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5 Truths Hurting Teachers Need To Hear

Church Worker Wellness

Posted on November 9, 2022
by Toni Larson, LISW

In recent work with commissioned, Lutheran School Teachers, we are finding out that they, and likely all teachers, are hurting. Lutheran Family Service is shining a light on the issue of church worker wellness within the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS). Our goal is to flip the switch and proactively maintain wellness instead of […]

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Impacting Lives in the Quad Cities and Beyond

Lutheran Family Service News

Posted on November 1, 2022
by Lutheran Family Service

It is with great joy that we opened our new, physical office in Bettendorf, Iowa and are able to serve the Quad Cities area and beyond.

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Saving Lives Through Many Hearts

Giving

Posted on October 31, 2022
by Lutheran Family Service

Because our society and culture continue to drift away from Christianity, the word “Lutheran” can be intimidating. We don’t want to keep women from seeking us out for any reason – most especially something as simple as our name!

With this in mind, Lutheran Family Service launched Many Hearts Unplanned Pregnancy Support this spring. As to budgetary needs, Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lone Rock was the earliest to answer the call with a distribution from their congregational endowment.

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Caring for Church Workers – 20 Ways

Church Worker Wellness

Posted on September 27, 2022
by Rev. Dave Gunderson, LMFT

Many church members have a big heart and want to help in caring for church workers. But, they don’t always know how. Read on for 20 ways that you individually and your congregation can care for your pastor and other professional church workers.

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6 Ways to Cope with Anxiety

Mental Health

Posted on August 29, 2022
by Rev. Dave Gunderson, LMFT

When anxiety takes over, it can lead to multiple harmful effects on your health and well-being. Thankfully, there are healthy ways to cope with anxiety producing thoughts, and even stress that can lead to anxious thoughts.

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5 Takeaways for Iowa, Pro-Life Christians

Life Advocacy

Posted on August 5, 2022
by Kim Laube, Director of Life Ministries

For many, even with a 50+ day head start from the leaked supreme court decision, it was nothing short of stunning to learn the US Supreme Court had over-turned Roe. vs. Wade on June 24, 2022. While this decision was a big leap in the right direction, there’s still so much work to do as the power shifts back to each state. What’s the current abortion situation in Iowa, and what can Iowa, pro-life Christians be doing to protect life? Read on for the 5 takeaways for Iowa, pro-life Christians.

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Post Roe v. Wade Abortion Ban Facts

Life Advocacy

Posted on August 5, 2022
by Emma Squire, Unplanned Pregnancy Counselor & Adoption Caseworker

In discussions around divisive topics, it’s easy for misinformation to be spread. It’s especially easy when that misinformation is anger and fear inducing. Considering the recent Supreme Court decision regarding Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, let’s cut through the noise and take a minute to break down exactly what state abortion restrictions are and what they are not.

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Life Advocate

A Standing “O” for You – A Life Advocate

Life Advocacy

Posted on August 4, 2022
by Rev. Dr. Jim Lamb, Life Advocate

As a life advocate, the need for your voice will be greater now. People, it seems, are being more vocal about their views. We may find increased tension; even in our congregations.

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4 Ways to Maintain a Healthy Marriage and Family

Church Worker Wellness

Posted on July 25, 2022
by Toni Larson, LISW

Church worker families have their actions and lives scrutinized by parishioners and folks in the general public. There is overwhelming pressure to be a “perfect” family that handles all situations and stresses flawlessly and without breaking a sweat.

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YOUR Way, Not My Way: God Builds a Family

Adoption

Posted on July 12, 2022
by Carla R. Roghair

I prayed and prayed to be pregnant to no avail. After a year of trying unsuccessfully to conceive, I went to the doctor and was referred to a specialist. Fertility drugs did not work.

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