Lifeline Tarrant County


Finding God in Our Mortality
By David Martin, Director of Spritual Care - Tarrant County

With each passing year, death seems more tangible. Physical losses shout loudly to those of us who have traveled not years, but decades.

I noticed weakness first in my hands. In the first half of life, hermetically sealed bags of food were torn, ripped and defeated with aplomb. Now, scissors find their way onto my fingers before morsels can be applied from bag to tongue. The strength is no longer accessible, and though I dutifully squeeze a rubber ball, time and age seem to have their way.

Gary Shandlin, a comedian of note within my generational orbit, recently died. He was just 66. I say “just” because, at 60, it seems so “around the corner.”

Why do we begin to notice obituaries? Our mortality beckons us to consider the kingdom of God, and how we participate in its existence.

I am drawn to the teaching of Jesus in Matthew 25. Here Jesus describes his followers as those who visit the sick and those in prison. Often modern preaching focuses on negative aspects of those who will miss the kingdom of God, while omitting the theological fact that kingdom work is in place to happen now!

Bono, of the band U2, once said:

God is in the slums, in the cardboard boxes where the poor play house. God is in the silence of a mother who has infected her child with a virus that will end both their lives. God is in the cries heard under the rubble of war.

As a hospital chaplain, I might add: “God is in the hospital room.” It is there that the sick…people just like me, like you…consider their mortality. When we arrive in those rooms to connect, God is already there. The kingdom of God is among us.

So join me in re-imagining communing with God in the everyday —sometimes mundane, sometimes dramatic — daily lives we live. There we are invited to find a most uncommon Presence, one already blessing us in surprising ways.

Tarrant County Annual Benefit Dinner

By Tim Johnson, Vice President of Development

Tarrant County was treated to a very special event on Tuesday April 12, 2016. Lifeline Chaplaincy’s annual benefit dinner was once again held at the elegant Fort Worth Club in downtown Fort Worth. Those present were treated to entertainment from the group “Generation” which is known as the “Best Do-Wop Group in Texas”. The Hola provided instrumental back up to the group, and Michael Hix provided his comedic and musical talents as the evening’s Emcee.

The annual event is used as a major source of fundraising for Lifeline Chaplaincy and Compassionate Touch in Tarrant County area. Each year the event raises about $100,000.

The event, however, is not really about the money, says Virgil Fry, Executive Director for Lifeline Chaplaincy. “Our annual event, while it is a fundraising event, is also our primary opportunity to pay honor to our volunteers and donors who go above and beyond normal expectations.”

This year’s honorees are: Sabra Cradit honored with the Caryl Fry Award which is given to an outstanding pastoral care volunteer, Jerry Plemons received the Golden Service Award for his volunteer efforts serving on the Tarrant County Development Board, and J. C. and Dorothy Newland who received the Legacy Philanthropy Award for their leadership in giving.

The event concluded with the traditional singing of “ The Lord Bless You and Keep You”.

Everyone at Lifeline Chaplaincy and Compassionate Touch is grateful to all those who attended and/or volunteered for this event.

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Office address: 2701 West Berry Street, Suite 102-103, Fort Worth, Texas 76109
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Patients are being visited in these Ft. Worth area hospitals:

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Baylor Grapevine CLICK
Baylor All-Saints Medical Center CLICK
Cook's Children
Harris Methodist Hospital CLICK
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John Peter-Smith (JPS Health Network) CLICK
Kindred Fort Worth CLICK
Mansfield Methodist CLICK
Medical Center of Arlington CLICK
North Hills Hospital
Plaza Medical Center CLICK

Texas Health Alliance CLICK

Patients are being visited in these Ft. Worth area nursing and rehabilitation facilities:

LaDora Nursing & Rehab Center CLICK
Wellington Oaks Nursing & Rehabilitation CLICK

Lifeline Chaplaincy Tarrant County office:
2701 West Berry St. Suite 102-103
Fort Worth, TX 76109
888-767-6363 (toll free)