United Church of Christ

Levity, Poignancy Highlight First Nollau Class Retreat

By Barb Powell | June 13, 2024

CHHSM’s 2024-2025 Nollau Leadership Institute class experienced its first retreat as it embarked on the year-long journey in leadership development. The retreat took place May 20-24, 2024, at Bellwether Farm in Wakeman, Ohio. For participants, the five days held insights, laughter, surprises, and wonder. “The Nollau Leadership Institute retreat experience is an introduction to the…

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Fairhaven Senior Services Heralds Return of the Monarchs

By Barb Powell | June 13, 2024

For residents and staff at Fairhaven Senior Services in Whitewater, Wis., the annual migration of Monarch butterflies, with their bright orange and black markings, from Mexico to the United States and Canada is a welcome sight. Once a plentiful sight during the summer months, the Monarchs’ numbers have dwindled in recent years due to the…

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UCC Ministry Opportunities Listing Provides Additional Avenue for CHHSM Agencies Seeking Strong Candidates for Open Positions

By CHHSM Staff | June 13, 2024

Finding new staff members for leadership and ordained roles can be a difficult and long process, but CHHSM and the UCC have two free services to assist our organizations in those searches. As most people affiliated with CHHSM agencies know, each month, Diakonie publishes current opportunities that CHHSM members have sent in. Those listings also…

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New Horticulture Committee Brings Farm-To-Table Cuisine to Plymouth Place

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | June 11, 2024

When Alice Chin created a “plant parlor” at Plymouth Place in LaGrange Park, Ill., two years ago to help repot and maintain struggling house plants, she didn’t realize she was planting the seeds for something much bigger. Today, Chin is the head of Plymouth Place’s newly formed horticulture committee, which is comprised of eight subcommittees…

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Every Child’s Hope’s New Youth Development Center Opens

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | June 11, 2024

Every Child’s Hope (ECH), a leader in providing care and support for vulnerable children and families in Missouri, announced the grand opening of its William N. Dill Youth Development Center on its St. Louis campus April 18, 2024, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour of the center. The new facility, named in honor of William…

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Ready … Set … Map a Better Future with GeoQuest!

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | June 11, 2024

One of the newest programs of Unleashing Potential in St. Louis is GeoQuest. The GeoQuest program expands access to education, hands-on learning, and skill training in geospatial technology for children in K-8 grades. As one of the fastest growing fields in information technology, geospatial science jobs are in high demand. In today’s digital world, STEM…

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United Church Homes Sparks Career Growth with Dynamic Internship Programs

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | June 11, 2024

United Church Homes’ (UCH) commitment to helping staff grow their knowledge and skills is an important part of its culture that extends to non-traditional workers: from students in high school to those in doctorate programs who join the team functioning as interns.  “We’ve offered internship opportunities for many years,” said Scott Slutz, senior vice president…

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Phoebe Ministries Opens Newest Independent Living Community in Emmaus, Pa.

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | June 11, 2024

Phoebe Ministries, based in Allentown, Pa., celebrated the opening of its brand-new independent living community, Chestnut Ridge at Rodale in Emmaus, Pa., on Thursday, May 23. Attendees included Phoebe President and CEO Scott Stevenson; Chairman of Phoebe’s Governing Board Bill Hacker; and Emmaus Mayor Lee Ann Gilbert. The ceremony was held in the large multi-purpose room at…

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Retirement Housing Foundation Breaks Ground on New Affordable Senior Housing Community in Chula Vista, Calif.

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | June 11, 2024

Retirement Housing Foundation (RHF), based in Long Beach, Calif., held a groundbreaking celebration May 10 for Congregational Place, a 56-unit, affordable senior housing community in Chula Vista, Calif. Guest speakers included Chula Vista Mayor John McCann and representatives from the California State Assembly and Chula Vista City Council. The new affordable community construction project is…

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EveryAge Foundation Honors Late Elderhaus Founder Linda Pearce with Named Fund

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | June 11, 2024

The EveryAge Foundation, based in Newton, N.C., has honored longstanding Wilmington community advocate Linda Pearce with a named fund to recognize her 32 years of service as founder and executive director of Elderhaus in Wilmington, N.C. Going forward, the Elderhaus Campus Enrichment Fund will be known as the Linda Pearce Campus Enrichment Fund for Elderhaus.…

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