Belle Plaine, MN–The Lutheran Home Association’s (TLHA) annual meeting was held on January 19, 2010, in the chapel at The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine. Pastors, delegates and interested members from Association churches attended. TLHA is owned by 214 Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) and Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS) churches nationwide.
Rev. Dallas Miller, Director of Spiritual Services and Administrator of Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM), and special guest preacher, Rev. Charles Degner, pastor at St. Peter Lutheran Church of St. Peter, Minnesota, and Minnesota District President (WELS), led the opening service. Through his lesson, Rev. Degner emphasized how TLHA truly is a place “Where the Care of the Soul is the Soul of Care.” He illustrated this point by sharing how a member of his congregation benefited from her life at The Lutheran Home: Hope Residence at the Belle Plaine Campus.
Rev. Ponath, Chairman of the Board of Directors, thanked members of the Board of Directors for TLHA and the Board of Regents for TLHA Foundation for their work for the organization. These volunteers have given of their time and expertise to further TLHA’s ministry.
One of the Board of Regents members, Marcia Michalik, was recognized for her 10 years of service. She retired from her volunteer service.
Rev. Robert Kant was also honored for his work at The Lutheran Home Campus in Belle Plaine and at The Lutheran Home: Cedar Haven in Mankato, Minnesota. He served as a chaplain for TLHA over a decade before retiring. He served as a pastor for 50 years. Rev. Miller states, “Pastor Kant provided gentle and loving care for the souls around him. He found ways to be a friend so he would have the opportunity to share the Gospel with others.”
TLHA is thankful for volunteers and staff who provide both physical care and Christ-centered care for the souls of the people it serves.
Providing innovative care and services
Jim Selvy, Project Manager for TLHA, presented “Leading with Technology,” with Bryan Fuhr, Vice President, Business Development at Healthsense®. Selvy and Fuhr shared how innovative technology can serve residents.
By working with Healthsense®, TLHA is able to provide care that respects residents and their quality of life. Using WiFi, the system provides predictive health care and monitoring services throughout a building. For instance, people can receive reminders for taking medication, and families can receive updates through e-mail, calls or text messages.
Selvy shares, “Healthsense® includes more services in one product than most people imagine. Through its services, this technology can provide peace of mind for seniors and their children, enhancing residents’ quality of life.”
Electing Board members
Four Board members were re-elected for three-year terms on TLHA’s Board of Directors. Terry Neubarth of Olivia, Minnesota, Rev. Matthew Rauh of St. Peter, Minnesota, Mark Schwan of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Arvid Schwartz of Green Isle, Minnesota, agreed to continue their service.
Building the future
Michael Klatt, President and Chief Executive Officer, reported on the past year’s blessings and accomplishments as well as TLHA’s future plans. Klatt shared TLHA plans to continue examining regional and national service opportunities. One example of this is how JCM programs have increased. For example, an autism workshop was held in Alberta, Canada, this past October.
Providing Christian service for more than 100 years, TLHA’s ministry, while diverse, remains steadfast in its commitment to provide for the care of the soul. Health care, housing and services are offered in Belle Plaine and Mankato, Minnesota, and in River Falls, Fountain City and Watertown, Wisconsin. JCM has numerous chapters throughout the upper Midwest and is growing nationally.
To learn more about TLHA’s services, click on the link below, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call the National Ministry Offices at (952) 873-6000 or 1-888-600-TLHA (8542).