TRIBUTE DINNER FOR DR. BENKE, FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2015
The dinner reservations page for the Rev. Dr. David H. Benke Celebration to be held at Lake Isle Country Club on Friday June 5th is available below for you to download. We have a limited number of seats and will sell tickets to Convention delegates first. Please make your reservations as soon as possible. We are certain that many people will wish to attend this tribute.
New Grants Available for LCMS Congregations, Schools, and Districts:
$1 million available through innovative Stand With Your Community Grant Program
ST. LOUIS--April 13, 2015 The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod announced the Stand With Your Community Grant Program, in recognition of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
A total of $1 million is available for this synod-wide grant opportunity. A primary focus of the projects funded by these grants is to inspire and empower laity to actively engage in local witness and mercy outreach events and opportunities as a reflection of Martin Luther's unrelenting passion for all to know the true Gospel.
LCMS congregations, circuits, schools of any grade level, universities, districts and Recognized Service Organizations are eligible to participate. Grants will range in size from $1,000 up to $25,000 for projects spanning from a single event to a two-year program. A new project, outreach program or activity, a revision of a previous effort or strengthening of an ongoing effort also are eligible.
Grant awards will be announced by the end of January 2016. Depending on the initial response, the application period may be reopened at a later date. This grant program will temporarily replace the Synod's National Domestic grant program for about two years.
These funds are provided through a partnership between the LCMS, the Thrivent Financial Foundation and Lutheran Church Extension Fund.
More information on criteria, application procedures and related information is available at lcms.org/standgrants
The new Spring 2015 Engage is here. This issue honors Rev. Dr. David H. Benke who will be stepping down this fall after 24 years as District president.
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Led by local college teacher, program stimulates brains, enhances fine motor skills and provides fun
MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – FEB. 10 – The Wartburg, a leading provider of senior care services in Westchester County, is finding that improvisational therapy with puppets helps those suffering from Alzheimer's disease and related dementia.
Wartburg recently launched its Mnemonic Theatre Project, a weekly program that encourages playfulness and theatrics for participants in the organization's Assisted Living Memory Care Facility and Adult Day Services program as part of its award-winning internationally-recognized Creative Aging and Lifelong Learning Program. Participants recently presented a puppet performance, similar to an improvisational Muppets show, for family and friends, with great success.
Led by Sarah Lawrence College puppetry teacher Josh Rice, who holds a master's degree in theater, Wartburg's program helps residents stimulate their brain while having fun. Participants use their dexterity and fine motor skills to first make their puppet, rely on creativity to develop a name and personality, and communicate a storyline for their characters. Rice has seen participants create whimsical fairy puppets telling a Peter Pan-like story, as well as more realistic figures, including a character named Robert who travels to Ireland. Another puppet brought out a woman's singing talents when she broke out into an aria from her earlier opera career, according to Rice.
"What I love about puppets is that they require you to be present to make it animated," said Rice. "A puppet allows them to be free with their imagination and to engage. The theater concept creates community because it's collaborative and interactive. People laugh and work together, helping each other make choices about their puppets."
"Our Creative Aging Initiative promotes greater emotional health, social engagement and lifelong learning for older adults through a wide range of arts-based programs to develop the creative capacity of older adult-learners," said David Gentner, CEO and President. Wartburg is an award-winning provider of comprehensive senior services, including independent living, assisted living, Alzheimer's/dementia care, skilled nursing, rehabilitation, adult day services and hospice care. www.wartburg.org.