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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


December

Financial Wellness

As we enter into the Advent season, a time of preparation and expectation, it may be well to consider our Financial Well-being. Several years ago the ELCA Board of Pensions included Financial Well-being as the sixth part of the Wholeness Wheel, along with Physical, Emotional , Vocational, Intellectual and Social / Interpersonal well-being. Each of these areas impacts the others, including how we manage our financial resources. Stress over insufficient income or over-spending can cause sleeplessness and lead to depression. Recent years have been especially difficult for those who have had to cope with loss of income, either from investment or unemployment. Credit card debt also can cause considerable stress if not kept under control.

As we prepare for Christmas, there is an urgency to continue with family traditions of gift giving and celebrating the holidays. Whether financial constraints have affected you or not, it may still be worth considering whether there is a more healthy way to budget not just the amount of your Christmas giving, but also the type of gift:

  • Some gifts that cost little may be more valuable: visiting lonely seniors, introducing children to new crafts
  • Will a $200 electronic toy provide long-term satisfaction?
  • Spending time with the family in a joint activity may instead create memories that will last a life-time
Regardless of our resources, we are called to be good stewards of what God has given us, for the good health of ourselves and our neighbor. We are the recipients of God's most precious gift, His son, Jesus, our Savior, born a Babe in a lowly stable, so that we might live as heirs of His kingdom. In Him we are truly well and whole.

Lydia Volz
Care Ministry Connections: Congregation



November

Alzheimer's Disease

In November we celebrate Thanksgiving and observe All Saints Day, 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 5.5 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:

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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