• Care & Healing
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
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/
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
(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
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
Care Ministry Connections: Congregation
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.
Two recommended sites are:
- What are the credentials of the authors? Are they recognized
- 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?
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).
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:
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..”
Connections: Community plans for 2019-2020
sharing the love of God in Christ Jesus with the
homeless, prisoners, elderly and others in need
||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.
DONATION CENTER is open to receive
donated goods from members and community.
call the office at 651-645-2867 to set up a
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.
January – February:
||Gather toiletry/first aid items for Health East's Caring Hearts drive and Rezek youth.
MN Foodshare month; emphasize special, matched dollar giving to Keystone Food Shelf.
Make envelopes for dollar donations available to congregation.
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
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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