Wellness at St. Mark's

St. Mark's Wellness Committee usually hosts events which may include walks, lap quilt assembling, family game nights. But for now, during this stay-at-home period, we will post ideas for embracing the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Wholeness Wheel.
https://www.porticobenefits.org/CallToLiveWell/FaithBasedWellBeing/TheWholenessWheel

Listed below are possibilities we can explore in a positive, faith-driven way. If you have ideas you'd like to share for future postings, please send them to Ellda, St. Mark's Church Administrator, at stmarksoakland@verizon.net Thank you!

Consider beginning by reading the explanations of the seven different kinds of wellbeing described in the Wholeness Wheel, beginning with our Baptism.






June 4 - June 10

Read this week's posting from St. Mark's Wellness Committee which contains a message from our ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton, dated May 13, 2020, before the death of George Floyd on May 25. She is not addressing the protests for racial equality in America, but she addresses our ELCA on related issues that led to these protests.

Also, the PDF has links to an excellent resource that can help us with our physical wellness.

May 28 - June 3

What is the ELCA’s Mission Statement?

What is St. Mark’s Lutheran Church’s Mission Statement?

How are we, as the family of St. Mark’s, helping to do God’s work with our hands?

How can we help our closest neighbors in Garrett County through the COVID-19 pandemic?

Read this week's posting from St. Mark's Wellness Committee to see the answers to these questions and to learn more about how you can practice the wellness ideas for this week. (Spiritual, Financial, and Social/Interpersonal)

Next Thursday

We will offer more suggestions on three more wellbeings. The main thing is to try positive experiences that will help us to grow in faith and understanding and be a blessing to ourselves and others in the process. We are all in this together, here to help one another to have positive experiences in a difficult time, with God's love and our Baptism to guide us.

Best to you,
St. Mark's Wellness Team
Laura Robinson, Nancy Pagenhardt, Nan Gangler, BJ Gallagher, Renate Brown, Ashley Kitzmiller, Liz Lewis, Liz Rees Gilbert



The Wholeness Wheel's Seven Wellbeing Groups

Spiritual Wellbeing

“Living a centered life focused on God affects each aspect of our well-being. Turn to God for strength as you seek to live well in Christ. Nurture your relationship with God through prayer, devotions, worship, nature, art, and music. Explore who you are and know whose you are.” - ELCA's Wholeness Wheel

Emotional Wellbeing

“Being emotionally well means feeling the full range of human emotions and expressing them appropriately. Self-awareness is the first step. Recognizing and honoring your own feelings and those of others — stress, contentment, anger, love, sadness, joy, resentment — will help you live life abundantly.” - ELCA's Wholeness Wheel

Financial Wellbeing

“Being financially well involves making decisions based on our values, as reflected in the way we save, spend, and share. Tending to one’s financial well-being in this way requires us to be resili-ent, generous, and focused on sustainability.” - ELCA’s Wholeness Wheel

Intellectual Wellbeing

"Using our minds keeps us alert and active. Stay curious, ask questions, and seek answers. Explore new responsibilities, experience new things and keep an open mind. And remember, knowing when and how to let your mind rest is as important as keeping active."- ELCA’s Wholeness Wheel

Physical Wellbeing

While we are not all born perfectly healthy or able to live life without injury or illness, we can live well by tending and nurturing our body as a gift from God. Feed it healthy foods, keep it hydrated, build physical endurance through regular exercise, and respect your body’s need for rest.” - ELCA's Wholeness Wheel

Social Interpersonal Wellbeing

“We are created by God to be social beings, living in community and instructed to help and love each other. We maintain social well-being through interaction, play and forgiveness. Take time to nurture your relationships with family, friends, congregation and co-workers.” - ELCA’s Wholeness Wheel

Vocational Wellbeing

"We all have a calling — a vocation — to follow Christ’s example by living a life of meaning, purpose and service to our neighbor. Our vocations make up our life’s work and passions — they are the everyday roles through which God calls us to help make this world a better place. Those who are well vocationally are faithful stewards of their talents and abilities, and find opportunities to build and use them." - ELCA’s Wholeness Wheel



