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<h1><a href="/blog/health-ministry-in-the-local-congregation">'Health Ministry in the Local Congregation' now a FREE download!</a></h1>

Stephanie Ulrich has updated 'Health Ministry in the Local Congregation', a valuable resource for health ministry. We believe that whenever possible, we should make our resources available to as many as we possibly can in the church. Offering electronic versions of our resources greatly increases our ability to do so. I am grateful to Stephanie for the opportunity to offer this important guide to health ministry to all who might find it useful.

A quick look at the chapter titles will demonstrate the value of this resource:

  1. Introduction to Health Ministry
  2. Why the Congregation?
  3. Historical Overview
  4. Biblical Roots of Health Ministry
  5. Holistic Health
  6. Reflection: Helping a Congregation Discover Health Ministry
  7. Stories of Health Ministry
  8. Getting Started

One advantage to an e-book is the ability to link within the document. Once you download this book, you will find that clicking the table of contents will take you to each section. In addition, each chapter is bookmarked, meaning you can open the bookmarks menu and navigate the document that way as well.

I hope you enjoy this e-book. Stephanie Ulrich has worked with NEHM for many years and has been an essential contributor to NEHM's success. We are grateful for her support and generosity in allowing us to offer her book in this way. As always, we welcome any feedback you might have as we explore new ways of providing resources and information to you. Feel free to leave a comment or email me directly at

I hope you all enjoy a safe and blessed Christmas!

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 Call for Workshop Proposals

3rd Annual Health Ministry/Parish Nursing Conference

Proposals Due December 15, 2010

NEHM is calling you to be a workshop leader for the following:

Seasons of Health Ministry "Gratitude and Grace"
May 19-21, 2011
Burlingame, CA

These opportunities are for various levels from beginners to specialist ministry:

  1. Pre-conference workshop leaders will receive a $200 Honorarium - Sessions May 19th for 3 hours
  2. Workshop leaders will receive a $100 Honorarium - Sessions May 20 - 21 for 1.25 hours
  3. Best Practices Presentations will receive a $50 Honorarium - Presentations May 19, 3 times for 15 minutes each.

To submit your proposal, please complete the form here.

For more information, please contact:
Maryfran Crist

Deadline is December 15, 2010. You will be contacted by January 1, 2011. Please note that if you are presenting with someone else, you will share the honorarium. You may submit more than one proposal. Please use a separate form for each proposal.

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"On the day that I was commissioned [as a parish nurse], my Rector preached a sermon on "The Feast of Florence Nightingale"...all about dedication, service and love."

"He reaches out to the homeless by having our parish hall open during the day."

"He listens to my ideas and treats me as a full fledged member of the church staff. I cannot begin to tell you how my ministry has grown due to his encouragement."

These are just a few of the comments we heard from people expressing their gratitude for the support and leadership of their clergy. We will be posting the text of all of these submissions as comments to this blog post. If you would like to add your experiences with a member of clergy who has been particularly supportive of your ministry, I encourage you to do so. 

NEHM is making this recognition an annual event, so please be sure to watch for next year's announcements!

Let's celebrate these wonderful leaders in our church and our ministry!!

2010 Clergy Leaders in Health Ministry

The Rev. Kathryn Andonian, Church of the Holy Spirit, Harleysville, PA
The Rev. Scott Barron, St. John's Episcopal Church, Mt. Prospect, IL
The Rev. Dr. John Belzer, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Shawnee, OK
The Rev. John Branson, Christ & Holy Trinity Church, Westport, CT
The Rev. James Braun, St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Kenosha, WI
The Rev. Michael Burke, St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Anchorage, AK
The Rev. Jon Coffey, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Jacksonville, FL
The Rev. Dr. Donald Henry Kortright Davis, Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, Washington DC
The Rev. Tommy Dillon, St. Aidan's Episcopal Church San Francisco, CA
The Rev. David Elsensohn, St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Sitka, AK

The Rev. Charles Fels, The Church of the Good Shepherd, Knoxville, TN
The Rev. Scott Fisher, St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Fairbanks, AK
The Rev. Webster Gibson, Christ Church Winchester, VA
The Rev. Polly Ann Glanville, Diocese of OH, Akron, OH
The Rev. Michael Herman, Trinity Episcopal Church, Bay City, MI
The Rev. Joe Hermerding, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Baton Rouge, LA
The Rev. Beth Hixon, St. Martin in the Fields, Philadelphia, PA
The Rev. Jeremy Hole, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Gainesville, FL
The Rev. Dr. John Houch, Saint George and Matthias Episcopal Church Chicago, IL
The Rev. Larry Jackson, Trinity Episcopal Church, Parkersburg, WV

The Rt. Rev. W. Michie (Mike) Klusmeyer, Diocese of West Virginia, Charleston, WV
The Rev. Canon Brien Koehler, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Baton Rouge, LA
The Very Rev. Tracey Lind,  Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland, OH
The Rev. Dcn. Cindy Long, St. Matthew's Church,  Sacramento, CA
The Rev. John Major, Prince of Peace Episcopal Church, Dallas, PA
The Rev. Joyce Matthews, Christ Church, Cranbrook Bloomfield Hills, MI
The Rev. Dr. J. Mastine Nisbett, St. David's Episcopal/Anglican Church, Cambria Heights, NY
The Rev. Mary Piotroski, St. Andrew's, Sedona, AZ
The Rev. Thomas Reeder, Christ Episcopal Church, Williamsport, PA
The Rev. Roberta Ring, Grace Episcopal Church, Ft. Wayne, IN

