09/13/2017

Thank you for expressing concern for the spiritual life of all people.

Thank you for modeling community that welcomes and does not exclude.

Thank you for being the body of Christ for the sake of the world.

Thank you for being a Rejoicing Spirits church.

Thank you for your advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities during the recent legislative health care debates.

Because it makes a great difference!

09/13/2017

October is Clergy Appreciation Month. This is a great opportunity to recognize the ministry of local clergy and the difference they make in the lives of people with disabilities. Below are some suggested activities:

  • Appreciation lunch or dinner
  • Card shower
  • Flowers or chocolates
  • Offer to clean their office
  • Letter to local newspaper
  • Letter to church council or bulletin announcement
  • Gifts of time and resources
09/13/2017

Because of your calls, messages, prayers and efforts, Medicaid for people with disabilities remains safe.

Early this summer, the U.S. Senate failed to advance legislation that would have repealed provisions of the Affordable Care Act, which would have negatively impacted people with disabilities.

Your voice was heard. Your voice matters. You made a positive difference.

09/13/2017

By Pam Abbott

My sister Laurie was born with Down Syndrome and has an intellectual disability. Laurie and I are 15 months apart in age; we have lived apart for most of our lives so we never attended church or had the opportunity to worship together. That is until four years ago, when we went to our first Rejoicing Spirits Service at the Calvary Lutheran Church in West Chester.

07/26/2017
As the Medicaid debates are waged in legislative chambers, Mosaic and Rejoicing Spirits call congregations and faith communities to prayer. We seek God’s guidance for our leaders so that decisions made do not damage people with disabilities. We ask that God would awaken our commitment for the good of all and that we, as a society, would pursue justice.
02/23/2017

Kelli JosephBlessings from Mosaic! 

My name is Kelli Joseph and I am the new Community Relations Coordinator supporting Rev. Dave deFreese and Rejoicing Spirits.

02/23/2017

By Glen Stewart

Rejoicing Spirits Host Site Leader

As we enter our fifth year of hosting Rejoicing Spirits worship services at St. John Lutheran Church in Ocean City, New Jersey, it’s heartwarming to reflect on the joy and love that have been shared among our faith family. Five years of sharing our faith and message of salvation. Five years of truly remarkable worship services. Five years of joyous singing and dancing. Five years of big smiles and even bigger hugs. Five years of Rejoicing Spirits!

02/23/2017

It’s helpful to have a basic understanding of how behavior works, whether it’s desirable behavior or undesirable behavior. All behavior that is repeated serves a purpose for that person; it meets a need. Behavior ultimately allows the person to get something, get away from something, or both. Often the person who does the behavior may not realize the outcome of the behavior. Behavior that works is likely to be repeated, regardless of whether or not it’s desirable to others. Behaviors that do not work will eventually discontinue. 

02/23/2017

This is a season of light. As the days get longer and the sun rises almost imperceptibly earlier in our daily routines, we celebrate the Great Light seen by the people who walked in darkness, the Light that lightens  the nations.

Our Sunday morning Gospel lessons reflect that theme, and all the new beginnings that accompany it—John crying out in the wilderness, baptism, temptations in the wilderness, and ultimately calling the disciples.

02/23/2017

March is National Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, a time to recognize and celebrate people with disabilities as valuable, contributing members of our community and who have much to offer.

People with developmental disabilities have proven to be reliable workers and excellent volunteers, capable of meeting or exceeding expectations and standards. Thanks to organizations like Mosaic, people with disabilities are leading richer, more fulfilling lives. 

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