Chaplain’s Corner: XCVIV

“The Aroma of Christ’s Love”

 

You never know what you might hear when the best man proposes a toast at a wedding reception.    Everything depends of course, on the relationship between the best man and the groom.  Not to mention whether he’s already had a few drinks too many.  And whether he’s comfortable as a public speaker. Guests may hear fond memories, gentle ribbing, old jokes, and stories that have never been told—and should remain untold.

 

Every now and then there are moments of raw honesty, which prompt those in attendance to hold collective breath.

 

One pastor remembers such an occasion.  The best man was the groom’s brother. He stood, turned to his brother and said, “It’s no secret to anyone here that I have never liked you.”  Now that’s an interesting way to begin a toast. “All of our lives we have fought and argued and been like oil and water.  We are very different in many ways.  But I have grown to love the person you have become since the day you met her.”  And he looked straight at the bride:  “The more you are with her, the more I am drawn to you.  The more you are with her, the more I see you the best version of yourself.”

 

As I reflected on this unusual moment, I realized it provided a profound picture of how being with Jesus has the power to change us.

 

It can’t be denied that outsiders have the grounds for believing that church people who hang out with other church people sometimes become more angry, rigid, and even hateful.  But there’s a discernible difference when people choose to spend more time with Jesus.  The more we are with Him, the more people will experience the best version of ourselves.  Hypocrites become more authentic.  Liars begin to value the truth.  Judgmental people begin to exhibit softer hearts.  Arrogant people become more approachable.

 

Author Rita Snowden remembers sitting in a café late one afternoon in Dover, England.  As she was sipping her tea, she was suddenly overwhelmed by an astonishing fragrance.  It was one of the most pleasant aromas she had ever smelled.  It was being carried by the workers from a nearby perfume factory.  They were walking home from work and their clothing was permeated by the fragrances they had been working on all day long.

 

Everywhere we go, we carry around the aroma of who we truly are and what we genuinely believe.

 

The Apostle Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 2:14-15:  “But thanks to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.  For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved.”

 

May those we meet today catch a scent of something beautiful, humble, and hopeful in our lives.  And ultimately come to realize that because we’ve been with Him, we’re slowly becoming the best version of ourselves.

 

Faithfully,

Ron Naylor, Chaplain

COVID-19 Weekly Chart: April 25, 2022

April 12, 2022

Dear Staff, Residents & Families:

We have had seven (7) new positive COVID-19 Resident cases to report and three (3) new positive Staff.

Per regulations and guidelines from CDC, CMS and the Indiana Department of Health, we will be completing “outbreak testing”, meaning all Staff and Residents, whether vaccinated or not, will be COVID-19 tested this week and every four days for the next 14 days until all tests are negative.  Resident testing will begin immediately.  All Staff whether vaccinated or not must be tested today beginning at 1 p.m. in the Physician’s Office to 6 p.m. and again on Friday, April 15th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Due to outbreak testing, the following guidelines must be put in place:

  • All Staff working in the Health Center must wear an N95 mask and face shields/goggles.
  • Abbey Court in the Health Center is considered a Yellow and Red Zone.
  • Abbey Court will begin negative air pressure to further increase the effectiveness of the Bi-Polar Ionization system already in place in the Health Center.
  • It is highly encouraged that all Residents social distance appropriately and wear your face coverings properly and wash your hands frequently.
  • Visitation will continue but please mask appropriately and wash your hands frequently.

 

We continue to be hands on daily in communicating with the Indiana 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.

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

Sincerely,

The Administration, Supervisors and Management Staff

 

March 14, 2022

Dear Residents, Families and Employees:

If you are following the current COVID virus data trends, you are well aware that positivity rates continue to decrease! Our county positivity rate is currently at 5.28%. At Westminster Village 99% of Residents are vaccinated, and 72% of Employees are vaccinated.

Effective today, per new regulations, there are new revised COVID Long-Term Care Visitor and Staff Screening Forms that are required to be completed before entering. Forms for Visitors are located at the Front Entrance and after completing take to the Front Desk to receive your Screening Wellness Sticker-temperatures are not currently required for Visitors. Staff will complete the new screening form in the screening room as before and take their own temperature and record on the form. Masks are still required for all.

Safety of our Residents and Employees remains of the utmost concern to us as we are sure it is to you. It is strongly recommended to:

Not visit or report to work with any signs or symptoms of COVID-19;
Wear your mask properly over your mouth and nose; and
Wash your hands often,

Many thanks to all of you for your patience, understanding and support during the COVID journey the past two years. As guidance continues to be updated, we will keep you posted. See wvmuncie.com.

Also, on Tuesday, March 15th, Westminster Village Residents and Staff will be participating in the statewide Tornado Drill at approximately 10:00 a.m. along with a Community wide Gas Leak Drill with the Gaston Fire Department and Gaston EMS. Staff and Residents please listen to the all page intercom announcements for the Mock Drill instructions and follow your emergency procedures.

Many Blessings to each of you!

From the Administration, Supervisors and Management Team

 

 

 

February 1, 2022

Dear Westminster Village Staff, Residents and Families,

Welcome to the month of February 2022. This is a very special month of sharing love, kindness and general caring about others.

Our very special Westminster Team have been working together to prepare for a Winter Storm Wonderland. All departments are preparing ahead of the storm warning to provide safety and security for all. So we want to express our gratefulness and thankfulness to each of you.

Many staff members are making plans to stay at Westminster during the next few days in a great effort to make certain resident cares and needs are met.

Due to the anticipated weather conditions, the Beauty Salons will be closed on Thursday and Friday this week. There will be no Transportation on Thursday and Friday. On Thursday, February 4 th , Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner will be served as carry out/to-go meals during regular meal times.

