Parish Health Ministry Team

On October 22, 2023, the Parish Health Ministry Team welcomed guests Cheryl Blanchard and Dr. Cynthia Pearmen. They covered topics such as coping with chronic illness, our quality of life as we age, palliative care, mental health and chronic illness, and supporting caregivers of those with chronic illness.

You may watch the presentation using the YouTube video above.

The PowerPoints may be viewed below. 

Cheryl Blanchard’s Powerpoint

Dr. Cynthia Pearman’s PowerPoint

Additional Resources PowerPoint

Parish Health Ministry was established in 2018 to attend to the health of the congregation.

The vision of the Parish Health ministry is to share the love of Christ through promoting safety, health, and wellness in the lives of the Church Street United Methodist Church (CSUMC) family.

MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of this ministry is to provide supportive health related and spiritual care to the CSUMC family by the Parish Health Team (PHT). The Parish Health Team (PHT) is a group of trained volunteers from a variety of healthcare backgrounds and experiences (e.g., nurses, dietitians, social workers and other mental health professionals, pharmacists, and others).

GOAL: The goal of the Parish Health ministry is to enable CSUMC to respond more fully to the health needs of the CSUMC family through organized programs and visitation designed to extend a positive, Christ-centered response to those who are dealing with their own health issues or those of a loved one.


  1. Promote the ability of the CSUMC family to care for one another.
  2. Provide advocacy, education, and support while promoting safety and well-informed decisions for health care needs.
  3. Assist individuals in navigating complex medical care systems.
  4. Empower individuals to be good stewards of their health. Encourage and support spiritual growth and well being, to include spiritual resources for health and healing.

The material contained on this webpage is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always consult with your physician or other qualified health care provider about a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a new health care regimen.

For more information about Parish Health Ministry, please contact Vicky Shelton.

Click below to read articles from our Parish Health Ministry Team:

2022 Articles & Information

Watch the Educational Lectures from the September 2022 Living Forward: A Toolkit for Caregivers Event:

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2020 Articles

2019 Articles

2018 Articles

Scripture for Anxiety

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:6-7 NIV

Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 NRSV
When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. Psalm 94:19 NIV
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. John 14:27 NRSV
Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10 NRSV
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. Psalm 56:3 NRSV
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4 NSRV
I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 NRSV
Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God. Psalm 42:11 NRSV
I sought the Lord and He answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4 NIV
He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40 29-31 NRSV
Come to me, all you who are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11: 28-30 NRSV
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1 NRSV
Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10 NRSV