Health Ministries

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Parish Nurse Program

The Parish Nurse Program at first Presbyterian helps identify and attends to the health needs of the congregation through education, counseling, and advocacy.  Since the first nurse was hired in 1997, the Parish Nurse Program has grown from caring exclusively for seniors, to ministering to the health, wellness, safety and providing pastoral care for all. In response to the 1988 General Assembly call for congregations to promote health and wholeness, the program intentionally embraces the body, mind and spirit of each of God’s children.
Our very own Parish Nurses, Barb DeLancey and Stacey Pakela, were featured in the March/April 2021 Presbyterian Women's publication "Horizons".   Click here to read the entire article, written by Virginia Bell.  
This article originally appeared in the March/April 2021 issue of Horizons, the magazine (and Bible study) for Presbyterian Women. It is reprinted/shared by permission. To subscribe or learn more, visit

Support Groups

Click here to find out more about our Support Groups.

Tips for Navigating Safely on Slippery Ice

Click here to learn how to more safely walk on ice. This link has some helpful tips on staying upright and what to do if you start to fall.

How To Get Up After A Fall

Here is a great video with some creative ways to get back up after falling down, especially if you live alone. It's about 8 minutes long - feel free to share it with others.  To read the article complete with video, use this link:

Red Cross First Aid App

American Red Cross First Aid AppDownload a new FREE Red Cross First Aid app for your smartphone (available for iPhone and Android devices). You can have the first aid help you need, right in the palm of your hand!

Arbor Hospice's Grief Support Groups

Since 1984 Arbor Hospice, an independent, non-profit, community-based hospice, has been helping patients and their families through the end-of-life and grief journey by providing the highest quality physical, emotional and spiritual support.

Arbor Hospice understands the significance of losing a loved one and the impact it can have on an individual.  Arbor Hospice's Grief Journey Program consists of Masters-level clinicians who are specially trained to work with grief-related issues. A variety of support groups, programs and educational opportunities are offered throughout the year. All of Arbor Hospice's grief support and educational programs are free of charge and open to the community.

For a complete list of upcoming grief support programs, click here.

Sitting is the new Smoking

If you sit more than you walk or stand, you are at risk for obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. To quit "sitting" requires movement.

  • Stand up from that computer screen.
  • Park at the far end of the lot to walk those extra steps.
  • Take the stairs down AND up, even if for just one or two floors and then catch the elevator.

This simple truth is also a difficult change to make if you've moved into a more sedentary job or retired from a physically busier occupation. Or the kids have left the nest so now you can kick back and relax in the evening - on the couch. Michele Obama began the "Let's Move" campaign to encourage healthier behaviors in children, both in diet and physical activity. So take a look at your life and how much you move. And stay tuned for more ways we Presbyterians can move!

Advanced Directives

Have you completed yours yet? If you're looking for a good resource to help you think and document what you'd like your final days to look like, try Five Wishes (follow the link to learn more and obtain a copy). This booklet goes through, step by step, what you need to think about BEFORE anything life threatening is happening to you. It is a legal document in the state of Michigan (provided its filled out and witnessed appropriately), or can be used to supplement an existing document.

The most important piece of any advanced directive is choosing who your medical advocate will be, and having frank conversations with that person about what you want and/or don't want as your life is coming to an end.

If you have further questions or want to discuss this further, please contact Stacey Pakela at or call the church at (734) 662-4466, extension 450 or or (734) 794-3401.

Five Wishes Booklet: