Chaplain’s Corner: CLXXVIII

“Coincidences”

In director M. Night Shyamalan’s 2002 movie Signs, Mel Gibson plays Graham Hess, a man who used to believe in God. In fact he used to be an Episcopal Priest. But a seemingly random and meaningless accident has taken the life of his wife, leaving him with two small children. His son, Morgan is stricken with asthma. To Graham, these family disasters are evidence that there is no God. Or at least a God who gives a rip about people in pain.

Early in the film they’re facing an entirely different kind of crisis-pervasive global panic that extraterrestrials are poised to land on earth. Crop circles mysteriously appear in the cornfields on the Hess Farm. Are these signs or indicators that something terrible is about to happen? In light of this, Graham says to his brother: “People break down into two groups. When they experience something lucky, group number one sees it as more than luck, more than coincidence. They see it as a sign-evidence that there is someone up there watching out for them.” Group number two, he goes on, “see it as just pure luck.” When the members of group two experience a crisis, “Deep down, they feel that whatever happens, they’re on their own. And that fills them with fear.” People in group number one, he explains, see the same data and come to different conclusions. “They’re looking at a miracle, and deep down, they feel that whatever happens, there will be someone there to help them. And that fills them with hope.”

Graham then turns to his brother and asks the movie’s central question: So you have to ask yourself, what kind of person are you? Are you the kind that sees signs, that sees miracles, or do you believe that people just get lucky? Or look at the question this way: is it possible that there are no coincidences?

The Bible is essentially a collection of stories about these two groups: those who journey hopefully because of their trust in God, and those who go through life fearfully because they assume they’re on their own. During the movie, Graham has to decide if there is sufficient evidence-enough “signs”–to bet his life once again that reality resides in group one. The movie has an underlying message that resonates with those who have concluded that life’s smallest details always matter, and that (under the providence of God) there are no coincidences. Life’s little signs are evidence of a divine presence.

By the end of the film, Graham Hess has to make up his mind if all those little things point to a God who is actually there–and who actually cares. Which is the decision we have to make every day as well.

Faithfully,
Ron Naylor, Chaplain

Betty DeVoe

It is with great sadness that Westminster Village Muncie announces the loss of their former President and Administrator, Betty DeVoe  on July 7, 2023.

 

Her dedication and commitment for striving for excellence will always be remembered.

 

We are sending thoughts and prayers to her family on behalf of Administration and Staff.

 

Please see her legacy obituary:  https://www.thestarpress.com/obituaries/msp053077

 

Her Celebration of Life will be hosted at Westminster Village at a later date.

Westminster Village Welcomes New Board Member

Andrew Dawson

Westminster is honored to announce Andrew Dawson to its Board of Directors. Andrew is the Marketing Director at Muncie Power Products. Andrew’s knowledge of marketing and his volunteer background with experience in many different community organizations and boards will contribute greatly to our organization’s mission.

Westminster Village Muncie Announces New Executive Management

The Board of Directors of Westminster Village has announced the appointment of Mary Jo Crutcher as President and Administrator and Dustin Jones, CPA as Chief Financial Officer, both effective October 15, 2021.

Mary Jo Crutcher, currently Vice President and Co-Health Facility Administrator will assume the position of President and sole Administrator upon the retirement of Dale Lindley.

Mary Jo Crutcher

Mary Jo Crutcher joined Westminster Village in August of 1999 as the Vice President of Health Services and Assistant Health Facility Administrator. A life-long resident of Delaware County, Mary Jo attended Muncie Central High School and Ball State University. On July 1, 2005, she became the Vice President and assumed the role as Co-Administrator. Mary Jo has grown up in the long-term care field and began working in a health care facility in 1974. As a CNA since 1975 and a licensed Health Facility Administrator since May 1979, with more than 40 years in Health Care Management she is eminently qualified to assume the executive leadership of Westminster Village.

Dr. Suzanne Gresham, Chair of the Westminster Village Board of Directors commented that “the value of Mary Jo’s vast experience and expertise cannot be overstated. Her deep knowledge of healthcare management, long service to Westminster Village and incredible passion for the care of our residents and staff ensure the stability and continuity for Westminster for many years into the future.”
Dustin Jones, currently Finance Director for Westminster Village, will assume the position of Chief

Dustin Jones, CPA

Financial officer upon the retirement of Dale Lindley. In September 2019, Dustin Jones joined Westminster Village as the Finance Director where he has been responsible for day-to-day financial operations, cash management and budget management. He has more than nine years of experience in public accounting, is a lifelong Delaware County resident and a graduate of Ball State University. Dustin previously served as Treasurer for Muncie Delaware Clean and Beautiful and the East Central Indiana Estate Planning Council. Dustin received his CPA certification in February of 2020.

John Littler, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors offered the following comment. “Dustin came to Westminster Village with a strong background in finance and accounting and immediately made an impact providing leadership in many areas along with his finance acumen. He is a strong resident and patient advocate and has made our management team stronger than ever before.”

Westminster Village is a not-for-profit Life Plan Community serving senior adults in East Central Indiana. Established in 1974, Westminster Village is located on 65 beautifully landscaped rural acres just outside Muncie, Indiana. Incorporating a wide range of specialized services under one roof, Westminster Village provides state licensed residential retirement apartments, assisted living, long-term care, and rehab-to-home. Each resident can choose an active lifestyle that is designed around individual interests to enhance physical, social, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual well-being in a safe and secure homelike environment. Residents and their families have peace of mind knowing that continuing care is available in a manner they deserve and expect.

