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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


September

ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

September is designated as World Alzheimer’s Month. Alzheimer’s disease causes progressive deterioration of the mind and is projected to affect 10 million Baby Boomers as they turn 65.

New research has determined there are three phases of Alzheimer’s disease progression over time:

  1. Preclinical Alzheimer’s Disease – Measurable changes in biomarkers (such as brain imaging and spinal fluid chemistry) that indicate the very earliest signs of disease, before outward symptoms are visible. Currently, there are no clinical diagnostic criteria for this phase. Additional research is needed to define these biomarkers.
  2. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) due to Alzheimer’s Disease – Mild changes in memory and thinking abilities, enough to be noticed and measured, but not impairment that compromises everyday activities and functioning.
  3. Dementia due to Alzheimer’s Disease is evidenced by memory, thinking and behavioral symptoms that impair a person’s ability to function in daily life.

It is the hope of the study group that the advances in preclinical detection of Alzheimer’s will enable earlier, more effective treatment, just as in cancer, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes. Screening and treatment programs have already been associated with a decrease in mortality due to these conditions.

Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’ Association.

From the perspective of faith, each person is created in God’s image and is not diminished by impairments or dependency (Gen 1:26-27). God has the ability to make something good out of disease, impairments and suffering (Rom 8:28-32). The Lord will not let us bear more than we are able and provides help in family, health care providers, treatments and the faith community. (Ps.46 ).

Lydia Volz
Care Ministry Connections: Congregation



August

Comfort in Loss and Grief

For many people, the weeks following a funeral may be more difficult than the funeral itself. The shock of the death followed by the preparation for the funeral with all the details involved, may act as a shield against facing the loss of a loved one and the ramifications for the survivors. However, there is comfort for ourselves and others who are grieving.

 Jesus has won victory over suffering and death, yet these are very real and painful experiences for us. The Bible reminds us that even Jesus cried at the death of His dear friend Lazarus (John 11:35). Often we may wonder ‘What can I say or do that will be a comfort to a grieving friend?’

When a friend is grieving there are several things we can keep in mind. First, we need to remember there isn’t a right thing to do or say that will make the pain go away. We need to simply be a continuing presence in our friend’s life. It can be a comfort to just sit quietly and listen. The pain of loss can magnify the sense of separation from others and cause intense loneliness. Second, we can take our cues from the grieving friend. If they need to cry and express their sadness, we can accept it without trying to ‘cheer them up’. If they need assurance, we can be affirming and speak words of comfort whenever they are needed. Third, we need to remember them in our prayers and let them know we are praying for them.

Grief is a very real and painful experience. Each of us responds differently. There is no specific timeline for the period of grieving. Allow sufficient time to process your feelings of loss before resuming your regular schedule. Our faith offers us tangible help when all else gives way.

May we speak and live the words that Job spoke from the depths of misery ”I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end He will stand upon the earth. After my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God” (Job 19:25-26).

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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