A Message from the Executive Director ...
A sturdy but difﬁdent young man asked more about the preparations we are making
a farmer for a job as a farm hand. “What can within the LFS ministry.
you do?” inquired the farmer. We have recently hired several new
“I can do whatever has to be done, and I counseling staff, including Jennifer Miller in
can sleep when the wind blows,” replied the Des Moines and Nancy Vermeersch in Cedar
applicant. Rapids, with plans to add more so that we
Although mystiﬁed by the phrase, “sleep are able to meet the needs of as many fami-
when the wind blows,” the farmer did not press lies as possible. We are developing plans to
Rev. Eric Schillo the question but hired the young man. strengthen our ministry to professional church
Executive Director Some nights later a violent storm awoke workers and their families. We are working to
230 9th Avenue North the farmer. He got up and tried unsuccessfully strengthen and expand our pregnancy coun-
to arouse the farm hand, then with consider- seling ministry, anticipating that the current
Fort Dodge, IA 50501 able annoyance went out himself to see if political climate with its pro-abortion perspec-
1.800.622.7285 all was well. He found the barn locked, the tive will bring many opportunities to witness to
schillo@LFSiowa.org chicken coop properly closed, a wagonload our belief that life begins at conception. We are
www.lfsiowa.org of hay covered with a tarpaulin which was working in several interesting and innovative
securely battened down, and all else in a adoption practices about which I plan to share
condition of safety from the elements. Then more details soon.
the farmer realized what his new farm hand There are many hurting people, both
meant when he said: “I can sleep when the within our church walls and beyond. I ask that
wind blows.” you continue to pray for this ministry, and for
This story prompted me to think about those who are using our services. We don’t
many things in my personal life, and also about know what speciﬁc challenges lay ahead of
the LFS ministry. Am I as ready as I can be us, but we trust our God who does. Relying
for the storms that will ultimately come? Is on His faithfulness, we can “sleep when the
my family? Is LFS? Are you? It is certainly wind blows,” prepared for what is ahead and
important to be prepared for the “storms” able to meet the needs of our people. May God
that we all will face and not wait until they continue to bless our work together to make a
come to begin preparations. I’ll work on my difference – both immediate and eternal – in
own personal inventory and encourage you to His name!
consider your own. Today, I want to tell you
Healthy families teach their children
about the proper management of money.
In addition to teaching your child about
the importance of saving and giving, con-
sider teaching about credit. If your child
wants something, “loan” her the money to buy it
and have her pay you back over time with interest.
Have her give you something she already owns as
collateral. When she makes the last payment of
principal with interest, celebrate and burn the note!
If she misses payments, keep the collateral, cancel
the loan and take possession of the purchased item.
Tough love? You bet, but it’s better for her to learn
these concepts at home with you in a safe environ-
ment than when she is out on her own for the ﬁrst
time learning the hard way with real credit cards!
Make Someone’s Day!
Who do you know who needs a word of org) and click on the ﬂowers. You will be
encouragement? Who needs to be reminded of connected with a nationwide ﬂower delivery
how much you love them? Who is celebrat- service called Christian Flower. When you
ing a special occasion? Make their day by order ﬂowers through our website, the LFS
surprising them with ﬂowers! Fresh ﬂowers, ministry will receive 10% of your purchase to
sent with a simple written message of your support our work. The LFS counselors thank
love and appreciation and of God’s love for you, those families who receive help through
them, will make your someone’s day. LFS thank you, and your special someone will
28 Visit the LFS website (www.LFSiowa. thank you, too!
Ask Your LFS Counselor ...
