Chaplain’s Letter for April from Spiritual Care, St. Cloud Hospital & Health Fair Dental Resource


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Traveling Health & Screening Fair, Waite Park MN

Today 6 Faith Community Nurses helped welcome people 50+ to the first of three Traveling Health & Screening Fairs this spring. Pictured are Dental Students from the St. Cloud Technical and Community College Dental Program.  They checked people for oral cancer and discussed dental care with them.  They came to my church to do a presentation called “Keep Those Pearly Whites” and discussed toothpastes, rinses and floss, power and regular toothbrushes, need for regular dental cleaning and check ups, implants, crowns, dentures, dry mouth and more and gave out samples.  One tip they gave us is the use of gum and mints with Xylitol which can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.  Gum with Xylitol is in my Easter baskets this year.  From Web MD: As a medicine, xylitol is used to prevent middle ear infections (otitis media) in young children, and as a sugar substitute for people with diabetes. Xylitol is added to some chewing gums and other oral care products to prevent tooth decay and dry mouth. They also shared the low-cost dental services available at the school.

To set up a presentation and/or get information on low-cost dental services, contact:

Barbara Henkemeyer, RDH, MS
Dental Hygiene Faculty & Program Director
St. Cloud Technical & Community College
Health Science Bldg
1245 15th Street North
St. Cloud, MN 56303

Office: 320-308-5906


Waite Park Health FairSt. Cloud Technical & Community College Dental Students at Waite Park Traveling Health Fair 4.2.2015








Next Traveling Health Fairs are:

*Friday April 10 from 8-12 am at Whitney Health Center in St. Cloud

*Thursday April 30, 2015 8-12 am at St. Francis Church in Sartell, MN.

Traveling Health Fair Spring 2015 Color pub


The National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) Lifestyle Coach Training in St. Cloud MN






Training Registration for:
The National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP)
Lifestyle Coach Training in St. Cloud MN
When:  Monday May 18 & Tuesday May 19, 2015
Time:  9:00am to 5:00pm
Central Minnesota Council on Aging (CMCOA)
Location:  1301 W St. Germain St. Suite 101
St. Cloud, MN 56301 (Lunch will be provided both days)

Please return the form below to:

Amy Michael Fax: 651-201-5800
Minnesota Department of Health Phone: 651-201-3892
P.O. Box 64882
St. Paul, MN 55164

Reg impform St Cloud 5 18 19 15 (3)


Individuals and Communities Acting Now to Prevent Diabetes©
Bringing the National Diabetes Prevention Program to Minnesota

I CAN Prevent Diabetes is a collaborative, community-based, lifestyle change program designed for people with pre-diabetes. The Minnesota Individuals and Communities Acting Now Prevent Diabetes (I CAN PD) offers diabetes prevention education and support for people with pre-diabetes. ICANPD is a marketing term for promoting the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) in Minnesota. It is based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s curriculum and National Diabetes Prevention Recognition standards.

Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed in people with pre-diabetes if they make simple changes to increase physical activity and lose weight.


Info & Flyers to Share/Post on Eight Presentations Shared at the Central MN Parish Nurse Ministry Meeting


Refreshing Waters at  Gooseberry Falls State Park









  • If you are a trained Advance Care Planning Facilitator, sign up to help at a Health Care Directive Event, Thursday, April 9, 2015, 6-8 pm at CentraCare Health Plaza, Windfeldt Room. Flyer:

April 2015 ACP Facilitator sign-up at events

  • POLST Facilitator (Last Steps) Training Course With Respecting Choices certified instructors.  Tuesday, May 6, 2015.  $225 Registration fee. 17.8 CEU’s.

