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Health Ministry Network of Texas Business Meeting Minutes

Friday, September 29, 2023

S. Denise Brown opened the meeting at 11:05 with 18 members attending. A devotion was given by Susan Trumps titled “An Agenda that will Never Satisfy” by Lysa TerKeurst. We were reminded in Mark 3:14-15 to be with our Father before going out to serve.

The financial report was given by Linda Schoene. HMNT had $17,407.54 in May, $400 was spent to Stephen Brown on technology and 11 members paid membership dues bringing the current total to $17,331.03. It was discussed that ways to utilize this money would be to promote scholarships or increase pay for more technology assistance. S.Denise Brown moved to accept this report, Verda Gaines gave the second and all were in favor.


Membership report was given by S. Denise Brown. A thank you was given to Rita Carlson for all of her efforts in membership. The largest growth in membership has been seen thru 1:1 invitations. Encouragement was given to continue to invite new members so this state organization can be a robust, meaningful opportunity for its members. Ideas to promote the organization were to create flyers, have conferences and/or retreats, have a book of stories to share what is done thru this community, and increase the public side of the website. Encouragement was given to share ideas to


Position Statement on the Use of Reversal Agents in Response to the Opioid Crisis was read and reviewed. This statement will be sent out to members and be on the website reminding licensed personnel to follow the scope of their licensure. Standing orders are available at


Website report was shared by S.Denise Brown. A reminder that the $30 membership fee is for the membership, not just access to the website. Members are encouraged to get to know the website and submit information that would be useful to


New Officer nominations were discussed. Catalina Schultz-Kraft will be stepping down as president elect, a new position of media officer, and a position to mentor for the communications position to eventually fill Rita Carlson’s role are all available. Consideration for these positions is needed.


Announcements: Many in the community are beginning to work on flu vaccines and continue to educate on advanced directives. Verda Gaines and Margaret Goetz shared about activities and programs going on in Houston, these will be added to the website. Send in any activity or notices that you would like to share to A reminder that faith based communities can apply for grants-that “intentional care of the spirit is given to promote health and healing”.


Meeting was adjourned at 12:04 to return for CEU opportunity thru program provided by CASA at 12:30.


Next HMNT meeting will be held January 26, 2024. Please send any ideas for speakers or CEU opportunities to


Respectfully submitted,

Dana Roby, Secretary

January 2024

Happy New Year!


Training opportunities

Websites and reports on trending topics

Journal articles of note


Training opportunities

The webinars and online classes listed here are shared solely as opportunities to learn more information of interest to public health personnel. All times listed are in Central Time.


January 10, 2024; 10–11 a.m. NaNDA: An Open Data Resource for Health Science Researchers [].

This webinar from the Network of the National Library of Medicine will provide an overview of the National Neighborhood Data Archive (NaNDA) and discuss how neighborhoods operate as a social determinant of health. NaNDA is a publicly available data archive containing measures of the physical, economic, built, and social environment at the “neighborhood” level. Each NaNDA dataset covers all or most of the entire nation (including both rural and urban areas) and represents a set of measures on a single topic of interest, including socioeconomic disadvantage, healthcare, housing, political partisanship, and public transit, with temporal coverage dating back to at least 2000. Anyone with research questions that address "place" – researchers, students, clinicians, policymakers, public health departments, and community organizations, among others – can download NaNDA measures at the census tract, zip code, or country level, and link them with other data sources such as survey data, cohort studies, electronic medical records, and other microdata. A “tour” of the NaNDA archive and its data holdings will be provided.


January 18, 2024; 12–1:30 p.m. The State of State-level Public Health Advocacy

The challenges surrounding public health advocacy are profound, yet many opportunities to strengthen it exist in every environment. Attend this webinar from The Network for Public Health Law [] to hear about the findings of the recently released report, The State of State-level Public Health Advocacy, which examines specific markers of advocacy capacity and interviews with advocates in 50 states and the District of Columbia.


January 24, 2024; 12–1 p.m. The Employer Pathway to Diabetes Prevention.

Join The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health for a presentation on diabetes prevention and work. Parul Rahbari from the CDC Division of Diabetes Translation will cover the importance of diabetes prevention and the role of businesses. Sara Hanlon of Empower Outcomes will explain their work with businesses to develop a tool that employers can use to support workers. Finally, David Shapiro of the Center for Health, Work & Environment will present his experience supporting businesses as they implement these practices. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.


