Congregational Health eNews November 2018
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Are you willing to share a testimonial about the importance of faith community nursing?  We need volunteers from time to time to share their experiences. Please contact April or Donna for details and to let us know if you are able to help.
Duet's 28th Annual Poinsettia Tea will be held on Sunday, December 2, 2018.  Please see our website for details. 

Director of Congregational Health Services

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday in the United States, and Thanksgiving 2018 occurs on Thursday, November 22. In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.

All of us have traditions and recipes that make Thanksgiving special to us. One of my family's traditions is “the dreaded green salad”. What is the dreaded green salad, you might ask? When my husband was pastoring in Nevada, it appears I served the Watergate salad, which consists of pistachio pudding, Cool Whip, and pineapple every Sunday without realizing it. One Sunday as we sat down to dinner, one of my children said, “Are we having that dreaded green salad again? So now we have it just for holidays and if I miss serving it, my family wants to know where it is.  My prayer for you is that you and your family will have a wonderful day of giving thanks, feasting, and fellowship. “Thanks be to God for His Indescribable Gift”.
2 Corinthians 9:15 

We are truly thankful for the wonderful Foundations of Faith Community Nursing course that we just finished. Seven nurses were pinned as faith community nurses. We had a great faculty, and super volunteers, and Donna served great food and kept us in line – not a small task. Check out the registration for our Spring 2019 course. We would love to have you join us.

Blessings, April
Congregational Health Conversations
Karen Hernandez, FCN at King of Glory Lutheran Church
by Jenna-Lee Neff

Karen Hernandez began her journey as a faith community nurse in 1996, working at King of Glory Lutheran Church in Tempe. She helps with programs that include monthly blood pressure checks, flu shots, and a blood drive that occurs four times per year. She also pays visits to homebound congregants, taking her psalm book and prayers to anyone who needs them. “I also take communion to the homebound members, so the church comes to them,” Karen says.

Karen says that the opportunities that Duet provides go beyond just what she learned about being a faith community nurse; involvement with Duet allows her to provide information to members of her congregation who are in need.

“Duet offers programs I can link people to, and I can give them the information if they wish to be a part of those programs,” she adds.
Karen says that faith community nursing plays an important role in bridging the gap between healing and caring, because caring alone does not always work while healing the body. “I think health and faith are very closely connected.”
Peoria Memory Care Community
Three-part series for Dementia Caregivers
Dates: October 17, November 28, December 19, 2018 
Time: 10-11:30 a.m. 
Location: Bellevue Heights Church, 9440 West Hutton Drive, Sun City, 85351.
Space is limited; RSVP to Michelle Rich at or call (623) 977-1431

14th Annual Pre-Holiday Memorial Service
If you are having a hard time facing the holidays due to grief or loss, you are not alone.  You are warmly invited to be part of Trinity Lutheran Church's 14th Annual Pre-Holiday Memorial Service. Join with others for a time to reflect, remember, and rejoice.
Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Parish Hall at Trinity Lutheran Church, 9424 North 7th Avenue, Phoenix, 85021.
Cost: No cost for the event but registration is required; refreshments and fellowship follow the program.

For registration contact Jo Ambrose, RN, at or
(602) 943-3311.

The East, Central, and Northwest Valley networking communities continue at their regularly scheduled times this month. 

If you are a faith community nurse, we hope you will come to one of our networking sessions. This is an opportunity to engage with other faith community nurses, learn something new during the educational section, and take part in a time of prayer and encouragement.

East Valley: Wednesday, November 7, noon - 1:30 p.m., St. Patrick Catholic Church, 10815 North 84th Street, Scottsdale, 85260.

Central Valley: Wednesday, November 21, noon - 1:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 9424 North 7th Avenue, Phoenix, 85021.

Northwest Valley: Tuesday, November 27, noon - 1:30 p.m., Duet,
10000 North 31st Avenue, Suite D200, Phoenix, 85051.

For more details see the Duet website calendar.

If your schedule or location does not permit you to attend one of these sessions, please contact Donna at and let her know where and when works best for you.  We want as many FCNs as possible to attend these valuable sessions. 

Promote health in mind, body, and spirit

Spring 2019 Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Course 

 Friday and Saturday
April 5-6 
May 3-4

Location: Duet
10000 North 31st Avenue, Suite D200,
                                    Phoenix, 85051

Thanks to a grant from the Cook Native American Ministries Foundation, the full $400 tuition will be reimbursed for participants who begin congregational health programs within six months of completing the course. Details to follow.  
For more information click here

CONGRATULATIONS to our seven new FCNs after completing the Fall Foundations Course on October 13, 2018
Discover Duet
Discover resources for your faith community
Duet offers services that may be of benefit to your faith community.  Come and learn about all that Duet offers at a Discover Duet event.  Discover Duet is a succinct, one-hour introductory gathering in which you will learn about Duet’s vision through facts and inspiring stories of people impacted by our services. Whether you are new to Duet or a seasoned supporter, you’ll walk away realizing there is so much more to Duet than you knew before.
You can RSVP for an event on our website calendar here
Reporting Faith Community Nursing Hours
Nurses, please enter your monthly FCN hours in our new Duet website faith community nurse reporting tool. This form and the entry process are much easier to navigate than the previous process. The information requested aligns to the data that Duet congregational health services is asked to report. The statistics are also referenced when applying for congregational health-related grants.  If you have questions or need another copy of our web reporting training aid, please contact Donna at Many thanks to the eight faith community nurses who entered their September 2018 statistics. 

On average, FCNs spend 66 hours per month serving their faith communities and drive on average 251 miles per month. During the month of September, 179 women and 78 men were served by the reporting FCNs; 84% of the women and 76% of the men were over the age of 61. 
The top five activities the FCNs engaged in during September were:
1) Hospital, care facility, or home visitations 
2) Medical counseling
3) Congregant advocacy
4) Acute illness
5) 1:1 chronic disease

Thank you for all the support and care you provide to your faith communities. Please consider sharing what you do with Duet by reporting your hours through our website.  

Diabetes Awareness Month - November 2018 

Hospice Care from
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Scheduled Area Health-Related Events
Arizona Department of Health Services

AARP Phoenix

Church Health Reader

Arizona Nurses Association Events

Franciscan Renewal Center

Pima Council on Aging

Alzheimer's Awareness 

Know of any upcoming events, classes, or resources that would be of interest to other faith community nurses?
Please email: or call
(602) 274-5022, ext.135, by the 20th of the month.
About Duet
To promote health and well-being through vitally needed services to homebound adults, family caregivers, faith communities, and grandfamilies.

A community where every person ages with compassion, dignity, and hope.
10000 North 31st Avenue, Suite D200, Phoenix, AZ 85051
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