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An e-newsletter for friends of Parish Health MinistryWinter 2013 
Dear Friends of Parish Health Ministry,
Happy New Year! We are blessed by the birth of our Lord, Jesus, and look forward to a new year filled with His Grace. It is our hope that 2013 will be full of blessings and joy for you and your family.

In His Name,

Jeanne, Rose, Katie, Ellen, Mary Ellyn and Catherine

  Spiritual Corner:

"Gracious God, today may I look into Your face and see only Your eyes of love for me. I choose to bathe my heart in the truth that my safety and security lie in You. Even when my circumstances seem out of control, You are there, bearing me up and giving me strength. Father, give me rest today, rest in body, soul, and spirit. Revive my heart and refresh my body. May I find peace and comfort in knowing that You are always there to shelter and protect me."

Thanks to Shelly Beach, Author of Precious Lord Take My Hand, for sharing this prayer with us.

PHM Welcomes New Staff 

ERH Parish Health Ministry welcomes two new members to our team! Catherine Fishbaugh is our new, part-time Program Assistant, and reports enjoying her newfound status as an

empty-nester! When she's not working, Catherine enjoys reading, oil painting, and playing with her two dogs and two cats. Katie Fiebig, RN, part-time Coordinator, has a six year-old daughter. She enjoys cooking, exploring new local shops and restaurants, and doing art projects with her daughter.

Katie Fiebig, RN         Catherine Fishbaugh

Katie Fiebig Catherine Fishbaugh

Refresh Your Soul Conference 2013 -

Riding the Dragon: Strengthening Your Life in Challenging Times

Friday & Saturday, March 8 & 9, 2013

Friday Evening Pre-Conference Event:  Dinner and Speaker

Topic: Packin' Panties, Bustin' Burgers, and Callin' Off the Cops: My Life as a Basketcase Caregiver


Saturday Conference: 
Keynote Speaker: Robert Wicks, PsyD - Riding The Dragon: Strengthening Your Inner Life in Challenging Times;

Dr. G. Scott Morris, MD - The Health Care System May Be a Mess - But You Don't Have To Be;

Shelly Beach and Wanda Sanchez - Trauma Queens Trade Hurt for Hope and Healing


Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blue Ash (Northern Cincinnati)

Brochure available on our website 

For more information, visit or contact your PHM Coordinator or Catherine at (800)835-5768 or (513) 272-5555 ext. 4285.

Journeying through Grief

Though times of grief and loss are something we all experience during Nancy Weltyour lives, many of us feel unsure of how to process these experiences. Five years ago, Nancy Welty, a nurse and the lead of the health ministry at College Corner First Presbyterian Church, took the call to help and support others in their grief process. Nancy's instincts told her addressing grief was an area that "needed some real attention." During this time, she came across a series of books about the loss of a loved one - a program by Stephen Ministries entitled "Journeying Through Grief." As she read the books, she realized they were well-written and accessible, and she knew they would be a "great resource" to the folks in her congregation.  Read on... 

Coming soon from PHM:  New "Grief Program" for partnering churches in summer 2013! 

Healthy Thoughts - Volume II:

We are happy to announce that we will be kicking off our latest volume of "Healthy Thoughts." For those of you who are unfamiliar with the program, it is a collection of short articles we've created addressing health of the body, mind, and spirit. The binder will contain articles that can be inserted into your church bulletin or newsletter, as well as a CD containing copies of all the articles.


For a list of the new article topics, read on...


To obtain the new Healthy Thoughts Volume II, contact your PHM Coordinator.

Yellow Dot - A Lifesaver!

Wondering about those yellow dot stickers you have been seeing on the rear windows of cars in your community? They are the latest Parish Health Ministry Program - "Yellow Dot." This program is very similar to Vial of Life, which allows valuable medical information to be easily available to First Responders - except Yellow Dot is for a person's automobile.  Read on...  

New Care Transitions Partnership with Local Hospital

ERH Parish Health Ministry is pleased to announce the kickoff of a new pilot program this February in partnership with Bethesda North Hospital in Cincinnati. Together, we will ensure that church members from 9 partnering churches have follow up care after discharge from the hospital.  Read on...  

Why I Give to ERH Parish Health Ministry...  

By Anna Adkins, Co-Lead of the Health Ministry at St. John's Episcopal Church in Lancaster, Ohio


"We started our health ministry at St. John's in 1999. We have been partners with ERH Parish Health Ministry (PHM) since 2002. Over the last ten years, we have offered to our congregation many of the programs PHM has created including Portion Plate, 5 a day, Walk 50 miles in 50 daAnna Adkinsys, Walk to Bethlehem to name a few. These programs give us the opportunity to reach out to our congregation and provide them with healthy altern  atives as well as spiritual nourishment. Having a health ministry at your church gives you the opportunity to get to know fellow parishioners and guide them to better health. I feel with our blood pressure checks, we have made people aware of their need to see a doctor and may have saved their life. ERH PHM also provides us with educational opportunities. I have attended the Refresh Your Soul conference every year and look forward to going again this year." 

In This Issue
Spiritual Corner
PHM Welcomes New Staff
RYS Conference
Journeying through Grief
Healthy Thoughts - NEW
Yellow Dot Program
Care Transitions
Why I Give...
Helpful Reources
Helpful Resources
A Holy Experience

 The blog for Ann Voskamp, best-selling author of "One Thousand Gifts"


Empowering Parents

Free articles and blogs for parents looking for tools to help successfully parent their challenging child


Lotsa Helping Hands 

Helping organize communities of volunteers to best support loved ones in their time of need


LuvforMutts Animal Rescue 

Aims to ease the burden on shelters by caring for dogs whose owners can no longer care for them


An Online Guide to over 1700 resources in southwestern Ohio
Information on the release of health information to facilitate your spiritual care

A program motivating people over 50 to become more active

A Biblical based curriculum that teaches people how to handle money God's way
PHM Quick Links

Educational Opportunities

  • Greater Cincinnati Parish Health Ministry Network Meeting
  • Congregational Nursing Foundation Course
  • Accurate Blood Pressure Measurement in a Congregational or Community Setting
  • Greater Dayton Faith Community Nurse/Health Ministries Network Meeting
  • Online Faith Community Nursing Basic Preparation Course
  • National Episcopal Health Ministries (NEHM) Conference


Contact Parish Health Ministry

Jeanne Palcic MGS, RN
Program Manager
513-272-5555 ext. 4223
800-835-5768 ext. 4223