Welcome to Prairie Faith Shared Ministry. Located in north central Kansas, six ELCA Lutheran congregations have stepped out in faith to enter into a truly shared ministry. We strive to provide the best tools for our members to grow as disciples of Christ and to proclaim the Good News of Christ within our communities and throughout the world. We hope you will join us at one of our churches for service on Sunday to experience for yourself the fellowship of Christ.
PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE
What do you think of when you hear the term “prescription drug abuse”? Does it bring to mind someone who is not like you? Someone on the streets, someone unable to keep a job, someone strung out and not able to function? Actually, it could be your neighbor, your friend, your parent….or even YOU who is experiencing this situation. Prescription drug misuse and abuse is the intentional or unintentional use of medication without a prescription, in a way other than prescribed, or for the experience or feeling it causes.
Prescription drug abuse is an identified problem in northwest Kansas; it was identified as one of the top seven health issues in the 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment for Trego County. According to the CDC, in 2012 health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for painkillers—enough for every American adult to have a bottle of pills. Kansas actually has a relatively high rate for prescribed pain medication per 100 people.
Results from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) indicate that about 15 million people aged 12 or older used prescription drugs non-medically in the past year, and 6.5 million did so in the past month. This issue is a growing national problem in the United States. Prescription drugs are misused and abused more often than any other drug, with the exceptions of marijuana and alcohol. This growth is fueled by misperceptions about prescription drug safety, and increasing availability of medications.
Prescription drug abuse-related emergency department visits and treatment admissions have risen significantly in recent years. Other negative outcomes that may result from prescription drug misuse and abuse include overdose and death, falls and fractures in older adults, and, for some, initiating injection drug use with resulting risk for infections such as hepatitis C and HIV. According to results from the 2014 NSDUH report, 12.7% of new illicit drug users began with prescription pain relievers.
Join us for the Second Sunday Health and Wellness educational event…
Understanding Prescription Drug Abuse
July 10, 2016 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Western Cooperative Electric Building, WaKeeney KS
Speakers: Kathy Reed, Pharm D, Pharmacist for HaysMed and Jennifer Colby, LSCSW,LCAC, Substance Abuse Counselor for High Plains Mental Health.
This program will discuss the scope of the problem, risk factors, prevention, what to do if you or someone you care about has a problem, treatment, how to safely dispose of medications and ideas for alternatives to narcotics for chronic pain.
By the grace of God and
the call of the church
Barbara Ann Jones
Jon Larsen Brudvig
will be ordained
to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament
in Christ’s one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church
on Friday, the fifteenth of July
in the year of our Lord
two thousand sixteen
at seven o’clock in the evening
at First Lutheran Church,
210 East Platt Street
the Reverend Roger Gustafson,
Bishop of the Central States Synod,
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, presiding.
Your prayers and presence are requested.
All ordained, consecrated and commissioned
ministers are invited to process.
The color of the day is red.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY – A QUIET WITNESS
Wondering what to do with yourself on these hot summer afternoons? Tired of mowing and pulling weeds out of your flower beds when it’s 102 in the shade? Consider making a prayer shawl! Prayer shawls can be sewn with fabric, knitted or crocheted. They can be simple or complicated. They can be small or large. A prayer shawl gives comfort to someone experiencing a difficult time. For more information, there are brochures in each church and at the church office, check out the PFSM website, or contact the PFSM office.
Look at Our Photos
Come see a slideshow of the 2014 Vacation Bible School, the April Joint Service, and the 2014 Live Nativity - get a glimpse of the activities that take place at PFSM. Check out the video of past Joint Reformation Services posted under Prairie Faith Memories Photos.
Meet Prairie Faith Shared Ministry
Come to the About Us section to meet the church leadership, and find out what we're all about!