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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 – August 2022

MEETING: Wednesday August 17, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. Memorial Hall

THEME: Dealing with Down Days – 
  Revelation 21:4 “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes and death shall be no more,  neither
 shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor  pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

HYMN: LSB 524: How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds

DEVOTIONS: Good Grief (Revelation 21:4) 
given by Joyce Diehl

ROLL CALL: Respond with a Bible verse that uplifts your spirits

BIBLE STUDY: Ecclesiastes: Comforting Words when Dealing with Tough Stuff  
given by Debbie MacGregor

BUSINESS: Plan for LWML Sunday

SERVICE ACTIVITY: Bring items for Orphan Grain Train

JULY MEETING NOTES:
    We have started planning for the upcoming LWML Sunday celebration in the near future by ordering special bulletin covers to use on the designated Sunday. The theme for this service is “For Us and With Us” – Revelation 8:31-39. The LWML Mission Statement reads – “As Lutheran Women in Mission, we joyfully proclaim Christ, support missions, and equip women to honor God by serving others.”

LWML MISSION GRANT FOR AUGUST – Providing Christ-Centered Outreach - $42,000
    St. Paul Lutheran Church and Christian Academy in Dallas, Texas, located in a poor community of mostly unchurched families, offers Christ-centered early childhood education, before and after school care, and adult academic and Bible classes. The grant is for the renovation of the fellowship hall of the church to better serve more children and adults in the Academy. 
    With this commitment, St. Paul members, volunteers, teachers, and staff can reach the community, helping change the lives of families by providing a safe and caring environment, healthy food, sound education, and the proclamation of the Good News of the Gospel. 

    We pray: Dear Lord, You welcomed the little children as You ministered to your people while on earth. Bless our mite offerings that they may provide the means for St. Paul Christian Academy to minister to the needs of the littlest and least in the Oak Cliff community. We ask this in your name. Amen.

NOTES FROM JUBELLATION HANDBELL CHOIR:
    JuBellation Handbell Choir rehearsals will resume on Wednesday, August 17th, at 7:00 p.m.

    For those that are interested in handbells and would like a one-time introductory class, there will be a beginner session on Wednesday, August 10th, starting at 6:30 p.m. We will go over the basics of reading music, marking music, how to play handbells and chimes with both hands, and how to do some fun techniques with bells. Please let Kathy Schultz know if you would like to come (text or call 785-313-5175, or email bubblrap2@gmail.com). 

BOOK STUDY: A book study will be starting on Thursday, August 25th to examine the migration of people from Saxony in the 1830’s that led to the establishment of the Lutheran settlements in St Louis and Perry County, MO, and ultimately to the establishment of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. At that time, the Prussian government was dictating what the churches should teach, where they could meet and how they should worship, which is similar to challenges faced today by confessional Lutherans in the United States. You may have had adventurous ancestors who made the bold decision to stand for their faith, leaving behind their homes, families and friends, and boarding ships for America. Please sign up in the Narthex or call the church office to enroll. Several books for the study, "Exodus of the Eight Hundred" by Ingerose Paust, are available. Other books will be used as references. Please bring stories of your ancestors who came to America.
    The group will meet at 7:00 pm at Bruce and Kathy Schultz', 38324 Plymouth St., Wabaunsee Townsite.

THRIVENT REPRESENTATIVE: Dean Straub or another representative will be at the church on Thursday, August 11th and 25th from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Contact Dean to make an appointment by calling his office (785-834-2252) or cell phone (785-969-7672).

NEED A RIDE? The Wabaunsee County Public Transportation operates a first come, first serve transportation service with fares starting at $7.00. To schedule a ride, call toll free 866-409-7792. You can be picked up at home or your local senior center. You may pay by cash or check to the driver.

FROM THE PARISH NURSE…
HEALTH INFORMATION:
    There is a wealth of health information for Kansans at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment website: www.kdheks.gov. The information that may be of particular interest to families with children starting back to school includes immunizations schedules, disease protocols, and nutrition program information. The Kansas Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) program has a long history of service to Wabaunsee County and continues to provide nutrition support and education to eligible families. The website offers information regarding where to access the program, eligibility requirements, and educational resources. The Wabaunsee County Health Department participates in this program by offering an onsite clinic. Pregnant women, infants under the age of one year, and families with children under five years of age are encouraged to utilize this program resource to assist in meeting optimal nutritional needs. The income eligibility chart is also available on this website.

    In addition, childhood immunization schedules are available for children 0 – 6 years and children 7-18 years. There are schedules available for adults and those who need to catch-up on immunizations. The website is updated to include COVID vaccination recommendations as well. You may also find health education information by searching for such information as vaccine facts and myths, specific vaccination information, and other miscellaneous health information.
    If you are unable to use the website, you may also contact the Wabaunsee County Health Department for information on programs and clinic resources at 785-765-2425. The Wabaunsee County Health Department is located at 215 Kansas Avenue, Courthouse, Alma, KS 66401.

HEALTH CHECK: Parish nursing (PN) offers tips on living healthy and ties this to our spiritual well-being. This month there will be a health check after church on August 14th. You may have your blood pressure checked for free, and ask other questions about health.

 “So be careful to do what the Lord your God has commanded you; to not turn aside to the right or to the left” Psalm 82:3-4.

God’s richest blessings,
Janet Wertzberger, RN, Parish Nurse

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