ST. JOHN LUTHERAN CHURCH
(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!

FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE NEWS – October 2021
THEME: Caregiving – “Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.” Mark 8:25

Meeting: Friday, October 22 at 1:30 pm, Memorial Hall
Hymn: LSB 902 – Lord Jesus Christ,Be Present Now
Devotions: Jo-Ann Miller
Roll Call:  Give an example of care for caregivers.
Bible Study: Pastor Grimm
Business: Slate of Officers
Service Activity: Mite Box offering and Devotion

+ NOISY SUNDAY – OCTOBER 31, 2021  +

Mission Grant for October is Ministering to Returning Soldiers and Veterans - $95,000
                Healing the Invisible Wounds of War through Horses – Spirit Warrior, Central Maine
  Spirit Warrior is a program that addresses the need to provide pastoral/diaconal care using horses with those who have endured the hardships of war and have returned. Current traditional therapy does not address the care of the spirit.  Out of this need, the Spirit Warrior, L3C program was born.
  The core principles of Spirit Warrior are: 1. Offering the grace of God to all who are suffering; 2. Proclaiming the name of Christ in our work and our actions; and 3. Being good stewards of all that is entrusted to us. This grant will provide funding for 58 veterans to benefit from the program.
  We pray: Merciful Father, sharing Your love and helping others in need is a great joy, and we thank You for this opportunity to serve You, We ask Your blessing on the recipients of this grant that they may, by the power of the Holy Spirit, come to know Jesus as their personal Savior. We ask that Your healing hands be up them. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen

THE LADIES TEA has been postponed due to the many conflicts with the October date.  The committee hopes to reschedule close to Mother's Day 2022 if there is enough interest at that time.  Thank you to those who had pre-registered for the October event.

GIVEPLUS+  St. John’s Stewardship News
“Teach the Word of God”
Our congregation is charged with being faithful to God’s Word, which requires that we KNOW God’s Word.  God has placed teachers in our midst who help us expand and deepen our knowledge of His Word. We offer times with God through midweek Bible study, Sunday School and Bible Class, confirmation classes for youth and adults, Vacation Bible School and Teens for Christ. These are opportunities to learn more about our faith in God.
We also offer a Christ-centered education for K-8 grades at our Lutheran School. We are “training up children in the way they should go.” And when they are older, they will stay the course.
    All of these teaching events share a part of our budget. Through your gifts we are able to ensure that God’s Word is faithfully taught, read and sung.
We give you several ways to contribute offerings to further the teaching of God’s Word…
1.when attending a church service,
2.by mail, or
3.electronically using the GIVEPLUS+ application.
Prayerfully consider how you can serve the Lord with your time, talents, and gifts.
Every gift—no matter the size—matters!
St. John’s Stewardship Board

2021 KANSAS DISTRICT YOUTH GATHERING (KDYG): will be held November 19-21 at Hotel Topeka at City Center (formerly known as Topeka Capitol Plaza.)  The theme for this senior youth event is Faithful, based on 1 Thessalonians 5:24.  The keynote speaker is the Rev. Bill Yonker of Immanuel Lutheran Church, East Dundee, IL.
This year there will be sectional topics as follows:
Sexuality—Rev. Bill Yonker; Isolation and Mental Health—Rev. Neil Buono; Life and Death—Rev. Matthew Durance; and Identity—facilitated by LCMS College Students and Young Adults.  In addition, students will be able to participate in two to four simple onsite projects within a rotation of sectionals and service.
The registration cost is $99 plus the hotel room cost of $97/night (four per room.) Registration opens September 1.  KDYG information is posted on the LCMS Kansas District website (kslcms.org/kdyg), with updates on the District Facebook page. 

THE ALTAR GUILD is looking to expand our membership.  We would like to add one or two people to each team in the coming month.  Any confirmed girl or woman of the congregation is invited to volunteer.  All that is needed is a willing heart and a few hours to serve the Lord one calendar month of the year.  You will not work alone, but will be a member of a team that you will share the duties of preparing the altar for worship.  This includes, but is not limited to, filling candles, putting out flowers, and setting up for communion.  Please contact Pastor, the church office or Ruth Wille (785-499-3740) if you are interested.

LUNCH BUNCH is eating at the Friendly Cooker in Wamego on October 10th at 11:15 am. Reserve a seat by signing up the weekend of October 2nd-3rd or by calling in your reservation at the church office by Wednesday, October 6th.

THRIVENT REPRESENTATIVE: Dean Straub will be at the church this month on Thursday, October14th and 28th from 1:00-3:00 pm.  Contact him to make an appointment by calling his office (785-834-2252) or cell phone (785-969-7672).

