(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!

LWML Friendship Circle News – June 2021
The next meeting is scheduled for June 25 at 1:30 – Memorial Hall
THEME: WOMEN AT WORK FOR THE LORD – “All the women whose hearts stirred them to use their skill spun the goats’ hair.” Exodus 35:26
HYMN: LWML SONG: Lutheran Woman, One and All
DEVOTIONS: Mary Reed Spencer
ROLL CALL: Gainfully Employed: What was your first job?
BIBLE STUDY: Janet Wertzberger
BUSINESS: Consider providing water for Wabaunsee County Fair Livestock Sale
SERVICE ACTIVITY: Collect items for Orphan Grain Train
The mite offerings that you have given to support the Mission programs of the Kansas District LWML are appreciated.  We have received word that Mission grants #4 and #5 have been paid! The message is as follows:
Praise God from Whom all blessings flow! Mission Grant #4 Lutheran Bible Translators ($5000) and Mission Grant #5 TIG Ministries Partnership ($4500) have both been paid!
The Lutheran Bible Translators grant will make the entire Bible available to the Komba people of Ghana allowing pastors, leaders, men, women, and children to share and know Jesus by being able to read, hear, and speak about Him in their own language.
The TIG Ministries Partnership will be providing encouragement, preaching, teaching, and visiting shit-ins in a rural area.  The money will be used for materials, supplies, and training specific to replanting the church in this mostly Hispanic area making it possible for them to receive the Word and Sacrament.
Thank you for your continued support of the missions of LWML!
Closing Prayer: LWML Song verse 3
Lutheran women, coast to coast- in the Lord a mighty host- let us all united be in the Holy Trinity, -One in faith, in hope, in love,- working for the Lord above- till our earthly labor done- we in heaven, shall all be one. Amen.
             Submitted by Paula Moege, Christian Life

THRIVENT REPRESENTATIVE: Dean Straub will be at the church this month on Thursday, June 10th, and 24th from 1:00-3:00 pm.  You may contact him to make an appointment by calling his office or cell phone.

UNDER CONSTRUCTION: GOD IS AT WORK VBS, 96 children from the community learned that God is working in all of us and His strength is made perfect in our weaknesses.  VBS was held on May 24th & 25th, from 9am -3pm.  We had 16 teens and 19 adults that helped with VBS this year by leading lessons, serving lunches, preparing snacks, and creating moments the children can treasure.  We truly appreciate all the children and volunteers that participated, as well as the generosity of all those that donated in one way or another to make this possible.

Look at the birds of the air, they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not of more value than they?  Matthew 6:26
Salmonella outbreaks:  Wild songbirds and baby chicks are springtime reminders of God’s goodness and renewal of life.  These birds can also be sources for potential Salmonella infections.  Birds can carry germs like Salmonella while looking clean and healthy.  Baby chicks are particularly popular among children who want to cuddle and kiss them.  Baby chicks and chickens can often be found in petting zoos, backyards and farm stores. Salmonella germs can easily spread in areas where the birds live and roam.  You can get sick when you touch your mouth with unwashed hands after touching the birds.  You can also get sick when you do not wash your hands after touching bird feeders, bird baths, or your pets that may have had contact with wild birds.
Most people who become infected Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps 6 hours to 6 days after being exposed to the bacteria.  The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.  However, some people develop the illness so severely that they must be hospitalized.  Children younger than 5, adults 65 and older, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have severe illness.
Steps to stay healthy around backyard poultry and wild bird feeders:
1. Always wash your hands for 20 seconds after touching the birds or bird supplies, especially before you eat or drink.
2. Keep flock and flock supplies outside the house to prevent spreading germs into your house. 3. Don’t let children younger than 5 years touch the birds (including chicks and ducklings) or anything in the area where the birds live and roam.
4. Don’t kiss or snuggle the birds, as this can spread germs to your mouth and make you sick.  Do not touch or hand-feed wild birds with your bare hands.
5. If you find a sick or dead bird in your yard, remove your feeder and birdbath for two weeks and clean them outdoors.  To clean and disinfect your bird feeder, scrub feeder with warm soapy water to remove dirt.  Rinse with clean water, then soak in a bleach solution (9 parts water:1part bleach) for at least 10 minutes.  Rinse to remove bleach and let it dry before refilling.  Wash your hands with soap and water after touching your bird feeder.
Stay safe this summer and keep washing your hands often like you learned to do during the Covid pandemic.  We want to see you healthy and in church often!

Pesky ticks: Once again the warm rainy weather is bringing on the season for ticks and mosquitoes.  I have personally taken off several ticks after having walked through my backyard, so fair warning!  There are several species of ticks and they vary in different areas of the United States.  The ticks that I have seen this year have included the seed tick, a tick that is smaller than the head of a pin.  I took a lone star tick off of my grandson recently which reminded me that there are some important steps to take when dealing with ticks. 
Ticks should always be removed with a pointed tweezers as soon as it is found.  Often the tick will cause itching which brings attention to its location on the body.  After removing the tick, put it in a small jar or container for possible further identification.   Lone star ticks are common carriers of Ehrlichiosis.  Wash the tick bite area with alcohol and then apply a triple antibiotic cream to the affected area.  If an antibiotic cream is not available, apply an antihistamine cream such as Benadryl to help reduce the itching.  Observe the area for several days or until no symptoms remain. 
Ehrlichiosis caused from a tick bite obtained while in a wooded or grassy area was a very common condition in Wabaunsee County in 2018-19.  This disease has an incubation period of 5-14 days.  Signs and symptoms include: fever, chills, headache, malaise, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, anorexia, altered mental status, and/or a rash (more commonly reported among children).  Few people will develop all symptoms, and the number and combination of symptoms varies greatly from person to person.  If symptoms develop, one should seek medical treatment for antibiotic treatment, specifically, the prescription antibiotic doxycycline.
“But I will let a few of them escape from the sword, from famine and pestilence, that they may declare all their abominations among the nations where they go, and may know that I am the Lord.”
Ezekiel 12:16
Have a happy and safe summer,
Janet Wertzberger, RN, Parish Nurse

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