Due to Hurricane Irma, all church activities and the church office will be closed from 4 p.m. Wednesday, September 6, through Tuesday, September 12. This includes the following:
- H2O Middle and High School
- LOGOS Training
- Men’s Thursday Bible Study
- Joyful Piecemakers
- Brown Baggers
- Healing in Relationships
- Thirsty Thursdays
- Coffee, Tea, and Trivia Night
- All Sunday Services and Sunday School
- Nominating Committee Meeting
- All Staff Planning Retreat
- Women of Influence Dinner and Meeting
- Magnificent Mondays
- Budget and Finance Committee
- Eireinei Meeting
- Church Council Meeting
This week God has us in the middle of Proverbs….a clear Word about TRUST!!! Well, Irma certainly has us where the rubber meets the road. We trust God even in the midst of a monster hurricane….and we know He is the Master at working in and through the storms of life. This is a good time for us to pray for one another, to stay connected, and to TRUST in the Good Shepherd.
HE IS WITH US! Praying for each of you…..may HIS PEACE be upon you!
Trunk or Treat Community Event Saturday, October 31 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Trunk or Treat is a community outreach, a safe, family friendly event. Nothing scary. Families come and go, or come and stay for awhile. We draw from the resorts also so it’s not unusual to hear other languages being spoken. We have car treats – you bring your decorated car with treats in the trunk – dress up too! No scary costumes/hats please. We will also have carnival type games with prizes – Gloria Strauss will be gathering all the supplies you need – you show up, supervise the game and hand out the treats! Families love to gather here and let their kids enjoy the fun and games before dark and the bugs come out. Afterwards we all stay for about 20 minutes and break down and carry things inside. It’s an easy event and very effective in building relationships. Will you help? Contact Gloria Strauss Escarlys26@yahoo.com and let her know if you are bringing your trunk or if you’ll help with a game.
LOGOS Training & Lunch Saturday, September 17th from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall Come for training, dates, and themes for the coming year. This includes all teachers, leaders, assistants, rec, music, table parents, crafts, kitchen workers. It’s going to be a great year! LOGOS Begins Wednesday October 5! For families with kids preschool through 5th grade. First night is Olympics! Parent meeting begins at 3:45 pm. Kids are 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Logos Family Ministry 2016-17 Newest update 8-23-16
|October 12||Who and Where?|
|October 19||Wild Jungle Night|
|October 26||Western Night|
|November 2||Fruits of the Spirit|
|November 9||The Votes are In|
|November 16||Thankful Night|
|November 23||No Logos|
|November 30||Back to Bethlehem|
|December 7||Crazy Hair in the Air|
|December 14||Happy Birthday to You|
|January 4||Blizzard Night|
|January 11||Llama in Pajamas|
|January 18||Camp Night|
|January 25||Emoji Teacher appreciation|
|Feb. 1||50’s night|
|February 8||A Light in the Night|
|February 15||FROG night|
|February 22||Career Night|
|March 1||Ash Wednesday|
|March 8||Go Green Night|
|March 15||Art and Motion Night|
|March 22||Fast food Night|
|March 29||Logos Got Talent 5th grade recognition|
|April 5||Under Construction family banquet|
We took off the month of August, but it is time to get back to digging into God’s awesome Word! Classes will start back up on Sept. 21 & 22, 2016.
Women resume meeting on Wednesdays in the Prayer Room at 7:00 – 8:30 a.m. (with breakfast starting at 6:45 a.m. – love offering accepted) and 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. (no breakfast).
Men continue to meet Wednesdays at 6:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. at SCC (Fellowship Hall), and 8:00 a.m. at Perkins on San Carlos on Thursdays. All groups are in the same place in the text, so you can come to any of the 3 studies any week. Full hot breakfast here at SCC (suggested donation of $7.00) and order from the menu at Perkins.
Looks like the name of a video game or space monster, but Chickungunya (pronounced chik-en-gun-ye) is neither. It is, in fact, the name of a “new viral visitor” to the United States, one that is recently in the news, and a “visitor” that has made its way to Florida. The visitor, in the form of Chiungunya fever (CHIK) is caused by the Chikungunya virus (CHIKV).
The virus is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito, similar to West Nile virus, and dengue virus. Chikungunya virus was first identified in Tanzania in 1952. It has mostly remained within Sub-Saharan Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and Southeast Asia for the last few decades. Outbreaks did occur in Africa, Europe and the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
A big changed occurred in 2013: for the first time the Chikungunya virus was found in the Americas – on islands in the Caribbean. Sustained transmission of the virus meant that people on the islands were starting to be infected by local mosquitoes. Currently, 17 different countries in the Caribbean report cases of the disease.
Now, there are numerous cases of Chikungunya fever appearing in the U.S. – approximately 25 in Florida. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) these cases are travelers who contracted the disease out of the country. However, experts say it’s just a matter of time before it starts to spread among local mosquitoes.
Chikungunya fever is transmitted by mosquitoes that are widespread around the world – mainly by the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus species. These mosquitoes tend to bite during the daytime rather than at
night – with peak activity at dawn and dusk. Also, unlike other species of mosquitoes that spread disease (like malaria) these mosquitoes can thrive in big cities and are found in urban areas.
