Lifeline Dallas


Instead 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, “You’ve got a long, hard road ahead of you,” try, “No matter what happens, I want you to know you’re not alone.” And instead of saying, “I’m sure God has a reason for this,” try, “There is a lot in life we don’t understand, isn’t there?”

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 chaplain’s mother was one of the nine persons shot and killed at a Bible study in Charleston. This was the evening chaplain’s 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. That’s what’s going on in Lifeline Dallas these days. Check the calendar for four upcoming events with Lifeline Dallas.

10th Annual Benefit Dinner
June 4, 2015 - Photo Gallery

By 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 instrumental accompaniment.

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 Board.

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:

Lifeline Chaplaincy On The Move! VIDEO

Who Are The Dallas Volunteers?

About Dallas

Dallas Maps

Soft Touch Ministry


Baylor University Medical Center

Baylor Carrollton

Baylor Regional Medical Plano

Baylor Garland

Baylor Irving

Children’s Medical Center

Heart Hospital Plano

Methodist Dallas

Methodist Charlton Medical Center

Parkland Hospital

Presbyterian Allen (THR)

Presbyterian Dallas (THR)

Presbyterian Plano

UT Southwestern (St. Paul & Zale Lipshy)

Veteran’s Affairs Hospital Lancaster

Lifeline Chaplaincy Dallas office:
51926 Chattanooga Pl. Ste A
Dallas, TX 75235
888-767-6363 (toll free)