The OWLs (Older Wiser Lutherans) Ministry is tailored to individuals over the age of 55, especially those of retirement age and older. This ministry is made possible by a generous endowment fund established by Kathleen and Merton Badenhop. Messiah has used these funds to hire Mary Sophia Hawks, BSN, RN, FCN, as Parish Nurse and provide her with tools to care for our elders. The fund also allows us to provide her with administrative support. We have used the funds to provide the monthly OWLs luncheon, which also features a speaker, health......
Focusing on Hope: A Six-Week Bereavement Workshop During this six-week workshop, through education and support, we will honor our individual grieving process as we learn to focus on hope while living with our loss. The definition of “loss” includes, a loss of a loved one, loss of a long-established situation, a relationship, a life-style change resulting in loss. This work shop is free of charge, open to all adults who are coping with loss. The Workshop will held on your choice of Mondays and Saturdays at Messiah Lutheran Church. Mondays Sept. 10......
Submitted by Mary Sophia Hawks, Parish Nurse In September, Jane Mason will begin leading a grief support group. Jane has a wonderful background in hospice, and has developed a grief support group for all kinds of grief. Whether it’s the loss of a loved one, a job, a pet, a mentor, or a life change, all are welcome. Community Cares will be bringing in a speaker on caregiving, more information to come. Messiah will be hosting a Health Fair on Saturday, October 6, 2018. (No UT game that day!) I am so......
I am excited to share with you that my position is now full-time, by decision of the OWLS task force and the Church Council. I am honored and blessed to be able to pursue this calling with all my attention. This will allow me to expand the Parish Nurse Program to include health fairs, grief support, caregiver support, and programs on transitions of life. You will also see more Health Notes in the Messenger My hours will be 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, with adjustments as needed. I encourage......