Grace and Peace,
Ecclesiastes 3: “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter heaven…a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted.”
At the present time, it is a time to plant. The farmers are very busy planting the seed. When I watch a farmer planting the seed, I’m reminded of another story. Each seed is planted with the hope that new life will emerge in the form of a plant. The seed is buried in a grave, with the farmer trusting and hoping that the death of the seed will give birth to new life. After a few days, the evidence of the seed’s death is revealed in rows of tiny plants. I don’t think you need to be reminded of the Biblical story this annual event of planting the seed illustrates.
Several stories in the Bible talk about farming. I would like to offer the following questions about farmers in the Bible. If you don’t know the answer, check the Biblical verses printed below.
If you don’t know the answers, dig in the Bible and harvest the answers.
Greetings from Parish Nursing!
There are so many numbers in our life! Cell phone numbers, pin numbers, codes for keyless entry, it is endless! I recently read an article in “Real Simple” magazine about important health numbers and here they are for you!
120/80- Blood Pressure is the force of blood against the walls of your arteries when your heart beats and when your heart rests. The lower your blood pressure the less stress on your body. High blood pressure, hypertension, is the “silent killer” because there are no warning signs and can lead to: stroke, heart disease, kidney damage, vision and memory problems. Have yours checked on the second Sunday of every month, at your doctor, and at Lewis Drug store. To lower your blood pressure consume a low sodium diet, exercise, maintain a healthy weight, don’t smoke, and limit stress.
99- Blood sugar, fasting, of 99 or less. A number of 126 mg/dl or higher indicates diabetes. Diabetes indicates that your body doesn’t produce enough insulin or use insulin properly. This can lead to vision loss, kidney disease, heart disease, and triples your chance for complications following surgery. Have your physician check your Hemoglobin A1C, which gives an average number over a period of months. A good Hgb A1C is less than 5.7 percent. Simply losing weight can reverse type II diabetes.
200- To decrease your chance of heart disease your total cholesterol should stay below 200 mg/dl. LDL, the bad cholesterol, should be under 100 mg/dl. HDL, the good cholesterol, should be 50 mg/dl or higher. Keep a diet low in cholesterol, saturated fat, and trans fat. Increase your good cholesterol by not smoking, exercise, eat good fats (like olive oil), and keep alcoholic drinks to a minimum.
18.5 – 24.9 - Body Mass Index is a measure of your weight in relation to your height. To determine this take your body weight divided by height in inches. A low BMI can lead to osteoporosis, fertility problems, and anemia. A high BMI increases your chance for almost every disease.
4.0 - This number means your thyroid is functioning properly. Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) directs the thyroid gland in your neck to regulate metabolism, body temperature, and heart rate. This also affects your skin, hair, muscle strength, and mood. If your thyroid isn’t producing enough hormone to help your body function properly then your TSH will be above 4.5 mIU/L. Have yours checked if you have symptoms or above age 35.
These are only some important numbers, but significant! Realize that many abnormal lab values are completely reversible with diet and exercise! Your physician and nurse can help you in your health journey. With this nice weather, it is easy to get out and exercise!
Congratulations to Rhonda Theel for walking the most miles so far! Keep putting your miles in, there are prizes!!!
Peace and Blessings!
Andrea Engbarth, Parish Nurse
"The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace."
Emmanuel Lutheran Church
Approved Council Minutes - Special Meeting April 28, 2010
Council members present: Junelle Hansen, Candice Zweifel, Chris Doeden, Chet Borah, Jeanette Silva, Kathy Moller. Sheree Christensen entered the meeting late.
Special meeting was held to discuss Rhonda’s request to begin summer church office hours as she has done in the past. Motion was made and seconded to honor Rhonda’s request to go to summer hours, but council stipulated that vacation hours must be used for these days until her vacation hours are exhausted. Vacation request for these days must be submitted to council. Once her vacation hours are exhausted any further hour reduction will be taken without pay with approval from an executive committee member. Motion carried.
Meeting adjourned with next council meeting to be held on May 19th, 2010.
Emmanuel Lutheran Church
Approved Congregational Meeting Minutes
May 16, 2010
Meeting was called to order by Junelle Hansen. The purpose of the meeting was to vote on usage of the money donated to Emmanuel Lutheran Church from the John Bickett estate. Three proposals had been submitted to the council from congregation members for the congregation to consider.
