Health and Wellness

At Gloria Dei, we know that spiritual wellness and physical wellness are related and that part of our work as Christians is to help our community and families be healthy. Our Wellness Committee meets monthly to work in tandem with our Parish Nurse, Jean Runge-Versaci, an Advocate Health Care employee, to create programming and support groups that help our minds and bodies thrive.

April is National Foot Health Month


To learn more about keeping your feet healthy, click on the following links from the American Podiatric Medical Association website:

· Foot health

· Learn about heel pain; bunions; Haglund's Deformity; sprains, strains, and fracturestendinitis; and shoe inserts.

· Simple Foot Health Tips
Foot pain keeping you from getting on your feet? Take a look at these tip sheets for
blisters and heel pain

· Which Running Shoe is Right for You?
This quick guide is helpful for understanding the different foot types. Visit today's podiatrist for a thorough evaluation.

· Easy Exercises
Keep your feet and ankles in tip-top shape by watching these
short videos!

· Sports Footwear for Teenagers
This overview includes a PDF tip sheet you can print and bring with you shoe shopping.

· Winter Sports Enthusiasts
Skiers, snowboarders, hockey players, and ice skaters should keep
these tips in mind.

· Meet Your Feet
Did you know that when running, you can exert forces up to four times your body weight? Learn more in this fun video!

· Important note:  Make sure the foot doctor you see has DPM after their name!


Click on these links for additional information:

· American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine

· American College of Sports Medicine

· American College of Foot and Ankle Pediatrics

· STOP (Sports Trauma and Overuse Prevention) Sports Injuries

· Johns Hopkins University: Sports Medicine

· Let’s Move!



Heart Attack & Brain Attack Workshop


A one hour presentation by Professionals from Advocate Heart Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital

Wednesday, May 3rd, 6:45 pm or after Church Night Supper

In Fellowship Hall


Learn about risk factors, signs & symptoms, when to call 911 and what to do.




Parish Nurse

Gloria Dei’s focus on health and wellness is supported by an Advocate Health Care-certified Parish Nurse. Jean Runge-Versaci spends about 20 hours per week caring for members and the community at large. Together with the Wellness Cabinet, Jean plans educational and informational events, blood drives, wellness programs and acts as an advocate in the healthcare process.

The next blood drive (conducted with LifeSource at is scheduled for Sunday, September 18, 2016,  from 7:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at Gloria Dei. Interested donors may sign up at and use code 496C if donating outside of the drive date.


Lutheran Social Services of Illinois

Gloria Dei works with Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI), a not-for-profit social services agency of the three Illinois synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). It serves people of all faiths and all walks of life, including children, families and adults of all ages. More information can be found at


 Stephen Ministry


Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2, NRSV)

What Is Stephen Ministry?

Stephen Ministry is a ministry in our congregation in which trained and supervised lay persons called Stephen Ministers provide one to one Christian care to individuals facing life challenges or difficult

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