Good Shepherd Church hosts two yearly blood drives, one in the fall and in the spring. Church members volunteer at the event. We enjoy extending out to the surrounding communities so that people may donate blood and in turn save lives. Consider giving blood in your area. www.redcross.org
In 2009, we were blessed to be able to purchase an AED for our church via an anonymous donation. AEDs are potentially life-saving devices that can be readily used by non-medical laypeople when an emergency occurs. It is a computerized medical device that can check a person’s heart rhythm and determine if a shock is needed. The AED uses voice prompts, lights and text messages to tell the rescuer which steps to take. Our AED is centrally located on the first floor of our building; we are happy to report that it has never been used. www.heart.org
Veggie Sunday/Blessing of Backpacks
Held in late August just before schools reopen. Members are encouraged to bring in any surplus vegetables and fruits from their gardens to share. The health ministry provides purse sized packages of tissues, chap sticks, mini hand sanitizers, digital thermometers, reusable shopping bags and ideas for making healthy lunches. Children’s backpacks are also blessed for the upcoming school year.
The tradition of having pancakes for supper on the eve of Lent, it “uses up” the meat and animal by-products that are banned during the forty days of Lent. What better way to use up butter, eggs and milk, than to whip up some delicious pancakes? The health ministry members prepare pancakes, bacon & sausages and fruit salad for church members. Colorful beaded necklaces and masks are worn as we “bury” the Alleluia and celebrate the last day before the beginning of Lent.
The health ministry promotes health and spiritual wellness through a variety of programs and informational tools. Here are some events, past and future.
- Women’s Health and Wellness Program with a featured speaker, mini massages, organic cooking demonstration, spiritual journaling, healthy breakfast, and door prizes.
- A morning of informational talks and interactive discussions dealing with the issues surrounding menopause.
- Future CPR classes to be offered, using manikins (4 adult & 2 infants) recently purchased with the assistance of a memorial donation from a church member.
- Crop Walk for hunger held annually in October. 25% of the money raised goes to our local food pantry in Westborough. www.cwsglobal.org