News From the Shared Ministry

Emmanuel Clothes Closet…The Clothes Closet is open every Tuesday at 9:00 am.  In need of:  summer clothes (children & adults), bathing suits, deodorant, lotion, dish soap, paper towels, toilet tissue, anything for babies, plastic bags, curtains, doilies, sheets.

Emmanuel Shopping Cart Needs for May…Instant potatoes, canned sweet potatoes, stuffing mix, gravy (jar or mix), Vienna sausages, canned fruit, cracker snacks, cans of food with pop top lids for easy opening.

Living Lord Card Class…Join us for a card-making class on Thursday, May 4, in the Activity Room.  We will be making 4 cards.  Our theme will be “Mainly Masculine Cards”.  Classes will be at 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm.  The cost is $12.00.  Please bring adhesives like double-stick tape and liquid glue.  There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board.  The deadline for signing up is Sunday, April 30.  Emmanuel and St. Paul members are welcome to join us – call Lynne Walters to get signed up!

Living Lord Bingo at NSOV…The Outreach Committee will be hosting Bingo at Niles Shepherd of the Valley on Wednesday, May 17, at 2:00 pm.  We will meet at 1:30 pm to set up.  Men and women both are invited to assist.  Please see the sign-up sheet on the main bulletin board if you are able to help or bake cookies.  We are in need of the following Bingo prizes:  word search books, peanut butter cup candy, and stuffed animals.  If you have any questions, please contact Donna Tompkins.  Emmanuel and St. Paul members are welcome to join us – call Donna Tompkins for information.

Living Lord Fellowship in May…We will have Fellowship on Sunday, May 21, after both services.

From the Parish Nurse, Dora Muller…“You know, I’m really proud of my heart.  It’s been stabbed, played, cheated on, shattered, and burned.  But guess what?  It still works.”  Author unknown

Who hasn’t experienced the pain of having a broken heart at some point in their life?  And, who hasn’t heard the remark that “time will heal your heart and you will eventually survive”?  Broken heart syndrome is a condition well known as stress induced cardiomyopathy.  It is a reaction to the increase of stress hormones.  My best friend, Lourdes, suffered from this syndrome during the final months of her mother’s life.  Not long ago, I underwent a similar reaction of chest pains resulting from the emotional stress due to my father’s illness.  Lourdes was able to survive her broken heart, and I have learned to deal with my chest pains.  What triggers this condition is a stressful event, such as a romantic breakup, betrayal, news of unforeseen death of a loved one, and even an unexpected shock, such as being fired from work or even the unlikeliness of winning the lottery.  For some reason, women are more likely than men to experience physical chest pain resulting from stress.  The symptoms of broken heart syndrome may mimic the classic signs of a heart attack, which include abnormal blood work and changes in electrocardiogram.  The emergency room will probably treat you as having a heart attack.  However, once it becomes obvious that no heart attack has occurred, further investigation is necessary to discover the reason for the chest pain.  The good news is that once the pain is diagnosed as broken heart syndrome, which is usually treatable, most people make a full recovery, and as your mother often says, “tomorrow is another day”.  People who seek professional help for broken heart syndrome often stay in the hospital for a few days to a week.  Initial treatment is aimed at improving blood flow to the heart.  The ideal treatment can include medicines and lifestyle changes.  Broken heart syndrome can be life threatening in some cases as it may involve severe weakness of the heart muscles.  Changes in lifestyle are necessary, including stress management, and coping mechanisms help improve emotional and physical health.  Having a support group of friends to share your feelings will help you deal with all the uncertainties of stress in your life.  To avoid the occurrence of broken heart syndrome in your life, it is important to learn how to reduce stress and to cope with unexpected situations.