parish nurse ministry

  • Parish nurse august news...

    Miracles Still Happen!


    God is our constant source of strength and yes, He is still performing miracles!


       Emerson Tobias Holder was born January 21st, 2019 to Hannah Orbison Holder.  One week prior to his birth, the doctors found a large hole in his heart.  They also discovered that he was measuring very small.  A couple of days later at Levine’s Children’s Hospital, Emerson was diagnosed with a heart condition called Tetralogy of Fallot.

       When Emerson was born, he had a low heart rate and was rushed to the NICU where he spent the next couple of days proving to the doctors that he could handle his defect a little longer, prolonging open heart surgery.

       One month later he was not growing as he should be and was referred to a geneticist who diagnosed him with Noonan Syndrome as well.  He spent the next few weeks in the hospital because he had issues eating normally.

       He also has “Tet spells”, so the doctors had to place a feeding tube into his abdomen so that he could be fed without having to suck on a bottle.  With a tet spell he exerts so much energy trying to feed that he has a decline in his oxygen status.

       Two months later, Emerson’s condition declined rapidly and he was rushed back to Levine’s to have open heart repair.  His appearance was blue and dusky.  On his big brother’s 3rd birthday, Emerson had open heart surgery.  Emerson received a life saving blood transfusion during this surgery due to blood loss.

       Along with the Family, we are so thankful that someone cared enough to accept the call to donate blood so that Emerson could get the life saving help that he needed.

       Emerson will face another surgery for more repair work in the future.  Emerson is the happiest little boy that you will ever meet.  This is a true testimony to God that Miracles Still Happen! 

       Every single person that is able to give blood, we challenge you to give the gift of life.  Please join us on August 12 in support of Emerson and his family!

    Jill Earnhardt, RN, FCN, Parish Nurse

  • women of faith

    The Parish Nurse Ministry sponsors Women of Faith Bible Study every 2nd Thursday, with few exceptions, at 10:00 a.m. in the Conference Room and picks a place to eat afterwards.

  • We are excited to continue our partnership with OneBlood (formerly Community Blood Center of the Carolinas) with our 2019 blood drives scheduled on the second Monday in February, May, August, and November from 2:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall with a goal of 35 units. 


    Average in and out times is less than an hour.  Making an appointment helps to prevent a back-log of donors during the collection period. 


    Appointments may be made by contacting Alice Davis.

  • Parish Nursing coordinates with Rowan Helping Ministries their needs for the month.


    Please check your weekly Epistle for the ongoing needs of this needed ministry.


    Thank you for your generous and thoughtful gifts to those less fortunate!

  • Rowan One Church One Child is a partnership between Rowan County Department of Social Services and Rowan County churches whose purpose is to ensure healthy, safe and protective outcomes for Rowan County children and teenagers who are victimized and traumatized by sexual, physical, and emotional abuse, neglect, or dependency who are currently receiving Child Protective, In-Home Case Management, Foster Care or Adoption services from the RCDSS Children Services Division. ROCOC's goal is to keep birth families intact or assist relative caregivers who provide care to children. Please contact Jon Hunter at (704) 216-7914 for more information about this program.

    St. Paul's Lutheran Church sponsors Rowan One Church One Child.  During the year, Parish Nursing highlights items that are needed for this ministry.  We thank you for your generosity and support.  Please continue to review your weekly Epistle and monthly Epistle for how you can help.

  • What is a parish nurse?

    The Parish Nurse Ministry is designed to build on and strengthen the capabilities of individuals, families, and the church congregation, to understand and care for themselves and one another in light of their relationship to God.


    Parish Nursing is a program focusing on holistic concepts of health care and the belief that health involves the integration of body, mind, and spirit.


    CHS in collaboration with the St. Paul's Health Ministry Cabinet and church leadership, supports the Parish Nurse Ministry in an effort to positively impact the health status of the church community.  The St. Paul's Health Ministry Cabinet is composed of volunteers who are interested in a holistic approach to health care.

  • Goals of the Parish Nurse Ministry

    •Personal Health Counselor:  The Parish Nurse advocates for individuals by discussing health concerns and offering knowledge of health options while supporting individuals as they make choices to meet their health needs.


    •Pastoral Partner:  In collaboration with the Pastor and staff, the Parish Nurse participates in the ongoing transformation of the faith community into a source of health and healing.


    •Referral Service:  The Parish Nurse serves as a liaison between the church and community resources.


    •Health Education:  The Parish Nurse collaborating with the St. Paul's Health Cabinet provides information for the church community through bulletin inserts, seminars, group support, and health screening activities.


    •Facilitator and Resource:  The Parish Nurse identifies health and wellness needs within the faith community collaborating with the St. Paul's Health Cabinet to coordinate health resources within the congregation.

  • how to contact the parish nurse

       Did you know that the church has a direct line for you to reach our Parish Nurse, Jill Earnhardt, RN, FCN, during the week and weekends?  The phone line was added to allow for your privacy  concerning sensitive health questions and/or concerns.  Your calls will be returned within 24-48 hours.

       To reach her, please call (704) 431-6633.

       You can also email Jill Earnhardt, RN, FCN, Parish Nurse.


  • who is our parish nurse

    Jill Earnhardt, RN, is the Parish Nurse for St. Paul's Lutheran Church.  Jill is native to Rowan County and graduated from East Rowan High School.  She is a graduate of Stanly Community College with a degree in Respiratory Therapy as well as a Registered Nurse. She is married to Perry Earnhardt and has 2 beautiful daughters, Jenna Earnhardt Shay and Ivy Earnhardt. In her spare time she is very active in her church, enjoys spending time with her family. She enjoys spending time with her faithful companion, her dog Judge and her chickens.  She is engaged in a special educational program for Parish Nursing and is associated with Carolinas Health Care System.


    Jill is a warm individual skilled in the art of caring.  Professional and well-qualified, she is ready to treat you as a whole person, taking into account your physical, emotional, and spiritual well being with confidentiality.