The Patter

News & Views from Campus: November 25-December 1, 2018

Written by: James Riley, Director of Pastoral Services

Good Samaritan Home’s Annual Christmas Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, December 4 at 6:30 pm in the Wee Kirk Chapel. This service will celebrate the memory of those residents and cottagers who died in the last year. It is also open to anyone in the community who has a loved one they would like to remember. Following a short time of worship, we will name those who have died and allow family and friends to place an ornament on the chapel Christmas tree.

For each person who died while a member of our community, one ornament will be made at no cost with their picture and their name on it. At the end of the service, family and friends can leave the ornament we provided on our tree or take it home.

For employees and other community members: We will provide an ornament with your loved one’s name on it. Please call Chaplain James Riley at 217-223-2455 x4491 and slowly and clearly say and spell the name of your loved one. If you want a picture included on the ornament, please email a digital picture to by November 30th. If you wish to take the ornament, with or without a picture, with you at any time, we request a $5 donation if you can afford it.

Our grief can feel out of place in a season that is so full of joys. My hope is that this service will help acknowledge your loss and grief even in the midst of the celebration of God’s gift.

Activities Calendar

Sunday, Dec. 2
9:00 am: Worship Service: Chaplain James Riley, Chapel
2:00 pm: Sande’s Weekend Activity, Social Room
6:00 pm: St. Peter’s Youth Group Carolers

Monday, Dec. 3
9:00 am: Devotions: The Crossing, Chapel
10:00 am: Towel Folding, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
1:15 pm: Wal-mart Shopping**
1:30 pm: Rosary, Chapel
2:15 pm: Chair Yoga, Chapel
6:30 pm: Bingo, Social Room

Tuesday, Dec. 4
9:00 am: Devotions: Rev. Henry Pratt, Chapel
9:30 am: County Market Shopping**
9:30 am: Odin & Ranger, Social Room
Newfoundland dogs, Odin & Ranger come to visit with their humans Bob & Sue Mitchell
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
1:30 pm: One Country Gent, Social Room
2:45 pm: Bingo, Town Hall
6:30 pm: Christmas Memorial Service, Social Room

Wednesday, Dec. 5
9:00 am: Devotions: Rev. Gayle Pope, Chapel
9:00 am: Hy-vee Shopping**
10:00 am: Towel Folding, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
1:00 pm: Foose Sing-a-long, Foose Center
1:00 pm: Pony Tail Canasta, Knapheide Room
1:30 pm: Dominoes, Bartley Room
1:30 pm: Luther Memorial Communion, Chapel
2:00 pm: Hearst Castle Christmas Tour, Social Room
This seasonal tour of Hearst Castle showcases abundant holiday decorations with numerous trees, thousands of holiday lights, & stories of holiday festivities during the estate’s heyday.
6:45 pm: Elf, the Musical, Quincy Community Theatre**

Thursday, Dec. 6
9:00 am: Devotions: Rev. Mike Duffy, Chapel
10:00 am: Catholic Mass, Chapel
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
12:45 pm: Aldi’s Shopping**
2:00 pm: Pete & Vaneva at the Piano, Social Room
Accomplished pianists Pete Guither & Vaneva Boda, son & daughter for Francis & Katharine Guither, play a beautiful arrangement of classic standards and Christmas favorites.

Friday, Dec. 7
9:00 am: Devotions: Rev. Steve Disseler, Chapel
10:00 am: Towel Folding, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
2:00 pm: Joe Chi, Social Room
2:45 pm: Bingo, Social Room

Saturday, Dec. 8
10:00 am: David Damm, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room

** Please sign-up for this activity at the Front Desk

All activities are subject to change. Games and cards are available for use anytime in the Bartley Room.

Prayer Request and Scripture

This week we are praying for the residents in Sunny Dale and the Dietary/Kitchen staff.

Our Scripture of the Week is Colossians 1:17-18: “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.”

Thank you from Virginia Echternkamp

Thank you for all the lovely cards and those that came to my birthday celebration! I really appreciate it!

Christmas Eve Buffet

Cottagers and family members, please make your reservation as soon as possible if you plan on attending our Christmas Eve Lunch Buffet on December 24! The meal is free for residents and cottagers, and $15 for guests.

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