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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

"SPIRITUAL HEALTH"

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 can give.

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.

Lydia Volz
Care Ministry Connections: Congregation



August

Healthy Balance

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 can give.

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


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.

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 2019-2020

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/year.
CEEDS clothing ingathering and distribution and possible other refugee needs. CrossingHOME clothing, household items, bedding, food shelf supplies.
All Year:
DONATION CENTER is open to receive donated goods from members and community.
Donors may call the office at 651-645-2867 to set up a donation time.

2019:
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.
2020:  
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.

March:
  MN Foodshare month; emphasize special, matched dollar giving to Keystone Food Shelf.
Make envelopes for dollar donations available to congregation.

April-May:
  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 event.

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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