Parish Nurse Ministry

The church has a role in the ministry of health and healing which began when Jesus sent out His disciples to preach, teach, and heal.

Parish Nursing promotes wellness of body, mind, and spirit to all members of Bethel Lutheran Church and the community. The parish nurse integrates the concept of wholistic care into his/her nursing care and ministry, stressing health maintenance and illness prevention.

The parish nurse will provide leadership in identifying and meeting the health education and support needs of all members of Bethel Lutheran Church. The parish nurse requires the ongoing support from the congregation, Health Cabinet, and clergy.

Read monthly articles from our Parish Nurse Kathy here.

Upcoming Events

Grief and the Holidays – November 9, 6:30 p.m.

The holidays can be a very difficult time for anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one. You are invited to join us for one of the following groups to learn some helpful and compassionate tips that may assist you as you navigate the holidays after your loss. Feel free to invite others who might benefit from this gathering. Refreshments provided. Learn more here.

Blood Donation Challenge – Month of November

A Blood Donation Challenge can be a friendly competition among family, friends, colleagues, or groups in our community with the goal of seeing who can get more people to participate and donate blood within a specified time frame. More donations equals more saved lives.
During the challenge, team members must simply check in at one of our donation locations with their team name; this ensures their donation is counted during the competition. Once the challenge has ended, the group with the highest percent participation wins. Easy as that! Learn more here.

What is a Parish Nurse?

Kathy Ferguson, RN is Bethel's parish nurse

Kathy Ferguson, RN is Bethel’s parish nurse

Integrator of Faith and Health
Assists parishioners to achieve higher levels of wellness by improving their spiritual and physical health.
Health Educator
Provides opportunities for the congregation to learn about health issues, individually and in groups.
Health Counselor
Available to discuss health concerns, giving clarity and support.
Referral Advisor
Works with community resources to establish networks that assist with the well-being of the congregation.
Makes referrals to community groups as needed.
Health Advocate
Helps members of the congregation or community obtain needed health related services and assists in navigating the healthcare system.
Developer of Support Groups
Facilitates the development of support groups for the congregation as needed.
Volunteer Coordinator
Recruits, prepares, and oversees congregational volunteers to assist with the ministry of health and wholeness.

Contact Kathy for:

  • Questions about your health concerns
  • Assistance navigating the healthcare system
  • Assistance in accessing community resources
  • Support during times of need
  • Requests for education on health-related topics
  • Volunteer opportunities

Contact information


Current Health & Wellness Activities at Bethel

Monthly Blood Pressure Screening
4th Sunday of the month
8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Church Office conference room

Monthly health and wellness topic on the website

Health & Wellness Kiosk
Bethel Hall
Bethel and community activities and health & wellness information

Senior Exercise Class – Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8:00 a.m.

Education Topics
Watch the Sunday bulletin for upcoming presentations

Prayer Shawl Ministry
“Shawls are symbolic of an inclusive, unconditionally loving God. They wrap, enfold, comfort, cover, give solace, mother, hug, shelter, and beautify. Those who have received these shawls have been uplifted and affirmed…”
Written in 1998 by Janet Serveri Bristow