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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!
This month we observed All Saints Day and will celebrate Thanksgiving ,
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
Alzheimer’s disease causes progressive deterioration of the mind and affects
more than 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: Alzheimer’s Association –www. alz,org
National Institute on Aging nia.nih.gov/Alzheimers
Betsy Hoffman 651-414- 5291 - firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Gathering – Group Respite –
- Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health
- Memory Loss Caregivers Support Group
Care Ministry Connections: Congregation
In October we remember St. Luke, the physician and we are also
aware of Jesus healing ministry while on earth. Our focus this
month will be on Spiritual Health.
We read in genesis 2:7 that God formed man as he “….breathed
into his nostrils the breath of life.” Our real essence consists of our
spiritual dimension: that which reflects the ‘breath’ of God.
Spirituality is based on a dependence of God, and concerns the
relationship with (1) God (2) self (3) others (4) the environment (5)
our past, present and future. Spiritual health exists when these
relationships are in balance and support one another.
Just like our bodies, our spirits need special care and feeding in
order to stay healthy. Romans, chapter 12, provides a helpful outline
for nourishing our spirituality.
First, and most important, we need
to involve ourselves in a life of worship (12:1). Since we were
created in His image, nourishing our relationship with God is the
basis of all health and wholeness.
Second, we are encouraged to
develop a right understanding of ourselves (12:2-3) A healthy
sense of self that is consistent with God’s perspective can help us
to live a life of peace and joy.
Third, we can nourish our
relationships with others (12:4-16). Paul uses the symbol of the
body to remind us that we all are important parts of the Body of
Christ. Our spirituality is made visible when we live a life that
reflects Christ’s love for all people.
Fourth, we can live a life of
peacemaking in the world, (12:17-21). We are able to conquer
evil with peace as we nourish our spirits and reflect the love of
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 2017-2018
sharing the love of God in Christ Jesus with the
hungry, homeless, prisoners, elderly and others in need
||Keystone food shelf – food, bags, dollars; supporting church goal is $2,500
CEEDS clothing, household needs ingathering and special needs that may arise
CrossingHOME X-large size clothing, toiletries, other needs gathered.
The DONATION CENTER is open to receive donated goods from members and community.
Donors may call the office or Jeanne (651-645-2867) to set up a donation time.
September – October:
Wed Fellowship cooks prepared 10 meals which were delivered to Rezek and Safehouse
for LSS homeless youth meals.
CEEDS winter clothing/household goods gathered along with cleaning supplies.
Two bus passes ($50 each) given to two young persons in need of help.
Two bags of clothing taken to LSS Back-to-school “sale” event.
November – December:
Christmas gifts for LSS Metro Homeless Youth – 4 persons; about 20 gifts.
Christmas Target gift cards (6) to give to Lynglomsten
to share with elderly residents.
Christmas baskets for those in need (to be determined).
January – February:
||Gather toiletry/first aid items for Health East’s Caring Hearts drive and for making
sock (donated large size socks needed, too) kits to be distributed by CrossingHOME.
||Wed Lenten cooks soup meals to be shared with Rezek and Safehouse homeless youth.
MN Foodshare month; emphasize special giving to Keystone
Food Shelf since all donations have greatly added value during March.
Prepare for Celebrating Seniors Sunday. Possible bake sale.
||Eleventh Annual Celebrating Senior Sunday on May 6, 2018 with
July – August:
||Gather clothing, household goods, games, books for Giveaway
Table at Nat’l Night Out.
August 7: National
Night Out “Free” music, food, tables of useful items to Re-Use held
on lawn and parking lot for community fellowship and conversation.
(Your suggestions for community sharing are welcome: contact Lydia Volz or Shirley Dorow)
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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