Health and Hope Ministry
(Parish Nursing)

"My dear friend, I pray that everything may go well with you and that you may be
in good health–as I know you are well in spirit.
" 3 John 1:2

Parish Nursing is currently supporting the following activities to promote wellness of body, mind and spirit within our church and our community, to Christ's glory! If you would like to join our group to promote health and hope, we welcome you!

Contact Linda Merkle, RN, FCN to sign-up to help or for more information, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 571-309-0353:

Backpack Buddies


Upcoming Packing Dates:
March 19, April 23, May 14, 2017

OSW provides weekend meals for 23 students at Tolbert Elementary twice a month, and 37 students at Harper Park Middle School once a month. These meals go home in the backpacks of children identified by school counselors as being at risk for hunger over the weekend due either to lack of funds, or parents working and unavailable. The food provided, such as mac and cheese cups, can be easily prepared. Milk, breakfast foods and healthy snacks are included for 2 days.

More than 12,000 students in Loudoun County are considered "Food Insecure." Please join us on the 3rd Sunday of each month for packing in the Great Room, 12:15-1pm, or sign up to deliver to Tolbert on the first and third Monday of each month.

To make a donation: Make checks payable to OSWLC and write "Backpack Buddies" on the memo line.

Karaoke Party/

Civitan Event

Next Party is April 1!

Quarterly, Our Savior's Way sponsors a Karaoke Party along with the Loudoun Civitan Group to provide a fun day out for adults with special needs who live in group homes in the greater Washington D.C area. Help is needed with set-up (10am) and clean-up (4pm).

Contact: Elaine Senft (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Visual Faith/

Service Projects

Saturday, March 18, 9am-11am in the Fellowship Hall, April 29 and May 21 in the Great Room

Visual Faith is the concept of journaling, coloring and being creative in studying the Bible and in prayer.  Bring your colored pencils--we are making "prayer cards" to give away to others, letting them know we are praying for them.

Project Linus--Come make fleece blankets to be distributed to those in need.  Students can earn service hours.  We also have material available to sew (at home) pillowcases for pediatric hospital patients.

"3 Strands Ministry"--Learn more about how to get involved in our schools and community to combat the growing problem of Human Trafficking.

Do you have a ministry project you're passionate about?  Please join us.  We are here to support each other and help these ministries grow.



Did you know...There is a beautiful owl living in the woods by the garden. You can most likely see him perched on the cross in the early morning or late evening hours. There are rabbits hopping and bullfrogs croaking. The garden is open for prayer and meditation.

"Come to me all who are weary from carrying heavy loads and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28

The Columbarium is finished and niches are available for purchase ($3000). Applications are available by the Welcome Center.  We are raising money to begin the hardscape portion of the project.  Our goal is to raise $30,000 by the end of the summer in order to complete the project, make the area accessible to wheelchairs and walkers, and open the garden to all for full enjoyment.  Donations may be made in Memoriam to a loved one, or general donations are being accepted...Make out your check to OSWLC and mark it for "Memorial Garden."

Bulletin Board

Check out the Narthex Parish Nurse Bulletin Board for current health information.  March we are highlighting our Visual Faith and "3 Strands" Ministries.

Life With Cancer information is available, as well as "5 Wishes" Advance Directives forms.




FAQ about Parish Nursing

What is a parish nurse?

A parish nurse is a registered nurse who has completed a Basic Preparation Course in Faith Community Nursing developed through the International Parish Nurse Resource Center in consultation with the Health Ministries Association and the American Nurses Credentialing Center. A parish nurse may also be called a Faith Community Nurse. Parish Nurses are volunteers or may be paid by their church.

What does a parish nurse do?

The parish nurse functions as a health educator and patient advocate, giving referrals for community services and also for prayer and presence in times of illness and loss.

Parish nurses link health care and spiritual care in today's high tech world, bringing back what has been done by the church for over 2000 years.

Parish nurses may plan seminars, classes, support groups, health screenings (blood pressure) and offer services such as blood drives, flu shot clinics (conducted by outside agencies or health care systems.)

How does Parish Nursing work with the pastors?

Parish nurses work with the pastors and other church staff to determine needs of members.

Parish nursing is a ministry which may assist pastors in helping parishioners cope with the absence of health in the physical, spiritual or emotional areas of a person's life.

Do parish nurses work alone?

Parish nurses may train volunteers from medicine, pharmacy, social work, nutrition and psychology as well as other areas that assist health care. Parish nurses welcome others to serve as volunteers, visitors and leaders of programs.

When did Parish Nursing start?

Parish nursing was started in 1984 by Rev. Granger Westberg, a Lutheran pastor in the Chicago area. Most denominations now have parish nurses and many churches in Loudoun County have parish nurses.

What is Parish Health Ministry Team?

At Our Savior's Way Lutheran, the Parish Health Ministry Team will consist of members who are interested in congregational health ministry. This will include nurses and those from other disciplines within health care.

Is Parish Nursing a visiting nurse service?

No. Parish nursing is not a visiting nurse service, nor a substitute for home health care or regular medical care by your physician or nurse practitioner.

Parish nurses do not give direct hands-on care or perform invasive procedures. By the scope of the Nurse Practice Act, parish nurses do not do dressing changes, foot care, give injections, administer medications, etc. Referrals will be given to agencies that provide the care needed.

Can a parish nurse visit me?

A parish nurse may visit you at home or in the hospital. Please ask a pastor or call the church office. We are available for prayer support during illness, to help you understand the health care system and to encourage good communication with your physician and health care team.

Can I help?

Yes, volunteers are welcome to join us as we begin this new ministry here at Our Savior's Way Lutheran Church.

The Health and Hope Team

Linda Merkle, RN, FCN Marie Pfancuff, BSN, RN


Parish Nursing at Our Savior's Way Lutheran Church is sponsored in part by a grant from Wheat Ridge Ministries.
"Lutherans seeding new ministries of health and hope in the name of the healing Christ."

For more information on Wheat Ridge Ministries, please visit their website at

Contact Information

43115 Waxpool Road, Ashburn, VA 20148
Ph: 703-858-9254
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Sunday Worship Services

8:00 AM – Traditional
9:30 AM – Traditional (1st, 3rd Sundays)
9:30 AM – Contemporary (2nd, 4th Sundays)
11:00 AM – Contemporary

Holy Communion celebrated at all services
Nursery available Sundays 7:45AM – Noon

9:30 AM – Bible Study and Sunday School

11:00 AM - Bible Study

Our Mission

The mission of this church is to reach broken and hurting people with the saving and healing message of Jesus Christ.