a 72-hour training class for pastors and congregation members who wanted to start a faith-based ministry for those battling cancer, in which Gibson and a few women in her congregation attended.


Forming an Alzheimer’s ministry

Wall Street United Methodist Church, 240 Wall St., Jeffersonville, in partnership with the Norton Healthcare Office of Church and Health Ministries, and the University of Louisville School of Nursing Caregivers Program of Research, is offering a free three-part series for individuals and faith communities interested in Developing an Alzheimer’s Caregiver Ministry.

Licensed photo courtesy Number 10

Licensed photo courtesy Number 10


Keeping the faith

The Starlight Missionary Baptist Church Health Ministry is honoring cancer survivors in the community. We invite everyone to participate in our 8th Annual 2-Mile “Celebration of Life” Walk.

Bethany Lutheran Church invites you to grab your running shoes , gather your friends, and join members as they sponsor the “I am Second Fun Run” on Nov. 1, at 9 am at the Salmen High School track in Slidell. This run will help raise awareness for the non-profit “I am Second” movement that is changing lives through real stories.

Licensed photo courtesy  Josiah Mackenzie

Licensed photo courtesy Josiah Mackenzie


Support group

The Health Ministries and Stephen Minsters at the Sudbury United Methodist Church are looking for people to participate in planning and running a prayer-based Cancer Support group. The church is at 251 Old Sudbury Road in Sudbury. Call the church office at 978-443-4351.

New York

Care-A-Van Ministries ends cookout season

Care-A-Van Ministries, Inc., a community-based street ministry, has ended its 2014 cookout season at Austin Park. These free cookouts were held every Thursday night from May 15 until Sept. 18 and encompassed 19 cookouts and totaled 6,426 free meals served during the summer…

Each week a different Pastor from a local church delivered an inspirational and encouraging message of hope and salvation from the Word of God. These messages were a blessing to those attending and many were able to receive prayer and spiritual support from these pastors and the various church/ministry organizations present at Austin Park.

Also in attendance during these cookouts were The Salvation Army, Living Waters Apostolic Ministry, Eagles Fountain Fellowship, United Methodist Church, Smoke Free NOW, Syd’s Characters, Total Freedom, PC Publications, MSCF, Elba Baptist Soccer, SNAP, Ride2Recovery Ministries, the Mental Health Association, GCASA , Truth Ministries, Fidelis Care, and the YMCA who provided a bounce house at the cookouts.

North Carolina

Houses of worship minister physical and spiritual needs

Stickney Brook Yoga 62  licensed photo courtesy  Matthew Ragan

Stickney Brook Yoga 62 licensed photo courtesy Matthew Ragan

Grace [Lutheran Church] helps its members remain healthy by hosting guest speakers from area hospitals, offering yoga classes, organizing a walking group and sponsoring blood drives. Grace also sponsors health screenings through the Wellness on Wheels (WOW) van from Park Ridge Health…

Through its health ministry [Hendersonville’s Seventh-day Adventist Church] demonstrates healthy eating habits during its potluck dinners and offers seminars to help people stop smoking and live stress-free lives…

Members of the Agudas Israel congregation get a healthy boost at their synagogue from a congregational nurse who is there to help them live healthy lifestyles and find the medical care they need.

Healthy Churches 2020

As Americans struggle with high rates of preventable and treatable diseases, Healthy Churches 2020, a national conference presented by The Balm in Gilead will convene in Greensboro, Nov. 13-15 at the Sheraton Greensboro at Four Seasons/Koury Convention Center.

The conference will offer workshops on disease prevention, care and treatment to strengthen the knowledge and skills of people involved in faith-based health activities such as a health ministry, annual church health fair, community kitchen, faith-based clinic or other health programs.

Church ministry to help community

The church will be offering free dental and health checks and resume building services, while giving away bags of donated food and used clothing, Layton said. Parkwood Baptist will have the N.C. Baptist Medical Dental bus on hand. Parkwood member and local dental hygienist Christina Hardee, who is the coordinator of “ServeHis at the Park,” has also gotten some local dentists and hygienists to come and offer their services on Saturday.

Licensed photo courtesy 807th Medical Command

Licensed photo courtesy 807th Medical Command

Layton said the volunteers will be performing free teeth cleanings, extractions and fillings for people at the event. People also have the option of receiving health screenings such as blood pressure and diabetes checks, while also getting medical information.


Bethlehem Baptist Church, Skippack, to host Harvest Fest and Health Fair

The Deaconess and Health Fair Ministries of Bethlehem Baptist Church are hosting a Fall Harvest Fest…

The Health Fair Ministry will feature health screenings and education, wellness and nutrition workshops, family-focused fitness, and a fun walk with the pastor…

Featured corporate sponsors include Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Susan G. Komen, the YMCA, Abington Health and WDAS 105.3 FM.


Grace Lutheran Church to host candle lighting service

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church of Oak Ridge will host its second annual candle lighting service to support those challenged by mental illness, brain disorders or substance abuse disorders…

The Grace Mental Health Ministry Team worked with Pastor Damos in planning the candle lighting services and offers public programs and seminars on topics such as wellness, healing, coping strategies and the management of grief.


People discover their health age at church fair

A health fair sponsored by the Fox Valley Seventh-Day Adventist Church’s health ministry took place in Neenah Sunday. People could discover their health age using a computer analysis…
As part of the health screening surveys, people could also get their blood pressure checked.

View their video here! (Sorry I couldn’t get it to embed)

New Life Christian Church celebrates a milestone

They have a faith-based church that believes that people need to be whole in their body, soul, and spirit. For almost six years now they have been offering the God’s Way/Weigh Ministry, teaching health and awareness classes.
The church has added a gym floor in the lower level to make the fellowship hall a dual purpose room. Fitness classes are offered to the community at a low price with no membership fees to make getting fit easier and affordable for everyone.

Licensed photo courtesy  Kenny Holston

Licensed photo courtesy Kenny Holston

What has your ministry been up to? Share in the comments, we’d love to hear what you are doing or what you are planning.

About courtholmes

Nurse Practitioner, Faith Community Nurse, Parish Nurse, Certified Wound Specialist, DNP Student at Quinnipiac University, Social Media Enthusiast... Passionate about integrating faith and health! CT Faith Community Nurses on Twitter @CTFCN

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