Parish Nurse Calendar


Blood Pressure Screenings (in Parish Nurse Office)

Sunday, December 10th from 9:30am - 10:45am

Health Items Available


The Parish Nurse Office has the following equipment that can be loaned out:

  • walkers
  • crutches
  • 4-prong cane

There is a sign out sheet in the Parish Nurse Office.

Five Wishes Available


Copies of  the Five Wishes is available in the Parish Nurse Office. Contact Maureen Carr for a copy.



Central United Methodist Church offers a Health and Wellness Ministry that focuses on care for the total person.

Healing is the process of integrating the body, mind and spirit to create wholeness, health, and a sense of well-being – even when a cure may not occur.


Health education including programs to share information and skills

Regular visitation by lay members in the hospital and home

Availability to discuss personal issues and health concerns

Liaison to a variety of community resources and services

Coordination of ministry resources and volunteers

Blood Pressure Screenings twice a month

Lipid Screenings once a month

Annual Health Fair every Fall

CPR/AED Training when necessary

Blood Drives three times a year

Health care facility and home visitation

An Outreach Ministry to Vanderbilt and Battery Park Apartments. 


For more information on Central Church’s Health and Wellness Ministry, contact Maureen Carr (828) 253-3316, ext. 1320.


-A big thank you to all persons who gave a gift of life at the June Blood Drive. We collected 21 units which will help 63 people. Out next Blood drive will be in December.

Flu Shots


The Staff and Weekday School Staff have received their flu shots, and we encourage our members to get them.



Blood Pressure

How are your blood pressure readings?

Elevated blood pressure raises your heart disease risk plus affects your eyes and kidneys, so remember:

  • Normal blood pressure is less than 120/70
  • Pre- Hypertension is 120-139/80-89
  • Stage 1 Hypertension is 140-159/90-99
  • Stage 2  Hypertension is 160 and higher/100 and higher



Parish Nurse Ministry DVDs
The Parish Nurse Office Has the following DVD’s that can be checked out:
  • Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s
  • When Tempers Flare
  • Helping Children Grieve
  • The Transforming Power of Caregiving
  • Grieving the Sudden Death



Upcoming in Parish Nurse Ministry


10 Ways to Love Your Brain

  1. Hit the books: Education will help reduce risk of cognitive decline and dementia.
  2. Break A Sweat: Engage in regular cardiovascular exercise that elevates the heart rate and increases blood flow.
  3. Sump Yourself: Challenge your mind. Play games of strategy.
  4. Buddy Up: Staying socially engaged may support your brain health. Find ways to be part of your local community.
  5. Take care of Your Mental Health: Some studies link depression with cognitive decline, so seek treatment if you have depression, anxiety or stress.
  6. Catch some ZZZ’s: Not getting enough sleep may result in problems with memory.
  7. Fuel Up Right: Eat balanced diet that is higher in vegetables and fruit .
  8. Heads Up: Brain injury can raise risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Wear seat belt and use helmet when playing contact sports.
  9. Follow Your Heart : Risk Factors for cardiovascular disease and stroke- obesity, hih blood pressure, diabetes negatively impact your cognitive health.
  10. Butt Out: Smoking increases risk of cognitive decline.





Spot the Signs, Act Fast
When the blood flow to the brain is interrupted, minutes matter. Symptoms may appear suddenly, recognizing them and acting help FAST might save a person's life. Here's what to look for:
F - Face. As the person to smile. Is the smile uneven? Does one side of the face droop? Or is it Numb?
A - Arms. Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? Is it weak or numb?
S - Speech. Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Does it sound slurred or strange? 
T - Time. For any of these signs, call 911 right away. And note the time symptoms started.