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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


January

INFLUENZA PROTECTION

WHAT IS INFLUENZA? The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS. Flu may cause some or all of these signs and symptoms: fever or feeling feverish, chills, cough and sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches and muscle or body aches, fatigue, vomiting/diarrhea (more common in kids than adults).

HOW FLU SPREADS. Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze, or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes, or possibly nose.

PERIOD OF CONTAGION. Fancy words for “when you can spread your flu germs to others.” You may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you even realize you’re infected! Most healthy adults are able to infect others beginning one day before they develop symptoms, and up to seven days after becoming sick.

HOW SERIOUS IS THE FLU? Flu is unpredictable, and its “spread-ability” and how severe its symptoms are will vary from season to season, depending on what strains of flu viruses are spreading, how much flu vaccine is available, when flu vaccine is available, how many people get vaccinated, and how well the vaccine “matches” the flu viruses that are causing illness in that season.

COMPLICATIONS OF FLU. Complications can include bacterial pneumonia, sinus infections, dehydration, ear infections, and worsening of chronic medical conditions.

THE INFLUENZA VACCINE. The single best way to prevent getting the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season.

WHO SHOULD BE VACCINATED? CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices says “everyone six months and older should get a flu vaccine each year.” However, some people should not be vaccinated without first consulting a physician who knows their medical conditions.

BESIDES THE VACCINE. Wash your hands often – after coughing/sneezing, and before touching eyes, nose or mouth. Stay home when you are sick; going to work, school, or church exposes lots of other folks!

PERMISSION GRANTED TO REPRINT!
by Marla Lichtsinn, RN, MPA, FCN,
Parish Nurse marla.lichtsinn@psd-lcms.org

Lydia Volz
Care Ministry Connections: Congregation



December

Role of Alcohol in our Lives

May you and your loved ones experience God’s gifts of lasting peace, joy and wholeness as we celebrate the birth of the Christ Child! With the many festivities, this is a good month to consider the Role of Alcohol in our Lives. It is both a blessing and a curse.

In the Psalms we read that the Lord gives wine to gladden our hearts (104:15), but we also read that “Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise” (Pr.20:1).

Studies from the last few years show that wine consumed in moderation can be beneficial to the heart and reduce the risk of dementia. Antioxidants in red wine called polyphenols may help protect the lining of blood vessels in your heart. Resveratrol may boost heart health, protect against some kinds of cancer, and prevent some types of vision loss. Grapes and berries are a better source of resveratrol than red wine, so eating these is likely to be more healthful than drinking wine. Moderate use is considered to be 4 ounces of wine or 12 ounces of beer a day for women ; twice that amount for men.

Excessive intake of alcohol and heavy drinking, however, damages the heart and liver and reduces cognitive ability. Alcoholism is a primary, progressive and fatal disease associated with an addiction to the drug alcohol. Overuse or indicators of misuse include (1)impaired control over drinking (2) preoccupation with alcohol (3) continued use of alcohol in spite of adverse circumstances and/or (4) distorted thinking. Alcoholism is one of the leading causes of death in our country, often caused by driving under the influence of alcohol.

The Bible encourages us to limit our alcohol use, and stay in control. At the same time, Scripture gives us confidence that with God’s help alcoholism can be conquered. (Hebrews 12: 1-17). There are several agencies and support groups that may help to overcome alcoholism, such as AA.

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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