• 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 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:
- 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
- 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.
- 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’
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 ).
Care Ministry Connections: Congregation
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).
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:
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
||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).
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.
||Wed Lenten cooks soup meals to be shared with Rezek and Safehouse homeless youth.
MN Foodshare month; emphasize special giving to Keystone
Food Shelf since all donations have greatly added value during March.
Prepare for Celebrating Seniors Sunday. Possible bake sale.
||Eleventh Annual Celebrating Senior Sunday on May 6, 2018 with
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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