Dear John Clarke Community,
I am longing to see the daffodils and crocuses this year and now we will have a very special way to see Spring! We have partnered with the Own Valley Health Campus in Indiana and The Indiana University (IU) Therapeutic Recreation students to help us “Trace Spring” across the United States. Why trace spring? We have been in isolation for many months and need to get outside our 4 walls! This project takes us into the world of many who have experienced the same thing we have for almost a year and we need to stimulate our minds with something new! We will be joining centers across the US to share in the joy of Spring. Anticipation is heightened as residents receive messages and photos from other facilities! It is an eye-opening connection, as we in Rhode Island don’t know what is going on in California or Maine, but we will soon! Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates on this wonderful project.
Thanks to all for your patience while our plumbing is upgraded in the retirement community. I know it is challenging to have water shut off for any period of time, but we are very glad that we won’t be experiencing leaks going forward.
We are very grateful and feel very blessed that our small community has had very little COVID-19 during the last year and that our residents and staff are all healthy. We continue to remain vigilant, however and follow all state and federal infection control guidelines. We eagerly await the days when we can openly welcome visitors without appointments, personal protective equipment and barriers!
Lenten Morning Prayer
God, our liberator,
Free us from the chains of selfishness
And the false idols of materialism.
Move us to show regard for the lowly,
Advocate for the voiceless,
And rescue victims from their oppressors.
Remove the grind of poverty
by opening our hearts and minds to your Gospel message to love our neighbor.
Awaken our desires with the gifts of your Spirit,
so your justice may be fulfilled.
In Christ, we make this prayer.
~William Purcell, ’86, ’92 MDiv, Notre Dame University Center for Social Concerns
As we draw close to the Spiritual simplicity and humility of Lent, I am reminded of this Scripture:
“Come, you who are blessed by my Father, take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you invited me in. I needed clothes and you clothed me. I was sick and you looked after me. I was in prison and you came to visit me” from Matthew 25.
It is clear to see our work as frontline caregivers in this text from the Gospel. This is the heart of our mission to love our neighbors and care for our community with dignity, compassion, and respect. The Lenten prayer (above) comes from the campus of Notre Dame University where staff and students published a book of prayers through the Office of Campus Ministry
in 2010. The work of a Chaplain, whether in a care facility, campus or prison, is to be a Spiritual and Moral presence through difficult times. One of the tools of the trade is keeping our Liturgical traditions; remembering to mind the cycle of the church year. These annual cycles help keep us grounded in rituals that remind us that God is with us—past, present, and future—even through challenging times. And prayer is the binding thread that sews the seemingly separate events and people together.
There are times in our caregiving when providing foo, drink, hospitality, clothing, and visitation is the most visceral way to show our love to one another. And there are other times, when the physical presence is not possible, when prayer is the MOST we can do. Throughout the pandemic, we have not always been together in physical ways providing food, drink, hospitality, clothing and visitation and in those difficult times of distanced relations our best offering is the gift of prayer.
Friends and family, continue to pray for our residents. As we gain access to vaccination and navigate our next phases of community, pray for advocacy for the voiceless, food for the hungry, drink for the thirsty, invitation to the stranger, clothing to the needy, care for the sick and visitation. In Christ, we make this prayer.
Racquel R. Ray, MDiv
The American Baptist Church of Rhode Island is offering weekly Lenten Devotionals on-line. Subscribe to the weekly email at Elder Care Ministries http://eldercare.abcori.org/lenten-resources.html
Age Friendly Rhode Island is offering a Virtual Community Center! The site is loaded with activities for seniors that are safe and socially distant. Engage online at Age-Friendly Rhode Island | Ways to support Rhode Islanders as they age (agefriendlyri.org)
In Person Activities
Fireside Chats with the Chaplain. Thursdays 2-4, Chaplain’s Office. Come sit by the ‘fire’ and have a chat. Warm beverages provided! (excluding Thursday March 25th due to Memorial Service)
Bible Study. Fridays 2-3, Chapel. A wonderful way to wind down the week. This is a casual conversation about scripture and how it impacts us. Books provided. All denominations and biblical knowledge levels welcome!
Communion Service. Sundays 3:15pm in Nursing Center, 4pm in the Chapel. Ecumenical service is welcoming to all denominations. Service includes prayer, scripture, short homily. Covid-safe individually wrapped, sterile, single use, Communion elements are distributed with safety protocols in place.
Memorial Service. Thursday March 25, 10am Chapel, 2pm Nursing Center. Join Chaplain and Staff as we remember those we have lost over the past few months. Also available via Zoom. email@example.com
1-quart heavy cream 2 roasted red peppers diced
2 bags 12-16oz frozen corn or 6 trimmed ears
2 quarts whole milk half a bunch celery diced
2 and 1/2 sticks butter 1 yellow onion diced
4oz all-purpose flour Salt and pepper
2 tbsp. concentrated chicken base (paste) 2 tsp. ground thyme
1 can chicken stock 2 tsp. ground sage
½ pound bacon 2 tsp. paprika
Set oven to broil
In a stock pot fry bacon on medium heat until brown remove and set aside bacon. Add celery, onions pinch pepper pinch salt, 1 tsp sage, 1tsp. thyme 1 tsp. paprika sauté until translucent then add the roasted red peppers and continue to sauté scaping all the fond from the bacon to add flavor. Set aside all the cooked vegetables. On a cookie sheet spread out the corn and top with a ½ stick melted butter pinch of salt and pinch of pepper and broil in oven until lightly roasted about 2min, this brings out the natural sweetness of the corn as well as adding a bit of smokiness to the soup set the corn aside. Go back to your trusty stock pot and let’s make some roux. Melt 2 sticks of butter and whisk in the flour depending on how smokey or dark you want your chowder is how long you cook the roux I prefer a slight brown color roux. Slowly add the whole milk and continue to whisk as it thickens slowly add more milk then add the heavy cream until you reach your desired thickness. Add all of your veggies you set aside as well as the rest of your sage, thyme, paprika, chicken paste and add salt and pepper to taste. Simmer and stir occasionally on low to med heat for 30 to 40m if the soup is too thick you can add some of the chicken stock. While the soup simmers enjoy the bacon, you set aside with a glass of your favorite wine as a celebration of a job well done.