• 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!
In November we celebrate Thanksgiving and observe All Saints Day, remembering that each of us is called to be a child of
God in His family. November is also designated as National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness month.
Alzheimer's disease causes progressive deterioration of the mind and affects more than 5.5 million people in this country.
Nearly 10 million women are caring for someone with Alzheimer's or are diagnosed with it. There is no specific test to
diagnose the illness, nor is there a cure. Current treatments only delay the progression of the disease, which attacks
the brain, causing increasing memory loss, as well as problems with thinking and behavior.
In addition to the patient, family members are seriously affected by the disease as they struggle with changes in
family relationships and frustrations related to the patient's loss of cognitive abilities and personality changes.
Families must also deal with 24 hour care issues as well as finances and insurance coverage.
A structured setting, community and church support can ease the family's responsibilities.
One third of caregiver's are responsible around the clock.
Scripture offers guidance in such difficult circumstances. Each person is created in God's image and is not
diminished by impairments or dependency. God is able to make something good out of disease and suffering.
"...And we know in all things God works for the good of those who love Him...If God is for us, who can be against us.
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us (Rom.8:29-37).
Care Ministry Connections: Congregation
In October we recognize the Feast of
St. Luke the Evangelist and Physician as we
emphasize the Health and Healing Ministry
of the church. The focus this month will be
on healthy Communication at home and in
Basic communication requires at least
willing hearts, time, someone to listen, and
someone to share ideas, feelings or
information. Today we communicate
through email, voicemail, texting, videos as
well as face to face and in writing.
Listening carefully to everyone's view is
essential; By wisdom a house is built, and
through understanding it is
established. (Proverbs 24:3-4).
Effective Listeners are able to:
- Fully attend to the speaker.
- Consider what is said, how it is said, both
verbally and non-verbally. 80% of communication is shared non-verbally.
- Clarify what was shared so you can fully
understand what the speaker means.
Asking open ended follow up questions
and providing non-judgmental feedback
can be very helpful.
- Affirm the speaker and their message.
Let the speaker know you understand
what was shared and offer a word of
- Avoid approaches that demean the
speaker and halt communication such as
interrupting telling them how you feel,
changing the focus to the listener's issues,
ridiculing or labeling.
Effective Speakers are able to :
- Share thoughts, ideas and feelings.
- Use direct communication: talk with the
person you have a concern with
- Balance messages of concern with praise
- Accept responsibility for ones own behavior and avoid blaming
- Separate the person from the behavior.
In general these guidelines encourage us to
bring Jesus into the midst of us and
establish patterns of communicating,
confessing and forgiving.
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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