Baruch Senior Ministries June Newsletter

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It is officially June which means that summer is about to begin! Check out our upcoming events, open job positions, and helpful resources for the summer! Questions? Donations? Click here to visit our website!

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Georgetown & Cambridge Manors in Grandville, MI hosted their Wing-A-Thon Open House where they continued to raise funds for the Patio Project as well as were awarded The Community Support Award for raising the most funds for their community. The Wing Warriors, a wing-eating team in this community, were also awarded the Team Support Award for raising the most money as a team and the Wing Champions Award for eating the most wings in one hour. Congratulations, Georgetown & Cambridge Manor! To donate to their Patio Project, click Here.


June Spiritual Care Blog: “The Lord Watches Over You”

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The Lord Watches Over You – June Spiritual Care Blog

The idea that God watches over you is meant to be comforting. It’s meant to remind you that no matter how isolated—how alone—you feel God is always watching over you.

One of my favorite Bible verses is 2 Chronicles 16:9 “For the eyes of the LORD move to and for throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.”

God is watching over His children. He looks at His children with love in His eye. His desire is to care for them. The verse uses the phrase, “strongly support”. God is actively caring for us.

I met an individual in an assisted living facility with a very interesting life. He served in the military during the Vietnam conflict. His job was very dangerous. He was exposed to agent orange. His body developed cancer.

Whenever we visited, he would tell me stories of how the Lord had watched over him. One time he told me he was concerned about his finances and paying his expenses. I shared one of my favorite verses with him, 2 Chronicles 16:9. We prayed to the LORD whose eyes move to and for throughout the earth to strongly support those whose heart is completely His.

In a future visit, he was holding a letter from the Department of Veterans’ affairs. The letter told him he was to receive a benefit from his service in Vietnam. The amount was able to meet his needs.

The longer we live, the more we are reminded that we can trust God. The LORD watches over us.

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Our Core Values Explained

Baruch Senior Ministries is based on faith. Here is a little background on the Bible verse we hold dear and why we chose “Baruch” as the name of our organization.

In the Bible, Baruch was the closest companion and loyal secretary to the prophet Jeremiah. As Jeremiah’s secretary, it is quite likely that Baruch was responsible for the compilation of the Book of Jeremiah.

Before being exiled to Egypt, Jeremiah purchased land to ensure his people long term security. God promised Jeremiah that He “will bring them back to this place and let them live in safety” (Jeremiah 32:37). Jeremiah placed the deed in Baruch’s hands to display God’s commitment and faithfulness to His people. Thereby, Baruch served as an instrument for assuring God’s people would never be abandoned.

Just as Baruch and his people were forced to leave their homeland and lost in despair, our residents have moved from their homes and lost spouses, friends, and family members. They live with various health challenges and they face the reality of a life that is almost over. Overwhelmed by their current place in life and its difficulties, our residents may feel some despair.

Just as Baruch was committed to carrying out his charge, Baruch Senior Ministries is committed to honoring God by serving people as they age. Our foundation is on God’s promise that He will “heal his people and let them enjoy abundant peace and security” (Jeremiah 33:6).

Our assisted living communities are dedicated to providing compassionate, individualized care. They work hard to ensure that every individual has their needs met. We provide a place of love, community, and comfort for our residents – a place they can call their home.

As part of our mission, we offer The Lifetime Promise which provides reduced costs to qualified residents based on their monthly income. We make sure that even when our residents face financial difficulty, they will never have to leave our communities and they will always receive the care they need.

Baruch Senior Ministries highly values respect. As we work to care for our residents during a vulnerable stage in life, we ensure that they are treated with respect and dignity. We believe that every person, whether a resident, family member, or staff member, should be treated with respect.

As a faith-based organization, we believe that every person is created in the image of God. We are all blessed with different gifts and abilities that we can use to serve others. When everyone is working together and using their God-given gifts, beautiful things happen!

Our communities are committed to providing compassionate care! Our goal is provide a place our residents can call home where their physical, social, emotional, mental, and spiritual needs are met. Our Caregivers, Chaplains, Administrative Staff, Dietary Staff, Life Enrichment Teams, and Maintenance are dedicated to compassionately caring for the residents in their buildings with dignity and respect.

Baruch Senior Ministries values honesty and trust. We are committed to being an honest and trustworthy source for our residents, families, and staff. Looking for an assisted living home for your loved one can be daunting, which is why our staff is available to provide open and honest help to all who are in need.

Standing on the Promises of God – May Spiritual Care Blog Post

“It is the integrity of God’s character that makes it impossible for him to lie (Hebrews 6:18). That’s why we can, without wavering or any hesitation, hold tightly to God’s word because he is faithful and reliable in keeping his promise”(Hebrews 10:23; Numbers 23:19).

Have you ever made a promise and broke it? Has anyone made a promise to you and broken it? I am pretty sure there was or is a lot of hurt involved on both sides of the broken promise. It is because you and I are broken human sinners. We try to keep our promises, yet, somewhere in that promise, we fail the other person, ourselves, and God.

