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Concordia Blog - Spiritual Care

New Chapel at Rebecca Residence Nearing Completion

February 18, 2014
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Have you ever seen Concordia at Rebecca Residence? It's one of those places that pictures, as beautiful as they might be, don't even do it justice. Since joining the Concordia family in 2004, many upgrades - both big and small - have helped make this location one of the premier facilities for short-term rehab, long-term nursing care and personal care services in the north Pittsburgh region.

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Call to Care: For Better or For Worse

January 28, 2014
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Today's post is from Concordia Chaplain Rev. Roger Nuerge and is part 10 of the "Call to Care" series. Concordia's Chaplaincy Department actively contributes to our residents' well being.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year... Joyeux Noël et Bonne Annèe!

December 25, 2013
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Today's post was written by Concordia Chaplain Rev. Patrick Runk. Concordia's Chaplaincy Department actively contributes to our residents' well being, especially around this time of year. Enjoy!

As we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, let us reflect upon the enjoyment of this holiday season in another part of the world.

Pastor Runk Rev. Patrick Runk

In the southern part of France, amidst the countryside of wine vineyards, small towns with their bakeries and family owned clothing shops, the gray December days of winter become magically transformed by beautiful colors as Christmas approaches. Homes with roofs covered in snow, snowmen in the yards.... it's roads and shops decorated with bright colors and sparkling lights....it's the hot chestnut seller in the streets....it's the inside of houses decorated with bright colors, holly, ivy, Christmas trees, garlands, candles... it's a nice fire in the hearth, lots of gaily, colored presents under the Christmas tree, and a table laden with lots of lovely things to eat...!

The towns in southern France burst into color with lights and decorated Christmas trees before that special day in December. Schools are decorated and have Christmas events for their students and parents to enjoy together.

In each town, residents contribute to the decorations of the town streets to provide a festive atmosphere. These are handmade decorations of stars, snow flakes, candles, crowns, holiday symbols and messages, and the hanging of multicolored lights. By day, you don't see a lot, but when it's twilight, the streets and towns light up and come to life.

All of a sudden, the town changes, hundreds of lights envelop its streets. Even the bare branches of the trees are decorated with lights of all sorts of colors! Shop windows are transformed where each shop presents a Christmas theme featuring its products and decorations. Little shops decorate their windows (vitrines) in a simple way.

Sometimes towns and villages hold competitions to choose the best decorated shop window. There are miniature scenes of snowy forests, frozen lakes with ice skaters; snowy mountains with skiers; the Three Kings traveling to Bethlehem; the manger with Baby Jesus. Even the owners of houses do their part towards the Christmas decorations. For example, folks have a tradition of constructing window boxes, outside of their windows, over time, consisting of full, brightly colored flowers and geraniums which trail from one window to another and from floor to floor during the summer months.

At Christmas, the flowers are replaced with branches, and colored lights, baubles, garlands and other decorations. Inside their homes, the children put their shoes by the fireplace to be filled with gifts and candies, toys, to be found when they awake on Christmas morning. Families have a tradition of placing nativity scenes on low, constructed French armoires, in their living or dining rooms, consisting of small, clay figurines called 'santons' or 'little saints.' These figures are made by the local craftsmen where the 'santons' are made from a clay mold and hand painted.

On the twelfth day of December, there is a custom in French families to bake a Three Kings Cake where the chef places a bean inside of the cake while it is baking. As families enjoy this wonderful dessert together, later in the evening, the who finds the bean in their slice of the cake is considered the King or Queen for the day. On Christmas Eve, dinner starts after the midnight mass called "reveillon" which means Midnight supper. The menu for the feast depends on varied, culinary traditions based also on location of where you reside in France.

In a town called Alsaec, it's goose or duck liver, in Burgundy it's turkey with chestnuts; other locations might serve oyster with pat de foie gras. Other dishes served are smoked salmon, ham, lobster, salads and much more. For the desserts they have cheese, cakes of different flavors, 'La Buche de No

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Call to Care: Wishing Hurts Away - Don't you wish!

November 5, 2013
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Today's post is from Concordia Chaplain Rev. Roger Nuerge and is part nine of the "Call to Care" series. Concordia's Chaplaincy Department actively contributes to our residents' well being.

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Pastor Appreciation Month: Why Chaplains Are So Important at Concordia

October 22, 2013
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Did you know October is Pastor Appreciation Month? In recognition, Deaconesses Jackie Duke and Elsa Mauritz put together the following post on why our chaplains are so important at Concordia. Take a look, leave a comment if you like - and then go and thank your pastor! :)

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Call to Care: How to Help the Hurting

July 23, 2013
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Today's post is from Concordia Chaplain Rev. Roger Nuerge and is part eight of the "Call to Care" series. Concordia's Chaplaincy Department actively contributes to our residents' well being.

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Call to Care: Who You Bring To The Relationship - Part 2

April 16, 2013
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Rev. Roger Nuerge

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Because I Said So

March 31, 2013
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Today's post is from Concordia Deaconess Jennifer Kettler and is part of a series on Lent and Holy Week. Concordia's Chaplaincy Department actively contributes to our residents' well being the commitment they show to those in our care is one of the many ways that Concordia stands out from other senior care providers. If you have any questions or would like to contribute a thought or idea, feel free to leave a comment below!

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Good Friday: Ponder Now

March 29, 2013
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Today's post is from Concordia Deaconess Jennifer Kettler and is part of a series on Lent and Holy Week. Concordia's Chaplaincy Department actively contributes to our residents' well being the commitment they show to those in our care is one of the many ways that Concordia stands out from other senior care providers. If you have any questions or would like to contribute a thought or idea, feel free to leave a comment below!

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God's Perfect Timing

March 28, 2013
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Today's post is from Concordia Deaconess Jennifer Kettler and is part of a series on Lent and Holy Week. Concordia's Chaplaincy Department actively contributes to our residents' well being the commitment they show to those in our care is one of the many ways that Concordia stands out from other senior care providers. If you have any questions or would like to contribute a thought or idea, feel free to leave a comment below!

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