• 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!
In March we begin our Lenten journey, and also recognize it as
Nutrition Month. As we approach Easter, we look forward to the feast
to come when we are in heaven (Rev. 19:9). Despite the hardships
families in agriculture may face, we live in a land of plenty. Not
everyone is so fortunate. There are those in our community, who
cannot afford sufficient food for themselves of their families. I want
to share some thoughts with you on world hunger, here in the United
States and abroad.
Worldwide, there are more than 6 million children under the age of 5
who die every year. The vast majority of these deaths are hunger
related. Eighty-seven developing countries don’t produce enough food
to feed their citizens and can’t afford to import what they need. Nearly
one in four children in this country live on the brink of hunger.
For generations, people have fasted for a variety of reasons (spiritual,
physical and mental/emotional). Both the Old and New Testaments
offer encouragement for fasting. Even our Lord fasted (Ex. 34:28;
Mt. 6:16-18; Luke 4:1-2). Fasting allows us to focus on our true
hunger: for the Lord and His Word, to identify with those in need and
help move us to action.
The following are ideas for responding to world hunger as people of
- Sponsor a child in a developing country
- Consider spending time at local food pantries or soup kitchens
- Donate cash or food items at Jehovah for the Food shelf
- Pray that we will be able to feed all hungry children and adults
- Work to share the Bread of Life with all persons near and far
May we be blessed in our Lenten journey with these words of
Jesus,.’Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for
they will be filled’ (Mt.5: 6) Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!
Care Ministry Connections: Congregation
The Gift of Generations
December is a time of hectic family schedules, as we enter
the season of Advent and prepare for Christmas. It is a good time to focus
on Family Histories: The Gift of Generations.
A Family history is an organized recording of
important events in the life of a family. It is a healthful
activity for persons of all ages and can strengthen family
relationships. As in the story of the Exodus, family histories
can help us remember the ways in which God has been faithful and
merciful to us, and to live each day in the confidence of His
You only need follow three simple steps to
develop a family history: Remember it, Record it and Relate it.
First, consider what format you want to use; written, video, DVD
or audio. Second, be aware of the many good resources that are
available. Third, consider looking at pictures, letters and
other remembrances to stimulate the flow of memories, Fourth,
enjoy the process of creating the family history and encourage
interaction between generations and Fifth, use the process and
the final product to strengthen your family as you see the hand
of your loving Father in the joys and struggles of your life.
“…We will not hide them from their children;
we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the
Lord” (Ps. 78:4).
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..”
Connections: Community plans for 2018-2019
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
CEEDS clothing, household needs
ingathering and special needs that may arise
CrossingHOME X-large size clothing,
toiletries, other needs gathered.
DONATION CENTER is open to receive
donated goods from members and community.
call the office or Jeanne (651-645-2867) to set up a
September – October:
||Sep 3 – CEEDS Clothing
Distribution at Jehovah for refugee families.
Acquisition of shelving and racks to update Clothing
November – December:
Christmas gifts for LSS Metro Homeless Youth – 4
persons; about 20 gifts.
Christmas Target gift cards (8-10) to give to
Lynglomsten to share with elderly residents. Christmas
baskets for those in need (to be determined).
Dec 7 & 8: Cleaning and reorganization of CEEDS clothing
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
Clothing Closet set up to serve CEEDS refugee needs.
||Wednesday cooks will share Lenten soup/bread meals
with Homeless Youth.
MN Foodshare Month emphasizing $ gifts for Keystone Food
Shelf along with bags/food.
MN Foodshare month; emphasize special giving to
Keystone Food Shelf since all donations have greatly
added value during March.
April - May:
Prepare for Celebrating Seniors Sundaay.
May 5: Twelfth Annual Celebrating Senior Sunday
July – August:
||Gather clothing, household
goods, games, books for Giveaway Table at Nat’l Night
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
(Your suggestions for community sharing are welcome: contact Lydia Volz or
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, Millie Sjostrand, has
attended all ten Senior Sundays, as have several others
of the congregation's elders and friends.
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