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Jill Weidner Elected Vice President of the Board
At the Board meeting in March, Jill Weidner was elected Vice President of the Board of the Somerset Chaplaincy to the Elderly replacing Rev. Coil Estes who has moved out of the area. Jill's most recent accomplishments on the Board have been in writing grant requests which have secured enough money to start serving two additional facilities.
Two New Board Members Appointed
The Chaplaincy Board has recently appointed two new Board members to fill out two open Board member positions. The new Board members are Ellen Lindemann and Sharon Johnson.
Sharon is presently an Associate Ministerat the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Edison, NJ. In this capacity she teaches adult Sunday school classes, coordinates Senior Citizen Community Outreach, administers/oversees their Christian Education Ministry, and many other church related activities . In addition she is currently completing courses in Clinical Pastoral Education. We are happy to have her share these skills with the board.
Ellen J. Lindemann is a Professor of Economics and International Business at Raritan Valley Community College. She is a member of St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church in Dunellen, NJ. Ellen holds a PhD in Organization and Management with a specialty in International Business from Capella University. She is a graduate of the Diakonia Program, a two year adult education program which covers the breadth of material in a Lutheran seminar but not as deeply as a seminary program. Ellen serves her church community as a lector, prayer reader, Assisting Minister, adult education instructor and a member of the alter guild. She serves on the NJ Diakonia Steering Committee and is a member of the Somerset County Cultural Diversity Coalition. Ellen and her husband live in Neshanic Station, NJ.
Chaplaincy Adds Avalon Assisted Living at Hillsborough as Newest Care Facility
In March 2014the Somerset Chaplaincy to the Elderly started serving a new senior facility, the Avalon at Hillsborough. The Chaplaincy had been hoping to expand services for the past two years, but a drop in donations made such expansion seem impossible. However, this year the Chaplaincy received a generous grant from F.I.S.H which has enabled the Chaplaincy to begin serving the Avalon. Jaime Dungey, a deaconal minister, provides Christian worship services and bible studies every Wednesday. Residents are very pleased with this addition to their weekly life.
Serving the elderly in our community is the mission of Somerset Chaplaincy to the Elderly. With this new addition we are now serving 12 facilities in Somerset County providing worship services, bible studies and individual visitations by clergy and deacons. "The bonds that our staff make with the residents are truly amazing and affirming of the mission" said Jill Weidner, Board Member.
The Somerset chaplaincy to the Elderly is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization that gets its funding from donations from individuals, churches, nursing facilities as well as grants. Donations may be sent to Somerset Chaplaincy to the Elderly, PO Box 841, Somerville, NJ 08876.