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Faith in Caring June 2021 – Spring into the 1800s

June 8
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When Concordia Lutheran Ministries was founded 140 years ago by German Lutheran pastors, there was no running water, electricity, telephones or cars – which made the early days of this organization as a farm, orphanage and home for seniors challenging.

What the housefathers who ran Concordia’s daily operations did have, however, were their journals – handwritten records, kept in German, of day-to-day life. The journals were translated into English by Rev. H. Earl Miller, a chaplain who came to work for Concordia in 1968.The entries below cover spring and early summer at Concordia at the end of the 1800s, and they show that while everyday life might have been simpler back then, it was certainly still interesting.

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Resident Historian Documents His Hometown’s – and His Own – Past

June 1
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Concordia Haven Apartments retirement living resident Skip Culleiton was born and raised in Tarentum, PA, an area he would one day write multiple history books about.

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Concordia’s Voices: A Day in the Life of our Healthcare Heroes

May 28
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It’s no secret that we have some of the most caring, compassionate and dedicated employees serving our residents, patients and families each day. To honor them, and give you a behind-the-scenes look into all they’ve been doing since the COVID-19 pandemic began, we introduced the first season of our “Day in the Life” video series in February, where we featured several Concordia employees who serve our patients and residents in various ways each day.

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My Concordia Career: Max Baptiste’s Story

May 27
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The Concordia Team is comprised of many talented and compassionate employees who have graciously served our mission in a variety of ways – and we are excited for you to meet these fantastic individuals. Let us introduce you to Max Baptiste!

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2021 Fishing Derby Attracts Over 750 People

May 25
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We had an absolutely PERFECT day for our annual Fishing Derby for Kids at Saxony Farm Lake this year! The weather was fantastic with sunshine all day and temperatures in the mid to upper 70s. Over 750 people visited the lake to reel in bass, bluegill, catfish and sunfish! Breaking records this year we had the largest catch in the history of the event – an enormous 22-in largemouth bass! (Check out the photos below)

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Concordia Calendar: Meet May's Team Members

May 20
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At Concordia Lutheran Ministries, our employees are at the heart and hands of our mission – they care for our residents and patients with their hard work, kindness and empathy and keep our organization running with their leadership, vision and dedication.

Watching our amazing staff handle the unprecedented challenges of 2020 that continue into this year has been truly inspiring, so we chose to highlight just a few in our 2021 Concordia Calendar as a proclamation of gratitude for their many contributions. Though we wish there could be 3,000 pages in the calendar to feature all of our employees, this small sampling is representative of our extraordinary staff as a whole. Each month, we’ll introduce you to the talented, compassionate team members featured in our calendar.

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Activities are in Bloom - Springing into 2021 at Concordia

May 19
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One of the best parts about the spring season is the events and activities that take place at our senior care communities.  

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How Personal Care Benefits Seniors and Their Loved Ones

May 18
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According to the National Institute on Aging, over half of seniors 65 and older will need some form of healthcare service in their lifetime. For individuals who need additional assistance with activities of daily living (ADL) such as bathing, eating, dressing, and mobility - personal care communities offer services and amenities to assist with these tasks as well as with instrumental activities of daily living (IADL).

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Employee Appreciation Week 2021 – A Letter From the President

May 14
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Concordia’s annual Employee Appreciation Week is officially in the books, and we had a blast celebrating our amazing team members! Our employees enjoyed themed dress down days, tasty treats each day and special video messages from a few of social media’s animal stars.

This jubilant week, which is held each year to coincide with National Nursing Home Week, provides us with the opportunity to thank each and every team member in a meaningful and fun way. The following thank you letter from Concordia President and CEO Keith Frndak was published in our employee newsletter yesterday. Take a look, and then enjoy the MANY photos we have in the slideshow at the bottom of the page – if you follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you can like, comment and share most of these photos, since we've been posting them all week!

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Spring into Concordia’s Events Season (2021)

May 11
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Spring is here and we’re officially kicking off our events season! This year, we’re hosting our annual favorites (with enhanced safety and cleaning measures) as well as several additional concert series at our communities for our residents and families to celebrate our 140th anniversary! Get the details below and visit our Events and News page regularly for the latest event information.

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