I'm Glad You Asked That!


A lot of work is going on in the Chapel, new carpet, the ramp, and I heard the Chapel just got "Looped"! So what does THAT mean?


If you have wonderful hearing, skip to the next article. However, at least 66% of folks in Sun Lakes have some type of hearing loss. Many in our church community miss so much of what is being said - whether it's sermons or social communications.

Now those with hearing aids read on . . .


Have you heard of a T-Coil? Probably not. It's a device in newer hearing aids (or can be obtained at a reasonable cost to have one installed in your older model). All you have to do is push a button that will transform your hearing aid or Cochlear Implant into a wireless in-the-ear loud speaker that broadcasts sounds customized to you own hearing loss. Miracle!  T-Coils can be installed in older hearing aids for around $50.

For those of you without the T-Coil will be glad to hear that headsets will be available for you once they arrive.

This technology has been used in Europe for years and is being adopted in many states. New York City Transit is installing hearing loops at 488 subway information booths. When one worships at Westminster Abbey in London, in many churches in Holland, the Nordic countries, or even Grand Rapids, MI, all you need to do is activate your T-Coil. A sign with this image will be placed on our Sanctuary door to let everyone know that this technology is available in our space.


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The system is working!  A half dozen members have tried it out and are extremely happy with the results. A couple of notes: The Loop (sound system) will only work within the perimeter of the pews. If you sit at the back wall you’re out of range. I have tried the back wall and they were right, it doesn’t work well. Again, if you’re sitting in any pew the system works.

Next: I have tried with hearing aids and without, and it works! So if you’re marginal and can’t quite hear everything these head phones do the trick.  Of course if you have a “T-Coil” installed in your hearing aid you don’t need to wear the head phones. Ah, modern technology again. So today's lesson is with or without hearing aids YOU will HEAR clearly, every word. If you have a T-Coil push a button on your hearing aid and you’re there. More lessons coming as we gain more experience with this technology. Happy Hearing!


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Equal Exchange

Sun Lakes United Church of Christ has partnered with Equal Exchange and United Church of Christ Fair Trade Project to provide Coffee, Tea, Chocolate and Olive Oil which support farmer-led co-operatives that promote democratic organization, empower women in leadership positions and as business owners and encourages economic development around the world. These practices promote prosperity and development, and we know that strong farmers mean strong farms — and a better world for all of us to live in.

Equal Exchange knows that it all begins with the farmers, with their knowledge, dedication and inventiveness — and we believe in strengthening that foundation. That's why Equal Exchange builds long-term, mutually beneficial trade partnerships with small-scale farmer co-operatives. We know our farmer partners and they know us, creating an atmosphere of trust and transparency: they trust our investment in and support for their livelihoods, and we trust them to uphold our high standards for quality and consistency.

Equal Exchange is committed to protecting, preserving and improving our planet and its resources wherever we can. We promote and support sustainable, innovative agricultural practices, restoration and diversification projects, organic farming and shade grown coffee. And while most of our products are certified organic, we also partner with farmers whose land is in transition — providing them with critical support as they adopt more environmentally friendly ways of growing and processing their crops.

A Project for Lent - Week One

The first Sunday of lent, we asked our congregation to donate paper goods
which can not be purchased with food stamps.  This was the very generous
response!  This supply is just the beginning of our collections during lent
to donate to the needy of Sojourner Center, UMOM, Justa Center and St
Vincent de Paul.  Thanks to all for your support!

The Mission & Service Board

A Project For Lent

Lent starts on March 1, 2017 with Ash Wednesday, and continues for 46 days.
During that period, the Mission Board would like to encourage everyone to think about our less fortunate brothers and sisters. Those whose income is so low that they qualify for food stamps. However, food stamps can only be used to purchase food. What about the other necessities of life, like toilet paper, shampoo, laundry detergent, toothpaste and so on? Items that can’t be eaten, but are necessary for basic comfort in life. We are setting up a giving program to collect some of these items. Each Sunday during lent, we would like the congregation to donate some item that cannot be purchased with food stamps.

