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Parish Health Ministry

 

The Parish Health Ministry follows the teachings of Jesus to integrate the health of body, mind, and spirit. The ministry is comprised of several A&HT programs as well as programs provided by Episcopal Retirement Services. For any questions or for more information, please contact the PHM Co-Chairs: Kathy Kessler [kak318@aol.com] and Melissa Erickson [melissagerickson@gmail.com].

 

Standing Activities

The Guided Meditation Ministry meets weekly online on Thursdays at 7:30 pm for a meditation group based on the wellness practices from Kaiser Permanente, University of Michigan, and Jon Kabat-Zinn. This group is for your mind-body-spirit growth. You do not have to be facing a chronic illness or be religious to benefit from this.

The Card Ministry sends cards to parishioners as needed and on special occasions. Please contact the church office if you or anyone you know would appreciate a message from their church family for any reason.

The Knitting Ministry is a group of parishioners who knit prayer shawls, hats, scarves, and chemo caps for those in need. The members meet every 2nd Wednesday of the month at 12 noon in the Library. 

The Bulletin Board Health Information is healthy topics that are displayed on the church bulletin board and changed monthly.

Grief Support Books are a series of 4 books sent to a widow after death of a spouse.

The Health Fair & Healthy Coffee Hours provide information and healthy snacks after church.

The Lending Library is a library of a variety of CD’s, DVD’s, and books on many topics.

The Soup Ministry is a group of parishioners who make soup to keep in the church’s freezer for those who fall ill.

Special Events include Relay for Life and the Purple Stride Walk.

 

Connections: February 2022

Request from a PCP Overrun with COVID Patients

1. If you haven’t gotten your booster, get it now. (2 doses provide 33% protection against Omicron, 3 doses provide 75% protection, AND you are far less likely to be hospitalized or die.)
 
2. The FDA approved Prizer boosters for 12-15-year-olds who are 5 months out from their 2nd dose. My 13-year-old received his booster!
 
3. Please consider masking anytime indoors when you are not with your immediate family. Consider wearing a K-N95 mask or at the very least a mask with multiple layers.
 
4. Prior infections with the Delta variant do not seem to be protective for Omicron. However, the reverse may be true.
 
5. The CDC updated isolation and quarantine guidelines. There are major benefits to being boostered (no quarantining needed if exposed).
 
6. Those who may be immunocompromised (active cancer treatment, transplant patient, chronic higher dose steroids, among others) need both a third dose (to complete primary series, 28 days after 2nd dose) AND a booster (5-6 months after their third dose).
 
7. Monoclonal antibodies are in very short supply. Do not rely on these if you are not vaccinated. Your best option is to prevent infection with the vaccine!
 
8. Yes, Omicron is less likely to cause severe infection, hospitalization, and death. However, because the transmissibility is so much higher than Delta, the sheer number of cases are exploding and total hospitalization numbers may end up being the same or even higher. This is incredibly important because our hospitals are understaffed and overworked.
 
9. My clinic is pivoting back to telemedicine for appropriately selected patients. If you are sick with respiratory symptoms consider doing a telehealth visit with your PCP instead of going in person


Melissa Erickson | Primary Care Physician & PHM Co-Chair