January 31, 2024; 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.  DSHS Grand Rounds: Diabetes and Pathways to Health Management.

This webinar is offered by the DSHS Office of Practice and Learning Grand Rounds [] program. DSHS Grand Rounds explores the science and evidence-based practice of population health and awards continuing education credits/contact hours for various disciplines. Visit the Grand Rounds calendar to see information on upcoming sessions. Held monthly on the fourth Wednesday, sessions last 90 minutes with the final 20 minutes for Q&A.


Websites and reports on trending topics


The Cochrane Library - This library resource consists of a collection of evidence-based medicine databases, including the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. It provides up-to-date information on the effects of interventions in health care and evidence to support decisions taken in health care and to inform those receiving care. Search for systematic reviews, protocols, trials, methods studies, and more.

eBooks at EBSCOhost – This TexShare resource offers full-text of thousands fiction and nonfiction books on a variety of topics. It also hosts the ebook titles that the DSHS Library has purchased. When logged in through DSHS, you will find the Library’s ebooks on public health and management topics in addition to the titles TexShare provides. Please contact the Library for remote access options.

DSHS Library TDNet site – Use this site to access journals and other DSHS Library subscription resources. As an example, here are the top 10 most accessed DSHS Library journal titles for 2023:


1. American Journal of Public Health


3. Pediatrics

4. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association

5. Nursing Management

6. Obstetrics and Gynecology

7. Lancet

8. International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease

9. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice

10. Breastfeeding Medicine



Journal articles of note
Ahmed M, Shumate C, Bojes H, Patel K, Agopian AJ, Canfield M. Racial and ethnic differences in infant survival for hydrocephaly-Texas, 1999-2017.

Birth Defects Res. Published online December 18, 2023. doi:10.1002/bdr2.2285 []

Background: Congenital hydrocephaly, an abnormal accumulation of fluid within the ventricular spaces at birth, can cause disability or death if untreated. Limited information is available about survival of infants born with hydrocephaly in Texas. Therefore, the purpose of the study was to calculate survival estimates among infants born with hydrocephaly without spina bifida in Texas.

Methods: A cohort of live-born infants delivered during 1999-2017 with congenital hydrocephaly without spina bifida was identified from the Texas Birth Defects Registry. Deaths within 1 year of delivery were identified using vital and medical records. One-year infant survival estimates were generated for multiple descriptive characteristics using the Kaplan-Meier method. Crude hazard ratios (HRs) for one-year survival among infants with congenital hydrocephaly by maternal and infant characteristics and adjusted HRs for maternal race and ethnicity were estimated using Cox proportional hazard models.

Results: Among 5709 infants born with congenital hydrocephaly without spina bifida, 4681 (82%) survived the first year. The following characteristics were associated with infant survival: maternal race and ethnicity, clinical classification (e.g., chromosomal or syndromic), preterm birth, birth weight, birth year, and maternal education. In the multivariable Cox proportional hazards model, differences in survival were observed by maternal race and ethnicity after adjustment for other maternal and infant characteristics. Infants of non-Hispanic Black (HR: 1.28, 95% CI: 1.04-1.58) and Hispanic (HR: 1.31, 95% CI: 1.12-1.54) women had increased risk for mortality, compared with infants of non-Hispanic White women.

Conclusions: This study showed infant survival among a Texas cohort differed by maternal race and ethnicity, clinical classification, gestational age, birth weight, birth year, and maternal education in infants with congenital hydrocephaly without spina bifida. Findings confirm that mortality continues to be common among infants with hydrocephaly without spina bifida. Additional research is needed to identify other risk factors of mortality risk.


McDougal AN, DeMaet MA, Garcia B, et al. A cluster investigation of Candida auris among hospitalized incarcerated patients. Antimicrob Steward Healthc Epidemiol. 2023;3(1):e244. Published 2023 Dec 19. doi:10.1017/ash.2023.520 []


Objective: Investigate and mitigate a cluster of Candida auris cases among incarcerated patients in a maximum-security prison hospital utilizing contact tracing, screening, whole genome sequencing, and environmental sampling and decontamination.

Design: Outbreak investigation.

Setting: Inpatient prison hospital affiliated with an academic tertiary referral center.

Patients: Inmates of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Methods: Epidemiologic and environmental investigations were conducted including contact tracing, point prevalence surveys, and environmental sampling. Whole genome sequencing was performed on positive patient isolates.

