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Ten Tips for Handling Life’s Changes

Church Worker Wellness

Posted on May 18, 2022
by Toni Larson, LISW

Church workers’ transitions run the gamut of exciting, joyful, frightening and stressful. In addition to the usual church year transitions, there are transitions from one call to another and one home to another. For Lutheran school teachers, the transition is growing one class of students, saying goodbye, then welcoming another class a few months later.

Preparation can be helpful in handling life’s changes to reduce stress and expedite adjustment. In her article, “Ten Tips for Handling Life’s Transitions,” author Nylse Esahc (Ibelieve.com, March 10, 2019), suggested the following points with accompanying Bible references, followed by my observations.

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Meet Louise Shideler

Meet Louise Shideler

Giving

Posted on April 13, 2022

Louise Shideler has recently joined the Lutheran Family Service ministry team as our Director of Donor Engagement. Louise finds and meets with the folks with a heart for our ministry who will partner with us through their prayers and financial support so we can keep serving church workers, pregnant moms, babies, couples, and more!

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Meet Angela Kollbaum

Meet Angela Kollbaum

Mental Health

Posted on April 12, 2022

Angela Kollbaum, Provisional License Mental Health Practitioner (PLMHP), has joined the Lutheran Family Service Christian counseling team as a master’s-level prepared mental health and marriage counselor. She serves clients in person in the Norfolk and North-East Nebraska area. Angela can also serve clients located anywhere in the state of Nebraska through telehealth/virtual counseling via smartphone, tablet or computer.

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Meet Jamie McWade

Meet Jamie McWade

Mental Health

Posted on April 12, 2022

Jamie McWade, Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), has joined the Lutheran Family Service Christian counseling team as a master’s-level prepared and experienced mental health and marriage counselor and a Board Certified Tele-Mental Health Counselor. She serves clients in person in and around the Quad City, Iowa area; including those that speak Spanish. Jamie can also serve clients located anywhere in the state of Iowa through telehealth/virtual counseling via smartphone, tablet or computer.

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Five Ways to Manage your Emotions

Church Worker Wellness

Posted on April 6, 2022
by Toni Larson, LISW

Emotions are neither good nor bad. They just are. Emotions are a creation and gift of God. Pastors and other church workers face emotions every day. How you respond externally and internally can be critical to the success of your ministry.

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Many Hearts to Serve Women in IA, NE and IL Facing Unplanned Pregnancy

Unplanned Pregnancy Counseling

Posted on March 30, 2022

Forty-three percent of pregnancies in Iowa and Nebraska, and 52 percent of pregnancies in Illinois, are unplanned according to data collected by the National Survey of Family Growth (NEJM, 2016). That means over 90,000 women may need help connecting with community and state resources, deciding between options, and more. This great need is one of the reasons Lutheran Family Service is launching a new division of its ministry, called Many Hearts Unplanned Pregnancy Support, to provide greater focus, service and resources specifically to women facing unplanned pregnancies in Iowa, Eastern Nebraska and North & Central Illinois.

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Down Syndrome Adoption Program

Adoption

Posted on March 18, 2022
by Kim Laube

The Down Syndrome adoption program is simple. Lutheran Family Service will do as much as possible (charging no fees for our work) for two families a year to adopt a child with Down Syndrome; rescuing them from a likely death by abortion. Over 70 percent of babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome in the womb will be aborted. We want all women to know that your baby is wanted – even if they have been diagnosed with Down Syndrome!

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Coping with Grief and Loss in 2022

Mental Health

Posted on March 15, 2022
by Jamie McWade, LMHC

Under the best of circumstances, losing a loved leads to a rollercoaster of emotion creating natural and normal responses such as feeling down and depressed, anger, denial, bargaining, and acceptance. While these are normal in any circumstance of grief, the pandemic has influenced our grieving process significantly. 

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Navigating the Boundary Waters as a Pastor

Church Worker Wellness

Posted on February 28, 2022
by Toni Larson, LISW

Maintaining healthy boundaries is a challenging but vital task for pastors and other church workers. Without healthy boundaries, workers run the risk of compassion fatigue, interpersonal conflict and role confusion.

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Contact Your Representative Today in Support of these Four Bills

Life Advocacy

Posted on February 17, 2022
by Kim Laube

Life advocacy is an important part of the Lutheran Family Service ministry as God calls us to defend the value of life in all stages, ages, and conditions from fertilization to natural death. And, it is our goal to help you do the same in your congregation, community, and voting booth.

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