health & wellness ministry

The Lutheran Church has a heritage of wonderful Parish Nurses who volunteer to share their wisdom to support our congregations and communities. That ministry has expanded to include a whole self approach. Our Health and Wellness Ministry is led by a Parish Nurse and an interdisciplinary team who together support body, mind and spirit, and are leading the way in caring for our community.

They continue to share important resources regarding mental health, as well as make themselves available to answer your questions about your spiritual well being, your wellness in mind, body, and/or spirit, or if you just need to talk to someone.  Please feel free to reach out to a ministry team member directly using the contact info provided below, and check out the resource articles they have provided!

If you think you’re having a medical or psychiatric emergency call 911 or go to the nearest hospital. Do not attempt to access emergency care through this website.


GriefShare Support Group

GriefShare is a Bible-based grief support group for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, whether it was 1 week ago or 5 years ago. We are honored to come alongside you during this time of need. You will find compassionate support in a group of others who understand the uniqueness of facing loss and the pain of grief. God never meant for you to grieve alone. Time does not heal, God does. 

For questions call Nancy Fiduk, parish nurse at 714-362-4572 or email [email protected]


From the Health & Wellness Ministry Team:

While we do not replace your medical or other health providers, we are here to help give you information and resources related to your physical and mental health.  Because your everyday needs impact your overall health, we like to help link you with resources for those needs too.  We can provide community resource linkage for things such as healthcare, insurance, mental health, utilities, food, clothing, aging, caregiving, housing, Veteran services, education, disability benefits, and others.  Please contact our team and we are happy to personalize our recommendations to your specific situation.

Please direct your questions or concerns to the email below!

  • Lew Upchurch, Associate Pastor, Ministry Leader
  • Nancy Fiduk, RN, Nurse Practitioner, Parish Nurse
  • Jane Jones, Ed.D, Educational Leadership
  • Barb Hoeneke, RN (Ret)
  • Erica Leman, Psy.D. Psychologist
  • Cherri Penne-Myers, PA, Neuro Psych, Psych
  • Kelly Roberts, RN-BSN
  • Becca Walls, LCSW (adult and adolescent mental health)
contact the Health & Wellness team[email protected]

(Please know that your questions and personal information will be confidential and used only used by the Health & Wellness Team to support you.)

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Christ Costa Mesa provides worship options so that individuals may make the best choice for themselves and their families.  We value all forms of worship with you!

Your board of elders has prepared a way to offer participation in the Lord’s Supper during our livestream Sunday worship services. As the life-saving Gospel of Jesus has been proclaimed through His Word, and received, via streaming videos many times already, we desire the body and blood of Jesus to enter our homes as well.  

WATCH COMMUNION instruction video

The Lord’s Supper will be received according to the same schedule we have for in-person worship. The 8am service will receive communion on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays. The 10:30am service will receive communion on the 2nd, 4th, and 5th Sundays.
When you are preparing to worship in your home, set aside some simple bread and wine (or grape juice). I recommend setting these elements close to you in a fashion that may even replicate being placed on an altar. At the appropriate time in worship, a pastor will ask you to place the elements in front of you while he pronounces the Words of Institution, thereby consecrating the elements. Then you will be instructed to receive the Lord’s meal. 
As always, we desire to receive the Lord’s Supper in communion with those who believe that Jesus is the Savior of the world; desire to receive forgiveness of sins; and believe fully that the real presence of Jesus is found in, with, and under the bread and the wine. For those who do not share this belief, we ask to abstain from participating in the meal. If, however, they have any questions, the pastors at Christ would be happy to have conversation. 
The Lord’s Supper is a sacrament of Christ Jesus, offered for the forgiveness of sins, for those who believe, and should be acknowledged as a holy meal. Therefore, this sacrament should not be received irreverently nor lightly. The elements that are necessary are bread and wine (or grape juice). Please DO NOT attempt to use anything but those elements, as these are the elements intended by Jesus for this meal. Nope, Coca Cola will not be a good choice, neither will your macchiato or protein shake. And while it may be tempting to use a donut or coffee cake, please use simple bread only. A helpful video will be sent out on Friday, demonstrating how to participate in communion in your homes.  Looking forward to all of our worship experiences together, knowing that Jesus continues to call His people together, whether in person, or online. Thanks be to God for the technology that unites us.