Results: Following a clinical case of C. auris fungemia, 344 patients underwent C. auris surveillance screening. Eight (2.3%) patients were identified with C. auris colonization. All patients were male. Our index patient was the only clinical case and death. Whole genome sequencing was performed on the nine patient isolates. All isolates were clade III (Africa) and clustered together with the largest SNP difference being 21. Environmental cultures from 7 of 61 rooms (11.5%) were positive following terminal disinfection with bleach. Sites nearest to the patient were most often positive including the hospital bed rails and bedside table. The transmission cluster was successfully mitigated within 60 days of identification.

Conclusions: Implementation of an aggressive surveillance and decontamination program resulted in mitigation of a C. auris transmission cluster among our incarcerated patients. This investigation provides valuable insight into C. auris transmission in the incarcerated population, which is not considered a classic high-risk population as well as the challenges faced to stop transmission in a facility that requires the use of shared patient environments.


Nyachoti DO, Fwelo P, Springer AE, Kelder SH. Association between Gross National Income per capita and COVID-19 vaccination coverage: a global ecological study. BMC Public Health. 2023;23(1):2415. Published 2023 Dec 4. doi:10.1186/s12889-023-17241-y []


Background: Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has claimed over six million lives and infected more than 650 million people globally. Public health agencies have deployed several strategies, including rolling out vaccination campaigns to curb the pandemic, yet a significant proportion of the global population has not received the COVID-19 vaccine. We assessed differences in COVID-19 vaccination coverage by Gross National Income (GNI) per capita of WHO members (i.e., countries, areas, and territories, n = 192) and by WHO member regions (n = 6).

Methods: Using an ecological study design, we analyzed publicly available data from the WHO website merged with the World Bank's GNI per capita data. We included a total of 192 WHO members and six WHO regions in the analysis. We utilized negative binomial regression to assess the associations between the GNI per capita and COVID-19 vaccination coverage (cumulative number of persons fully vaccinated and/or received at least one dose of the vaccine per 100 population), and ANOVA test to assess the differences in vaccination coverage per WHO regions.

Results: Low GNI per capita WHO members had significantly lower full vaccination coverage (aRR 0.30, 95% CI 0.22-0.40) compared to high GNI per capita WHO members. These members were also 66% less likely to receive at least one dose of the vaccine (aRR 0.34, 0.26-0.44) relative to high GNI per capita WHO members. Africa region had a significantly lower fully vaccination coverage (aRR 0.71, 95% CI 0.36-0.54) and received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine (aRR 0.78, 95% CI 0.62-0.99) than Europe region. Conversely, the Western Pacific region had significantly higher fully vaccination coverage (aRR 1.40 95% CI 1.12-1.74) and received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccines (aRR 1.40 95% CI 1.14-1.73) relative to European region.

Conclusion: WHO members with low GNI per capita and the African region reported significantly lower COVID-19 vaccination coverage than those with high GNI per capita or other regions. Efforts to strengthen and promote COVID-19 vaccination in low-income WHO countries and African region should be scaled up.


Williford EM, Yang W, Howley MM, et al. Factors associated with infant sex and preterm birth status for selected birth defects from the National Birth Defects Prevention Study, 1997-2011. Birth Defects Res. Published online December 28, 2023. doi:10.1002/bdr2.2294 []


Background: Birth defects and preterm birth co-occur, with some overlapping risk factors. Many birth defects and preterm births tend to have a male preponderance. We explored potential risk factors impacting sex and preterm (<37 weeks of gestation) birth differences among infants with selected birth defects delivered from 1997 to 2011 using data from the National Birth Defects Prevention Study (NBDPS).

Methods: The NBDPS was a large multisite, population-based case-control study. Using random forests, we identified important predictors of male preterm, female preterm, and male term, each compared with female term births for each birth defect. Using logistic regression, we estimated odds ratios for associations between important predictors and sex-preterm birth status by birth defect.

Results: We examined 11,379 infants with nine specific birth defects. The top 10 most important predictors of sex-preterm birth status from the random forests varied greatly across the birth defects and sex-preterm comparisons within a given defect group, with several being novel factors. However, one consistency was that short interpregnancy interval was associated with sex-preterm birth status for many of the studied birth defects. Although obesity has been identified as a risk factor for preterm birth and birth defects in other research, it was not associated with sex-preterm birth status for any of the examined defects.

Conclusions: We confirmed expected associations for sex-preterm birth status differences and found new potential risk factors for further exploration among the studied birth defects.


