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“Memorial Day” by Joyce Kilmer

MemorialDay_BlogThe bugle echoes shrill and sweet,
But not of war it sings to-day.
The road is rhythmic with the feet
Of men-at-arms who come to pray.

The roses blossom white and red
On tombs where weary soldiers lie;
Flags wave above the honored dead
And martial music cleaves the sky.

Above their wreath-strewn graves we kneel,
They kept the faith and fought the fight.
Through flying lead and crimson steel
They plunged for Freedom and the Right.

May we, their grateful children, learn
Their strength, who lie beneath this sod,
Who went through fire and death to earn
At last the accolade of God.

In shining rank on rank arrayed
They march, the legions of the Lord;
He is their Captain unafraid,
The Prince of Peace…Who brought a sword.

– Joyce Kilmer

Supporting Others

LSS communities hosted life-giving and life-saving events to benefit LSS Benevolent Care. See what’s been happening as our communities and communities-at-large come together to make a difference!

On Your Marks, Get Set, Go!

funrunLenoir Woods (Columbia, MO) played host to runners and walkers for the Lenoir Woods 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk for Benevolent Care. Highlighting their commitment to those who through no fault of their own have financial difficulties due to the rising cost of medication and unexpected surgeries, all proceeds went to Benevolent Care.

“We wanted to do an event that would raise awareness and benefit a really good cause but also highlight wellness,” said Elliot Bentley, Director of Residential Services at Lenoir Woods. “A committee worked together making the entire planning process go very smoothly. We partner with Ultramaxx to manage the race and with our large campus we’re able to map out a course that’s very unique.”

On Saturday, May 2, runners and walkers lined up to begin the 3.1 mile course, weaving through the beautiful campus of Lenoir Woods. The race was quickly over with Jose Mendez finishing first with a time of 22:11. Residents and staff members of Lenoir Woods cheered them all on as they watched from their homes and the sidelines of the course. “Our residents support the 5K through donations and participating in the 1K fun walk, and cheering all the participants on,” said Elliot. “They love the wellness aspect as well as supporting a cause that’s close to their hearts.”

Over $6,000 was made with donations still coming in. That hasn’t stopped the planning committee from thinking about next year. “Since it will be an Olympic Year, we want to plan something that even more residents and supporters can participate in with different events running day-long,” said Elliot. “I’m very proud to be a part of an organization that does so much for the people that live here. It’s nice to give back and support the Benevolent Care fund and all those that we call family.”

Too see photos from the 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk, click here.

Works of HeART

Auction“Can I get $150 dollars for this beautiful and original piece of artwork?” Mark Schoedel called out. Normally Mark wouldn’t find himself as auctioneer, but when it comes to Benevolent Care, Mark is happy to switch his hat from Vice-President of Construction and IT for LSS.

Meramec Bluffs’ (Ballwin, MO) auditorium was filled with over 300 pieces of art including prints and original works gathered from residents and donors. Tables and easels lined the perimeter of the room showcasing a variety of art styles, mediums, technique, and sizes.

While some items were showcased as a part of the silent-auction, the battle for certain pieces came when Mark Schoedel stepped to the microphone to begin the live auction. “Works of HeART is one of our more unique events and it was exciting to be a part of it,” said Mark. “Each of our LSS communities has several events and fundraisers to keep their family and friends attuned to the needs of benevolent care. Helping those residents who through unforeseen circumstances have run out of funds is important to them.”

Maggy Spencer, Stewardship Director at Meramec Bluffs, was thrilled with the number of buyers and guests as well as all the effort put in by many to make Works of HeART possible. “We had an auction committee comprised of several LSS staff members and Meramec Bluffs residents. They made Works of HeART, with all its moving pieces, possible so a big thank you to all of them.”

With donations and pieces still being sold, Maggy estimates the event raised around $8,500 for Benevolent Care.

To see photos from Works of HeART, click here.

