08/26/2015

“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.” – Proverbs 3:27

Whatever the type of work and calling we might follow, there exists every day the opportunity to create good, to lift up and to bring light. In some lines of work, it may be challenging at the end of the day to reflect back and know the good that has been done. But that can never be said of those whose calling it is to support people who need assistance in order to enjoy a meaningful day and to reach their full potential.

08/26/2015
Direct Support Professional (DSP) is the umbrella term that most social service agencies use to describe people who work directly with people with physical disabilities and/or intellectual disabilities. A DSP’s job is make sure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities can lead a full life.
08/26/2015
We’re pleased to announce that our next month of digital prayer will be in November. Last year our prayers focused on giving thanks for our host sites and the individuals and organizations who support people with disabilities. Here’s an excerpt from last November’s prayers:
08/24/2015
Based on your feedback from last spring, we’re planning on offering a few conference calls for host site leaders this fall. If you were unable to attend a call, we encourage you or a member of your host site team to sign up. We hope these 45–60 minute calls will give host site leaders the opportunity to gather together, share ideas, struggles and victories and much more. Calls will be scheduled Oct. 7-8 and Nov. 3-5. Congregations who are unable to participate in phone conferences sometime this year will be required to fill out the annual survey.
08/07/2015
Susan and Michael Bolig sat with their son Ryan, listening and responding to a litany in a Rejoicing Spirits worship service when something remarkable happened.
07/06/2015
“It is only as we meet and share together person-to-person, eye-to-eye, and heart-to-heart that we discover what it means to be human and to discover the joy of being together, working together towards a common mission of peace and unity.” Jean Vanier, Catholic theologian and disability advocate
07/06/2015
Thanks to the more than 30 leaders and volunteers who have joined our host site leaders group! We know thereare more of you out there, so please find us online so we can continue to grow and learn together.
07/06/2015
We know that God sees and loves all people equally, but the church and society don’t have the best track record when it comes to embracing and loving people who seem different. Historically there has been a mistaken belief that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities do not have the capacity to experience, express or explore their faith lives. This is simply not true. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities have both the right and the ability to lead deeply spiritual lives, just like you or me.
07/06/2015
We’re pleased to announce that Rejoicing Spirits has received a three-year grant from the Deaconess Community of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to help fund the work of Rejoicing Spirits. This money will specifically be used to help us seek out, train and equip congregations to launch new Rejoicing Spirits sites.
07/06/2015
Do you have a great idea for a Rejoicing Spirits newsletter article or blog post? We’re looking for host site leaders and volunteers to share their experience with the rest of our communities. If you are interested in writing about a topic that you think your Rejoicing Spirits host site can share, please email carrie.gubsch@mosaicinfo.org or call 402.896.3884.

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