Experience Health & Joy

Physical Vitality Is the Power of WE!

Reading time: less than 3 minutes. Getting in better physical condition is simple.  It's just not easy. I'm not a personal fitness trainer and I'm not a dietitian, but I've learned a couple of simple things along the way, thanks to great mentors like Dr. John Eckrich, our Founder, and my wife, Carol, R.N.  I've read books and articles, but mostly I've tried to put some simple ideas into practice.  Simple works best for me. I like to say that there are twelve key words to getting started on a diet and exercise program.  The first eight are the simple part.  "Walk like you're late" and "I don't eat that." The last four words are intended to give you help with the "not easy" part of getting more fit.  "Get an accountability partner."  That's the Power of WE. Read More

Grace Place Wellness featured on KFUO – June 10, 2015

    Rev. Dr. Darrell Zimmerman, VP Programs and Melissa Hower, Mission Advancement Officer of Grace Place Wellness talks with Andy Bates, KFUO on June 10, 2015. Melissa Hower expressed “We thoroughly  enjoyed our time with KFUO!   What an awesome opportunity to share how God continues to work through… Read More

Vocational Ministry Is the Power of WE!

Reading time: less than three minutes. I'm having a blast visiting and working with congregations of the synod through our Congregational Wellness Weekend event.  One of my favorite parts of the retreat is when we discuss Vocational Wellbeing and I ask, "What's your pastor especially good at?  What's he gifted for?  What's his passion, the things he does in ministry that come the most natural?"  It's always a great conversation. Then I ask, "What's hard for him?  Which parts of ministry don't come as natural and easy for him?  What's he not so good at?" Hey, it's okay.  Nobody is great at everything.  Why not just talk together about our weaknesses and see what happens? Read More

Emotional Harmony Is the Power of WE!

Reading time: less than 3 minutes I don't claim to be an exorcist, but I know how to stop the devil in his tracks.  Three little words: trust, respect and love.  He hates that. Conflict is tearing apart way too many of our congregations.  When we talk about emotional wellbeing here at Grace Place Wellness, we focus on clearing the air, refreshing the atmosphere that's been clouded by anger, resentment, hostility, gossip; basically the works of the flesh (Galatians 5:20-21).  It's in our broken relationships that the devil gets his foothold (Ephesians 4:27). Harmonious relationships that exhibit a high degree of emotional wellbeing are Satan's bane. He hates when that happens, and runs from love like crazy. Read More

Intellectual Curiosity Is the Power of WE!

Reading time: less than 3 minutes. I love a good surprise.  The best surprises are always new discoveries about the people in my life.  You just never know what lurks beneath the surface. I arrived at Concordia Senior College in the fall of 1975, my first time ever away from home in my native Oregon.  It was there at CSC that I first ran into a bunch of Texans.  I immediately formed a first impression about these brash, rowdy guys from Austin, Lubbock, and a few other places around the Lone Star State.  I pretty much decided we didn't have anything in common. I was in for a big surprise.  Some of those guys became my closest friends.   Read More

Ministry to Wives blog

  A HAPPY HEART IS GOOD MEDICINE, BUT A BROKEN SPIRIT DRIES THE BONES.  Proverbs 17:22 (NIV) I'm still feeling filled up!  While the physical satisfaction from some good food, good dessert and good wine is long gone, my heart is happy, my spirit joyful.  Why? Dessert Night. It's easy.  Invite a few friends, everyone brings a dessert.  Kids play, friends chat.  I can't believe I haven't been doing this for years.  Our circuit of pastors and families is great.  We have a Christmas party and a summer picnic, but it just isn't enough for me.  We have friends and gatherings, but I need time with people who get where I'm coming from, to hear that they are struggling with the same things at their churches or at least have struggles with their churches.  It's a time to say, "I love this life, but it's hard".  And, "It's not just me?!  I'm not the only one!". Read More

2015 Spring Appeal

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9c5DcWXDSU 7500 church workers impacted since 1999 Reaching into Asia and Eurasia In 2014 and 2015, we’ve served: Wisconsin *  Indiana * Ohio * Texas Illinois * Kansas * Michigan Louisiana * North Carolina * Missouri… Read More

Relational Unity Is the Power of WE!

Reading time: less than three minutes. John Wooden, the legendary basketball coach at UCLA, said it well: "It takes ten hands to make a basket."   We were not created for solo work.  We work best in teams, as a body. We left off last week with Elijah in despair, crying out to the Lord, "I alone am left" to which the Lord replied, "No, Elijah.  there are 7,000 others who have not bowed down to Baal" (1 Kings 19). We're not alone.  We have each other.  And we're at our best when the members of the body are working together in the unity that Jesus prayed for. Read More

Spiritual Receptivity Is the Power of WE

Reading time: less than 3 minutes. I've always felt a lot of pressure whenever I hear the phrase, "have a personal relationship with Jesus."  It's like the build-up to asking a date to go to the prom.  If this is all up to me, I'm in big trouble. I understand that my spiritual life, my walk of faith with Jesus, needs my attention and discipline.  Jim Bakker nailed it when he said, "We were so busy doing the Lord's work that we forgot about the Lord." But if I want my first thought in the morning and my last in the evening to be of Jesus, I'll need some help.  I'll need His help. Read More

Gala Planning Has Begun!

It takes many generous people to make an event successful.  We’d like you to meet some of these individuals – our Gala committee (left to right) Julia Schumaker, Jan Burmeister, Nancy Miller, CeCe Strochschein, Matt Strochschein, Miriam Lee, John Lee and Brian Roscoe… Read More

Introducing the 2015 Gala Co-Chairs

Matt and CeCe Strohschein "We feel it's a very important mission to help foster health and wellness for church workers!" Matt and CeCe bring valuable skills to the Gala committee: * Hard-working *Knowledgeable about our ministry *Experienced in working events *Very passionate about supporting church workers *Excellent leadership skills Read More

Baptismal Wellbeing Is the Power of WE!

Reading time: less than 3 minutes. I once was asked on a theology test: "Explain the Trinity.  Use the words essence and substance."  Fortunately the professor only left room for about 50 words on the test paper.  I'm sure my answer was pathetic. I wish I'd known about "perichoresis."  Not to impress the instructor, of course.  Well, maybe just a little.  Perichoresis is a term the ancient Greek Fathers used to describe the relationship of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  It literally can mean "dance around" (get it... "Peri" like perimeter + "Choresis" as in choreography).   Some say the Greek dance involving at least three dancers, weaving in and out of one another inspired the Fathers to say, "That's what the Trinity is like!" What a wonder that in the grace of baptism, you and I have been invited to join in the dance! Read More