The Health Ministry Committee is a group of health professionals and lay people within the church who promote whole-person health. Our goals, as people of faith, are to provide health education and health screenings as well as referrals and resources for the congregation and friends of the East Liberty Presbyterian Church and for the surrounding community. The Health Ministry Committee reaches out to the congregation and the community at large with programs aimed at improving health. These programs have included the following: Blood pressure screenings, walking loops through the church, and year-round exercise programs. Read on for details:
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We offer blood pressure screenings the third Sunday of the month, after the 11:00 service (or, in the summer, after the 10:00 worship service). Located in the First Floor Library, just down the hall from the main entrance on Highland Ave.
Here’s a great opportunity to stay fit, even when the weather is cold and rainy outside! Enjoy the comforts of walking indoors and see ELPC’s beautiful and historic architecture up-close. ELPC’s Health Ministry has created two walking loop maps: The quarter-mile loop (click to view the PDF) has no stairs and walkers stay on the first (main) floor. This walk proceeds through the sanctuary and chapel spaces. For the half-mile loop (click to view the PDF), walkers proceed through the main and ground floor levels, through the gym and social hall spaces. Please check in at the main desk when you arrive to make sure the pathways aren’t closed for special events. View the church calendar for holiday closure information.
A play, Vesta, will be presented at the Kelly-Strayhorn at 6pm following heavy hors d'oeuvres at 5:15. Vesta is a story of a feisty 75 year old widow's struggle to maintain independence and dignity as she grapples with her failing health and eventual death. This presentation is an effort to empower and encourage adults to make end-of-life decisions in a timely fashion. There will be a panel discussion following the play. Admission is free. Read a review of this play
Join us for one or more of these fun fitness classes. No membership or previous experience required. For questions, contact Kate Carlson at (412) 441-3800 x16. (View the church calendar for holiday closure information.)
Wellness is a state of optimal well-being that is oriented toward maximizing an individual’s potential. In addition to being an active part of a church community, overall welness looks at a life-long process of moving toward enhancing your physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual well-being. The following dimensions highlight some important components of wellness. Take time to explore your own level of wellness and see if you have gotten your “dose of wellness” today!
In addition to our regular programs, ELPC’s Health Minstry also offers seminars on various health issues. We have a volunteer resource list of congregants who are willing to assist with health needs of congregants when needed. In 2013 we plan to offer an End of Life Issues program (more details coming). We have purchased a defibrillator for the church and hold classes for staff as well as other health professionals in the congregation. We established a volunteer resource list of congregants who are willing to assist with health needs of congregants when needed, and we offer First Aid classes for young families. Additionally, we have compiled a Senior Resource Guide, related health pamphlets, and disease specific books which are available in the library for the congregation’s use. We also assist and facilitate Blood Drives here at the church.
The Church down through the ages has been a place of healing. Now many churches are reclaiming this ministry. Health professionals and lay people are needed to serve in numerous ways. Are interested in joining us? Please call Pat Krimmel, (412) 441-2909.