Marilyn Carlson-Aronson spoke regarding use of the money for purchase of a baby grand piano. Discussion occurred.
Nathan Jensen spoke regarding use of the money as a down payment toward a church parsonage. Discussion occurred.
Junelle Hansen spoke regarding use of the money for music grants.
Vote was taken by written ballot with Chet Borah, Nathan Jensen, and Steve Cain counting the ballots.
The Lord’s Prayer was said.
Junelle Hansen adjourned the meeting.
Results of the vote returned with 115 total votes with 73 for parsonage, 39 for piano, and 3 abstained.
Emmanuel Lutheran Church
Unapproved Council Minutes
May 19, 2010
Council members present: Junelle Hansen, Nathan Jensen, Sheree Christensen, Chris Doeden,
Candace Zweifel, Jessica Christensen, Pastor Greg, Rhonda Theel, Andrea Engbarth, Kathy Moller,
& Steve Cain.
The meeting was called to order by President Junelle Hansen.
Pastor Greg led us in prayer.
A motion was made and seconded to approve the Secretary’s report. Motion carried.
A motion was made and seconded to approve the Treasurer’s report. Motion carried.
Motion was made and seconded to approve council minutes from a special council meeting held on April 28, 2010. Motion carried.
Motion was made and seconded to approve council minutes from a special council meeting held on May 4, 2010. Motion carried.
Motion was made and seconded to amend the decision made during the May 4 meeting changing Rhonda’s hours for the summer from 8:00 to 5:30 Monday-Thursday to 8:00-4:30 Monday-Thursday with 3 hours of vacation being used for the remaining hours (35 hours per week). The office will remain open on Friday’s unless Pastor is called away for an emergency. Motion carried.
Andrea Engbarth was present to discuss the purchase of an AED (automated external defibrillator) and other emergency equipment. She does have some funds available and has received a grant from the United Fund. The council suggested she look into grants from the Beresford Area Foundation and the upcoming United Fund drive and come back to the council with that information. Andrea also presented on many other things she has been doing with Parish Nursing.
The council discussed initiation of a Human Resources Manual for church employees. Junelle passed out a sample manual, and the council members will review and come back with ideas at the next meeting. We also discussed hourly versus salary exempt requirements and noted than no Emmanuel employees except Pastor meet the federal guidelines for a salaried employee.
The council discussed the current policy regarding use of the church facility for weddings, etc. Motion was made and seconded to change the wording in the wedding guide for members from fee to suggested minimum gratuity. Motion carried.
Emmanuel Lutheran Church
Unapproved Council Minutes
May 19, 2010
The council discussed the outcome of the vote from the congregational meeting for use of the Bickett money. Motion was made and seconded for the council to form a five member committee to further research the building of a parsonage. Motion carried. Council members will come back to the next meeting with ideas for committee make up.
Their next meeting will be on June 2 and there
will be a presentation of the Honor Flight. They will be attending the
Synodical WELCA Convention at Trinity Lutheran Church in
Vermillion on June 25th and 26th.
Music & Worship:
Junelle reported for Marilyn that both the
organ switch box and the organ fuse box were replaced and further wiring will
need to be replaced. This problem was discovered when the organ would not
turn on one day and faulty wiring was a safety issue.
They are continuing to work on VBS.
Membership, Outreach, and Growth:
Candace has updated the current committee with
members Jenni Antonson, Krislyn Carlson, Molly Norling, and herself. Outdoor
service has been set for Sunday, August 15th. There will be a free-will
brunch follow. The committee is working on many other ideas.
They met tonight for the last time this school
year. Six youth will be going to Pine Ridge in July for a mission trip. They
will be participating in some way with Wheels & Squeals weekend.
Pastor and Janice will be attending the Synod assembly meeting June 11- 12th , and Pastor will be on vacation starting June 16th.
The meeting adjourned with the Lord’s Prayer. Next meeting will be held on June 16th, 2010.
Emmanuel’s Mission Statement
Emmanuel Lutheran Church is a family of believers
in God, called by the Gospel of Jesus Christ to welcome, nurture and equip each other for worship, witness and loving service to God and all people.
