Interview with Judith Sparlin
Chairperson of the Health and Wellness Ministry
Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Glenshaw PA
Interviewer: Pastor Ellen Lundie,
Christian Education Network of the ELCA
What is the Health and Wellness Ministry Team?
The Health & Wellness Team (H&W Team) began at Bethlehem in February 2010. At that time, there was a workshop held at our congregation where a representative of our synod spoke on the work of health and wellness ministries at the synod level. We were inspired to make a new Health and Wellness committee for our community. Currently, the core team is made of individuals who have backgrounds in health professions or an interest in health and wellness living like an associate professor who taught pathophysiology to graduate nursing students, a math teacher interested in healthy living, exercise and nutritional eating, a medical assistant and director of a university health center, and a registered nurse with bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Other healthcare professionals in the congregation have stepped up to handle such services as blood pressure readings.
What is the Health and Wellness Ministry Team’s mission?
The Health & Wellness Ministry’s mission is to seek to be an extension of Christ’s ministry of healing by providing resources, education and support for the body, mind, and spirit of our congregation and our community. In addition to many other ministries that this committee endeavors to serve, we have provided brochures on drug and alcohol awareness and recovery through the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency. The committee uses the congregation’s newsletter to feature monthly articles on well-being, disease and disorders, and mental health. Most articles have a link to a source and more information. Our mental health articles have included: