Wholistic Health Ministry Team Mission

    Health promotion and disease prevention

    Integration of whole person health concepts

    Empower people for personal responsibility

    Become spiritually vital

    Support those who are not well and promote a stewardship of health

To that end the goals of Wholistic Health Ministry Team is to provide educational programs that promote wellness by integrating the concepts and practices of faith and health; and to provide seminars and workshops in the area of physical, emotional and spiritual development that minister to the whole person.

The VPC Wholistic Health Ministry Team views wholeness as more than health.  Wholeness is being  mentally fit, physically robust, spiritually vital, and socially comfortable.  It is being able to face accidents, aging, and illness with a positive outlook.  Most of all, it is trusting that God has a “better idea” for living, and that God is eager to help us experience full life. 

Our command is:  “He sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.”  Luke 9:2.

Article: Fall Prevention

In March the Wholistic Health Team hosted Angela Larson, supervisor for Seniors Crime Assistance and Victim Witness Assistance section of the Collier County Sheriff’s department.  Angela was a delightful and informative speaker. As many of you were unable to attend this important meeting, I thought I would summarize some of the more interesting points that Angela stressed. Learn methods to protect yourself, so that you may be smart and not fearful.

One of the contributing factors for seniors being dubbed with a scam is isolation. So as church members, we need to become “good neighbors”—get to know our neighbors, pew mates, those in facilities and homebound. Develop buddy systems.

Angela related that seniors over age 65 are more likely to fall prey to property crimes than violent crimes. She provided several suggestions to avoid becoming a victim:

· Always be aware of your surroundings.

· Walk with confidence.

· If you notice someone loitering, go ahead and make eye contact.

· Shop in pairs when possible.

· Women—never leave your purse in the shopping cart.

· If you intend to leave your purse in the car, place it in the trunk before you leave home.

Remember If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

· Posing as a Warrants officer on the phone (if the county has a warrant on you they will never call ahead!).

· Tax Fraud—filing your taxes and receiving your return!  The IRS will never ask for personal information over the phone.

· Grandparent Scam: Receiving a phone call from “grandchild” or family/friend asking for money. Spend time to develop a “code” word for family members that only you and they will know.

· Home Repair Frauds: Before hiring someone to work in your home, check with the County Building Department to see if they are certified. Ask for and check references. Don’t pay before work is completed.

Don’t call back to the number the person on the phone gives you. Call the Sheriff’s office at 252-CALL to verify if this is a scam/fraud.


Threats over the phone/Internet

Asking for money to be wired or green dot cards

New scams/frauds pop up daily. Talk to your friends before sending anyone money. Call the Sheriff’s department if you have any questions/concerns. Don’t let someone else steal your money and peace of mind.

Joyce Geary, Parish Nurse

AARP Driver Safety Program

The Wholistic Health Ministry is sponsoring again the AARP Driver Safety Program.

Classes available February 16 and March 16

Hours are 9:00am to 3:00pm, with a small lunch break.

Because space is limited to 24 participants, pre-registration is required!!! VPC is not responsible for registration, info and any change in the program. For information and to register, please call AARP instructor, Frank Schmitt, @ 239-596-6007 or 401-932-5452. You can also visit the AARP web site at www.aarp.org/


Support groups provide caregivers with opportunities to reduce their isolation and receive support and knowledge from other caregivers. These support groups are free and confidential. This support group meets at VPC the last Tuesday of the month at 10:00 a.m. Info: Catherine Cruikshank, (239) 405-7008.


Al Anon meets in the Youth Center every Saturday at 10:00 a.m.


Are You or Someone You Know Hurting?

Stephen Ministry is a ministry in which people with special gifts for caring ministry can put those gifts to use in an organized way, bringing Jesus’ love and care to those who most need it. If you or someone you know is going through a difficult time, contact our Stephen Leader Referral Coordinator, Twila Rowe (239-455-6758) or Jon White (239-254-0324) about having a Stephen Minister. Our Stephen Ministers are ready to provide focused, confidential, one-to-one Christian care—to help that person experience the healing power of Christ’s love.


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