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"Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4

The second class called “Compassion Bridge” is well underway here at David’s Star and it has been a blessing for those who are participating. We meet to support one another in the grief of losing a loved one. This group is not limited to those who have experienced a loss but also those who wish to learn how to be a comfort to others. Our purpose is to understand grief and support each other in one of the most intense trials of this earthly life, all within the context of our faith in a loving God. We open each class with a devotion by Pastor and close with prayer.
 
Holiday Help for Those Who Grieve
 
  • Plan ahead. Consider the traditions you wish to continue and those you prefer to avoid.
  • Take care of yourself spiritually, physically, and emotionally – proper nourishment and rest are essential.
  • It’s OK to feel sad. Give yourself permission to feel blue!
  • It’s OK to feel good. Laughing and having fun in no way shows disrespect to the memory of your loved one.
  • Keep in mind that the anticipation of the holidays is often worse than the reality.
I would like to encourage you to seek out and comfort a fellow sister or brother in Christ who is mourning a loss, especially over the holidays. A smile and “It’s good to see you and how are you doing?” would go a long way and might even open the door to more conversation. Did you know that research has shown that the 3 month anniversary of a loss can be particularly difficult? Another critical time is around the first anniversary of the loss of a loved one! For many, the holidays are the toughest! Feel free to call me with any questions or to just visit for a while!

Giving some thought to joining the next class in 2018? Let us know of your interest. We can let you know when a date has been set.

Your sister in Christ,

Sue Bolha RN, David’s Star Parish Nurse
262-677-3485


5|150 Wellness Circle Program

The 5|150 Wellness Circle is a Scripture-based program centered on improving the overall health and wellness of individuals desiring to live a healthier life.  In 1 Corinthians 10:31, Paul reminds us that whether we eat or drink, we should do it for the glory of God.  

The Wellness Circle is designed to help people adjust their priorities to include better nutrition and exercise habits, one fruit/vegetable serving and 10 minutes of exercise at a time.  After 2-3 months, our goal is that each participant is achieving 5|150 or 5 servings of fruits & vegetables per day and 150 minutes of exercise per week.  The program consists of 10 sessions to help you meet the 5|150 goal as a circle.  

The David’s Star Wellness Circle will begin meeting in the Multi-Purpose Room September 14th from 8:30-9:30am.  For more information, please contact:  

RSVP to Pam Lee RN   262.377.9419 or brianandpam1@att.net

What happens at support group meetings?
  1. Each session will explore a topic related to fruit & vegetable intake and exercise;
  2. Participants are asked to set weekly goals (and track progress) based on the topics to help them improve their fruit & vegetable intake and exercise habits;
  3. Barriers and successes are discussed within the group with the purpose of supporting each other and identifying areas to improve.


Know Any Nurses?  Maybe You can help!  

Christian Nurses are richly blessed-blessed to know Jesus as savior and blessed with valuable medical knowledge and skill-sets.  So it's only natural for them to want to network in order to grow their knowledge and skills, to fellowship with like-minded Christian nurses and to team up to help others in need.

That's what brought together a group of WELS nurses in the greater Milwaukee area last spring.  Since then they've been working toward establishing a national association of WELS nurses to facilitate all of the above.  To learn more, please check out their new website: www.welsnurses.net