(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! 

April 2024 Friendship Circle News

Our next meeting is April 24th at 1:30 p.m. at St. John Memorial Hall.
DEVOTION: Treasured to Perfection - Paula Moege
ROLL CALL: Name your favorite sign of spring
BIBLE STUDY: "Chosen and Treasured" led by Pastor Grimm
BUSINESS: Spring Event report; LWML District Convention report
SERVICE ACTIVITY: Mite Box with Devotion


​1. The Manhattan Zone Spring Event will be held April 6th at 10:00 a.m. in Duluth. Pastor and Gayle are presenters.
2. ​ The LWML District Convention will be held in Wichita from April 12th-14th. We have two voting delegates.
3. Ingathering - baby diapers (all sizes), baby wipes, bath soaps, toothpastes, toothbrushes, new socks (all sizes) new underwear (all sizes), old eyeglasses.

THE NEXT NOISY SUNDAY for mission grants mite offering is June 30th, the fifth Sunday in that month.

THE FEATURED MISSION GRANT FOR APRIL: 2023-2025 MISSION GRANT NO. 7 – Mental Health Training and Outreach, LCMS Life Ministry - $96,500. There is a need and opportunity for Lutheran outreach to people struggling with mental illnesses and disorders. However, it is challenging for pastors, church workers, and lay leaders because they do not have enough training to provide effective and appropriate care. LCMS Life Ministry received an LWML Mission Grant of $96,500 to help meet the cost of developing materials for training church workers as they minister to those suffering from mental illnesses.

2023-2025 Mission Grant No. 9 – Equipping Young Leaders, LCMS Youth Ministry - $50,000. LWML Mission Grant No. 9 will allow LCMS Youth Ministries to develop new curriculums for four regional Youth-Lead events, pilot a new Servant Event for youth, and develop a survey for Generation Z. These projects are to help teens and young adults stay connected to the church and grow in their faith in Jesus Christ.

2023-2025 Mission Grant No. 10 – Set Apart to Serve, LCMS Office of Pastoral Education - $100,000. Set Apart to Serve is an LCMS initiative with the purpose of forming and recruiting full-time church workers. Christ’s church continues to need church workers for the building up of the kingdom. Along with your mite offerings to support this LWML mission grant, you can support Set Apart to Serve by praying for God to provide church workers, talking to your children about becoming church workers, and thanking God for the people who work in your congregation.

LWML SPRING EVENT: Spring is coming and LWML is planning the Spring Event on Sat., April 6th at St. Paul in Duluth. Registration starts at 9:30 with the meeting being called to order at 10:00 a.m. The cost is $5 which includes lunch served by the St. Paul ladies. Guest speakers will be Pastor and Gayle Grimm who were petal pushers decorating several floats with Lutheran Hour Ministries for the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California. For the mite challenge, you can select your favorite flower – roses, lilies, mums, carnations. Gifts from the heart will go to the Onaga food bank. They are accepting donations of canned goods except green beans and garbanzo beans, boxed mixes, and paper goods. All ladies are invited and bring a friend.  

1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
 5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithful-ness continues through all generations. Psalm 100

JuBellation: Handbells will go back to their regular time to practice which is 7:00 p.m. beginning April 3rd. Also note that they will be playing in church on April 21st and 28th.

BOOK STUDY: The book study group is meeting on April 11th at Elaine Becker's to discuss artists Cranach and Durer (Saint day celebrated on 4/21) and Father Confessor Bugenhagen (Saint day celebrated on 4/20). We will meet on April 25th, at Bruce and Kathy Schultz's to discuss Anselm (Saint day celebrated on 4/21) and St. Mark (Saint day celebrated on 4/25). We are using Celebrating the Saints by William C. Weedon, but are supplementing our discussion with searches on the internet.

MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER: A seminar, “The Blessings of Marriage will be presented by Rev. James Woelmer at Christ Lutheran Church, 4592 Green Valley Rd., Manhattan, KS.
    Marriage comes with its own set of challenges, whether you’re newlyweds or celebrating your golden anniversary. Join Rev. Woelmer to dive into the Biblical significance of marriage, its enriching aspects, and how it enhances our understanding of Christ and the church.
     Rev. James Woelmer, the pastor at Christ Lutheran Church will lead the discussion. Together with his wife, Rachel, they have five adult children and 14 grandchildren. Possessing a master’s degree in Family Life from Concordia University in Nebraska, he brings expertise on the needs of men and women in marriage.
      There will be two sessions in April: Wednesday the 24th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday the 27th from 3-5 p.m. Please RSVP Rev. Woelmer at woelmer@gmail.com or call 785-776-2227.

