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Caring for Church Workers – 20 Ways

Church Worker Wellness

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

As the pastor greeted people after the worship service, one little boy, Billy, handed the pastor a quarter. The pastor a bit puzzled asked him, “Do you want me to put this quarter in the offering?” The boy said, “No, that quarter is for you!” The pastor still puzzled asked, “For me. Why?” The boy […]

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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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5 Ways to Beat the “Blues”

Church Worker Wellness

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

Being “blue” on occasion is normal, but being stuck in the “blues” is not. Some experience depression briefly, and with help, can move out of it. Others struggle with it their entire lives and may need both counseling and special medications. Learn 5 ways you can use to beat the “Blues” of depression.

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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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