Friday, August 28, 2015
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Faith Day at the Colorado Rockies

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015 Jeff and others at Rockies
On July 28, people from Mosaic in Northern Colorado celebrated Faith Day at Coors Field in Denver.  The fun-filled day brought together 25 people including people served, their families, and staff to watch the Colorado Rockies take on the Cincinnati Reds.  It was the 11th year of Faith Day at Coors Field.  The day offers Colorado churches and Christians from all over the state the chance to come together for a time of fellowship at the ballpark.  The Rockies welcomed Mosaic, and delighted the fans by putting up 17 runs in the game.  
“I had a great time, I watched a good game with the guys, really enjoyed myself, and it was lots of fun,” said Jeff Harmel of the day filled with food, fun, and friends.
Faith Day is eagerly anticipated each years and has become an annual tradition for Mosaic in Northern Colorado.  It provided a great opportunity for those in service to break out of their normal routine and connect to the community according to David Koch, Community Relations Manager.  
In the photo, (left to right) Barry Russell, Ed Morrison, Jeff Harmel and David Taylor enjoy the game.


Summertime fresh eatin’

Monday, August 10, 2015 Dallas garden
A supportive Dallas-area church, Resurrection Lutheran in Plano, adopted a Mosaic men’s group home several years ago.  Church members come faithfully to the home to cook for the residents, provide meals, and do activities. In addition, they make sure the men’s home has what it needs—members find or buy the little things it takes to make a house a home.
This year, the group decided to do a project that would benefit the house and be a fun activity at the same time. With the help of a Thrivent Action Team grant, they made a garden out of straw bales that is now yielding vegetables and flowers.  
One great friendship has formed as well.  Elena Schadle routinely spends time with house resident George Hart and takes him shopping, out to eat, and to her home to share meals and holidays.  George is also enjoying the gardening—and the bumper crop of cucumbers.

Be healthy and well

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Overall health and wellness is about more than just avoiding illness – it is about being the best YOU possible. It is not just losing weight or quitting smoking.  It means learning the habits that support you to live fully, feel good, and protect your health for your future.

Mosaic is offering all employees a free biometric health screening that will help you learn the risk factors you face.  The screening measures:
•    cholesterol
•    triglycerides
•    blood glucose
•    blood pressure
•    height, weight, and waist circumference.

Your results, kept anonymous, will be gathered with that of other Mosaic employees to create a customized, targeted wellness program that addresses the highest risk items for us as a group.  Targeted wellness programs have been proven to reduce risks and improve health for people.  

In addition to the individual health benefits, employees on Mosaic’s health plan will save money. In 2016, our health insurance premiums will increase by $50 each month across all levels of coverage.  Employees who participate in the biometric screenings will not pay that increase – simply by having the health screening, you’ll save $600 a year if you use Mosaic’s health insurance plan.

To get the best data, we need as many employees as possible to participate in the screenings.  Any agency that has 80 percent or more of their employees participate in the screenings will receive $100 to be used toward employee engagement activities.  
Starting in August, employees will be able to participate in a free biometric screening.  Watch for information for your location and make sure to sign up. 

Baseball for all

Monday, August 3, 2015 Abigail at bat
Back in May and June, youth with disabilities were out on the diamond in Beatrice, Nebraska as part of the Bullets’ Shooting Star baseball league.  The four-week season saw 17 play, including several people served by Mosaic in Beatrice.  
The league was a project of Leadership Beatrice, a program sponsored by the Beatrice Chamber of Commerce to train community leaders.  Wendy Doyle, Community Relations Manager for Mosaic in Beatrice, was a member of the Leadership Beatrice 2015 graduating class.  Wendy said the goal is to make it an annual offering.
The Shooting Stars were assisted by volunteers from the Southeast Community College softball team and the Beatrice Bullets Baseball Organization.   
"You don't say no to something like this," said SCC softball coach Bob Ginsburg. "This is an amazing opportunity. The way I explained it to my girls is somebody's going to have a great time because they're helping."

In the photo, Abigail Glaser, served by Mosaic in Beatrice, takes her turn at bat.


Historic trip for historic items

Monday, July 27, 2015Kjell Lindgren suited up web

When he founded Mosaic (as Bethphage Mission) in 1913, the Rev. K.G. William Dahl probably could not have imagined travel into space – air flight itself was less than a decade old.  But more than a century later, two items associated with Mosaic’s history will spend six months on the International Space Station, taken there by Pastor Dahl’s great-grandson, Astronaut Kjell Lindgren, whose mission began last week.  
All of his life, Lindgren has heard stories about his great-grandfather, who died in 1917 at age 34.  He also shares his first name, Kjell, the “K” in K.G. William, pronounced Chell.   
“It is a pretty unusual name and I've only met one other Kjell,” Dr. Lindgren said. “I am proud to share the story of my namesake.  I do feel a connection. I think that I was named after him to honor him in recognition of what he did at Bethphage.”  
With his wife Kristi and three children, Kjell attended Mosaic’s Centennial Festival on the Mosaic at Bethpage Village campus in Axtell, Neb. in June 2013.  He later asked if there were a Bethphage memento that he could take with him when he launched on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. Two items are part of his personal cargo but NASA rules do not allow the items to be identified to the public.
Lindgren holds great reverence for his great-grandfather and the legacy he created.  
“He is almost a mythical figure to me,” Lindgren said.  “His work and what he has created almost made him seem larger than life.  I personally see him as a role model, somebody who has a servant’s heart that served God in a capacity to benefit the community.”

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