Parish Nurse Calendar


Blood Pressure Screenings (in Parish Nurse Office) - every 2nd and 4th Sundays from 9:30am - 10:45am

Cholesterol Screenings (in Parish Nurse Office) - every other month (January, March...) on the 4th Thursday, from 8:30am - 10:30am

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

-Blood Sugar and Cholesterol Screenings every 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.



Parish Nurse Ministry News


-There will be an American Red Cross Blood Drive on June 24th at 8:30 a.m in the Fellowship Hall. Join us in giving the gift of life!

-Blood Pressure Screenings will be held the Sundays of July 8th and the 22nd from 9:30- 10:45 am in the Parish Nurse  Office.
July is UV Safety Month:
-Studies show that long-term exposure to bright sunlight may increase the risk of cataracts, and growths on the eye, including cancer.
-Wear your sun glasses.
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



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.