Messenger—December 2011—Page 3
The Chaplain’s Corner
by Chaplain Joel Ingram
It’s December and time for so many Holiday Celebrations! So this month’s “Chaplain’s Corner”is dedicated to all that’s going on in connection to Pastoral Care this year.First is our
Christmas Eve Service
. Our planning meeting for this event will be on Thursday,December 8
at 10:00 a.m. In the past, our program has included special readings by residentsand staff, a Christmas Hymn sing-a-long, a retelling of the Story of the Nativity and lightrefreshments. No matter what our program entails this year one thing is for sure, we’d like tohave you join us! The Service will be on December 24
(a Saturday night) at 6:30 pm in theAuditorium. Mark your calendars and join us. Won’t you?Next, is our
Annual Adopt-A-Family Program
. This year, we will again be providing aspecial Christmas for six families in our immediate community. We make every effort to makesure we’re choosing families that would not have much of a Christmas, but for our assistance.We typically purchase 1 or 2 practical gifts per person (including mom and dad) along with 1 or2 gifts of choice. For example: a pair of shoes, a pair of jeans and a scooter. There are manythings residents can do to be a part of this worthwhile project. These include:
: Signing up to be a “Santa’s Helper”. Helpers work in teams of at least twoand purchase gifts for one of our families. Resident “helpers” should have their owntransportation and be physically up to the hussle and tussle of holiday shopping. If you’dlike to be one of “Santa’s Helpers” (we need at least 12 helpers), please sign up on thesignup sheets by the mailroom or contact me by phone directly at extension 26424.
: Join us for our Gift Wrapping Party. On December 21
at 6:30 pm we’ll bewrapping up all the gifts for our families. We’ll be meeting in the Auditorium and have lightrefreshments. Bring your own scissor/tape if you can. Come join us… its lots of fun!
: As you can imagine, it takes money to make this program successfuleach year. But for special cases, we spend less than $100 per person/per family. This means,we spend approximately $30 per family for food, and for a family of four we will spend nomore than $370 for all the rest. Many times, the requests we receive include a “family” giftas well, such as dishes or a blanket for the sofa. Six families of four make a budget of $2400plus wrapping paper, decorative bags and such. We will be “tracking” our donations for theyear on Channel 15. You should have received a donation letter in your mailboxes alreadybut if not, just wait – it’s coming. Donations can be dropped off at:
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