• 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!
September is a time of hectic family schedules, but also of new beginnings. We enter a new normal this
fall with the Coronovirus still very much a part of our everyday life, and are learning the meaning of ‘masks and social distancing’.
Many of us are spending more time at home with our families, either self- quarantined or hoping to prevent transmission of Covid-19 from others.
It may be a good time to focus on Family Histories:
The Gift of Generations.
A Family history is an organized recording of important events in the life of a family. It is a healthful activity for persons
of all ages and can strengthen family relationships. As in the story of the Exodus, family histories can help us remember
the ways in which God has been faithful and merciful to us, and to live each day in the confidence of His enduring love.
You only need to follow three simple steps to develop a family history: Remember it, Record it and Relate it.
First, consider what format you want to use; written, video, DVD or audio. Second, be aware of the many good
resources that are available. Third, consider looking at pictures, letters and other remembrances to stimulate the
flow of memories, Fourth, enjoy the process of creating the family history and encourage interaction between generations
such as children interviewing their parents and grandparents and Fifth, use the process and the final product to strengthen
your family as you see the hand of your loving Father in the joys and struggles of your life.
“…We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the
praiseworthy deeds of the Lord” (Ps. 78:4).
Care Ministry Connections: Congregation
Suffering and Caring
As we approach the waning days of summer, I
would like to share some thoughts on Suffering
and Caring. Suffering seems to be an experience
that we all share at one time or another, yet it
remains a disturbing and perplexing situation for
both the person suffering and those around him/
Suffering may not mean the same thing to each
of those who are experiencing it. I consider
suffering to be a general situation of distress
which affects all of a person. It is different from
pain in that suffering:
(1) does not have an immediate remedy
(2) affects the whole of a person, and
(3) impacts our sense of meaning, driving us
toward God (adapted from Amato, 1990).
That sounds like an apt description of our present
situation as most of us continue to struggle with
the impact of the Coronavirus on our lives.
Our Lord’s charge to the early church directed
the faithful to preach, teach and heal (Mt.10:
7,8; Mt. 28: 19.20). Jesus’ healing life empowers
the church to do healing ministry with a hurting
and broken world. As children of God, all of us
are called to share these gifts of healing with
one another. Some of the specific things we can
do when confronting suffering are:
(1) offer a ministry of presence, sharing with
a suffering person our gifts of time, self and
(2) help people to discover meaning in the midst
of their suffering,
(3) take action directed at alleviating
suffering (adapted from Johnstone, 1989).
Keep in mind social distancing and other
suggested precautions when interacting with
others to provide as much safety as possible for
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
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.
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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