COVID 19 Update: October 26, 2020

Dear Residents, Family and Staff:

As of noon today we have had three (3) new positive COVID-19 Staff cases and one (1) new positive COVID-19 Resident case to report. Currently we have six (6) Residents on CooperVista and seven (7) staff members testing positive. CooperVista is considered a Red/Yellow Zone and all other units remain in the Green Zone.

We continue to be hands on daily in communicating with the Indiana State Department of Health, our ISDH Area Supervisor, the ISDH Infection Control Preventionist and the Delaware County Health Department. We continue to follow the proper protocol per our Infection Control guidelines.

We have now completed our second Infection Control Survey on 10/20/2020. Also on Friday, 10/23/2020, we completed an Infection Control Outreach Review by ISDH. Both surveys and review were conducted by on-site surveyors.

We anticipate the restrictions on visitation until there are no positive tests received for a minimum of 14 days. We highly recommend Residents to travel to their essential medical appointments only. It is very important to social distance appropriately, wear your mask properly—over your nose and mouth and wash your hands frequently.

Due to the positivity rate in Delaware County, all Staff will be required to test twice this week on Tuesday and Thursday per the guidelines.

In the midst of challenges, we are so blessed with such caring, dedicated and amazing Staff providing quality services and care to our very special Residents.

Please continue to send positive thoughts and prayers as they are greatly appreciated. Please check our website at www.wvmuncie.com.

Sincerely,

The Administration, Supervisors and Management Staff

COVID 19 Chart: October 26, 2020

Chaplain’s Corner: XXVI

“What is it like to hear a word from God?”

It is safe to say that many of those who attend worship are hoping to hear something–perhaps an insight, a reminder or a word of hope from God.

Several years ago I was at a Pastor’s Prayer Conference with several of my colleagues at our annual meeting which that year was held in Wichita, Kansas. I had decided to attend my friend Don’s 8:15 Sunday morning service hoping to hear some clear instruction from God.

Don is a gifted preacher and I love to hear other preachers, especially someone like Don that I respect for his scholarship and great delivery.

Don’s church had an unusual collection of hallways and rooms adjoining the pastor’s study. Church building committees are famous for construction decisions. At some point in the past it seemed wise to a few people to construct a private washroom for the pastor-one that would have indoor and outdoor access. It quickly became apparent that the outdoor entrance posed a security risk. Outsiders could potentially enter the bathroom from the exterior door. Therefore, that entrance was locked from inside and outside.

To bolster security, the interior bathroom door was also secured from inside and outside. That made it possible for the pastor to be accidentally locked inside. That is exactly what happened to Don before the early service.

Should he hope someone would realize his dilemma? Would someone come to rescue him? Should he go ahead and open the exterior door and set off the loud alarm?

Don, wearing his pastoral robe, had already received his lavalier mic from the worship team. He toggled the power switch and called to Martin his Director of Operations. He remembers that he actually whispered: “Martin I’m locked in my bathroom.”–a message instantaneously broadcast throughout the sanctuary.

God’s people, waiting to hear a word that might change their lives heard instead a plea to be released from a washroom incarceration.

Needless to say, Don and Martin received a standing ovation when they entered the sanctuary a few minutes later.

A funny thing happens when we open our hearts to receive some word from God. Very often what we hear doesn’t sound particularly spiritual.

Like: There’s a single parent who can’t pay her utility bill this month having lost her job because of the pandemic. Could you send a donation to Christian Ministries of Delaware County to help? Or many of our Muncie neighbors are trying to feed their families-maybe a gift to Soup Kitchen of Muncie could make all the difference.
There is a Resident here at Westminster Village that has seemed withdrawn-could you with your mask on make a point of saying hello or calling her on the phone to talk.

It turns out that a few things are more Godly than showing God’s love in a practical way. The Holy Spirit knows how to connect the dots between our deepest yearnings and the world’s most practical needs.

And every time we say yes to such promptings? You’ll be surprised how often you end up unlocking a door to hear The Lord.

Faithfully,
Ron Naylor, Chaplain

COVID 19 Update: October 19, 2020

Dear Residents, Family and Staff:

As a matter of specific information, Westminster Village now has an additional two (2) resident positive Covid-19 cases in our CooperVista unit and one additional staff member—totaling four (4) residents and two (2) staff members as of today. We have previously restricted visitation to CooperVista and now have restricted all visitation (indoors and outdoors) to our community. We do not believe it was contracted within Westminster.

We have been in direct communication with the Indiana State Department of Health, our ISDH Area Supervisor and Infection Control Preventionist and the Delaware County Health Department to follow the proper protocol and guidelines.

