Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Memorial Day at Lutheran Home - Albemarle

Mr. Warren Sorenson, husband of Lutheran Home - Albemarle resident Evelyn Sorenson, came to visit her today dressed in his military uniform. Mr. Sorenson is one of those heroes we need to remember every day.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Crescent View had blow-out Memorial Day bash: hamburgers, hotdogs, and grilled salmon. And a big crowd!

Memorial Day and the LSA Way!

Part of the LSA Way is remembering. Today is Memorial Day, the day the USA set aside to honor all members of our military forces who have died in service to our country. So today, we remember all of the men and women who have given their lives so we can enjoy the lives we live today. From the Revolution on, men and women have risen to the occasion and often been called to make the ultimate sacrifice of their lives. Where would we be today without them?

All across LSA we will have picnics and cookouts and events to honor the fallen. We do that as citizens and because we care for so many widows and widowers whose spouses died in service to country. We will also use it as an opportunity to thank our staff, friends, and families who serve in the armed services today.

Please join me today in celebrating the heroes who died for us, those they left behind, and those who serve us today.

Thanks. And have a powerful Memeorial Day!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

ChaplainWeisner,Lenoir-Rhyne U to LutheranHomeHky: "God blesses me every day with opportunities to tell peo what a wonderful place this is."

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Just got copy of email from out of town friends of a LutheranHomeTrinityOaks resident. High praise for love, care, kindness! The LSA Way!
Dropped in at LutheranHomeWinstonSalem yesterday. Good to see old&new friends. And replacement building is under construction! It's time!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

MenInMission bkfst at SC Lutheran mtg. Inspired by keynote by Pastor Rick Carter. SCMIM very supportive of LFS/LSA.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Good day with SC Lutheran Synod Assembly for LFS/LSA. Good friends and supporters. Got to share our story at PM banquet.Highlighting LFS SC.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The latest edition of LSA Voices is in the mail. Here is he latest Goings On (picture above is Abundant Living Executive Director Barbara Garwood with Wilson Smith; other picture is Mrs. Cleo Miller and me):

The lines often get blurred in my professional and personal life, which is fine with me. Luther wrote about vocation and I am blessed that my vocation is directly related to the church. I lost two good friends in April who were related to both my work and personal life.

I wrote about Ms. Cleo (Cleo Miller) in a recent issue of LSA Voices. She died in April at the grand age of 96. I knew her all my life, and took baths in her kitchen sink when I was just 6 months old. One of the most attentive sons I've ever seen, her son Dent, asked me to say a few words at her funeral. I shared that when God woke up that morning he smelled fresh pound cake! I shared that comment because it said all that need be said about my friend Cleo. She is in heaven most assuredly and pound cake is a wonderful expression of her hospitality that included her always-positive outlook and great sense of humor. Ms. Cleo always had a pound cake in the house, and I ate more than my share! Everyone always felt welcome at Cleo's.

We can all learn from Ms. Cleo's example. When I wrote about her, I mentioned how many seniors are out there who can or could share their lives with us. I ended then and will ask again, "Who is your Cleo?" Go find your Cleo and you'll gain more than you can ever give.

We lost another friend in April, Wilson Smith. Many of you knew him as a co-founder of Food Lion. I first knew him 30 years ago as a greeter at St. John's Lutheran Church in Salisbury. He always welcomed me like we were best friends. Imagine my surprise when I found out who he was. Sitting at his funeral, I reflected on his life and his many connections to LSA. Now, the Lutheran Home at Trinity Oaks might have been built without his personal and financial support, but it would not be what it is today. It would be easy to argue that Trinity Oaks and Abundant Living Adult Day Services might not be here at all if were it not for Mr. Smith. His personal support, advice, service on the Board, and financial support were instrumental in having a full continuum of senior services in Rowan County. His vocation led him to serve LSA and many other important ministries and services.

Above all, Mr. Smith was a genuinely nice person. He served as an example of Christian love and stewardship for me and for many others until his death at the age of 93. Now I have two new questions, "Who is your Mr. Smith?" and "Can you be Mr. Smith to someone today?"

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Large contingent of LSA staff gathering in Rowan County right now to pray&support one of our own/and family. I add my prayers too.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Met 20 St.John's middle schoolers at LutheranHomeTrinityOaks.Learning the ministries of the church!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

LutheranHomeTrinityOaks front and center in Salisbury Post: residents and middle schoolers doing art project together.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Pleasant visit with residents and staff at Lutheran Home Hickory this evening.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

LSAm update: excellent conference over. Already at airport this AM to get back home to NC!

Friday, May 6, 2011

We try to honor our nurses every day, but today it's official: National Nurses Day! Thanks for your ministry at LSA to the people we serve!
LSAm update: beautiful worship overlooking LakeMichigan last PM, now future trends and challenges.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Follow Kurt Senske facebook. Now he is speaking at LSAm on his book Live a Life of Significance.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Listening to social media guru Allison Fine while posting this. Ironic?
LutheranServicesInAmerica/Milwaukee update: volunteerism,author Allison Fine,Just Culture, health care future... Seeing/making friends.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Airport again to Lutheran Services in America board mtg & annual mtg in Milwaukee: church connection, the future, challenges,good friends!