Every October at Christian Health Care Center, we pause to recognize Pastor Appreciation Month.
It’s not just because we have an incredible spiritual support staffer, although Gary Vanhulzen certainly is someone whom we appreciate dearly.
It’s because at CHCC, we recognize the importance of spirituality in daily life and in the overall well-being of many of our residents. Since our founding, it has been the mission of our skilled nursing facility to support our residents not only in their physical needs, but in their spiritual needs as well.
To that end, Gary coordinates with a host of pastors, religious leaders and others in the community to ensure our residents have access to the spiritual care and guidance they need.
Several churches in Lynden and elsewhere in Whatcom County visit regularly to provide Sunday and weekly services. They include: Bethel Christian Reformed Church, Lynden Gospel Hall, St. Joseph Catholic Church, United Methodist Church, Wiser Lake Chapel and Lynden United Reformed Church.
Area pastors also are on call to respond quickly to requests for spiritual care. Gary also personally meets with and counsels many of our residents.
Related: Looking for a way to give thanks to your pastor this month?
Check out this great list of clergy-appreciation ideas.
A typical week at CHCC features the following faith-based events (events can change depending on the time of year and needs of our residents):
- Sunday: Worship service, singing and devotional hour, vesper service
- Tuesday: Bible study, singing and devotional hour
- Wednesday: Family support group
- Thursday: Women’s devotions, memorial service
- Friday: Bible study, Catholic mass, Catholic rosary
Of course, though we are a Christian organization, one needn’t be a Christian to live or work here. The spiritual care and support we provide is for those who find comfort and value in spirituality; participation is not required.
For more information about spiritual support offered at Christian Health Care Center in Lynden, contact Gary at 360-354-4434 or via email. We’re always looking for volunteers, too, so please reach out to him if you want to help provide comfort and compassion to our residents.