Wednesday, July 08, 2020
Groups Ministry Parish Nurse Program
Parish Nurse Program

Mission Statement:  To provide wellness by encouraging members to take an active role in improving their health (Mind, Body, Spirit) by providing the South Zumbro community with support, education, referrals, and resources.

Cindy Bernhards - SZLC Parish NurseCindy Bernards is South Zumbro’s Parish Nurse. Cindy is a licensed public health nurse and is currently working as an RN in cardiac intensive care at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, MN.  Cindy is also choir director for South Zumbro and is active in the lives of her husband and four children.

For 13 years Cindy has served this congregation in meeting the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of its members.  Look for Cindy’s informative articles in the monthly newsletter.  Her role as parish nurse includes the following:

  • Health Education - leading or arranging health related programs
  • Health Counseling - presence and prayer during times of crisis as well as celebration.
  • Teacher of Volunteers - preparing volunteers to care for others in safe and healthy manner.
  • Liaison with Community Health Organizations - know community resources available, direct those in need to the appropriate resource, and assist members to utilize and understand health.
  • Clarification of Faith and Health Connection
  • Outreach - reflecting God’s love through professional and personal caring.

This ministry is not a substitute for pastoral care, medical care, community health nursing and social agencies.  The focus of this ministry is on prevention and health promotion rather than “hands on” physical care.

There is no charge to use the  parish nurse program and it is available to members and non-members of South Zumbro.  Cindy reaches out to others by going on home visits and making personal contact by telephone. For questions or concerns regarding the Parish Nurse Program please contact Cindy by telephone 507-273-9045 or email her

Matthew 25:35  “for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me”

As parish nurse, Cindy supervises and provides leadership to the Health and Wellness Ministry and the Good Samaritan Fund of South Zumbro.

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