Posts Tagged 'health ministry'

Christian Community Health Fellowship Conference 2011

If you are attending the Christian Community Health Fellowship Conference in Nashville this week, I hope you will stop by the Church Health Center booth and say hello. The CCHF is a wonderful organization based in Memphis, Tennesseee that supports Christian clinics across this country and encourages people of faith to ‘live out the gospel through healthcare among the poor.’ Visit their website at

Setting a New Table this Holiday Season

Church Health Reader is an online and print publication that provides resources for you and your church. Church Health Reader is a part of our outreach efforts at the Church Health Center in Memphis, Tenn. To learn more about Church Health Reader or to subscribe visit

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – John 9:14-16

Friday, April 1, 2011 – Lent 4, Year A

John 9:14-16 Now it was the Sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. Then the Pharisees also began to ask him how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put mud in my eyes. Then I washed, and now I see.” Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not observe the Sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner perform such signs?” And they were divided.

People of deep faith took issue with Jesus healing on the Sabbath. But for me, this and the other acts of healing on the Sabbath are so affirming. In the kingdom of God shown to us through the life of Jesus, people matter most.

Prayer: Loving God, help us be the servants to others you would have us be. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Isaiah 42:5

Thursday, January 6, 2011 – Baptism of the Lord, Year A

Isaiah 42:5 Thus says God, the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it:…

God created us as spirit-filled beings. When our bodies are sick, our spirits are affected, and when our spirits ache, we often have physical manifestations of that pain. In caring for ourselves, we must be mindful of this and offer ourselves whole-person care.

Prayer: Creator God, help us better care for both our bodies and our spirits. AMEN.

Veteran’s Day, 2010

On Veterans Day, we honor those who have given their time and selves in service of their country. What can be more difficult is discerning how to welcome back someone who has returned from deployment. Soldiers often struggle with physical injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder and painful experiences. For civilian families and friends, it can be difficult to know what to say or how to help.

Wheat Ridge Ministries has created a resource to assist in the care and ministry of those returning from war. You can read about the creation of this book in our featured article this week: Welcome Them Home, Help Them Heal. You can also read a review of the book here by Benita Livingston, a chaplain at the VA Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn.

Regular Church Health Reader columnist Susan Palwick reflects on her own experiences with veterans in Making Peace with God.

Thought & Prayer for Proper 23 & Ordinary 28, 2010 – 2 Kings 5:2-3

2 Kings 5:2-3Now the Arameans on one of their raids had taken a young girl captive from the land of Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. She said to her mistress, “If only my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.”

Who would think I young girl could provide information that could lead to healing? The passage reminds us that each of us can be a healing presence others. In our Congregational Health Promoter program, we train a variety of people, primarily lay people, to become reliable sources of health information so that they can minister to members of their faith community.

Prayer: Loving God, bless all among us who seek to help us in our journeys toward healthier lives. AMEN.

September 1, 2010 – 23rd Anniversary of the Church Health Center

Our first and second buildings are still in operation today housing our development, human resources and accounting staff members.

Be sure to visit the Church Health Center’s website.

Thought & Prayer for Proper 16 & Ordinary 21, 2010 – Isaiah 58:9b-10

Isaiah 58:9b-10If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of finger, the speaking of evil, if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like noonday.

As children, many of us learned the song that began: “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine…” Our passage today reminds us how easy, and how difficult, making our light shine can be.

Prayer: Understanding God, you call us to help others. Help us as we grapple to fulfill your will this and every day. AMEN.

Religion and Alcohol: Sobering Thoughts

My friends at recently talked with C.K. Robertson about his book Religion and Alcohol: Sobering Thoughts.

Thought & Prayer for Proper 13 & Ordinary 18, 2010 – Psalm 107:4-5, 8-9

Psalm 107:4-5, 8-9Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to an inhabited town; hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them… Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind. For he satisfies the thirsty, and the hungry he fills with good things.

This passage speaks of soul care. It reminds us that while taking care of physical needs, our spiritual needs are also buoyed up. Faith and health are intricately joined.

Prayer: Gracious God, give us this day our daily bread and help our spirits soar. AMEN.

Basic Hungers – An article on

Susan Palwick is a regular contributor to, and this is her latest article reflecting on her experiences as a volunteer chaplain.

Psalm 107:5…hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them. Unveiled Today

One of the first tangible results of the recent healthcare reform legislation is this national website for health information. You can find information on area insurance plans, testing and screening you should consider given your age and gender and information to help you understand the new law. Clergy, parish nurses and lay health workers might find this site useful for both themselves and for those they are serving.

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