(The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod)
Alma, Kansas
A family united by faith in Christ gathering around God's Word and Sacraments.
To reach out in Christ-like concern and Christ-borne love to each other and to those without Christ!


August 2020 – Friendship Circle News
Meeting date: August 28, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall.
Theme: BEING CONTENT AND SINGLE “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
Hymn: LSB 740 – I Am Jesus Little Lamb
Devotions: Janet Wertzberger
Roll Call: What is a favorite activity that you like to do when you have time for yourself?
Bible Study: Led by Janet Wertzberger
Business: Plan for LWML Sunday

At our July meeting we voted to continue to participate in the “Adopt a Seminarian Student” at Fort Wayne, Indiana.  We requested to support Christian Schultz for our monetary donation.
The LWML supplied bottled water at the Wabaunsee County Fair during the Livestock Sale on Tuesday, July 28th.
Our service activity was Mite Box Offerings and devotion.  This is also a reminder of the following: NOISY MITE BOX OFFERING SUNDAY is going to be AUGUST 30.  LWML Mission Grant #13 – Digital Media Development – Lutherans for Life (LFL) -- $30,000
Your Mite Offerings will participate in this goal of the LFL who envision that this digital media initiative will serve as a visual witness, while virtual conversation will enable Lutheran individuals and congregations to engage people using
social networks such as YouTube, Facebook, iTunes, and Instagram.  LWML’s support and partnership through this $30,000 grant will make it possible for LFL to help people treat life issues – and the souls facing them – with courage and compassion.
We pray: Heavenly Father, look with love on Your servants as they seek to serve You by sharing a life-giving message with those who need to hear it. Guide the workers at Lutherans for Life as they update and create new materials with a message of life.  Bless the mites used to provide the funds for this labor of love.   In Jesus’ name, Amen.

+++We invite you to attend our meeting in August to spend time with God in Devotion and Bible Study.  Christian fellowship is a good thing!!
                                                                                       Submitted by the Christian Life Chairman,
                                                                                       Paula Moege

FROM THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES: We have been blessed with 150 years as a congregation. Our congregation has stood the test of time as we worship our Lord and as we continue our work of spreading the word of God. Our Church continues to be a beautiful place to worship; however, it is in need of repair to the stone on its exterior. Removal of the old chimney on the southeast corner to seal a leak, as well as replacement of stone & mortar are necessary at this time for our building to remain strong. As such, we are starting a fund drive to raise monies for this project. Our goal is to have the work begin this fall. Please consider a contribution to this project. Monies may be designated as “Church Exterior.” Our goal is to raise $40,000 for the repairs.

THRIVENT REPRESENTATIVE, Dean Straub, will be at church this month on the 2nd & 4th Thursday. You may meet with him or contact him to make an appointment. He will be here from 1:00-3:00pm on August 13th & 27th.

FROM THE PARISH NURSE:   Taking Responsibility in Heat Waves
Despite the fact that heat-related illnesses and death are preventable, each year an average of 658 people succumb to extreme heat.  People at greatest risk for heat-related illness include infants and children up to 4 years old; people 65 years of age and older; people who are overweight or have existing medical conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease; people who are socially isolated; and the poor.  However, even young and healthy individuals can succumb to heat if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather.  Other behaviors also put people at greater risk, such as drinking alcohol and taking medications that impair the body’s ability to regulate its temperature or that inhibit perspiration.
  Heat-related illness, also called hyperthermia, is a condition resulting from exposure to extreme heat where the body becomes unable to properly cool, resulting in a rapid rise in body temperature.  The evaporation of sweat is the normal way to remove body heat, but, when the humidity is high, sweat does not evaporate as quickly.  This in turn prevents the body from releasing heat quickly.  Prompt treatment of heat-related illnesses with aggressive fluid replacement and cooling of core body temperature is critical to reducing illness and preventing death.  Exposure to excessive heat can directly or indirectly cause some illnesses and can exacerbate many pre-existing conditions such as heart and respiratory disease.  The symptoms of heat exhaustion include muscle cramping, fatigue, headache, nausea or vomiting, and dizziness or fainting.  Heat stroke is a life-threatening condition characterized by the a body temperature of 103 degrees F; red, hot, dry skin (no sweating); rapid, strong pulse; throbbing headache; nausea & vomiting; confusion; and unconsciousness.
    What You Can Do:  During heat waves, frequently check on people at risk for heat-related death, such as the elderly and disabled or homebound people.  Never leave children alone in cars, and ensure that children cannot lock themselves in an enclosed space, such as a car trunk. Use a reminder technique to check the backseat every time you get out of the car for children still strapped in their car seats.  Lock the car doors when everyone is out of the car to prevent children from getting into cars and becoming trapped inside.  Limit sun exposure during midday hours and in places of potential severe exposure, such as beaches.  Drink plenty of nonalcoholic fluids, and replace the body’s salts and minerals, which sweating can release.  Do not take salt tablets unless under medical supervision.  Dress infants and children in cool, loose clothing and shade their heads and faces from the sun with hats or an umbrella.  Provide plenty of fresh water for pets, and leave the water in a shady area.
  [This information is taken directly from the CDC website on heat-related illness.  More information and literature references are available @]

There will be a booth for shade by day from the heat, and for a refuge and shelter from the storm and rain. 
                                                                                                                                                         Isaiah 4:6
Some colleges are planning to start the fall semester earlier this year to try to reduce the number of times students return to campus in order to avoid large outbreaks of recurring disease.  Changing the school attendance schedule may be one way to prevent spread of disease, but preventative vaccination can support herd immunity in reducing disease spread.  We should make sure that all of our children are immunized and healthy in order to open the year in the healthiest way possible.
The COVID-19 experience has certainly taught us to practice better hygiene, cover our coughs and sneezes, and to avoid large gatherings.  Until there is a vaccine to prevent the spread of this virus, we will continue to practice social distancing.  Because there are childhood diseases for which we can prevent their spread, Kansas laws provide vaccination mandates and the ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices) provides recommendation for vaccination schedules.  The new Kansas Immunization Requirements for 2020-21 School Year are available on the Kansas Health and Environment website @ . The government is phasing in Hepatitis A and MenACWY (meningitis) requirements at different age levels.  For the 2020-21 school year, children Kindergarten through 3rd grade are required to have two doses of the Hepatitis A series at entry into the school year.  If there is not history of vaccination, the child would need to have one dose of Hepatitis A at school entry followed by a second dose 6 months later.  Each year, grades will be added until the series has been implemented among all grades.  Similarly, two doses of MenACWY vaccine are required at the beginning of the school year.  Children entering 7th and 8th grade are now required to have one dose at entry into school.  Your medical provider or the Wabaunsee County Health Department can assist parents in meeting these requirements.

Blessings in Christ,
     Janet Wertzberger, RN

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