Westburg Institute for Faith Community Nursing

Dear friend,


The Spiritual Care Association (SCA) is proud to partner with the Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing to pursue our common goal of compassionate, whole-person care of body, mind, and spirit. We are excited to work with Westberg []’s extraordinary network of organizations and nurse professionals – across the country and around the world – to continue growing the calling of faith community nursing and further establishing spiritual care as integral to the nursing profession.


SCA’s broad mission is to help build and support a well-trained workforce of many disciplines to care for the human spirit wherever health care is provided, including in the homes and other community settings where faith community nurses reach vulnerable congregants and neighbors. SCA, in turn, is buoyed by the depth of resources of our close affiliate, HealthCare Chaplaincy Network (HCCN), which has 60+ years’ experience helping people faced with illness and suffering find comfort and meaning. HCCN’s mission for decades has included person-to-person care, research, and education on best spiritual care practices. 


We invite you to visit our websites: [] and [] – that offer courses, webinars, and written resources on various aspects of spiritual care. Materials specific to the nursing profession includes courses and webinars on faith community nursing, teacher training, and management and leadership skills. Here are two foundational papers I think you will find very helpful:

SPIRITUAL CARE: What It Means and Why It Matters in Health Care
Spiritual Care and Nursing: A Nurse’s Contribution and Practice


We look forward to our work with the Westberg Institute to advance faith community nursing and enrich the entire nursing field. Together we will bring greater understanding of spiritual care and its place in the provision of patient- and family-engaged care for all. 




Rev. Eric J. Hall, DTh, APBCC

President and CEO

DFW FCN Course


CLERGY and CASA Programs

Fall 2023

The annual HHSC Innovators in Aging awards are open for nominations through November 17th!

The US Census Bureau reported that in 2022, Texas had over 30 million residents and estimates that by 2030 more than 20 percent of Texas’s population will be 60 years of age and older. Aging innovations is important for supporting aging and living well in Texas. In 2019, Texas HHSC launched the Innovators in Aging awards to highlight the inventive ways individuals, groups, programs, communities and new technologies are serving older adults, improving quality of life and promoting healthy aging.

Visit the Innovators in Aging web page [] to learn how to nominate an innovator in one or more of the three award categories: Be Healthy, Be Connected and Be Informed. The web page also provides award category descriptions, a link to the online nomination system and a link to all previous award winners.

Please share this information with your contacts to promote the awards and encourage nominations of individuals, groups, programs, communities and new technologies serving older Texans.

For more information, contact Camden Frost at

From Wedding Rings to Nose Rings, Generational Differences in the Pews
By Faith Roberts, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Sponsored by the Lutheran Faith Community Nurse Association

Have you been wondering why some churches elect to rent a high school gym or area hotel for worship? Or why the front of the worship space is an electronic haven? For some, church attendance is a given for others it is "nice if you can make it". At the time of this presentation worship is being done with up to SIX generations attending/ watching/listening. The world we live in changes continually as has attendance patterns and financial support of places of worship. Understanding what defines each generation helps the practicing Faith Community Nurse (FCN) to support programming and services that speak to different age groups.

Faith Roberts holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and a Masters of Science Degree in Nursing-Health Care and Nursing Administration. She served as the Director of the Community Parish Nurse Program for Carle in Urbana IL from 1997-2021. During that time, she taught the FCN preparation course to 500 plus nurses representing over 220 congregations. Concurrently she held other positions at Carle and served as the Executive Director of Magnet, Pathway, Professional Practice and Faith Community Nursing. Faith is well known to the FCN community. Her gift of storytelling captivates her audience to both the drama and humor found in nursing practice.

OBJECTIVES Participants will:

1. Define date spans of each generation presently in your congregation

2. Explore the styles of worship associated with traditional and contemporary faith groups

3. Discuss the impact of Covid on attendance, types of services offered by places of worship

While the primary audience for this event is Faith Community Nurses, nurses who are not members of LFCNA, and non-nurses are welcome to attend. See the registration link below.

DATE: October 10, 2023 TIME: 3-5 pm AKT, 4-6 pm PT, 5-7 pm MT, 6-8 pm CT, 7-9 pm ET Registration fee: $30 for LFCNA members/ $50 for non-members Nursing Contact hours provided: 2.0 (see below) TO


This activity has been submitted to Montana Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. Montana Nurses Association is accredited with distinction as an approver of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. To receive contact hours for this event, attendees must attend the entire event and submit a completed evaluation form.