Upcoming Events

Join us on July 13, at Norwood Hills Country Club for Tee Off for LSS

What if a golf ball, something so small, could in one day make a big impact? That’s exactly what happens during the LSS Golf Tournament and Auction, Tee Off with LSS! Almost 300 people are gathering together to support older adults who have outlived their ability to support themselves. And when we all come together, we can make a big impact.

The day’s events include an 18-hole round of golf, four-person golf scramble, lunch, dinner, cocktails, and auction. All proceeds will support LSS Benevolent Care. This year we’ve set a goal of raising $150,000 through the generosity of corporate sponsors and you! Visit LSSLiving.org/TeeOff today or call 314.262.8217 for more information.

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If you’re thinking about your future plans, Lutheran Senior Services communities are great places to start. Offering independent living apartments and patio homes, our warm, welcoming campuses offer easy access to assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing should your needs change. For more information or to arrange a visit, click here.

Older Americans Month: Can You Name These Great American Influencers?

In May 1963 when President John F. Kennedy established Older Americans Month, there were only 17 million Americans who had reached their 65th birthday. That number has since grown to over 40 million Americans. That’s a significant group of people who have made a social, political, and historical impact on America!

This month, Lutheran Senior Services is featuring some great Americans that influenced history. Can you guess them?

Great American Influencers

1. He originally was an American actor and politician, before becoming the 40th President of the United States at the age of 70. His term saw a restoration of prosperity at home, with the goal of achieving ‘peace through strength’ abroad.

2. She is better known by her nickname “Grandma Moses,” having become a renowned American folk artist after beginning to paint in earnest at the age of 78. Her painting Sugaring Off was sold for $1.2 million in 2006.

3. Best known for her role as Sophia Petrillo on the popular “The Golden Girls,” this actress only became a household name at age 62. Prior to her success in “The Golden Girls,” which earned her an Emmy Award, she performed in Yiddish theater, and was a comedian in the Catskills.

4. Well-known for his spice blend and quick-cooking technique, this fast food innovator was 65 when he became the fried chicken mogul we love.

5. Her Little House on the Prairie books are some of the world’s most beloved. Surprising then that she didn’t publish the first book until the age of 65.

Quiz Answers:

1. Ronald Reagan

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2. Anna Mary Robertson Moses

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3. Estelle Getty

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4. Colonel Sanders

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5. Laura Ingalls Wilder

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If you’re thinking about your future plans, Lutheran Senior Services communities are great places to start. Offering independent living apartments and patio homes, our warm, welcoming campuses offer easy access to assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing should your needs change. For more information or to arrange a visit, click here.

Presenting our 2014 Annual Report

ReportCoverLutheran Senior Services has been incredibly blessed in 2014. On Tuesday, April 28, President and CEO, John Kotovsky, presented the 2014 Annual Report to church delegate members. “All of this is made possible by the servant-hearts of our employees,” he said.

The Annual Report is an overview of the last fiscal year, giving stories of impact and life change that occurred across our ministry. The Annual Report is available to view online by clicking her​e.​

 

 

 

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If you’re thinking about your future plans, Lutheran Senior Services communities are great places to start. Offering independent living apartments and patio homes, our warm, welcoming campuses offer easy access to assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing should your needs change. For more information or to arrange a visit, click here.

Give STL Day Recap

signDear Friends and Family of Lutheran Senior Services,

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! GiveSTLDay was a huge success not only for Lutheran Senior Services but also for the entire St. Louis community. In just 24-hours almost 2.1 million dollars was raised across St. Louis to support nonprofits in our community. What a testament to the generous spirit of our city!

For Lutheran Senior Services it was a day to uplift one of our ministries and it’s impact. Outreach Services is a vital part of helping older adults within our community. We were able to share stories and stats about their vital role to older adults.

