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A Thanksgiving devotional: "At All Times and In All Places"

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

"Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." Thessalonians 6:182014 Thanksgiving

The ELCA Holy Communion service states: "We should at all times and in all places offer thanks and praise to you, O Lord."

We "should," but we don't. There are a great many "shoulds" in life, and we tire of them. We don't want or need more pressure. But thanking God is basic to our understanding of life, to our sense about ourselves and our world.

There are times when thankfulness is easy; when our health is good; when we are rewarded with success and the future is full of hope; when anniversaries are celebrated and the past is remembered with fondness; when friends are near and love is obvious.

But, at other times, and in other places, thanksgiving becomes difficult, even painful. When a loved one dies; when we get laid off; when a significant relationship is severed; or when the stress of life causes feelings of hopelessness. How can we be thankful then?

God is in those times and in those places as well. No matter how heavy, how indifferent, how saddened those hearts are, God wants them and accepts them. To be a follower of Jesus is to recognize a God who cares and loves, even though we may not always feel it. God is not hindered by our feelings or perceptions. God still loves.

This is what the journey of faith calls for, recognizing God's great love for us, love that motivated God to be willing to die for us. It is love that lifts us, no matter what the circumstances; a love capable of entering into all times and in all places.

That is cause for thanksgiving. God is with us, everywhere and always. We should, and we can, give thanks at all times and in all places!

This is an excerpt from a devotion by The Rev. Dave deFreese, Mosaic Vice President of Church Relations, that appeared in the Rejoicing Spirits e-newsletter. To subscribe, please contact Carrie Gubsch in Mission Advancement.


#GivingTuesday #GreatWayToHelp #YourFavoriteCharity

Friday, Nov. 21, 2014Mosaic Possible Giving Tuesday Post

Mosaic has joined #GivingTuesday, an effort to harness the collective power of social media, to give a voice to people with disabilities and encourage others to discover the possibilities Mosaic offers in communities.

Coinciding with Thanksgiving and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday inspires people to take collaborative social action to improve their local communities and give back in better, smarter ways to help create a better world.

On Dec. 2, 2014 – the Tuesday after Thanksgiving – #GivingTuesday will harness the power of social media to create a national moment to highlight giving, similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days that are now synonymous with holiday shopping.

Ways You Can Help

  • Like Mosaic and your local Mosaic agency on Facebook.
  • Invite others to like Mosaic and your local Mosaic agency on Facebook.
  • Share an #unselfie of why you support Mosaic using the hashtags #mosaicpossible, #GivingTuesday and #unselfie on their social networks.
  • Like, share and repost these posts on Facebook leading up to and on Giving Tuesday.

Don’t forget to take care of benefit enrollment … and take care of yourself

Monday, Nov. 17, 2014

Benefit enrollment: December 1 is the deadline for benefit enrollment for next year. Make sure to go online to the “Self Service” link on On that site you’ll find “HR in Touch” under the Benefits section. There you can update your benefits choices for 2015. If you have any questions about it, please contact your local Human Resources representative.Blood-glucose-monitors

Health care fact: November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Diabetes is a serious disease that can lead to heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, nerve disease, amputations, and even death. More than 25 million people in the United States are living with diabetes, one-third of them undiagnosed.

People have been diagnosed with prediabetes or diabetes even when they had no symptoms. Because of this, the American Diabetes Association recommends that you have your blood sugar checked every three years beginning at age 45. Have it checked sooner if you are overweight and are inactive, have family members with diabetes, or have other risk factors. If you have prediabetes, you should be checked for diabetes every year or two after your diagnosis. Talk to your healthcare provider to see if you should be tested.

Learn more about Preventing Diabetes, Ways to Lower your Blood Sugar and Diabetes Awareness Month.

The photo shows various blood glucose monitors, a familiar tool for people with diabetes.

Building community partnerships and personalized supports

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014Dunkin' donuts

Job Coach Dulcie Mueller of Mosaic in Omaha started from the ground up when trying to find the right job for some people she supports. She worked with a local Dunkin’ Donuts and together they created a new Dining Room Attendant position for two people who are served by Mosaic.

"There were and are some great advocates working at Dunkin Donuts that really helped to push this through," Dulcie said.

The two new Dunkin’ Donuts employees are “thriving” and will soon gain more independence in their jobs, according to Kathryn Maxwell, Employment Support Coordinator at Mosaic.

“Not only are these individuals earning a paycheck they love, but they are making new friends and learning new skills,” Kathryn said. “Thanks to Dulcie's hard work creating the partnership, the job coaches’ hard work maintaining the partnership, and our clients’ hard work at their new jobs, the possibilities with Dunkin Donuts have expanded beyond just our clients and our city and opened up possibilities in other cities.”

The Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owner is so pleased with the partnership that they are planning to work with Mosaic to add the position in additional Omaha and Kansas City locations.

Congratulations to Dulcie and the team at Mosaic in Omaha for making community connections that lead to personalized supports for people.

In the photo, Christina Hernandez (right) greets Lisa Meeks as she enters Dunkin’ Donuts.

Fight the Flu

Friday, Nov. 7, 2014FIght the Flu

Flu season is starting and it is good to be prepared to fight the flu. The flu (short for influenza) is highly contagious and can cause severe illness and hospitalization or even death.

Some facts about the flu:

  • According to experts, people with flu can spread it to others up to about six feet away through droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk.
  • It is also possible that a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose.
  • Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions are at high risk for serious flu complications.
  • You can pass the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick; healthy adults can infect other people beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to five to seven days after becoming sick.
  • Children may pass the virus for longer than seven days.

How to fight the flu:

  • The first and best step is to get vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone over the age of six months be vaccinated annually.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Frequently touched surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected at home and work, especially if someone is ill.
  • Stay home if you are sick.

Safety is one of Mosaic’s four values. Together let’s work to keep the people served by Mosaic, and one another, well and healthy.

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