Once again we extend our Thank You to all and ask that as we go through the next few days you send positive thoughts, say prayers or simply voice your appreciation for our amazing staff. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation during this time.

Many Blessings with great appreciation.

Mary Jo Crutcher, Dustin R. Jones, and the Supervisor Team

January 21, 2022

Dear Westminster Village Residents and Families:

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a focus in all of our daily lives. We currently have had 107 Employees test positive since March 2020 and have been required to be off work for 10 days per guidelines. We are thankful that each has been able to recover. We are also very thankful and grateful that all staff have pulled together as a team taking on extra responsibilities to cover for their co-worker while they were recuperating from COVID to ensure that all Residents are taken care of daily. We ask that you please be patient as staff are off recuperating—many departments are working with reduced staffing and are working other departments or areas that they may not be familiar with.

The COVID Positivity Rate in our state and county is still extremely high—31.24%. The new Omicron variant is highly contagious. Please make sure you are wearing your mask properly and washing your hands.

99% of the Residents are vaccinated and 69% of the Employees are vaccinated with an additional 56 employees choosing a medical or religious exemption and getting tested twice weekly.

If an employee becomes positive and has had direct contact with a Resident, we begin “outbreak testing” and test the Resident or department twice in fourteen days. We currently do not have any Resident COVID positive cases.

We are following all Indiana State Department of Health guidelines for infection control and keep in contact with them on a regular basis to stay in full compliance and provide the very best safe care we possibly can.

Thank you for your understanding, patience, thoughts, prayers and anticipated kindness of sharing your appreciation and compliments as our staff work to provide care and services.

Many Blessings with great appreciation.

Mary Jo Crutcher, Dustin R. Jones, and the Supervisor Team

 

 

 

Dear Westminster Village Staff, Residents and Families,

Throughout this holiday season, and as we move into a new year, we wish you the Spirit of Christmas which is Peace, the Blessing of Christmas which is Hope and the Heart of Christmas which is Love. May you enjoy moments of peace amid the difficulties, connections with family and friends and the warmth of memories from holidays past, and wonderful glimpses of the joy and hope.

In the true spirit of the season, we would like to invite all of the Residents and their Essential Caregivers to the Christmas Eve Services at Westminster Village at 6:30 p.m. in the Legacy Commons Event Hall.
At this time we are so honored and blessed by your faith, support and kindness that you have shown Westminster Village for the year and this journey of 2021.

WE THANK YOU AND WISH EACH OF YOU & YOURS

A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!

 

Mary Jo Crutcher, Supervisors and the Management Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 22, 2021

Dear Westminster Village Residents and Families:

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a focus in all of our daily lives. As you know from our postings, this virus continues to affect some of our residents and staff. We are thankful that each individual has been able to recover. However, the COVID Positivity Rate in our state and county is still high. During this pandemic we have encouraged everyone to:

* Properly wear your mask over your nose and mouth
*  Practice proper hand hygiene
* Maintain social distance of at least 6 feet
* Notify a nurse or doctor if you are not feeling well

Per Federal and State guidelines, Visitation is now open and allowed for all Residents with no limits on frequency and length of visits or limitations on number of visitors at all times. Visitors must visit in the Resident room only and continue to wear a mask, wash your hands and complete a health screening at the Front Desk. Please do not visit if you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are feeling ill.

We are so very thankful that you have chosen to share your life’s journey with Westminster Village.  As we enter into this holiday season with grateful hearts, it is so important that we remember those Staff members who give so generously of their talents, care and love for humanity and the Residents we serve.

This is a season of reflection of the challenges and joys we have experienced as well as the blessings that are yet to be discovered. On behalf of our Administration and Supervisory Team, thank you for celebrating the peaceful warm, happy feelings of this beautiful season of thankfulness. We wish you a
Safe and Blessed Thanksgiving!

Mary Jo Crutcher, Dustin R. Jones, and the Supervisor Team

 

 

September 15, 2021

Dear Westminster Village Residents, Families and Staff,

Due to the Delaware County COVID Positivity rate increasing to nearly 16%, the following recommendations and guidelines will become effective on Thursday, 9-16-2021, in an effort to protect each Resident entrusted to our care and our loyal Staff.

Visitation Hours

  • Recommended Visitation will be: 8:00 am to 11:00 am, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm seven days a week.  However, other times will be accommodated as needed.
  • All visitors must enter through the Main entrance and be screened and receive a wellness sticker.
  • We ask that you not visit if you have any signs or symptoms of illness, or have had contact with anyone that is ill.
  • All visitors over the age of two and the Resident must properly wear a mask covering your mouth and nose at all times during the visit. We do ask that visitors bring your own mask.
  • All visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet during the visit.
  • All visitors must hand wash or utilize alcohol-based hand rub upon visit.
  • All visits must be in the resident’s apartment or room only. No common areas.
  • Traveling throughout the building must be directly from the main entrance to the resident’s apartment or room. We ask that you maintain to the right of the hallways when entering and exiting the building.
  • All visitors must utilize the main elevators during visitation times. We ask that residents and staff, if able, use alternate elevators during visitation times.
  • Window visits and outdoor visitations are still available and recommended.
  • This does not apply for Compassionate Care visits or for the Essential Care Givers.

Dining Rooms

  • Dining Room seating will be set to accommodate social distancing while eating as recommended by the CMS guidelines.
  • Couples residing in the same apartment may sit together.
  • The dining rooms will be environmentally cleaned before and after meal service.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be placed at the entrance to each dining room. Please sanitize your hands upon entering and exiting the dining room.
  • Masks will be required to be worn while not eating, i.e. upon entering and exiting the dining room.

