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The Parish Nurse Team at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Rochelle, welcoming their guest: from left, Magdalen Niemi, Linette Feltes, Cherie Hayes, Marcia Schnorr, Raida Mansour visiting from Palestine, Barbara Zies and Sara Osborne.

Raida Mansour welcomed back in May

The LCMS Northern Illinois District Parish Nurse Network once again welcomed Raida Mansour back to the district in May 2017. Mansour is parish nurse at Christmas Lutheran Church and Diyar Consortium in Bethlehem in Palestine.

Marcia Schnorr, parish nurse at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Rochelle, Illinois, and education coordinator for Parish Nursing for the LCMS, developed the initial parish nurse education for Mansour. Mansour was (and is) the only parish nurse in Palestine so had not role models. Schnorr saw to it that an internship was arranged at St. Paul in Rochelle and other locations in the Northern Illinois District to fill this need.

The NID Parish Nurse Network has been funding a biannual visit for her to the district and to attend the annual Concordia Conference for Parish Nurses and Congregational Health Ministries at Concordia University Wisconsin. This year, Mansour’s schedule included an on-site visit to the Friendship Center, which is part of the parish nurse ministry of Kathy Baumgartner at St. John Lutheran Church in Lena, and a coffee hour and presentation/discussion hosted by the parish nurse team at St. Paul, Rochelle.

Mansour was in Mequon, Wisconsin, for part of her visit and recorded a lecture for Lutheran Parish Nurses International, attended the annual meeting for the Parish Nurse District Representatives for the LCMS, and presented one of the keynote presentations for the annual Concordia Conference at CU-Mequon.

The parish nurse ministry in Bethlehem began with service to 14 older adults of Christmas Lutheran Church and has expanded to serving over 1,200 persons in Bethlehem and beyond.  Most of her service is to Christian older adults, but she also serves young Christian parents and provides an outreach to Muslim women in nearby villages.

Schnorr was privileged to initiate parish nursing and elder care ministry in Bethlehem. She continues to escort teams of parish nurses and others to Bethlehem at least once a year as part of a pilgrimage and ministry of presence.

For more information about the parish nurse ministry at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Rochelle, or the Parish Nurse Ministry (Ajyal) in Bethlehem, contact Marcia Schnorr at 815-562-2744.

Pastor Donald Hoffmann and Parish Nurse Coordinator Marcia Schnorr take questions at a recent NID Parish Nurse Network gathering.

Join in on monthly parish nurse gatherings

“Parish Nursing – With and Without Words” was the theme for the January 14 conference of the LCMS Northern Illinois District Parish Nurse Network. The gathering was held at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Rochelle, Illinois. Eighteen registrations represented 14 northern Illinois Lutheran congregations or agencies.

Rev. Gregory Hoffmann, pastor at St. Paul, provided a Bible study on Job and the visits from his “friends.” The parish nurses identified times when the best thing to offer is ministry of presence. They also identified times when words wound and when words heal.

Karen Hardecopf, coordinator for programming for parish nurses, LCMS Health Ministry, provided information in the principles of ministry of presence.

The afternoon also included updates on district, national and international parish nursing as they relate to LCMS parish nurse ministry.

The Education Committee for NID Parish Nurse Education includes Jody Fuchs (parish nurse at Mt. Olive, Rockford), Deb Andersen (parish nurse at St. Matthew, Hawthorn Woods), and Marcy Schnorr (CLM-parish nurse at St. Paul, Rochelle, and coordinator for education, LCMS Parish Nursing).

The NID Parish Nurse Network has an intentional gathering most months and spreads them throughout the district for the convenience of all. It is hoped that this will make it possible for all to attend at least one or two a year.

For a listing of all scheduled gatherings, please contact marcyschnorr2009@gmail.com or check their Facebook page (LCMS-Northern Illinois District Parish Nurse Network).

LCMS Health Ministry also provides a video lecture most months that are specifically planned for parish nurses. Visit lcms.org/health/parishnursing to view.