PREVIOUS WEEKS' IDEAS

May 20 - May 27

Vocational Wellbeing

“We all have a calling — a vocation — to follow Christ’s example by living a life of meaning, purpose and service to our neighbor. Our vocations make up our life’s work and passions — they are the everyday roles through which God calls us to help make this world a better place. Those who are well vocationally are faithful stewards of their talents and abilities and find opportunities to build and use them.” - ELCA Wholeness Wheel

Emotional Wellbeing

“Being emotionally well means feeling the full range of human emotions and expressing them appropriately. Self-awareness is the first step. Recognizing and honoring your own feelings and those of others — stress, contentment, anger, love, sadness, joy, resentment — will help you live life abundantly.” - ELCA Wholeness Wheel

Spiritual Wellbeing

“Living a centered life focused on God affects each aspect of our well-being. Turn to God for strength as you seek to live well in Christ. Nurture your relationship with God through prayer, devotions, worship, nature, art, and music. Explore who you are and know whose you are.” - ELCA Wholeness Wheel

This week’s activity addresses all three of these wellbeings. What do you all think about planting St. Mark’s Victory Gardens, whether they are one herb in a window sill, three herbs and edible flowers in a window box, three containers holding cherry tomatoes, peppers and onions at the sunny front or back door, or a plot of several rows of veggies and fruits in the front or back yard? Do you already have a garden for this year? You might improve your emotional wellbeing as you share what you grow in meals for your family and food gifts to your neighbors!

How is a Victory Garden different from a garden already planted? The way you think about it, nurture it, pray over it, and a little sign from St. Mark’s that shows you are participating. Please let us know your interest in having a St. Mark’s Victory Garden by sending an email to the Wellness Committee via Ellda at stmarksoakland@verizon.net. Victory Gardens were promoted by several countries during World Wars I and II to lift spirits, inspire unity, promote self-sufficiency, and reduce shortages. Ours can also be about the victory of Christ’s resurrection, and the victory of love over death, the victory of making something good happen in the time of a pandemic.
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St. Mark’s Family, if you are interested in Zoom classes with Ms. Bachtel-Bodkins please check out the aforementioned websites first. (Click the More... link.) If the topic you are seeking is not among these resources, please email Ellda to indicate the topic you would like to have her teach.

If you need to order started plants for your Victory Garden, check out last week’s Thriving Thursday entry about resources from local farmers. Check out the https://www.food4all.com website for local farms providing starter plants. ALL Produce delivers, and Three Sisters Farm will have them ready for you at this week’s Oakland Farmer’s Market. Thank you! Have fun!

May 14 - May 20

Physical Wellbeing

While we are not all born perfectly healthy or able to live life without injury or illness, we can live well by tending and nurturing our body as a gift from God. Feed it healthy foods, keep it hydrated, build physical endurance through regular exercise, and respect your body’s need for rest.” - ELCA Wholeness Wheel

Feel like a challenge to meet the challenge we are facing? Try this one! https://gethealthyu.com/one-week-hydration-challenge/

Spiritual Wellbeing

“Living a centered life focused on God affects each aspect of our well-being. Turn to God for strength as you seek to live well in Christ. Nurture your relationship with God through prayer, de-votions, worship, nature, art, and music. Explore who you are and know whose you are.” - ELCA Wholeness Wheel

May is Children’s Mental Health Month; share this calendar with family and friends to help support the children in our lives: https://www.childrensmentalhealthmatters.org/files/2020/04/2020-Resiliency-Calendar-FINAL.pdf

For fun, we have included Judy Bertsch’s recipe below. If you don’t have the same ingredients, try substitutions with similar kinds, and it will still probably be delicious! Thank you, Judy!

“Crustless Spinach Quiche”
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach thawed and well-drained
2/3 cup finely chopped fully cooked ham or bacon
5 eggs
3 cups (12 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack or Sharp Cheddar cheese
1/8 tsp. pepper
In a large skillet, saute onion and mushrooms in oil until tender. Add spinach and ham. Cook and stir until excess moisture is evaporated. Cool slightly. Beat eggs; add cheese and mix well. Stir in spinach mixture and pepper; blend well. Spread evenly into a greased 9-inch pie plate or quiche dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean.


