Parish Nurses Ministry


December 2017


Expecting is a common word in the Level III state-designated Regional Perinatal Center where I spent my entire professional career. Birthing suites, C-section rooms and the NICU are fully equipped and staffed 24/7 with RN’s, support personnel, and all specialty-related physicians present.

When Hurricane Harvey hit Houston on 08-26-17, hospitals had to be evacuated because of lack of electrical power and back-up generators that had been destroyed. Fresh in my mind were the photos of the NICU RN’s with their “premie” baby patients in their isolettes being loaded into ambulances and transported to other hospitals.

In the midst of all this modern medicine is a very simple manger scene in each patient room on the Mother/Baby (M/B) unit. Parents are by the crib with the stuffed animals in it and their baby swaddled in receiving blankets. The star is the helium-filled balloon. The shepherds and wise men are the family and friends who bring gifts to celebrate their newest arrival. The angels are always the nurses. It is Christmas every day on the M/B unit.

In the Charlie Brown Christmas story, Linus quotes Luke 2:10-14…..”For to you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown. May there be at least one moment when you’re reminded what it’s really all about.

Sharrell Person R.N., B.S.N.
Parish Nurse


November 2017

Cancer Support Group Update

The Cancer Support Group for OSLC members was organized in September 2012, to discuss and support emotional and spiritual needs of those who share a disease, faith with those we know, and trust that brought us together. All of us are “survivors.” God is with us. We do not go alone.

The Support Group includes those with any type/form of cancer (all are welcome), and we are free to discuss the emotional and spiritual issues we share. Often, these needs are not addressed anywhere else, because there is no time in the medical community, or talking about religious beliefs is not allowed. Because of HIPAA regulations, all things shared are private. We are available on short notice to a group setting or 1 on 1. “We do because we can.”

Referral to this group may come from different sources: a Parish Nurse, Stephen Minister, our pastors, or the person herself/himself. Please direct your interest in this Support Group to Sharrell Person @ 1-(815)397-1931 or Mary Kay Thomas @ 1-(815) 229-1032.

Sharrell Person R.N., B.S.N.
Parish Nurse


October 2017

It’s CPR Time

OSLC will host the “HeartSaver/AED” CPR class on Tuesday, October 10, from 6:30 – 8:00 PM in Shepherd’s Gate. Laura Padron R.N., Certified CPR/AED instructor by the American Heart Association (AHA) will be teaching the class. Our members completing this class will be certified by the AHA for two years and available to serve their families, our church family, and the community at large with these skills.

To register for the class, please speak with Sharrell Person on Sunday mornings between services or call her (815-397-1931). The fee for the class is a donation of at least two non-perishable food items for the food pantry, i.e. peanut butter, tuna, powdered milk, crackers, etc., collected at the time of the class.

If you completed this class at OSLC in October or November 2015, your certification is due for renewal. Class size is limited to 30 people. If needed, another class can be scheduled for Tues, October 17 (2017).

Sharrell Person R.N., B.S.N.
Parish Nurse


September 2017

Seasonal Flu Shot

Our own Amy Johnson RPh from Walgreens will be present in the Fireside Room from 9 AM until 12 Noon to offer the seasonal flu shot for a $25 fee. Walgreens accepts most insurances; so bring your insurance card. If you have a Medicare card, a Medicare Part B card and a photo ID/Driver’s license, bring them and there is no cost to you. If you have a Walgreens Balance Rewards card, bring it so you can accrue your points.

For those age 65 or better, the high dose flu shot, the pneumonia shot, and the Prevnar 13 pneumonia shot will also be available.

This is the perfect opportunity to obtain your flu shot before you get busy with your “Good Neighbor” activities.

Thank you to our Parish Nurses for coordinating this event.