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7 Cups of Tea

     How are things going for you right now? Are you experiencing a high level of stress at work or at home? Maybe you’re experiencing a long period of grief after losing a dear family member or friend? Are you having a relationship issue with a friend or family member that you’d like to talk to someone about?

     Some people find answers just talking to a trusted friend or family member, maybe your pastor can help you think out a situation, or maybe you feel alone and that you don’t have anyone at all you feel comfortable talking to about your situation.

     Here’s a new option you might want to consider--using a program called 7 Cups of Tea.

7 Cups of Tea is an anonymous, confidential, on-demand, online emotional support program. It is available at no cost to people in the 20-county area in northwest Kansas served by High Plains Mental Health Center, thanks to funding from the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund.

cup teaYou may have questions!

How does it work? You will need internet access--your own personal computer/smartphone or a computer at the library, for example, if you don’t have your own. The address is  You will create an anonymous, secure account and select a topic(s) of interest to you. You may communicate (through writing) one on one with a trained active listener or with a peer group of other persons who are experiencing situations similar to yours.

  1. Is it really anonymous and confidential? Yes! Listeners only know what you choose to share with them.

  2. What kind of training do the listeners have?  One on one listeners must complete the Active Listening Training Course and receive a perfect score on the accompanying quiz. Additionally, every listener is reviewed and may be subject to a background check to ensure they are friendly, considerate, and competent. While many of the active listeners happen to be licensed professional counselors and therapists, they do not give medical or psychological advice during conversations.

  3. What kinds of topics/problems are talked about in the peer group discussions? A partial list includes support for:  addiction, anxiety, bipolar, breakups, caregivers, chronic illness, depression, disability, eating disorders, foster care, grief, healthy living, hobbies, loneliness, parenting, pregnancy, PTSD/trauma, relationships, self-harm, sexuality, students, veterans, work stress, and there are many others.

  4. This program is not a substitute for therapy, but it can provide support and guidance for people experiencing common life situations.

  5. What if I can’t figure it out? The 7 Cups website has a Q & A section, you can set up a confidential appointment with Nancy (parish nurse) to get help signing up, or you may call Kaley Conner at High Plains Mental Health Center at 785-628-2871 for assistance over the phone.

7 Cups of Tea has helped over 39,000,000 people in 189 countries and 140 different languages around the world since it began in 2013. Give it a try—or share this information with a friend, neighbor or family member who may be struggling with a situation!

(Sources of information: and High Plains Mental Health Center.)


Grilling Season!!

grill brushSpring and summer bring grilling season! A research study recently examined injuries reported in emergency rooms from wire-bristle grill brushes. These brushes are used frequently for cleaning food residue from grill grates, but the problem is that loose bristles can fall off the brush during cleaning and end up in the grilled food. If accidentally consumed, wire bristles can lead to injuries in the mouth, throat and tonsils. “One little bristle unrecognized could get lodged in various areas of the body, whether in the throat, tonsil or neck region,” researcher Dr. David Chang said. “If the bristle passes through those regions without lodging itself, it could get stuck further downstream in places like the esophagus, stomach or the intestine. The biggest worry is that it will lodge into those areas and get stuck in the wall of the intestine. The bristles could migrate out of the intestine and cause further internal damage.”

  • Use caution when cleaning grills with wire-bristle brushes, examining brushes before each use and discarding if bristles are loose, then inspect your grill’s cooking grates before cooking food. Inspect grilled food carefully after cooking to make sure bristles are not stuck to the food.
  • Use alternative cleaning methods such as nylon-bristle brushes on a cool grill, wire mesh brushes, or a ball of aluminum foil. Treatment with liquid grill cleaners can help loosen debris.


(Source of information: David Chang, MD, et al. “Epidemiology of Wire-Bristle Grill Brush Injury in the United States, 2002-2014,” published in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery)




give thanksTo be grateful for the good things that happen in our lives is easy, but to be grateful for all of our lives – the good as well as the bad, the moments of joy as well as the moments of sorrow, the successes as well as the failures, the rewards as well as the rejections – that requires hard spiritual work. Still, we are only truly grateful people when we can say thank you to all that has brought us to the present moment.…Let us not be afraid to look at everything that has brought us to where we are now and trust that we will soon see in it the guiding hand of a loving God.

Source: Seeking Peace by Henri J.M. Nouwen



carHELP WANTED: Individual or individuals who will work to assist with transportation needs in Trego County. Opportunities may include talking to community members about their ideas, searching out funding sources, providing rides for people unable to drive, brainstorming new ideas. This is an important and necessary project for our community; please prayerfully consider offering your support. Contact Nancy if you would like to help in this project!





prayO Lord, grant that I may meet all that this coming day brings to me with spiritual tranquility. Grant that I may fully surrender myself to Thy holy Will.

      At every hour of this day, direct and support me in all things. Whatsoever news may reach me in the course of the day, teach me to accept it with a calm soul and the firm conviction that all is subject to Thy holy Will.

      Direct my thoughts and feelings in all my words and actions. In all unexpected occurrences, do not let me forget that all is sent down from Thee.

      Grant that I may deal straightforwardly and wisely with every member of my family, neither embarrassing nor saddening anyone.

      O Lord, grant me the strength to endure the fatigue of the coming day and all the events that take place during it. Direct my will and teach me to pray, to believe, to hope, to be patient, to forgive, and to love. Amen.


(Prayer of the Optina Elders/Orthodox Church)





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