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Music and Memories

11/28/2018
'Tis the season to sing and listen to Christmas carols and other holiday music. This is especially true for those who suffer from memory loss, according to the Mayo Clinic News Network.  A recent ...

Pumpkins for Baking or Carving

10/31/2018
It's pumpkin season! I usually opt for canned pumpkin to bake my pies, but if you want to use fresh raw pumpkin, be sure to choose the small "sugar" pumpkins at the store or farmer's market. The small...

Dietary Fiber: How Much Is Too Much?

9/27/2018
Conventional wisdom tells us to “eat more fiber and drink more water,” and that is good advice, especially  for those eating too many refined carbohydrates. However too much of a good thing, too ...

How To Improve Air Quality for Health

8/31/2018
This year’s fire season has brought devastation and even death throughout the region. Even those not affected by the flames have seen and felt the impact of smoke, ash and air borne pollution. The ...

Don't Count Calories, Count Carbs

7/27/2018
Want to lose excess body fat? The truth is out: If you want to manage your weight, don’t count calories, count (and reduce!) carbohydrates. Not all calories have the same metabolic effect. While ...

Clergy Changes

5/25/2018
       A new appointment year often brings changes for both clergy and churches. In order to make those transitions easier, here are a few key things to consider.      First, if your address, email, ...

The Health Benefits of Games

5/25/2018
     “Playing games is for kids—or someone with time to kill—not me!” If you think games are a waste of time, play along with me and consider the health benefits of adopting a playful pastime.      ...

New Medicare Numbers

4/27/2018
From now through April 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will be  sending out new Medicare ID cards. This card will replace the SSN-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) ...

Top Three Ways To Protect and Improve Eyesight

4/27/2018
Most of us take delight in something we see every single day. Our sense of sight is surely a precious gift worth protecting if we can. Common wisdom tells us to accept failing eyesight as we age, but ...

Asparagus, Tomato and Feta Salad

3/28/2018
It’s Spring! And that means fresh crisp asparagus is in season. Here’s a salad recipe that makes a delicious side dish, or add cold cooked chicken and call it dinner. Ingredients: 2 lbs. fresh ...

How To Protect and Re-mineralize Your Teeth

2/28/2018
Eating and speaking are daily activities that are easy to take for granted, until we experience pain or discomfort with our teeth. Yet maintaining and improving our dental health is one of the most ...

The End Of Alzheimer's: The First Program To Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline by Dale E. Bredesen, M.D.

1/29/2018
There is a good reason “The End Of Alzheimer’s: The First Program To Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline" by Dale E. Bredesen, M.D.  is currently on the Best Seller list. Cognitive decline is ...

What Are You Aiming For?

1/1/2018
     Taking aim at a target is a kind of spiritual discipline. Athletes, sportsmen and women know this. Whether it is a bow and arrow, a golf club or a tennis racket, there is something about taking ...

'Tis The Season... for Cinnamon

12/1/2017
From the first sign of a chill in the air, through the fall harvest and winter, cinnamon spices up our dining table and desserts. There is a lot to love about cinnamon. Not only is it tasty, warm, ...

Cake or Bread?

11/1/2017
Autumn is in full swing, and with it comes the Feasting Season, beginning with the Halloween candy bowl, Thanksgiving, and Christmas gatherings. Ironically, this anticipation can be both a blessing ...

Retired Clergy - Important information about the future of retiree healthcare

10/4/2017
Good news - there will be no premium increases for 2018 for all our retiree health insurance plans! To achieve this rate pass, the Board of Pensions utilized significant reserve funds. Unfortunately, ...

2018 Active Clergy and Lay Employee Health Insurance Rates

10/4/2017
The 2018 Health Insurance Open Enrollment has started and will continue through November 17, 2017.  All clergy, regardless of current health insurance status, all covered lay employees must complete ...

Why Is Alzheimer's Disease Called "Type 3 Diabetes"?

9/27/2017
It is hard to imagine a more distressing medical diagnosis than Alzheimer’s Disease.  This disease of the brain causes mild to severe memory loss, confusion, personality changes and even death.  ...

Preparing For Disasters

8/31/2017
As I write these words, Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey continues to wreak a path of destruction through southeast Texas. As we pray and donate help for our fellow Americans , one cannot help but ...