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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!
Suffering and Caring
I hope you are able to take time to enjoy the remainder of summer,
before the fall and its busy schedule are here. Several members of our
congregation have recently experienced major illnesses and health
changes that impact their daily life. I would like to share some
thoughts on Suffering and Caring. Suffering seems to be an
experience that we all share at one time or another, yet it remains a
disturbing and perplexing situation for both the person suffering and
those around him/her.
Suffering may not mean the same thing to those who are experiencing
it. I consider suffering to be a general situation of distress which
affects all of a person. It is different from pain in that suffering (1)
does not have an immediate remedy (2) affects the whole of a person,
and (3) impacts our sense of meaning, driving us toward God (adapted
from Amato, 1990).
Our Lord’s charge to the early church directed the faithful to preach,
teach and heal (Mt: 7,8; Mt. 28: 19.20). Jesus’ healing life empowers
the church to do healing ministry with a hurting and broken world. As
children of God, all of us are called to share these gifts of healing with
one another. Some of the specific things we can do when confronting
suffering are (1) offer a ministry of presence, sharing with a
suffering person our gifts of time, self and compassion, (2) help
people to discover meaning in the midst of their suffering, (3) take
action directed at alleviating suffering (adapted from Johnstone,
May the revelation of Jesus’ suffering evermore challenge us to do
healing ministry in our hurting world.
Care Ministry Connections: Congregation
Herbs and Health
With summer here and the growing season in full swing, it is a good
time to explore herbal remedies and our health. God has given us
many plants, fruits and grains to keep our bodies strong and many
plants also have medicinal and healing qualities. The Bible reminds us
that God lovingly gave”… every green plant for food.” (Gen. 1:30).
Today, many people seek assistance to feel better and live fuller lives
with chronic illnesses. Pharmacies have many herbal products which
can be taken without a Doctor’s order. Many of these products are
available as teas, tinctures or tablets. It is important to make sure that
the product is the pure form of the herb and to be aware that the active
ingredient is, in fact, a drug.
It is essential to visit with your Doctor and inform him of all the over-
the-counter herbs and supplements that you are taking, in order to
avoid drug interactions. For instance, grapefruit can increase the
potency of drugs such as estrogen and some heart and BP
medications. Ginkgo can increase the risk of bleeding for persons
taking coumadin. St John’s Wort may increase the strength of any
anti-depressants that are taken.
Some uses for common herbs are:
- Ginger tea for nausea and upset stomach
- Garlic to lower BP and cholesterol levels
- Echinacea for colds and coughs
- Valerian root for insomnia
Resources: The Herb Society of America- www.herbsociety.org
Duke, J. (1997). The Green Pharmacy. Emmaus, PA: Rodale Press.
May the Lord of Life richly bless your physical, emotional/relational
and spiritual life!
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 2016-2017
sharing the love of God in Christ Jesus with the
hungry, homeless, prisoners, elderly and others in need
|| - Keystone food shelf – food, bags, dollars. Set
a supporting church goal of $2,500.
- CEEDS – clothing, household needs ingathering and special
needs that may arise
- Crossing HOME/released prisoner needs posted in Jottings; gathered as needed.
|Sept - Oct
||- CEEDS winter needs ingathering; $ donation for new family needs
- Crossing HOME winter clothing needs ingathering; deliver remaining Sock Kits (16)
- Safehouse Wed night meals delivery; prepared by fellowship cooks on these dates:
Sep 14, 21, 28; Oct 5, 12, 19, 26; Nov 2, 9, 16 (Care Ministry cooks on Oct 19, 2016)
Christmas gifts for LSS Metro Homeless Youth – 4 persons
- Christmas gift cards to Lyngblomsten to share with residents
- Christmas boxes with cookies and gift cards for the 4 residents of Martin House
||Caring Hearts toiletry items for Health East
homeless and Crossing HOME. Wed, February 15, Caring
Hearts Community Ingathering/Supper
||Safehouse meals delivery of Wed fellowship cooking (exact dates TBD)
||MN Foodshare month emphasizing enhanced, matched giving for Keystone food shelf.
Bake and Craft Sale held April 8.
- Prepare for Celebrating Seniors Sunday.
||May 7, 2017: Tenth annual Celebrating Seniors Sunday service and luncheon
June - July
||Gather items for National Night Out Giveaway Re-cycle “free” tables.
National Night Out Giveaway tables and fellowship outreach …. August 1, 2017
The plans are open to other needs that arise throughout the year.
Individuals or groups in the community are welcome to contribute needed clothing, household items, bedding, toiletries.
Call the church office at 651-644-1421 for a time to drop items off.
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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