Activities

  • All Activities require everyone to properly wear a mask, hand sanitize before and after each event or activity and socially distance 6 feet apart.
  • The Fitness Center and Therapy Gym, including group and individual exercise will require everyone to properly wear a mask and socially distance 6 feet apart.
  • Indoor singing or shouting should be avoided.
  • Bus excursions to the Civic or other events are still permissible, however masks will be required to be worn properly and sanitize your hands upon returning.
  • If Residents choose to play cards or games with others in close contact (less than 6 feet apart) please understand the increased risk of getting COVID you are incurring. Please wear your mask properly and use proper hand hygiene.

Common Areas Including Lounges and Hallways

  • All Residents, Visitors and Staff must properly wear a mask at all times while in common areas.

Beauty Salon

  • It is recommended to only have one (1) Resident at a time. All must properly wear a mask.  Social distance in the Salon if more than one Resident is present.

Transportation and Medical Appointments

  • Please wear a mask to and from each appointment and use hand sanitizer upon return.

 Excursions Greater than 24 hours

  • Please take proper precautions while away—masking, hand sanitizing and socially distancing.
  • Upon return, Residents will need to be screened at the Front Desk with temperature taken.
  • Residents will need to self-monitor for symptoms of illness and alert Nursing as needed.

Village Meeting Room

  • Due to the limited space in the Village Meeting Room, at the present time social gatherings for meetings or parties are not recommended due to CDC’s Core Principles of Infection Control.

 

Essential Family Caregivers

  • We encourage Residents to complete their applications for this program. Contact Marketing or Social Services with questions about the Essential Caregiver Program.
  • Un-Vaccinated approved Essential Family Caregivers currently are required to COVID test twice weekly.
  • Must screen upon entry and wear the wellness sticker, wear a mask and your badge while in the building.
  • Essential Family Caregivers are not permitted to eat in the Dining Rooms but can assist or provide support for their family member/Resident.

As always, our goal is to serve and protect the Residents and Staff.  Please note that we may cease visitation if a new facility-onset COVID-19 positive Resident or Staff case is confirmed.  Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

The Administration, Supervisors and Managers

 

September 9, 2021

Dear Residents, Families and Employees:

If you are following the current COVID virus data trends, you are well aware that positivity rates continue to climb at a rapid pace.  Our county positivity rate has more than doubled in the last 30 days—today the CDC reports over a 15% County Positivity Rate.  Data also indicates that only about 47% of Delaware County residents are fully vaccinated.  At Westminster Village 98% of Residents are vaccinated, and 55% of Employees are vaccinated.

This is an alert to everyone that we still need to protect ourselves at all times from this COVID virus.  From a safety standpoint please be aware that for many of us, our first vaccine was administered back in January – eight months ago.  Vaccination does not 100% guarantee immunity from COVID and that over time the vaccine will actually wane in its effectiveness.  We are aware of several individuals that had previously received their vaccine, have now tested positive for the virus.  Do not allow the fact that you may have been vaccinated to give you a false sense of immunity from this dreaded virus.  We still have to do all we can to protect ourselves and those around us.

We do strongly encourage all residents, employees and visitors to be fully vaccinated as soon as possible.  Evidence shows that this still is the best way to protect yourself from being seriously ill and needing hospitalization if you are infected by COVID.

Safety of our residents, families and employees remains of the utmost concern to us as we are sure it is to you. It is strongly recommended to:

  • Wear your mask properly over your mouth and nose
  • Wash your hands often
  • Distance from others appropriately at least 6 feet apart

We have been informed by the Indiana Department of Health that new guidance will be issued soon.  We will provide you with an update as soon as we review and understand the requirements of this guidance.

Boosters of the vaccines are expected to be available by the end of September.  We anticipate that we will host a booster vaccine clinic at Westminster Village for all residents and employees.

Many thanks to all of you for your patience, understanding and support during this most unusual time in our lives.

From the Administration, Supervisors and Management Team

 

 

August 12, 2021

Dear Westminster Village Residents and Families,

In the past four weeks, Indiana has seen a significant increase in COVID-19 cases fueled by the Delta variant, which spreads equal to or more than twice as easily from one person to another compared with earlier strains. There has been a 112% increase in positive COVID-19 cases this week. As of today, the Delaware County positivity rate is 8.75% per the CDC website.

The new guidelines from the Indiana Department of Health are as follows that will directly impact all Residents, Staff, and Visitors:

• Masks are mandatory for everyone in all areas of Westminster Village whether you are COVID Vaccinated or not when the positivity rates are over 5%. Visitors, please bring your own mask if possible.

• Indoor singing activities are now prohibited. Music is allowed, with no singing. No visitors will be permitted at any activities at this time.

• Please do not visit if you are ill, show any signs and symptoms of COVID-19, or have been exposed to anyone that’s been ill.

• Residents and Staff should properly wear a mask over their mouth and nose in public indoor settings and while attending any community events not at Westminster Village (i.e. church, excursions, restaurants, grocery stores, etc.) when the positivity rates are over 5%.

• Everyone must continue to be diligent in washing their hands often and social distancing as appropriate.

Our goal is to continue to do our very best to keep our Residents and Staff safe all while following all of the guidelines for long-term care from the CDC and the Indiana Department of Health. Thank you for your cooperation. See wvmuncie.com for further updates.

Administration, Supervisors, and the Management Team

 

 

July 30, 2021

Dear Westminster Village Residents and Families,

We are expecting new guidelines from the Indiana Department of Health next week based on an increase in positive COVID-19 cases due to the Delta variant. On June 28th the Delaware County positivity rate was 2.4% and as of July 29th it is now 7.9%.

To update you on some upcoming changes and guidelines from the Indiana Department of Health in our continuing efforts to help protect Residents and Staff from this virus, the following guidelines are highly encouraged with more information to follow next week:

• Mask use is highly recommended for all Visitors in all areas of Westminster Village whether you are COVID Vaccinated or not even while visiting in a Resident’s Room. Please bring your own mask if possible.

