Justin Linseisen, Director of Pastoral Care
A couple of weeks ago when I was getting ready for the day I began to think about a few things and people. Teachers and schools have been a hot topic as of recent and I began to think of the high school seniors who will soon be graduating high school and heading off to college. As of the last few weeks, I became aware of a faithful servant of Christ who passed away. He was a missionary for over twenty years in Asia. A local parishioner lost his battle with cancer in his mid 50’s. I also became aware of a mother we had been praying for who still had children at home who lost her battle to cancer in her late 40’s. Again, I was made aware of a mentor who had a family member who lost their battle to cancer. I know of a couple of people who are moving. We can all relate to the work and challenges of moving!
As you probably already know, life is so full of changes and transitions. I’ve just laid a few out a few that I am recently aware of, before you. Some of those transitions are good and for the better, while others are just difficult and prove to be very hard. In all of our lives, we will all experience changes and transitions. Often times these changes are very sudden and unexpected, and sometimes they are planned and strategic. Regardless of whether they are planned and expected or not, they can leave us feeling quite uncertain, afraid, and alone. In the scriptures, Jesus tells His followers that trials and difficulties will come, but to take heart. Jesus encourages His followers that He has overcome all of those things in life (John 16:33). We are also reminded in scripture that God never changes. As I was thinking about these folks, who I first mentioned, who are going through changes in life, graduations, death, grieving, and moving I was reminded that the Lord is close to them. Although life around them may change, God will never change (Hebrews 13:8). He will not abandon them, He will not forget them, and He will not let them down.
I am not sure what transitions you may be facing or going through, but I do believe that God, our good heavenly Father, will not abandon you in your transition. God will not forget about you. He will love you always. He will always be close by. He will be the steady presence we often need during times of changes and transitions. I hope you know that.
As always, if I can be of any help to you, please let me know!
Don’t forget that we will have our monthly Heritage Hymn Sing on the 3rd Wednesday of this month in the Community Room. Everyone is invited.
Dan Wilkerson, Community Director
We finally have some sunshine and pleasant weather. Don’t they just bring joy and zest to our lives?! Of course, there are also other factors that contribute to our quality of life, for example, our faith, our families, health, friends, hobbies, etc. However, one special factor in our quality of life stands out amount our Liberty Ridge neighborhood: volunteerism.
Volunteerism is a way of giving back, or if you’d rather, paying it forward, in recognition of the blessings given us. Our staff sees these unselfish efforts daily, but they often go unnoticed by the majority during their daily activities. So I take this time to recognize their efforts; not by name, as I fear omitting some through my faulty memory, but by their contributions: the garden home resident who has donated plant materials and trees and labor to beautify our campus; the garden home resident who delivers flyers and assists with the monthly garden home dinner; the assisted living residents who recently donated a book shelf and large print books for our enjoyment (have a look at them in our second floor lounge); the family member who facilitates our dementia care support groups; the volunteer drivers for our life enrichment events and doctors’ appointments; the volunteer pianist who leads in sing-alongs; the staff member who toils voluntarily in our vegetable and Memory Care gardens, providing the seed and tools needed to create an explosion of color, beauty and nutrition; the married couples who lead in Bible study and games; the garden home residents who host prayer, singalongs, and Bible study thru puppetry; the lay persons of Eastland Church who assist our pastor in Heritage Church worship services, the assisted living residents who act as ambassadors for our community during the tours of prospective residents; the assisted living residents who help their tablemates with their menu selections; the list goes on and on.
Liberty Ridge is so very fortunate to have residents, staff, and family members such as these. These caring people, as volunteers, make such a difference in the lives of others. On behalf of our board of trustees, management company and residents, I thank all of our volunteers for their tireless service and wish them God’s Richest Blessings. You are loved and appreciated.
Terri Schneider, Resident Care Coordinator
Welcome, May! I hope we will be able to enjoy some May- like weather finally! Please join me for “Topics with Terri” on May 9th at 2:00. We will discuss ways to manage medications and the importance of working with your physicians and pharmacists to ensure a safe and effective medication regimen.
We have added several new staff members to our memory care neighborhoods this past month. They have been a true blessing to our Liberty Ridge team. Alysa Pyles is a Lexingtonian who enjoys going to the park and planning family vacations with her three- year old daughter. Donna Peurifoy comes to us with a long history of ministering to others through her knack for entertainment activities. She has a large family including her husband, 4 children, and 12 grandchildren. Amanda McDonald was born and raised in Lexington. She has 2 small children, one and four years old. She enjoys the outdoors, she says, “anything to do with nature”. Jessica Bacon also lives in Lexington. She has 4 children and they all love being outdoors when the weather is nice. Please join me in welcoming them all to our Liberty Ridge team!
Welcome our New Resident – Edith Gerberding
Edith Webster was born in New Jersey but grew up in Long Island along with an older sister. She graduated in 1944 and went on to attend Business College.
In 1946, Edith met her future husband, Henry, at a church event. The couple married on October 4, 1947. Henry was a banker and Edith worked as a secretary, first at Bordon Cheese then at Gulf Oil.
The couple had a daughter, Joan in 1949, then, in 1952 Ellen was born, and finally, in 1956 Susan was to be the last and youngest. By this time, Henry had moved the family to New Jersey for a better job opportunity.
After retiring from the bank, Henry and Edith decided to move to Vermont and build a cabin. The couple enjoyed many happy years here but in 2004 Edith lost Henry to cancer.
In 2005 Edith joined her youngest daughter in North Carolina then moved with her to Lexington. Edith enjoys gardening, walking and time spent outdoors. She is currently the proud grandmother to five granddaughters, one grandson and one great-granddaughter.
Welcome our New Resident – Patricia (Pat) Webster
Pat grew up in Campbellsville, Kentucky along with her younger sister, Betty. She grew up in town and enjoyed being able to walk to school at Campbellsville College, known now as Campbellsville University. Pat was amongst the first of the four-year classes at the university. Patty earned her Master’s Degree in Education and taught for 24 years at Campbellsville elementary, one year at Rineyville and three years in Taylor County.
She met Robert Webster through mutual friends. The couple married and have one daughter, Karen and a son, Gary. Robert worked for the Kentucky Highway Department until he retired. Pat is a member of Campbellsville Christian Church where she played the piano and served as the church treasurer. She was voted woman of the year in 2005 by the Taylor County News-Journal.
Pat was widowed in 2000 but continued to be an active member of her small town. She participated in the homemakers club, was an on the library board, recycling committee, and historical committee. She is the grandmother of one grandson and one granddaughter. She is very social and has participated in most all activities here at Liberty Ridge.
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