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Intellectual Wellbeing Is… Curiosity!

Reading time: 3 minutes I heard two football players arguing about who was the better player.  They traded insults until one finally played the trump card: “Oh yeah?  Google me!” I guess the assumption is that the more information there is about someone on the internet, Do You Really Know Me? the greater they are as a person and contributor to society.  I got curious and I Googled him.  It wasn’t that interesting.  There were plenty of stats and pictures, even videos, of his athletic exploits, but I don’t feel I know him any better. Google is fine for what it does, but it will never satisfy my curiosity about you. Read More

Relational Wellbeing Is… Unity!

Reading time 3 minutes Does God dance? The Trinity Andrej Rublev The Lord of the Dance: God is perfect unity The ancient church fathers thought so.  The word they used for the divine dance of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit was perichoresis.  Think of “peri” like perimeter; it means “around.”  “Choresis,” as in choreography, means to dance.  Perichoresis is a way to say that the Father, Son and Spirit are eternally dancing around together in a beautifully choreographed dance of love, of unity, and of joy.  Andrej Rublev's painting is said to depict this divine dance of unity. The Living God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit is by His nature a relational God God is by His nature relational.  Read More

Shepherd’s Canyon Retreat

Shepherd’s Canyon Retreat is a partner in ministry on behalf of the wellbeing of professional church workers. While Grace Place Wellness’ ministry is primarily focused on preventive wellness practices, Shepherd’s Canyon specializes in therapeutic care for workers and couples experiencing… Read More

Spiritual Wellbeing is… TRANSFORMATION!

Reading time less than 3 minutes I have a button in my button collection that simply reads, “P B P G I N F W M Y.”  That stands for “Please be patient.  God is not finished with me yet.” To all my friends, and especially to those who know me best, thanks for your patience! If I were to summarize Spiritual Wellbeing in one word, I’d call it TRANSFORMATION.  Paul described the work of the Spirit in our lives through Word and Sacrament like this: “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18, NIV). Read More

Baptismal Wellbeing Is… RENEWAL

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes. Did you ever feel like starting all over again? Wait, what I’m really asking is, Did you ever not feel like starting all over again? I’m sorry. That’s not right. Please let me try it again. Have you ever known deep in your heart that your only hope is for a brand new beginning? (There, that’s better!) The Gospel is always about beginning all over again New beginnings. That’s the hope and the joy of the gospel of Jesus Christ, isn’t it? That’s why we’re open every Sunday, for new beginnings, fresh starts in the wondrous gift of Christ’s love and forgiveness. But isn’t Sunday too long to wait? If you’re like me, you’re ready for new beginnings all through the week! Read More

Baptismal Wellbeing Is… RENEWAL

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes. Did you ever feel like starting all over again? Wait, what I’m really asking is, Did you ever not feel like starting all over again? I’m sorry. That’s not right. Please let me try it again. Have you ever known deep in your heart that your only hope is for a brand new beginning? (There, that’s better!) The Gospel is always about beginning all over again New beginnings. That’s the hope and the joy of the gospel of Jesus Christ, isn’t it? That’s why we’re open every Sunday, for new beginnings, fresh starts in the wondrous gift of Christ’s love and forgiveness. But isn’t Sunday too long to wait? If you’re like me, you’re ready for new beginnings all through the week! Read More

Welcome to the New Blog

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes The Wellness Wheel Indulge me for a moment, would you? Set the alarm on your phone to go off a couple hours from now, at a point in your day when you have a little quiet time, a free moment or two. Hey, thanks! Yesterday my granddaughter spontaneously gave my leg a hug. Nice. I needed that! A moment ago I was given a cup of coffee and a huge smile on a dreary, rainy day. Everybody needs a small blessing once in a while, a moment of affirmation, care, love, concern. I want you to have a moment like that when your phone alarm goes off in a couple hours. (You didn’t really set your alarm, did you? That’s okay. You will in a minute!) Read More

Concordia Seminary 175th anniversary

Melissa Hower, Mission Advancement Officer, and Randy Fauser, President/CEO, representing Grace Place Wellness, attending the 175th Anniversary Celebration of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis on October 10th, 2014 Thank you Concordia Seminary for a great party!… Read More

2014 Fall Gala

This year’s gala took place at the downtown Missouri Athletic Club — a monumental building — fitting for the celebration of a monumental year at Grace Place Wellness.  We were humbled by the opportunity to join in camaraderie with 280 supporters on the night of September 19th in celebration… Read More

KFUO interview

Grace Place Wellness President/CEO, Randy Fauser, was interviewed on KFUO. http://youtu.be/wvmAbLJlKqk… Read More

2014 Soup for the Soul

The 4th Annual Soup for the Soul was a ‘Souper’ success! So many of our friends – old and new alike – joined us for a wonderful evening of sipping soup from 20 fabulous restaurants and enjoying many delicious homemade desserts! And the fellowship was amazing!… Read More