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Faith in action for March 11

March 11, 2011
By Dawn Planting

First Lutheran Church


Healthy Heart Celebration

We, the women of First Lutheran Church in Marshall, will be the host of a "Healthy Heart Celebration" from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 26. We cordially invite all women to join us at this second annual event.

The concept was created by the Women of the ELCA to emphasize our understanding of a healthy heart in its emotional, physical and spiritual contexts.

We all know that we have a physical heart that is needed to sustain us. That heart pumps blood through our body. We can feel it beating when we experience excitement, in stressful times, or in respect and pride when we place our hand over our heart while saying the Pledge of Allegiance or singing the National Anthem. However, were you aware that we also have "Bold, Loving, Peaceful, Strong, Just, Prayer-filled, Healthy, Forgiving, Clean, Active, Kind and Joyful" hearts that help sustain us in our spiritual life as well? They help us complete our journey toward complete wellness.

Our "Healthy Heart" event is a journey through the 12 Stations of the Healthy Heart. Each heart station is connected with a particular verse from the bible as well as a hands-on activity.

This is our second year of hosting a "Healthy Heart" event. Last year, Pamela Neet from Hospice used Colossians 1:9-10 to help us understand how our "Prayer-filled" heart can bring much comfort to ourselves and our families as we prepare to leave this life and go to begin our new life with our Heavenly Father. Referring to 2 Corinthians 3:4-6, 12, Amy Beckius-Johnson from New Horizons Crisis Center shared with us how having a "Bold" heart can be so important for those who need the courage to ask for help as they experience crisis in their lives.

Zechariah 7:9 helped Connie Freg remind us of how having a "Kind" heart is so important to any approach we might take toward building community or bringing healing and wholeness to ourselves, our communities, our church and our world. And lastly, what joyous news is found in Psalm 32:1-2. The Rev. Celeste Lasich, from the United Presbyterian Church in Marshall, using different vials of oils, gave our "Joyful" hearts a new approach to the meaning of joyful. When we smell the aroma of fresh bread baking we may be reminded of our mothers or a fresh cup of coffee can bring warm thoughts of a faithful friend. She explained to us that unlike joy that fades with fashion or the weather, we can have "Joyful" hearts even as we are unable to comprehend the measure of grace and mercy that claims us for God.

This year four presenters will help us come away with a greater understanding of a "Healthy Heart" in its emotional, physical and spiritual contexts.

To help us in this understanding of a "Healthy Heart," Dr. Kate Hennessy-Keimig, PsyD, LP from Western Mental Health Center will help us understand the importance of having a "Just" heart. Marie Henriksen will speak on how a "Peaceful" heart is so important. Monica Senden from Cardiac Rehab at Avera Marshall will present information on an "Active/Strong" heart. The Rev. Amber Ingalsbe from St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Marshall will present how a "Clean" heart can help us in our journey toward complete wellness.

So please join us from 9 a.m.-noon March 26 at First Lutheran Church at the corner of A and 100 Church St. in Marshall.

We look forward to seeing you there!



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