• Please do not visit if you are ill, show any signs and symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to anyone that’s been ill.

• Residents are encouraged and we recommend that masks are worn whether you are COVID Vaccinated or not.

• Residents and Staff are also highly encouraged to wear a mask while attending any community events or indoor venues not at Westminster Village (i.e. church, excursions, restaurants, grocery stores, etc.).

• Everyone must continue to be cautious, wear your mask over your mouth and nose, wash your hands often and social distance as appropriate.

Our goal is to continue to do our very best to keep our Residents and Staff safe all while following all of the guidelines for long term care from the CDC and the Indiana Department of Health. Thank you for your cooperation. See wvmuncie.com for further updates.

Administration, Supervisors and the Management Team

 

July 23, 2021

 

Dear Westminster Village Residents and Families,

Coronavirus infections are on the rise again in the United States, especially the Delta Variant.

To update you on our continuing efforts to help protect the Residents and Staff from this virus, the following guidelines are still in place:

• Un-vaccinated Staff are still required per regulations to COVID test weekly.

• All Staff are still required per regulations to complete a health screening with temperature checks daily. All Visitors are still required to complete a health screening daily.

• We are highly recommending that all Staff be vaccinated. A financial incentive is in place to reach a 65% or greater vaccination goal by 9-30-2021. Staff COVID-19 vaccination rate is 50% and Residents are 98%.

• All Staff are still required per regulations to wear a mask while on duty.

• All Residents and Visitors must continue to wear a mask in common areas and
hallways.

• Everyone must continue to be cautious and mask up in large indoor venues,
socially distancing and continuing to wash your hands diligently.

• High traffic areas are environmentally cleaned more frequently throughout the day following the proper protocol per our Infection Control guidelines.

Thank you for your cooperation to ensure that Westminster Village is a safe place to work and for the Residents to call home. See wvmuncie.com for further updates.

Administration, Supervisors and the Management Team

June 30, 2021

Dear Residents, Staff, Families and Visitors:

The Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) has released new guidance regarding the Health Screening/Temperature Taking process, Beauty Salons, Entertainment with Singing and Masks.

  1. Health Screening/Temperature Taking Process:
    • Vaccinated Residents: Do not need to be screened with temperatures daily unless they are exhibiting signs and symptoms of COVID-19 then it is required three (3) times per day assessment for COVID-19.  Residents also do not need to be re-screened if you have the left Westminster Village property and returned the same day.
    • Un-Vaccinated Residents: Will require once daily assessments for COVID-19.
    • All Employees: Will need to complete the Health Screening Form with Temperature checks upon arrival to work.  Staff does not need to be re-screened if you have the left the Westminster property and returned the same day.
    • Visitors: Will need to complete the Health Screening Form and receive a wellness sticker but temperature checks are not required.  Re-entering the facility within the same calendar day does not require you to be re-screened.
  1. Beauty Salons – the Westminster Village Beauty Salons are now permitted to have two or more Vaccinated Residents at a time but masks are still recommended.
  1. Entertainment with Singing – IDOH is now permitting singing entertainment, however, everyone must wear a mask including the entertainment due to the risk of droplets in the air.
  1. Eye Protection – Fully Vaccinated Staff may choose to not wear eye protection in green/yellow zones irrespective of the county positivity rate.  Employees must wear eye protection when assisting any symptomatic or positive COVID-19 Residents in the red/yellow zone.
  1. Masks – Fully Vaccinated Staff can unmask during one-on-one Resident care with fully vaccinated Residents unless undergoing aerosol generating procedures.  Masks must be kept on if visitors are present or if other un-vaccinated Staff enter the room. Masks must still be worn at all times by Residents, Staff and Visitors in hallways and common areas.   
  2. Water Fountains and Hydration Stations – Are now permitted.
  3.  Guest Meals – Are now permitted for carryout only. Regular guest meal pricing applies.
  4. Overnight Guests – Are now permitted to stay in the Resident’s apartment per the policy of up to 14 consecutive days.

As always, our goal is to protect the residents and staff from this virus.  These guidelines are in place to protect each resident entrusted to our care.  We anticipate everyone’s patience, cooperation and respect as we continue our Back on Track guidance.  Please see wvmuncie.com for more information.

We wish you a sparkling 4th of July weekend filled with pride and honor.  Please stay safe and  God Bless America!

Administration, Supervisors and the Management Team

June 15, 2021

Dear Westminster Village Residents, Families and Staff,

Wonderful News! The CDC and Indiana Department of Health have updated their guidance on Dining Rooms and Group Activities for COVID-19 Vaccinated Residents. The following will be Westminster Village’s guidelines:

DINING: Dining rooms in Residential and Assisted Living will open back up to normal meal times-no social distancing required for all Vaccinated Residents during meal times beginning today at lunch. All Residents must still wear masks to and from the Dining Room and in common areas and can remove them once you are seated. No Guests in the Dining Room or Guest Meals will be permitted at this time.

ACTIVITIES: In-house Group activities will resume this week with no social distancing required for all Vaccinated Residents. No visitors during activities will be permitted at this time. The first big event planned is BINGO on Wednesday, June 23rd at 2:00 p.m. Please see your weekly Activity Calendar and listen for announcements for other dates and times of activities. Group Outings will be only for select ticketed events and the outside 4th of July Fireworks at Minnetrista. Please see the sign-up sheets in the Transportation office for more information. We will notify you in advance if an event will require you to wear a mask.

Un-Vaccinated Residents are still required to wear a mask at all times when not in your apartment and social distance at least six feet from others when in common areas, the dining room or when attending activities.

Thank you again for your continued support and cooperation as we get back to a new normal.

