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 will be opened soon. We have a limited number of seats and so will sell tickets to Convention delegates first and then release others after that. Please check back again on April 1st.
... is scheduled for Tuesday, March 31 at 7:30PM at Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church (4360 Rev. Theodore Wittrock Crossing--Boyd Avenue in The Bronx, NY 10466-1804). The Liturgy includes the blessing of the Oil for Chrism, the Oil for Healing and the Oil for the Catechumens. Bishop Benke is preaching and presiding. The Liturgy also includes the renewal of commitment to pastoral service.
Congregations that would like holy oils should bring cruets to Our Lady's Chapel at Redeemer by 7:15PM, clearly marked for the oils requested. If the congregation does not have cruets for transporting the oil, some are available for use.
Clergy shall meet by 7:15PM in the Catechist Rosa Room upstairs at Redeemer.The color of the day is white.
A light Lenten meal in the undercroft follows the Liturgy.
For directions, please go to www.redeemerlutheranbronx.org.
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.