Wesley Life Week 2016

Honoring Our Heritage, Celebrating Our Spirit

WesleyLife WeekThere's no better time than as we're celebrating WesleyLife Week to look back with pride at our foundations and heritage. 

In 1946, the South Iowa Methodist Church Conference created a vision of providing a retirement home for aging ministers. Using the gift of the Chamberlain Estate in Des Moines, the Conference established Wesley Acres, Inc., as a faith-inspired, nonprofit ministry to serve older adults.

Located in the heart of the city of Des Moines, the Chamberlain Estate was built on a beautiful wooded acreage with the Chamberlain mansion -- designed by noted architect William George Rantoul -- as its centerpiece. Wesley Acres' first residents inhabited the Chamberlain house and donated their time and talents to support the operation of the household.

From Wesley Acres' first five residents, WesleyLife has grown to serve more than 10,000 older adults in seven Communities for Healthy Living throughout Iowa, and also through an array of home-based services, Meals on Wheels, Wesley Wheels, adult day centers and hospice services.

It's safe to say our founders couldn't have envisioned the breadth of services provided by today's WesleyLife -- but we think they'd be proud that the values and vision on which the organization was built remain at the forefront of all we do. 

Welcome to the sense of spirit that defines the WesleyLife of yesterday, today and tomorrow. We hope the stories below will help you not only get to know us, but join us on our journey to serve. 

Welcome to WesleyLife Week! A message from the CEO

I'm excited that WesleyLife Week is upon us! It's so meaningful to us as an organization to recognize WesleyLife’s “birthday” on July 7 and take a moment to acknowledge the stories shared by team members and the individuals we serve -- stories that represent WesleyLife’s brand pillars of Excellence, Well-Being, Innovation and Heritage, 

This year’s WesleyLife Week theme is all about being "WellAhead."  As a health and well-being organization, a priority for us is to offer the opportunity for each team member and person we serve to fulfill their potential for health and wellness. .  

As we read in Ephesians 2:10, “We are God’s masterpiece.  He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”  

How cool is that?  You are a masterpiece with a purpose!  A masterpiece is defined as “a work of outstanding artistry, skill, or workmanship." You are outstanding!  

When we stop to think about the regard God held for us when He created us in His image, it becomes  even more important that our well-being take top priority so we can carry out the responsibility that’s been entrusted  to us.

And when we see each person we serve in that same light – each of them is also a masterpiece! – the importance of our work and the wellbeing of those we serve outshines everything.

We look forward to a week of celebrating and being mindful of who we are as an organization and why we do what we do. 

This year, we will kick off our celebrations on Thursday, July 7, with activities and events scheduled through Friday, July 15.  A central part of the week is a daily devotional authored by a team member or individual we serve. I hope you find meaning in these stories, and that they help enhance your feelings of worth, purpose and meaning,

On behalf of our board of directors, executive circle, and the thousands of older adults WesleyLife serves, THANK YOU and enjoy the week.

Blessings to each of you, and to your well-being!

Rob Kretzinger

CEO


DAILY DEVOTIONAL

Thurs., July 7: Rob Kretzinger, CEO, WesleyLife

Biography — Learn about the Presenter

Link — Watch the Devotional

Transcript — Read the Devotional
 

Friday, July 8: Glenn OIson, Resident, Edgewater

Biography  — Learn about the Presenter

Link — Watch the Devotional

Transcript — Read the Devotional
 

Saturday, July 9: Michael Ostermann, Team Member, Wesley Acres 

Biography — Learn about the Presenter

Link — Watch the Devotional

Transcript — Read the Devotional
 

Sunday, July 10: Rose Ellen (Rosie) Stelton, Resident, Halcyon House

Biography — Learn about the Presenter

Link — Watch the Devotional

Transcript — Read the Devotional
 

Monday, July 11: Lisa Blommers, Team Member, Park Centre

Biography — Learn about the Presenter

Link — Watch the Devotional

Transcript — Read the Devotional
 

Tuesday, July 12: John Dingemann, Driver, Meals on Wheels

Biography — Learn about the Presenter

Link — Watch the Devotional

Transcript — Read the Devotional
 

Wednesday, July 13: Gay Puthoff, Team Member, The Village

Biography — Learn about the Presenter

Link — Watch the Devotional

Transcript — Read the Devotional
 

Thursday, July 14: Donna Gilchrist, Resident, and Natasha Nikkel, Team Member, Hearthstone

Biography — Learn about the Presenters

Link — Watch the Devotional

Transcript — Read the Devotional
 

Friday, July 15: Ellis Andrews, Resident, Wesley Acres

Biography — Learn about the Presenter

Link — Watch the Devotional

Transcript — Read the Devotional