Emmanuel’s Church Staff
Pastoral & Program Staff:
Pastor Greg Myrmoe Office: 605-763-2831
Home: 605-271-0990 Cell: 605-214-4472
Philip and June Nelson Missionaries
Andrea Engbarth-Parish Nurse Phone: 763-5750 Cell: 751-9070 E-Mail: email@example.com
Nancy Kruse - Youth Director Phone: 763-2646
Cell: 214-2553 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cassie VanKerkerix - Preschool Phone: 212-4515 E-Mail: email@example.com
Rhonda Theel Secretary
Phone: 763-2831 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Marge Hansen Custodian
Lyle & Lois Savey Custodians
Anita Kostboth Organist/Bell Choir
Sandy DeSaix Organist
Grace Kennedy Organist
Susan Jensen Choir Director
Karol Baer Youth Bell Choir
Junelle Hansen President
Sheree Christensen Vice President
Chris Doeden Secretary
Kathy Moller Treasurer
Nathan Jensen Finance Officer
Jeanette Silva WELCA President
Mike Borah Church Properties
Candace Zweifel Membership, Outreach,
Life & Growth
Steve Cain Stewardship Committee
Marilyn Aronson Music & Worship
Vacant Christian Education
Jessica Christensen Youth Representative
Bill DeLay $ 40.00
Loretta Neuman $ 5.00
Marcella Johnson $ 5.00
Bill DeLay $ 25.00
Eleanor Lass $ 50.00
Loretta Neuman $ 5.00
Loretta Neuman $ 10.00
Bill DeLay $ 110.00
Bill DeLay $ 115.00
Marcella Johnson $ 10.00
Bill DeLay $ 100.00
Bill DeLay $ 90.00
Marcella Johnson $ 55.00
Grace Strand $ 30.00
Eleanor Lass $25.00
Marcella Johnson $ 20.00
Eleanor Lass $10.00
Bill DeLay $ 20.00
TOTALS OF DESIGNATED FUNDS
Wheelchair Accessible $3,597.00
Carpet Fund $4,100.24
North Parking Lot $ 60.00
Organ Fund $ 415.00
Piano Fund $ 695.00
Kitchen Renovation $ 250.00
Thank You To
*All who helped with the worship services the month of May as ushers, communion assistants, readers, greeters, acolytes, coffee servers & those who provided treats.
*All who provided food & who donated their time serving Bethesda Coffee Hour.
*All who help to take blood pressures on the second Sunday of the month. Helen Grace for helping with the Foot Care Clinic each month.
*All of you that have provided food for special events. Please remember to pick up your cake pans & containers from out of the kitchen.
*The Do Day Quilters for providing a quilt for our graduating seniors.
Do Day Quilters
The Do Day Quilters will be collecting supplies for School Kits and Layettes over the summer months to send to mission’s. If you would like to donate items for either the Kits or Layettes there will be a box in the Narthex for you to drop off
Items needed for each School Kit:
3 – 70 sheet notebook; 1 – blunt scissors
1 – 12” Ruler W/inches & centimeters
1 – pencil sharpener; 6 – unsharpened pencils
12 – sheets Construction paper 8.5 x 11
1 – box of crayons (16 or 24)
1 – eraser (2 ½” long)
Layette Items: receiving blankets; baby sweater; diapers; sleepers; washcloths
Meals on Wheels
Emmanuel is responsible for delivering meals the month of June. We will need two cars for each day to deliver. The kids are now out of school so you would deliver meals on your own or you could ask someone to ride with you to help. Delivering Meals is a great way to show how much you care for your community.
In Loving Memory Of
Eleanor V. Kylling Lass
Eleanor Victoria Kylling
Lass was born on November 5, 1918. Eleanor died May 16, 2010 at Sanford
Hospital at the age of 91 years.
Eleanor graduated from
Beresford High School and eloped with Thomas Lass on April 20, 1942. They
moved to Beresford in the early 1962. Tom died in January 1975.
In Beresford, Eleanor
worked for many years at the Bakery and at Ralph’s Super Value Grocery store.