A person gets infected with the Chikungunya virus when they are bitten by a mosquito that has previously fed on an infected person.The virus circulates in the bloodstream of the infected person – the mosquito sucks the blood and acquires the virus. When it feeds again, the is a small amount of regurgitation of the prior feeding which “inoculates” the next person with the virus. The scenario becomes real when and infected visitor or returning traveler gets bitten by our “local Florida mosquitoes” during the early stages of the
disease (first week). These infected mosquitoes then go on to spread the virus to others that they bite.
Symptoms can begin from 2 to 12 days post-bite, with most people becoming ill 3 – 7 days after a bite. The symptoms can last from 3 – 10 days and include:
– Sudden high fever (>102 F) which may be intermittent or continuous
– Joint swelling
– Severe joint pain commonly in the hands and feet
– Rash generally 2 – 5 days after fever starts
– Other symptoms may include: headache, body ache, nausea, vomiting redness around the eyes
– In unusual cases the brain, eyes, heart, kidney and other organs can become infected
While fatal infections are rare, some patients can have arthritis, chronic joint pain, loss of energy and depression that lasts weeks to years. Some people who are infected, up to 28%, will not have any symptoms. However they can still be infectious for a short time.
Those at most risk for severe illness and complications include:
– Infants (< 1 year) – Elderly (> 65 years)
– People with chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, etc.
There are no vaccines to prevent or medical treatments for Chikungunya fever. Treatment is mostly supportive, as for other viral diseases – fluids, over-the-counter medication to treat aches and fever and rest. The name “Chikungunya” is from the Makonde language and means “to be bent out of shape” which refers to the virus’ ability to cause people to contort in pain.
Since there is no real treatment, the best action is to prevent getting infected – by preventing getting bitten by infected mosquitoes! Some prevention methods are:
– Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants
– Use mosquito repellent on exposed skin, including DEET, picaridin, IR3535 and oil of lemon eucalyptus
– Ensure windows/door screens are intact
– use A/C when available
– Wear permethrin-treated clothing to repel and kill mosquitoes
You can also take action to protect your environment. The Aedes mosquitoes live in a wide range of habitats. Standing water is needed for the mosquito eggs to develop into adults. By preventing standing water, you can prevent more Aedes mosquitoes! Standing water can collect in flower pots, empty cans and containers, wading pools and old tires.
If you suspect that you’ve become infected with the Chikunguya virus, check with your healthcare provider. Also prevent getting bitten by mosquitoes and thereby helping to stop the spread. Let’s help to stop the spread!
For more information check with http://www.cdc.gov/chikungunya/
Deb Stephens BSN RN FCN
Faith Community Nurse
Floridahealth.gov: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: World Health Organization
Bell’s palsy causes sudden paralysis or weakness in the facial muscles – generally on one side of the face. The paralysis is caused from damage or trauma to one of the facial nerves. This makes it look like one half of your face is drooping – your smile is lop-sided and the eye on that side may resist closing. The affected nerve may also affect your sense of taste, and production of tears and saliva. This condition occurs suddenly, often overnight, but is NOT the result of a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA). While these can cause facial paralysis, there is no link between Bell’s palsy and either of these conditions. However, sudden weakness on one side of your face should be checked out right away to rule these causes out. In rare cases, Bell’s palsy can affect the nerves on both sides of the face. The symptoms of Bell’s palsy often reach their peak within 48 hours. They vary from person to person and range in severity. Symptoms include:
- Rapid onset of symptoms-from twitching or mild weakness to total paralysis on one side of the face
- Facial droop and difficulty making facial expression
- Increased sensitivity to sound on the affected side
- Pain around the jaw or behind the ear on the affected side
- Decrease in ability to taste
- Changes in the amount of tears or saliva produced, e.g. drooling, eye tearing or dryness.
Bell’s palsy can occur at any age and the exact cause is not clear. Most scientists believe that a virus is the cause. The nerve controlling the facial muscles passes through a narrow area of bone – when it becomes inflamed or swollen in reaction to the viral infection, it causes the symptoms of Bell’s palsy. Viruses linked to Bell’s palsy include those that cause;
- Cold sores and genital herpes (herpes simplex)
- Chickenpox and shingles- (herpes zoster)
- Mononucleosis (Epstein-Barr)
- Flu (influenza B)
Corticosteroids have been shown to be an effective treatment for Bell’s palsy. Steroids such as prednisone are used to reduce the inflammation and swelling. Antiviral drugs, such as acyclovir, which are used to fight viral herpes infection, can have some added benefit in shortening the duration of the disease. Analgesics such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen or aspirin help to relieve the pain. Patients should always speak with their physicians before taking any over-the-counter medications to avoid any potential drug interactions. Some patients benefit from physical therapy to stimulate the nerve and help maintain muscle tone. The prognosis for recovery from Bell’s palsy is usually very good – most people recover completely without or without treatment in 1 to 2 months. The extent of nerve damage will determine the extent of recovery. A small number of people may have residual weakness on the affected side of the face.
Remember, while Bell’s palsy is not caused by a stroke, any symptoms of weakness or paralysis should be reported to your health care provider immediately to determine the exact cause of your symptoms.
Deb Stephens RN FCN
Mayo Clinic: National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke