Mental Health Awareness: Mindfulness

This past month the Healing and Wholeness Committee observed Mental Health Awareness month with a mile walk honoring those who experience mental illness. While we do not all have mental illness, we all have mental health and varying degrees of wellness. Mindfulness is a helpful way to bring attention to areas of your overall health that you may have otherwise neglected or overlooked. A simple way to [...]

Mental Health Awareness: PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder)

On Memorial Day we remembered all the fallen soldiers who have served our country in past wars.  But let us also remember those veterans who have sacrificed their lives by suicide and those who live with the reminders of their service on a daily basis, whether due to a physical, mental or moral injury. June is National PTSD Awareness month It is most often thought of as a mental disorder that [...]

Summer Worship Protocols

Dear Sisters and Brothers at Light of Christ,   On behalf of the Church Council, I’m writing to let you know that at our May meeting last Tuesday, we made the following decisions regarding our worship life as we move into the summer season.   First, we will continue to follow the recommendations of the CDC and MN Department of Health.    [...]

Mental Health Awareness: Bipolar Disorder

The month of May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The Caring Corner is reaching out to our congregation to provide information and support during this time to those who have a mental health illness and for family and friends who provide support to those individuals. This article provides information about bipolar disorders. There are different types of bipolar disorders. In the past these illnesses [...]

Mental Health Awareness Event

Get ready to join us on Sunday, May 23 rd at 2pm for an event to bring awareness about mental health. NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) has a tradition in May called, " Walk a Mile in My Shoes ," so we will plan to walk a mile, wear red because it's also Pentecost Sunday, and return before the 3pm outdoor service to self-serve snacks and drinks. Bring the whole family! Let's [...]

Mental Health Awareness: Teaching Children About Your Own Mental Illness

As we continue to navigate through Mental Health Awareness Month, I would like to share part of my personal journey battling Clinical Depression and Anxiety for the last 23 years. Now, I’m not saying I’ve been constantly depressed and anxious for the last two decades. Rather, depression and anxiety are like any other problems in life. They ebb and flow just like the ocean’s tides. Fortunately, [...]

Mental Health Awareness: Stress in Children and Teens

Children and youth are as likely to experience stress as adults, but are just on the start of their lifelong journey to learning skills to verbalize it and develop coping techniques.  This past year has been especially stressful due to the fears and uncertainty with the pandemic, political unrest, frequent changes in the way we are allowed to live our lives due to the pandemic guidelines.  Kids need routine [...]

Youth Room Remodel Project

Demo has started for our Youth room remodel!! We want to thank Brandt Dinger, Scott Dallmann, Gary Prinsen, Kirsten Kelly, Kim Wortz, Tara Olson, Bill Fink, Charlie Jose, Jonathan Ness, Sarah Ness, Paulette Podratz, Jake Olson, Randy Hildebrandt, and Gretchen Ness for all their hard work. Walls were knocked down, carpet pulled up, doors removed, and lots of sweat given by all. The space is going [...]

Mental Health Awareness: Stress

Starting in 1992, April has been designated "Stress Awareness Month". This year we certainly need to take a deep breath and recognize the stress we are under every day and take steps to talk about it and learn ways to cope. We are in an epidemic of stress. This article will speak to general stress in everyone, and in two weeks we'll address stress in children and teens. When you are placed in a [...]

Mental Health Awareness: Eating Disorders

The next few Caring Corner articles will bring information about some of the most common mental illnesses.  Sometimes we are too close to the situation to recognize when we or someone we love is losing their mental balance.  It is often easier to ignore or deny a concern than to talk about it honestly or seek care.  But God promises to walk with us THROUGH the dark times so we need not fear taking the [...]

In-Person Worship

    The vaccines are here, and hopefully, we are at the beginning of the end of this pandemic.  As a result, the Church Council has adopted a plan for returning to in-person gatherings.   Worship We will continue offering YouTube/Online services through the summer or until it is safe for everyone to gather in-person for worship. At the same time, we will begin to hold outdoor [...]

Mental Health Awareness: Mental Wellness

January is Mental WELLNESS Month!    Usually our longest and coldest month of the year, it is also a time most of us make resolutions and set new goals.  However, many of us find ourselves in a mental slump.  This year with social distancing,  working, learning  and eating at home most of the time, we can find ourselves down in the dumps and stressed.  Here are some tips [...]