PHOENIX RISING BENEFIT GALA: On behalf of Concordia Academy Wichita, a Lutheran High School, you are invited to join them for the 2nd annual benefit gala on Friday April 19, 2024, with a social hour beginning at 6 p.m. and dinner following at 7. The evening will feature a wine and spirit pull and a live auction for a rifle. Tickets are $25 each ($50 per couple) or $125 for a table of six. Tickets can be purchased by visiting their website at CAWichita.org or call 316-202-8989 for more information. All funds raised will benefit the General Fund and are tax-exempt. The venue is located at 909 S. Market St. in Wichita.

NEW LCMS MISSIONARIES: Five new missionaries and their families began their service in 2024. Rev. Jordon and Alison Andreasen will serve as missionaries in Romania; Rev. Jonah and Renee Domenichelli will serve in Germany; Rev. Ross and Kris Shaver will serve in the Dominican Republic as a church planter and theological educator; Stanley and Dana Stigdon will serve in the Dominican Republic as the regional business manager; and Rev. Roberto and Kathryn Weber will also serve in the Dominican Republic. Roberto will teach at Concordia the Reformer Seminary in Palmar Arriba and serve as a pastor at a mission station in Santiago. Please pray for them as they embark on this new journey.

SINGING OF JESUS CHRIST: The Fifth Biennial Exhibition of Sacred Visual Art, sponsored by the Good Shepherd Institute of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne (CTFSW), invites artists to capture the spirit of “Singing of Jesus Christ” from thefollowing hymns, all of which appeared in the first Lutheran hymnal published in 1524:
“Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice (Lutheran Service Book 556)
“Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord” (Lutheran Service Book 497)
“In the Very Midst of Life” (Lutheran Service Book 755)
“We Praise You, Jesus at Your Birth” (Lutheran Service Book 382)
    Artists may submit up to three pieces of work for the exhibit. Submissions must include an explanation of how the artwork reflects the chosen hymn. Entries must have been completed within the last five years. Media that may be used include painting, prints, fiber, clay, wood, metal, and glass. All entries must be the original work of the submitting artist (or artists in collaboration) and not completed as part of a kit or in a classroom.
    The entry deadline is July 10, 2024. Works will be displayed in the Wayne and Barbara Kroemer Library on the campus of CTSFW from October 31, 2024 to January 31, 2025.
    For detailed information and an entry form, visit ctsfw.edu/gs-art-exhibit.

SONGS OF DELIVERANCE: Registration is now open for the 2024 Institute on Liturgy, Preaching and Church Music on July 9-12, 2024, at Concordian University, Nebraska (CUNE) in Seward, Neb.
   The Institute, which is being presented by LCMS Worship, returns under the theme of “Songs of Deliverance: Psalms in the Great Congregation.” With the Psalter as its focal point, this conference will feature fresh and perennial topics on music, leadership, preaching, pastoral care, art, and spiritual growth in Lutheran worship. Participants will be able to choose from a variety of instructive and interactive sessions addressing practical topics of interest to musicians, pastors, teachers, interested laypersons , and many others. We’ll also take up a challenge together: pray at 150 psalms.
    Registration is open through April 19th at the early-bird rate of $350 per adult. Regular registration is open from April 20th through May 17th at the adult attendee rate of $400. Two-day, one-day, and full-time student registrant options are also available. More information, including how to register, is available at lcms.org/2024-worship-institute.

CAMP TRINITY ACADEMY: If you know of a young man who might be interested in becoming a pastor or in being a church leader, Camp Trinity Academy might be a place to start learning. Enrollment is open to boys ages 12 to 18. For more information, contact Pastor Andrew Preus with the subject line “Camp Trinity Academy” at ajpreus@gmail.com.

SERV’N IN THE HILLS: Camp Trinity is has scheduled a servant event for June 2-7, 2024. The events are to provide unique opportunities for spiritual, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth in a work setting and to provide participants with different cultural experiences. Participants will be working on several projects including new construction, reconstruction, and landscaping. The youth will also work with the elderly in the local community for two afternoon sessions. Adult leaders are needed as well as youth ages 13-18. For further information, call 573-237-2072 or email camptrinity73@yahoo.com.

LIFE CHOICE MINISTRIES: Be the Light, a walk for life in 2024 on Saturday, May 4, 2024, at 9 a.m. in Long’s Part at 17th and Yuma in Manhattan, KS. Be the Light of Christ in our community by meeting the needs of women and young families who need support! Registration deadline to guarantee a t-shirt is April 8th. Additional information about Life Choice Ministries can be found online at www.lifechoiceks.org. If you have questions, please call 785-776-9406.

