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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!

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 Sharing the love of God in Christ Jesus!

Health Notes


December

The Gift of Generations

December is a time of hectic family schedules, as we enter the season of Advent and prepare for Christmas. It is 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 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 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).

Lydia Volz
Care Ministry Connections: Congregation



November

ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

This month we observed All Saints Day and will celebrate Thanksgiving , 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 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).

Resources:

  1. Alzheimer's Association - www.alz.org
  2. National Institute on Aging https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/alzheimers
  3. Betsy Hoffman 651-414-5291 - bhoffman@lyngblomsten.org
    • The Gathering - Group Respite
    • Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health
    • Memory Loss Caregivers Support Group
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 2018-2019

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.
All Year:
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.

2018:
September – October:
Sep 3 – CEEDS Clothing Distribution at Jehovah for refugee families. Acquisition of shelving and racks to update Clothing room
November – December:
Christmas gifts for LSS Metro Homeless Youth – 4 persons; about 20 gifts.
Christmas Target gift cards (8-10) to give to Lynglomsten to share with elderly residents. Christmas baskets for those in need (to be determined).
Dec 7 & 8: Cleaning and reorganization of CEEDS clothing room
2019:  
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.
Feb 17, 2018 – Clothing Distribution with CEEDS
Feb 21, 2018 – Sock kits, toiletry sort, supper

March-April:
  Wednesday cooks will share Lenten soup/bread meals with Homeless Youth.
MN Foodshare Month emphasizing $ gifts for Keystone Food Shelf along with bags/food.

March:
 
MN Foodshare month; emphasize special giving to Keystone Food Shelf since all donations have greatly added value during March.

April - May:
Prepare for Celebrating Seniors Sundaay.
May 5: Twelfth Annual Celebrating Senior Sunday 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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