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Lent in 2021: A Few Questions Answered

April 2
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Today’s post is written by Pastor Roger Nuerge. Concordia’s Chaplaincy Department actively contributes to our resident’s well-being, especially during the Lenten season. Enjoy!

Lent. What’s that? Where did it come from? Why do some give something up for Lent and others do something special for Lent? What is the best way to observe Lent?

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Being Intentional This Lenten Season

March 2
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Today’s post is written by Pastor Ben Oesterling. Concordia’s Chaplaincy Department actively contributes to our resident’s well-being, especially during the Lenten season. Enjoy!

Have you ever asked the question, “what is the point of giving something up for Lent?” Does this act by itself make us more Holy? Does it earn us some kind of heavenly points? Of course, we know that is not the case.

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Concordia’s Home and Community-Based Services Celebrate the Season of Giving Back

December 31, 2020
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The holiday season, which generally commences with Thanksgiving and extends through early January, is a time when many choose to give back. It’s a time to take inventory of the many blessings we’ve received throughout the year as we celebrate the greatest gift bestowed upon all of us – the birth of Jesus Christ. It is also a time to inspire hope through volunteerism and donations to the communities in which we live and serve.

This year was unlike any other and the way our Concordia home and community-based services team came together to support our community members who have have felt the greatest impacts of the pandemic was a direct reflection of our mission. From bringing the joy of bird watching to our senior friends living in isolation to giving the gift of fun and freedom to disabled children by means of customized bicycles, our team turned to creativity in their pursuit to spread holiday cheer.

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The Christmas Story Retold with Concordia Nativity Scenes

December 23, 2020
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Each year, we celebrate the true meaning of the season with a live nativity at our Concordia at Cabot campus. This year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to keep the tradition while ensuring the safety of our residents, patients and event attendees, so we put together this video retelling, with the help of the Concordia family!

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A Christmas Video Message from Concordia (2020)

December 22, 2020
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At Concordia, we are incredibly blessed to have the support of the communities we serve throughout the year. But during the Christmas season, especially this year during our Season of Hope, we are especially grateful for your prayers, gifts, volunteerism, encouragement and faith in our mission of caring for others. To acknowledge all of the wonderful individuals in the Concordia family from our residents to our staff members, we have a special Christmas video to share with you (see below), featuring a message from our President and CEO Keith Frndak and Director of Chaplaincy Services Rev. Jack Hartman. We hope you have a happy, healthy and peaceful holiday season. Merry Christmas!

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Decking the Halls: Concordia Resident Creates Ornaments for Charitable Project

December 11, 2020
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We all love to decorate for Christmas, and sometimes the decorations can have more meaning then just celebrating the season and keeping up with our traditions. Concordia at Cabot Haven resident Jack Brown uses his woodturning skills to create beautiful ornaments and other projects to help those in need.

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Christmas Traditions: A Devotion From Concordia (2020)

December 8, 2020
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From the entire Concordia family to yours: Merry Christmas! In honor of the true meaning of the holiday season, today’s post comes from Concordia Chaplain Rev. Robert “Bob” Wacker. Concordia has an excellent Chaplaincy Department that actively contributes to our patients’ and residents’ spiritual wellbeing and our chaplaincy staff has gone above and beyond in their service this year. Enjoy the Christmas devotional below, and have a happy, healthy and peaceful Christmas season.

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Concordia's 2020 Season of Hope Campaign Starts Today

November 13, 2020
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As uncertainty continues to dominate a large part of our year, we asked our residents what their hope was for the upcoming Christmas Holiday and New Year. We will be sharing them throughout our annual Season of Hope.

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Concordia Resident Shares Story of Time in the Army Nurse Corps during Vietnam Era in Honor of Veterans Day

November 3, 2020
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While we celebrate all veterans and recognize their service every day, we wanted to take a moment to share a story from a Concordia at Sumner resident who served in the Army Nurse Corps during the Vietnam Era.

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A Christmas (in July) to Remember

August 18, 2020
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This Friday, August 21, 2020, is National Senior Citizens Day, and due to COVID-19 and the resulting government social distancing and visitation restrictions at Concordia’s facilities, many families have been wondering how to best celebrate and show appreciation to their senior citizen loved ones. Last month, the virtual VBS (vacation bible school) at one of Concordia Lutheran Ministries’ member churches, Ascension Lutheran Church in McCandless, PA, exemplified a great way to bring smiles to our residents and patients (and amazing staff!): by making crafts and videos for Christmas in July celebrations at Concordia of Franklin Park and Concordia at the Orchard! (Read more for photos)

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