Question: It seems like we are hearing enon: spousal and child abuse. Professionals in
about more and more violence, suicide and the ﬁeld of family therapy and child services
murders among families on the news today. report that there generally is a ﬁve to six month
I’m concerned about all the stress that families lag between a notable rise in familicides and
are experiencing with the economy, even here widespread reports of increased physical and
in Iowa. During the farm crisis in the 1980s, emotional abuse of spouses and children.
we had so many suicides. Are we headed to- There is no doubt that we live in very
ward that again? And if so, what can we do to difficult and challenging times: economic
prevent it from happening? hardship, job losses, reports of an inﬂuenza
Answer: I agree that there does seem to pandemic, wars and rumors of wars. All of
be more violence among families today, or at these, and more, add to the pressure, stress, Rev. Dr. Randy Nord
least more news coverage of it. A new word has and difﬁculty that all of us face. 4403 1st Ave S.E.
even been coined which describes a rare but But there is hope - and there is another Suite 311
increasingly occurring event: “familicide.” In way. We are the children of a God of hope and
a familicide, one member of the family, usually promise, who says to each of us: “Come unto
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
the father, takes the lives of the other family Me all ye that labor and are heavy-laden and I 1.800.393.1000
members, and then his own. People who study will give you rest”; “I hold you in the palm of nord@LFSiowa.org
such trends have noticed a recent uptick in My hand and no one shall pluck you from it”;
these events. One recent familicide with which and “I will raise you up on eagles’ wings.”
you might be familiar involved a father who Openly addressing these stressors through
gathered his wife and two daughters together the lens of faith is imperative. I encourage you
under the guise of a family get-together. The and all Harvest readers to engage their fam-
family was from New York but met in Bal- ily members, friends and neighbors in open
timore where the eldest daughter was going discussions about difﬁcult times, followed by
to the university. This family’s friends and sharing your faith and the hope and promise it
neighbors were shocked by the actions of the provides. Talking about it is helpful. Encour-
father, describing the family as “perfect” and age others to talk to you and to their (or your)
“wonderful.” What the friends and other fam- pastor. Lutheran Family Service counselors
ily apparently were unaware of was that the are also available to talk with anyone who
family was in debt to the tune of $460,000. is going through hard times. We are here for
Apparently, the father could think of no other you, to walk with you, helping to provide a
way to get out from under the weight and pain nonjudgmental and safe environment where,
of this horrible mountain. with the help and aid of God’s Spirit, your
As chilling and terrible as familicide is, it anxieties, fears and shame can be worked
is relatively rare. However, experts say that an through and you can have the peace of truly
uptick in these traumatic events is a harbinger knowing the meaning of: “Be still and know
of a more widespread and destructive phenom- that I am God.”
Do You Have a Tax Time Bomb?
For individuals age 70 1/2 and older, that from your IRA account
traditional IRA (Individual Retirement Ac- and you do not owe any
count) you’ve accumulated over many years applicable income tax
is becoming a tax time bomb for either you or on it. You get a sense
your heirs. This retirement account will be tax- of satisfaction for sup-
able upon distribution. Individuals are required porting the ministry of
by law to begin taking distributions from this LFS, the beneﬁt of not
IRA, thus allowing Uncle Sam to collect any paying any taxes, and
taxes due. But in 2009, you can avoid paying LFS gets the beneﬁt of support from you that
those taxes, and make a signiﬁcant impact on you perhaps hadn’t considered!
the LFS ministry! If you would like more information about
By giving a gift, large or small, directly how this might work for you, please call LFS’
from your IRA accounts, you can bypass Director of Development, Glen Emery at 515-
any income taxes you might owe on the 573-3138, ext. 19, or email him at emery@
distribution. That’s right, you can tell your LFSiowa.org. As with any ﬁnancial decisions,
IRA investment company to simply send a you should visit with your tax consultant
check in any amount to LFS. That “Qualiﬁed to discuss how this might effect your tax
Charitable Distribution” will be sent to LFS situation.
