Health Ministry/Parish Nurse

Thoughts from the Parish Nurse

April 27, 2015 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day around the LV Valley.
For your convenience, I have included proper disposal guidelines and locations. Remember to look at expiration dates, as well as no longer used medications.
Drug Disposal Guidelines
If no disposal instructions are given on the prescription drug labeling and no prescription drug take-back program is available in your area, then follow these simple steps to throw the drugs in the household trash:
1. Remove the medicine from its original container and mix it with an undesirable substance, such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter.
2. Place the mixture in a sealable bag, empty bag, or other container to prevent medicine from leaking or breaking out of a garbage bag.
Visit the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) website ( or call (800) 882-9539 for more information and to find an authorized collection in your community. The site also provides valuable information about DEA’s National Take-Back Initiative.
Additional Tips For more information on preventing prescription drug misuse, go to the following websites:
Scratch out all identifying information on the prescription drug to make it unreadable. This will help to protect your identity and the privacy of your personal health information. You must not share your prescription drugs –they were prescribed to you for your use only.
Can I Flush Medicine Down the Sink or Toilet? If the above mentioned disposal options are not readily available, one option is to flush the medicines down the sink or toilet as soon as they are no longer needed. Some communities may prohibit this practice out of concern over the trace levels of drug residues found in rivers, lakes, and community drinking water supplies.
Public Controlled Substance Disposal Locations: 

Compassionate Friends Support Group

If you are a member (or a friend) of a family that has suffered the death of a child, The Compassionate Friends is here to help you and provide support for the family. Meeting Location: MVPC Chapel, Rosie Walisever, Chapter Leader  Meeting monthly on each 3rd Thursday at 7pm. This group promises to be a Godsend.

Health Ministry Mission Statement:

The MVPC Parish Nurse Program is a faithful response to Christ’s call to the ministry of health, healing and wholeness. This Parish Nurse Ministry focuses on the wellness of parishioners in body, mind and spirit, while practicing confidentiality, respect and Christian compassion.

The Parish Nurse Program at MVPC:

The Parish Nurse Program at MVPC began in September 2016, after much prayer and investigation of parish nursing and health ministries needs. The MVPC Parish Nurse role was defined with a new job description and an office space for the Parish Nurse was opened in 2016. To contact the Parish Nurse, please call the church office at 702-341-7800. Volunteers for Health Ministry are always welcome.
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV)
“But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds, declares the Lord…”


New team members 

We are excited to introduce three new Health Ministry Team Members! Dian Ward, RN has come on board, and is coordinating the Blood Pressure Screenings. Pat Youmans, who has experience in counseling, and Paula Anderson who has a history of working in the field of dementia and Alzheimer’s, are working on some helpful things for us in those areas. 


All communications and conversations between the Parish Nurse and members will be treated in a confidential manner consistent with standards of nursing and pastoral care. No information will be divulged to staff, family, or other health care professionals without the consent of the parishioner.

What is Parish Nursing?

Parish Nursing has been defined by the American Nurses Association as “a unique, specialized practice of professional nursing which focuses on the promotion of health within the context of the values, beliefs and practices of a faith community…its mission and ministry to its members…and the community it serves.”

What are examples of Parish Nursing?

Health Counseling

A member of the congregation is diagnosed with diabetes. She has a number of questions about this condition and especially her new diet. The Parish Nurse could meet with her to review in more detail things that her physician told her about diabetes. The Parish Nurse may believe that a consultation with a dietitian or nutritionist would be valuable to this person, and may arrange a referral through the family doctor.
Pregnant, nursing, or new mothers may have questions or need support. The Parish Nurse is available for them. A youth or teen of the church, or their parents, may have questions regarding sexuality, drugs, alcohol abuse, depression, suicide prevention and more. The Parish Nurse is available to discuss these issues in a private, professional and strictly confidential manner. Referrals may be offered, as necessary.
Men’s and Women’s health issues are discussed privately and confidentially. Advocacy, support, referrals and spiritual support are all offered by the Parish Nurse.
Individual meetings may be scheduled with the Parish Nurse to assist a parishioner with sorting through the grieving process, stress, depression, other mental health or addiction issues, understanding their medications, etc. Once the issue is addressed, appropriate referrals may then be made as needed.

Blood Pressure Screenings

Blood Pressure Screenings are offered periodically to the congregation by the Health Ministry team and volunteer nurses. Health Education Several members may have voiced questions about a specific health issue. The Parish Nurse might organize a small discussion/support group in response.

Health Education

Several members may have voiced questions about a specific health issue. The Parish Nurse might organize a small discussion/support
group in response.
Various classes and programs addressing health issues may be offered to MVPC members and the community. An article is written for the monthly Messenger Newsletter.

