News from Region Seven

Region 7 includes New Jersey, New England, New York, Slovak Zion Synod, Northeastern Pennsylvania, and Southeastern Pennsylvania.

 Greetings to all our Region 7
Parish/Faith Community Nurses

We are praying for a Parish Nurse in Region 7 to step up and volunteer to serve as a National Board Representative.  Please contact the National Chair, Carol DeSchepper for further information.

You can find helpful resources for your church at the Church Health Center's website -  If you are looking for a Foundations of FCN course, you can find information about the ones coming up there also.  


Greetings from the Evangelical Lutheran Parish Nurse Association (ELPNA)
 We have an exciting opportunity for Lutheran congregations. Members of the ELPNA have long been supportive of new parish nurse ministry start-ups and are acutely aware of the challenging financial situations of congregations. In response to this need, the ELPNA will annually provide funds for start-up or development of a new focus in an existing parish nursing ministry, for a minimum of two (2) Lutheran congregations. Congregations can request up to $750.00 in grant funding.

 A comment from a congregation that has a parish nursing ministry: 

 Pastor Cheryl Mathison – St. Philip the Deacon

We are so grateful to have our parish nurse at St. Philip the Deacon.  Her creative energy, passion for health and deep faith help us to reach out to more people in new ways.  We are so thankful for the grant, which has helped us to meet the needs of this large faith community.

We are asking for your assistance in publicizing the information to Lutheran congregations. Grant applications are due by May 1st, 2021 via an electronic submission process. The awards will be announced within a month of the deadline with funds issued within the 30 days of approval of the grant.  Application forms are available on the website.   

We are pleased to be able to award these grants to promote and support parish nurse ministry.
The ELPNA Scholarship & Grants Committee

Click here for the application form

Workshops and Educational Programs

FCN Monthly Circle

Wednesday Feb 24th, 1230-130pm, we will have our first FCN Monthly Circle. It is open to all those in Health Ministry to connect and to share some resources and fellowship.  This first Wednesday, Sara Hufstader from Voice your Choice will join us to tell us more about their program, outreach and education around Advance Care Planning.  The other part of the time will be sharing other related resources and some reflection.  The link to join the webex is below. Feel free to contact us with any questions.

 Mental Health First Aid Training, March 19, 2021
  It will be held via zoom and is free.

Click here for the Flyer

Updated 2/21