• Care & Healing
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!
I hope that you and your loved ones
were able to enjoy a relaxing and
peaceful Labor Day holiday. As we
face the often hectic fall, I want to
consider some thoughts on Spiritual
Health with you.
We read in Genesis 2:7 that God
formed man as he..."breathed into his
nostrils the breath of life". Our real
essence consists of our spiritual
dimension: that which reflects the
'breath' of God. Spirituality is based
on a dependence on God, and
concerns the relationship with (1) God,
(2) self, (3) others, (4) the environment
and (5) our past, present and future.
Spiritual health exists when these
relationships are in balance and
support one another.
Just like our bodies, our spirit needs
special care and feeding in order to
stay healthy. Romans 12 provides a
helpful outline for nourishing our
spirituality. Our Lord blesses our lives
through our spiritual dimensions and
grants us a wholeness which only He
First and foremost, we need to
involve ourselves in a life of
worship (Romans 12:1). Since we
were created in His image, nourishing
our relationship with God is the basis
of all health and wholeness.
Second, we are encouraged to
develop a right understanding of
ourselves (Romans 12:2-3). A healthy
sense of self that is consistent with
God's perspective can help us to live
a life of peace and joy.
Third, we can nourish our
relationships with others (Romans
12:4-16). Paul uses the symbol of the
body to remind us that all of us are
important parts of the Body of Christ.
Our spirituality is made visible when
we live a life that reflects Christ's love
for all people.
Fourth, in the world, we can live a
life of peacemaking (Romans 12:17-
21). We are able to conquer evil with
peace as we nourish our spirits and
reflect the love of Jesus.
Care Ministry Connections: Congregation
I hope you have been able to spend some time enjoying your
family and friends, and the blessings which come to us in the summer.
As we approach Labor day and the beginning of the academic year
with it's seasonal programs and events, I would like to share some
thoughts on keeping a Healthy Balance in our lives.
Holistic health refers to a process of wholeness that exists
when there is balance among our different dimensions (physical,
emotional, spiritual, social, intellectual, vocational, and financial.)
As Christians, we believe that balance is only possible when we
base our life on Christ; the spiritual dimension is our real essence, for
in baptism, we are a new creation in Christ. In John 10:10 we read...
"I have come that they might have life, and have it to the full". It
seems that often we try to create our own "full life" and find ourselves
over-committed, under appreciated, fatigued, frustrated and out of
balance. We need to find the "full life" and balance that only Christ
There are several specific approaches we can use to nourish this
gift of balance. First, we can consider our current life in terms of
energy investment, values, and priorities. Are we 'spending' our life
in activities that have eternal consequences? Second, we can develop
an action plan, to spend our energy and time in a different way,
identifying what needs to be changed, what it needs to change to and
how the change will be made. We can live our changed lives with the
confidence that "...He who began a good work in you will carry it on
to completion until the day of Christ Jesus" (Php. 1:6.)
May the Lord of Life richly bless your physical, emotional/relational
and spiritual life!
Adapted from Seasons of Wholeness , Vol II
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.
To learn more about receiving services from Jehovah Lutheran's
Care Ministry Connections or about becoming a Care Ministry
volunteer, please contact:
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..”
Connections: Community plans for 2019-2020
sharing the love of God in Christ Jesus with the
homeless, prisoners, elderly and others in need
||Keystone food shelf
– food, bags, dollars; supporting church goal is $2,500/year.
CEEDS clothing ingathering and distribution and possible other refugee needs.
CrossingHOME clothing, household items, bedding, food shelf supplies.
DONATION CENTER is open to receive
donated goods from members and community.
call the office at 651-645-2867 to set up a
September – October:
||Meet with CEEDS to plan use of Clothes Closet and distribution at Jehovah.|
Host forum-report on Lutherans for Life with K. Mennicke during ABClass time.
Sep. 26 - Keystone Gala to raise money for a new FOODMOBILE.
November – December:
Christmas gifts for LSS Metro Homeless Youth - 4 persons; about 20 gifts.
Christmas Target gift cards (8-10 for Lyngblomsten to share with elderly residents.
Christmas cookies and visit greeting each person at Unity Daycare.
January – February:
||Gather toiletry/first aid items for Health East's Caring Hearts drive and Rezek youth.
Gather large, X large socks for Crossing HOME and others;
Pack Union Gospel Mission bags as needed.
Luncheon date/time to be determined for sorting and assembling gathered items.
MN Foodshare month; emphasize special, matched dollar giving to Keystone Food Shelf.
Make envelopes for dollar donations available to congregation.
Prepare for Celebrating Seniors Sunday.
May 3: Thirteenth Annual Celebrating Senior Sunday with worship and luncheon.
June – August:
||Gather clothing, household goods, games, for Giveaway Table at Aug. 4 Nat'l Night Out.
Partnering with Keystone Food Shelf, LSS Homeless Youth, CrossingHOME, CEEDS, Health East, Union Gospel Mission, Lyngblomsten, Unity Day Care, as we are able.
Please share your ideas about "sharing the love of God in Christ Jesus" at Jehovah with any member of the Care Ministry Connections committee:
Lydia Volz, Shirley Dorow, Maynard Dorow, Janet Fishback, Katherine Mennicke, Jeanne Watson, Jane Hamann, Lynne Baerthel , Nancy Sontag and Sandy Kolar.
Seniors Are Celebrated the first Sunday of May Each Year
Click on "back" or "next" to view the 2017 Tenth annual Celebrating Seniors
Jehovah's oldest member, Bernice Demullilng, has
attended all ten Senior Sundays, as have several others
of the congregation's elders and friends.
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