Liaison with Other Church Volunteer Groups

The Parish Nurse works closely with the Pastor, Deacons and staff of the church. Being aware of the many volunteer groups within MVPC available to the congregation, the Parish Nurse can facilitate referrals to the appropriate group leaders within the church to address the parishioner’s needs.

Liaison with community programs and health professionals

The Parish Nurse serves as a resource person and an advocate for parishioners and their families.


The Parish Nurse makes visits to parishioners in the hospital, hospice, rehabilitation or extended care facilities and/or home. Phone visits are also utilized. Parish Nurse’s visits are in addition to the visits done by the MVPC Pastor.

What is NOT a function of the Parish Nurse?

The Parish Nurse does not provide services that require a doctor’s order, such as changing dressings, giving medications or intravenous fluids. She does not duplicate existing services such as home health or hospice care. The Parish Nurse Program does not maintain a clinic in the church.

Pet Ministry

Approximately 35 dogs and owners participated in our first-ever Paws in Motion Event and $50 was raised for the Animal Foundation.  It was a fun activity and the next one promises to be even better!
Our next meetings will held from 9:45 – 10:15 am on the following Sundays:
April 28
May 12
June 9
July 14
August 11
From April 26 – May 12, the Pet Ministry will conduct a drive of old linens for the Animal Foundation.  We will also collect pillow cases for the MVPC Quilting club, who will create animal beds for the Hearts Alive Foundation.  A collection bin will be placed on the Fellowship Hall Stage for these items.
Have a blessed day.

Paws in Motion 4-7-19


Read about MVPC’s events in our weekly Messenger

Adventurers (Over 50’s)


Bonnie Springs and Wetlands Park March 2019

Holy Week 2019

Please join us for Holy Week events beginning April 14 (Tap here)

Mission Activities

MVPC’s Mission and Vision

Love God, Know God, Serve God

Love People, Know People, Serve People


St. Francis Prayer

MVPC has a tag line (“Laugh Often and Fear Not”) and a Mission Statement, “Love God, Know God, Serve God…Love People, Know People, Serve People”. The Mission Committee proposes that in 2019 MVPC adopt the St Francis Prayer as its “mission prayer.” We believe the prayer captures the true spirit of mission — of thinking of others and reaching out to them. Here is the prayer (we’ll be reminding you of this prayer on a regular basis) and encourage you to include it in your prayer regimen:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where this is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
May you find ways to be an instrument of peace in the coming week!

Meet our Missionaries

God’s call on the Strang’s lives to serve in cross-cultural ministry has been evident since childhood. Cecily and Fred Foy met at the New Wilmington Missionary Conference, were married in 1984, and, after a time of academic preparations, moved to Kenya with their new growing family to live and work with the Maasai in the Great Rift Valley. The Strangs are serving in Kenya in partnership with PCEA and Cecily is also working with the Medical Benevolence Foundation. Fred Foy, an ordained Presbyterian minister with a Ph.D. in African Christianity, is working with Christian leadership training in rural Maasai, ordained pastor, and university settings. Cecily, a Ph.D. prepared RN, is working with Maasai people and others in community health, nursing education, and also serves in a university setting. Although daily tasks are important, their main focus continues to be building relationships, so that the gospel of Christ might be received.

Youth Mission Trip to Navajo Nation in Arizona

2018 Youth Mission Trip to Navajo Nation in AZ update.  A special thank you to MVPC for all of the support, prayers, and financial giving to send 8 youth and 2 leaders to the Navajo Nation.  We had an amazing time serving alongside of the Navajo people doing VBS for over 40 kids.  We were privileged to begin restoring 2 community garden areas to provide fresh produce for the Navajo people.  We helped to set the tone for the summer as part of the first group of the summer.  The best part of all, we encountered God in new ways and basked in the truth that He chases after us to have a richer relationship with Him.  Amen and awesome!  Thank you MVPC!





August Mission Trip to Alaska 

“North to Alaska go north the rush is on”…we have 6 adults and 2 youth heading to Alaska this August for a mission trip with Disaster Response Ministries.  The 10-day mission trip, from Aug. 2nd – 11th will be working with the Tsimshian native village on the island of Annette off the southeastern most part of Alaska.  The mission team will be partnering with the Metlakatla Presbyterian Church, working on community projects and providing a Vacation Bible School along with sharing Christ’s love through prayer, support and expanding cultural awareness.  The team has been invited to join the community celebration of their annual Founder’s Day which honors the native culture through traditional singing, dancing and displays of tribal regalia.  The trip also includes zip-lining through the Pacific Northwest rainforest, sea kayaking in the bay, hiking on the island, BBQing on the beach, and visiting the world’s largest Totem Pole collection!  The team will be receiving mission training from Becky Ainslie-Perez prior to departure with the focus on team building and working in the mission field.  MVPC’s Mission Committee is honored to be able to provide financial support for the team as they head North to Alaska where they will Laugh Often and Fear Not!