MIDLAND CARE CELEBRATION WALK: Join the 28th annual celebration walk at Midland Care starting at 6 p.m. Take a peaceful stroll surrounded by 2,000 luminaries. Take advantage of the main stage events beginning at 7 p.m. Join in celebrating loved ones with activities like a butterfly release, leaving messages with sidewalk chalk, and a special reading of the names.
   Bring your own lawn chairs and enjoy a variety of entertainment while children have fun with face painting, games, and memorial activities. Food trucks will be available offering a diverse selection of treats. For more information, contact Midland Care at midlandcare.org/events/24walk or call 785-232-2044. 

SHARING THE LOVE OF JESUS: The Wamego Family Worship Center, located at 16445 Cameron Circle, is inviting the women of our community to attend a one-day retreat on Saturday, April 27th, 2024. Mary James, who is a 6-time Inspirational Country Music Female Vocalist of the Year and Speaker is the presenter. Details for registering is on the poster which is included in the newsletter.

HEIT’S POINT CAMP: It’s never too early to plan vacations and summer activities for your children. This summer Heit’s Point Lutheran Ministries in Lincoln, MO will be conducting two summer camps. The first camp is scheduled for June 9-14 and is for the entire family. The second camp is a middle school and high school LCMS Synodical Servant Event scheduled for June 24-28. For more information, you can contact them at info@heitspoint.com or call 660-668-2363.

​“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money." Matthew 6:24

​From the Parish Nurse…


    Millions of people in the United States are living with opioid use disorder (OUD); in 2020, an estimated 2.7 million people ages 12 or older reported having an OUD, a problematic pattern of opioid use that causes significant impairment or distress.
    OUD is a treatable, chronic disease that can affect anyone – regardless of race, gender, income level, or social class. A diagnosis of OUD is based on specific criteria such as unsuccessful efforts to cut down or control opioid use or opioid use resulting in a failure to fulfill obligations at work, school, or home, among other criteria.
    Overdoses are a leading injury-related cause of death in the United States and appear to have accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Overdose deaths are preventable and preventing an opioid overdose death starts with being able to recognize the signs of an overdose. During an overdose, breathing can be dangerously slowed or stopped, causing brain damage or death,
    Recognizing the signs of opioid overdose and acting fast can save a life. Here are some things to look for:
      •Small, constricted “pinpoint pupils”
      •Falling asleep or losing consciousness
      •Slow, weak, or no breathing
      •Choking or gurgling sounds
      •Limp body
      •Cold and/or clammy skin
      •Discolored skin (especially in lips or nails)
    It may be hard to tell of a person is high on drugs or experiencing an overdose. If you are not sure, it is best to treat it like an overdose – you could save a life.
      1.Call 911 immediately.
      2.Administer naloxone, kits are free of charge.
      3.Try to keep the person awake and breathing.
      4.Lay the person on the side to prevent choking.
      5.Stay with the person until emergency workers arrive.

    [To order Naloxone kits: www.dcca.org; click on “Naloxone request; click on request Naloxone kit. Complete request form and submit.]

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Did you know that sweet potatoes are high in fiber and are full of healthy nutrients? They contain high levels of beta-carotene which is converted into Vitamin A to support vision. Vitamin A also supports the immune system by fighting infections in the body. Sweet potatoes help with stress management as they contain significant amounts of magnesium which assist in reducing stress and anxiety.
Resource: “Kansas Parish Nurse Ministry Faith Community Nursing Quarterly Newsletter, Spring 2024”

PARISH NURSING EDUCATION: If you are a licensed registered nurse and are interested in serving n the parish health ministry, you are invited and encouraged to participate in a 17-course module which is specific to the Lutheran Nurses Association of Australia and has resources available for parish nurses within the LCMS. For additional information, contact the LCMS Parish Nurse leader, Dr. March Schnorr at 815-562-2744 (mornings), marcyschnorr2009@gmail.com.
    Concordia University Wisconsin offers a Certificat of Completion for Parish Nursing/Faith Community Nursing. The course is offered online for a flexible way to learn congregational health ministries. The Christ-centered course is taught by theology and nursing faculty with real-world experience. Contact Carol Lueders Bolwerk at carol.luedersbolwerk@cuw.edu.

Blessings in Christ,
Janet Wertzberger, RN
Parish Nurse

HEALTH CHECK: The Parish Nurse will be available after the service on April 14th to check blood pressures and address any health-related concerns. This is a free service and available for anyone.

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