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Valley Flood 2019 Health Wellness

Post Valley Flood 2019 Health Wellness
Pastor Cathy Hanus, Holistic Health Coach

Post Valley Flood 2019 Health Wellness, Spirit of Peace

Opening Prayer and Lesson
Flood Prayer, Martin Luther

Almighty and eternal God, according to Your strict judgment You condemned the unbelieving world through the flood, yet according to Your great mercy You preserved believing Noah and his family, eight souls in all. You drowned hard-hearted Pharaoh and all his host in the Red Sea, yet led Your people Israel through the water on dry ground, prefiguring this washing of Your Holy Baptism. Through the Baptism in the Jordan of Your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, You sanctified and instituted all waters to be a blessed flood, and a lavish washing away of sin. We pray that You would behold (name) according to Your boundless mercy and bless him with true faith by the Holy Spirit that through this saving flood all sin in him which has been inherited from Adam and which he himself has committed since would be drowned and die. Grant that he be kept safe and secure in the holy ark of the Christian Church, being separated from the multitude of unbelievers and serving Your name at all times with a fervent spirit and a joyful hope, so that, with all believers in Your promise, he would be declared worthy of eternal life, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Three things that Luther’s Flood Prayer teaches us about Holy Baptism:

First, Holy Baptism drowns sin. Just as the flood drowned the evil and violent people in Noah’s day, and Pharaoh and his army were drowned in the Red Sea, so all sin in you is drowned and put to death. This includes both the original sin you inherit from Adam along with all the sins that you have ever committed. This drowning is not something that happens only at your baptism, but every time you confess your sins you are drowning them again. Luther says in the Small Catechism, “What does such baptizing with water indicate? It indicates that that Old Adam in us should by daily contrition and repentance be drowned and die, with all sins and evil desires.”

Second, Holy Baptism saves you. Noah and his family had a new life after the flood. The Israelites were set free from death and slavery in Egypt through the Red Sea. You have a new life in Holy Baptism. This is a pure gift of God because of His grace and mercy. In Holy Baptism you receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, who creates faith for you to trust in God and His gifts. The Holy Spirit will also keep you safe in the church until our Lord returns, just as He kept Noah and His family safe in the ark.

Third, Baptism leads to a life of service and praise. Luther prays that the one being baptized would serve God “all times with a fervent spirit and a joyful hope.” In baptism you are made a member of God’s holy priesthood and called to a life of service to Him. The sacrifices you offer are not the blood of sacrificial animals but the sacrifice of praise to God and acts of love towards your neighbor. This is the life to which you are called through your baptism.

That is just the tip of the iceberg. There is much more about baptism here in this prayer to meditate on throughout our life. In fact, you do not have to pray this prayer solely at baptisms. You can continue to pray this prayer for yourself as you give thanks for your baptism and pray that God keep you in true faith through His Holy Spirit, and you can use this prayer to pray for all of God’s baptized people. – Rev. Dr. Mark Birkholz. Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, Oak Lawn, IL.

Opening Hymn

Living Hope
Phil Wickham
https://youtu.be/9f2FXxDVO6w

Health and Wellness Presentation

Managing Physical and Emotional Stressors with Nutrition

  • Pastor Cathy Hanus, Holistic Health Coach

Meal

Fresh fruit

Ham

Assorted Prepared and Raw Fresh Vegetables

Fresh fruit Dessert

Bug Out Bag BOB Presentation
BOB
Go Bag

Exemplary Bug Out Bag. You may choose to keep specialized personal items you keep ready to go.

A Bug-Out Bag or BOB is a portable kit that normally contains the items one would require to survive for 72 hours when evacuating from a disaster.

Discussion.

Exercise

All Are Welcome to Exercise with Pastor Michael!

Just 10 Minutes of Exercise a Week May Be Enough to Extend Your Life, Study Says; But more is better.