POLST (Last Steps) registration form for May 6 2015

  • ELIM (Elim Faith Community Nursing) Saturday April 25, Oxlip EFC, Isanti MN, 9:15 am-12:15 pm.  Enjoy time with fellow nurses as we explore ways to keep the passion burning, get renewed and refreshed, and clarify our mission and purpose. No charge, registration req. 2.5 CEU’s. Flyer:

FCN Spring Poster Caring for Yourself….do you can care for others

  • Annual Central MN Parish Nurse Ministry Workshop, Freedom of Forgiveness, CentraCare Plaza, Wincfeldt Room, June 2, 2015. Flyer:

June 2 2015 Freedom of Forgiveness Workshop

  • Healthy Eating for Successful Living; Education, Hands-on Activities, Support, Resource Connection.
  • April 24-June 12 (6 Sessions) 9 am-110:30 am, Sacred Heart Church, 2875 10th Ave. NE, Sauk Rapids, MN
  • St. Francis Xavier, Sartell, ing on Wednesdays for 6 Weeks, May 13 – June 17 (6 Sessions)
    Time: 9-11:30 AM. Location: St. Francis Xavier Church – at Xavier Hall, 308 2nd St. N. Sartell, MN.
    For more information or to register, call 1-800-830-8254 or 320-229-4591 and ask for Mary Simpler. Flyers:

Healty Eating Successful Living Flyer-PosterSaukRapids

Healthy Eating Successful Living Flyer-PosterSartell

  • Traveling Health & Screening Fair for people 50+; Balance, Blood Pressure, Cognition, Diabetes, Hearing & Nutrition.  Part of Greater St. Cloud Area Aging in Place Community Priority
  • Thursday, April 2, 2015, Waite Park City Hall, 19 13th Ave. N, Waite Park, 9 am to Noon
  • Friday, April 10, 2015, Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud, 8 am-Noon
  • Thursday, April 30, 2015, St. Francis Xavier Church, 308 2nd Street North, Sartell, 8 am-Noon. Flyer:

Traveling Health Fair FINAL pdf

  • Church of St. Peter, St. Cloud is hosting a “Go Mobile” St. Cloud Hospital Mobile Mammogram Van Wed. & Thur. May 6th & 7th, 2015, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.: Call 320-253-6962 to schedule.  See/post Flyer:

Mammogram Poster 2015


“I Already Told You , Don’t You Remember?” Presentation on Dementia by Erin Bonitto

“I Already Told You, Don’t You Remember?”

Presentation on dementia by renowned speaker, Erin Bonitto

Wednesday April 1, 2015 at Horizon Center in Pierz.

Info on the disease, tips on how to communicate with your loved one, and opportunity to experience the frustrations that your loved one faces with basic communication and simple tasks during “Dementia Boot Camp”.

Professional Session, 8-4, $10 ($45 for CEU’s)

Community Session Noon to 4 PM, Free Will Offering.

Lunch is included.

Call 1-800-224-6451 to register.


Caring for Yourself….so you can care for others. Saturday, April 25, 2015 9:15 AM to 12:15 PM

Caring for Yourself… you can care for others

FCN Spring Poster Caring for Yourself….do you can care for others
SAVE THE DATE: April 25, 2015
This workshop is all about you! Come enjoy time together with fellow nurses as we explore ways to keep the passion burning, get renewed and refreshed, and clarify our mission and purpose. Please mark this date on your calendar and plan to attend Elim Care Faith Community Nursing Ministry’s annual networking event:

Saturday, April 25th, at Oxlip EFC, in Isanti, MN. The day starts at 9:15 and concludes at 12:15 PM. It includes a continental breakfast.

There is no charge for this event, but registration is required to ensure we have enough handouts and material available for everyone attending. You can register online at: 2.5 CEU’s will be available.

Please see the attached poster. I’ve also included postcards that can be printed off and distributed in person or by mail.
We encourage you to invite nurses in your community, network, and churches.

Kimberley R. Meyer RN, BSN, MSN, EdD will be our main presenter on the topic: Self Care in Ministry. Kim is an Associate Professor of Nursing at Bethel University where she has helped prepare nurses for 22 years. She teaches nursing fundamentals and theory, ethics, and mental health nursing at the undergraduate level, nursing theory and nursing education at the graduate level, and psychopathology in the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Bethel Seminary. She is a gifted speaker and educator and we are so pleased to have her share her thoughts on this important topic. Following her presentation there will be time for sharing, prayer, and writing your own self-care plan.

