First United Methodist
Church of Gilford

We are a church of Open Hearts, Open Minds, and Open Doors

February Notes

Parts of The Body

1 Corinthians 12:12-26Paul talks about how all the different parts of the body are necessary to the whole. As I read this passage I thought about not only all the parts of the body of Christ buthow this passage is also important to the individual person.So often in our culture we first look at a person from the outside. We think we arehealthy if we look healthy. The scripture that made me think about this was 1Corinthians 12:23-24 "Instead, the parts of the body that people think are the weakest are the most nec- essary. The parts of the body that we think are less honorable are the ones we honor the most. The parts of our body that aren't presentable are the ones that are given the most dig- nity. The parts of our body that are presentable don't need this."What I think about in this passage is the parts of the body that aren't presentable or that we think are the weakest. Our digestive track is one of the parts that many don't think about unless they are having a problem. The digestive track (mouth to anus) can be the core of our health though. Without this system our food would not get absorbed, filtered and then the poisons passed. Many don't like talking about problems they may be having in one por- tion or another of this system, but if it isn't working well neither are we.So as Paul talks about, keep the Whole body healthy. Eat properly to keep the whole body healthy. When I say the Whole body I mean mind, body, and soul. So feed your mind body and soul with good food, which will nourish you and keep the whole body healthy in every way.If you have questions or need guidance in this please let me know. Shalom, Kathy Smith, Parish Nurse 

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FUMC Health Ministries

The First United Methodist Church is please to offer health ministry through the services of a Faith Community Nurse/Parish Nurse working in partnership with a health committee and other members of the congregation. This health ministry combines the therapeutic qualities of church, community, and faith in God to strengthen the healing task of individuals, families, and communities.

Our faith community/Parish nurse is a registered nurse with a current license who has completed a Foundations in Faith Community Nursing course and operates under the Scope and Standards for this professional specialty practice approved by the American Nurses Association. Our faith community nurse uses her training and experience to serve the needs of our church community and wider community through a range of programs and services, including the following:

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FUMC Health Ministry

On Wednesday December 17th I presented a plan to establish a Parish Nursing practice within our church. I am excited to announce that as of January first I will be your Parish Nurse! Right now this will be a volunteer position for me and will start out small. When I first discovered this nursing practice in school I knew that this was my calling. It seems that this is what I’ve been doing right along.

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Health Interest Survey

In order to help plan for my ministry as a parish nurse in this congregation, I would appreciate you assistance by asking you to answer the following questions. There is no need to sign you name, unless you want to. All information is confidential and will only be used for planning programs in this church. Thank you for your assistance.

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