April 19, 2018
Mission Committee Field Trip to Project 150
Salvation Army Food Collection
On the first Sunday of each month, non-perishable food items are collected for the Salvation Army Food Bank.
Las Vegas Rescue Mission Blankets
Reach people in need with this very worthwhile project. Please donate 4-ply yarn, or, use yarn already donated by others to knit or crochet 7′ x 9″ sections that will be assembled into afghans for the homeless.
Lions’ Eyeglasses
We collect old eyeglasses for the Lions Club program.
Printer Cartridge Recycling
to fund projects within MVPC.
Clothing Collection 
The committee also has initiated an
ongoing collection program for gently-used clothing, shoes, household items, books and toys. The box will be located in Fellowship Hall and the donated goods will be taken on a weekly basis to Westminster Presbyterian Church, to be distributed during their food bank days. If you are interested in helping us coordinate this, please contact Tami Samek
or 702-341-7800 and she will forward your name to us.


Grocery Certificates and Gift Cards

Our grocery program partners:

  1. Smith’s. Smith’s has revamped its program, now called Inspiring Donations, which still rebates to the Church a portion of your purchases. Please update the registration of your Smith’s Reward Card number (or phone number) at  MVPC’s church organization number is CF673.    After registration, every purchase at Smith’s earns money for the Church.
  2. Albertsons. Purchase Albertsons gift cards, which are useable at all Albertson’s affiliated stores across the country (including Acme, Jewel, Osco).  Albertson’s gives the Church 5% of all gift cards puchased.

You can purchase Albertsons gift cards from Jeff Patterson between Sunday morning services or call Jeff at 228-3411.   YOU CAN NOW MAKE PAYMENT BY CREDIT CARD OR VENMO APP

Small Groups 2019

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland” (Isaiah 43:18-19)
Try a new thing in 2019… Grow in your Spiritual Life 
Come and check out these small groups.

Dinner for Six

Learn to Crochet


Adult Sunday School

GriefShare – March 5

Grief Share is a 13 week DVD based recovery support group.  It is open to members and non-members who have suffered the loss of a spouse, relative, close friend, or loved one, recently or in the past.   Topics covered include living with grief, the effects of grief, God’s prescription for grief, and the question of “why?”

The next program will begin on Tuesday, March 5, from 1:pm to 3:00 pm, and will run every Tuesday in the Chapel until May 28, 2019.  Each class is self-contained; therefore one can miss a class without disruption to the program.   There is no cost for attendance.  We are registered on

Session 1     March 5, 2019      Is This Normal?


Session 2     March 12, 2019    Challenges of Grief


Session 3     March 19, 2019    The Journey of Grief – Part 1


Session 4     March 26, 2019    The Journey of Grief – Part 2


Session 5     April 2, 2019         Grief and Your Relationships


Session 6     April 9, 2019         Why?


Session 7     April 16, 2019       Guilt and Anger


Session 8     April 23, 2019       Complicating Factors


Session 9     April 30, 2019       Stuck


Session 10   May 7, 2019         Lessons of Grief – Part 1


Session 11   May 14, 2019       Lessons of Grief – Part 2


Session 12   May 21, 2019       Heaven


Session 13   May 28, 2019       What Do I Live For Now?

Music Ministry

Sunday Free Concert Series

A variety of Sunday afternoon concerts are held throughout the year. In lieu of admission, a goodwill offering is taken at each performance.

April 28, 2019 at 3 pm   

Admission is free, donations accepted.


Dr. Mark Wherry, Director of Music, leads MVPC’s adult choir.  Practice is on Wednesday at 7 pm.
Handbell Choir
Love to hear the bells play, interested in learning how to play? Louis Syrovy, Handbell Choir Director, is offering a “Learn to Play Handbells” every Sunday at Noon in the Chapel. No musical experience required, all are welcome.
Rehearsals are on Wednesday at 5:30 pm.
Praise Team
Bridgette Foster, Worship Leader, leads our Praise Team during the Contemporary Worship Service.  Practice is on Thursday at 5 pm.

Israel: Journey of Faith

Israel: Journey of Faith

• When: November 4th-12th, 2019 • Price: $3,989 double or $4,689 single • Deposit Due ($500 per person): April 29, 2019 • Final Payment: September 5, 2019
• Highlights: Jaffa ● Caesarea ● Nazareth ● Cana ● Tiberias ● Sea of Galilee ● Mount of Beatitudes ● Capernaum ● Golan Heights ● Caesarea Philippi ● Tel Megiddo ● Bethlehem ● Jerusalem ● Mount of Olives ● Mount Zion ● Ein Karem ● Via Dolorosa ● Western Wall ● Garden Tomb ● Dead Sea ● Masada ● Qumran The price includes air travel from Las Vegas to Tel Aviv… (and return flight!) 9 Days ● 15 Meals: 7 Breakfasts ● 1 Lunch ● 7 Dinners