These meetings are a profoundly enriching time — an important place for us to explore God’s Word and pray for one another. They serve to:
• Provide a source of encouragement and prayer support
• Spur us on in discovering Jesus model for self-care behaviors.
• Generate ideas and prayer support
• Build awareness concerning team support and care for one another
• Help us learn from each other’s successes and challenges
• Help us feel connected to others in the area with shared passion, vision and responsibilities

Upon registration, you will receive an email confirmation which will include directions and parking information.
Thank you for your consideration to attend this event. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Helping You to Help Others
Marcia Flom, RN, FCN
Faith Community Nurse Coordinator
7485 Office Ridge Circle
Eden Prairie, MN 55344-3690
Office: 952-259-4461
Elim Care, Inc.
Providing Senior Housing and Healthcare in the Spirit of Christ’s Love

Feb-Mar 2015 Newsletter UMC Health Ministry Network

This United Methodist Church Newsletter has many good articles and links to ideas for FCN Ministry.

There is a Blessing of Hands for Health; an interesting survey done on a Church’s interest in Having a Parish Nurse, UMC Health Ministry Resources & Announcements (I found some very good resources here), & Worship Presence: What the Memory Impaired Taught me About Worship and others.

You can subscribe to this to be emailed regularly to you for added resources.

Feb-Mar 2015 nwsltr UMC Health Ministry Network


Duke University March 1, 2015, Crossroads Newsletter

Duke University Center for Aging and Human Development

March 1, 2015

I am passing on this issue of Duke University Crossroads. You can go to the web site to sign up for regularly receiving this: Duke eNewsletter on Spirituality and Health, Center for Spirituality, Theology & Health <>

Found in this issue research on topics we have discussed in Faith Community Nursing and the impact:
Religion and Post-Traumatic Growth in U.S. Veterans
• Religious Affiliation and Dementia in Taiwanese Elders
• Faith and Futility in the ICU
• Religious Coping and Drinking Outcomes in Alcohol Dependent Adults
• Assessing the Spiritual Needs of Caregivers synopsis from newsletter:
In this article a physician at the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn) has provided a tool (Key Questions) for health professionals to help them assess the spiritual needs of caregivers. To facilitate memory, the pneumonic “SIDNEY AC” was developed: (1) Has faith or spirituality been of Support as you face your loved one’s illness? (2) Is spirituality Important to you, as you provide support for your loved one? (3) Is your spirituality similar or Different from your loved one’s spirituality? (4) Have you encountered spiritual Needs that you have as a family caregiver? (5) What has this caregiving Experience been like for you? (6) Have You been able to find meaning in your caregiving experience? (7) Do you have a faith community, minister, or clergy Available to you? (8) Has your spirituality Changed since your loved one became ill? Also provided here are Key Concepts (presence, listening deeply, witness, acts of compassion [PLiWA]) and Key Resources (caring nurses, chaplains, community clergy [Triple C]). The goal is to empower health professionals with tools to care for the caregiver. Citation: Mnemonics for assessing and addressing spiritual care needs of the caregiver. Southern Medical Journal 108 (1):67-68 Comment : These mnemonics should be useful for all clinicians (physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains) and community clergy who attend to the needs of family caregivers of patients

This March issue of CROSSROADS…exploring research on religion, spirituality and health is a publication of Duke University’s Center for Spirituality, Theology & Health. The purpose is to provide updates on new research, news, current events, and funding opportunities related to spirituality and health. For past issues, click on this link.

Click on the link below to take you to the newsletter. Please forward to students or colleagues you think might be interested, and let us know about new research, news, events, or funding opportunities you become aware of in this field.

Crossroads, March 2015

The Faith Connection Newsletter of Mercy Medical Center & Idea from Wanda Alexander

Mercy Faith Connection Newsletter:

The month of March is National Nutrition Month sponsored by the American Dietetic Association.
Everywhere we go we see groups encouraging healthy eating habits and life-style change. Visit the
Church Health Center website below for healthy eating flyers that can be downloaded for church bulletin
boards and postings.
Choose My Plate-10 tips to a great plate flyer:
Build a Healthy Meal-10 Tips to a Healthy Plate flyer:
Use a Smaller Plate.
Use smaller plates to help with portion control.A healthy meal starts with more vegetables and fruits and smaller portions of protein and grains. Adjust the portions on your plate to get more of what you need without too many calories.
Eat Some Foods Less Often.
Cut back on foods high in solid fats, added sugars, and salt. They include cakes, cookies, ice cream, candies, sweetened drinks, pizza, and fatty meats like ribs,sausages, bacon, and hot dogs. Use these foods as occasional treats, not everyday foods.
Eat the Right Amount of Food for You.
People who are successful at managing their weight track how much they eat every day, even if they don’t count every calorie. Make more meals at home, where you can control the amount and what goes in your food
Idea from Wanda Alexander of Greater Twin Cities FCCNN:
Dear Friends & Colleagues,