Exercising for just 10 minutes a week is linked to a longer life, according to a new study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
Several recent studies have found that even low-intensity exercise, done for a short amount of time, can have a meaningful impact on health. Still, the idea that exercising for 10 minutes a week, less time than it takes to watch a TV show, do a load of laundry or make a pot of pasta, may be enough to increase your lifespan is novel. It is also somewhat controversial, since the federal physical activity guidelines recommend getting at least 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise or 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise each week.
http://time.com/5553504/exercise-to-live-longer/

Citation
Beneficial associations of low and large doses of leisure time physical activity with all-cause, cardiovascular disease and cancer mortality: a national cohort study of 88,140 US adults. – British Journal of Sports Medicine https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2019/02/26/bjsports-2018-099254

Chris Tomlin
Our God
https://youtu.be/O5d_gm9zrnY

Closing Prayer

Compassionate God, source of all comfort; We pray for the people whose lives have devastated by rain and flood.
Bring them comfort, we pray. Protect the vulnerable. Strengthen the weak. Keep at bay the spread of disease. Have mercy on all those working to rescue the stranded and to feed the hungry. May our response to their suffering be generous and bring you praise.
We ask this in Jesus name. Amen. – Christian Aid.

Go in Peace to Serve the Lord.
Amen.

Saint Patrick Health Wellness

Saint Patrick Health Wellness 

Pastor Cathy Hanus, Holistic Health Coach 

Opening Prayer 

I arise today Through the strength of heaven; Light of the sun, Splendor of fire, Speed of lightning, Swiftness of the wind, Depth of the sea, Stability of the earth, Firmness of the rock. 
I arise today Through God's strength to pilot me; God's might to uphold me, God's wisdom to guide me, God's eye to look before me, God's ear to hear me, God's word to speak for me, God's hand to guard me, God's way to lie before me, God's shield to protect me, God's hosts to save me Afar and anear, Alone or in a multitude.
Christ shield me today Against wounding Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me, Christ in the eye that sees me, Christ in the ear that hears me.
I arise today Through the mighty strength Of the Lord of creation.
- Anonymous. 

Message 

Saint Patrick 

Today we all remember Patrick, Missionary to Ireland

Patrick is one of the best-known of the missionary saints. Born to a Christian family in Britain around the year 389, he was captured as a teenager by raiders, taken to Ireland, and forced to serve as a herdsman. After six years he escaped and found his way to a monastery community in France. Ordained a bishop in 432, he made his way back to Ireland, where he spent the rest of his long life spreading the Gospel and organizing Christian communities. He strongly defended the doctrine of the Holy Trinity in a time when it was not popular to do so. His literary legacy includes his autobiography, Confession, and several prayers and hymns still used in the church today. Patrick died around the year 466. 

There are times when God calls upon each of us to be attentive to the needs of our brothers and sisters, all people, with special concerns, in the Missional Community. It is our responsibility to engage and follow the call. 

Nutrition Presentation 

March is Natural Health Month 

St. Patrick’s Day comes along mid March. Wherever and whenever we should aspire to make informed food best choices and continue to develop and share best eating and physical activity choices. Our theme is “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right.” We will savor some healthy flavors this St. Patrick’s Day. 

Healthy St. Patrick’s Day tips

Be festive with Green:

Add more dark greens to your salad, such as baby kale, spinach, romaine and green leaf lettuce, green peppers, cucumbers, etc.

Be inspired to Go Green with your side dishes. Try Brussels sprouts, broccoli, edamame or green beans.

Pistachios and pepitas. Sprinkle on entrees, side dishes and salads.

Green tea is a good way to warm up and get antioxidants at the same time.

Sweeten up that fruit salad with kiwi and green grapes

Spinach. Add to your fruit smoothie to add extra fiber and iron.

More colors of the rainbow food possibilities: 

Red – watermelon, apples, tomatoes, strawberries. 

