Chaplain’s Corner: Vol VII

“Jesus Wept”

Some of the diminutive verses in the Bible aren’t particularly life-altering. There’s Job 3:2: “And Job said”, and Luke 17:32 “Remember Lot’s wife”, and I Chronicles 1:25 which happens to be right in the middle of a genealogy: “Eber, Peleg,Reu.”

Others pick a serious punch like Deuteronomy 5:17, “You shall not murder.” And Deuteronomy 5:19, “You shall not steal.” There are short verses we can spend our lives trying to live out such as I Thessalonians 5:16: “Rejoice always” and the verse that immediately follows it: “Pray without ceasing.” (5:17)

Jesus was weeping over the city of Jerusalem, heartbroken by the spiritual blindness of his own nation. We may presume Jesus has been shedding real tears over our nation this spring.

We are in the midst of four crises:

  • First, nearly 110,000 of our fellow citizens have died from COVID-19
  • Second, more than a million Americans have filed for unemployment.
    We are fast approaching a jobless rate comparable to the Great Depression.
  • Third, our major cities are being torn apart by anger and violence sparked by the outrageous killing of a black man named George Floyd at the hands of a police officer. Peaceful protests are being fueled by the searing memories of other deaths where justice has not been served. Others, “who just want to see the world burn,” are escalating the crisis.
  • Fourth, our political landscape feels like a wilderness. Civility is dead. Few elected officials speak for the common good. Polarization threatens the health of our Republic.

No wonder God’s heart is broken.

What shall we do?

The followers of Jesus cannot remain on the sidelines. Grab those short verses and make them your own:

  • “Pray without ceasing” – because the world needs supernatural power.
  • “Rejoice always – because God in the end is going to set everything right when the present moment seems painful.

Work for Justice. Comfort the grieving. Should we go Left? Or go Right?

Our real call is to go deep—deep in the teachings of the One who weeps over the brokenness of our cities. A Bible verse doesn’t have to be long or complex to change the world.

Just two words can change everything-including us!

Faithfully,

Ron Naylor, Chaplain

Chaplain’s Corner: Vol VI

“He’s Still in the Sending Business”

The day that commemorates Jesus’ Ascension is the Rodney Dangerfield of the Christian calendar. As the bombastic comedian said every standup-routine, “I’m telling you, I don’t get no respect.”

Jesus’ arrival as a human being (Christmas), his last meal with his disciples (Maundy Thursday, his sacrificial death on the cross (Good Friday), and his empty tomb (Easter) always draw plenty of attention.

But what are we supposed to do with Jesus suddenly rising into the air and disappearing from sight 40 days after his resurrection, the event we call the Ascension?

His original band of followers wrestled with the same question. Just six weeks earlier they felt discouraged. Their master had been sentenced to death by a kangaroo court. When Jesus’ body was laid in a limestone tomb with a big rock in front of it something died in them too. Hope.

But Jesus was alive. And he was loose in the world!

When we get to the N.T. book of Acts, the disciples are excited. Who can blame them? They ask Jesus, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom of Israel?” Is this when everybody takes the express elevator to heaven? If they were writing God’s story everything would end right here.

This moment would be called JESUS ENDS. Jesus ends pain and death. Jesus ends the occupation of Roman soldiers. Jesus ends the long and winding road of human history.

But what a surprise they get instead. This is not JESUS ENDS but JESUS SENDS. Jesus’ disciples get a global job assignment.

And that’s the meaning of the Ascension, by vanishing from sight in front of his disciples, Jesus is sending them into the world. They will now be his hands and feet–the ones who in his name will heal the sick, comfort the discouraged, feed the hungry, welcome the stranger and proclaim God’s Good News.

To this day he’s still in the sending business.

If you know that Jesus is still alive and loose in the world, in charge of everything, and goes with you everywhere, what are you planning to do with the rest of your life?

Faithfully,
Ron Naylor, Chaplain

Gay Nation Retires from Westminster Village

GAY NATION – MARKETING DIRECTOR RETIREMENT ANNOUNCEMENT 11/2017 TO 5/2020

We have truly been blessed with the talent, creativity and genuine expressiveness of Gay Alice Nation during the past two years and six months at Westminster Village.

We are making a bittersweet announcement regarding her retirement effective May 29th, 2020. Often times in life, we are given opportunities to expand, grow, learn and experience so many different people, places and adventures. At this time, Gay has chosen to write a new chapter in her life’s journey.

As Gay shared in her letter of resignation dated, March 2nd, 2020, “Life is fleeting, so I have decided to retire….and focus on my art gallery.. Brinkman Gallery. I have worked at Westminster Village for only two years and three months, and although those have been some of the best years of my life, I am looking forward to the next chapter.” Gay also stated, “I have had the privilege to work with, and getting to know and serve our residents. I have genuinely enjoyed my time with my co-workers, fellow supervisors, and the marketing team….and the opportunity to work in a climate that makes it a pleasure to come to work each morning.”