The Rev. Ann Ritonia, Christ Church, Winchester, VA
The Rev. Mark Robinson, Trinity Episcopal Church, Cleveland, OH
The Rev. Daniel Rondeau, St. Margaret's Episcopal Church and School, Palm Desert, CA
Deacon Sheila Scott, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Amarillo, TX
The Rev. Anne Elizabeth Swiedler, St. David's Episcopal Church, Roswell, GA
The Rev. William Terry, St. Anna's Episcopal Church, New Orleans, LA
The Rt. Rev. Charles vonRosenberg, Diocese of East Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
The Rev. Scott West, Christ Episcopal Church Blacksburg, Blacksburg, VA
Deacon Reese Wiggins, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Baton Rouge, LA
The Rev. Steven Wilson, Grace Episcopal Church, Carthage, MO
The Rev. Elsa Worth, Grace Episcopal Church, Trumbull, CT

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<h1><a href="/blog/seeing-beyond">Seeing Beyond Alzheimer's </a></h1>

 by Natasha S. Metzler

“Beware of Helen,” the girls who had trained me said. “She has Alzheimer’s and can be very difficult at times.” 

Despite their warning, my first week at the Adult Home went by smoothly enough. As a CNA most of my work was drudgery, but I enjoyed seeing the patients and talking to them. They made me laugh, and I learned a lot listening to their stories. It wasn’t until I had worked there for two weeks that I even spent time with Helen. I had come in early so a co-worker could have a few extra hours off, and was nominated to take Helen her evening medication. I walked slowly to her door and knocked. 

She opened it and frowned, “What are you doing here?”
“Just bringing your pills, Helen.” I smiled at her, lifting the small cup for her to see.
“Oh,” she opened the door wider. I walked in, grimacing at the overpowering scent of perfume.
“I’m going out tonight,” she informed me. I realized that she had several dresses lying on the bed.
“I see.” I went to her nightstand and poured a small glass of water. While my back was turned, she slipped closer.
“I like your hair,” she said. I spun slowly, the water in my hand, “Thank you.” I glanced in the mirror at my wild curls.
“I used to have hair like that.” She smiled faintly and touched her thinning gray locks. “I was almost as pretty as you once.”
“Oh, Helen,” I handed her the pills and water, “You’re still beautiful.”
She smiled brightly at me and I realized it was the truth. Lord, You did make her lovely. Help her remember who she is in You.

After that day, my co-workers always left Helen’s pills for me to deliver. I would walk up to her room and she would tell me that I was beautiful and I would return the compliment. Several months later, I was sitting in the kitchen, taking a break to eat my supper, when she came marching in. “You stole my nylons!” she cried. “Give them back!” Her eyes were flashing and her words were sharp.
“Now, Helen,” I began, trying to speak softly to help calm her.
“I can’t believe that I come to this place and you steal from me!” She began to pace up and down the hallway, her voice rising. There was a part of me that cringed at being accused of anything. I wanted to say, “Why would I want your nylons?” But I held my tongue and took a deep breath. I looked at her and prayed silently, “Lord, help me calm her down.”

Suddenly, I could see the fear in her eyes. Instead of ranting, I heard her silent cry, “I’m scared. I’m confused. I don’t      even know where my nylons are! I thought I left them in one place but they are gone. Just like all my memories. Gone!”
My heart softened. My look softened. She paused and stared at me.
“Come, Helen,” I said gently, “Let’s look together.” My eyes crinkled as I smiled, “They might even be in the laundry.”
Fifteen minutes later, Helen turned to walk back to her room, her nylons held tight in her fist. She glanced back at me and all the fear and anger was gone. “Your hair is so pretty,” she said smiling. “I used to be pretty once, too.”

“You still are, Helen,” I said quietly, “You still are.” 

Natasha worked as a CNA/Home Health Aide between mission assignments until three years ago when she met and married her husband, Amos. They recently returned from working in LaColline, Haiti and currently own and operate a dairy farm in Northern New York.

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<h1><a href="/blog/clergy-leaders-in-health-ministry">Clergy Leaders in Health Ministry</a></h1>

 Clergy Leaders in Health Ministry

Click Here to Send in Your Nominations Today!

NEHM would like you to nominate a deacon, priest or bishop who supports health ministry. Nominations are due by Sept. 30. We will recognize these individuals in October with a St. Luke's Day message. 

There are so many ways clergy can and do support health ministry in the Episcopal Church. Speaking from the pulpit about body, mind, spirit connection is one of many ways. Clergy also connect the various ministries that already exist in a church and assist these ministries to understand how they promote health and wellness.

  • Is there a clergy person in your life who has been supportive of health ministry?
  • Is there a clergy person who is always seeking innovative ways to make your parish or diocese healthier?
  • Who is the clergy person you turn to when you need an advocate for health ministry?

Nominate them today as a Clergy Leader in Health Ministry!