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Faith Community Leader Breakfast: A Great Success!

Thank you to all who joined us on January 22 to learn about what faith community nursing can do for congregations.

More than 50 faith community leaders (FCLs), faith community nurses (FCNs), health ministers (HMs) and other interested community members came together to connect and talk about the value of health ministry.

Thank you to PeaceHealth and Silverado Memory Care for providing the breakfast buffet featuring egg sandwiches from Avenue Bread.

We heard from executive director, Amelia Vader, about the historic intersection between faith and healing across religions and cultures, what faith community nursing looks like today, and about the faith community nurses (FCNs) and health ministers (HMs) doing this important work in northwest Washington.

We also heard from pastors Bobbi Virta (United Church of Ferndale) and Deanna Murray (First Congregational Church in Bellingham) about how health ministry has benefited them and their congregation. Attendees were able to meet with Foundations in Faith Community Nursing course instructors Bill Lonneman and Carol Nicolay who are looking forward to the 2020 Foundations in Faith Community Nursing Course.

Great questions, rich discussion, and exciting stories followed the program including that of one woman, who shared about the profound impact of faith community nurses on her life.

If you were not able to attend and would like to learn more about Health Ministries Network visit If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about becoming a faith community nurse (FCN) or health minister (HM) visit

Given the interest in this event, we're considering planning another faith community leader breakfast later this year. If you have any feedback on the event, or anything you'd like to see at the next one, give us a call at (360) 788-6408 or email us at

The Foundations in Faith Community Nursing and Health Ministry Course is accepting applications now until March 3, 2020. Learn more at


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