At First Lutheran, through a partnership with Mercy Regional Medical Center's Parish Nursing program, nurse members provide the congregation with health information, health screenings, and referrals, to promote healthy living and disease detection and prevention. Monthly blood pressure screenings are currently offered the first Sunday of each month, before and after worship and Sunday School. Health fairs to benefit the needy in our community are offered occasionally, in cooperation with other downtown churches. Individuals may call the church office to be referred to one of the parish nurses.
Parish Nursing is a specialty practice and professional model of health ministry. The Parish Nurse role reclaims the historic root of health and healing found in many religious traditions. Parish Nurses live out the early work of monks, nuns, deacons, and deaconesses, church nurses, traditional healers, and the nursing profession itself. The spiritual dimension is central to the Parish Nurse practice, which holds that all persons are sacred and must be treated with respect and dignity. Compelled by these beliefs, the Nurse assists and supports individuals, families, and communities in becoming more active partners in the stewardship of personal and communal health resources.