One of my nursing friends recently visited her parents in Bellingham, WA and sent me this Parish Nurse Moment from her parent’s church bulletin:

Parish Nurse Moment:
February is Heart Month: Heart disease remains the #1 Killer of Americans. Almost 1 million Americans will suffer their first heart attack this year. 1/3 of them will not survive. Those who do survive often go on to develop life-long heart problems that severely compromise their quality of life. What to do: If you smoke, quit. Don’t be a couch potato! — Move just 30 minutes a day, 5 times a week. Decrease sugar and increase unsaturated fats. Limit alcohol. Manage your blood pressure. Decrease your stress (less is more!) This Valentine’s Day, Don’t “break” your heart. Honor it! You are fearfully and wonderfully made!

Explore Nutrition:
Are you interested in taking a cruise Monday night, February 16th? This will be a guided tour down the uncharted and potentially dangerous aisles of a grocery store. Your tour guide is Alice Oprysek, Registered Dietician Nutritionist and part of the Parish Nursing lead team. She will interpret foreign marketing languages, decipher the hieroglyphics of labels reveal dietary quick-sand, uncover little-known nutritional treasures and help you spend your travelers’ checks in reputable markets not tourist traps. The tour will depart at 7:00 PM, returning by 8:30 PM. Please meet at the Barkley Haggen in the restaurant seating area (NW corner of the store by the deli). The tour group is limited in size; please make reservations at ___________ and indicate the number of travelers. Future sailings may be arranged, depending on responses received. Bon Voyage!

Isn’t this creative and fun?

Central MN Parish Nurse Committee presents: The Freedom of Forgiveness with Mary Hayes Grieco Tuesday, June 2, 2015 CentraCare Health Plaza

June 2, 2015, CentraCare Health Plaza, St. Cloud, MN

The Freedom of Forgiveness
New understanding and new tools to promote peace and healing

June 2 2015 Freedom of Forgiveness Workshop

“Forgiveness” is an ancient and misunderstood concept that challenges our understanding. It is an issue of universal concern because hurts, betrayals and injuries of one sort or another are fundamental human experiences. The backlog of unforgiven history stands as an unspoken challenge for many people, and mental health professionals and people in church ministry are acutely aware of this. Today, the topic of forgiveness is enjoying a renaissance of new inquiry and fresh conversation in society and in the fields of medicine and psychotherapy. There is a growing body of research that suggests that the emotional relief of forgiveness has physical health
benefits as well. But thorny questions persist!

What is forgiveness? What do we do with righteous anger? When is a client ready to forgive? Does my client have to reconcile with the offender?
Are there some things that are unforgiveable? How do we introduce a spiritual tool to clients in a way that honors their own faith beliefs?
In this workshop we will entertain all of these questions in the light of an illuminating holistic model and a step by step method of forgiveness that reliably helps people become free of past hurts, swiftly and permanently. We will apply helpful guidelines from this forgiveness work to those who seek to be a listening presence, and to appropriately support a client’s movement towards the relief of forgiveness.

Happy Valentine’s Day & Family Rules: I Peter 1:22 “Love one Another”

The Origin of St. Valentine

Image of St. Valentine

One opinion is that he was a Roman martyred for refusing to give up his Christian faith. In 496 AD Pope Gelasius marked February 14th as a celebration in honor of his martyrdom.  St. Valentine was a Priest, martyred in 269 at Rome and was buried on the Flaminian Way. He is the Patron Saint of affianced couples, bee keepers, engaged couples, epilepsy, fainting, greetings, happy marriages, love, lovers, plague, travellers, young people. *from Catholic Online