First United Methodist
Church of Gilford

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Spring is Coming

Spring is coming although not fast enough for most of us. Remember as the thaw starts to watch for those hidden ice patches and pot holes. 

January and February were very busy months getting thing organized and starting to plan programs. The blood pressure clinics are continuing every 4th Sunday of the month. So come and get checked out even if you have seen your doctor recently it never hurts to check it between visits.

I also visited and called several people, which was a blessing to me. It's always great to get to know people on a one to one basis and if I can offer my services as Parish Nurse all the better. So if you would like a visit or have any questions about health or my services don't hesitate to call or email me.

The health survey showed that quite a few people are interested in lowering their weight and increasing their fitness. I've come across a wonderful plan to help in both areas' plus more. The commission of a Parish Nurse is to help my congregation and community at large stay healthy in Mind Body and Soul. This plan does just that. We have 3 groups meeting, if you think you'd like to join us it's not to late. Some of our members are already seeing results. We are meeting Monday and Wednesday at 6pm in the church library and Tuesday at noon in the Wesley Woods community room. 

Now that I'm working a part time job, I will have most Thursday's off. I'm thinking of having a couple of hours for office time so anyone who would like to see me for any reason I'll be available. Look for announcements for times coming soon. 

I hope you have a wonderful March and at this time of Lent it is a good time to get you Whole life in better shape.



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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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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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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