Prairie Faith Health Ministry News

Walking alongside individuals to meet physical, emotional and spiritual needs,

by connecting and/or creating healthy resources for their lives.


book studyJoin the book discussion group on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at Bethlehem! Possible upcoming topics include:


Anger                                    Repentance              Salvation

Good and Evil                     Angels                       Righteous

Truth                                     Infallibility                  Idolatry

Neighbor                               Theology                  Silence

Worship                                Hospitality                Doubt

Fear                                       Perfection                 Antichrist

Copies of the chapter/topic will be provided each week—or contact Nancy if you would like to order your own copy of the book. See you on Wednesdays! 


Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, but that doesn't mean you have to accept it as your fate. Although you lack the power to change some risk factors — such as family history, sex or age — there are some key heart disease prevention steps you can take to reduce your risk:

  • Don't smoke or use tobacco.

  • Exercise for about 30 minutes on most days of the week.

  • Eat a healthy diet—choose fresh fruits/vegetables, whole grains, legumes, lean beef/chicken or fish. Avoid added sugar, excess salt and processed foods. Avoid or keep alcohol to a minimum.

  • Maintain a healthy weight.

  • Get enough quality sleep.

  • Manage stress through physical activity, relaxation exercises, yoga, meditation or counseling.

  • Get regular health screenings—check your blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

  • Visit with your healthcare provider about your personal risk factors, and make a plan to reduce your risk.

Know the warning signs of a heart attack and call 911

or get to an emergency room as quickly as possible:

  • Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It may last more than a few minutes, or it may go away and come back.

  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, shoulder, jaw or stomach.

  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.

  • Chest discomfort with sweating, nausea, lightheadedness, feeling of doom or imminent death.

Of special note for women: Women may experience the classic symptoms, but they are sometimes milder. Women may also be more likely to have symptoms like shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, upper back pressure/pain, jaw pain, pressure/pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen, nausea/vomiting, dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting, unexplained anxiety, weakness or fatigue.

Sometimes women tend to ignore their symptoms—it’s better to get checked than to let symptoms progress, causing damage to your heart.


(Source of information: American Heart Association and Mayo Clinic)






Your parish nurse is available to go with you to a medical appointment, to help you understand your diagnosis, and to support your goals for a better level of health and wellness!



Prayer before Work

My God, you are always close to me. In obedience to you, I must now apply myself to outward things. Yet, as I do so, I pray that you will give me the grace of your presence. And to this end, I ask that you will assist my work, receive its fruits as an offering to you, and all the while direct all my affections to you.

            Brother Lawrence (1614-1691)


People say, what is the sense of our small effort?

They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time.

A pebble cast into a pond causes ripples that spread in all directions.

Each one of our thoughts, words and deeds is like that.

No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless.

There is too much work to do.

-Dorothy Day

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