First Congregational Church is pleased to offer the congregation access to a Health Ministry program led by our Parish Nurse, Deb Stankiewicz, MS, RN.
Our parish nurse supports the holistic health of our members by helping them to see the link between faith and health all through the following activities: personal health counseling, health education, health screenings, referral to medical practitioners and resources, and the facilitation of support groups. Although Deb holds an advanced nursing degree in geriatric nursing, she serves members of all ages.
For more information about any of our Health Ministry program offerings listed below, contact Deb Stankiewicz at 708.784.1900 or at Debbie@wscongo.org.
Annual Congregational Health Screening
The Annual Congregational Health Screening typically take place in November. Check Gatherings, weekly emails, or the church calendar for updates as to when the next annual congregational health screening will take place.
Annual Flu Shot Clinics
Flu shot clinics are typically held in September or October. Our next flu shot clinic will take place Sept. 30, 2018 form 8:30am-12:30pm.
Check Gatherings, weekly emails, or the church calendar for updates as to when the 2019 annual congregational flu shot clinic will take place.
Called To Care
15 volunteers/members to offer compassion, time, support and prayer with other members who may no longer be able to attend church or are experiencing an illness. These visiting lay care companions do not replace visits from First Congregational Church clergy or parish nurse, but complement the visits made by the pastoral care team. Volunteers hold these relationships and conversations in confidence. Deb Stankiewicz and Rev. Meredith Onionare the staff liaisons. Mary Lee Gosz and Nancy and Barry Orr-Depner are the lay leaders.
Caregiver Support Group
The Caregiver Support Group allows caregivers to talk to others who are experiencing the same joys and challenges, and who can not only empathize, but offer valuable insights and suggestions. Our group meets in the Seim Room the second Monday of each month from 1:30-3pm.
Congo Cooks Meal Ministry
The Congo Cooks Meal Ministry shows the care of the congregation by providing a few meals (as needed) to members who have been discharged for the hospital. Volunteers are always needed to make and deliver meals.
An extension of the Meal Ministry is the Congo Cooks Soup Ministry. Volunteers come together three times per year to cook and package homemade soup and bread to be delivered by the pastors and parish nurse when making pastoral visits to people ill or hurting. Our soup makers are SOUPER and new volunteers are always needed.
Faith & Flow Yoga
Join us for all-levels Faith & Flow Yoga in the Chapel on Tuesday mornings at 10:30am and Sunday afternoons at 4:00pm. The Tuesday class is taught by Rev. Katherine Willis Pershey, and the Sunday class is taught by a rotation of certified teachers. This one-hour class integrates teachings of yoga philosophy and Christian spirituality as the students are guided through a basic to moderate vinyasa sequence (a method of yoga in which movements form a flowing sequence in coordination with the breath). Classes are open to individuals 13+. There is no charge for youth, and adults are encouraged to contribute $10/class to help cover program expenses.
Wear comfortable clothes that you can move in and bring a mat if you have one; blocks, straps, and blankets will be provided. If you have any questions regarding Faith & Flow Yoga or would like to be added to the Faith & Flow contact list, contact Katherine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Medical Equipment Lending Closet
Members may borrow medical equipment for temporary use through the medical lending closet. Items such as walkers, canes, commodes, and bath benches are available.
Tai Chi Classes
Stay healthy and fit by participating in one of our weekly Tai Chi class offered at the church. Tai Chi Classes are offered at no charge on Tuesday mornings from 9:30-10:30am in the Seim Room.
If you need help getting to and from church, contact Deb Stankiewicz at 708.784.1900 or at Debbie@wscongo.org. Deb will make arrangements for your transportation.