Faith on Tap December 16

Young Adults are invited to the Ginger Man pub located at 5607 Morningside Dr. on Sunday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m. to meet new friends, enjoy your favorite beverage, and discuss faith, religion, worship, and anything in between concerning how to live out faith in this stage of life. You don’t have to be a beer drinker, religious scholar or expert, or even a church member to be a part of the group, just you! Campus pastor Brad Fuerst will be there to facilitate a conversation on Holy Communion.

Christ the King Lutheran Church Health Ministry Privacy Policy July, 2012

As a registered professional nurse and an employee of Christ the King Lutheran Church, the congregational nurse is obligated to treat all information shared by clients in a confidential manner. Documents containing health information are stored in a locked area or a password protected electronic documentation record and are accessible only by the congregational nurse.

In certain circumstances, in order to serve a client’s best interest, it may be necessary for the congregational nurse to consult with a member of the ministry staff, a health-care provider, a member of the client’s family or a significant other. As a result, the congregational nurse may need to discuss information disclosed by the client. The congregational nurse will inform clients when these situations arise. Client requests for non-disclosure of information will be honored to the extent that client health and safety is protected. The client must put in writing any request to release copies of the information in the client record.

In addition, the congregational nurse will follow the privacy policies for Christ the King Lutheran Church. This Privacy Policy will be reviewed annually.

Kids and Their Bones

Building healthy bodies in childhood includes building healthy bones. Bones are living tissue and as children grow, bones go through a regular process of older bone tissue being replaced with new bone tissue. This process can be compared to a bank account. Sometimes bone tissue is removed and other times it is deposited as the skeleton grows in size and density. Bones reach 90% of peak bone mass by age 18 for females and age 20 for males. By age 30, bone density begins to decrease. These facts highlight the importance of focusing on bone health during childhood and adolescence.

Proper nutrition and physical activity are key ingredients for achieving maximum bone density to sustain the skeleton through adulthood. Adequate intake of calcium and Vitamin D are essential to bone health. Vitamin D facilitates absorption of calcium. So how much calcium is enough? An 8 ounce glass of milk contains about 300 mg of calcium which is about 1/3 of the daily requirement for children 4 to 8 years of age and about 1/4 of the daily requirement for ages 9 to 18. Check food labels to identify foods high in calcium. A single serving containing at least 20% DV (daily intake value) is considered a high calcium food. Dairy products and calcium-fortified juice and cereals are high calcium foods. Preparing foods like soup, oatmeal and smoothies with milk may appeal to children who don’t like to drink milk. Obtaining calcium from foods is preferable to taking a calcium supplement.

Weight-bearing activities like running, dancing, soccer, gymnastics, etc. all help build bone density. Swimming and cycling are good for general health, but do not contribute to bone density. Playing outside can help increase Vitamin D blood levels though there does not appear to be a firm consensus on how much sunlight exposure is optimum. The effects of sunscreen on Vitamin D absorption are unclear and the protection it offers against skin cancer makes use of sunscreen essential. Instilling enjoyment of physical activity and monitoring calcium intake pave the way for healthy bones that will support children through adulthood.

Made to be Heard: Audible Words in Christian Worship

submitted by Mark Mummert

When Christians gather to worship, all are invited to full and active participation in the events of the liturgy. The word liturgy is Greek for “public action.” Christian liturgy is an event in public that enacts Christian identity and receives from the Triune God the gifts and promises of God. We bring all of our senses to worship – our ears to hear, our lips to taste, our eyes to see – and by those human receptors we receive the means of God’s grace – in word and sacrament. Our whole body is engaged in the act of worship.
“The word of God is living and active…” says Paul in his letter to the Hebrews. Lutherans trust that in the hearing of the word of the gospel, we encounter God’s living presence and God’s active, forgiving love. However, in our world today, so many words are received by us through our eyes: we read words in books or on screens without also hearing the words aloud. God’s word is made to be heard.

In worship, when the words of scripture and prayer that are read aloud are also reprinted in a bulletin, modern people tend to place priority on the printed material and pay less attention to the audible character of the text, or even to the person reading or praying the words. In our congregation, our presiding ministers, assisting ministers, lectors, and intercessors practice so that the readings and prayers can be heard clearly and understood by those who listen. Further, we want to encourage worshipers to listen to the leaders, to look at them and watch them as they lead and read, and to be engaged with them actively – participating in the worship together.

Beginning on January 8, our worship bulletins will not include the texts of the scripture readings or the extended prayers of the presiding and assisting ministers. Worshipers are encouraged to raise up your head, watch and see – and listen to the prayers and readings, using our ears more than our eyes. For those who really do prefer to follow printed readings as they are being read, we will make available a simple sheet, titled “Today’s Readings” at the entrance to the nave. We further urge each worshiper to come prepared for worship by having read the appointed readings in advance. The scripture readings appointed for worship next Sunday will be listed in the worship bulletin each week. You can view the words of the liturgical rites in Evangelical Lutheran Worship as you wish. We will continue to work so that all of the readers read slowly, loudly, and clearly so that the readings and prayers may be understood.

By limiting the printing of these texts that are read aloud, we will also achieve a slimmer, leaner worship bulletin, using less paper. We encourage you to either take the worship bulletin home with you or place it in the recycle bins at the exits from the nave and narthex. By working together to use less paper and to recycle the paper we do use, we participate in the care of God’s creation.

Often, when people are speaking about worship, they will say “the liturgy is on page 55,” or “we do the liturgy” – referring to a book or a printed worship bulletin. The liturgy, however, is first and foremost an event and not a script or a text. By providing in the worship bulletin the elements that we need to enact the liturgy — and only those elements, we can turn our attention and our gaze to the event of the liturgy, where the many faculties of our bodies enact the meaning of Christian identity and encounter the grace of God.