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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


April

Cancer Control Month

As the Lenten season draws to a close, we begin to prepare our hearts for Easter. The grief of Holy week will soon be replaced by the Victory of Easter. As we reflect on our lives, it is also a good time to reflect on how we care for our bodies.

April is observed as Cancer Control Month and the focus will be on lifestyle changes that can affect the risk of cancer. Although the overall rate of cancer continues to drop every year, it is still one of the leading causes of death in this country, especially for cancer of the respiratory system, breast, colon, pancreas and bladder.

There are certain things that one can do to reduce their risk of cancer. One of the primary risk factors for cancer and a shortened life-span is smoking. Stopping smoking will bring immediate results for increased health. 

Additional suggestions from the American Cancer Society to reduce cancer risk are:

  • Avoid second hand smoke
  • Trim fat from your diet
  • Avoid salt-cured, smoked & nitrite-cured foods
  • If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation
  • Protect exposed skin from the sun.
Activities that protect from cancer are:
  • Eat more cruciferous vegetables (cabbage & broccoli)
  • Add more high fiber foods to your diet (whole grains, legumes,fruits and vegetables)
  • Maintain your weight in a healthy range
  • Engage in regular activity.

“Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity...always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Eph.5:15 20).

Lydia Volz
Care Ministry Connections: Congregation



March

World Hunger

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 faith.

  • 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!

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.

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:  (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 2018-2019

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
CEEDS clothing, household needs ingathering and special needs that may arise CrossingHOME X-large size clothing, toiletries, other needs gathered.
All Year:
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.

2018:
September – October:
Sep 3 – CEEDS Clothing Distribution at Jehovah for refugee families. Acquisition of shelving and racks to update Clothing room
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 room
2019:  
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.
Clothing Closet set up to serve CEEDS refugee needs.

March-April:
  Wednesday cooks will share Lenten soup/bread meals with Homeless Youth.
MN Foodshare Month emphasizing $ gifts for Keystone Food Shelf along with bags/food.

March:
 
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 with worship/luncheon.
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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