Westminster Village Muncie Announces Executive Retirement

The Board of Directors of Westminster Village has announced the retirement of Dale E. Lindley as President and Administrator after more than 25 years of service. The retirement becomes effective on October 15, 2021.

Dr. Suzanne Gresham, chair of the Westminster Village board of directors, comments that “During the last 16 years in his position as President and Administrator Dale has led the organization thru service expansion, a major renovation and countless financial audits and State surveys. His impact on the organization is a legacy which will not be forgotten. We wish Dale and his wife Teresa a healthy and joy filled retirement.”

Dale first served the Westminster community during the years of 1978 through 1980, as a member of the Dietary staff, coming to Westminster Village and joining his mother, (Mary Lindley), who was an associate at Westminster Village as well.

Dale earned his bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Ball State University in 1984. He went on to achieve his CPA certification and spent over 11 years with a local accounting firm before rejoining Westminster Village in May 1997 as Controller. Dale also earned an Indiana Health Facility Administrator’s License in 2004. In February 2002, he was appointed Vice President of Operations and in February 2005 he was named Executive Vice President and Administrator of the facility. In July 2005 Dale was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer.

Dale Lindley’s commitment to Westminster Village, the healthcare industry, his accounting profession, and our local community is simply unsurpassed. His leadership has extended far past the walls of Westminster Village with service to many local organizations including the Muncie Mission, Muncie Habitat for Humanity, Muncie Exchange Club, Muncie Jaycees, and his local church, True Light Baptist, where he has served as an Assistant Treasurer, member of the Board of Trustees and Church Organist even to this day.

Over the years, Dale has served his profession with distinction as an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Indiana CPA Society, and the East Central Indiana Estate Planning Council. He has also provided leadership to his chosen industry with service as Treasurer and Budget and Finance Committee member of Leading Age Indiana, one of Indiana’s leading professional associations providing advocacy and education for the long-term care industry. Dale is also a Charter Member of the Ball State University Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi National Accounting Fraternity.

During the years of Dale Lindley’s leadership, Westminster Village has matured as a private, not-for-profit Life Plan Community that provides state licensed retirement apartments, assisted living, skilled nursing care and rehab to home services all under one roof. The Village employs more than 225 individuals.

Co-Administrator and Vice President, Mary Jo Crutcher comments that “serving with Dale Lindley since 1999 has been a most gratifying personal and professional experience. Dale is exceedingly talented and a true expert in his field. That expertise coupled with his unsurpassed integrity, attention to detail and a dedication to always doing the right thing for our residents and staff has made him a uniquely effective President and Administrator. He will be greatly missed.”

A celebration of Dale’s career and retirement is being planned and will be announced in the near future.

About Westminster Village Muncie, Inc.
Westminster Village is a not-for-profit Life Plan Community serving senior adults in East Central Indiana. Established in 1974, Westminster Village is located on 65 beautifully landscaped rural acres just outside Muncie, Indiana. Incorporating a wide range of specialized services under one roof, Westminster Village provides state licensed residential retirement apartments, assisted living, long-term care, and rehab-to-home. Each resident can choose an active lifestyle that is designed around individual interests to enhance physical, social, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual well-being in a safe and secure homelike environment. Residents and their families have peace of mind knowing that continuing care is available in a manner they deserve and expect.

Introducing New Board Members Kathy White and Eric Scherrer

Westminster is honored to announce Kathy White, CPA and CFO of Muncie Power Products and Eric Scherrer, President of Scherrer Construction have been named to the Board of Directors.  Both Kathy and Eric have an extensive volunteer background with experience in many different community organizations and boards that will contribute greatly to our organization’s mission.

Introducing New Board Member Mark Ervin

Westminster is honored to announce Mark Ervin to its Board of Directors. Mark is a local Attorney at Beasley & Gilkison. Mark’s extensive volunteer experience in many different community organizations and boards as well as his legal expertise, will contribute greatly to our organization’s mission.

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!

Our Eleven Graduates of Academy for Community Leadership

Westminster Village has partnered with the Academy for Community Leadership co-sponsored by Muncie-Delaware Co. Chamber of Commerce  and Ball State University by providing a speaker and sending a class member for many years. Currently we  have eleven employees who have graduated from this leadership program.

Since 1976, the Academy for Community Leadership has contributed to the growth of Muncie and Delaware County’s community leaders through a ten-week program. The Academy enables several individuals each year to broaden their view of civic leadership and further develop their talents to meet community needs.

ACL is a vehicle to promote our community leaders while providing valuable networking opportunities for participants. Participants are exposed to our local history, business community, government, health care, cultural awareness, education, leadership styles and more. For over 40 years, community leaders have participated in this beneficial program. As a participant, we have all heard from key leaders of our community, participated in a community project, met new people, and toured various locations and facilities throughout Delaware County.

Westminster Village current employees that have graduated from the ACL program:

Back row from left to right:
Dawn Jarvis, RN Nursing Manager; Julie Walker, Health Center Marketing and Admissions Director; Tyler Ewing, Sales Consultant; Tiffany Anderson, DTR-Nutritional Services; Tony Elder, CDM, Food Services Director; Gay Nation, Marketing Director

Front row left to right:
Dale Lindley, HFA, CPA, President; Holly Haskell, Executive Assistant; Mary Jo Crutcher, HFA, Vice President; Cathy Jones, Human Resources Manage; Melody Scoble, Residential Admissions Coordinator

Great Times at BSU BINGO night at Westminster Village

Check out this fun video from our recent BSU BINGO night at Westminster Village! Thank you Justin, Jeff and Josh, Ball State sports, Charlie Cardinal, Code Red and the Cheer Team for an awesome evening of fun playing BINGO at Westminster Village.