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Health and Wholeness Ministry


“But Peter said, “I have no silver or gold, but I give you what I have, in the name of Jesus of Nazareth, walk.” And he took him by the right hand and raised him up; and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. And leaping up he stood and walked and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.”  Acts 3:6-9 

What is Health and Wholeness Ministry?
Saint Andrew’s Health and Wholeness Ministry is a program whose mission is "to be a Christ-centered partnership of health professionals and other members of Saint Andrew's committed to promoting spiritual, physical and emotional health and wholeness." 
It is rooted in our belief that God loves and cares for us and provides for healing through the Christian community.
Our goal is to reclaim the old tradition of the church to go out and heal, and to encourage the journey toward wholeness in body, mind and spirit, to the Glory of God.
It is comprised of the Parish Nurses and a group of health professionals and consumers from Saint Andrew’s who meet monthly and are available as needed.  
Health and Wholeness 
Printable Ministry Wheel
Parish Nurse Program
A Parish Nurse can:
     ~ provide health education and counseling 
     ~ make referrals to community resources
     ~ help coordinate volunteers
     ~ be an important link between faith and health
Our Parish Nurses are Stella Nieman, R.N., Beverley Watt, R.N., and Karen Grams, R.N.
Parish Nurse Office Hours are Tuesdays, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, in Room 212. 
A Parish Nurse is always at the church during Vacation Bible School to care for any children (or adults!) who are ill or injured.
Blood Pressure Screening
Health care professionals from Health and Wholeness Ministry are available to take blood pressure and discuss concerns on the first Sunday of each month from 9:30 am - 10:30 am (or following worship during the summer months) in Room 212 (near the Sanctuary.) No appointment is necessary. 
If you are a Registered Nurse or Doctor and would like to help with blood pressure screenings, please contact Parish Nurse Beverley Watt.
Those in need are remembered in prayer by the staff, members of Health and Wholeness Ministry, and the Prayer Tree.
To request prayers, complete a pew card and place it in the offering plate during worship or contact the church office.

The Prayer Tree is a group who prays for others as needed. Members of the Prayer Tree receive an email when someone requests prayers. If you would like to be a part of the Prayer Tree, please contact the church office.

Healing Prayers are offered during the distribution of Holy Communion on the third Sunday of each month. Trained healing ministers will receive your requests before or after receiving the Eucharist. It can be especially meaningful to have a laying on of hands and an anointing of oil, if desired. It is appropriate to bring ANY request or concern that you may have for yourself or someone else. These may be prayers for emotional, spiritual, or physical healing. It can be a peace that brings wholeness, according to God’s will, in a number of ways.
If you are unable to walk to the kneelers, please ask an usher to assist or move to the bottom of the stairs on the East side of the sanctuary (near the pulpit) and the Healing Minister will come to you.  
Prayer Partners for Lent is a program where people who wish to participate are given the name of another participant to pray for during the season of Lent. It is a wonderful opportunity to connect with someone else in our congregation in a new way. It can make your own spiritual journey through Lent a special time for prayer, and can be a very meaningful experience.
Prayer Partners gather together following Easter and have the opportunity to share their experiences. For more information, contact Cheryl Jurrus through the church office. 
Prayer Partners 2019 
Pray for your Prayer Partner throughout Lent
Prayer Partner Reveal:  Sunday, April 28, 9:45 am 
Contact Cheryl Jurrus through the church office for more information.
Prayer Circles are available by request for intense hands-on prayer for individuals. 

"Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son."  John 14:13
Service and Support
Health and Wholeness Ministry can often provide assistance if you are ill.
Volunteers are available to:
     ~ furnish transportation to a doctor’s appointment
     ~ prepare a hot meal
     ~ visit
     ~ provide respite care
Cards are mailed to those who are ill or have experienced a death in their family.
Care notes are available in Room 212 for congregation members to send to someone in need. 
Health and Wholeness Ministry also maintains the First Aid kits that are found throughout the building. 
Health Education
Wellness and health information is:
     ~ published in the VOICE (Saint Andrew’s monthly newsletter)
     ~ posted in the narthex
     ~ presented during Sunday education hours
A collection of books and other literature about health and faith is available in Room 212.
Community resources are available in the church office, or contact a member of Health and Wholeness Ministry. 
KnitWits (Knitting as Witnesses)
KnitWits are a group whose primary mission is to provide items of comfort which are knit and/or crocheted. They typically meet once per month, typically on the second Sunday, during the Discipleship Hour for fellowship and to share ideas. All are welcome!
Prayer shawls are the focus of this ministry. The knitter or crocheter prays for the recipient as her needles create a soft shawl that brings physical warmth and spiritual comfort. It’s an embrace of prayer that serves as a tangible reminder of God’s constant love and presence that can bring healing to the heart. The prayer shawls are distributed to those in need by Saint Andrew’s parish nurses, Pastors and church members. 

The KnitWits also knit/crochet baptismal blankets, purple baby caps, chemo caps, scarves for veterans, black hats for MaaSAE Girls Lutheran Secondary School students, sweaters, blankets, and wash cloths

The KnitWits meet at 9:45 am (unless otherwise noted) on:
     April 14, 2019 
     May 12, 2019 
     June 9, 2019 
     July 14, 2019 
     August 11, 2019 
     September 8, 2019 
     October 13, 2019 
     November 17, 2019 
     December 8, 2019
Dianne Chong is the contact for the KnitWits group.
Mission and Outreach
Health and Wholeness Ministry assembles Personal Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief (LWR). These kits are distributed by LWR around the world, providing hygiene, dignity and hope to those in crisis situations.
Health and Wholeness welcomes donations for these kits:
     bath towels (lightweight, dark colored, 27"x52" maximum size),
     bars of soap (4-5 ounces in original packaging),
     adult-sized toothbrushes
     large sturdy combs, and
     metal nail clippers
(attached nail file optional).
There is a collection basket in the narthex. 
Healthy Activities
Flu Shots are made available at Saint Andrew's on a Sunday in October, administered by professionals from Seattle Visiting Nurse Association. This is a convenient way to get your yearly vaccine.
Many insurance coverages are accepted. The cost is $40 if you are not covered by insurance - cash or check only.  
Our next opportunity for flu shots is Sunday, October 2019.

Health and Wholeness Ministry organizes activities to promote health for the mind,, body and spirit
May 1 - September 4, 2017: Walk to Wittenberg
ALL teams arrived in Wittenberg and three accumulated enough miles to do the round-trip back to Bellevue. Collectively we recorded 141,700 miles. Amazing!!. 
This was a congregation-wide program for physical, mental, and spiritual growth.
We walked, ran, exercised to accumulate miles...and prayed and meditated as we exercised.   

Details about all of our activities are published in the VOICE newsletter, worship bulletins, and Trendings eNews. 
“Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by the Father in Heaven.”  Matthew 18:19

For more information about Health and Wholeness Ministry, contact the church office.