But, praise God, he is not like us! He keeps his promises, and he keeps them so well, that we can stand on them, believing he will not break his promises to us. Thinking about promises reminded me of the song, Standing on the Promises of God. I have included the song below:

1. Standing on the promises of Christ, my King, through eternal ages let his praises ring; glory in the highest, I will shout and sing, standing on the promises of God.

Refrain: Standing, standing, standing on the promises of God, my Savior; Standing, standing, I’m standing on the promises of God.

2. Standing on the promises that cannot fail, when the howling storms of doubt and fear assail, by the living Word of God I shall prevail, standing on the promises of God. [Refrain]

4. Standing on the promises I cannot fall, listening every moment to the Spirit’s call, Resting in my Savior as my all in all, standing on the promises of God. [Refrain]

John Piper writes, “The key that unlocks the treasure chest of God’s peace is faith in the promises of God”. When you become overwhelmed with life, relationships are strained, money is tight and your health is failing, turn to God’s promises and stand firm on them!

Chaplain Val

2023 Wing-A-Thon Fundraiser Information

Our Wing-A-Thon Fundraiser is this week! We are so excited and blessed to have 32 teams competing to raise funds for our communities! Thank you for the support!

Join Us For Our Virtual Wing-A-Thon Fundraiser!

Join us as 32 teams compete to eat the most chicken wings in one hour and raise the most funds for their assisted living community of choice! This is a virtual fundraiser so you can tune in from the comfort of your home, office, or workplace!

The Wing-A-Thon will be live streamed on YouTube and Facebook on April 14 from 2 PM to 3 PM. The livestream will stay on YouTube if you’d like to watch it at a different time. Below are the watch links:

Click here to watch LIVE on Facebook!          Click here to watch LIVE on YouTube!

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It is not too late to donate or support a team! Make a difference in the lives of our residents when you donate!


Check Out Our Wing-A-Thon Online Store!

If you want to get into the chicken wing spirit, check out our online store! We have t-shirts, hats, and our very own hot sauce available for purchase. Click here to start shopping!


Questions? Contact Brian Nitz at or 616.588.9131.

Baruch Senior Ministries Hosts a Virtual Wing-Eating Fundraiser

Grand Rapids, MI, April 14, 2023 – Baruch Senior Ministries, a 501(c)(3) faith-based nonprofit, and the 13th largest multi-site nonprofit assisted living provider in the country, is once again hosting their annual Wing-Eating Fundraiser, the 2023 Wing-A-Thon!

This year Baruch welcomes 32 two-person wing-eating teams, 9 participating communities, and 9 community sponsors! These two-person teams will be competing to see who can eat the most chicken wings in one hour and raise the most funds for their Baruch community.

One Baruch community, Georgetown & Cambridge in Grandville, MI, got creative with their fundraising tactics. They dressed up in inflatable chicken costumes to advertise this event so they can build a new patio for their residents to enjoy this summer. Check out their video!

Last year, 17 two-person teams, from seven Baruch communities participated in this hour-long wing-eating competition! They raised over $10,000 and ate a total of 1,276.5 chicken wings! With almost double the number of teams as last year, Baruch Senior Ministries is hoping to increase the amount of funds raised and the amount of chicken wings eaten.

Baruch Senior Ministries invites the community to tune in on Facebook or YouTube to watch this fundraiser LIVE from 2 PM to 3 PM on April 14. Viewers are encouraged to donate or make a pledge for their team of choice! All donations/pledges for this event will be used to complete various projects in the participating Baruch communities. For more information and ways to donate, visit

Baruch Senior Ministries is a faith-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring God by serving people as they age. Baruch currently has 29 assisted living communities across the state of Michigan that seek to care for seniors while upholding Biblical principles. Their focus in each community is to create a compassionate and loving environment where seniors can make a lasting home.

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Heaven & Home by Jeff Pettinga

Several months ago a long time friend of mine asked me if I would be willing to prepare a devotional about Heaven. I have been collecting my thoughts regarding the subject and the more I thought about it, the more I realized that there are many analogies between heaven, home, and baseball.

Heaven is home to the Christian! Notice they both begin with the letter “H”. The beginning of your life begins at home. Notice the shape of the home plate – it looks like a home. Extending from the bottom of the home plate upward is an upside down “V” which separates the fair from the foul in life. When you stand at home place in baseball as in life you want to direct everything in your life into fair territory and stay out of foul territory.

Your goal standing at home plate is to return to home plate (reach heaven). You want God to call you safe at home plate. Before doing that, you must begin at first base which in my thinking is represented by accepting salvation. This means knowing that Jesus Christ is your Savior and His life, death, and resurrection has personally saved you. You need to believe and trust in that!

