This spring, Cedars Lutheran Living Center became a Recognized Service Organization (RSO) of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. This is a new ministry coming out of St. Peter Lutheran Church, North Plato (Hampshire), Illinois, under the leadership of Deaconess Barb Hemme.
A board of directors has been chosen and is working to birth a residence for a new kind of senior living, which will be built on St. Peter's property. In this type of residence, a small group of older adults share a living module (suite of rooms) under the watchful eye of caring deaconesses and with other services. Modules interconnect and can be added as needed to expand the center as the number of groups grows.
Deaconess Hemme's dream also includes adding a separate Deaconess House where LCMS deaconesses could make their home, whether they were employees of this ministry, worked elsewhere in the district, or were seeking a home in their retirement.
RSO status now enables Cedars to begin seeking funding as the project's next step. Add this to your prayers, won't you? This looks to be an interesting model and a wonderful new door for churches to engage with America's growing aging population.
Deaconess Hemme was CFO of a manufacturing company before going through deaconess formation where her vision for Cedars Lutheran Living Center evolved.
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