As Usher's, our primary purpose is to demonstrate God's love by greeting and directing our members and visitors into the church, assisting the Pastor, and other ministries. Our goal is to grow our Ministry with committed members of our church who are willing to serve God and Pilgrim Rest Church family.
Standard Meeting Times: Usher's Ministry meet each Saturday at 10:00 am during the month of January, February, April, June, October and November.
Who Can Participate: Any member of Pilgrim Rest M.B Church.
We welcome any members who are interested in becoming a part of our great ministry. Please attend one of our scheduled meetings to join.  For additional information, please contact the Usher's Ministry Leader, August Taylor President.
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Ministry Leader - August Taylor
August Taylor
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Freda Burnside, RN
Co-Chairman, Nurses Guild | Email
Co-Chair - Bobby Stokes
Bobby Stokes, RN
Co-Chairman, Nurses Guild | Email
Nurses Guild Ministry - Health Tips

May 2016 Health Tip: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Biblical Scripture: 2 Corinthians 12: 9-10, “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.  Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
Posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, can occur after someone goes through, sees, or learns about a traumatic event like: combat exposure, child sexual or physical abuse, terrorist attack, sexual/physical assault, serious accident, and/or natural disaster. Symptoms of PTSD are caused by experiencing or witnessing a stressor event involving death, serious injury or such threat to self or others in a situation in which the individual felt intense fear, horror, or powerlessness (Fullerton, Ursano, & Wang, 2004). Many Americans have experienced a trauma event. About 60% of men and 50% of women experience at least one traumatic event.  Of those who do, about 80% of men and 20% of women will develop PTSD.  Some events, like combat and sexual assault, increase the chances of people developing PTSD.
It is normal to have stress reactions after a traumatic event. Your emotions and behavior can change in ways that are troubling to you.  Some common stress reactions after a trauma are fear or anxiety, sadness or depression, guilt and shame, anger and irritability, and behavior changes.  You may act in unhealthy ways.  You may drink, use drugs or smoke too much, drive aggressively, neglect your health, and avoid certain people or situations.
It is important to recognize the symptoms of PTSD. PTSD has four types of symptoms: reliving the event, avoidance, negative cognitions, and hyperarousal. Reliving the event (also called re-experiencing) can come back at any time.  You may feel the same fear and horror you did when the event took place.  You may have nightmares or feel like you’re going through it again. This is called a flashback.  Avoidance refers to avoiding situations, people, and things that trigger memories of the traumatic event.  You may avoid crowds, because they feel dangerous.  Some people may keep very busy or avoid seeking help.  This keeps them from having to think or talk about the event.  PTSD can change one’s beliefs and feelings.  The way you think about yourself and others changes because of the trauma.  This symptom has many aspects, including the following: you may not have positive or loving feelings toward other people, you may forget about parts of the traumatic event or not be able to talk about them, and you may think the world is completely dangerous, and no one can be trusted.  Hyperarousal can be experienced as feeling keyed up.  You may be jittery, or always on the alert and on the lookout for danger.  You might suddenly become angry or irritable.  You may want to have your back to a wall in a restaurant or waiting room.
If you continue to be upset for more than three months, seek help from your doctor or a mental health professional.  There are good treatments available for PTSD.  The two main types are psychotherapy, sometimes called “counseling”, and medication.  Doctors or mental health professionals may prescribe medications alone or in combination with psychotherapy.
References: Produced by the National Center for PTSD, August 2013
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Fullerton,C. S., Ursano, R.J., Wang, L. (2004). Acute Stress Disorder Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Depression in disaster or rescue workers. Am J Psychiatry 161(8), 1370-1376.

March Health Tip

Crohn's disease is a chronic, or long lasting, disease that causes inflammation—irritation or swelling—in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Most commonly, Crohn's affects the small intestine and the beginning of the large intestine. However, the disease can affect any part of the GI tract, from the mouth to the anus. Crohn's disease most often begins gradually and can become worse over time. The exact cause of Crohn's disease is unknown. Researchers believe the following factors may play a role in causing Crohn's disease: Autoimmune reaction.
Scientists believe one cause of Crohn's disease may be an autoimmune reaction—when a person's immune system attacks healthy cells in the body by mistake. Normally, the immune system protects the body from infection by identifying and destroying bacteria, viruses, and other potentially harmful foreign substances. Researchers believe bacteria or viruses can mistakenly trigger the immune system to attack the inner lining of the intestines. This immune system response causes the inflammation, leading to symptoms.
Crohn's disease sometimes runs in families. Research has shown that people who have a parent or sibling with Crohn's disease may be more likely to develop the disease. Researchers continue to study the link between genes and Crohn's disease.
Environment. Some studies suggest that certain things in the environment may increase the chance of a person getting Crohn's disease, although the overall chance is low. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs,1 antibiotics,2 oral contraceptives2, and a high-fat diet3
may slightly increase the chance of developing Crohn's disease. Some people incorrectly believe that eating certain foods, stress, or emotional distress can cause Crohn's disease. Emotional distress and eating certain foods do not cause Crohn's disease.
The most common signs and symptoms of Crohn's disease are
  • diarrhea,
  • abdominal cramping and pain, and
  • weight loss.
Other general signs and symptoms include
  • feeling tired,
  • nausea or loss of appetite,
  • fever,
  • joint pain or soreness,
  • eye irritation, and
  • skin changes that involve red, tender bumps under the skin.
This content is provided as a service of the
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
(NIDDK), part of the National Institutes of Health.