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Sunday, May 7th
Special Communion for Third Graders, followed by Reception; Annual Meeting
Sunday, May 14th
'Tween Time Coffee Hour honoring Pastor Jerrie
Sunday, May 21st
Pastor Lauren arrives

Parish Nursing

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Parish Nursing – Mission of Wellness

The Mission of Wellness includes Parish Nursing and anyone who is interested in assisting the congregation with health and well being issues. Mission of Wellness

The Mission Statement of the Mission of Wellness is to connect and support people spiritually, physically, emotionally and intellectually in crisis and/or joyful situations throughout all stages of life. We will visit and support those in need. We will provide fellowship and education that embraces the whole body, mind and spirit. The role of the Parish Nurse is as a health counselor, educator, referral source and facilitator of volunteers. We do not provide hands on care or perform invasive procedures. We will help you access available resources. We can be reached through the Pastor or the church office. Blood Pressure Screenings are available on the first Sunday of the month after services. Health related articles are included in the Church Crier monthly

Greetings Dear Members and Friends of Colchester Federated Church,

I would like to share with you some tips taken from Investing in the Good Life by Jesse Dylan for promoting health of body, mind and spirit.

One of the keys to staying healthy is to eat right. That means to avoid foods high in saturated fats, change from processed foods to whole grains and make sure you are eating a variety of fruits and vegetables daily.

Another major step we can take to stay healthy is to get regular exercise. No matter what you do for a living, as a parent, or as a citizen you need a healthy body to pursue your goals. Consider your weekly schedule and make fitness a part of it.

Studies have shown that joyful and expressive living has a positive affect on your body chemistry. Laughter can improve immune function and accelerate healing. So read the comics, watch a funny movie, Take a laughter yoga class, learn to love laughter, it is the best medicine.

Rediscover your purpose for living each and every day. If you are a parent , you may feel a sense of purpose to being a healthy example for your children. If you are a career professional you may want to be in the best physical and mental state to do your work. You may find that your purpose is
a dedication to spiritual growth. Whatever you decide to focus on be sure to awaken each morning determined to choose life and live with purpose through your thoughts and actions.

Studies have shown that meditation can help improve mood and mental clarity as well as boost the immune system response to stress. The most important thing is to find a quiet place where you won't be interrupted. It can be indoors or outdoors and you don't have to sit cross-legged. Simply close your eyes, start with a few long, deep breaths and slow exhalations, then allow your body to dictate the pace of your breath. Allow thoughts to come and go, watching them without judgment as though you are a witness to their content. Whether you do 10 minutes, 30 minutes or 60 minutes it's all good. All your looking for is a few seconds of connection with true silence.

I hope the above information will be of benefit to you. Please contact me if I can be of help in any way.

Peace, Joy, and Health,

Cheryl Letendre,
RN, BSN, Parish Nurse

 

Colchester Federated Church, Colchester, Connecticut