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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


April

COVID 19

May the resurrected Christ make his victory known in your life. This month we celebrate the new life bought for us by Jesus’ passion, and we also recognize World Health Day. Today there seems to be no lack of information related to health, specifically the COVID 19 virus. It has, in fact, impacted a great portion of our planet, if not all of it. The challenges we face include identifying the disease, determining how it progresses in the body, how it spreads to others . and how the spread can be prevented. We must find out how to identify and treat the disease, how to protect the care givers and finally, prevent the disease from infecting others. At this time, progress is being made in all of these areas.

The CDC recommends the following actions to help prevent the spread of contagious respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Social distance of 6 ft. advised
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to†others.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water†for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. [If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.] Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
www.mayohealth.org
www.cdc.gov

May the Lord of all Life and Wisdom richly dwell in your home and family. “Long life to you! Good health to you and your household! And good health to all that is yours”(1 Sam. 25:6).

Lydia Volz
Care Ministry Connections: Congregation



March

Healthy Eating

We begin our Lenten observance this month and continue it through the second week of April. In addition, March is recognized as National Nutrition month, and I would like to focus our attention on Healthy Eating. Over one third of Americans are obese (more than 20% over their ideal weight) and 25% of all children and teens are overweight (double what the rate was 30 years ago). Many people are using a variety of diets to lose weight and lower their cholesterol and blood pressure. In 2011, the US Department of Agriculture introduced a program to encourage healthy eating and established a website to support it:


Basics of the Mediterranean diet are:
  • Generous portions of fruits and vegetables
  • Healthy fats such as olive oil and canola oil
  • Eating small portions of nuts
  • Drinking red wine, in moderation, for some
  • Eating very little red meat
  • Eating fish on a regular basis

www.ChooseMyPlate.gov. The focus is on eating a well-balanced diet as pictured in the plate which replaces the Food Pyramid.

Half of the plate should be fruits and vegetables, slightly over one fourth is grains, with over half of that being whole grains, leaving the remainder for protein. In addition, three servings of dairy should be included and empty calories (sweets) should not exceed 160.

Going on a diet may provide short term weight loss, but the better plan is to change our eating habits permanently. God has graciously provided food to nourish our bodies, invites us to share our food with both fellow Christians and strangers, and offers Himself as the ultimate food. Physicians and dietitians still recommend that the healthiest diet is one low in fat and full of grains, fruits and vegetables. Diseases such as heart disease, colon, prostate and breast cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol levels have all been linked to diets rich in animal based foods.

May we be blessed in our Lenten journey with these words of Jesus,..’Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled’ (Mt.5:6) Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!

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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