Relocating the LFS Ofﬁce in Sioux City
The old adage
“many hands make
light work” was
veriﬁed on a bright,
sunny Saturday in
March when volun-
teers from Redeemer, Calvary and Bethany
Lutheran congregations in Sioux City helped
the LFS staff move. After 20 years at the
Morningside office, LFS has relocated its
counseling, pregnancy counseling and adop-
Glen Emery tion offices to 4301 Sergeant Road, Suite
203—just across the street from the Southern
Director of Hills Mall. This move to a much larger space
Development will allow LFS to add an additional counselor
1.800.622.7285 and serve more people during the coming
emery@LFSiowa.org years. The conference room will also allow for
group meetings and educational events, which
were not possible in the old location. Thank
you to all who helped with painting, packing,
loading, unloading and decorating! Conference Room
Jaimee Nutt, LMHC Counseling Ofﬁce
New LFS location across from Southern Hills
Mall: 4301 Sergeant Road, Suite 203, Sioux City,
LFS Wish List
Periodically, we become aware of items
that are needed for use with clients or to make
our LFS ofﬁces comfortable for clients. We
invite you to consider donating any one of
these items during the coming months:
• Vacuum Sweeper (Des Moines ofﬁce)
• Coffee Maker (Sioux City ofﬁce)
• Live Plants (All ofﬁces)
• Children’s table and chairs (Fort Dodge
& Sioux City ofﬁces)
• Trac Phone & Minutes (for use in preg-
nancy counseling ministry)
30 Rev. Gerry Bruhn, LISW Counseling Ofﬁce
What did YOU do today?
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At day’s end, do you reﬂect on all that Today, you spent 30 minutes on the phone
you accomplished? Tonight, you can add these with a pastor, consulting with him about a dif-
things to your list: ﬁcult situation in his congregation.
Phone: (_________) ______________________
Today, you sat with a couple consider- How did you do all this? You did this
ing divorce, and brought them hope for their and much more in one day through your
Question or concern for an LFS counselor to answer: ___________________________________________________________
future together. partnership with LFS. Daily our counselors
Today, you helped a couple admit their share the pain in people’s lives, and walk with
teenage daughter into a treatment program for them toward a better future. Many times this
eating disorders, perhaps saving her life. is when they are most open to hearing about
Today, you sat with an older man who has God and His love. Sixteen LFS counselors
stopped feeling, isolated himself from others are working for you, as you send them out to
and is expressing hopelessness and thoughts accomplish these things on behalf of the 295
of suicide, assuring him that depression is not LCMS churches here in Iowa.
a weakness in faith, but a common and treat- Please consider joyfully becoming a min-
able disorder. istry partner with us today by mailing a special
Today, you supported a scared 16 year gift to LFS, 230 9th Ave N, Fort Dodge, IA
old girl as she told her parents that she was 50501. Thank you for your partnership with
pregnant. LFS in this life-changing ministry!
Name (please print): _____________________________________________________
How has God gifted you? What special talents do you have? You can use these gifts in
service to Him through the LFS ministry! If you have talents in any of the areas listed below
and would like more information about how you might help, contact Wanda Pritzel by email
at pritzel@LFSiowa.org. We’d love for you to join us!
Creative writing: Share messages about LFS ministry through the written word by compos-
ing articles for the LFS GoodNews Letter, LFS website updates, articles for district newsletters
and articles for The Harvest magazine.
Layout/Design: Design of promotional materials representing the LFS ministry, including
brochures, newsletters, pregnancy counseling, adoption and counseling ministry informational
Website Design: Updating the LFS website regularly, with information provided by
Project Management: Help to organize and carry out special projects, such as the annual
phonathon, the eBay Trading Graces auction, or help to organize and promote family educational
events sponsored by LFS in the district.
Introducing Jennifer Miller, LISW . . .
LFS is happy to introduce Jennifer Miller, LISW, who provides counseling for individu-
als, couples and families in LFS’s Des Moines ofﬁce. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree
in Social Work from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and a Master’s degree in Social Work
from the University of St. Thomas/College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota. Jennifer is
licensed at the independent practitioner level (LISW) in the state of Iowa.
Jennifer has expertise working with individuals with a wide variety of mental health and
relationship concerns. Before joining the LFS staff earlier this year, she worked as a therapist
at Broadlawns Hospital in Des Moines. Through her work at LFS, Jennifer enjoys seeing
individuals who are experiencing depression, anxiety, relationship challenges or conﬂicts
within their family. She also enjoys working with couples toward the goal of building healthier
relationships and increasing parenting skills. Jennifer and her husband are the parents of two
If you or someone you know would like to schedule an appointment with an LFS
counselor in the Des Moines ofﬁce, please call LFS at 515-251-4900. 31