Health and Wellness

Church Walkers

Enjoy a great mental, spiritual, and physical journey inside the church. A one-mile walking path has been mapped out within the church to include the sanctuary for spiritual reflection while walking. This was designed for individuals or a group of walkers to utilize throughout the year or when the weather is less than desirable outside.

If you would like to walk within the church, stop at the reception desk for a map and to let them know you will be taking advantage of the indoor walking opportunity. For more information, contact Jordan Stone.

Click here for a map of the route.

PickleBall

Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong for all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple, and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but it can develop into a fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.

Join us Mondays at 5:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. in Reformation Hall. Newcomers are encouraged to show up anytime or contact Holistic Health Team member John Hegg. Please call the church receptionist at (605) 336-3734 to confirm the event is occurring.

Foot Clinic

Do you have diabetes, neuropathy, or other foot ailments?  Sanford foot care nurses will screen, assess, soak, trim your toenails, buff your feet, and do a gentle massage while educating you on the proper care and treatment of your feet. The Healthy Feet Community Foot Care Clinic is held each month on the fourth Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Parish Meeting Room.

The cost is $25. Scholarships may be available if cost is of concern. Appointments are necessary; please call (605) 336-3734 to schedule an appointment today.

Pastoral Counseling

General counseling by the pastoral care staff is available to all members and friends of the congregation without cost. All counseling sessions are confidential. If specialized counseling services are needed, the pastoral staff will provide information and resources. For more information, call (605) 336-3734. 

Bloodmobile

The Bloodmobile comes to First Lutheran twice yearly in April and October. Appointment times are requested, but drop-ins are also welcome. Visit the Events page for information when dates are scheduled.

Dental Mobile

The Delta Dental Care Mobile comes to First Lutheran Church for one week each spring. Children and young adults up to age 21 can receive dental care at no cost if they have not seen a dentist for two years and are unable to afford dental care. To inquire about volunteer opportunities and upcoming dates, contact Jordan Stone.

Healthy Cooking/Lifestyle Classes

Classes resume October 9, 2018.

Healthy Cooking classes meet monthly on the second Tuesday, from 6 to 7 p.m., in the Gathering Room.

The topic for Tuesday, October 9, is Accommodating Your Gluten-free Supper Guests. Susan Bell, First Lutheran staff member and mom of a Celiac daughter, will talk about how to accommodate your gluten-free supper guests and will demonstrate how to make a fast and tasty gluten-free creamy chicken-rice dish your whole family will love.

The classes are free, but to have enough supplies, we ask you to register for each class you plan to attend. To register, please stop by the church Information Desk, call (605) 336-3734, or register online now:

medical equipment lending program

First Lutheran Church makes a wide variety of health and mobility equipment available to our church community through free, no-time-limit loans of donated equipment. This program depends on donations of used equipment, which we then clean and get ready for lending to those in need. Items include things like wheelchairs, canes, shower chairs, walkers, and crutches, that are in good repair.

TO BORROW EQUIPMENT:

Call the Care and Health Office at (605) 339-1983 ext. 237 to see if the equipment you need is available. We'll ask you a few simple questions so we know who you are and how to get in touch with you, and to see if there may be some other needs you hadn’t thought of. 

If we have what you need, you can pick it up the same day! If we don't have it, we'll keep your name and number and call you when the item you requested is donated to see if you are still in need. When you come to pick up your items, you'll fill out a simple form and sign for the items.

TO DONATE EQUIPMENT:

Simply bring the equipment to the office between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Without donors, we could not provide this service. Your donations give some of our community's most vulnerable members safety, mobility, independence, opportunity, and dignity.

If you have gently used health or mobility equipment gathering dust in your home, bring them to us. Every piece we make available to our members comes directly from donors like you.

PLEASE NOTE: We are not able to accept prescription medications or medical equipment that can only be distributed via prescription (such as oxygen concentrators). There are other equipment items that we are not able to process through this program due to space and staff limitations.

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yoga

"Yoga’s incorporation of meditation and breathing can help improve a person’s mental well-being. Regular yoga practice creates mental clarity and calmness, increases body awareness, relieves chronic stress patterns, relaxes the mind, centers attention, and sharpens concentration. Body- and self-awareness are particularly beneficial because they can help with early detection of physical problems and allow for early preventive action." ~Natalie Nevins, DO

Come be a part of a community that gathers each week at First Lutheran Church for yoga. Re-center and relax your mind, body, soul, and spirit for whatever life throws your way.

Bring your own mat, or use one of ours. Cost for each class is a suggested $5 donation to help cover instructor fees.

schedule:

Mondays, 5:45-6:45 p.m., Upper Room (2nd floor)
Thursdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Pentecost Room (2nd floor), chair yoga
Fridays, 12-1 p.m., Upper Room (2nd floor)