Serving in Christ's Love and Sharing the Good News

Health & Visitation Ministries

Mission of Trinity's Health Ministries:To serve God's people in Christ's name by ministering holistically to physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness.

"When evening came, people brought many who had demons in them. Jesus drove out the evil spirits with a word and healed all who were sick." (Matthew 8:16)

This mission is rooted in Christ who spoke about the healing of body, mind, and spirit. To accomplish this ministry, Trinity has a parish nurse, Vicki Dueringer, R.N., and an active health ministries committee comprised of physicians, nurses, social workers, and others who are passionate about our mission.

The parish nurse works in collaboration with the pastors, committee sponsors, community services, and resources to enhance health care delivery for the congregation. The parish nurse works with the congregation by:

  • Visiting members wherever they are (homes, hospitals, or nursing homes)
  • Counseling members on health concerns
  • Assisting in obtaining health resources
  • Helping to understand the relationship of body, mind, and spirit
  • Assisting in lifestyle changes
  • Organizing, coordinating, promoting and evaluating health education programs and screenings
  • Coordinating congregational volunteers

Contact Parish Nurse Vicki Dueringer at or 715.832.6601.

Visitation Ministry

The home visitation ministry of Trinity Lutheran Church serves spiritual needs of those members and congregational friends who are unable to participate in worship services because of confinement to their homes or residential health care facilities. Spiritual needs are addressed through caring personal contact, provision of opportunity to participate in Holy Communion, and sharing of prayer, healing blessings, and anointing.

As a team, the pastors, Parish Nurse Vicki Dueringer, and Director of Visitation Ministry Pat Garber share in implementing this ministry. In addition, specially prepared Home Communion Visitor volunteers provide vital connections to the Trinity community through on-going, regular visits with one or more members. Besides establishing a caring relationship, the Home Communion visitors extend Trinity's service of Holy Communion by delivering the gifts of God's word and sacramental meal.

Contact Pat Garber for more information about the visitation ministry, to refer someone for visitation, or to express interest in serving as a volunteer.

A Cancer Resource

A resource available to Trinity members is the availability of Dr. David Mertens, retired oncologist, who is offering himself as a resource to Trinity members living with cancer or newly diagnosed. He is available to listen and help maneuver through many aspects of care and decisions.

Contact Parish Nurse Vicki at if you would like to connect with Dr. Mertens.

How To Get Involved in Trinity's Health Ministries

Opportunities for involvement include:

  • Taking monthly blood pressure checks (medical personnel only)
  • Donating blood
  • Working at the Bloodmobile
  • Assisting with transportation
  • Providing meals for those in crisis
  • Providing respite care (sit with homebound person while their caregiver gets out)
  • Assisting with errands or medical appointments
  • Visiting homebound and nursing home residents
  • Serve on the Health Ministries Committee


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When You Find Yourself in the Hospital

The Trinity pastors share responsibility for making regular trips to area hospitals to visit Trinity members during in-patient stays. However, they can only get information of your hospitalization when your Trinity membership is coded in your hospital file or when you or a friend inform us directly. You can be assured of a visit when you phone the church office or email in advance or during a hospitalization.

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