When 11:59pm rolled around, the final total for LSS was $4,325! That’s $4,325 to support significant Outreach Services programs including Volunteer Money Management, Outreach Social Services, and the Good Neighbor Program. We are so thankful to all of you who were a part of making GiveSTLDay a success. From those who spread the word and to those who generously gave, you have helped to make a direct impact.

Continued blessings to our LSS family of supporters as you impact St. Louis and beyond with your gifts.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

– Al Koepke, Director of LSS Living Foundation

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If you’re thinking about your future plans, Lutheran Senior Services communities are great places to start. Offering independent living apartments and patio homes, our warm, welcoming campuses offer easy access to assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing should your needs change. For more information or to arrange a visit, click here.

Join us for GiveSTL Day.

A donation as little as $10 can help save a life

GiveSTLDay is coming Tuesday, May 5. This 24 hour giving event celebrates generosity and the work of nonprofits in the St. Louis area, including Outreach Services at Lutheran Senior Services.

Learn More Here

Make a Difference. Outreach Services connects older adults with financial limits to resources and education.
Extend your dollar. Just make a gift through GiveSTLDay.org on Tuesday, May 5. Local charitable foundations are matching donations throughout the day and your gift could be matched!

Win prizes. Donate for a chance to win additional dollars for your charity or some great prizes like Cardinals tickets!

Other Great Ways to Support Outreach Services

Volunteer. We need you! There are several ways you can volunteer with Outreach Services that will fit your schedule and your gifts.

Share on Social Media. Help get the word out. On May 5, we’ll be posting stories and information about LSS. You can help other people get to know us by liking and sharing! www.facebook.com/LutheranSeniorServices. And by making the GiveSTLDay logo your profile pic for the day. The more awareness raised, the more we can make a difference!

The St. Louis Children’s Choir visits Laclede Groves

Laclede Groves (Webster Groves, MO) was treated to a special concert on Friday, April 24. The St. Louis Children’s Choir visited to sing a selection of songs to the enjoyment of residents and guests.

The St. Louis Children’s Choirs is made up of several different ensembles featuring over 450 talented young singers (ages 6 to 18) from more than 200 schools. The ensemble that performed at Laclede Groves had students from the Children’s Choir, a training choir for students in 3rd grade and above, showing their artistic skill through a variety of diverse songs from the classic “America the Beautiful, to a favorite amongst the ensemble “The Wind.”

Afterward, the Children’s Choir members sat down with Laclede Groves residents for lunch. Fabi, Jimena, Lidsey (all age 9) and Ainsley (age 10), sat with Sally Homeyer, sharing why they love singing and being a part of the Children’s Choir. “I like singing for other people because it can make their day and my heart is filled with joy when I sing,” said Jimena. All four girls enthusiastically are looking forward to continuing to sing with the St. Louis Children’s Choir.

“They’re very dedicated and I noticed that all of them sing so well together,” said Sally. “We are so glad they were able to come and share their singing with us today.”

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If you’re thinking about your future plans, Lutheran Senior Services communities are great places to start. Offering independent living apartments and patio homes, our warm, welcoming campuses offer easy access to assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing should your needs change. For more information or to arrange a visit, click here.

Happy Anniversary Hidden Gems!

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Happy Anniversary to you! Happy Anniversary to you! Happy Anniversary dear Hidden Gems. Happy Anniversary to Yooooooou! (And many more!)

Hidden Gems celebrates its 2nd anniversary on May 1. And how much it’s grown since 2013! Joy Brother, Director of Move-In Resources and Hidden Gems for LSS, has seen it grow from an idea to reality.

“Just a little over two years ago the move-in coordinator team and I decided it would be a great idea to be proactive in helping new and future residents (overwhelmed by the task) dispose of their stuff. Though a unique idea, I was given permission to open a resale store. We opened the doors with a handful of volunteers and one salaried store manager.

It has been a struggle balancing the pickup and sale of donations, while working toward a break- even (better yet profit). Last month we met an amazing goal, with the diligent work of Adam, our store manager, and all of our volunteers. They each act as though Hidden Gems is their own, and in many ways it is!

