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Ellen Ellickson

My Health Ministry at Peace Lutheran Church

Nurse ellen spark with dogI pray for members and friends who are in need of healing prayers. I keep office hours on Fridays from 10 a.m to noon. During this time phone calls and visits are made to members. Members are invited to stop by for health counseling such as blood pressure checks or medication reviews. I give prayer shawls to people who are in need of extra prayer and spiritual support such as those facing surgery or suffering from an acute illness.

A special focus of prayer is for people who have recently received a new diagnosis of a serious illness. I offer prayer and support for our clergy team and administrative support team. I give a onesie to new babies at their baptism that says: I am a Peaceful baby! I write frequent health care articles for the monthly newsletter. I visit members in their homes or hospital or long term care settings. I welcome new members as they join the church and look for ways to connect them with a group or ministry that they would enjoy. I am always available to offer prayer and encouragement for members and friends and to visit those who are sick or in need of a visit. My hours are included in the church calendar and the weekly bulletin.

On a personal note – we live on a hobby farm and rescue animals. I have 20 rescued cats and we foster English Springer Spaniels who are awaiting adoption and are in need of a home. We have four rescued English Springer Spaniels. The picture is of me and Spark, our first rescued Springer. We also have 5 grandchildren who enjoy “Farm Camp” whenever they can.

Ellen Ellickson has served as President and Acting Vice-President of the Central Minnesota Parish Nurse Ministry Committee and is Faith Community Nurse at Peace Lutheran Church in Cold Spring.

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO