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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


November

Diabetes

As we celebrate both All Saints Day and Thanksgiving this month, may we experience the peace that comes from a living relationship with our great God.

November is also recognized as National Diabetes month. Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects our ability to produce and respond to insulin. This causes high levels of glucose in the blood, which can cause blindness, kidney and circulation problems and even death if not treated. Almost 21 million Americans have diabetes—mostly type 2, also known as adult onset. However, even children are now being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Many people do not find out they have diabetes until they are faced with problems such as blurry vision or heart trouble.

Risk factors include the following statements:

  • I am 45 years of age or older.
  • I am overweight.
  • I have a parent, brother, or sister with diabetes.
  • My family background is African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander.
  • I have the following symptoms on a regular basis:
    • excessive thirst
    • frequent urination
    • extreme fatigue
    • unexplained weight loss
  • I am fairly inactive. I am physically active fewer than three times a week.

If you have any of the above risk factors and are experiencing some of the symptoms, please visit with your doctor. Proper diet and exercise can affect the severity of the disease. It also increases your risk of contracting Covid 19

Lydia Volz
Care Ministry Connections: Congregation



October

Spiritual Care

In October we remember St. Luke, the physician and we are also aware of Jesus healing ministry while on earth. Our focus this month will be on Spiritual Care.

Spiritual care is a blessing God has given us to share with others and ourselves. It refers to a life-style in which we reflect the healing nature of Jesus Christ as we use all of our gifts (time, self, material resources, faith) to care for people during a time of need. Just like our bodies, our spirits need special care and feeding in order to stay healthy.

 Listed below are several suggestions for offering spiritual care to people in need.

  • Be a faithful steward of the gift of yourself
  • Listen…Listen…Listen with all of your being
  • Be responsive to specific needs
  • Use Scriptural resources in a healing way (the Bible, prayer, forgiveness, blessings)

We are also encouraged to develop a right understanding of ourselves (Romans12:2-3) A healthy sense of self that is consistent with God’s perspective can help us to live a life of peace and joy as we nourish our relationships with others ( Romans12:4-16). This is especially relevant now as the Coronovirus continues to impact our ability to interact with others. Paul uses the symbol of the body to remind us that we all 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.

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.

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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