of . . . Try . . .:
By Jesse Stroup, Director of Spiritual Care - Dallas
In our Ministry Training Manual on p.127
there is a list of ten Alternative Statements When Visiting
The Seriously Ill, by Virgil Fry.
Two examples are: Instead of saying, Youve
got a long, hard road ahead of you, try, No
matter what happens, I want you to know youre
not alone. And instead of saying, Im
sure God has a reason for this, try, There
is a lot in life we dont understand, isnt
After her workday, Angie Pitts volunteers
at Parkland Hospital. One afternoon after finishing
rounds, Angie took the time to visit with an evening
staff chaplain instead of rushing out the door. Angie
sensed something might be wrong. During the visit Angie
learned that this chaplains mother was one of
the nine persons shot and killed at a Bible study in
Charleston. This was the evening chaplains first
shift back after returning from South Carolina. Angie
was there with a listening ear being sensitive to others
needs instead of rushing out the door.
A teacher/facilitator of Man Cave
that meets weekly, is able to inspire me and about twenty
other brothers. Mike introduces our discussion with
personal examples and Scriptures he has memorized. A
brother asked Mike, How do you learn these verses?
He answered, Instead of listening to the radio
in my car, I use that time to memorize Scripture.
So instead of listening to my radio, I started writing
Scriptures on 3X5 cards and taping them to my dash.
At red lights it is easy to glance and see the verse
and attempt to commit it to memory. And God often calls
these verses to my mind at just the right time.
I imagine you have some Instead
of . . .: Try . . .: ideas that would help me
and others to practice the presence of God in our lives.
Let me hear from you.
On a final note we had a great benefit
dinner on June 4th. Thanks to all who came and supported
Lifeline. Three new volunteers were added to our number
this summer, Sandra McCall, Methodist Dallas & Charlton;
Roschelle Boswell, UT Southwestern hospitals, and Celia
Williams at Baylor Scott & White University Medical
Center. Thats whats going on in Lifeline
Dallas these days. Check the calendar for four upcoming
events with Lifeline Dallas.
June 4, 2015 - Photo Gallery
Tim Johnson, VP of Development
On June 4, 2015 Lifeline Chaplaincy hosted its annual
Benefit Gala at the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Love
Field. Michael Hix, Dizzy With A Dame, and the band
The Holla performed under a large U.S. Flag and surrounded
by artifacts and memorabilia of space and aviation history.
Michael provided his musical and comedic talents, while
Dizzy With a Dame entertained with their perfect close
harmony singing. The Holla, as always, provided a flawless
Proceeds from the event make it possible for Lifeline
Chaplaincy and Compassionate Touch to minister to those
who are in the hospital as patients or to those who
are taking care of loved ones. This year alone the ministry
made over 34,000 visits and that number continues to
grow. This past year Lifeline Chaplaincy honored several
individuals and organizations for outstanding service
to hospital patients and their caregivers either through
giving of their time, talent, and/or finances. Tom and
Suzie Catchings were presented the Baker Award for their
time given to Lifeline's ministry in making hospital
visits as well as serving on our Dallas Development
This year's Trio Award was presented to Dottie White
for her service and dedication to the ministry, and
The Greenville Avenue Church of Christ was presented
the Dillard Philanthropy Award for the congregation's
leadership in giving to the ministry.
Lifeline Chaplaincy also presented an appreciation
award to Reino Capital. This organization and its benefactor
have produced several top-notch videos that have been
used to create awareness for the need of pastoral care
as well as to generate awareness for Lifeline Chaplaincy
as an organization. Jan Cox was also recognized for
her 10 years of service to Lifeline Chaplaincy and its
Soft Touch ministry. It was fitting that she was presented
a specially designed Lifeline Chaplaincy pillow.
Jan is relocating to South Carolina to be closer to
her family. She will be greatly missed.
Those who attended this year's Gala all enjoyed a great
and uplifting evening. The museum was fascinating, the
entertainment was excellent, combined with helping many
hospital patients and caregivers. Our thanks to all!
Information - click on links:
Chaplaincy On The Move! VIDEO
Are The Dallas Volunteers?
Soft Touch Ministry
SERVING GREATER DALLAS AREA
University Medical Center
Regional Medical Plano
Charlton Medical Center
Southwestern (St. Paul & Zale Lipshy)
Affairs Hospital Lancaster
Lifeline Chaplaincy Dallas office:
51926 Chattanooga Pl. Ste A
Dallas, TX 75235
888-767-6363 (toll free)