All Residents in the skilled units are currently being tested as directed by regulations. All staff were tested last Thursday and will be tested again this Thursday, October 22nd. Contact tracing has begun. If you have been exposed you will be contacted by Westminster Village. If you are not contacted, you have NOT been exposed.

Please know that maintaining the health, wellness and safety of our Residents and Staff is our number one priority currently.

We continue to say: Wash your hands frequently; Social Distance appropriately and Wear your mask properly at all times.

Our Westminster Village Employees are truly amazing and Residents we ask for your continued cooperation.

In whatever way you send thoughts and say prayers, please do so for the Residents and Staff of Westminster Village. Please check our website at www.wvmuncie.com.

Sincerely,

The Administration, Supervisors and Management Staff

COVID-19 Chart: October 19th

COVID-19 Chart: October 16th

COVID-19 Update: October 16, 2020

October 16, 2020

Dear Residents, Family and Staff:

Westminster Village has been diligent in following all of the CMS and ISDH guidelines regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please know that maintaining the health, wellness and safety of our Residents and Staff is our number one priority.

Effective immediately, Westminster Village Muncie will restrict all visitation to our community as recommended by the Indiana State Department of Health due to two (2) Residents and one (1) Staff testing positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.

For the health and safety of all Residents and Staff, at this time NO individual, regardless of reason, will be allowed to enter our community for indoor or outdoor visitations except under certain and very specific circumstances, such as end-of-life situations. We understand that communication with your loved ones is incredibly important and encourage you to communicate with them in other ways, including window visits.

Please know that the news about the Delaware County spread of this particular virus is concerning for all of us. At this time due to the increasing Delaware County spread of the virus and persons over 60 years old are of greatest risk to this deadly virus, we strongly discourage all residents from leaving the building other than for medically necessary appointments only.

Again, thank you for your anticipated cooperation. These guidelines are set to protect the overall wellbeing of your loved ones’ health and that of the staff. This is a priority very close to our hearts. Please check our website at www.wvmuncie.com.

Sincerely,

The Administration, Supervisors and Management Staff

Chaplain's Corner XXV

Chaplain’s Corner XXV

“Spiritual Hunger”

What are the most memorable meals you have ever eaten?

Years ago when I was in high school our Pastor took us on a mission trip to rural Maine where we worked in a camp for handicapped children. It was quite an experience for a young man from northern Indiana to see a part of the country that I had never visited. One afternoon we went to a lobster cookout in the small village where we were located. I had never eaten lobster but to this day I can still remember the delicious lobster which we could eat all we wanted that day. I still enjoy an occasional visit to Red Lobster.

Just a few years ago I was in Croatia after their war with Serbia. I was with a group from my denomination visiting church leaders in Eastern Europe. In this small village which still showed the signs of war on almost every house, we were met by about 10 people who had gathered together a small lunch which obviously took much of their resources since they were very poor. I still remember their sandwich of egg salad which was made with love for these fellow Christians who had come so far. I remember praying with them and only after a few hours listening to their stories with the help of a translator we felt we had known one another for years.

Over my 28 years as Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Muncie, we made over 25 mission trips to a small village in the Yucatan of Mexico. At the end of every week the people of the village of Xocenpich would throw a fiesta with all kinds of Mexican treats.

Without question, most of the meals I have eaten in my life I can’t remember at all. It’s challenging–in fact for me to remember a good deal of anything I have eaten within the past seven days. But I have the distinct impression, however, that if I hadn’t eaten some good meals over the duration of my life, I wouldn’t be here right now.

What are your most memorable spiritual experiences?

One could be joyful while another traumatic. One might happen in a quiet chapel while you were alone, while another might be with hundreds of other people at Vatican Square in Rome or in a gospel sing at your church. Sometimes God’s Spirit comes into our lives as a lightning bolt while for others it felt more like waking up to the realization that you are deeply loved by a God that will never let you go.

Truly memorable spiritual experiences are wonderful. But for many people they are few and far between.

What keeps us spiritually alive? Daily prayer, moments of silent meditation are essential. Reading the Bible even when it feels like we aren’t learning anything new will often bring new insights when we least expect it.

It’s challenging to remember specific discoveries from most of our most memorable feedings. But we get the distinct impression that unless we make time day by day to feed our inner spiritual world we would have starved a long time ago.

Throughout this fall season, our bodies will faithfully remind us every day that we need to eat.

May we also heed the more subtle pangs of spiritual hunger that God faithfully sends our way.

Faithfully,

Ron Naylor, Chaplain

Chaplain’s Corner: XXIV

“Divine Fraud Detector”

A few years ago I got a call from the fraud department that supports my VISA card.
“Mr. Naylor, we’d like you to confirm a couple of expenses that were recently charged to your account.” Whenever I hear those words I take a deep breath. I wonder what grabbed their attention.

