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Health and Caring Ministry

Faithfully Fit Forever

Upcoming Events | Related Activities | Resources

Mission Statement

The mission of the Health and Caring Ministry is to coordinate the lay caring ministries of the congregation, help support existing ministries, and respond to or create new ministries.


The Health and Caring Ministry Team members meet once a month for devotions, planning and support.  Activities of the Trinity Health & Caring Ministry include:


  • Two groups of Trinity Members offer prayers for anyone with special needs. Referrals are made to Charlotte Tallakson, who alerts those on the e-mail prayer team and informs Marlys Ellefson, captain of the phone team. All prayer requests are handled with care and confidentiality.
  • There is periodic education and support for Prayer Team members. If you are interested in becoming a part of this ministry contact the church office.

Trinity's Bereavement Ministry reaches out to members who have lost a loved one.

  • In recognition of All Saints Day, families are invited to celebrate the lives and legacy of the saints. 
  • Tea is held in their honor the first Sunday of November each year. 
  • Cards are sent to families who have experienced a loss one month after the death and again after one year.
  • A support group called Good Grief Group meets on the second Sunday of the month at 10:05 am. This group offers support through the grieving process and involves presentations and opportunities for sharing and support.


Friendly Visitor Program reaches out to those who are unable to actively participate in the life of our congregation. They may be homebound, in residential care or be going through difficult times. Assignments are made by pastors and the Friendly Visitor Leader, based on mutual interests and schedules. Men visit men and women visit women making visits at least once a month. The Friendly Visitor prays for their friend, offers prayer support and shares devotional materials if the friend wishes it.

There is periodic education and support for Friendly Visitors.  If you are interested in becoming a part of this ministry you may contact the church office.


  • This ministry reaches out to parents of a newborn and informs them of services available at Trinity and in the community.
  • As we remember Jesus' baptism every January, we have a special celebration for those who have been baptized during the past year.


Upcoming Events

The Alzhieimer’s Association will be holding classes that are open to the public and free of charge at Hope Lutheran Church-South Campus, 3636 25th St S. Fargo, ND. 

AA and Al-Anon Meeting
Every Tuesday Evening - 8:00 pm - Rooms 211, 213, 215, 216

NA Fellowship Meeting
Every Friday Evening - 7:30 pm - Rooms 215, 216

Parkinson's Support Group
Now meets at Messiah Lutheran Church in Fargo.

HSP Support Group
Meets once monthly on the third Tuesday at 6:30 pm in the Lounge.

Cool Kid’s Club for kids with special needs ages 5-21 meets on the third Friday of the month during the school year.  For a schedule of events and more information contact Mandy Johnson (701)799-6742, e-mail or check the web: 

Parish Nurse Preparation Course: Registered Nurses with a current Minnesota or North Dakota license who are interested in taking the Parish Nurse Preparation Course at Trinity Lutheran Church, Moorhead, are invited to take a registration form from the bulletin board outside of the Caring Center. Contact Jean Bokinskie at the Parish Nurse Ministry Program, Concordia College at 218-299-3825 or e-mail The course will be held in May of 2013.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers: Who Takes Care of You When You Are Busy Taking Care of Others? Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational program designed to provide you with the tools you need to take care of yourself. Whether you provide care for your family member or friend in your home or at a distance, this class can help you balance your life! View the brochure here!



Related Activities

F-M Parkinson's Disease Support Group

This active group originated about 30 years ago in a private home.  After several moves as it grew, the group came to Trinity in October 1994. It welcomes anyone with Parkinson's Disease, family members, caregivers, and anyone who has an interest in learning about the disease. There is no charge to attend the meetings. Speakers are invited to address issues relating to the disease, health, safety and other topics. Our group is a satellite of the Struthers Parkinson's Disease Center in Golden Valley, MN, which covers a 5 state area--ND (#1 in PD per capita), MN, SD, IA, and NE. They sponsor an annual fall conference in Twin Cities area, and are a constant source of information. Our group consists of new and newly-diagnosed  members, as well as long-time members. We have a lunch gathering at the Fargo Fry'n Pan on the first Thursday of every month, September-November, and February-May, from 3:30-5:00. The December meeting is a noon-time Christmas party and in June we have a picnic event.  Brochures, books, and other informational materials are available in the Caring Ministry office at Trinity; give Judy Bauman a call if you would like some, or if you would like to be added to our mailing list (for a monthly meeting reminder). The group is co-facilitated by Judy Bauman, Carla Myrum, RN and Trinity Parish Nurse. Judy Bauman - 218-329-9165

Thank you from Parkinson's Disease Support Group

For the past 18 years, Trinity has graciously provided space, resources, services, and support for our F-M Parkinson's Disease Support Group. We could not have done it without all of this.
However, it is now time  to move on, and after December 2012, the group will be relocated to Messiah Lutheran Church in Fargo, as part of the HeartSprings programs.  We deeply appreciate everything so many of you have done for us, as facilitators, as well as for the group as a whole, and we are all the richer for it. Trinity is to be commended on this service to our community and surrounding areas. Thank you so much for all of your assistance in so many ways. A special thank you goes out to the Caring Ministry team and to the Trinity Parish Nurses for their umbrella support for this support group. 
-Judy Bauman and Carla Myrum, Group Facilitators

Care Notes are brochures which offer inspirational messages on a variety of topics that are available to Trinity members. A display rack is located by the Reception Window.

An AED device is located across from the lounge, and Parish Nurses monitor it to be certain it is in working order. Training for ushers and others interested is available.

CPR training will be available for ushers and those interested.

Faithfully Fit Forever is a low impact exercise and aerobic program offered Tuesday and Friday mornings at 9:00 a.m. in the Christian Life Center. Cardiovascular Rehabilitation and the Parish Nurse Ministry of Sanford Health in Fargo, ND created this program that focuses on the body, mind and spirit while initiating and reinforcing positive health behaviors of adults in faith communities. It is a non-denominational exercise and health education class that incorporates the individualized theology of the faith community. About 40 minutes of exercise, 10 minutes of education on a health related topic and 10 minutes of devotion make up each session. 

Parish Nurse Ministry

Parish Nurse LogoParish Nursing is the result of the work of Reverend Granger Westberg of Hinsdale, IL.  Reverend Westberg was a Lutheran minister whose efforts to combine medicine with religion led to the creation of the Parish Nurse program. The first program was developed in 1984 in Park Ridge, IL. Today it is estimated to be more than 6000 practicing Parish Nurse programs in the United States, Canada, Australia, and other parts of the world. In 1991, two Trinity Registered Nurses enrolled in the Parish Nurse Preparation Course at Concordia College. They were commissioned at the Centrum at Concordia on Sunday, November 17, 1991.

Parish Nurses do not do hands-on nursing, but provide guidance and act as a resource for finding the help the person might need. They make visits to people who have been hospitalized or whom the pastors refer for follow up.  Mary Ann Vigen, PN visits anyone with cancer and bring a prayer shawl and cancer related devotion book. Health education is provided through various forms of meida and presentations.

• Blood drives are coordinated with United Blood Services who bring the Bloodmobile to the parking lot in February, at Music on the Blacktop in August and in November.
• First Aid Kits throughout the building are maintained by Parish Nurses.
• Parish Nurses have been available for prayers and anointing at the Healing and Taize services.
Parish Nurse Connect, the Parish Nurses’group at Trinity, meet once a month for devotions, planning and support.
Blood Pressure Checks: Blood Pressures will be taken by a nurse in the Caring Center office from 10:05 -11:00 the first Sunday of each month.




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