As we reflect on these last two and a half years, there have been many changes in our world. Gay has been a shining light with her communication and technology skills, bringing to us many new connections that provide quality events, as well as, guiding us through a new phase of expanding our social media presence. Especially during these last two and half months, Gay has assisted us greatly in the way we care for and protect those we serve. For that, we will forever be grateful.

We are genuinely wishing her the very best as she enters into the next phase of life, pursuing her passion for art. Good Luck!

COVID-19 Update: May 22

Dear Residents and Families,

We are first very grateful for those residents, staff and families that have been in support of our massive endeavor to keep all safe and secure. So to you who have been dedicated, we say THANK YOU.

In these uncertain times, we are having to make difficult decisions regarding the health and safety of all of our residents. As the weather has improved and based upon several concerns brought to the attention of Administration, we felt it was necessary to communicate reminders about Westminster Villages’ policies and guidelines that are currently still in effect:

  • Only Medically necessary travel for appointments is recommended. The Westminster Village bus or car will transport you if you cannot drive. It is recommended at this
    time that families NOT take residents to their appointments.
  • When residents return from their medical appointments, they must enter through the Front Entrance only and be screened with temperature taken.
  • All deliveries and laundry must be picked up and dropped off at the Front Entrance only.
  • CMS and the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) have not released the visitation restrictions for Long Term Care or the Residential Apartments.
    Therefore the NO Visitors policy still remains in effect. No meals can be
    shared with residents on any of our outdoor patios or gazebos. No meetings in the
    parking lot or carports can occur. Due to the fact that the COVID-19
    virus can spread quickly and you are considered in the vulnerable group, we
    ask that you and your family members follow the no visitor policy.
  • Window visitations: both visitors and residents must wear a mask and remain 6 feet apart at all times. Screens should never be removed and nothing should be given to the resident at their window. Please refrain from touching residents through the screen as well.
  • Please remember to wash your hands and wear your mask over your mouth and nose.
  • Daily updates are posted on our website wvmuncie.com.

With the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, may we remember with gratitude and pride all those who served and died for our country. May your weekend be filled with memories and peace of the loved ones that have passed on before us.

Wishing you a beautiful and safe Memorial Day weekend.

The Administration, Supervisors and Managers of Westminster Village

Chaplain’s Corner: Vol V

“Be Still and Know that He is God”

Earlier this spring, something remarkable happened in Punjab, one of the northern most districts of India.

The Sky Cleared!

And suddenly the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas appeared. For many folks 30 years and younger, it was the first time they had seen the world’s most spectacular alpine landscape even though they live in its shadow.

Because of the stay-at-home orders and social restrictions prompted by the pandemic, the traffic on India’s infamously clogged highways had disappeared almost overnight. So did the smog.

In New Delhi, which is burdened by some of the world’s worst air pollution, airborne particles plunged by almost 71% in one week. As the yellow gray cloud dissipated local residents gasped. There were the tallest mountains in the world, the tops of which had been obscured for at least three decades.

All Because Everyone Chose to Stay Home.

It may seem that the COVID-19 crisis has stolen our spring here at Westminster and around the world. We’ve lost March Madness, family trips, graduations, visiting with family on Mother’s Day and of course haircuts. But it has also provided a priceless opportunity, something many of us struggle to experience: putting on the brakes in our busy times.

Good Things Happen When We Choose to Be Still

We spend all our hours and days in the presence of the Living God. But God is hard to see even here at Westminster Village when we are going a mile a minute. When the smog of distractions finally clears, it can be stunning to see the face of the One who has been there all along.

“Be Still and Know that He is God” (Psalm 46:10)

It may be the isolation and social restrictions are beginning to wear us down. But keep looking up. As our spiritual vistas clear, the view will be awesome!
Faithfully,

Chaplain Ron Naylor

Chaplain’s Corner: Memorial Service

Memorial Tribute

Chaplain’s Corner: Vol IV

THE HEALING POWER OF FORGIVENESS

I grew up in Plymouth in northern Indiana and have been a Chicago Cubs fan since I was a young boy. But one of my favorite players of all time was Yogi Berra.

Berra won three most valuable player awards during his 17 seasons with the New York Yankees. But he was perhaps known best for his making unintentionally funny remarks. Some of his Yogi-isms-include the following:

  • “If you can’t imitate him don’t copy him.”
  • “Always go to other people’s funerals; otherwise they won’t go to yours.”
  • “If the world were perfect, it wouldn’t be”
  • “You can’t observe a lot by watching.”
  • “If you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
  • “A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.”
  • Then there is the most famous Yogi-ism: “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.”

