By Karen Fry, MA, BCBA
Mosaic Mental & Behavioral Health Services

Can you really change people’s behavior without punishment? The answer is “absolutely, yes!”

Unfortunately, people often think they are supposed to address undesirable behavior with punishment or unpleasant consequences. The good news is that you do not need to do this.


By Pastor John Gosswein

Leland Soderquist engaged me in his worship and faith life during my contact with him in Rejoicing Spirits and his life at Mosaic in Axtell, Nebraska.

I learn so much from Rejoicing Spirits services. The people I share worship with have a wonderful expression of the love of Jesus, though I must be patient in hearing and learning.

One of the lessons that Leland helped me learn was about heaven.


By Rev. Jim Fruehling, Ph.D.

These are familiar words, words that we read in all three of the Synoptic Gospels, each instance occurring immediately after Jesus teaches the disciples that He, the Son of Man, must suffer many things:

“If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34, NRSV).

It all sounds so familiar, but what does self-denial look like, for us?


How one Denver church is making worship inclusive for people of all abilities

By Kate Fitch and Mim Ochsenbein


For many people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Medicaid becomes the primary funder of their care at some point in their life. Sometimes this happens when they are transitioning out of high school, other times it happens when a parent or other guardian is no longer able to provide the bulk of their care.

Part of caring for our neighbors with intellectual and developmental disabilities includes making sure all of their needs are met—not just their spiritual needs.


We are grateful for you! Rejoicing Spirits is now active in 52 churches, and we are in the coaching phase with 11 prospective churches. What a blessing it is to work with each and every one of you. The difference you are making in the lives of many is amazing and you should be very excited! Thank you for what you do!


Campus Lutheran in Kearney, Neb. has now held Rejoicing Spirits services since February. Here is something the Rev. John Gosswein, pastor wrote about the experience to share with others. 

It was a perfect worship service. Loud and boisterous as everyone entered, with enthusiastic welcomes and greetings. Some were singing words to the songs, but others were just clapping with glee. The usual greeting at the beginning of the service turned into a parade of welcoming “in the name of Jesus.” 


Many of you may have listened to the NPR series “Abused and Betrayed” earlier this year, which reported on sexual abuse of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Here is information on how this affects people’s behavior and what care providers and church families can do. 


Within our efforts to serve, we talk of direct support professionals (DSPs) as the “heart of Mosaic.” As the people who provide direct care in the lives of the people we support, they bring our mission of service and advocacy to life. 

Day after day, they are consistent companions with those living with disabilities. They serve many needs. They listen, offer friendship, nurture community, instruct and guide. They often help with a person’s most intimate necessities. They give of themselves so that others might have a better, fuller life. 


Greetings, Rejoicers!

As you are reading this letter, we are probably well into the New Year. Christmas will be a warm memory, and maybe already a bit of a blur. New Year’s resolutions will have been made, and perhaps some of them already discarded.

So, instead – let’s think about Groundhog Day!

Groundhog Day? Yes; the day goes back to German settlers in Pennsylvania who thought it would make a fine observance of their Candlemas tradition.