Amherst Lutheran Church
5125 Main Street just east of Exit 7B I-290 in Williamsville, New York   716-632-4185

Ministries

THAT MANY MIGHT FIND THEIR WAY TO THE WARMTH OF GOD'S CARE THROUGH OUR CONGREGATION...
We at Amherst Lutheran Church strive to embrace the gifts of God to be used in the caring ministry of Jesus throughout His world.

We are home to Pixie Village, an independent pre-school serving the children of Williamsville and its neighbors. For information or enrollment possibilities please contact Sue or Jenny at 631-3330.

The Sunday school is collecting coins to Raise the Roof. A faith based ministry in Uganda wants to build a dormitory to house children that must walk miles to school each day. For each 30 cents, one brick can be purchased and added to the construction. Coins will be collected through May 2015.

The Pastor currently provides twice a month worship to the residents of the Park Creek assisted living facility on Mill St. We are arranging now to provide a lunch, program and worship here at the church for several of those residents in May. This will most likely take place on a Saturday and will take the cooperation of our people to make this happen. People in the congregation will be invited to help with the food needs and fellowship with our guests.  


FOOD  - You are invited to bring donations of food to 
the church at any time the office is open or worship is 
being held.

CLOTHING - You are invited to drop off good used 
clothing for the use of the women and children servedby 
the Cornerstone Manor. Again, contact the office for a 
drop off time.

PRAYER- Our congregation will pray for you. Just give us 
your name by calling us at 632-4185 or stop by the office.

 
We also provide building space for the office of Lutheran  
Charities, a pan Lutheran ministry  primarily concerned with raising money to support local  faith based ministries. That office can be reached at 632-2623 with offers of financial support throughout the year. 


Dash food receipts continue to be collected and deposited in the box located in the coat room. Monies received are used to help the local needs of the hungry.


Kidney Doner Needed
Dear Amherst Lutheran Church Congregation:

I would like to talk to you about something close to my heart.  My daughter-in-law, Jane Ryan, wife of my son James Ryan, who was confirmed at this church, is in stage 5 end stage renal (kidney) failure due to a rare form of vasculitis, an autoimmune disorder that destroyed her kidneys.  I love Jane.  I am trying to spread the word about her struggle with renal failure.  I am hoping that sharing her story might inspire someone to help her.  

The good news is that the vasculitis is in remission due to the wonderful doctors at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.  However, Jane is in need of a kidney transplant to extend her life.  The other good news is that all of us are born with two kidneys and we only need one to live a normal life.  The other can be donated alive to someone in need.  

Jane is looking for a Living Donor Angel. She is in End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) patient awaiting a transplant. Blood type B or O is needed.  She is considered highly sensitized which means that finding a match may be difficult.  Her husband Jim and son Kevin were both tested to donate a kidney but unfortunately are not a match.  
All potential donors work directly with Johns Hopkins to be tested.  The testing procedures are thorough, simple and routine.  The transplant team won’t let anyone donate unless they are confident that a donor will be healthy after donation.  These tests can be completed anywhere without travel and expense.  All medical costs are covered by Jane’s medical insurance.  Her Kidney Transplant Coordinator is XXXX XXXX (410) 614-9345.  Tell the coordinator you are calling for Jane Ryan.  

One may also apply online at
www.hopkinsmedicine.org/transplant/living_donors/register.html.
Jane is on the cadaver transplant list at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore where about 1,600 people are ahead of her.  The average wait time is 3 to 5 years.  Every year, about 8% of the people waiting for a kidney will die. Highly sensitized patients, like Jane, may wait even longer. 

A live donor kidney transplant is the best option for a variety of reasons.  There is an immediate decrease in wait time.  The adverse effects of dialysis can be avoided.  Life expectancy is twice that of a cadaver kidney.  Live donor kidneys work better and last longer, twice as long.  The most important benefit is that the wait list for all others in need of a kidney is shortened. 

There are also benefits to the donor.    Statistics show that donors live longer than average adults.  Being a donor gives more meaning to life.  Quality of life often improves due to a sense of wellbeing resulting from the satisfaction associated with being a donor. If a donor would ever develop ESRD, they go to the top of the waiting list.

There are many living donation myths.  Donors do not need to take any associated medications. Donors will not be on bed rest following the surgery.  A donor will be out of bed and walking independently within a few hours of the surgery.  The hospital stay is just 1 or 2 nights.  The same healthy lifestyle enjoyed before the donation can be resumed within 4 to 6 weeks. No special diets must be followed by the donor.  Alcohol can still be consumed.  Female donors can get pregnant in 3 to 6 months after donation and a donor’s sex life is not affected in anyway.  The donation incisions are not large due to laparoscopic surgery.  

What can you do to help?  Pass this letter along to your family members and friends and ask them to do the same.  A live kidney donor is found when a network grows, as illustrated below.  
























 
 
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