I am so proud of everyone’s hard work. My dream is indeed coming true. Thanks to every one of our valued volunteers and Adam, Hidden Gems is on its way to being a successful entity. Happy 2nd Anniversary Hidden Gems.”

To celebrate, Hidden Gems is holding an anniversary drawing. If you stop by and register today, you’ll be entered to win a $50 gift card to Hidden Gems! Click here for location and hours.

LSS RECIPIENT OF LUTHERAN FOUNDATION GRANT

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St. Louis, MO (April 22, 2015) – Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis is pleased to announce that it has awarded more than $100 million in grants since the inception of its grantmaking program in 1986. During this time, nearly 3,000 grants have been awarded to 617 congregations and nonprofit organizations, most of which are located in the greater St. Louis area.

“Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis has a rich heritage of partnering with area churches and agencies to positively impact the lives of hurting people,” says Ann L. Vazquez, president/CEO of the Foundation. “Our investments help congregations and organizations deliver services that cultivate meaningful transformation in the lives of those they serve—mind, body and soul.”

To recognize this important milestone, last night the Foundation presented at a gathering of more than 25 Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod congregations a grant to Lutheran Senior Services for $384,000 over three years to support the agency’s new Telehealth Technology program, designed to improve the health outcomes of older adults by providing health and mental health screening through Telehealth Kiosks and Parish Nursing services.

“Lutheran Foundation has been a valued partner in ministry over the years,” said John Kotovsky, President/CEO of Lutheran Senior Services. “Our Telehealth Technology program will help older adults in our community better maintain a healthy lifestyle so that they can live their life to the fullest.”

As the grantmaking ministry of 63 St. Louis area Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod congregations, Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis seeks the improved care of people in the greater St. Louis metropolitan region. The Foundation has awarded more than $100 million in the St. Louis area since the inception of its grantmaking program in 1986 in support of its vision of seeing the Church brought into the hurting lives of people and people included in the healing life of the Church. Grants are awarded in the areas of Christian volunteerism, congregation social service outreach, Lutheran education, services for ex-offenders and their families, support for foreign-born populations, and older adults maintaining independence. The Foundation has approximately $5 million available for Grant Awards in 2015.

For more information and a full listing of grant awards, visit www.lutheranfoundation.org.

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If you’re thinking about your future plans, Lutheran Senior Services communities are great places to start. Offering independent living apartments and patio homes, our warm, welcoming campuses offer easy access to assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing should your needs change. For more information or to arrange a visit, click here.

He is risen. He is risen indeed! Hallelujah!

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Dear friends and family of Lutheran Senior Services,

He is risen. He is risen indeed! Hallelujah!

It is true joy to speak the words of Easter to you on the day we celebrate our risen Savior. I have always loved Easter because of the Christian hope and freedom that comes from His sacrifice on the cross for us. And how readily Jesus offers eternal life to all that believe in the resurrection!

Our mission of Older Adults Living Life to the Fullest comes from John 10:10 where Jesus says, “I came that they may have life and have it to the full.” That verse describes how we serve our residents and clients. But it also applies to us as well! Jesus came and died for us so that we too can have life to the fullest.

We are abundantly blessed at Lutheran Senior Services. Thank you for the ways in which you partner with us as we continue to expand our mission. From LSS employees, to residents and their families, community partners, and donors, we are overwhelmed with the amount of servant hearts at LSS.

I pray that God blesses you and your family this Easter and throughout the year. May you find His love for each and every one of you in the message of his resurrection.

He is risen. He is risen indeed! Hallelujah!

John Kotovsky
President and CEO

 

Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.” Matthew 28:1-10
  

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If you’re thinking about your future plans, Lutheran Senior Services communities are great places to start. Offering independent living apartments and patio homes, our warm, welcoming campuses offer easy access to assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing should your needs change. For more information or to arrange a visit, click here.