Blue/purple – blueberries, eggplant, grapes, red onion, blackberries  

Yellow – banana, pear, pineapple  

Orange – clementine, mangos, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe  

White – cauliflower, mushrooms, garlic  

 – some of our nutritional lesson today is borrowed from HyVee Foods 

Saint Patrick’s Day Traditional Themed Meal 

Traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage 

Natural grass raised lean beef 

Vegetables

Organic red and green cabbage 

Kale and Spinach 

Roasted Brussels sprouts 

Organic red spring potatoes 

Irish Soda Bread 

Fresh Butter 

Beverage 

Green Tea

Dessert 

Pineapple 

Red Black table grapes 

Exercise 

 with Pastor Michael 

Saint Patrick’s Day Workout 

Saint Patrick’s Day Themed Exercises

Seven choice exercises accomplished seven times each 

 – Bumble Bee Foods 

Saint Patrick’s Day song 

Closing Prayer 

Saint Patrick, Ireland 

May the Strength of God pilot us. 
May the Power of God preserve us.
May the Wisdom of God instruct us.
May the Hand of God protect us.
May the Way of God direct us.
May the Shield of God defend us.
May the Host of God guard us
Against the snares of the evil ones,
Against temptations of the world.
May Christ be with us!
May Christ be before us!
May Christ be in us,
Christ be over all!
May Thy Salvation, Lord,
Always be ours,
This day, O Lord, and evermore. Amen. 

Valentines day devotion meal fellowship

Valentines Day Devotion for the Community.
Modern Song Focus on Contemporary Church Artists
performing hymns of traditional foundation.
Everyone is Welcome!

Valentines Day Devotion introduction:
Saint Valentine (Valentinius) is a believer and a physician who was imprisoned and persecuted for his faith and coming to the aid of fellow believers in 270 A.D. Valentinius is recognized as a saint by the Lutheran and other Christian Churches. History supports that social behavior in Mid-February gives way to Celebration of Love. What Love Do We Speak of? For God so Loved the World, that He Gave His Only Begotten Son, that Whoever Believes in Him Shall Not Perish, but have Eternal Life. John 3:16.
Deuteronomy 26 witnesses to us that our redemption is found in the Lord’s faithfulness to His Word.
King David brings us a hymn of thanksgiving in Psalm 91.
In Rom. 10, Paul interprets Deut. 26 for us. The Lord’s Good News will grow inside of us.
In our gospel lesson, Luke instructs us that our ability to resist temptation comes from the Lord.

Saint Valentine
Saint Valentine

Prayer:
God of justice, I take this opportunity to remember all those Christians who lost their lives in your name. I pray that you may reward them for being selfless and truthful to your word. Bless the families they left behind and forgive their enemies. May you set aside a special place for them in heaven for they have passed the test and lived the faith. The Bible tells us that whoever stands by you on earth has a special reward in heaven. May you give our martyrs a worthy reward and let them be an inspiration to our lives. Amen.

Valentines Day Reflection Scripture:
You shall celebrate with all the bounty that the LORD your God has given to you and to your house. Deut. 26:11.
Those who love me, I will deliver; I will protect those who know my name. Ps. 91:14.
No one who believes in him will be put to shame. Rom. 10:11.
Do not put the Lord your God to the test. Luke 4:12.

God Moves in a Mysterious Way
William Cowper (1774).
http://youtu.be/6z0e_xSC8to

God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea
And rides upon the storm.

Prayer:
Lord of the living,
through baptism we pass from the shadow of death
to the light of the resurrection.
Remain with us and give us hope
that, rejoicing in the gift of the Spirit
who gives life to our mortal flesh,
we may be clothed with the garment of immortality,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Name of All Majesty
Timothy Dudley Smith
performed by the Grace Baptist Sanctuary Church Choir and Praise Orchestra
http://youtu.be/cg_QlYIvL2U

Name of all majesty, fathomless mystery,
King of all ages by angels adored;
power and authority, splendor and dignity,
bow to His mastery – Jesus is Lord!

Prayer:
Lord of deliverance and freedom,
you taught the people of Israel
to acknowledge that all things
come from your bountiful hand.
Deepen our faith
so that we may resist temptation
and, in the midst of trial,
proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord,
now and for ever. Amen.

