The Auburn Homes & Services
Resident Newsletter
November 2021

Happy Thanksgiving & Holiday Season
In this Newsletter:
  • Spooktacular Halloween Party Highlights
  • Festival of Trees Update and Donate
  • Holiday Wish Lists
  • Activities
  • The Pastor's Corner by Reverend Doctor Jennifer Moran
Spooktacular Halloween Party Highlights!
Auburn residents enjoyed many spooky activities to get in the Halloween spirit including a parade of little ghosts and goblins from a local daycare, hearing ghost stories, parties with witches brew and ghostly desserts, pumpkin roll game, decorating pumpkins and animal cut-outs in costumes and assisting in choosing the best costume for our staff costume contests. A spook-tastic time was had by all!
10th Annual
Festival of Trees
"Some Enchanted Evening"
Tickets for this year's Festival of Trees have sold-out! We are thrilled by the response to our annual fundraiser; you can still donate to the event by clicking on the link below. All proceeds go to the life enhancement and activities of our residents.

Holiday Wish Lists
The Holidays bring out the spirit of giving in so many of us as we come together as a community with family and friends to celebrate our blessings.
This year, if you're looking for some donation ideas, we kindly encourage you to consider giving a donation of one or more of the items that Auburn Home, Manor and Meadows are in need of or to go to our "amazon smile" wish list. Donations will gladly be accepted at the front desk of each building.
Auburn Manor
Hand lotion, Jewelry
Socks for women and men
Aroma Therapy items, diffusers essential oils
Adult large print paint by number
Coffee table books: scenery, flowers, animals, dogs, cats etc.
CD player, CD music
DVD player Relaxation videos

Auburn Home
Jigsaw puzzles
Radios with CD players
DVD players -4
Nail polish
Board games- variety of games
Devotional books
Bird seed/feeders

Auburn Meadows
Boxes of chocolates, chocolate covered cherries, and other Christmas candies
Tins of Danish butter cookies or other purchased cookies
Bags of Cheetos, puffed corn
Night Lights
Lotions, shampoo & conditioner, body wash, etc.
No rinse dry shampoo
Men appropriate wood working/painting projects
Bath towel sets
Word Search books
100 or 300 piece (adult appropriate) jigsaw puzzles
Cardigan sweaters L and XL
Fingernail polish, polish remover, manicure kits
Mittens & winter hats for cold weather bus trips

For Auburn Homes & Services amazon smile wish list of items needed, please click here.
The month of November starts the holiday season with Thanksgiving celebrations and lots of fun, fall activities for our residents. This month our residents will be enjoying "Turkey" bingo, popcorn ball toss, decorating for the holidays, entertainment by the "Singing Cowgirl", outings to Mystic Lake Casino, The Old Log Theatre, The Ox Yoke Inn and many other activities!

Check out your resident's October Activities Calendar to see which ones are available to them by clicking on the appropriate link below:

Want to know what activities are available by location at the beginning of the month? Go to our website and click on your locations web page to find a downloadable activities calendar for the month.

The Pastor's Corner
with Reverend Doctor Jennifer Moran
“Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

Dear Auburn Friends and Family,

As I write this, the first snow of the season is dusting the ground. Thankfully, it will be short-lived today, but we know more snow will be coming! Snow in November always reminds me of the song, “Over the River and Through the Wood,” which is actually a Thanksgiving poem written by Lydia Maria Child published in 1844.
That bit of trivia surprises me for some reason. It fits with our Thanksgiving celebrations, however! The poem and song contain quite a few verses, including these below:
Over the river and through the woods,/To grandfather’s house we go;/The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh,/Thru the white and drifted snow, oh!
Over the river and thru the woods,/Oh, how the wind does blow!/It stings the toes and bites the nose,/As over the ground we go.
Over the river, and through the wood,/To have a first-rate play./Hear the bells ring, “Ting-a-ling-ling!”/Hurray for Thanksgiving Day!
Over the river, and through the wood,/Now grandmother’s cap I spy!/Hurrah for the fun!/Is the pudding done?/Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!
My family celebrated Thanksgiving in a similar manner for much of my childhood. My dad’s family lived in northern Minnesota near Bemidji, and we would make the long and lonely drive up through the woods and snow every Thanksgiving. When we arrived, I remember being thrilled with all the wonderful food prepared for us. It was a feast!
One year in particular stands out to me. My younger sister was about 18 months old and she knew how to appreciate food. As we sat down to the meal, offered thanks to the Lord, and started to tuck in, my sister began quietly humming. Then she grew a little louder, and a little louder, until she was constantly humming, “mmmmmmm” in between every bit she took. It was like a lawn mower was in the dining room with us! We were all a little taken aback, since there was no way to converse. I don’t think any of us were sure what to do. Should we stop her? Just listen? Talk louder?
All of a sudden, we heard my grandfather begin to laugh. He laughed until he cried. He was a huge man, 6’7” tall, and it was impossible to ignore HIS laughter. I will never forget the picture of my tiny sister “mmmmm-ing” with the lungs of a long-distance runner, sitting next to my giant of a grandfather guffawing with laughter, his whole body shaking as tears streamed down his face, while the rest of us just stared in stunned silence until we, too, began to laugh. My grandfather finally was able to compose himself enough to say that at least the cooks for the day should feel much appreciated! THAT was gratitude!
My sister’s child-like gratitude for a good meal has served as a good reminder to me of what it looks like to be grateful. She wasn’t worried about a long drive home at night in the woods and the snow. She wasn’t concerned about what the next day, or even the next few hours, might bring. She was simply and wholly grateful for the delicious meal she was given. Her gratitude brought all of us a great deal of joy.
In Paul’s letter to the Philippians, he encourages Christ’s followers have this kind of gratitude, a thankfulness that extends to all circumstances. Paul wrote that letter in prison, so he really means ALL circumstances. Being thankful, Paul writes, leads to peace, the peace of Jesus Christ. In turn Christ’s peace leads us to live lives of contentment, regardless of our circumstances.
This Thanksgiving and extended holiday season is shaping up to be another difficult one, with Covid-19 cases continuing to grow, outbreaks in schools, and nursing home and assisted living communities still needing to limit visitation. We may not all be traveling “over the river and through the wood” to be with family. Some of us, my family included, may celebrate the holiday apart from our extended families and friends. It is a source of grief. In these verses from Philippians, Paul offers us hope and guidance in how we can remain thankful, whatever challenge this holiday brings. With gratitude comes peace.
As my husband and children and I sit around our much smaller than usual Thanksgiving table this year, I will remember my sister happily humming her appreciation at that Thanksgiving meal so long ago, while my grandfather laughed. I will strive to embrace her open-hearted gratitude and the joy my grandfather communicated so well.
My prayer is that each of us in the Auburn community will find those moments of gratitude and dwell in them, giving thanks to God for the gift of Jesus Christ, in whom we find our peace.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
In the Spirit of Christ’s Love,
Pastor Jenny
The next Resident Newsletter will be emailed out on
December 15, 2021.

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