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2017 New Year’s Resolutions at Concordia

January 3
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Ah, the first week of January – that wondrous time of the year when we all pledge to better ourselves in some way through a New Year’s resolution. Maybe you’ve resolved to spend more time reading the Bible, eating more vegetables, exercising regularly, etc. It got us thinking about what Concordia’s New Year’s resolutions are, as a faith-based senior care organization. Perhaps not coincidentally, that got us thinking about our Statements of Value.

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Top 10 Concordia Blog Posts of 2016

December 27, 2016
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It was another great year to be a part of Concordia, and we are so blessed to count you as members of the family! Among other notable things this year, we served over 30,000 people, expanded our hospital partnerships and started the largest construction project in our 135-year history – Highpointe at Rebecca!

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And the Word Became Flesh: A Christmas Devotion from Concordia

December 20, 2016
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From the entire Concordia family to yours: Merry Christmas! Today's post comes from Concordia Chaplain Rev. Robert Wacker. Concordia has an excellent Chaplaincy Department that actively contributes to our patients' and residents' spritual well being. Enjoy!

Let me wish you all an early Merry Christmas! Christmas is now just a few days away, and the season of Advent is almost through. During this season of Advent, we have been talking about how God comes to us in Christ Jesus.

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Concordia Celebrates the Season With Christmas and Holiday Events | Photos

December 13, 2016
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Whew – what a last couple of weeks it has been at Concordia! And it’s not slowing down just yet – we haven’t even held our Christmas dinners, resident gift-giving parties or our last few open houses of the year! What we HAVE held recently was the Concordia of the South Hills Holiday Bazaar, the Concordia at Cabot Haven Christmas Cantata and, of course, our Live Nativity.

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Concordia Hospice of Washington Volunteer Makes Seasonal Gift Baskets for Patients

December 6, 2016
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Below is a story published in the December 2016 issue of Faith in Caring magazine (click here to check out the full issue online) on an outstanding volunteer who has made over 200 gift baskets for hospice patients in the past year! To be added to the mailing list or e-mail distribution list, message us through the contact form on our website or call the Concordia Public Relations Department at 724-352-1571, ext. 8266. Enjoy, and feel free to leave a comment below!

“I stood outside the Donnell House, and I was just angry. I had a bad attitude about it. I didn’t want to be there. I didn’t know why my husband needed to be there. The whole idea was just wrong to me…” Clara Jean Thomas, a 67-year-old resident of Lone Pine, PA, will tell you she was experiencing the grief stage of anger at that point, even though her husband of 44 years, Bill, was still on this earth. However, within minutes of walking inside the Donnell House – an inpatient hos- pice facility operated by Concordia Hospice of Washington – a calmness came over her that she didn’t believe was possible in her life at that time.

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Concordia Supporters Share Why They Give for #GivingTuesday and the 2016 Season of HOPE

November 29, 2016
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We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. Today, charities, families, businesses, community centers and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

Concordia Lutheran Ministries is excited, once again, to incorporate this revolutionary giving movement into our Season of Hope giving campaign. As a special campaign feature - we asked members of the Concordia family why they feel it is so important to give back to Concordia. Here are a few of the responses we received.

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Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart This Season

November 22, 2016
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From the Concordia family to yours: Happy Thanksgiving! Today's post comes from Concordia Chaplain Rev. Robert Wacker. Concordia has an excellent Chaplaincy Department that actively contributes to our patients' and residents' spritual well being. Enjoy!

In our hymnal we have a hymn titled “Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart.” With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I couldn’t help but think of this hymn. Thanksgiving is a time when we think about what we are thankful and grateful for in our lives. The hymn goes like this:

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2016 Purse Gala Raises $40k for Camp Erin Pittsburgh | Photos

November 15, 2016
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The Third Annual Purse Gala benefiting Camp Erin® Pittsburgh, a ministry of Good Samaritan Hospice, welcomed nearly 200 elegant attendees to Lexus Club at PNC Park on Thursday, Nov. 10. For the second straight year, fundraising revenue set a new record!

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Happy Veterans Day: Concordia Resident Shares Remarkable Story from WWII

November 8, 2016
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There have been countless books written about World War II, and one of Concordia’s own has actually contributed to that literature. Concordia at Cabot Skilled Nursing resident and veteran S. (“Snap”) Roger Oliver has written two self-published books, originally created for his wife, Carol Oliver, as Christmas presents. The books have been a treasure to Snap and his family over the years, and, in honor of Veterans Day this year, we are sharing a particularly extraordinary episode from one of them: “Snap, Daddy & Pop.”

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What Faith Based Caring Really Means

November 2, 2016
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What Faith Based Caring Really Means

Faithful caring, healing and service: These characteristics exemplify “The Concordia Way.” Senior living in Pittsburgh, PA at Concordia means residents are treated with caring compassion as we fulfill our ministry of service with our core value of healing at the forefront, providing non-profit senior care to seniors of all denominations.

Whether receiving care in one of Concordia's residential service options, being treated in one of our rehabilitation programs, or taking advantage of the extra time provided by our adult day services, every act is performed with an open, loving heart. The staff members work with the purpose of exemplifying God's love by working through service to fulfill the ministry of Concordia. Faith-based caring is exactly what it sounds like: following our faith and God's word to lead us to service of others. Selflessly giving to improve another person’s quality of life is how we view service.

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