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Judy’s Corner: A Letter from our Guild President – November 2016

Judys CornerFall Greetings to all,

It’s that time of year again! Our autumn season that includes Halloween! Outside you see leaves falling and the harvest of pumpkins all around. Pumpkin seeds are being baked in many households, including mine. At GreenField Health and Rehabilitation Center (GHRC) they hosted “Halloween Happenings.” Costumed children paraded around collecting treats from the residents. And what a treat for the residents, too! They love the children coming to trick-or-treat. A wonderful evening for all!

Our October meeting blessed us with fellowship and a wonderful Oktoberfest lunch. The meal included German potato salad, sauerkraut, sausage, and pretzels with mustard. Delicious! A great job by the staff at GHRC. The ladies from Salem Lutheran in South Buffalo provided an awesome array of cakes. Pastor Pingle from Salem led us in devotions. He reminded us of the beautiful fall season God has bestowed upon us, and that everyday is a gift and we should use it well. We had Erin and Nate from CAT (Center of Assistive Technology), a program out of U.B. They spoke to us and showed us various devices that can help us in daily life. They had items for those suffering from hearing loss and the visually impaired, as well as those with limited mobility, just to name a few. All of the devices are offered for free by them to try for 30 days. You can try a device before you go out and purchase it or rent an item if you need it temporarily, like for a period of time after a surgery. A great and informational program! We then proceeded to our card workshop. Gail Petschke and Norma Pickard did a wonderful job in leading us to make some awesome Christmas cards for the residents at GHRC, GreenField Court, and GreenField Terrace. Thank you to all who stayed and helped with our service project.

The Holiday Bazaar is Saturday, November 12 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and the Guild is participating once again. If you have any questions or need information on pick-up or drop off information, please call Lori Hannon at 684-8400. We are more than willing to accommodate you.

Our November meeting program has changed. The antique dealer who we originally tried to have for the meeting was unable to make any commitments due to two family deaths. Our prayers go out to her, and I’m sure you all can understand. We have secured a wonderful speaker and author for that day. Her name is Christina Abt. She wrote Crown Hill, the story of the home in which she lived. The book relays the stories of many other people who also lived there. Great reading! We will have basket raffles at our November and December meetings. If you already signed up to make a basket for either occasion, we thank you. If you haven’t signed up but would still like to donate one, please call Kristen at 684-0202, ext. 1801.

Hard to believe that we are already working on the Christmas celebration meeting. We will be gathering at First Trinity Lutheran Church for fellowship, lunch, a basket raffle, and a joyful time singing familiar carols with Kathy Carr. An informational flyer for our Christmas celebration, along with an appeal letter requesting monetary donations for our gift giving purchases for our residents at Christmas, will be sent out in early November to our churches. Additional flyers will be available at our November meeting.

In the event of a meeting cancellation, perhaps weather related, we will try to contact you. That’s why it is imperative that you leave your name and phone number with Sally Gollmann when making your reservation. As always, everyone is welcome, but a reservation is needed so we can plan with the staff for food and table set-up.

Peace and God’s Blessings to all!

– Judy

For more information on the Niagara Lutheran Health System Guild, please click here.

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