A Passion for the US Military

Posted by Four Seasons on Nov 10, 2021 2:20:45 PM

November 11, 2021

CAPT John Knapp, USN (Ret) has a passion for the United States Military and its service men and women.

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Topics: We Honor Veterans, Veterans

20 Years Since 9/11

Posted by Four Seasons on Sep 8, 2021 12:08:43 PM

September 10, 2021

It started to snow. While this might sound inconsequential, it happened to be August and I happened to be standing in the middle of an ocean. While I am a Chaplain, I do not claim to be able to walk on water, unless of course it is frozen. I was, actually, standing on ice at the North Pole.

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Topics: We Honor Veterans, Veterans

Finding My Life's Passion- Brenda Shearer

Posted by Four Seasons on Sep 1, 2021 1:35:51 PM

July 2020

“Ms. Brenda,” as she’s known around the Foundation, is the definition of love and kindness. Born in Wisconsin, Brenda Shearer’s background is nothing short of impressive. She holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction in Reading Language Arts, has co-authored four graduate level textbooks, and was a tenured professor at University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh.
But these are not the things that define Brenda. As she puts it, “I left ‘Dr. Shearer’ at the university when I retired.” Volunteering at the Four Seasons Foundation is now her greatest joy and passion in life.

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Topics: Volunteer, Foundation

Serving & Educating our Community

Posted by Four Seasons on Sep 1, 2021 1:34:56 PM

January 2021

Fritz and Christine (Chris) Becker embody the definition of “salt of the earth.” With backgrounds in service organizations, Fritz and Chris bring a unique and valued perspective to their volunteer work at the Home Store. The Beckers are originally from New York. Fritz began his professional law career as a Child Abuse Prosecutor. He later served as a County Judge and an Acting Supreme Court Justice for the State of New York.

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Topics: Volunteer, Home Store

Finding the Right Place- Sandy Williams

Posted by Four Seasons on Sep 1, 2021 1:33:13 PM

July 2020

It was 1986. I was working at my husband’s dental office raising two teenage daughters and was involved in many community activities when my mother was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. I was devastated. At first, our family managed to care for my mother.

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Topics: Volunteer, Foundation

Kena Shaw: Volunteering Here is Special

Posted by Four Seasons on Sep 1, 2021 1:30:16 PM

April 28, 2021

I first learned about Four Seasons through my student advisor, Vanessa Capps. Four Seasons was a volunteering option available to me to complete my hours for the Work-Based Learning Program at Blue Ridge Community College. Before learning of this opportunity, I was only vaguely aware of the many ways you could volunteer for this non-profit organization. Since I began volunteering in January 2021, I have been able to work with several departments to complete tasks and use my new knowledge from college to help assist others. I have made birthday and thinking-of-you cards for patients to help brighten their day, as well as put together face shields for the clinicians who care for patients and their loved ones in Four Seasons facilities. I quickly learned that there are many opportunities I did not know existed, from knitting face masks to filing records in the office, and many more.

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Topics: Volunteer

Patty Vega Home Store Volunteer Spotlight

Posted by Four Seasons on Sep 1, 2021 1:28:15 PM

July 2019

Patty came to volunteer at Four Seasons after her husband was cared for at Elizabeth House in 2015. He fought a long battle with cancer and, as she recounts, “The services he received
and the assistance I was given allowed me to be strong for him and make his last days comfortable in a loving and safe environment. “After this experience,” continues Patty, “I knew I had to do my best to assist Four Seasons in continuing this delivery of service to all those who were in need. So, I went to the volunteer training classes at Four Seasons and decided to help out at the Hospice Home Store.”

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Topics: Volunteer, Home Store

Mary Coffey: I Love What I Do

Posted by Four Seasons on Aug 18, 2021 2:57:29 PM

July 20, 2020

If you’ve ever shopped at the Home Store in downtown Hendersonville, Mary Coffey is probably no stranger! Her professional background began with a degree in education and later blossomed into a successful career with Maytag International as a Training and Marketing Director and, later, a Sales Manager. After this long stint with Maytag, Mary and her husband, Ed, decided to move to Hendersonville in 2011.

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Topics: Volunteer

Memory

Posted by Daniel Tipton on Jun 8, 2020 1:48:26 PM

June 1, 2020

Years ago my first mentor in pastoral care taught me a valuable lesson.  “A short pencil is better than a long memory!”  Something I’ve taken to heart over the last 20 years of pastoral care.  The most embarrassing situation a chaplain can get into is forgetting someone’s name, especially if they just asked you to pray for them!  Oh how many times I’ve had to pray for someone, right in front of them, sweating the whole time trying to remember their names. So embarrassing! 

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Topics: Covid-19, Grief Services

The Gospel According to Dolly Parton

Posted by Daniel Tipton on Jun 8, 2020 1:46:23 PM

May 28, 2020

Y’all!!!!! Have you heard the glorious news?!!?!?!?!?!?!?  Her Majesty, the Queen of East Tennessee, Ms. Dolly Parton has released a new song in response to the Covid-19 pandemic!  There is hope and her name is Dolly! 

 

If you know me, you know how much I love Dolly Parton.  For Christmas one year, my grandmother gave me an autographed photo of Dolly in a gold frame!!! It was one of the best things I’ve ever gotten for Christmas.  Yes, I know my grandmother took the picture out of a magazine and signed it herself.  I’m not that dumb!  But my grandmother thought so much of my love for Dolly that she tried very hard to make me happy! 

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Topics: Covid-19, Grief Services