Administration, Supervisors and the Management Team

 

June 10, 2021

Dear Residents, Families and Employees:

Great News! Beginning immediately, Indoor Visitation hours will be increased under Indiana Department of Health guidelines. Westminster Village has set forth the following guidelines:

• Visitation will be held at any time – there are no scheduled hours any longer.
• Residents may have any number of visitors at a time – there are no limits on visitors any longer.
• Lengths of visits are no longer limited.
• Visits are allowed in the Green Zone areas only. No visits in the Red or Yellow Zone on CooperVista will be permitted.
• All visitors must continue to enter through the Main entrance and complete a health screening form and get your temperature checked. We ask that you not visit if you have any signs or symptoms of illness, or have had contact with anyone that is ill. Visitation may be declined if it is observed that the visitation could pose an infection control threat to the community.
• All visitors over the age of two must properly wear a mask in common areas at all times during the visit. We do ask that visitors bring your own mask.
• All visitors must hand wash or utilize alcohol-based hand rub upon visit.
• All visits must be in the resident’s apartment or room only. No common areas.
• At this time, Activities and Dining services are limited to Residents only. Future information will be forthcoming.
Please see the attached Indiana Department of Health Visitation Guidelines for Long Term Care Facilities handout.
Thank you for your anticipated cooperation as we transition back to re-opening and a new normal. It is our continued goal to serve and protect the residents and staff. Visit www.wvmuncie.com for further updates as needed.

The Administration, Supervisors and Management Staff

 

May 28, 2021

Dear Westminster Village Residents, Families and Staff,

We want to take this opportunity to share that for the last several weeks our Dietary team has been designing a re-opening strategy to welcome residents back into the Dining Rooms for Dinner.  Please know that our priority continues to be the safety of residents and employees so we are taking a cautious approach. Our re-opening plans are consistent with the guidelines established by CDC, CMS and ISDH.

Opening the Residential and Assisted Living Dining Rooms is one step on our journey to move toward a new normal.  Breakfast and Lunch in the Dining Rooms have been going well for the past several months.  On June 2nd, Dinner will begin in the Dining Rooms as follows: (it is also Birthday Dinner)

  • Windsor and Jewel Box Dining Rooms –

  1st Seating at 4:30 pm and 2nd Seating at 6:00 p.m.

  • Assisted Living and Essex Dinner in the Dining Rooms at 4:30 p.m.
  • Health Center Dining rooms will begin at a later date

It is important that we highlight three things about this reopening:

  1. Changes to Dining Spaces
  • Limited capacity in order to properly social distance.
  • Spacing of tables and chairs so proper social distancing can be practiced. No one is to be seated closer than six feet apart. The only exception will be for couples who reside in the same apartment.
  • Placemats will be used, but no tablecloths.
  • Items will not be shared such as salt & pepper shakers.
  • Residents who are on a one meal a day plan may add additional meals, however no guest meals will be permitted at this time.
  1. Increased Sanitation and Safety

The Dietary team has always been mindful about cleaning, however, COVID-19 has forced many to implement new practices and more frequent cleaning.

  • The dining rooms will be environmentally cleaned before, during and after each meal service.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be placed at the entrance to each dining room.
  • Masks will be required to be worn while not eating, i.e. upon entering and exiting the dining room.
  • Resident temperature and symptoms screening will continue prior to entering the Dining Room.
  • Dietary staff will be required to wear a mask and eye protection during the meal service.
  • A weekly menu packet will continue to be provided and you are encouraged to bring down the completed menu to the dining room. Additional menus may be picked up at the hostess podium if needed.
  1. Flexibility

The meal carryout will continue to be available to those who still wish to eat in their apartment.  You may pick up your carryout meal at the hostess podium in the Windsor Dining Room beginning at 8:00 am for Breakfast, 12:00 pm for

Lunch and 5:00 p.m. for Dinner.

Small group activities, such as exercise and the Next-to-New Shoppe will also continue per the schedule.

Everyone at Westminster Village extends their gratitude for your support and understanding in following all guidelines as we thoughtfully approach the re-opening of our dining venues.

Have a safe Memorial Day weekend as it is the day to remember with gratitude and pride all those who served and died for our country and freedom.  May your day be filled with memories and peace.  God Bless America!

Administration, Supervisors and the Management Team

 

WESTMINSTER VILLAGE VISITORS

June 1st, 2021

If COVID-19 Vaccinated you:

  • May remove your mask when in the Resident’s room or apartment if the Resident is fully vaccinated.
  • May have close contact if Resident is fully vaccinated.
  • Need to be screened when entering the building and if you have left the premises.
  • Need to social distance from others when in halls and common areas.
  • Need to wear a mask in hallways and common areas of Westminster Village.
  • Must continue to wash your hands frequently.
  • Should be commended for doing your part in protecting your loved ones and getting back to a new normal. Thank you!

If Un-Vaccinated you:

  • Need to be screened when entering the building and if you have left the premises.
  • Must wear a mask at all times while at Westminster Village, especially in Resident’s room or apartment.
  • Need to social distance from others at all times.
  • Must continue to wash your hands frequently.
  • Still can get vaccinated soon at any walk in clinic to help protect your loved ones and the Residents we serve to help get back to a new normal.

Chaplain’s Corner: XCVIV

“Reliance on God vs Self Reliance”

During WWII, America’s Office of Strategic Services – the precursor to the CIA – was assigned the task of devising subversive ways to help defeat Japan.  Some of the OSS’s initiatives could best be described as non- traditional.

More than two million dollars were invested in development of the “bat bomb.”  Project managers hoped to drop thousands of Mexican free-tailed bats over Japanese cities.  Each bat would be toting a small incendiary device equipped with a timer.  The bats would hopefully roost under the eaves of Japanese homes.  The designated time devices would then ignite thousands of fires.  The operation was never given final approval much to the relief of the bats.

