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Christ Church's Health Ministry

“Healthy People …Healthy Church…

Healthy Society”

Episcopal priests Rev. Gordan Chastin and Rev. Richard Winter

The Christ Episcopal Church (CEC) Health and Wellness Ministry was launched in November of 2019, with the goal of promoting health and wellness among the individuals and families of Christ Episcopal Church.

Our aim is to offer many opportunities to focus on living a healthier lifestyle, as well as learning about general wellness and disease prevention, and these things are achieved through online gatherings, educational seminars, and group workshops. Some of the topics that we have, and plan to, address include: living with chronic illness such as diabetes or heart disease, exercise regimens, pathways to healthier nutrition, and maintaining mental health care during uncertain times.

Other disease prevention and health activities also include monthly blood pressure screenings and an open invitation for all to join our casual walking and exercise group, which meets on the weekends.

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In addition to those events and gatherings, Christ Church - in partnership with the Howard County General Hospital Community outreach program Journey to Better Health - currently offers monthly COVID-19 testing and screening events during this critical time in our history.

If you are interested in volunteering to assist the CEC Health and Wellness Ministry, have questions that you'd like to ask, or have any suggestions for future topics, please contact Pauline K-Martin, PhD, MPH, RN or Diane Phillips Laguerre, RN,CCM

Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.

3 John 1:2

Let's go! Join us on Fridays for an invigorating ride around Columbia's footpaths and parks. We meet at the church and take off for an hour of no-stress group riding. All ages and skill levels are welcome - no one is left behind!

Meet us Fridays at 5 p.m., or email

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Stress is a natural human response that prompts us to address challenges and threats in our lives. Everyone experiences stress to some degree.

Stress can be caused by overwhelming responsibilities, uncontrollable situations, work, activities, change in life, hate and abuse.

If you’re stressed, you might feel anxious, nervous and afraid, unable to enjoy yourself, depressed, overwhelmed, irritable, angry, impatient, lack of motivation or focus and even lose your sense of humor. 

Stress can also result in muscle tension or pain, fatigue chest pain, chest pain, change in sex drive, drug and alcohol misuse and effect on decision making.

There are many ways that you can handle or get rid of stress holistically without depending on medication, like:
• Get active with any virtually any form of physical activity
• Get enough sleep
• Meditate frequently
• Laugh more
• Connect with your community or faith base organization
• Try yoga
• Keep a journal
• Avoid drug & alcohol
• Make time to unwind
• Take breaks from watching, reading or listening to the news and
social media
• The use of wearable natural Stem Cell technology has shown
to reduce stress drastically.


Provided by B. Daramaja, RPh./ACIL Consulting

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