The collection will begin on Sunday, March 5. The items suggested for donation will be plugged by a member of the missions committee the previous Sunday. Items can be placed in the food donation box in the foyer. You can expect to hear from Betty Raverert on February 26, requesting donations of tissues, toilet paper and paper towels on Sunday, March 5. Over the next few weeks, you will meet Ingrid Tollefson, Cheryl Currier, Stewart Thompson and Gary Lucas plugging Personal Hygiene SundayOral Care SundayCleaning Supply Sunday and Skin Care Sunday. These items can be purchased at Dollar stores, Walmart or at your local grocery store. If each person brings only one item each Sunday, we will be rich in donations. At the end of lent, we will have many non food items to donate to charities like Sojourner Center (for abused women), UMOM (for homeless families), Justa Center and St Vincent de Paul. If you have questions or suggestions for the mission board, please approach one of the board members. We are open to new ideas. Suggested items for donation will be available each week.

March 5     Betty     Paper Products– toilet paper, paper towels, tissues

March 12     Ingrid     Personal Hygiene– shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soap, razors, shaving cream, feminine napkins, tampons, lotion, comb

March 19     Cheryl     Oral Hygiene– toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss

March 26     Stewart     Cleaning Supplies– dish & laundry detergent, bleach, window cleaner, all purpose cleaner, scouring pads, sponges

April 2     Gary     Skin Care– sun screen, lip balm, foot powder, lotion, bandages

Do You Need a Hearing Test?

Do You Need a Hearing Test?

Carol Story Faith Community Nurse

How many of you reading my articles every month knew that I wear hearing aids? I do and have for six years. In my case, I believe the cause is genetic. Regardless of the cause, I found that I could not hear my grandchildren and decided to take action. I am so glad I did. I just recently purchased my second new generation aids. Great new technology is amazing!

Don’t wait! Help is available. Read on:

Health Notes - February

Health Notes - February

Carol Story, MN, RN – Faith Community Nurse

This week I accompanied my sister to a symposium on Blood Cancers sponsored by the Mayo Clinic. My sister has had a type of blood cancer disorder for 12 years. A repeat bone marrow biopsy recently showed evidence that the disease had progressed to Myelofibrosis. This is defined as a chronic leukemia or blood cancer that seriously affects the regular blood cell formation in the body. This disease produces scarring (hardness) on the bone marrow causing fatigue, weakness and anemia and it also affects the liver causing enlarged liver and spleen. Because of anemia, she had the first, one of many to come, blood transfusions last week.Fortunately, research has developed medications that assist in slowing the disease process, but not curing it.

Daily Can of Soda Boosts Odds for Prediabetes, Study Finds

Submitted by Carol Story, Faith Community Nurse.

Drinking a can of sugary soda every day can dramatically heighten a person's risk of developing prediabetes, a "warning sign" condition that precedes full-blown type 2 diabetes, a new study reports. 

A person who drinks a daily can of sugar-sweetened beverage has a 46 percent increased risk of developing prediabetes, said senior researcher Nicola McKeown, a scientist with the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston.

However, a can of diet soda every day does not boost prediabetes risk, the researchers found. The results show how regular sugar intake can batter a person's body on a cellular level, McKeown said.

Cells require the hormone insulin to break down sugar into energy, she said. But too much sugar in the diet can overexpose the cells to insulin. 

"This constant spike in blood glucose over time leads to the cells not becoming able to properly respond, and that's the beginning of insulin resistance," McKeown said.

Once insulin resistance starts, blood sugar levels rise to levels that are damaging to every major system in the body. 

Prediabetes is an important landmark on the way to type 2 diabetes, McKeown said. It means a person has elevated blood sugar -- a sign of increasing insulin resistance -- but has not entered full-blown type 2 diabetes.

Prediabetes is reversible if a person cuts back on sugar. Sugar-sweetened beverages are the leading source of added sugar in the American diet, the authors said in background notes. 

These results show cutting back on sugary drinks is "a modifiable dietary factor that could have an impact on that progression from prediabetes to diabetes," McKeown said.

For this study, McKeown and her colleagues analyzed 14 years of data on nearly 1,700 middle-aged adults. The information was obtained from the Framingham Heart Study, a federally funded program that has monitored multiple generations for lifestyle and clinical characteristics that contribute to heart disease.

Participants did not have diabetes or prediabetes when they entered the study. They self-reported their consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and diet sodas.

The research team found those who drank the highest amounts of sugar-sweetened beverages -- six 12-ounce servings a week, on average -- had a 46 percent higher risk of prediabetes, if researchers didn't weigh other factors.

The American Beverage Association counters that sugar in beverages isn't the sole risk factor for prediabetes.

Credible health organizations such as the Mayo Clinic note that the risk factors for prediabetes include factors such as weight, inactivity, race and family history," the industry group said in a statement.

