Lake Park UMC / Faith Community Church UCC Joint Health Ministry
On April 11, Lake Park UMC and Faith Community Church UCC will join together to sponsor a “Health Heart Healthy Motions” Day. This free event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lake Park UMC and will include a presentation from a Healthy Heart expert, free healthy lunch, and free health screenings.
Lake Park UMC and Faith Community UCC created this Health Ministry to focus on both healing and preventative health. The ministry serves the residents in the East Bay region in and around Oakland. J-Sei, an East Bay non-profit organization serving the older adult population, also partners with the two churches. This year J-Sei provided $5,000 in funding for the Lake Park / Faith Health Ministry. The funding will help pay for: stipends for guest speakers, materials for health screenings, new blood pressure machines, and a defibrillator for the church.
Eppie Encabo, member of Faith Community Church UCC, a retired registered nurse and one of the co-organizers of the Health Ministry explained the reason for the Healthy Heart Healthy Motions event, “We are sponsoring this Healthy Heart Health Motions because a lot of people end up dying from heart attacks and other heart illnesses but most of those deaths, something like four out of five, could have been prevented.”
The Healthy Heart expert will talk about: eating a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and fiber; eating fish at least twice a week; limiting how much saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol you eat; cutting back on foods containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oils to reduce trans fat in your diet and finally limiting your salt intake.
“As followers of Christ we have been given the mission to preach, teach and heal. Most churches do well at the preaching and teaching but neglect the part about healing people. This collaborative health ministry project is a tangible way to express Jesus’ healing love for all of His children” said Rev. John Oda, pastor at Lake Park UMC.
For more information, contact the Rev. John Oda, Pastor and Co-Organizer for the Health Ministry, at (510) 220-8959.