So that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. - 1 Corinthians 12:25
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Ready to do something different this year? 

Rev. Jim FruehlingAs I write this letter, we have just had the shortest day of the year. Light, and longer days, will be returning. Change is in the air, whether we’re ready or not. I heard a speaker recently remark, “People are willing to change, as long as they don’t have to do anything different!”

Rejoicing Spirits has changed so much for so many, precisely because people have been willing to do old things in new ways – to do something different.

At this time of year, my prayer is that we may recollect Christmas warmly, and anticipate with peace and joy whatever the new year is bringing. As we say at Mosaic, we look back in gratitude, and forward in faith.

May our involvement with Rejoicing Spirits be a part of the ongoing work that changes everything. May we embrace the changes that come our way as challenges to grow in grace.

May we be lifted up, as we endeavor to lift up others.

And may peace and joy come to you, and through you!

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A Place Where Everyone Belongs

Guest Post by Penny Matchen

Our Rejoicing Spirits team at Grace Lutheran Church in Hockessin, Delaware has been together for about six years, and during that time we’ve seen positive changes in the people who come to worship with us. Most of our guests are residents of Mosaic homes, but there are a few who live at home with their families. Everyone is welcome, and I do want to emphasize “everyone.”

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Grace Lutheran Church
The team at Grace Lutheran proudly displays their Rejoicing Spirits banner.

December Service Captures Essence of Rejoicing Spirits

Rejoicing Spirits services in San Angelo, Texas are always special, but the monthly service in December provided a glimpse of the original vision the founders likely had for the ministry.

The “no-shush” service, held monthly at Sierra Vista United Methodist Church, started in November 2016. For the past year, attendees with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) have been provided the opportunity to serve as acolyte, offer prayers, read scripture, pray from the heart or serve as the person who takes up the collection (mostly red paper hearts saying what congregants wish to offer to God).

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Mosaic Grows in Nebraska

President and CEO Linda TimmonsAlmost every day, Mosaic grows as new people come to us to receive supports. But today, we’re growing with a big leap in Nebraska as we acquire another service provider.

This is good for many reasons.

First, Mosaic’s foundation of faith has formed our values and the way we serve people. Our values aren’t just words on a wall; they are lived every day. Integrity, respect, safety, connection: people with disabilities deserve high quality, personalized services in a caring and safe environment. That is the goal we strive to deliver.

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