Health and Wellness

Taking Care of Your Loved Ones

Part III Know Your Options

On Sunday, Jan. 21 following the Pancake Breakfast in room 212 at 11:30 a.m. we will continue our series with speakers from Oasis, an organization that offers information and guidance for finding the right fit for aging adults; Home Helpers, an organization that provides in-home care for seniors who need assistance with their daily living activities; and a representative from Lacey Creek, an aging care facility that serves adults of all incomes including Medicaid seniors.

Please join us for this informative session!

Sponsored by Health and Wellness

Room 212
Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 11:30am

Annual Family Christmas Caroling

Save the Date for Christmas Carol Singing!

Join us December 16 for family caroling to our homebound members. We will meet in the church parking lot at 2:30 p.m. We hope you can join us anytime during the trip. For the schedule and to RSVP, please contact Tom and Rosie Roose at 630.204.1565. We hope to have you join our singing merriment!

Parking Lot
Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 2:30pm

Taking Care of Your Loved Ones - Part II

Taking Care of Your Loved Ones - What You Need To Know Before Making a Decision

Four members of our church share their experiences with the aging facilities their loved ones entered. They will help you know what questions to ask about care and the hidden clauses and costs that are found only in the small print of a contract.

  • Sarah DeMink recently explored options for the care of a cousin.
  • Kathleen Schultz’s parents were both in assisted living facilities.
  • Rosie Roose had power of attorney for her friend at Oak Trace who recently died.
  • Kerri Crandell’s father was in memory care for several years before he died.

It is not what we know, but what we don’t know that we need help with in making decisions about our lives and our loved ones' care.
Come and learn from the experts; the people with experience.

Room 216
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 7:00pm

Taking Care of Your Loved Ones

We are an aging population and with age comes the need for new ways of living and new services. Homes become harder to maintain and a change to an easier place to live without the need for constant upkeep is often desired. People’s needs for physical care change and help with meals, cleaning, or bathing might be required. Memory can begin to fail and a safer place may become a necessity. Financial resources can be depleted and Medicaid services might become the only fall back for a family with an aging relative who requires 24 hour care. Many options are offered and it behooves those of us who are aging or have relatives who are aging to learn about the options available to us in this area.

On Tuesday, October 3 a panel of five representatives from five different organizations will share information about their facilities.

Susan Neustrom from Adult Day Care located at Gloria Dei in Downers Grove will share information on their services which are offered Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. for adults who cannot safely be left at home

Mary Ferguson from Aspired in Westmont will explain their independent living, assisted living and memory care options.

Becky Mayer from Lombard Place will help us understand the differences between assisted living, transitional memory care and memory care services.

Penny Barsamti from Heritage Woods will share how their assisted living services can stay in place once a person’s financial resources are depleted.

Alyson Simek will discuss the many options Brookdale offers for senior living care ranging from Independent Living to Skilled Nursing Care, and Home Health Services.

Room 216
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 7:00pm

Fit & Feast

Begins Wednesday, September 27
6:15 p.m.

Start your New Year’s Resolution early. Give yourself the gift of a better life!

Fit and Feast will meet once a month from 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. during the Family Fellowship dinner, childcare provided upon request. During that time you will meet with a group leader to choose a goal to commit to for a month in each of four areas; physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

For example, you may choose from a list to commit to - exercise 15 minutes a day, look for a silver lining in stressful events, have a weekly chat with a friend, apologize when you wrong someone - simple things that can make a difference over time.

Each month we will discuss how your commitments went and you can choose to renew or change your goals for the next month. Sign-up in the church office and/or look for more information in the parlor and in the bulletin soon.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 6:15pm

Shifting Sands Small Group

Life changes us over time along with our perspective of ourselves and our relationship with others. In this small group we will explore and discuss how our many-faceted self is changing and how we are meeting the demands of our new realities.

Meets on the second and fourth Mondays of the month in Westmont from 12:45 to 2:15 p.m. Led by Shelly Zabielski and Carol Lysne.

For more details and/or to register call Sheila in the church office at 630.968.7120.

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 12:45pm

Caring Connection Callers Training

This fall we move into our third year of the Caring Connection Callers Ministry. A faithful group of callers meet for a short devotional and send off every 4-6 weeks to make “connections” - visits with our homebound church family. We would love to have you join us. If interested please let Rosie Roose know either via phone 630.204.1565 or email

Join us at our training session Sunday, August 27 following the 10:00 a.m. service with a light lunch and one hour informational training session in Chapel Hall.

For those who are unable to attend the August 27th session, there will also be a training session the following Sunday, September 3 from 9:20 - 10:00 a.m. in room 206.

Chapel Hall
Sunday, August 27, 2017 - 11:00am

Living with Loss Group

Grief is a wound that needs attention to heal. Mourning is a ritual that helps us take the steps toward the acceptance of our new normal. Join us on Sunday mornings in March as we discuss our losses and what we can do to move forward into our new life.

This class is led by Carol Lysne, PhD.

Room 202
Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 9:30am

Health Fair

What we don’t know can hurt us, especially when it comes to our health. Research and technology has rapidly changed the way illnesses are diagnosed and treated. On November 6, the Health and Wellness work area is hosting a Health Fair in the parlor with health care specialists available to share information and answer questions around the topics of:

Breast Cancer - Prostate Cancer - Heart Disease - Diabetes - Oral Cancer - Mental Illness

Blood pressure screenings will also be available.

Please plan to stop by to gather information on how to care for your most precious asset, your health.

Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 9:00am

Health and Wellness Monthly Seminar

Our next session will be Sunday, March 6 and our topic will be The 12 Step Program. We will learn about the program, how it works, how it helps and hear from individuals who have used the program successfully.

AA is for recovering alcoholics and Nar-Anon is for family members of addicts. There are a number of other programs for substance abusers, but all use the 12 steps for recovery. A member of AA and a member of Nar-Anon will join us to share their experience with the program and their journey to a saner way of living.

Room 213
Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 9:30am


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