Authors of the new study noted that prediabetes risk did decline when they included factors such as other dietary sources of sugar and how much body fat a person had. But it didn't fall much. The increased risk associated with sugary drinks still amounted to about 27 percent, McKeown said.

Because the study was observational, it does not establish a direct cause-and-effect link between sugary drinks and prediabetes, McKeown said.

But the association between the two makes sense, said Dr. Deena Adimoolam, an assistant professor of medicine, diabetes, endocrinology and bone disease with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.

"A 20-ounce of bottle of regular soda may contain up to 18 teaspoons of sugar," Adimoolam said. "Be aware of what you are drinking every day, and don't forget that drinks have calories, too."

Previous studies have linked even diet sodas to an added risk of type 2 diabetes, but McKeown said the new findings show that diet drinks could provide a bridge to healthier habits for people with prediabetes.

"Incorporating diet soda while they are weaning themselves off the habit wouldn't have any long-term negative health effects," she said. "But eventually the majority of a person's fluids should come from water."

The study was published Nov. 9, 2016 in the Journal of Nutrition.


Staying Active and Social Prolongs Life Even After 75

Carol Story, Faith Community Nurse

Exercise is the number-one contributor to longevity.

“It doesn’t take a lot to make a major difference,” says Miriam E. Nelson, PhD., Director of Tufts John Hancock Research Center on Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity Prevention. “If you look at the health of people along the whole spectrum, from very sedentary to athletes, the fitness graph isn’t a straight line. It turns out that the biggest jump comes at the very bottom of the range. The less active you are now, the more benefit you get from adding even a small amount of exercises to your life.”

So you ask, what can I do right now to prolong my life? Try the following simple changes:

EATING FOR LONGEVITY – simple diet changes

  • Drink alcohol in moderation
  • Eat less meat and meat products
  • Eat more vegetables, fruits, legumes and nuts
  • Choose good oils, like olive oil and butter
  • Eat more fish

MAKE FRIENDS TO INFLUENCE LONGEVITY – Be social, join in the fun!


People older than age 75 who are physically active and join in social activities live an average 5.4 years longer that their less-active peers. Even at age 85 or older, a physically active and social lifestyle is associated with an extra 4 years of longevity. 

  • Maintain a rich social network – associated with living 1.6 years longer
  • Normal weight – 1 year longer than those who were underweight
  • Not smoking – 1 year longer than smokers
  • Non-drinkers - 1.3 years longer than drinkers


“In the US, fewer than 10% of adults meet the guidelines for getting at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity, or 75 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity physical activity. So we have a lot of potential to improve!”

  • Get Active – at least 30 minutes of daily moderate physical activity, like brisk walking, 5 x/week
  • Control cholesterol – lower that 200
  • Eat better – see above
  • Manage blood pressure – lower that 120/80
  • Lose-weight – achieve a normal BMI
  • Reduce blood sugar – fasting glucose below 100
  • Stop smoking!

Thank You From The Curriers

Thank You From The Curriers

We would like to thank Pastor Meyer for his hospital visits to Larry, all the people who provided meals and baked goods to us, to everyone that provided rides to us while Larry was hospitalized and I was healing from my hip replacement, for all the phone calls we received checking up on us, all the cards we received and for the continued prayers since last April when Larry first got sick.

Health Notes

Health Notes

What you eat and drink can affect the way your medicines work. This information from the US Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) addresses interactions between some common medications (prescription and over-thecounter [“OTC”]) and food, caffeine and/or alcohol. This
article only answers common questions and discusses the most common food-drug interactions; it does not replace conversations with your doctor or pharmacist about your specific medical conditions and specific medications…

Via SWC - UCC Disaster Ministries: Louisiana Flooding

Via SWC - UCC Disaster Ministries: Louisiana Flooding

As you know the historic flooding that is happening in Louisiana, where parts of the state received 30 inches of rain within 3 days, has left nearly 30,000 people needing rescue, over 12,000 are in shelters, several have died and in many locations flood waters continue to rise. Sadly this event is just one in a string of major disasters over the past 12 months including but not limited to historic flooding in South Carolina, West Virginia, Texas, Oklahoma and now again in Louisiana. We are asking donations be directed to the Emergency USA fund.

What is Home Care?

What is Home Care?

Non-Medical Home Care: Do I Need It? How Do I Get It if I Need It?

Home care is supportive care provided in your home. Care may be provided by licensed healthcare professionals who provide medical treatment needs ordered by a healthcare provider OR professional caregivers who provide daily assistance to ensure activities of daily living are met. More commonly known as “home health care”.