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Mission Statement of Jehovah Lutheran Church

A community of joy – gathered around word and sacrament - celebrating, learning & sharing the love of God in Christ Jesus!

Care Ministry Connections
 Sharing the love of God in Christ Jesus!

Health Notes


May

ASTHMA

May is a month of celebrations and end of school activities. It is also observed as National Allergy and Asthma month. As Christians we recognize that God is the giver of all life and each breath we take can bear witness to His life-giving and sustaining nature. For those with asthma, breathing may not be as easy or as comfortable.

Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease in which a variety of ’triggers’ can produce irritation in the trachea and bronchi (breathing tubes), resulting in narrowing of the tubes and mucus production. During an attack, the person may feel anxious, short of breath and have a tight cough with wheezing. Over eight million children (12%) suffer from asthma.

Asthma attacks are generally triggered by respiratory infections, allergies, exercise, air pollution, emotional stress, cold air, some household products, and some drugs. Sometimes a specific trigger cannot be identified.

The following are some guidelines for living better with asthma

  • Find out your triggers and avoid them as much as possible
  • Take all medication as prescribed (even if you feel fine)
  •  Learn the early warning signs of an attack and treat them quickly
  • Include exercise in your life, but avoid trigger activities
  • Avoid smoking and second-hand smoke
  • Learn healthy ways to handle stress
  •  If the attack doesn’t respond to treatment, see your doctor!

May He who daily breathes into us His Spirit be with you and strengthen you in every way (John 20:22).

Lydia Volz
Care Ministry Connections: Congregation



April

Volunteers

May our Risen Lord bless you with peace and joy!

The month of April has several emphases, National Advanced Care Planning Month and Cancer, and also gives us an opportunity to recognize the tremendous gifts that volunteers provide to the church and community. As Christians there is a special significance in what we do. Created in God’s image, we are enabled by God to share our gifts with one another. (Gen1:26-27; Rom. 12:4-8). We are encouraged and even commanded to live out our love for one another even as Christ loved us and gave himself for our salvation. (Rom. 12:4-21; 1 John. 4:7-21. May we all be encouraged by these words, “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God”(Heb.13:16).

If you are a volunteer, I would like to thank you for all you do and encourage you to continue to “Be a Blessing”. For others who are interested in getting involved, there are many opportunities at Jehovah. For one, consider becoming a part of the Care Ministry.

Visitors: Support homebound members with visits, phone calls, personal assistance and transportation as needed.

Prayer Care Chain: Call Katherine Mennicke if you would like to be part of the regular offering of prayers or have a prayer request. You may leave a prayer request with the Office Administrator or enter it in the prayer book in the narthex.

Keystone Food Share: April donations of non-perishable food items may be placed in the designated cart by the Thomas Street entrance.

Crossing HOME  continues to need backpacks and xxl men’s clothing.

CEEDS is requesting summer time clothing and household items for recent arrivals from the Congo.

Assist with serving at special events, or serve on a committee.

Check the Jottings or speak with a Council member for more service opportunities at Jehovah or in the community.

Lydia Volz
Care Ministry Connections: Congregation



Care Ministry Connections - Congregation

Jehovah’s Care Ministry offers the gifts of friendship and faith to homebound members of the congregation and others needing a visit, a bit of cheer or a caring touch. Sometimes members bring communion to the shut-ins. The Care Ministry volunteers meet quarterly under the direction of Lydia Volz, and meetings include topics helpful in care ministry as well as reviewing the needs of the homebound.

In 2016, 6 Visiting Ministers, in addition to Pastor Mulfinger, visited 21 homebound members of the congregation for more than 132 contacts.

To learn more about receiving services from Jehovah Lutheran's Care Ministry Connections or about becoming a Care Ministry volunteer, please contact:  (651-644-7241)

Are You in Need of Prayer?

The telephone prayer chain is a group of members committed to praying for the needs of others, both in the church community and beyond. If you or a loved one are in need of prayer, you may activate the prayer chain by calling Katherine Mennicke at 651-636-3271, or the church office, 651-644-1421. Requests may be anonymous or details may be shared as necessary and/or comfortable. All requests are held in confidence. -- “Lord, teach us to pray..”


Care Ministry Connections: Community plans for 2017-2018

sharing the love of God in Christ Jesus with the
hungry, homeless, prisoners, elderly and others in need

All Year:  
  Keystone food shelf – food, bags, dollars; supporting church goal is $2,500
CEEDS clothing, household needs ingathering and special needs that may arise CrossingHOME X-large size clothing, toiletries, other needs gathered.
The DONATION CENTER is open to receive donated goods from members and community.
      Donors may call the office or Jeanne (651-645-2867) to set up a donation time.
September – October:
 
Wed Fellowship cooks prepared 10 meals which were delivered to Rezek and Safehouse for LSS homeless youth meals.
CEEDS winter clothing/household goods gathered along with cleaning supplies.
Two bus passes ($50 each) given to two young persons in need of help.
Two bags of clothing taken to LSS Back-to-school “sale” event.
November – December:
  Nov 25 Clothing Distribution with about 60 persons attending.
Christmas gifts for LSS Metro Homeless Youth – 4 persons; about 20 gifts.
Christmas Target gift cards (6) to give to Lyngblomsten to share with elderly residents.
Christmas baskets for those in need (to be determined).
2018  
January – February:
  Gather toiletry/first aid items for Health East’s Caring Hearts drive and for making sock (donated large size socks needed, too) kits to be distributed by CrossingHOME.

March-April:
  Wed Lenten cooks soup meals to be shared with Rezek and Safehouse homeless youth.

March:
 
MN Foodshare month; emphasize special giving to Keystone Food Shelf since all donations have greatly added value during March.

April:
  Prepare for Celebrating Seniors Sunday. Possible bake sale.

May:
  Eleventh Annual Celebrating Senior Sunday on May 6, 2018 with worship/luncheon

July – August:
  Gather clothing, household goods, games, books for Giveaway Table at Nat’l Night Out.
August 7: National Night Out “Free” music, food, tables of useful items to Re-Use held on lawn and parking lot for community fellowship and conversation.

(Your suggestions for community sharing are welcome: contact Lydia Volz or Shirley Dorow)

Seniors Are Celebrated the first Sunday of May Each Year

Click on "back" or "next" to view the 2017 Tenth annual Celebrating Seniors event.

Jehovah's oldest member, Millie Sjostrand, has attended all ten Senior Sundays, as have several others of the congregation's elders and friends.

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