December 2013

This week we look forward to the NEW YEAR!

In order to embrace the new, we must release the old. A trapeze artist cannot swing from one bar to another without letting go. An important part of preparing for the New Year is to review the past year—to release it—and to learn from it. The following questions might stimulate your thinking for this process. Feel free to add your own. You may want to write your answers in your journal.

  1. What did I learn? (skills, knowledge, awareness, etc.) What did I accomplish? (A list of my successes and achievements.)
  2. What were the most significant events of the year past? List the top three.
  3. What were the fun things I did? What were the not-so-fun?
  4. What were my biggest challenges/roadblocks/difficulties? What would I have done differently? Why?
  5. For what am I particularly grateful?
  6. What are my hopes and dreams for the year ahead?


-Sister Valerie Sweeney, SND

This week we reflect on the true meaning of Christmas:

“It’s sharing your gifts, not purchasing gifts;
It’s not wrapping presents, it’s being present
and wrapping your arms around the ones you love.
It’s not getting Christmas cards out on time,
It’s sending any card, anytime, at the right time.
It’s not having the biggest and best Christmas light display;
It’s displaying the Christ light that comes from your heart.
It’s not Santa coming down the chimney,
It’s Jesus coming down from heaven,
and giving us the gift of eternal life.”




CEO Martha M. Kutik mentorship, leadership acclaimed with receipt of Heller Award

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Jennings Center for Older Adults is proud to congratulate its Chief Executive Officer Martha M. Kutik on her receipt of Menorah Park Center for Senior Living’s 2013 Dr. Arnold L. Heller Memorial Award. Martha was presented with the award on December 3 at Menorah Park’s annual meeting.
Martha was nominated by Jennings’ board member Howard Bram, [more…]

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Spirituality and You: About His Birth

Monday, December 16, 2013

As we draw closer to the feast of Christmas, I’d like to share this original reflection written by Christine, a resident at Jennings. Chris gives us much to think and pray about.
About Your Birth
We thought you’d come as conquering king—
at least as an awesome general,
or some such overwhelming thing.
Today many look to you that way,
despite [more…]

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Jennings Center for Older Adults Joins the National #GivingTuesday Movement to Encourage Spending with a Purpose

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Over the last week, we celebrated Thanksgiving Thursday, then shopped Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. This advent season, as we wait in joyful hope in the spirit of togetherness, #GivingTuesday is a day to prove that giving back to our communities is part of a great tradition of philanthropy and volunteerism that [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Beginning Advent

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Sister Valerie Sweeney reminds us that this week we begin the season of ADVENT. The word Advent derives from the Latin word meaning COMING. The Lord is coming. It is a time of expectancy and joyful anticipation for the feast of Christmas. During Advent Christians recall the history of God’s people, and reflect on how [more…]

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