VOICES FOR GOD: Join our choir and proclaim your faith in joyful response to God.  If you enjoy singing with a group of people who love to praise God, please talk to a choir member about coming or just come to our regular practice time on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm.
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow…
Paula Moege, Director; Cheryl Buttenhoff, Asst. Director and Becky Frank, Communications.

BELL CHOIR: The bell choir JuBellation has openings for 1 or 2 ringers!  Please contact Kathy Schultz or any bell ringer if you’d like to ring. Or just check it out! Practices are on Wednesday nights at 7:00pm.  We hope you’ll give us a ring!

COMFORT MAKERS ARE NEEDED:  Many thanks to those who helped to tie comforters.  We appreciate everyone’s help and hope you can continue to assist in this mission work.   We will meet in Memorial Hall basement on October 4th and 18th from 9-11:00 am.  For questions, contact Lynette Phillips @ 785-410-6548 or Rose Debler @ 785-765-2379.

FROM THE PARISH NURSE…
God uses pain in our lives as a reminder of sin and as a call to trust Him.  Acts 14:22 Says: We must through many troubles enter into the kingdom of God.  No one is immune from pain.  The following article helps us understand how to rely on God.
  “DEALING WITH PAIN: Pain is universal.  To be alive is to feel pain.  As nurses, we are trained to assess and recognize pain of every kind – physical, emotional and mental and, especially for Parish Nurses, also spiritual.  There are pain scales to assess the level of a person’s pain, visual cues and physical changes in vital signs that indicate the presence of pain.
“Emotional and mental pain can be harder to recognize but often has outward signs of tears, sadness, anger, decreased interest in self-care or activities, withdrawal from others, anxiety -- overall changes in behavior. 
“Spiritual pain might be seen through a person’s anger at God, separation from church family, increased or decreased reactions to and interest in spiritual matters, anxiety, questioning one’s faith.
“All the types of pain listed above involve the whole person, body, mind and spirit.  One area affects all others.  Pain is always an unpleasant and negative emotional experience.  Over time, pain starts taking over how people think and behave.  Chronic pain changes the activity of the brain, especially in the frontal cortex, which leads to emotional changes, causing negative responses to the pain and decreased ability and interest in daily activities.
“Pain and how people respond to it is complex. Helping a person deal with pain requires multiple approaches depending on the cause of pain, the person’s understanding and interpretation of the pain, and the overall wellness of the person.
“The role of nurses -- and Parish Nurses in particular -- is to listen, assess needs, provide information on resources and connect the sufferer to the best access to comfort and care.  Most importantly, the Parish Nurse can ease a sufferer’s anxiety through prayer and reassurance of a loving, caring, healing Savior.  Prayer and presence, while not curing the underlying cause of illness, plays a huge role in calming, reassuring and providing hope to a person in pain.  When we share God’s words, it encourages and provides hope for both us as caregivers and the person suffering pain.
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7. (NIV)”
  LPNI.org, article by Dottie Simon RN, Navarre Beach, FL

RESPIRATORY SYNCYTIAL VIRUS (RSV) has been a very prominent circulating virus this year in children during late summer and early fall in Kansas.  This viral respiratory disease has many of the same symptoms as COVID-19 and the common cold.  The virus affects the lungs and breathing passages causing symptoms such as runny nose, decrease in appetite, coughing sneezing, fever, and wheezing.  Infants and older adults may develop severe infections from RSV, such as pneumonia or bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lungs.)  Most children get RSV infection by age two, but a person can get infected with the virus more than once in their lifetime. 
Because RSV is a viral infection, antibiotics are not used for the treatment of the disease.  Antibiotics only treat bacterial infections and are not helpful in treating viral infections.  There is a drug called Synagis that is given to babies who are born prematurely (at or before 35 weeks, and who are 6 months of age or less at the beginning of RSV season).  This drug is not a vaccine—it’s an injection given once a month throughout fall and continues into spring.  The exact timing of RSV varies by location as we have seen in Kansas this year.
There are ways to prevent the spread of this virus in the same fashion as we attempt to prevent the spread of the common cold and COVID-19:
1.Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and help young children to do the same.  Singing the birthday song or the ABC song helps to gage the time.
2.Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your upper shirt sleeve, not bare hands.  Throw the tissue in the trash after use, and then wash hands.
3.Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
4.Avoid close contact with sick people, such as kissing, or sharing cups or eating utensils,
5.Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs.
If you become ill and develop more severe symptoms, contact your doctor.  Respiratory virus illnesses have similar symptoms and can be diagnosed based on lab tests.

God’s blessing to you and your health,
Janet Wertzberger, RN


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