The OSS has better luck with Operation Magic.  Teams of codebreakers worked tirelessly to monitor, intercept and translate encrypted Japanese messages.  Their success became a key component of the Allied Victory in the Pacific theater.  In April 1942, decryption efforts revealed that Japanese military planners were fixated on a place called “AF.”  That was useful information-if anyone could figure out what “AF” meant.

Possibilities included Guam, Seattle, Alaska or Midway, a tiny coral atoll in the middle of the Pacific about 1,300 miles northwest of Hawaii.  The leader of the codebreaking effort, Captain Joe Rochefort, had his money on Midway.  So he devised a trick but he needed some hard evidence.  Radio operators at Midway were instructed to send out a phony message.  The Midway dispatcher reported the island’s water supply was running low.  A few hours later, US codebreakers intercepted and translated a Japanese message that “AF” is running low on water.  Gotcha!

When Japan’s primary fleet of more than 200 vessels attacked Midway on June 4th, 1942, the American fleet was waiting in ambush.  All four Japanese aircraft carriers were sunk–a loss from which the Imperial Navy never recovered.  The Japanese believed the American’s would never be able to master the nuances of the Japanese language.  “That will never happen to us,” they said to themselves.  But it did.  Japan’s leaders failed to realize that American codebreakers had actually cracked their “unbreakable” code.

Over confidence isn’t merely a threat to nations.  Spiritual hubris is one of the great enemies of the soul.

We see other people crash and burn.  They cheat on crucial relationships, squander once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and throw away hard earned reputations because of decisions that defy common sense.  We think:  “But that will never happen to me.”  Yes it will happen to you–unless you decide to walk away from any behavior that you know is at odds with God’s intentions for your life.

Self-reliance works only some of the time.  When we decide to place our lives under God’s reliance and trust God with everything then we begin to see God is at work connecting the dot of our lives.

May God give us eyes to see how God is in the middle of our stories even as we are living them–for that is the code that brings meaning and purpose to all of life!

 

Faithfully,

Ron Naylor, Chaplain

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.

Chaplain’s Corner: XCVII

“Easter: Your Story Isn’t Over Either”

It’s possible that the two most poignant words in the Bible appear in Mark’s account of the resurrection. Early on Sunday morning, a group of women have come to prepare to put spices on Jesus’ body. In a Jewish tradition, it’s the thing to do. Jesus was buried so quickly the previous Friday that they had missed the opportunity to provide the final kindness.

Their chief concern was a practical one: How are we going to get inside the tomb? A heavy stone stands between them and Jesus.

As the tomb comes into view, they immediately begin to come to terms with three things that in a million lifetimes they never expected to see:

The stone had been pushed aside.
Jesus’s body had vanished.
An angel is sitting there in plain sight.

The angel says what almost every angel says in biblical encounters: “Don’t be afraid. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified, He has risen.”

While the women attempt to process this cosmos-shifting news, the angel adds an important job assignment: “Go tell his disciples and Peter, He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” (Mark 16:9)

“Go tell his disciples”- that would be the 11 remaining apprentices of Jesus, since Judas is now out of the picture-“and Peter…” And those words are almost enough to make us cry. Peter was obviously one of the disciples. So why the special invitation? No one in the world that morning needed a word of reassurance more than Peter. No one stood in greater need of a personal invitation to meet the risen Christ than the guy who had crashed and burned in the most dramatic way possible.

Peter had promised so much: “Lord even if everybody else turns tail and runs, you can count on me.” Then in short order, he had said aloud three times that he and Jesus had never even crossed paths. The very man whom Jesus had said would be the Rock on which he would build his church had crumbled like a sandcastle on the beach when hit by the first wave.

The words “and Peter” only appear in the Gospel of Mark. According to a well-founded tradition, Mark had been the amanuensis or personal secretary of Peter during his later years of ministry. His Gospel is quite likely a “Peter’s-eye-view” of Jesus’ life and death. It’s possible that Peter alone remembered that small detail of the angel’s message to the women at the empty tomb. For him, those words changed everything.

And Peter. You’re still one of the disciples. You’re still invited. Good Friday wasn’t the last chapter of your story. Your story isn’t over yet either.

Even if we cannot imagine recovering from the messes we have made of our lives, we’re still on God’s invitation list. He is, after all, in the business of raising the dead.

May you be filled this day with the hope and joy of Easter.

Faithfully,
Ron Naylor, Chaplain

 

Chaplain’s Corner: XCVI

“It is Finished”

Those are words that a driven, task-obsessed person can never imagine saying. “It is finished” would mean there would be nothing left to check off the list of things to do. No more sweaters to arrange according to color and style. Every conceivable thank-you note written. Nothing left to haul off to Goodwill from the attic or the garage.

But Jesus was not a driven, task-obsessed person. As he died on the cross, there were a myriad of unfinished tasks on the face of the earth. But one task was complete. IT was finished. The priority work had been accomplished-something he declares in John 19:30.

One Bible commentator has generated a list of 50 different spiritual victories that were attained at the moment of Jesus’ death. It’s enough to agree, however, that what was finished was Jesus’ life, his ministry on earth, and the suffering cocooned in his final hours. And it’s just as accurate to say that as Jesus’ limp body was being wrapped in linen, only to rise from the dead later in the weekend, something else was just beginning. His finished work was launching 20 centuries of additional work that Jesus would now endeavor to accomplish–to bring to completion–through US.

It’s worth noting that Jesus did not say, “I am finished”-the resignation of a dying man or someone playing the victim card. Jesus chose to endure the cross for the specific purpose of answering his Father’s call to die as the Lamb of God for the sake of the world.

A few years ago my wife and I were eating at a local restaurant here in Muncie when the server informed us there was no bill to pay. “You know that man sitting right over there until a few minutes ago?” he said. He paid your bill. You’re free to leave whenever you want. Payback was never the reward he was seeking. The reward-for both of us-has been the deepening of our relationship.

