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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


June

Living with Chronic Illness

I hope you are able to take some time to rest and enjoy the warm summer days.

Some of us are living with an illness which is not curable. It is our faith alone which offers real respite from our troubles; “but those who suffer He delivers in their suffering; He speaks to them in their affliction (Job 36:15). Chronic illnesses can affect all areas of a person’s physical, emotional/ relational, spiritual and work life. Often persons with chronic illnesses experience physical symptoms that cause discomfort and disrupt basic aspects of life such as eating and sleeping and work. Such illnesses can also cause a sense of discouragement, depression and unrelenting fatigue which can impair interpersonal relationships as well as leave a feeling of separation from God.

The perspective of our faith can offer real support and encouragement when struggling with chronic illness.

First, each person is created by God in His image. This serves as the basis for human dignity, not the person’s level of independence or productivity (Gen. 1:27).

Second, we need to recognize that God doesn’t cause illness or infirmity, but rather they are the consequences of life in a fallen world (Matt.7:11).

Third, God alone has the ability to make something good out of disease, impairments and suffering (Rom 8:28-32).

 Fourth, we as the church are called to be attentive to persons who are suffering and use this as an opportunity to witness to Christ’s love for us (Mt. 25:34-40; Acts 20:35).

Fifth, we can be confident that the Lord will not let us experience more than we can bear and has provided help for us in health care providers, medications and treatments, family and the community of faith (Ps. 46; 1Cor.4:7-12. 16-18). If you would like a visit from a member of the church, please call the church office.

May we all experience the comfort and peace that comes from our great God.

Lydia Volz
Care Ministry Connections: Congregation



May

Immunizations

This month our Care Ministry focus is on Immunizations. They are important for adults as well as children. Our great God invites us to be good stewards of our health (I Thess. 4:4), preventing illness if we can.

A number of news articles lately report a measles epidemic in the Twin Cities, particularly in Minneapolis, affecting primarily Somali children who have not been vaccinated. The latest count was over 30. Parents had withheld vaccination, fearful that it would cause autism, though studies have shown otherwise.

Currently it is recommended that infants and children receive vaccinations for Hepatitis B, Polio, Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Influenza b, Measles, Mumps, Rubella and chicken pox. Adults should receive a booster shot for Tetanus every 10 years, Influenza every fall, Pneumoccocal shot after age 65, repeated once after 5 years, Hepatitus B if exposed to blood products, Shingles vaccine. Additional immunizations are recommended if traveling overseas.

Check with your doctor or clinic for specific recommendations if you or family members have not had these vaccines. When you and those around you have not been immunized against a communicable disease, it is far more likely for you to become ill with it, sometimes with serious side effects.

“Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity…always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Eph. 5:15 20).

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 Press, 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 2016-2017

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. Set a supporting church goal of $2,500. 
- CEEDS – clothing, household needs ingathering and special needs that may arise
- Crossing HOME/released prisoner needs posted in Jottings; gathered as needed.
2016
Sept - Oct - CEEDS winter needs ingathering; $ donation for new family needs
- Crossing HOME winter clothing needs ingathering; deliver remaining Sock Kits (16)
- Safehouse Wed night meals delivery; prepared by fellowship cooks on these dates:
              Sep 14, 21, 28; Oct 5, 12, 19, 26; Nov 2, 9, 16 (Care Ministry cooks on Oct 19, 2016)

Nov-Dec  - Christmas gifts for LSS Metro Homeless Youth – 4 persons
- Christmas gift cards to Lyngblomsten to share with residents
- Christmas boxes with cookies and gift cards for the 4 residents of Martin House
2017  
Jan-Feb Caring Hearts toiletry items for Health East homeless and Crossing HOME. Wed, February 15, Caring Hearts Community Ingathering/Supper

Feb-April Safehouse meals delivery of Wed fellowship cooking (exact dates TBD)

March MN Foodshare month emphasizing enhanced, matched giving for Keystone food shelf.

April - Bake and Craft Sale held April 8.
- Prepare for Celebrating Seniors Sunday.

May May 7, 2017: Tenth annual Celebrating Seniors Sunday service and luncheon
June - July Gather items for National Night Out Giveaway Re-cycle “free” tables.
August National Night Out Giveaway tables and fellowship outreach …. August 1, 2017

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The plans are open to other needs that arise throughout the year.

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Individuals or groups in the community are welcome to contribute needed clothing, household items, bedding, toiletries. Call the church office at 651-644-1421 for a time to drop items off.

Seniors Are Celebrated the first Sunday of May Each Year

Click on "back" or "next" to view the 2016 Ninth annual Celebrating Seniors event.

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

2017 continues the tradition with worship and luncheon to honor seniors for the tenth year.

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