Vacation Bible School 2016

The theme of Prestonsburg HealthCare’s 2016 Vacation Bible School (VBS) was “God’s Big Back Yard.” It focused on true stories from the Bible, as well as God’s beautiful creation that He has given us.

The week was filled with fun activities, as well as great learning moments for the elders and kids alike. Our elders enjoyed crafts, stories, and songs along with the children! The week was led by a familiar and friendly face–Amy Chapman. As well as being a former chaplain at Prestonsburg HealthCare, Amy leads the Youth Group and a variety of other ministries at Mayo UMC in Paintsville, Kentucky.

It was a great week and one that we could all learn a great deal from. We learned to appreciate the beauty of what God has given and how we can glorify him through it!

From Prestonsburg to Boston, and all points in-between!

From Prestonsburg to Boston, and all points in-between! That seems to have been the theme for us this past month and a half at Prestonsburg HealthCare. We have been blessed to have a group of elders make a trip to Boston on vacation.

A day was spent in Winchester at the Signature Senior Olympics as well as countless activities and trips around town! It seems as if this whole month was just a blur as it flew past, and during those times it’s easy to get caught up in all the excitement.

Sometimes we lose focus on what truly matters. At some point we must take a step back and refocus ourselves. The times when we allow ourselves a moment to gain some clarity, everything can begin to fall back into proper order. The Bible tells us in Psalms 46:10a “Be still and know that I am God:” We have so much that goes on in our day to day lives; occasionally we must cut through the noise and ruckus and do just that “Be still and know that I am God”.

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A Place You Can Call Home

It has been just over a month since I joined the Prestonsburg HealthCare Family, and what an eventful month it has been! Just in this short amount of time I have experienced things I would have never imagined.

The looks of pure joy that come from our elders and stakeholders when something new and exciting happens. The quiet moments when you get the chance to just sit and pray with someone. The opportunities abound to hear stories of days gone by and plan for the great days to come.

We have heard often the phrase “home is where the heart is” , but this past month I have learned something new – that “home is where your family is”. In my time here I have seen people go above and beyond the normal call of a job and do things for each other that you normally only see in a family.

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A New Pair of Eyes

Mark 8:18 Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember?

I have been serving as Chaplain at Prestonsburg HealthCARE since mid June of this year. Recently our home participated in a community celebration called the Jenny Wiley Festival. Our Stakeholders and Elders worked together to win first prize in the parade with our “Happy Days” float!

I was blessed to be able to walk alongside our float during the parade handing out candy. Having worked with children most of my adult life, typically those who draw my eye are children.

However, as I walked down the crowded street I found myself surprisingly drawn to the elderly and those who were not able to secure a front row, curbside seat. While the children certainly were not left out, I made it a goal to greet and treat those who may be overlooked during such an event. Each one was delighted at the unusual recognition.

May we as Christ followers live each day asking the Holy Spirit to open our eyes to the will of God the Father and reach out with the love of Christ to those in need. May we indeed remember the miraculous work of our Lord and know that He is able to give us just what we need to be able to feed those who are hungry.