She worked for approximately 25 years at Bethesda Nursing Home as a nurses’
Eleanor was a member of
Emmanuel Lutheran Church. She loved crocheting, knitting, sewing, gardening,
reading, baking and cooking. She spent many hours working puzzles and watching
the Twins baseball games.
Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 1 brother and 4 sisters. Survivors include her beloved sister Grace Kylling Kennedy (Beresford), daughter Kathy Briggeman (Ken) of Hamilton, MT, son Thomas F. Lass, JR (Becky Case of Columbia, SC) and daughter Elizabeth Mittelstaedt (Paul) of Graham, WA; 5 grandaughters, 8 great grand children, many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Special Congregational Meeting for the Usage of $20,000 Gift
The voting results were as follows:
115 Voting Members Present
Music Grants Votes Received: 0
Baby Grand Piano Votes Received: 39
New Parsonage Votes Received: 73
Votes Abstained: 3
SUMMER OFFICE HOURS:
Secretary’s office hours for the summer months will be Monday – Thursday from 8:00 – 4:30. On Friday’s pastor should be in the office but there is always the possibility of an emergency so please call ahead to ensure someone is in the office.
A J Schable and Casie Larson who were
united in marriage here at Emmanuel on
May 22, 2010.
Brought to the Lord in Holy Baptism on May 23, 2010 was Noah Charles Halvorson. Noah’s parents are Nick & Ashley Halvorson. Sponsor’s for Noah were Tim & Abby Halvorson & Emily Logue.
June 2, 2010 at 2:00 pm, WELCA will have their “Gift Day” business meeting here at Emmanuel in the Fellowship Hall. A “Gift Day” envelope has been attached to this Newsletter. The program will be given by Clinton Wetrosky & Bud Girard. The will give a presentation on “Honor Flight”. All are welcome.
WELCA would like to say thank you to those of you who attended the Social Hour at the Human Services in Yankton on May 11, 2010. Those who attended were: Barb Hansdahle; Marge Sippel; Sharon Akland; Janice Myrmoe and Pastor Greg Myrmoe.
During the month of June, Thrivent will launch its new “Choice” program. Qualified Thrivent members will be able to direct from $25 to $500 to one or more qualified churches, charities, or organizations. Thrivent members will be notified of the amount they may direct to eligible organizations in June Members may direct that their allocation be split between more than one organization ($10 minimum).
23rd Annual WELCA Synodical Convention
June 25 – 26 - Trinity Lutheran – Vermillion SD
Theme: God Colors Outside the Lines
Bible Verse: Luke 1:37
Registration: $35 per person – includes workshops, meetings, meals for both Friday evening and Saturday noon.
Love Offering: New undergarments and socks for all ages and genders – to go to The Clothing Center.
Contact Center / Food Pantry in Yankton
Bible Study: Pastor Carla Nelson of Roseni & Union Creek
Worship Service: Bishop Dave Zellmer
Let’s go ladies and come home nourished with the love of Christ and be better equipped to respond when he calls us to serve.
VBS – Sunday, July 18, 2010 – Thursday, July 22, 2010 starting at 6:00 pm. More information will be available in the July Newsletter.
Outdoor Worship: Sunday, August 15 over on the parsonage lot at 9:00 am Emmanuel will have an outdoor worship service. Larry Olson of Dakota Road will be leading the worship service. A free-will brunch will be held following the service. More information to come.
Our Missionaries, Philip & June
Nelson, will be at Trinity Lutheran
Church in Vermillion, SD for their Mission Mixer on Monday, September 13,
2010. Look for more information in the coming Newsletters.
2. Travis Gerken Mercedes Hebert
3. Rachel Jensen
4. Jason Atwood
5. Kevin Carlson
6. Barbara Anderson
7. Chris Hofer
8. Devon Saugstad
9. Brooke Bonte
10. Jane Norling
11. Kate Andal
12. Lexi Bonte
13. Sandy DeSaix
14. Gail Swee
15. Gloria Nygaard
16. Isaac Andal
17. Allison Frink
18. Ann DeLay
19. Donette Hebert
20. Darrell Vik
21. Nicholas Hybertson
22. Tim Andersen
23. Dale Erickson
24. Britany Mann
25. Todd Gannon
26. David Bogue
27. Jessica Christensen
28. Linda Cotton
29. Brooke Adams
30. LaVonne Young