Summer 2023


Both In-House and Virtual-Live Webinar

June 2, 2023 - FCN Connection: In-House, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


June 23, 2023 - FCN Virtual-Live Webinar 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Dr. Stinson: Drug Awareness on the Dangers of Fentanyl!

2 Contact Hours


July 21-23 & 28-29, 2023 -Foundation Course for Faith Community Nurses:



August 25, 2023 - FCN Virtual-Live Webinar 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Dr. Elizabeth Long: What Matters to Older Adults

1.5 Contact Hours


September 29, 2023 - FCN Virtual-Live Webinar

Dr. Sharon Hinton: Overcoming Fear and Anxiety After COVID

1.5 Contact Hours


October 27, 2023 - FCN Fall Virtual-Live Conference 2023

Gay-Lynne Jones, RN: The Importance of Early Detection & Screening Guidelines for Cancer

2 Contact Hours

Dr. Sharon Hinton: Cultivating Happiness in a Crisis Filled World

TBD Contact Hours


December 1, 2023 – FCN Holiday Open House: In-House, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

If you are not on the FCN Webinar Master List receiving the Registration Request, please email,

Update Winter 2022

Patient and Nurse

Texas Health Ministries Network January Meeting

The THMN May 26, 2022 @11 a.m. meeting will be conducted virtually.

THMN members will receive a May virtual business meeting announcement by email. Meeting is hosted by Catalina Schulze-Kraft, Methodist Healthcare Ministries of San Antonio. Health Equity is the education topic with CE’s offered. To join the THMN see the membership application form on the last page of this newsletter. If you need help with the cost, contact

Below is the website via gratis by the *Texas Department State Health Services (DSHS) that relates to health ministry. Rita Carlson updates the calendar on a regular basis. Scroll past the calendar to see the THMN listings. Please visit this site and let Rita know what you like, dislike or want added.

THMN is developing its own website. Stay tuned

Words of Encouragement

Words of Encouragement- Hand of God. By Andrea C. Davis. Contributing writer 


The hand represents divine approval, and specifically acceptance of his sacrifice! Will you hold on to his unchanging hand! 


Psalm 8:3

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,

The moon and the stars, which You have ordained;


Psalm 138:8

The Lord will accomplish what concerns me;

Your lovingkindness, O Lord, is everlasting;

Do not forsake the works of Your hands.


Isaiah 64:8

But now, O Lord, You are our Father,

We are the clay, and You our potter;

And all of us are the work of Your hand


Isaiah 41:19-20

I will put the cedar in the wilderness,

The acacia and the myrtle and the olive tree;

I will place the juniper in the desert

Together with the box tree and the cypress,

That they may see and recognize,

And consider and gain insight as well,

That the hand of the Lord has done this,

And the Holy One of Israel has created it.


Thank you!

Andrea Davis 

Nursing 101: Listen to the Patient

Submitted by Linda Schoene, RN, MSN

On a recent Sunday a physician was jogging on the track across from our church when he noticed a woman in distress. He assisted her across the street to the door of the church where she needed significant help getting into the narthex. The temperature that day was warm. I noted that she was heavily dressed and her jacket felt damp. It was apparent she had been walking for a significant period of time.

She had no ID with her, but was able to state her name and that she had to get to the veterinarian’s office because he had to put her horse down. Further conversation yielded no more information and it became clear that she most likely had some dementia.

Several members of the church made phone calls to Adult Protective Services, SEARCH Homeless Services and 911. I knew the woman herself was the only one who could help us find her way to home and family. Nursing education taught me to always listen to the patient. I pursued the need to go the vet’s office which was indeed an upsetting subject that brought tears, but it also brought forth the name of the vet. I took a shot a did a Google search. One name popped up, but it was a vet in LaGrange. LaGrange and horse made sense so I called. Even though it was a Sunday the vet quickly answered the phone. To make a long story short he knew the woman, where she lived and how to contact her family.

I soon received a call from her son who said a family member would come to get her. Turns out she eloped from a nearby memory care unit. 911 arrived and talked with the woman who declined to go to the ER, but I was able to assure EMS that family was coming.

Very soon a family member arrived along with staff from the care facility. Together we helped our mystery guest into the car and she was on her way home. The whole process took less than an hour. Some may wonder how all of this came together, but I have no wonder at all. God’s hand was present in all of it. It started with a physician who recognized something wasn’t right. Otherwise, she may not have gotten attention until she passed out or fell down. Google was efficient and the vet was responsive as was her family. But most of all the woman herself was able to help us even in he dementia because of the love for a horse. The patient is always the key.

