Ministry of Wellness

The Mission of Wellness includes Parish Nursing and anyone who is interested in assisting the congregation with health and well being issues.  

The Mission Statement of the Mission of Wellness is to connect and support people spiritually, physically, emotionally, and intellectually in crisis and/or joyful situations throughout all stages of life.  We will visit and support those in need. 

We will provide fellowship and education that embraces the whole body, mind, and spirit. 

The role of the Parish Nurse is as a health counselor, educator, referral source and facilitator of volunteers. 

We do not provide hands on care or perform invasive procedures. We will help you access available resources. 

We can be reached through the Pastor or the church office. Blood Pressure Screenings are available on the first Sunday of the month after services. Health related articles are included in the Church Crier monthly.

From Your Parish Nurse


As I thought about what to prepare for October's Crier message today, I am experiencing an episode of lower back pain. Probably from twisting while reaching for something. I thought well maybe this is a good time to repeat this message about low back pain from 2013. Low back pain is one of the most common reasons people miss time from work or their usual activities. There are many things that can cause low back injuries, such as, muscle strain, sprains and disc problems such as a herniated disc. The most common reason for lower back injuries is using your back muscles in activities you’re not used to, such as, lifting heavy furniture, shoveling snow or doing yard work.

What can you do for pain relief when you’ve hurt your lower back?

The best position for relief of pain is to lie on your back on the floor with pillows under your knees, with your hips and knees bent. This takes the pressure and weight off your back. What else can you do for pain relief? Heating pads can help to relax painful muscle spasms. You can also alternate heat with ice packs to reduce pain. Use heat for 20 minutes, then ice for 20 minutes a few times a day. Massage may also provide relief.

What exercises can you do to strengthen your back?

There are some specific exercises that can help your back. You may want to consult with your doctor, chiropractor or a physical therapist for advice. One exercise is to gently stretch your back muscles. To do this lie on your back with your knees bent and slowly raise your left knee to your chest. Press your lower back against the floor. Hold for 5 seconds. Relax and repeat the exercise with your right knee. Gradually increase up to 10 repetitions of this exercise for each leg.

Tips for preventing back injuries.

Don’t lift by bending over. Lift an object by bending your hips and knees and then squatting to pick up the object. Keep your back straight and hold the object close to your body. Avoid twisting your body while lifting. Push rather than pull when moving heavy objects. If you must sit at a desk or the wheel of a car or truck for long hours, break up the time with stops to stretch. Stretch and warm up before going out to shovel snow. When shoveling snow lift smaller loads of snow rather than heavy shovelfuls. Exercise regularly. An inactive lifestyle contributes to lower back pain.

Call your family doctor if:

Pain goes down your leg below your knee. Your leg, foot, groin or rectal area feels numb. You lose control over going to the bathroom. Your pain is so intense you can’t move around. Your pain doesn’t seem to be getting better after 2 to 3 weeks.

I hope the above information is useful. If you have any questions about the article or other health concerns contact Cheryl Letendre RN, Parish Nurse at (H) 860-537-6516 or (C) 860-334- 3342.


Don't forget to get your flu shot on Sunday, 10/15. The Flu clinic will be in the gym from 9:00 to 10:30 am. Jeffry Abule From Walgreen's Pharmacy will be there to administer the flu vaccine. Please see the message about the flu clinic in the Church Bulletin and the Crier.

October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Please remember to schedule your mammogram and to perform your monthly self breast cancer exam.

October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Please remember to schedule your mammogram and to perform your monthly self breast cancer exam.