A meal is a real need. But it’s just a momentary one. Jesus paid the bill that addressed our greatest ongoing need in this world and the next. Those three English words: “It is finished”, translate just one Greek word from John’s text: Tetelestai. It’s a marketplace term from the ancient world that means “paid in full.” The debt has been erased. No further action is required. That’s the work that Jesus declared finished while breathing his last. What he seeks is the establishment and deepening of an eternal relationship with every one of us.

We can imagine an anxious spiritual seeker gripped by his need to enter a relationship with God asking, “What do I need to make this happen?” He would be told, “Someone has already done it for you. It’s finished.”

We’re not talking about banishing the word DO from our spiritual vocabulary. There is so much to do for God’s sake every day of our lives. But all that we DO must flow from what Jesus has already DONE. And we can awaken every morning even those days in which it feels as if we have a hundred things to do-knowing that Someone has already finished the most important task in the cosmos.

Faithfully,
Ron Naylor, Chaplain

Chaplain’s Corner: XCV

“Facing Your Nineveh”

So how did the Prophet Jonah end up on a Mediterranean beach smelling like a tin of sardines?  It all began with a call from God that, in Jonah’s mind, was definitely not his dream job.

 

“Up on your feet and on your way to Nineveh!  Preach to them.  They are in a bad way and I can’t ignore it any longer.”  But Jonah got up and went the other direction to Tarshish, running away from God.  He got on a boat in Joppa and proceeded to get as far away from God as possible.”  (Jonah 1-3)

 

Nineveh which was east of Israel was the capital of Assyria, one of the ancient world’s evil empires.  The Ninevites were decidedly lacking in people skills.  After they annihilated an enemy city, Assyrian soldiers would typically leave behind a pyramid of human heads as a warning to their neighbors.  Jonah was so excited about working with this group of people that he immediately headed in the opposite direction.

 

So Jonah bought a one-way ticket to the farthest point west he could imagine.  At that time it was a place called Tarshish.  We don’t really know where Tarshish was located exactly.  Presumably it was near Spain.  King Solomon imported from Tarshish gold, silver, ivory, monkeys and peacocks.  In the popular imagination it became a synonym for paradise.

 

Perhaps God has called you, in one way or another, to go east.  But all you want to do is head west.  Perhaps you made a promise to be there for a life partner or a friend in sickness.  But you didn’t realize how hard it would be to love that person when actual sickness, sorrow, and want showed up.  Now you’re standing in line to buy a ticket to Tarshish, where you’ve heard that relationships are problem free.

 

Right here at Westminster Village God may be calling you to make a new friend or spend time with a resident that is struggling with loneliness because they are new to the Village.  Perhaps you have some ideas for activities or the administration but feel you won’t be heard and so it’s easier to not listen to God’s call within you to be a difference maker.

 

But as the story of Jonah reveals, sailing west when God calls us to go east means heading into turbulence.  In Jonah’s case that became a literal experience.  A violent storm overtook the boat on which he was making his escape.  So Jonah made a difficult choice.  He cancelled his trip to Tarshish.  “Throw me off the ship,” he told the crew.  They were terrified to do so.  The prophet may have assumed that his life was now over.  But as Jonah 1:17 tells us, “The Lord provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah.”  Three days later the fish barfed him up on the shoreline of the most compelling Scripture texts for any kid who’s ever felt bored in Sunday School.

 

You may need to make an exceedingly difficult choice too.

 

Stop believing the many lies on the news today.  Face your shortcomings.  Believe the Gospel of grace and love.  You’re not a victim.  The running stops today.

 

Jonah showcased one of life’s key lessons:  It’s always safer to be treading water in God’s ocean than to be on a cruise ship heading in the wrong direction.

 

Faithfully,

Ron Naylor, Chaplain

Chaplain’s Corner: XCIV

“666”

Numbers are a big deal in the Bible.  Over the centuries, scholars have paid considerable attention to numbers like 3 (which seems to signify growth), 4 (often a shorthand for creation, as in four corners of the earth), 7 (which traditionally denotes completeness), 10 (perfection), 12 (the number connected with God’s Chosen people, 12 Tribes of Israel, 12 Disciples), and 40 (a time of trial and testing).

But all would agree that the most famous or infamous number on the pages of scripture is 666.

In the apocalyptic imagery of the Bible’s last book, 666 is the number associated with the Beast—a fearsome creature with seven heads and ten horns that according to Revelation 13:17-18 will emerge from the sea.  The Beast is typically identified as the Antichrist, a superhuman embodiment of evil  who will appear during the Last Times.

It is safe to say that there has never been scholarly consensus as to how to interpret the fantastical images of the Book of Revelation.  But that hasn’t stopped generations of eager Bible students from trying to identify the significance of 666.

In his book, “When Time Shall Be No More:  Prophecy Belief in America Culture”, Paul Boyer has a field day reporting some of the most outrageous efforts.

For instance, if the letter A is 100, B is 101, C is 102 and so forth, then “Hitler” adds up to 666.  Napoleon turns out to be the Antichrist if you spell and number his name with the Arabic alphabet.  British historian Thomas Macaulay noted that Parliament might be the Antichrist since its membership (including clerks) is 666.  Henry Kissinger’s name in Hebrew also adds up to the beastly number.

John F. Kennedy received 666 votes at the 1956 Democratic Convention (where incidentally, he did not receive the presidential nomination).  But later being elected and felled by an assassin, myriads of conspiracy theorists became convinced he was indeed the Beast since the Book of Revelation reports the Antichrist will miraculously recover from a fatal head wound.  This seems to have fueled the QAnon movement that led hundreds of true believers to Dealey Plaza in Dallas last November 22 where they expected that at 12:30pm (the time JFK was shot) either he or his son would rise from the dead and declare Donald Trump to be the true president.