Boletín Mayo 2022

Social Distance

Reunión de la Red de Ministerios de Salud de Texas

La reunión virtual de otoño será el 30 de septiembre con el anfitrión Texas Health Resources.

La reunión de THMN del 26 de mayo de 2022 a las 11 a. m. se llevó a cabo virtualmente con la reunión organizada por Catalina Schulze-Kraft, Ministerios Metodistas de Salud de San Antonio. La Equidad en Salud fue el tema de educación con los CE ofrecidos.

¡Únase al seminario web informativo sobre el desafío del VIH!

La Oficina de Salud de las Minorías (OMH) del HHS y la Oficina de Políticas sobre Enfermedades Infecciosas y VIH/SIDA (OIDP) organizarán un seminario web para revisar los detalles del nuevo Desafío del VIH, una competencia nacional para identificar enfoques innovadores y efectivos para mejorar la participación comunitaria y movilización sobre la reducción de las disparidades del estigma del VIH. Este seminario web proporcionará una descripción general del desafío, los criterios de evaluación y elegibilidad, el cronograma del desafío y cómo presentar una solicitud.

19 de agosto, 3:00 p. m. ET.

Simposio Westberg 2023

Planifique ahora para asistir al Simposio Westberg 2023 en la Conferencia Caring for the Human Spirit® en vivo en St. Louis, MO. Las fechas son del 17 al 19 de abril de 2023.

Estamos planeando una celebración; Piénselo como una reunión familiar de FCN muy esperada junto con muchas otras actividades para enfermeras y capellanes de diversas áreas de práctica. Comience a planificar ahora para traer a sus colegas, redes, estudiantes y graduados para que aquellos con los que interactúa puedan compartir la experiencia. Envíe sus sugerencias de oradores y actividades a y esté atento a los anuncios en las próximas semanas cuando se abra la convocatoria para talleres y voluntarios.

Palabra de aliento
Avivamiento de mitad de año. Por Andrea Davis.

El avivamiento es real y el avivamiento es el corazón del Señor para Su pueblo. Como seguidores e hijos de Dios, es nuestro deleite invitar a Su Espíritu Santo a que devuelva la vida a este mundo reseco. Podemos estar seguros de que Él escucha nuestras oraciones y que son preciosas para Él. (Paso de peatones, 2019).

Jeremías 30:17 Porque yo os devolveré la salud, y sanaré vuestras heridas --declara el Señor-- porque desterrada os han llamado: '¡Es Sión, de quien nadie se preocupa!'
Salmos 85:6 ¿No volverás a darnos vida, para que tu pueblo se regocije en ti?
Salmo 80:19 ¡Restáuranos, oh Señor, Dios de los ejércitos! ¡Que resplandezca tu rostro, para que seamos salvos!


Celebramos los 50 años de Linda Schoene en enfermería y
21 años como nuestra enfermera congregacional

Reimpreso con permiso del boletín The King's Banner, Christ the King Lutheran Church

