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Providing Spiritual Support to All Faiths

CHCC recognizes the importance of spirituality in daily life and in the Gary - Spiritual Servicesoverall well-being of many of our residents. From the start it has been our mission to provide a comprehensive range of spiritual services.

We accomplish this by employing spiritual support staff members (Gary Van Hulzen and Holly Basaar) and working cooperatively with religious leaders and lay people from the community who represent various denominations.

“The healing process is not just medical,” says Patrick O’Neill, Christian Health Care Center’s CEO. “It’s also emotional and spiritual. All of these come together to help people heal or find comfort in difficult situations. “The chaplaincy program is one of the services we offer that’s not available at many other facilities.”

Our facility is blessed to have many compassionate volunteers faithfully providing regular, scheduled services in our building and who also respond quickly to additional spiritual care requests.

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.

Family Support Group, Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m. in CHCC’s Chapel. Spouses, family members and friends of CHCC residents are welcome to stop by to share experiences, learn about community resources, and build camaraderie within the CHCC community. You are not alone in this journey, please join us!

In addition to services coordinated through CHCC, residents in our facility who are served by Whatcom Hospice also receive spiritual visits from their chaplain program on a weekly basis.

The following is a list of programs typically available to residents, family members, caregivers and employees at CHCC:

Sunday 9:30am Worship service
11:00am Singing and devotional, 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month
2:15pm Vesper service led by various religious leaders
Tuesday 10:45am Bible study
6:30pm Singing and devotional, 3rd Tuesday of the month
Wednesday 3:00pm Family support group in CHCC’s chapel
Thursday 2:00pm Women’s devotions, 3rd and 4th Thursday of the month
2:00pm Memorial service, 2nd Thursday of the month, friends & family members welcome
Friday 9:30am Cedar Cove Bible study
10:15am Catholic Mass, 2nd Friday of the month
11:15am Catholic Rosary, 3rd Friday of the month

Our spiritual support team is available to those looking for comfort and compassion, regardless of their faith. They are respectful to the wishes of residents who prefer not to participate in faith-based activities and are also ready to serve those in need of counseling and prayer.

These services are coordinated by our chaplain coordinator, Gary Van Hulzen. Please contact him at 360-354-4434 or via email if you have questions, requests for spiritual support, or would like to learn more about volunteering your time to provide comfort and compassion to residents of Christian Health Care Center.