Health & Wellness Ministry Celebrates Five Year Anniversary

Published: Thursday, May 15, 2014

Lutheran SeniorLife's Health & Wellness Ministry celebrated its fifth anniversary today with a gathering at St. John of Highlands Church. This ministry, a collaborative effort between Lutheran SeniorLife and the Southwestern PA Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, develops and facilitates health ministries in congregations and communities to encourage holistic wellness.

The celebration included a service, lunch, games and entertainment.

"We are celebrating our fifth anniversary because of people who believe in God's call to this ministry," said Lori Tormey, Health & Wellness Ministry coordinator. Currently 31 churches from around the Synod are participating, with nine commissioned parish nurses.

Tormey gives credit for the Ministry's success to "people in our congregations with huge hearts that house the Holy Spirit and who want to help others who are struggling." The Ministry, she said, "is like an extra set of eyes - not just in the pews, but also in the communities."

"The development of the Health & Wellness Ministry," Tormey continued, "has afforded Lutheran SeniorLife the opportunity to foster deep relationships with rostered leaders and congregations, to act as an invaluable resource in senior care and to help people truly understand their mission to provide an  Abundant Life® those in our care."

Pictured at right: (top) The Rev. Kurt Kusserow, Bishop of the Southwestern PA Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Lori Tormey, Health & Wellness Ministry coordinator.

(bottom, L to R) The Rev. Blair Morgan, The Rev. Tony Schneck, The Rev. Mike Sourwine, and The Rev. Paul Lubold entertained the guests at the anniversary celebration.

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