¡Linda Schoene quería ser enfermera desde que tiene memoria! Describió sus planes de carrera en un ensayo en octavo grado pero, al crecer en la década de 1960, no siempre recibió el estímulo que merecía. Un consejero le dijo que era demasiado inteligente para ser enfermera, y un asesor de jóvenes (un médico) le recomendó que asistiera a una escuela de enfermería en un hospital: si hiciera un programa de grado, sería una más inteligente, pero no una mejor. mejor-- enfermera. Al mismo tiempo, mientras estaba en el tercer año de la escuela secundaria, la madre de Linda se enfermó gravemente y Linda la cuidó hasta su muerte ese verano. Sin embargo, en 1968, después de graduarse de la escuela secundaria en Lyons, NY (población 5000), Linda asistió a SUNY Brockport y obtuvo su licenciatura en enfermería cuatro años después. Después de graduarse, Linda y un compañero de cuarto se mudaron a Ann Arbor, Michigan, donde Jim Schoene, a quien Linda había conocido en las vacaciones de primavera en Daytona Beach unos años antes, era estudiante de ingeniería. Se casaron en 1973 y ella trabajó en obstetricia en el Hospital UofM hasta que Jim se graduó en 1974. Le ofrecieron un trabajo en MW Kellogg en Houston; vivieron aquí por un corto tiempo, y luego se fueron al sur de Maryland. Jim y Linda se convirtieron en padres de un niño y dos niñas, y Linda trabajó a tiempo parcial en el camino, como voluntaria en la Cruz Roja, enseñando clases de parto y trabajando con Bloodmobile. En 1988, en Shreveport, Luisiana, volvió a trabajar en un hospital. Fue aquí donde comenzó el viaje de Linda como luterana, cuando visitó Holy Trinity Lutheran en 1986 y luego se unió después de enamorarse de la liturgia. Ella enseñó clases de primera comunión allí y, curiosamente, uno de sus alumnos fue Evan McClanahan, ahora pastor en First Evangelical Houston. La familia se mudó a Houston (otra vez) en 1999, ¡nunca soñando que sería su última mudanza! Cuando Jim se jubiló en 2016, habían atravesado el país, mudándose 13 veces diferentes en 42 años, y Linda tenía licencia como enfermera en 9 estados diferentes. Después de mudarse a Houston en 1999, Linda pasaba todos los días frente a la iglesia Christ the King en su camino al trabajo en el Women's Hospital y pronto se unió a nuestra congregación. En enero de 2001, el consejo de la iglesia, bajo el liderazgo del pastor Moore, se comprometió a "explorar las posibilidades del Ministerio de Enfermeras Parroquiales" como uno de los énfasis misionales de la congregación, y antes de fin de año había decidido agregar el puesto de una enfermera al personal de la iglesia. . Al mismo tiempo, la pastora Beth Warpmaeker y el pastor Fred Haman, trabajando para desarrollar nuestro Equipo de Atención Congregacional y formalizar un ministerio de salud, le preguntaron a Linda si le gustaría ser la enfermera de la congregación. No había una descripción del trabajo, y nadie estaba exactamente seguro de lo que implicaría este nuevo puesto; sin embargo, estuvo de acuerdo y fue comisionada como nuestra enfermera congregacional en diciembre de 2001. Ahora, 20 años después, el trabajo que ella comenzó se ha convertido en una parte integral de nuestra vida congregacional. Su enfoque en los primeros años de este ministerio fue la educación de ella misma y de la congregación sobre este nuevo concepto, a través de artículos de Banner, exámenes de presión arterial, visitas domiciliarias y talleres educativos. Los cursos de preparación básica para la enfermería comunitaria de fe (Incarnate Word, San Antonio, en 2003) y de capellanía laica a través de una introducción a la Comunidad de la Esperanza la ayudaron a definir su papel, llegar a los miembros y generar confianza en nuestra comunidad. Karen Hahn del Instituto de Espiritualidad y Salud junto con Helen Appleberg, fundadora de Community of Hope, brindaron mucha orientación a medida que se desarrollaba el ministerio de salud aquí en CTK. Junto con el Equipo de Atención Congregacional, ese ministerio creció a medida que se combinaban las necesidades y los dones de los miembros. Linda entiende que el papel principal de una enfermera congregacional es defender al paciente y educar a la familia y sus cuidadores cuando hay necesidades relacionadas con la salud. Ella ayuda a las personas a comprender qué esperar durante una estadía en el hospital y se mantiene en contacto con ellos cuando se van a casa. A veces, los miembros solicitan asistencia con citas de seguimiento, así como con problemas de medicamentos, y otros utilizan su experiencia para identificar y visitar centros de rehabilitación. Ha organizado clases de reanimación cardiopulmonar para la congregación y ha establecido un plan de emergencia para incidentes en la iglesia; los ujieres tienen instrucciones a seguir y hay chalecos amarillos para que los usen los socorristas. Nuestro programa LEM - Ministerio Eucarístico Laico ha sido una parte importante de su ministerio y ella continuará como coordinadora de LEM. Linda cree que ahora es el momento adecuado para jubilarse. Su licencia de enfermera vence el 30 de junio y ese será su último día como nuestra enfermera congregacional. Su marido está jubilado. Su hijo y dos nietos viven en Houston; sus hijas y un nieto viven en Portland, OR. ¡Hay muchos juegos de béisbol para jóvenes y muchos viajes en su futuro! No obstante, Linda quiere que los miembros se sientan libres de llamarla si necesitan ayuda durante este período de transición. A Linda también le gustaría que todos supiéramos “¡qué bendición ha sido poder conectar mi fe con la profesión y el llamado que amo y trabajar en el contexto de una comunidad de fe solidaria!”


