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 [firstname.lastname@example.org] and Melissa Erickson [email@example.com].
The Guided Meditation Ministry meets weekly in-person and 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.
July 2021 Connections
Summer is here and there is the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel as far as improvement in the pandemic situation is concerned, so many of us are feeling a more positive attitude about life in general. All great news which we can appreciate as things begin to get back towards the way we used to enjoy them. Following are some suggestions for getting our health "back to normal" or "catching up with our health."
Summer means relaxation of routines and hopefully making time for enjoyment with others. Now that we are freer from restrictions than we have been during the past year, let's not forget a few basic summer safety rules.
Water Safety: Never swim alone, be aware of and comply with pool rules, be aware of ocean and river conditions before entering the water, don't overestimate your swimming capabilities.
Sun Safety: Use appropriate sunscreen when going out in the sun, especially between 10 am-2 pm. Use sunglasses to protect eyes, wear a sun hat and a rash guard-type covering while out in the sun for protracted periods.
Bike Safety: Always wear a helmet. Use appropriate size of bike, make sure brakes work, use bike lane/path where available.
Travel Safety: Keep up to date with any CDC recommendations still in use, be sure your car is roadworthy, take plenty of wipes/cleaning products for any type of transportation, if flying - keep updated about your flights, allow plenty of extra time for long lines & delays and take snacks to cover these situations.
Keep Hydrated: Very important for all ages at all times.
Back to Normal Health Ideas
As statistics show, many people were unable to keep up with regular health checks and screenings during the pandemic due to difficulty accessing care. As soon as possible, contact your appropriate medical care professionals to arrange wellness visits and update vaccinations (especially for COVID if you haven't already been vaccinated) and other preventive care screening tests.
Get a mental health checkup. There has been much publicity about the effects of isolation, anxiety, etc. during the pandemic and researchers expect an increase in mental health issues even as the pandemic wanes or as a result of having had COVID. So, consider being preemptive about this important aspect of your health.
Get active. Again, isolation and disruption of routines have often led to a lack of exercise which we know is a key part of a good health regimen.
Socialize. A big issue. It took a long time to get used to being isolated from families, friends, etc., so it may take a while to realize we can get out and about again. If people are fully vaccinated, they can feel free to take advantage of the new CDC recommendations to get out to see other vaccinated people as soon as they feel comfortable doing so.
It's been a long and difficult haul to experience the pandemic, whether or not we have had COVID, so it will take time to recover and feel confident in our new behaviors. Your Parish Health Team wishes you all a very pleasant and safe summer!