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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!
WHAT IS INFLUENZA? The flu is a contagious
respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses
that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause
mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS. Flu may cause some or all
of these signs and symptoms: fever or feeling
feverish, chills, cough and sore throat, runny or
stuffy nose, headaches and muscle or body
aches, fatigue, vomiting/diarrhea (more common
in kids than adults).
HOW FLU SPREADS. Most experts believe that flu
viruses spread mainly by droplets made when
people with flu cough, sneeze, or talk. These
droplets can land in the mouths or noses of
people who are nearby. Less often, a person
might also get flu by touching a surface or object
that has flu virus on it and then touching their own
mouth, eyes, or possibly nose.
PERIOD OF CONTAGION. Fancy words for “when
you can spread your flu germs to others.” You
may be able to pass on the flu to someone else
before you even realize you’re infected! Most
healthy adults are able to infect others beginning
one day before they develop symptoms, and up
to seven days after becoming sick.
HOW SERIOUS IS THE FLU? Flu is unpredictable, and
its “spread-ability” and how severe its symptoms
are will vary from season to season, depending
on what strains of flu viruses are spreading, how
much flu vaccine is available, when flu vaccine is
available, how many people get vaccinated, and
how well the vaccine “matches” the flu viruses
that are causing illness in that season.
COMPLICATIONS OF FLU. Complications can include
bacterial pneumonia, sinus infections,
dehydration, ear infections, and worsening of
chronic medical conditions.
THE INFLUENZA VACCINE. The single best way to
prevent getting the flu is to get a flu vaccine
WHO SHOULD BE VACCINATED? CDC’s Advisory
Committee on Immunization Practices says
“everyone six months and older should get a flu
vaccine each year.” However, some people
should not be vaccinated without first consulting a
physician who knows their medical conditions.
BESIDES THE VACCINE. Wash your hands often –
after coughing/sneezing, and before touching
eyes, nose or mouth. Stay home when you are
sick; going to work, school, or church exposes lots
of other folks!
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by Marla Lichtsinn, RN, MPA, FCN,
Care Ministry Connections: Congregation
Role of Alcohol in our Lives
May you and your loved ones experience God’s gifts of lasting peace, joy and
wholeness as we celebrate the birth of the Christ Child! With the many festivities,
this is a good month to consider the Role of Alcohol in our Lives. It is both a
blessing and a curse.
In the Psalms we read that the Lord gives wine to gladden our hearts (104:15), but
we also read that “Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by
them is not wise” (Pr.20:1).
Studies from the last few years show that wine consumed in moderation can be
beneficial to the heart and reduce the risk of dementia. Antioxidants in red wine
called polyphenols may help protect the lining of blood vessels in your heart.
Resveratrol may boost heart health, protect against some kinds of cancer, and
prevent some types of vision loss. Grapes and berries are a better source of
resveratrol than red wine, so eating these is likely to be more healthful than drinking
wine. Moderate use is considered to be 4 ounces of wine or 12 ounces of beer a day
for women ; twice that amount for men.
Excessive intake of alcohol and heavy drinking, however, damages the heart and
liver and reduces cognitive ability. Alcoholism is a primary, progressive and fatal
disease associated with an addiction to the drug alcohol. Overuse or indicators of
misuse include (1)impaired control over drinking (2) preoccupation with alcohol (3)
continued use of alcohol in spite of adverse circumstances and/or (4) distorted
thinking. Alcoholism is one of the leading causes of death in our country, often
caused by driving under the influence of alcohol.
The Bible encourages us to limit our alcohol use, and stay in control. At the same
time, Scripture gives us confidence that with God’s help alcoholism can be
conquered. (Hebrews 12: 1-17). There are several agencies and support groups that
may help to overcome alcoholism, such as AA.
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:
Nov 25 Clothing Distribution with about 60 persons attending.
Christmas gifts for LSS Metro Homeless Youth – 4 persons; about 20 gifts.
Christmas Target gift cards (6) to give to Lyngblomsten
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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