Weekly Reflections with Pastor Barnes – 5/18/2018

Observations from the Chaplain’s Perspective Rev. Donald P. Barnes, Chaplain Consider the following story taken from a bulletin of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association: “My car won’t start when I buy pistachio” The manager of a Texas automobile dealership thought the woman who confronted him with this bizarre statement must be crazy. It seems that on…

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Weekly Reflections with Pastor Barnes – 5/4/2018

Observations From the Chaplain’s Perspective Rev. Donald P. Barnes, Chaplain This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118: 24 “Don’t forget the sunscreen! Is there room for my guitar? Grab the cards and the dominoes!” Vacation. For many years, the Barnes’ Family have made…

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2018 Flag Retirement Service

The U.S. Flag Code states,  “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.” Bring your torn or worn out flag to Shepherd of the Valley throughout the month of May for a proper retirement. Drop…

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Weekly Reflections with Pastor Barnes – 4/27/2018

Gentle Touches by Brian Doyle   Spent all day and deep into the evening Saturday at a wedding studying the ways and means and manners by which people gently touch each other, and so communicate this and that and the other thing; to wit, how fathers gently affectionately lay their hands on the thin eager elegant…

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Weekly Reflections from Pastor Barnes – 4/13/2018

Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat. Mark 6: 31   Six weeks and my gnarly toes will be wiggling in the warm sand…

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Weekly Reflections from Pastor Barnes – 3/30/2018

Weekly Reflections from Pastor Barnes - 3/30/2018

Met an interesting lady a while back.  Spotted her at a function from across the room.  Appeared fragile, diminutive.  She was sitting buy herself along the wall – a solitary figure in a sea of people. Asked a gentleman to my left if he knew who she was.  “Oh yeah,” he said.  “That’s Elsie.  One…

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Weekly Reflections from Pastor Barnes – 3/23/2018

Saw a rock the other day. Not just any rock, mind you. This “guy” was huge. Met this gargantuan monolith for the first time while on my daily rounds in Columbiana County. I was cresting a hill when I spotted it – a beautiful granite boulder, thirty feet high and twenty feet across – standing…

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Weekly Reflections from Pastor Barnes – 3/16/2018

Weekly Reflections from Pastor Barnes - 3/16/2018

“Hey! What are you doin’ out there?” It’s a great day for a hike and the Swine Creek Reservation offers a beautiful venue. A braided stream, Swine Creek dates to the glacial melt. Icy waters, sandy bottom, and rocks ranging from pea-size to huge monoliths make for interesting terrain. The Barnes’ Clan is traversing a…

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Weekly Reflections from Pastor Barnes – 3/2/2018

Weekly Reflections from Pastor Barnes - 3/2/2018

The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.                                                                                                                            Proverbs 11:3 We’re living in strange times.  Just seems to me that we’re living in strange times.  A 24/7 news-cycle offers up-to-the-minute reporting on significant events.  Technology connects us in ways we never thought possible.  An “on-line” life-style…

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2018 Howland Card Parties

Save the date and join us at Shepherd of the Valley Howland for our 2018 card parties! From 12pm to 4pm we will be serving lunch and playing cards with all who attend. Click Here to Check Calendar for Individual Events Please make reservations for the Card Party Luncheon by calling 330-856-9232 ext. 0. RSVP…

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Operation Love 2018

Please consider helping with Shepherd of the Valley’s annual Operation Love Our Activity Department is collecting for our annual Easter baskets drive to benefit Mahoning and Trumbull Counties’ Children Services!   Items we are seeking include: Bubbles Sidewalk Chalk Glow Sticks Coloring Books/Crayons Stickers Playdoh Individually Wrapped Candy Easter Baskets Jump Ropes Small Toys  …

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10 Ways to Protect Your Home While You’re Away

1. Create the illusion of someone being home. Set lights, television, radio on a timer to create the typical noise and lights of an average home at night. Show signs of the home being lived in. Put a hold on your mail and daily paper so there is not a huge pile in your mailbox…

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Weekly Reflections from Pastor Barnes – 2/2/2018

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. Psalm 23: 1 We call them our “children” – Bleu, Weez, Tiny, Lillie, Millie, Billie, Charlotte, Charlie, Wilbur, and Chewey. Eight out of the ten are rescues, left homeless by circumstances beyond their control. Lorra and I serve as surrogate parents for this motley bunch of…

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Weekly Reflections from Pastor Barnes – 1/26/2018

Weekly Reflections from Pastor Barnes 1/26/2018

Parka – windbreaker . . . sackcloth and ashes? Winter in northeast Ohio offers some interesting challenges for those of us unable to retire to warmer climates. Temperatures and precipitation can vary drastically from day to day, and on occasion, from hour to hour. Even the most astute among us have difficulty determining which outer…

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Weekly Reflections from Pastor Barnes – 1/19/2018

Unstring the lights – pack the tinsel away – off come the ornaments – the Koresh resumes its place in the attic – Christmas knick knacks are stored away for the season – the blue spruce is uprooted from its stand – and an Oreck vacuum sweeper disposes of the loose needles. Lorra and I…

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Silver Sneakers at Shepherd of the Valley Niles

Silver Sneakers at Shepherd of the Valley in Niles

Improve your strength with chair aerobics! Chair aerobics is a safe and effective low-impact workout performed while in a seated position. This class provides a cardiovascular workout for those who cannot stand for a prolonged amount of time or who may be new to exercise, while significantly reducing the risk of injury or a fall.…

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Shepherd of the Valley Now Accepting Anthem & Aetna

Shepherd of the Valley Anthem and Aetna Header

All our communities now take Anthem & Aetna products! Call us with your Coventry and Advantra patients! Anthem and Aetna accepted for all Shepherd of the Valley services including our At Home with Shepherd home health service. For more information, contact the Shepherd of the Valley community you are interested in: Shepherd of the Valley…

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Weekly Reflections from Pastor Barnes – 1/12/2018

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.    It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. I…

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Weekly Reflection from Pastor Barnes – 1/5/2018

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1: 14 Don’t forget Christmas! Preparations for this special day begin months in advance: shopping, cooking, wrapping, and decorating. It’s all a worthy investment…

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