It is hard to get to first base. In baseball, there are nine defensive players who are trying to prevent you from reaching first base. In your life, it may mean a variety of situations. Each person can relate to what those obstacles are in their life. It may be the friends you pick or it may be an addiction you have. It could be that you think you need all the answers before you can believe. However, you have to accept his salvation gift to have an opportunity to reach home.

After first base comes second base, and if you think about it, it is the base that is farthest away from home; 127 feet and 3 3/8 inches to be exact. Because it is so far away, and because it is a base where there is no coach directly able to help you, you need a community of support. It may be a Bible study that you are a part of. It may be a body of other believers who have experienced salvation. You need their involvement in your life to prepare you to continue around the bases and reach home plate. You need them because there are many different pickoffs that can happen at second base. At first and third, the pick usually involves only the pitcher and the first or third baseman. At second base, it could the pitcher and the shortstop, or the pitcher and the second baseman, or even the pitcher and the center fielder. The distance that you lead off is greater, but you do that because you have involved your self with others who are there to help you in your life.

After second base comes third base and now you a short distance to home and you should be ready to score. After reaching third base, it is time to make use of your salvation and your community of support by being ready to help others who may be on the other bases or better yet want to get on a base. Think about who is better prepared than you to let others know what you have experienced by running to first base (receiving salvation) or second base (finding a community support). You have been prepared through a multitude of ways to speak to the world and let others know what you have! On the surface you may be saying “I don’t want to go home yet. I have so many things I want to do with my life”. But, where else do you want to finish? I know in my life, I want the umpire to say “Safe!” at home in heaven rather than out in Hell. I want to touch that five sided piece of rubber and be engulfed by those who have already scored.

In conclusion, you need to make sure that you have tagged all the bases. It is not a matter of who you are, but whose you are. Someday everyone of us will approach home plate and each of us should be prepared to answer by what right we have to score. Your answer should be that you have tagged all the bases and have given your life to Christ. Have you done that? If so, you are home in heaven.

Holy Week – April Spiritual Care Blog Post

John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have Eternal life.”

We are beginning the time of Holy Week for most Christians starting April 2; the time from Palm Sunday through Easter. It is the time we re-live the events of Jesus going into Jerusalem with people celebrating his arrival, and then his arrest and trial, his death, and ultimately his resurrection. It is a week in which Jesus, through his words and actions, reminds us of God’s great love for us and all creation. That God wants to be connected with us, in relationship with us now and always. That God saves not only our souls but our daily life as well.

Recently I spent some time with followers of Jesus who begin every worship with: “O God, come to my assistance; O Lord make haste to save me!” And yesterday a friend and I read Psalm 18 that is all about times of struggle and fighting, war and violence. Then in verses 16 through 19, that all changes as God brings his beloved out of all that chaos. My friend’s version was the Message.

So, this week, as we head into Easter, I invite you to do the following. Simply read, several times each day, these words from Psalm 18. Listen to how God is speaking to you about you, your relationship with God, and how God desires to be present in our life.

Psalm 18: 16-19; The Message “But me he (God) caught—reached all the way from sky to sea; he pulled me out of that ocean of hate, that enemy chaos, the void in which I was drowning. They hit me when I was down, but God stuck by me. He stood me up on a wide-open field I stood there saved – surprised to be loved!”

May you experience God’s love for you this month in new and restoring ways.

Chaplain Karen

Good Grief – March Spiritual Care Blog Post

The phrase, “Good Grief”, reminds me of the comic strip Charlie Brown. It also reminds me that all of us experience grief. With understanding and kindness, we can learn to grieve in a way that is good for us. It can be good grief.

We are in the Lenten season of the church year. Lent is a time to focus on various time-tested disciplines of the Christian faith. Some of these disciplines are silence, fasting, frugality, study, worship, celebration, prayer, fellowship, confession, and service. These learned habits can help us to grieve as we deal with losses.

Consider the life of Job in the Old Testament. He practiced Godly habits that guided him in his time of major losses.

Study: In Job 1:21 he quotes a truth he learned many years ago. “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return there.”

Worship: Job worships God in the same verse. “The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD”. Fellowship: Job’s friends hear of the losses in his life and come to fellowship with him. The friends came to “sympathize and comfort him.”

Silence: Job’s friends “sat down on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights with no one speaking a word.” Job 2:13. We can learn a lot when we take time to listen. They saw that Job’s “pain was very great”.

Confession: In most of the book, Job and his friends talk with one another trying to make sense of Job’s grief. Confession teaches us the value of talking about our faith with God and others.

Celebration: Job’s grief guides him to affirm a truth that he wants to share with everyone. In Job 19:23-25 he proclaims: “Oh that my words were written! Oh, that they were inscribed in a book!” What are the words he is excited about? “I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last He will take His stand on the earth.”

We all will face many griefs in our journey here on earth. Our faith offers us the skills to experience good grief. This Lenten season take some time to practice some of the classic disciplines of the Christian faith. These practices are very handy as we deal with the losses associated with aging.

Chaplain Jeff