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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


August

Suffering and Caring

As we approach the waning days of summer, 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 each of 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).

That sounds like an apt description of our present situation as most of us continue to struggle with the impact of the Coronavirus on our lives.

Our Lord’s charge to the early church directed the faithful to preach, teach and heal (Mt.10: 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, 1989).

Keep in mind social distancing and other suggested precautions when interacting with others to provide as much safety as possible for all.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. Ps. 91

Lydia Volz
Care Ministry Connections: Congregation



July

Health and the Internet

This month I want to share some thoughts on Health and the Internet. We are daily bombarded with information related to health or any other topic. The challenge before us is to judge the information and to decide what to do with it. Though there is a great amount of health information available on the Internet, some of it is incomplete, misleading or inaccurate. One can find information on health and wellness and specific diseases, find out more about health organizations and resources, and/or participate in on-line support groups and see and/or purchase health related products.

For the last four months we have been inundated with updates from various sources on the progress of the Coronavirus pandemic. In fact, information changes frequently as the virus is studied and tested. The following questions can serve as guidelines for judging the quality of health information on the Internet.

  • What are the credentials of the authors? Are they recognized experts?
  • What are the current recommendations for self –protection?
  • Are there references for their claims? If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
  • Are there ways to contact the authors for more information?
Two recommended sites are:
            https://www.mayoclinic.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



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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