Did you have lunch at Ruby Tuesday’s on McGalliard in Muncie last Friday? “Yes, I did.” I answered, remembering the salad bar and chicken sandwich I ordered. “Good,” said the nice lady from the fraud department. “Later that day did you purchase two first class tickets on Delta Airlines from New York City to Paris?” It did not take long for me to respond, “Definitely not!”

Somewhere in the digital cloud there was a computer algorithm that discerned that I was a Ruby Tuesday kind of guy who liked salad bars and chicken sandwiches but not the kind of guy who flies first class to Paris. I was immensely grateful that the fraud division of my bank brought this issue to my attention.

We all need fraud detectors in today’s wired world.

We also need a fraud detector in our personal lives. In particular we need someone close enough to us to say: “How can you even think about doing what you’re thinking of doing?”

We need at least one person who knows us well enough to call us out. The leadership landscape is littered with top drawer CEO’s, coaches, politicians and high-profile Pastors who didn’t have such a person to confront them when they knew they were in need of being confronted when tempted to cross the line.

These cataclysmic falls from grace are a continuing reminder that perhaps, far more than we imagine, we often do not see our own behavior or discern the limitations of our own thinking unless a mentor is there to tell the truth. I am convinced we all need someone in our lives who will be such a trusted friend that will speak the truth to us when we need to see what we don’t want to see about our actions.

Proverbs 24:26 states: “An honest answer is sweet to the lips.” In other word, honesty is the key to friendship.

VISA hates fraud because it hurts the bottom line.

We need to despise our own moral, ethical and spiritual phoniness that has the capacity to damage not just our own lives but everyone else.

Ask God to provide you with one of life’s greatest treasures–a friend who is not afraid to love you enough to call out “fraud” when they see you going the dishonest direction.

We all need that kind of loving friend.

Faithfully,

Ron Naylor, Chaplain

Chaplain’s Corner: XXIII

“Champions”

On a wintry morning in 1956 a riding instructor named Harry de Leyer drove from his farm in Long Island four hours to Pennsylvania to a horse auction. Every Monday as many as 300 horses were auctioned at this auction. Harry had hoped to purchase a gentle horse that could become a training horse for his students.

The auction attracted a plethora of horses. Some of the horses were purebreds. They fetched the big bucks. Some were animals that needed to be trained. Others simply needed to be loved. By mid-day the auction would be over and every horse would be sold.

The last bidder was always the Kill Buyer. He would pay bottom dollar for animals no one wanted. They would be crowded into a truck and sent to the slaughterhouse where they would become pet food or boiled into glue.

On his way to Pennsylvania, Harry’s old car struggled through the snow and blew a tire. By the time he arrived the auction was over. The only horses left were being loaded into the truck to head for the slaughterhouse.

Harry still hoped his long ride was not in vain. Maybe there was a horse he could find in the Kill Truck. The driver was in a hurry but Harry was drawn to an underfed, overworked plow horse covered with mud and manure. He was a grey horse with kind eyes but was missing a shoe, had cuts on his knee and he had been rubbed on his back by a harness.

How much for the grey horse in your truck? “$80 and he’s yours,” said the Kill Truck driver.

When the neglected horse arrived at the de Leyer farm, Harry was captivated by the grey coat against the background of falling snow. He looked like a snowman and Snowman became his name.

Snowman proved to be gentle, especially around children. But he wouldn’t stay in the fence. He jumped numerous fences. Even after building a high fence they thought could corral Snowman, he proved he was capable of real talent for jumping. Gradually, it dawned on the Dutch horse trainer that this might be an extraordinary animal. The horse never again left Harry’s side. He began to train him for jumper events.

People laughed out loud when the old grey plow horse walked alongside the best of the best at the Open Jump Championships in 1958-just two years from being rescued from the Kill Truck. He was named the American Horse Jump Association Horse of the Year in both 1958 and 1959.

Snowman became a celebrity. He was featured in Life Magazine and was on The Tonight Show with Jonny Carson. Along the way he never lost his love for children.

Who knew that for a mere $80 Harry de Leyer had rescued one of the greatest jumpers in equestrian history?

In a similar way God has rescued us from the slaughterhouse. The Apostle Paul minces no words: “God rescued us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us to the Kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption of sin.”
(Colossians 1:13-14)

Many of us are put off by the notion we need to be rescued. But once we have spent some time living under God’s leadership, our lives reflect hope instead of cynicism, grace instead of exasperation, and peace instead of trying to control everything-only then will we grasp the understanding that when God looked at us covered with spiritual mud and scars He didn’t turn us away.

Instead, He saw in us what we were always meant to be: Champions.

Faithfully,

Ron Naylor, Chaplain