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“Vocation and Wellness: Renew Your Energy For Christian Living”

A book by John D. Eckrich, M.D. called “Vocation and Wellness:  Renew Your Energy For Christian Living” is now published and available at Amazon.com for purchase.

John BookIs your job killing you? Workplace challenges, family conflicts, financial tensions, and spiritual crises can leave us feeling emotionally and physically spent. This book is written by a Christian physician to identify and replace energy-depleting patterns with a proven prescription for re-energizing health and wellness in body, mind, and soul. Combining medical and Scriptural insights with practical suggestions, the Christian Wellness Wheel provides tools for renewal in your daily life, vocation, and relationships. Discover how to experience God’s renewable energy (His grace) and live a whole, healthy life.

Vocation and Wellness: Renew Your Energy for Christian Living

Lutheran Senior Service Chaplain’s Retreat

Darrell_resizedEveryone needs Jesus’ love, and no one more than the thousands of senior adults who are residents of Lutheran Senior Services in the greater St. Louis region.  Program Director, Darrell Zimmerman spent the evening of May 11 with more than a dozen LSS chaplains, encouraging them to come for their own physical, spiritual and emotional wellbeing.  Strengthened to serve, these dedicated chaplains share Christ’s love with an eager and receptive audience.  God bless your work among our Lord’s precious seniors!

Introducing our 2016 Gala Co-Chairs, Pilar and Brian McGraw

Brian and Pilar McGraw“Our church workers walk side-by-side with us through the best and worst of times.  Proactively caring for their health and well being is a no-brainer.”  Pilar and Brian McGraw

Pilar and Brian bring valuable skills to the Gala Committee:

*Hard working
* Passionate about supporting church workers
* Creative thinkers
* Project-management skills
* Leadership skills
* Networking and relationship-building skills
* Fun-loving spirits

Interesting facts about Pilar and Brian:

* Married on October 9th, 2004
* They have two wonderful and VERY active boys (Conall-8 and Declan-6)
* Pilar works for AT&T as a Principle User Experience Designer
* Brian works for Thrivent Financial as a Financial Advisor
* Brian plays electric guitar in a rock band
* Pilar loves reading and cooking (as long as someone else cleans up)
* They both love music, playing tennis and entertaining family and friends

**Please extend a huge “THANK YOU” to Pilar (pilarmcg@gmail.com) and Brian (brian.mcgraw@thrivent.com) for accepting this position!

Armed Forces Chaplains Retreat, Jacksonville, FL – April 18 – 22

Jacksonville Armed ForcesIf there’s a “double whammy” of stress in ministry, it’s the military chaplaincy.  What a pleasure for us to minister to clergy families who also proudly wear the uniforms of our nation’s armed services.  At the invitation of synod’s Ministry to the Armed Forces, Grace Place Wellness offered a four day retreat for chaplains and wives at the Jacksonville Naval  Air Station, completing their annual conference cycle begun at our retreat in San Diego in January.  Many thanks for this opportunity from the Ministry to the Armed Forces staff, Rev. Craig Muehler and Rev. Steve Hokana.  Please remember in your prayers those who proclaim the gospel, both at home and abroad, to the men and women who defend us from our enemies!