With over 300,000 homes and business that have been without power we are thankful that Bethany has been at full power during the ice storm. A few branches have been effected and several staff have had a challenging commute but we are fully operational.
The halls of Bethany sang out a beautiful melody at the annual Bethany Christmas Concert. For over 15 years Jean & Ian Mallach and recently Allan Veale lead the the Bethany Choir. About 200 residents and guests attended this heart warming occasion celebrating the birth of the Saviour. Volunteers and staff all joined in and a visit from Mr. & Mrs. Clause who brought special treats to share.
As we celebrate this very special season the hard working staff of Bethany were treated to a lovely evening at the Pickle Barrel. About 100 staff and their guests enjoyed an evening together.
Christmas season has started at Bethany Lodge.
There are lots of special celebrations and events this month as we remember the birth of the Saviour.
We had the privilege to honour our Volunteers on November 15th
The reason I am thankful I was asked to share a few thoughts and say thank you from our staff and management team is that I know, without doubt, that we would not be able to do the work we do without all of you.
Given the challenges both fiscally and ethically we are mandated and should be meeting is impossible without the extra efforts and works that each of you do to assist us in our day to day operations and our overall effectiveness in providing care to our wonderful residents.
I got to thinking about why people volunteer and the benefits that you could possibly receive from it and here are a few of them:
- To share a skill
- To get to know a community
- To demonstrate commitment to a cause
- To share of gain leadership skills
- To do your civic duty
- To keep busy
- To donate your professional skills
- Because no one else WILL do it
- To have an impact
- To learn something new
- Freedom of schedule
- To be challenged
- To make new friends
- To explore new careers
- To help someone
- To do something different than your job
- To earn academic credits
- To keeps skills alive
- Because the facility is within your demographics and easily accessible
- To feel good
- To be part of a team
- Because you were asked
- To be agents of change
I am quite certain I could find many, many more reasons that people give of themselves and of their time- which seems to be such a commodity currently- to assist a cause like ours here at Bethany Christian Living.
Our Mission, Vision and Values statement states we are to provide a caring environment conducive to the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of our residents.
That is a large calling and one we cannot do without the support and help that you, our community, gives back to us.
The hours spent visiting with our residents, running the café, working with us in the administrative offices and reception, assisting or leading activities with our Life Enrichment Staff, assisting feeding in the dining rooms for which nursing and dietary staff are grateful. Helping us with planting our gardens, and the maintenance of them. Assisting with improvements to our home and providing updated furnishings, painting and fixtures, decorating for the seasons, playing the piano, and just being here to do whatever is asked of you… the list is endless and please know NEVER goes unnoticed or unappreciated. We cannot do this alone and I firmly believe we are accomplishing so much in providing a safe and happy home for our residents based on the relationships we have with each of you. You are the best and we are eternally grateful.
Helping others kindles happiness, as many studies have demonstrated. When researchers at the London School of Economics examined the relationship between volunteering and measures of happiness in large groups of adults, they found the more people volunteered, the happier they were, according to a study in Social Sciences and Medicine. Compared with people who never volunteered the odds of being “very happy” rose 7% who volunteered monthly and 12% for people who volunteered every 2 to 4 weeks. Among weekly volunteers 16% felt very happy and giving time to religious organizations had the greatest impact.
A higher calling for sure as I see it and each of you has risen to the challenge and continue to assist us in so many ways.
A few scripture versus I wanted to share with you this morning as I believe the bible is very clear on the issues of volunteering and giving to others:
1 Peter 4:10 says “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of Gods varied grace”
Acts 20:35 says “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said ‘’It is better to give than to receive’’
Isaiah 58:10 says “If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall you light rise in the darkness and you gloom be as the noonday’’
2 Corinthians 9: 7-9 reads “Each one must give as they have decided in their heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound in you, so that having all sufficiency in all things and at all times, you may abound in every good work. As it is written ‘’He has distributed freely, He has given to the poor and needy, His righteousness endures forever”.
And finally Matthew 25:40 says “As the King will answer them, ‘’Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these, you did it to me”.
Thank you again from each person on staff for your caring commitment to OUR community. For fulfilling a calling, established by God to help others.
We cannot say enough to you today to extend our gratitude and love for the many ways you help us here. We value you as part of our team and wishing each of you a blessed Christmas Season, as it is fast approaching, and continued blessings and health for the coming year.
Heather Kelly – Director of Care
It’s time to order your holiday poinsettias.
Dress up your home, office or place of worship and at the same time support a great cause!
For the first time Bethany Lodge and Bethany Manor is offering poinsettias for sale to the community. Proceeds from this project will be used for the further education and training opportunities related to Long Term Care within the Nursing Department which will benefit our residents.
Please place your order by Monday, November 25, 2013
Pickup date: Wednesday December 4, 2013 between 2 and 7pm.
THANK YOU for your support!
The Life Enrichment department is in full gear with a variety of exciting activities.
Click on the a Calendar to see all the activities our Residents can participate in this month
Every September for the past 8 years, the Bethany Lodge Public Relations Committee has organized a Golf Tournament to raise funds for the benefit of Bethany Lodge and Bethany Manor. This year as in past years, the tournament was held at the Cardinal Golf Club and took place on Friday September 20th.
The tournament has always been generously supported by avid golfers, donors and by some of the suppliers of the Lodge and Manor in the form of sponsorships. Funds raised have made it possible to enhance decor and make upgrades to the buildings. In the past, new furnishings have been purchased for some of the resident lounges and for the Family Room at the Lodge, and automatic door openers were provided between the Lodge and the Manor to improve safety and accessibility for residents. Golf tournament funds have also contributed to the replacement and updating of the Manor dining room chairs. Last year’s golf tournament has provided the opportunity to install air conditioning in the second and third floor resident lounges in the Links on the west side of the Lodge. This project will be taking place shortly.