Tools for the Servant

Ohio Living Westminster-Thurber

Hello Church Friends,                                                                                                                                              January 31, 2017

It is time for our annual Tools for the Servant workshop!  I am very excited about this year’s topic, How do you provide healing and hope to those living with Alzheimer’s and to those that care for them? Currently in America, every 66 seconds someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.  There are now five million individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease.  When you rank the leading causes of death in America, Alzheimer’s disease is ranked sixth.  This issue will only increase with the baby boomers retiring and moving into their retirement years.  The silver tsunami will change many things – one being how we minister to church members and their families.

The Tools for the Servant workshop is designed to provide a half day of education on a topic that is impacting our abilities to minister and communicate.  Having a foundation of good information and practical advice will help you embrace a new dynamic of ministry and give you resources to meet the need.  This year’s Tools for the Servant workshop is Thursday, March 30, 2017. 

Our speaker is Reverend Mary Raysa. God has a way of taking our life experiences and weaving together an intricate tapestry.  From championship tennis coach at the Ohio State University, to real estate broker and former president of the Columbus Board of Realtors, Mary would say her greatest vocation was to answer God's call. Ordained in 2004 in the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio, Mary currently serves at St. Luke's in Granville Ohio with a focus on serving the elderly in congregations.

Deacon Mary’s call to serve those living with Alzheimer's came when both her father and brother were diagnosed with the disease in the mid 1990s. The realities of losing loved ones to the disease brought anger and confusion until one day Mary walked into her father’s care facility and the ‘light bulb’ turned on: “my loved ones had lost the ability to speak and reason but had not lost their souls and their ability to feel and love. I realized then I needed to learn to step into their world, and learn how to communicate in a different way. How could I bring love, dignity, and hope into our relationship going forward?”

Mary will present material from a dynamic training program called Healing Moment's.  This curriculum received the prestigious 1st place Best Practice award from the National Interfaith Council on Aging.

I hope you will come experience with us this workshop designed for pastors, church leaders, community faith nurses, Stephen Ministers and those who serve our older generation.  The flyer will provide you all the details.  Your investment in education will enhance your ministry.

Thanks for considering this ministry resource,

Joel Wrobbel

Ohio Living Westminster-Thurber

  • Ohio Living Westminster-Thurber
  • 717 Neil Avenue
  • Columbus, Ohio 43215
  • Phone: 614.228.8888
  • Fax: 614.228.0170