Social Interpersonal Wellbeing

“We are created by God to be social beings, living in community and instructed to help and love each other. We maintain social well-being through interaction, play and forgiveness. Take time to nurture your relationships with family, friends, congregation and co-workers.” - ELCA’s Whole-ness Wheel

Whether we use our phone or Zoom or Face Time or keep at least 6 feet apart outdoors on a walk, mask handy, and pause briefly to catch up with a neighbor along the way, positive inter-action feeds our souls and the souls of others. Who will you reach out to today?

Financial Wellbeing

Making decisions based on our values, as reflected in the way we save, spend, and share. Read Financial Survival tips from “Being financially well involves making decisions based on our values, as reflected in the way we save, spend, and share. Tending to one’s financial well-being in this way requires us to be resili-ent, generous, and focused on sustainability.” - ELCA’s Wholeness Wheel

Equal Exchange (EE) hosted a webinar last week on a visit by EE employees to meet the farmers in Peru who provide some of the chocolate we purchase through this offering at St. Mark’s. When we gather again in person, we will schedule a chocolate tasting with EE Fair Trade chocolates! ...enjoy the recording here

We can support local farmers by participating in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). You can check out cost and delivery from DeBerry Farm Fresh Produce www.deberryfarm.com, Round Right Farm https://www.roundrightfarm.com, and Backbone Food Farm http://backbonefarm.com. Garrett Growers also offers Veggie Boxes: http://www.garrettgrowers.com/veggie-boxes.html Free registration for pre-ordering from local farms participating in the Oakland Farmer’s Market is here: https://www.food4all.com. ALL Produce will deliver your order in the Oakland area. Check this site for COVID-19 shopping guidelines and dates for the Oakland Farmer’s Market: http://www.mountainfresh.org. It is open this Saturday, May 9. Need a mask?

Spiritual Wellbeing

“Living a centered life focused on God affects each aspect of our well-being. Turn to God for strength as you seek to live well in Christ. Nurture your relationship with God through prayer, de-votions, worship, nature, art, and music. Explore who you are and know whose you are.” - ELCA Wholeness Wheel
Reading Pastor Scott’s sermons on the St. Mark’s website, and exploring Thriving Thurs-day links can help us grow spiritually. Last Sunday’s sermon by The Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde for the Washington National Cathedral’s worship service is inspiring as well. It begins 41 minutes into the service, if you want to fast forward.


April 30 - May 6

Emotional Wellbeing

Check out these daily 2-minute Resilience Reset Sessions that include focused breathing to simulate the soothing part of the nervous system, and a practical tip from resilience science to help you maintain your stability in these difficult times.

Try this free resource for a variety of meditations, sleep stories, movement exercises, journals, and music from Calm.com.

Financial Wellbeing

Making decisions based on our values, as reflected in the way we save, spend, and share. Read Financial Survival tips from Forbes Magazine.

Spiritual Wellbeing

Nurture your relationship with God through prayer, devotions, worship, nature, art, and music. Harvard Divinity School provides a wonderful selection of spiritual resources during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

April 23-29

Vocational Wellbeing

Check this link, Tap into Your Vocation where it says, "We commonly think of “vocation” as only our job or career—that is, what we do to provide for ourselves and our family. But from a standpoint of faith, vocation is what we do in response to the gospel. It has implications that are both broad (What does God want from my life?) and narrow (How can my faith inform my specific role as co-worker/cousin/citizen/spouse, etc?)

Check out the Spiritual Gifts Assessment Tool from the same site and share your results with your family.

Intellectual Wellbeing

Visit Ruth Enlow Library online today and explore all the services, sites, books, movies, television series available to you free. Would you like to check out an ebook or audiobook? Legacy.com is offering free use of its website to Ruth Enlow Library cardholders through June 1; could be a good time to explore your family genealogy.

Spiritual Wellbeing

Here is a daily list of people, places, programs to include in your prayers, and they are updated to address the coronavirus: Select April 2020 Letter.

Physical Wellbeing

Take time to walk outdoors for 20-30 minutes, keeping 6-10 feet from others, wearing a covering over your mouth and nose and sunglasses or glasses. It's not too early to wear sun lotion, too. How do you feel while/after walking? Can you make plans to do this at least three times more in the week ahead?



Wellness Events

Temporarily on hold. Please consider the wellness suggestions listed under the wheel on the left.

To learn more about the ELCA Wholeness Wheel, click ELCA Wholeness Wheel


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