Let Me Call You Sweetheart
Leo Friedman and Beth Slater Wilson (1910).
performed by Pat & Shirley Boone
http://youtu.be/DG-ZPxman3w

Let me call you Sweetheart
I’m in love with you
Let me hear you whisper
That you love me too
Keep the love light glowing
In your eyes so blue
Let me call you Sweetheart
I’m in love with you.

We are all stewards spreading the Word of Jesus’ blessings for His people.
Picnic Meal Fellowship Activities for the Entire Family!

Of course lively discussion and activities will be available!
Perhaps you may prefer to sit and visit!
Please Contact Us with Special Requests!

Three days of prayer

Three Days of Prayer

Three Days of Prayer 

Every congregation, member and pastor is being invited to set aside some time each day of January 1, 2, and 3, 2019 for prayer.  

Prayer is a gift that God has given to us as a means to approach the throne of grace with confidence, like that of a child coming to her parents sharing concerns, victories, defeats and every part of life.  It is an opportunity to express the deepest heartache and the greatest joy.  Prayer is a conversation between the Creator and the created … and the conversation began with God, for us, in Christ Jesus. – Rev. Mark Vander Tuig, LCMC Service Coordinator. 

Day 1. January 1st 2019. 

Confession. This is a day focused on confession. We have made our lives, our relationships, and even the church, in our own image. We confess that the church belongs to Jesus and not to us. We gather to lay down our pride, our sin and our agenda and ask the Lord of the church for forgiveness, which He gives freely and with mercy.

Day 2. January 2nd 2019. 

Petition. This is a day of petition. Pray for your congregation, for the pastor, for the leaders, for those who carry out ministries, for the Sunday School teachers, for the Confirmation leaders, for those leading adult Bible studies and for those leading small groups. Pray for those in hospital and nursing home ministries. Pray for all those connected to your church that they might know God’s redeeming love for all in Christ.

Day 3. January 3rd 2019. 

Vision. This is a day for vision. Pray that the Holy Spirit will again move through the hearts and minds of leaders and pastors that God’s vision for His church might be revealed and fulfilled. This is a time of prayer for renewal, revival and encouragement. Pray for God’s vision.

Twelve Days of Christmas

Twelve Days of Christmas

The Twelve Days of Christmas begins on Christmas Day, the birth of Jesus Christ and goes to the Epiphany, the acknowledgment by the magi that Jesus Christ is the Savior, Son of God. 

Our classic twelve days song is theorized to have a fundamental relationship to the religious based twelve days of Christmas in the following manner: 

Partridge in a Pear Tree – Jesus Christ; 

Two Turtle Doves – The Old and New Testaments; 

Three French Hens – The three virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity; 

Four Calling Birds – Four gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John; 

Five Golden Rings – First five books of the Old Testament; 

Six Geese-a-Laying – Six days of creation before God’s rest on the seventh day; 

Seven Swans-a-Swimming – Seven gifts of the Holy Spirit; 

Eight Maids-a-Milking – Eight Beatitudes; 

Nine Ladies Dancing – Nine fruits of the Holy Spirit; 

Ten Lords-a-Leaping – Ten Commandments; 

Eleven Pipers Piping – Eleven faithful disciples; 

Twelve Drummers Drumming – Twelve points of belief in the Apostles’ Creed. 

Twelve Days Christmas 

United Student Ministries 

Crossroads Bible Church 

Christmas Fellowship

ALL ARE WELCOME!

You Are Invited to a

Health and Wellness Christmas Party

Nativity
Nativity

12 pm Noon Thursday November 29

Valley View Community Center

400 W Meigs St Valley NE

to Celebrate Christmas and Share in Good Food and Fellowship!

Your favorite food dish donation is welcome!

Organized by: Spirit of Peace and the Health and Wellness Team.

Contact: Karen, 402-289-2902;

Pastors Cathy or Michael, 402-541-7019.