When Berra’s playing days were over he tried his hand at managing. Three times he was told, “It’s over.” His most painful firing was in 1985. The new owner of the New York Yankees, George Steinbrenner had assured him he would manage the whole season. Instead Steinbrenner fired him after only
16 games. The worst part was Steinbrenner didn’t even talk to Berra face to face. He sent an underling to deliver the bad news.

Berra was easy-going and genial but he resolved he would never talk to Steinbrenner again. “It was unforgivable”, he wrote later. For 14 years he never went to Yankee Stadium. He refused special awards. He turned down Old Timer’s Games. His friends pleaded with him to change his mind. “Never!”

Then something changed. In January of 1999, Steinbrenner flew to Florida to meet with Yogi and offer a personal apology for his behavior. But Berra refused him. His son Dale pointed out to him that Yogi’s grandchildren had never been to Yankee Stadium with him.

Berra relented. He and Steinbrenner met for 15 minutes. George admitted to Yogi that it was the worst mistake he had ever made in baseball. Berra chose to forgive him. And over the next decade until Steinbrenner’s death in 2010 Yogi and George became the best of friends.

We may think for reasons of pride and principle that we can never forgive that person that hurt us. But don’t close the door. Give God space to work. Even just wanting to forgive someone, if only we could, is a wonderful first step.

It never is too late to release a grudge. It is healing.

As Yogi put it, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.”

Faithfully,

Chaplain Ron Naylor

Fact Vs. Myth: I will lose control of the daily activities of my life.

Myth: “I will lose control of the daily activities of my life.”

Fact: Moving anywhere new is a big transition, especially if you are coming from a place where you had an established routine and set of friends. Letting go of long-held habits can be difficult and may require a major adjustment. However, at Westminster Village, we provide ample opportunities for you to meet new people and form new bonds. Even though it may take time, our compassionate staff is available to help in any way we can. We believe living in a CCRC will give you an added sense of security, as you are surrounded by those committed to your care. At the same time, we want to ensure you have the independence and privacy you deserve.

Let’s Connect

We have created a GroupCast Messenger System exclusively for Family Members of our residents as well as our Staff.  If you are a family member of a resident or an employee and you are not currently signed up to receive our GroupCast, then please complete the form and either email it to hhaskell@wvmuncie.com or mail to Holly’s attention at Westminster Village, 5801 West Bethel Ave., Muncie, IN 47303 or you may fax to Holly’s attention: 765-284-0336.

>> Download Form

This will enable us to notify you and your emergency contacts with important information in the event of an emergency by phone, text and e-mail.

In an effort to keep you informed or our latest protocol regarding steps we are taking during the Coronavirus we encourage you to visit our website www.wvmuncie.com and our visit our COVID-19 blog.

You may also visit our Chaplain’s Corner created by our very own Reverend Chaplain Ron Naylor https://www.wvmuncie.com/category/chaplains-corner/

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers from the families and friends of our residents and staff as we continue to diligently make every effort to protect our residents and staff of Westminster Village.

Heroes Work at Westminster Village! We would like to express our gratitude and thankfulness for the dedication of all those that work in health care and especially our entire staff who provide excellent resident care.

Since we are unable to give tours in person at this time, please be sure and visit our website to take a 360º virtual tour featuring our Village and three of our model apartments. https://www.wvmuncie.com/virtual-tours/

If you call and schedule a time to walk through the 360° with Tyler Ewing, Sales Consultant (tewing@wvmuncie.com) or Melody Scoble, Resident Admissions Coordinator (mscoble@wvmuncie.com) or give them a call at 765-288-2155, then we will send you a gift in the mail.  Then perhaps once we can accept visitors you can take a tour in person and have lunch on us. You can also schedule a virtual tour on our website.

We encourage you to visit, like and follow our Facebook page for updates and more and share with your friends https://www.facebook.com/wvmuncie

As always you may call 765-288-2155 with any concerns or questions that you may have.

We hope that we will be able to announce upcoming events in the near future once we resume our normal lives.

We wish you and yours much health and happiness! Be safe, Be smart, Be informed and always, always be kind! Remember we are all in this together.

Warmest regards,

Gay Nation, Tyler Ewing and Melody Scoble
Marketing Team
Westminster Village Muncie, Inc.

National Skilled Nursing Care Week

The Residents’ Association wants to recognize and thank all staff during this National Skilled Nursing Care Week.

It is more important than ever this year because your work has become lifesaving. Current social distancing rules and the inability of friends and family to enter the buildings has changed much of the day to day life for all of us. The extra demands of this pandemic have expanded the expectations on staff and increased social isolation for residents. We are very grateful to all staff because you have put Heart and Soul into each day as you continue to do your jobs while maintaining a friendly, caring and safe atmosphere. YOU have created a Home for us in difficult circumstances.

Thank you on behalf of the Residents’ Association

Pat Bennett, Norm Beck, Judy Roepke

National Skilled Nursing Care Week
May 11-18, 2020