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.

Greetings From Your

Parish Nurse

May 15th through June 15th is Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month. This month's Crier message is concerning Tourette Syndrome a disorder that gets little attention and is not well understood by the general public.

Tourette (too-RET) Syndrome is a disorder that involves repetitive movements or unwanted sounds (tics) that can't be easily controlled. For instance, you might repeatedly blink your eyes, shrug your shoulders or blurt out unusual sounds or offensive words.

Tics typically show up between ages 2 and 15, with the average being around 6 years of age. Males are about three to four times more likely than females to develop Tourette syndrome.  Although there's no cure for Tourette Syndrome, treatments are available. 79% of those with Tourette's also have ADD, ADHD, OCD, Anxiety Disorders, Sensory Processing Disorders, just to

name a few.


Tics, sudden, brief, intermittent movements or sounds are the hallmark sign of Tourette Syndrome.

They can range from mild to severe. Severe symptoms might significantly interfere with communication, daily functioning and quality of life.

Tics are classified as:

Simple tics. These sudden, brief and repetitive tics involve a limited number of muscle groups.

Complex tics. These distinct, coordinated patterns of movements involve several muscle groups.

Tics also can involve movement (motor tics) or sounds (vocal tics). Motor tics usually begin before vocal tics do. But the spectrum of tics that people experience is diverse.

Simple motor tics  include symptoms such as eye blinking, nose twitching and mouth movements.

Complex motor tics ​include symptoms such as stepping in a certain pattern, bending or twisting and hopping.

Simple vocal tics  include symptoms such as grunting and coughing. Complex vocals tics  include symptoms such as repeating one's own words or phrases and repeating other people's words or phrases.


The exact cause of Tourette Syndrome isn't known. It's a complex disorder likely caused by a combination of inherited (genetic) and environmental factors. Chemicals in the brain that transmit nerve impulses (neurotransmitters), including dopamine and serotonin, might play a role.

I hope the above information is useful. If you have any questions about this article or questions about other health related issues, please call Parish Nurse Cheryl Letendre RN,BSN, CPN.

Source:  Mayo Clinic and Tourette Syndrome Association, Inc