Spirit of Peace, Box 245, Valley, NE

SpiritofPeace.us

Faith Hope Love Joy Peace

Fruits of the Holy Spirit:
Faith, Hope, Love, Joy, Peace

Faith, Hope, Love, Joy, Peace 

Come join Spirit of Peace Pastors Michael and Cathy Hanus in the Free Faith Hope Love Joy Peace Series Presentation

Preparing for Christmas 2018

In this liturgical life change presentation series, we focus on five qualities of character: Faith, Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace. 

All Are Welcome to join us in this presentation. If you are so inclined, we accept invitations to come to your location for presentation and discussion. 

We justify these qualities of character by reading and applying Scripture. 

But the Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22. 

Faith 

We exercise our quality of Faith by trusting in Jesus Christ and reliance in His Word. 

We walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7. 

Hope 

We experience Hope through expectation of good in our lives. 

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13. 

Love 

We practice Love through our readiness to assist the good of others. 

So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:10. 

Joy 

We engage Joy as an experience in goodness. 

If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. John 15:10-11. 

Peace 

We come to know Peace as assurance that aspirations turn out well. 

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:27. 

Advent 

Advent, derived from Latin, defined, is the arrival of a notable person.

We await the coming of Jesus Christ in the Nativity on Christmas Day and His Return in the Second Coming of Christ. In our case, this and every Liturgical Season of Advent will bring us the celebratory arrival of the Christ Child on Christmas Day. 

Church Celebration Services 

Every week of these four weeks of Advent we will reflect upon, and practice in our lives, building one upon the next, Faith, Hope, Love and Joy. In formal prayer and reflection, we will cover each one of these qualities of character in our liturgical services as we progress through Advent and become prepared on Christmas Day for the Peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, guarding our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7. 

Pastor Michael Hanus, Spirit of Peace Missional Community

Spirit Celebrates Thanksgiving Day Volunteers

Spirit of Peace Celebrates Thanksgiving Day Environment Preparation Volunteers

There is so much to do in order to organize and present a successful event!
Spirit of Peace is blessed to have helpful volunteers generous with time, energy and other resources. We do our best to show our appreciation for our fantastic generous volunteers.

Some of the environment volunteers are pictured here.

We Love Our Volunteers
We Love Our Volunteers

Spirit of Peace celebrates and thanks every one of you!
Peace and Joy! Pastors Michael and Cathy Hanus

 

What Is Your Allergy

What Is Your Allergy?

Pastor Cathy Hanus, Holistic Health Coach

Opening Prayer

Blessings of God

The day is coming to a close,

and, like the disciples on the road to Emmaus,

we pause to break bread together.

May our eyes be opened, and,

in this act of common sharing,

may we see the risen Lord in one another.

May we see the Lord of Life in our food,

our conversation and lives shared in common.

May the blessing of God,

His peace and love,

rest upon our table. Amen.

– Edward Hays.

Presentation

Remedies, Natural Relief

Treat Low Blood Sugar with Real Food

Anomalies

Causes

Genetic anomalies

Vitamin deficiencies

Breads

History

Wheat, biblical

Original, oldest species fourteen chromosomes

Over time, grew to twenty eight chromosomes

Norman Borlaug, 1970s R&D, Nobel Peace Prize

Modern, GMO grains tailor to modern conveniences

Exacerbates Nutritional Exchanges in Human Gut

Eventually AutoImmune processes develop

So respond with consumption of anti-inflammatory foods

Gluten

Allergy

Sensitivity

Emotional Responses

Modern Beneficial Oils, Medium Chain Triglycerides

Choices

Organic Whole Grains

Natural Whole Grains

Processing Methods, too fine for the human gut

Natural Organic Farm Fresh Luncheon
Natural Organic Farm Fresh Luncheon

Meal

Appetizer

Organic Jack Fruit

Organic Celery

Natural Peanut Butter

Banana Slices

Main Dish

Natural Garden Fresh Spaghetti Squash

Garden Butternut Squash soup

Garden Fresh Organic Spinach

Garden Fresh Peppers

CRaisins

Dessert

Moon Grapes, natural non-GMO

Closing Hymn

Gift Finest Wheat

Richard Proulx

Cathedral Singers