Parish Nursing Ministry

Parish Nursing has its roots in the healing ministry of Jesus and is the cornerstone of Health Ministry at First Lutheran Church. Parish nurses minister to individuals and families to promote wellness of body, mind, and spirit. A melding of both nursing and ministry, our parish nursing ministry serves members and non-members through health education, advocacy, and referrals.

Katie Gross is the Parish Nurse Coordinator. Several other parish nurses work with Katie to provide health education and congregational care.

Examples of services offered:

Free blood pressure checks
  • First Sunday of each month 10:30-11AM ~ Parish Nurse office
  • Every Wednesday ~ 12:30PM to 1:30 p.m. ~ Parish Nurse office
  • By appointment

Hospital visits

Count on our prayer and presence if you or a loved one is hospitalized. Please call the church office at 235-7389 to request a visit. Remember, hospitals no longer notify us when our members are admitted for care.

Advocacy and family support re: healthcare decisions

Where does the parishioner go if he/she needs a second opinion, or needs to find healthcare services for a loved one, or wants to talk through things like Living Wills or Hospice care? Where can the out- of- state adult child of elderly parents turn when they have concerns about their loved ones? The parish nurse plays a pivotal role in helping individuals and families navigate the healthcare system. From decoding diagnosis and treatment information to determining when current living arrangements are no longer safe to helping families secure appropriate in-home care or assisted living and nursing care facilities, the parish nurse is a trusted resource, an advocate, and a source of referrals.

Grief support offered 1:1 and in small groups

The journey through grief is life-changing, and the person who travels through the wilderness  of grief will never be the same. We walk the journey of grief together and help them find their “new normal”. Some of the tools include a Loss and Grief support group, an All Saints Day Service of Remembrance, a special service in December, personal letters with grief resources, phone calls and 1:1 visits throughout the first year following the death of a loved one. The following responses to the 4 grief books we send are typical: “Thank you for the book on grieving.  I saw and see myself on many of the pages, and it gave our family permission to relax and grieve.” “The four books were very helpful. Each one had tips that I needed at that particular stage.”

Other Programs

  • Adult Forums on health and wellness
  • BeFriender Ministry
  • Prayer Shawl Ministry
  • Health screenings
  • Home visitation


Could you benefit from parish nursing services? Contact Katie at or at 701-235-7389.