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March 14-20, 2021 news

Resident Carol Sauder, right, assisted by Activity Assistant Mary Janssen, left, is very excited to be the first to have a window visit with her family at “The Cottage,” the new Countryside Barn used for indoor, climate-controlled window visits for residents and their families/friends! You can’t miss this beautiful shed located in the Home’s west parking lot in front of the building. Appointments MUST be scheduled in advance, using the link to Calendly on the homepage of the Home’s website.

Tuesday’s verse in Daily Guideposts was “As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.” Psalm 18:30 The reading went on to say that God’s Word is flawless, and He is a shield for all who take refuge in Him. In Goodwill Club that morning, residents were assisted with writing cards to loved ones and to friends. Later Wheel of Fortune was played with topics of Irish Days & What’s Green.

That afternoon many were delighted to have volunteer Rebekah Hoffman come to play the keyboard outside of the lobby window. It was very special to have her share her musical talents and kindness with our residents. In the evening, there was more music at the lobby window when the Apostolic Christian Young groups from Eureka, Congerville, and Roanoke joined together to sing hymns. The singing was so beautiful. More of these types of window entertainment is always needed and can be scheduled by contacting Activity Director Mary Beth Knapp at 923-2071 ext. 170 or via email at:

St. Patrick’s Day was Wednesday, the 17th. An Irish Blessing for all today: May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always beat your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rain fall soft upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields; And until we meet again may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Festive activity staff dressed in green hats and beads had a modified St. Patrick’s Day Party in the afternoon, going room to room and serving a hot Reuben dip. This delicious snack made in the crockpot had corned beef, sauerkraut, sour cream, cream cheese, Swiss cheese, and Thousand Island dressing. It was served with slices of mini rye bread and sour dough bread. For drinks residents could choose from O’Doul’s non-alcoholic beer or A&W Root beer.

Resident Pat Ringger, front, thoroughly enjoyed the St. Patrick’s Day snacks including hot Reuben Dip along with rye bread and a glass of root beer served by Activity Assistants Phyllis Eden, left, and Carol Martin, right. Meanwhile on activity channel 2, a special St. Patty’s Day DVD was shown called River Dance featuring Irish dancers. We also shared some facts about Ireland with our residents. After the Famine of 1840, many Irish people immigrated to the USA. The Blarney Castle is located in Cork County. The ingredients in “Irish Coffee” are hot coffee, Irish whiskey, sugar, & cream. Everyone felt like they had good luck with these special, fun St Patrick’s Day activities!

Popcorn Pop-In was held as well as Inspirational Stories was on the activity calendar on Thursday. That evening residents enjoyed playing Pictionary and guessing what the activity staff person was drawing on the board. It’s fun to guess when there’s such a good artist drawing.

It was an enjoyable Friday morning of reminiscing together about days gone by in Step Back in Time. That afternoon had another Gaither Gospel Band Reunion shown on activity channel 2.

CNA Teri Cargill, left, blessed Jenna (Mrs. Nick) Sizemore, right, who works in Environmental Services and is expecting their first child soon, with a diaper cake baby gift. Teri has made approximately 9 unique diaper cake gifts in the last few years but this will be her last one as she will be retiring on May 1 after working at the Home almost 33 years. May God bless Teri and Jenna as they both soon start new chapters in their lives. NOTE: Carson William Sizemore was born 3-22-21, weighing in at 5 lbs. 13 oz.

The activity department is hoping the weather will be favorable again this year for a modified annual Children’s Easter Party on Good Friday, April 2. Similar to last year, we will host an Outdoor Easter Scavenger Hunt for residents to safely view guests through windows. Everyone (all ages) is welcome to participate; you do not need to have a loved one currently living in the Home or Country View apartments to participate. Reservations are not needed but remember to respect social distancing by keeping your group at least 6 feet apart from other groups. You may come any time during daylight hours. Since construction will be starting on the main entrance of the nursing home soon, the scavenger hunt lists will be at the main entrance of Country View apartments on Davison Street as shown on the picture to the right. The “hidden items” will be located all around the campus. Please wave at our residents through the windows as they really enjoy seeing you. Thank you for supporting the Home by participating in this activity, which is sure to bring joy to all who watch. Remember to dress appropriately to be outside.

The Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke is looking forward to hosting another Drive-Thru Fish Fry Fundraiser on Friday, April 16, from 4:30-7:00 pm or until sold out, whichever comes first. This take-out only dinner is $10 which includes: fried fish w/ tartar sauce, green beans, coleslaw, rye bread, and a chocolate chip cookie. It will be held in the multi-purpose room, on the back side of the nursing home on Davison Street. Traffic will enter from the west on Davison Street and move to the east to get the carryout meals on the backside of the nursing home. All proceeds directly benefit the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke.

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