Health Ministry/Parish Nurse

Health Ministry Team Members 

We are excited to introduce the Health Ministry Team Members! Dian Ward, RN, Paula Anderson, Tim Friday, Laura Martin, Tim Martin, and Beverly Norton. 
 
 

Medical Equipment and Supplies

 
PLEASE NOTE: MVPC DOES NOT ACCEPT SUCH DONATIONS.
We have been asked what can be done with these items you no longer use or need. Our suggestion is donating to a local organization that is willing to take unused supplies. Many hospitals and home healthcare companies take supplies to give to patients who are unable to afford them on their own. Call them to inquire.
 
Other places which may offer pick up services include:
The American Red Cross Las Vegas – Phone (702) 791-3311,
The Salvation Army Southern Nevada – Phone (702) 870-4430
Viet Nam Veterans of America – Phone (702) 384-VETS (8387)
 
It may take you a couple phone calls, but it is worth it to know those items are helping someone else.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cancer Support Group

What makes this group different than the others out there? It is spiritually based! The support you’ll find at these meetings comes not only from others who are walking or have walked the cancer road. Your support and strength come from the Lord!!
The understanding and insight shared by others who have experienced living with, dealing with and battling cancer is such as no one else can offer. Many friends and family may love you, show you support in any way they can. Others, maybe not so much, because cancer is too much for them to handle or even think or speak about. However, someone who has walked the walk you are on understands as no one else can. The benefit of this, as well as the prayer support offered is priceless.
Helping and leaning on one another, whether you are in active treatment, now in remission or are now considered cancer free is truly such a blessing to you and the others whose lives and spirits you touch!
Come join our strictly confidential group on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. Gather and get acquainted at 6PM upstairs in the Esther Room. The meeting starts at 6:30PM. Please tell a friend or acquaintance who has or has had cancer if they would like a spiritual approach to group support. They do not need to be a member of MVPC. Tim and Willette, the group facilitators will give you and them a very warm Christian welcome!
 

First Aid Kits

All old and out of date kits and contents are now replaced with new, more efficient kits. You’ll know where they are by the Red and White First Aid signs placed at each location. This was an all team effort. Thanks to all who volunteered, and to Tim Friday for the detailed inventory!
 

Something New: “MVPC Friends” 

We are looking for people who would like to be a special friend to one of our church family who live alone and are lonely.  Your person could be a shut-in, or someone who gets out and about but could use some regular communication with a Christian friend who cares. If your heart and your prayers lead you to this caring ministry, please sign the Interest Sheet in the Narthex. With enough interest, we will hold a short meeting in the future with more details. Teens are welcome to become an MVPC Friend, too!
 

Thoughts from your Parish Nurse

February is noted for Valentine’s Day, the birthdays of Presidents Lincoln and Washington, and this year, Ash Wednesday. It is also American Heart Health and Heart Valve Health Awareness Month.
I know we have heard it all before. Based on the number of serious heart and heart valve issues experienced by our congregation in the recent past, perhaps it is time we all pay better attention to this topic!
 
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).
 
Research shows you can lower your risk, particularly if you team up with family, friends or co-workers. This kind of social support may be the key to your success. “Studies show that having positive, close relationships and feeling connected to others benefits overall
health, blood pressure, weight and more,” said NHLBI’s Dr. David Goff, director of cardiovascular sciences.
 
Ways to Improve Your Heart Health, as per the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Consider these five tips that can help lower your risk of heart disease:
 
Risk: Inactivity
Solution: Move more throughout your day. Aim for at least 150 minutes each week of physical activity. Build up to activity that gets
your heart beating faster and leaves you a little breathless. If you’re busy, try breaking your daily activity into 10-minute chunks.
Stay motivated: Make walking dates. Join a pickup soccer or basketball game. Join a fitness class with your neighbor. Grab a loved one and dance in your kitchen.
 
Risk: An unhealthy diet
 
Solution: Consider an option like NHLBI’s Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating plan, which is free and
scientifically proven to lower high blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels.
 
Stay motivated: Invite friends to cook up heart healthy recipes together. Start a lunch club at work and trade recipe ideas.
 
 
Risk: Smoking, even occasionally
 
Solution: Quitting can be beneficial to your overall health, even if you’ve smoked for years. Set a quit date and let those close to you
know. If you’ve tried quitting in the past, consider what helped and what made it harder.
 
Stay motivated: Ask your family and friends for support or join a support group. Find resources and connect with a trained counselor at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or smokefree.gov.
 
 
Risk: Inadequate or poor-quality sleep
 
Solution: Sleeping 7-8 hours each night helps improve heart health. Try going to bed and waking up at the same time each day.
Getting a 30-minute daily dose of sunlight may also improve sleep.
Stay motivated: Resist that late afternoon nap. Turn off all screens at a set time nightly. Relax by listening to music, reading or taking
a bath.
 
Risk: Uncontrolled stress
 
Solution: To help manage stress, try relaxation therapy and increase physical activity. Talk to a qualified mental health provider or someone you trust. De-stressing may also help improve sleep.
 
Stay motivated: Join a friend or family member in a relaxing activity like walking, yoga or meditation every day. Learn about heart health and heart healthy activities in your community at nhlbi.nih.gov/ourhearts. Use #OurHearts on social media to share how you and your friends, colleagues or family members are being heart healthy together.
 
Scripture is clear that the heart is hugely important as far as one’s well-being and health are concerned.
God’s greatest commandment to us it to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ Mark 12:30
 
Many of the following Bible verses about the heart are related to one’s personal health and wellness.
 
Proverbs 4:23 – Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
Proverbs 14:30 – A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.
Proverbs 15:13 – A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.
Proverbs 17:22 – A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
 
See more scriptures at https://www.faithandhealthconnection.org
 
Blessings and health,
Launa