Raeda Monsour, a parish nurse from Bethlehem, will be one of the presenters.Raeda Monsour, a parish nurse from Bethlehem, will be one of the presenters.

“O Give Thanks” is the theme of the 25th annual Concordia University Wisconsin Conference for Parish Nurse and Congregational Health Ministries, May 24-25.

Raeda Monsour, a parish nurse at Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, Palestine, will headline six keynote speakers with her presentation entitled “Thanking God for the Opportunity to Share Hope in Serving Others” at 12:15 p.m. Thursday.  Currently the only parish nurse in Palestine, Monsour also serves as inter-generational project manager for the Lutheran-based Diyar (Arabic for home) consortium.  Other keynote topics include “Thanksgiving for God’s Gifts” and “Thanksgiving for Music: Hymns of the Lutheran Reformation.”

The other five keynote speakers are: The Rev. Dr. Patrick T. Ferry, celebrating his 20th year as president of Concordia University Wisconsin; The Rev. Steve Smith, Campus Pastor; The Rev. Dr. Daniel Paavola, a Concordia theology professor; Dr. Marcy Schnorr, LCMS national and international coordinator for parish nursing; and Tom Giordano, a retired organ and music teacher from Estes Park, CO.

Dr. Carol Lueders-Bolwerk has coordinated this conference since its inception in 1993.  The 25th anniversary conference will in part be commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation this October.  Nearly 85 parish nurses and pastors from 15 states are expected.

Lueders-Bolwerk praised the generous financial support of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, Lutheran Parish Nurses International, and Concordia Plan Services, which will enable many registered nurses serving LCMS churches to attend.

For more details on the conference, please visit www.cuw.edu/parishnursing.

— This story is written by Kali Thiel, director of university communications for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. She may be reached at kali.thiel@cuw.edu or 262-243-2149.

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