Ministerio de prisiones

Campamento penitenciario federal. Bryan, Texas (Nota: Anne Kuempel es miembro fundador de THMN. Su historia se imprime con permiso)


Más allá de los muros de la prisión : Historias de visitantes voluntarios y los presos que ven Por Eric Corson, disponible en rústica Barnes and Noble

Mi nombre es Anne Kuempel y he sido visitante durante 15 años en FTC Bryan, Texas. Me convertí en visitante después de enterarme por amigos de su visita a FTC Bastrop, que es una prisión para hombres cerca de Austin. Pregunté si había visitas en la prisión de mujeres de Bryan y supe que no había ninguna. Le pregunté a otros tres amigos si considerarían visitar Bryan y me dijeron que sí. Entonces, contacté a PVS y dos de ellos fueron aprobados para visitar.

Entonces, el 16 de abril de 2005, comencé a visitar FPC Bryan. Una vez al mes, generalmente los sábados, salgo de Austin y conduzco dos horas hasta Bryan para ver mujeres allí, muchas de las cuales no tienen otra visita que no sea yo. Una vez, digo una mujer joven que había estado encarcelada diez años y nunca tuvo una visita. Estaba tan ansiosa por reunirse conmigo y dijo: "Ayer, les estaba diciendo a todos, ¡voy a tener una visita mañana!"


Muchas de las mujeres que veo, generalmente cuatro en cada visita, generalmente no han visto un rostro familiar, familiar o amigo porque están demasiado lejos para recibir una visita. Durante el resto de su tiempo en prisión, me convertiré en esa cara familiar. Las mujeres están muy agradecidas y siento que la amistad que compartimos es una bendición mutua para ellas y para mí.


Algunos presos me preguntan: “¿Por qué haces esto?”. Trato de hacerles saber que lo hago porque son importantes para mí y cuando dejen a Bryan y cierren este capítulo de sus vidas verán a mucha gente como yo en el mundo exterior Soy su amigo cuando están en prisión y ellos pueden compartir conmigo cualquier confianza que tengan. No hace falta decir que muchos de ellos son otros y extrañan desesperadamente a sus hijos. Debido a que soy mayor que la mayoría de las mujeres que visito, ellas parecen compartir lo que tienen en mente, pensando que las entenderé, lo cual hago.

Antes de cada visita, como se nos indicó que hiciéramos, enviamos postales a los presos y una carta a la prisión para informarles a quién visitaríamos y la fecha. Durante ocho años, nunca tuvimos noticias de la prisión, pero íbamos y siempre nos dejaban entrar, sin ningún problema. Sin embargo, un día cuando llegamos nos dijeron que no nos dejarían entrar. Había un nuevo oficial en la entrada y después de decirle que llevábamos años viniendo y no habíamos tenido ningún problema antes, se negó rotundamente a dejarnos entrar. visitanos. Incluso contrató a su supervisor y todavía no tuvo suerte.

Como había 110 millas desde nuestra casa hasta la prisión, realmente no queríamos ir a casa sin ver a los presos que nos esperaban. Eric siempre nos decía que lleváramos su número de celular con nosotros, así que llamé a Eric y él respondió de inmediato. Eric habló con el oficial y accedió a dejarnos visitar. Seguimos visitando durante muchos años más. Todavía envío tarjetas a los presos y una carta a la prisión y todavía no recibo respuesta, pero eso está bien porque nunca he tenido otro problema de entrada.

Es asombroso que tengamos una oficina de recursos en Filadelfia y que los visitantes de todo EE. UU. puedan hacer visitas como yo y sentir apoyo a medida que avanzamos en el cumplimiento de la misión de PVS.


Shurley Sue Tucker Robinson Obituario

El primer tesorero de THMN y ayudó a iniciar una guardería para adultos.

Shurley Sue Tucker Robinson, de 81 años, nació el 12 de diciembre de 1940 en Atlanta, Georgia, y partió para estar con nuestro Señor el 16 de febrero de 2022. A Shurley le encantaba ayudar a las personas y cuidar de los demás tanto que eligió eso como una profesion; fue enfermera registrada durante 43 años. Shurley se graduó de la Escuela de Enfermería del Hospital Brackenridge en 1962. Shurley trabajó durante 18 años como enfermera de cuidados intensivos cardíacos en el Centro Médico Seton en Austin, Texas. El logro del que se siente más orgullosa es ser parte del equipo médico que realizó el primer trasplante de corazón en la región en 1986.

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