Deaconess Nurse Ministry

Serving Leadership Key in Deaconess Nurse Ministry’s Work

By Barb Powell | June 3, 2020

For the nurses at Deaconess Nurse Ministry (DNM) in St. Louis, serving others is a calling. Especially during the current pandemic, their role in providing support and care to families in need is critical. One recent story illustrates the need. When the Rev. Donna Smith-Pupillo RN, executive director of Deaconess, read an email from Elizabeth…

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CHHSM Member Organizations Find Creative Ways to Serve During Coronavirus Outbreak

By Barb Powell | April 13, 2020

From phone calls, online chats and social media postings to Zoom, Skype, and Facebook video gatherings, CHHSM members are adapting to almost daily changes in health care requirements while serving their residents and clients. “The world changes overnight,” says Chris Cox, president and CEO of Hoyleton Youth & Family Services in Fairview Heights, Ill. “Plans…

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Psychiatry Clinic Grand Opening Celebrates Interfaith Effort to Provide Health Care to St. Louis Community

By Barb Powell | January 27, 2020

UCC-related Deaconess Nurse Ministry and the physicians from St. Louis’ Muslim Community Services are once more expanding the free services provided by Salam Clinic. The Salam Psychiatry Clinic started serving the community Sunday, Jan. 26, and is open every Sunday from 12-4 p.m. for appointments and walk-ins. The interfaith health professional volunteers at Salam Medical…

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St. Louis’ Deaconess Nurse Ministry, Epiphany UCC, and Muslim Community Physicians Partner to Open New Free Clinic Location

By Barb Powell | November 13, 2019

The November weather was crisp and clear, and the hearts of those gathered on the steps of Epiphany UCC in St. Louis matched the warmth of the sunshine as the newest Salam Clinic was dedicated. The Salam Clinic — a partnership of local churches, CHHSM member Deaconess Nurse Ministry, and physicians from the Islamic Foundation…

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Newest CHHSM Ministry Welcomed During Annual Gathering

By Barb Powell | March 12, 2019

One of the highlights of CHHSM’s 2019 Annual Gathering, held March 5-7 in Chicago, was the welcoming of its latest member, Isaiah 58 Ministries, based in St. Louis. During the CHHSM business meeting held March 6, Isaiah 58 was voted unanimously into membership. “Isaiah 58 Ministries is excited to become a member of CHHSM,” says…

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UCC’s Deaconess Nurse Ministry Role in Interfaith Clinic Helps Provide Free Health Care to St. Louis Community

By Barb Powell | February 28, 2019

It all started July 19, 2008, when the doors of the first Salam Clinic of the Muslim Services for Islamic Foundation of St. Louis opened at the Lane Tabernacle Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church in north St. Louis. Fourteen Muslim physicians along with nurses from UCC-related Deaconess Nurse Ministry — and the church’s congregation —…

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UCC Missouri Mid-South Conference, CHHSM Ministries Partnership Works to Create Just World for All

By Barb Powell | July 31, 2018

Donna Smith-Pupillo, executive director of Deaconess Nurse Ministry in St. Louis, sees little difference when talking about her work and that of Deaconess’ partner, the United Church of Christ’s regional Missouri Mid-South Conference. “We partner with the conference because we are a part of the conference,” Smith-Pupillo says. “We are not a separate entity, but…

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United Church of Christ’s Deaconess Nurse Ministry Making a Difference in Lives of Marginalized Seniors in Jefferson County, Mo.

By Barb Powell | February 5, 2018

A small group of health professionals in the United Church of Christ’s Deaconess Nurse Ministry are changing life for the better for senior citizens in Jefferson County, Mo. Through its Community Outreach Program, Deaconess Nurse Ministry is able to offer innovative programs at area food pantries that help seniors stay healthy. Thanks to a grant…

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Deaconesses: Pioneer Professional Women

By Guest Contributor | January 15, 2018

In March of 1889 a remarkable meeting was held at St. Peter’s Evangelical Church in St. Louis. Seventy people (60 men and 10 women) gathered to charter the Evangelischer Diakonessen-Verein von St. Louis, Mo. (Evangelical Deaconess Society of St. Louis, Mo). It was unusual to involve women in such gatherings. In that era women seldom…

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Unexpected Gift Connects Two United Church of Christ Health and Human Service Ministries Through Love of Neighbor, Love of Children

By Barb Powell | December 20, 2017

Sometimes the best Christmas present arrives in the form of a small gift from the heart. For two United Church of Christ-related partners, such gifts also exemplify God’s call to love one another, and neighbor as self. When Donna Smith-Pupillo, executive director of Deaconess Nursing Ministry in St. Louis, visited a developmentally-disabled woman in November…

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