Health Ministry News November 2014


Get program ideas, rejoice, be inspired, congratulate, and give thanks for health ministry! Be sure to check out Wisconsin…a parish nurse made Madison’s list of Tops Nurses 2014!

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 this month.

Support your fellow health minister by visiting the websites and commenting on their efforts!


New Nursing Lecturer Tells Her Story

Nikol Hamilton is the new lecturer of nursing for bachelor students. Growing up in Crossett, AR, Hamilton credits her rural background with helping her learn how to be independent.

“Living in rural Arkansas really taught me a lot about what you don’t have as far as even health care resources. So that really molded what I have done in my own nursing career to advocate for better services and health care options, just from the lack of stuff from where I came from,” Hamilton, said…

…Along with other certifications, Hamilton has an advance practice role in forensic and legal nursing, and in faith community nursing. She enjoys her forensic nursing practices, as she wants to focus on understanding death, grieving, bereavement and helping people in crisis…

…In March, she will be helping to host the first “Get Your Rear in Gear.” This event is a 5k run for colon cancer awareness. She also continues to ride barrel horses.


In the Spirit: Faith Community Nurses

…Ann Baker, a Faith Community Nurse on staff at United Presbyterian Church in Watsonville…With over 50 years experience as a registered nurse, a visiting nurse and a mental health counselor for schools, Ann’s part-time job at United Presbyterian Church integrates body, mind and spirit. She oversees health-related ministries including counseling, visiting the ill, education and referrals. Ann is available for consultation after Sunday services and twice a week by appointment. With her health-care team, she plans and develops health-related events including classes at the church and in the community. Because Watsonville was identified by the National Center for Disease Control and the National Alliance for Hispanic Health as one of the top three cities in the country needing help for diabetics, Ann also teaches diabetic management classes at her church.

There are 15,000 Faith Community Nurses in the nation, but only two in Santa Cruz County. United Presbyterian Church in Watsonville is not a particularly large church; surely other faith communities could also benefit from this type of ministry. Once called Parish Nurses, you can check out this ministry at or the Health Ministries Association at…~Alliee DeArmond


Lady Lake church reaches out — with waffles

multi-grain waffles courtesy  Stacy Spensley, licensed

multi-grain waffles courtesy Stacy Spensley, licensed

Who knew eating waffles could be healthy?

And free too.

The Community Waffle Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Sunday at the Lady Lake Seventh-day Adventist Church will be healthy, vegan, non-GMO and yummy, according to Kea Borrero, who is hosting the event.

“I want to make people aware they can enjoy a good healthy breakfast,” said Borrero. “I’ve been health educator a long time.”


Koolauhuiia Church walks to Bethlehem

Members and friends of Koolauhuiia Church in Anahola are walking 8,611 miles to Bethlehem, Israel — symbolically.

They are joining hundreds of other churches across the world participating in a unique health walk which summarizes the number of miles individuals and families walk or exercise each week.

Public domain

Public domain


Church ministry offers ‘Ask the Pediatrician’ on Tuesday

Drs. Michelle Pope, Ross Buckles and Ellen Squire are scheduled to be on hand to help parents answer questions about the health of their children.

North Carolina

Congregational Nursing Course Graduates Six

Six nurses recently completed Foundations of Faith Community Nursing, a course sponsored by the Congregational Nurse and Health Ministry Program of the Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston-Salem.
The program educates and supports nurses and others interested in developing ministries of health and wholeness in their faith communities.

Paying on faith: Ministries offer alternative to health insurance

Four long-standing ministries – Christian Healthcare Ministries, Liberty HealthShare, Medi-Share and Samaritan Ministries – qualify as an alternative to health insurance under the ACA. That means members won’t face tax penalties.

Coverage is literally a matter of faith. Organizers make it clear there are no guarantees and no government oversight. Members depend on each other’s commitment to provide help when it’s needed. Those allowed to join must agree to religious beliefs and lifestyle standards, which can include limits on sexual behavior, drinking and use of drugs and tobacco.

Be prepared to get teary eyed if you watch this one, but it’s a story of a couple who used Medi-Share during an acute illness.

Religion news

Author visit: Paul Leonard, philanthropist and author of “When the Spirit Moves,” will discuss his spiritual journey and how it led to his work for Habitat for Humanity.

Blood drive [two listed]
Service: The Stephen Ministry presents “Living With Grief During the Holidays,” a special time of support for those who have lost a loved one.
Worship service: The GriefShare ministry will host a “Surviving the Holidays” service for those experiencing the loss of a loved one. Cheryl Vought will provide special music. Guest speaker Ann Noonan will provide helpful suggestions for those grieving during the holidays.
Service: Meg and Todd Hoke will present “Five Happy Things.” Through music and reflection, the Hokes will describe a practice that has helped them work with hospice services for a combined 25 years.
Workshop: “Surviving the Holidays” GriefShare workshop hosted by the church health ministries.
Christian counseling: Free individual, marriage and family counseling.


Madison’s Top Nurses 2014

Kathleen (Kate) Kindelin Pender

Community Parish Nurse

St. Mary’s Hospital

What do you do as a parish nurse? 
I am employed by St. Mary’s Hospital in partnership with the Triangle Community Ministry and have been in my current role as an advanced practice parish nurse for the past twelve years. St. Mary’s Hospital, the Triangle Community Ministry and the United Way of Dane County have all generously supported this nursing role for many years.

Licensed photo courtesy Patrick

Licensed photo courtesy Patrick

Most of us don’t make the headlines, so tell us what you’ve been doing this month in the comments.

My church hosted a flu vaccination clinic after worship and at our soup kitchen in collaboration with the Visiting Nurse Services of CT, and we held our monthly blood pressure program.

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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