The Patter

News & Views from Campus: November 18-24, 2018

Written by: James Riley, Director of Pastoral Services

Immigrant refugees from Europe gathered in 1621 to give thanks to God in a 3-day feast. They were joined by the Native Americans who had welcomed them to the new world. The Pilgrims (a word that means wanderer or traveler), had a habit of holding feasts to thank God throughout the year. We still embrace their example. Whatever our hardship, we stop and in our own ways, traditions, and choices, we give thanks. We lay our burdens down and look around us at the things that are still good and right.

What a powerful act their choice to give thanks turned out to be. A whole nation has now embraced the tradition of stopping everything, traveling to be with family and friends, and practicing the act of giving thanks. Without the habit of giving thanks, we would descend into bitterness and despair. The good things in life would no longer be able to bring us joy. But let us resolve to make it a year-round habit. That’s what holidays and holy days are for: reminders of who we are and what we can and should do every day.

President Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863, right in the middle of the Civil War. He believed that even in the worst of times, we need is to look up, not down; to raise our hands in praise, not pound our fists in frustration. I pray that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and that it causes you to resolve to always give thanks.

Activities Calendar

Sunday, Nov. 18
9:00 am: Worship Service: Chaplain James Riley, Chapel
2:00 pm: Pianist Steve Buckman, Social Room

Monday, Nov. 19
9:00 am: Devotions: Madison Park Christian Church, 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
6:30 pm: Quincy Kennel Club Therapy Dogs, Social Room

Tuesday, Nov. 20 – Popcorn Day!
9:00 am: Devotions: Rev. Tony Metz, Chapel
9:00 am: County Market Shopping**
10:00 am: Music by Marvin Cook
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
1:30 pm: St. James, Our Redeemer & the Lutheran Church of St. John Communion, Chapel
2:45 pm: Bingo, Town Hall
6:30 pm: Garbage Cards, Social Room

Wednesday, Nov. 21
9:00 am: Devotions: Rev. Carol Stufflebeam, Chapel
9:00 am: Hy-vee Shopping**
10:00 am: Leroy Wolfmeyer will share a slide show of some of his travels, Social Room
10:00 am: Towel Folding, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
1:00 pm: Pony Tail Canasta, Knapheide Room
1:30 pm: Dominoes, Bartley Room

Thursday, Nov. 22 – Thanksgiving
9:00 am: Devotions: Rev. Mike Duffy, Chapel
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
2:00 pm: Thanksgiving Bingo, Social Room

Friday, Nov. 23
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, Nov. 24
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
2:00 pm: Bingo, Eber Gardens

** 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 Southern Court and for the Computer and Mail Staff.

Our Scripture of the Week is 1 Timothy 4:4-5: “For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.”

Christmas Memorial Service

Our 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 residents and cottagers who died in the last year. It is also open to anyone who would like us to remember a loved one in this way no matter when they died or where. For information on submitting names and pictures (for the ornament), please go to or ask the front receptionist for a printout of the instructions.

Weekly Inspiration

“Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them..” — Ann Landers

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