November 1, 2021
My dear Friends and Parishioners,
Many of you know that I’ve been around this church community since 1979. I’ve served on many committees; served on Vestry; I was a Sunday School teacher and Superintendent. For the last 13 years, I have loved the ministry of Parish Nursing. I’d like to share, one last time, how I came to Faith Community/Parish Nursing at St. Peters. Sorry if you’ve heard this before.
Sue Gunn began this Health Ministry over 15 yr. ago, and in 2008 I was asked to chair the health care team. I read about “Parish Nursing” all that summer, and I decided to take the Foundations of Faith Community Nursing course in January of 2009, at Christ the King Seminary. I knew at that point that my Nursing career had led me to this. Although the program had been running for a few years, this is when my ministry really took off into many directions. There were a couple years, after receiving the United Thank Offering Grant, that I was actually the Parish Nurse at three Episcopal churches, although most of my time has been spent at St. Peter’s Eggertsville.
Through the Grace of God, this ministry has benefited many Parishioners, in so many ways. Several of these people have now passed away. I’ve have been where our Lord wanted me to be, and I’m thankful for these years. Our latest challenge has been the Covid-19 pandemic, but God has continued to provide for us.
I will turn 70 years old on November 13, 2021 and I will retire as our Faith Community Nurse. I have come to realize that it’s time to transition out of my Nursing career, and move onto other challenges. I also plan on relaxing a bit more! We have tried to replace the position without success, but I have faith that all will be well.
We have a strong pastoral team with our Priest Father Dan Pinti and Deacon Tom. We have a Wednesday prayer ministry, led by Damon Piatov and we are also Blessed to have a church family that will support us all in time of need. Most of our personal physicians have a staff to assist in times of transition and your PCP should always be the call you’d make with any health care concerns. I will be providing everyone with a small booklet of resources, for times of need.
Thanks should go out to many, but I have to begin with Mother Barbara Price for her encouragement and for promoting this new ministry; and to Father Dan Pinti for his support since January of 2020. We’ve had quite the couple of years! I have been blessed; many Faith Community/Parish nurses do not receive this kind of support from their Priests and community!
A special thanks to all serving the Wellness team: Sue Gunn, Carolyn Bongi, Sharon Hill, Linda Pike, Missi Lopat, Kirsten Reitan, Dawn Rezabeck, Deacon Joanne Curry Frake and past members Ginny Hemmer, Kristie Payne and the late Susan Curry. They are and were the back bones of so many special healthcare programs and trainings. Last, but not least, to my husband Deacon Tom, for his love and devotion. He never complained when the phone rang or the many times when I ran out of the house. He has always been there to offer a helping hand.
God Bless you all, and I’m looking forward to many more years at St. Peters, in our Lord’s service.
My wish for all- Shalom,
Lois Tripp, RN-Faith Community Nurse
Lois Tripp, RN
To the Parishioners of St. Peters,
This is a stressful time for all of us. What are the right steps to take to stay well; what do I do if I get sick? I’ve attached some accurate recommendations for both these questions. They are both taken from the Center for Disease Control page, with updates from the last 1-2 days. Practice Social distancing and the most important, wash those hands! It’s Ok to take a little walk or go out on your porch or patio, weather permitting.It’s good for you in so many ways.
If there are medical questions about your own health with the Corona virus, your Physician’s office should be your first call. They will screen you with some questions and be able to advise you. If you are having problems securing food, medications, or feel the stress of isolation, please call me. I will be happy to speak with you and refer you to an agency or service, if necessary. Call or email, 716-870-2807 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am Thankful for our ability to stay in touch and community.
Shalom and God Bless,
Lois Tripp, RN