The Patter

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

Written by: James Riley, Director of Pastoral Services

Photo of Ron Fuller courtesy of his family.

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, Nov. 25
9:00 am: Worship Service: Rev. Mike Duffy, Chapel
2:00 pm: Jackpot Bingo, Southern Court

Monday, Nov. 26
9:00 am: Devotions: Evangelist Sheila White, Chapel
10:00 am: A Day in the Life of a Homesteader, Social Room
Offered by the National Parks Service, Park Rangers will examine what types of homes homesteaders built on the prairie and what their daily chores would have been.
10:00 am: Towel Folding, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
1:30 pm: Rosary, Chapel
2:15 pm: Chair Yoga, Chapel
6:30 pm: Bingo, Social Room

Tuesday, Nov. 27
9:00 am: Devotions: Rev. Patty Johansen, Chapel
9:00 am: County Market Shopping**
10:00 am: Sing-a-long, Social Room
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
1:00 pm: Placematters, Town Hall
2:00 pm: Resident Council, Social Room
2:45 pm: Bingo, Town Hall
6:30 pm: Cheryl Kaiser School of Dance, Social Room
Students from Cheryl Kaiser School of Dance will present a program!

Wednesday, Nov. 28
9:00 am: Devotions: Rev. Matt Hunt, Chapel
9:00 am: Hy-vee Shopping**
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. 29
9:00 am: Devotions: Rev. Mike Duffy, Chapel
10:00 am: Catholic Mass, Chapel
11:30 am: Exercise, Social Room
1:30 pm: Coloring Guild, Sheltering Grove
2:30 pm: Found Objects Artwork, Social Room
From the Smithsonian American Art Museum, we will take a look at nontraditional materials artists use to express themselves and create art.

Friday, Nov. 30
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. 1
10:30 am: Christmas Card Party, Social Room
A fun event with QU Students! We will make cards for hospitalized children and a woodwind quartet will play!
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 Stevenson Manor and for the Development and Human Resources staff.

Our Scripture of the Week is Colossians 1:15-16: “The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.”

Elf, The Musical

We have been invited to see the preview of Quincy Community Theatre’s “Elf, The Musical” on Wednesday, December 5th. If you would like to go, sign-up at the front desk by Thursday, November 29th. Cost is $5 per person.

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