Some have conjectured that VISA, when reduced to Roman numerals (along with a generous amount of imagination) can be transformed into 666.

 

For some people, anxiety about the Antichrist is all too real.  They suffer from a condition called HEXAKOSIOIHEXEKONTAHEXAPHOBIA—the fear of the number 666.  We can truthfully say that if that word shows up in the National Spelling Bee this year, at least one lucky contestant will experience fear.

 

And what might Jesus say if he were to venture an opinion about all these speculations?  We already know what he would say:  “Please stop it.  That’s enough.  You know quite well that you’re never going to guess the details of the end of history.”

 

That’s because Jesus revealed that even he didn’t know such details (Mark 13:32)  We may have the impression that unless we’re in the know about the events in the Book of Revelation, we’re really not part of the flow of God’s story in the world.

How wrong we are.  May God open our eyes to the fact that every person we encounter today is someone deeply treasured by God and for whom Jesus gave his life.  And the way we choose to love and honor each of those persons has the capacity to change the very course of spiritual history.

That very thought should be far more thrilling than hearing the latest theory about the Antichrist.

 

Faithfully,

Ron Naylor, Chaplain

Chaplain’s Corner: XCIII

“Do Your Best”

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) is deservedly regarded as one of the great musical composers of all
time.  During his own lifetime, however, Bach was largely ignored.  He did not have a university degree.  He had a reputation for being difficult to work with.  He became the musical director of four principal Lutheran churches in Leipzig, Germany, but only after the search committee had failed to hire their first three choices.

His music was considered imitative.

Bach worked in obscurity most of his life.  Few people grasped the quality and the quantity of the music he was creating.

Take Bach’s cantatas.  A cantata is a fully orchestrated composition which often involves a choir.  It may last from 30 minutes to several hours.  These days an average church choir may perform one cantata a year, but only after months of preparation.

Bach wrote at least one entirely new cantata-length work every week for seven consecutive years.  Many of those numbers were performed only once, after which they were never heard from again.

Today we have in our possession about 200 of Bach’s cantatas.  Hundreds of others have vanished.

After his death, Bach’s family was in dire straits financially.  They sold off unknown numbers of his
compositions.

And then there’s the Brandenburg Concerto.  In 1712, Bach was casting about for a new job.  He wrote to a German official, the Margrave of Brandenburg, advertising his availability as a musical composer and
performer.  Bach decided to create an artistic resume.  So he wrote a series of six concerts.  In a cover letter he said they represented the “little talents which Heaven has given me for Music.”

As far as we know the six concertos were never performed for the Margrave, since he didn’t have enough
court musicians on hand.  They were eventually filed.  And then forgotten.

When the Margrave died in 1734, the one and only copy of the concertos was sold for the modern
equivalent of $24.  They wound up in the Brandenburg state archives, where someone finally stumbled upon them 112 years later.

And then for the first time they were played. The world has been staggered by their beauty ever since.

Until a century after Bach’s death, no one knew the Brandenburg Concertos were one of the world’s great musical treasures.

Most of us have never been mistaken for musical geniuses.  But in other regards we may feel a bit like
Bach.

We’ve worked hard on things and nobody even noticed.  No one said thank you for the support you have
given during a difficult time.  Or when we knocked ourselves out trying to reconcile quarreling family
members, but it’s as if our best efforts were filed away and forgotten.  But we know for sure our efforts are not unknown.
At the end of his compositions Bach personally inscribed three Latin words:  Soli Deo Gloria  (For God’s Glory Alone)  He never lost sight of his true audience.

Even when it seems no one is paying attention, our call is still to do our utmost.  To please the Audience of One.

Faithfully,
Ron Naylor, Chaplain

Chaplain’s Corner: XCII

“The Presence of God in Our Lives”

Many people feel a twinge of disappointment the first time they see The Wizard of Oz. The heroes have
journeyed through one obstacle after another in search of some of life’s best gifts. If only I had a brain. If
only I had a heart. If I only had courage. If only I could go home.

But the Wizard has nothing to give Dorothy’s friends except a piece of paper, a ticking clock, and a cheap
metal heart. Is that it?

But gradually it dawns on us that the reason the Wizard has nothing to give the three companions is that
they already have what they have been looking for. The Scarecrow is wise. The Tin Man feels love to the
depth of his—well, where his heart would have been. And the Cowardly Lion is entirely ready and able to
act bravely, which he has demonstrated on several occasions.

And what of Dorothy? The Good Witch informs her that the ruby slippers she is wearing have always been capable of taking her home whenever she wanted. Uh, don’t you think that would have been somewhat useful information to share at the beginning of the journey?

Actually, no. Dorothy has to learn, all by herself what she’s really facing and what she can do about it. And that will only happen by taking that trip down the Yellow Brick Road. The same is true for her companions.

Another way of putting it is that they all need a wake up call, not just from a field of poppies.

We have to accept that human culture is in a mass hypnotic trance—writes Father Richer Rohr, “We’re
sleepwalkers.” That’s what Jesus says on multiple occasions. “Be watchful.” And the Apostle Paul pleads, “Wake up, O sleeper, and rise from the dead and Christ will shine on you.” (Ephesians 5:14)

We may find ourselves slogging through another day with our own set of wishes. If only I knew God was
really there. If I only knew everything was going to be OK. If I only knew that my life mattered. All too often we’re oblivious to the fact that we already have the blessings we’ve been searching for.

We cannot attain the presence of God because we’re already totally in the presence of God. What’s absent is awareness. Little do we realize that God is maintaining us in existence with every breath we take. It’s not that we need to learn something new and amazing to experience a spiritual homecoming with God.

It’s always been possible to go there right now- Just as We Are.

Faithfully,
Ron Naylor, Chaplain