Spring is in the air; it’s Easter weekend; and Maranatha Village Chapel is reopening following months of lockdown due to COVID-19. This is big news! Once again worship services are available for Independent Living Residents and friends.

Residents are singing with the Psalmist David, “I rejoiced with those who said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord .’”


Maranatha Village library is a treasure available to all residents. Located in the Northwood Apartment building, it houses several thousand books, over 300 DVDs, dozens of jigsaw puzzles, photocopies at five cents a page, and hand-made greeting cards.

The library is open daily on a self-service basis. Residents discover the treasure and are enriched!

Our library is just one of the many reasons why we’re not a nursing home, we’re much better! Contact us or visit to find out why our residents love it here.


Chaplain Darryl Paddock has served as Maranatha Village Chaplain for 22 years. Canadian by birth, he has served as our Canadian Chaplain. A few days ago, he became a naturalized citizen of the United States. This called for a celebration.

Maranatha Village residents put out their American flags. US citizen Darryl Paddock toured the village in an open convertible amid the cheers and best wishes of his friends. Now, he is one of us!

Vaccine Updates

After over a year of masking, social distancing, and quarantining, I am ready for some herd immunity! But how do we get there? How can YOU get vaccinated?

Why should I get this shot?

  • To protect yourself
  • To protect your loved ones
  • To protect your neighbors
  • To protect those that can’t protect themselves

How do I sign up?

Call your primary care physician or pharmacy for advice. However, not all offices or pharmacies currently have the vaccine available since it is in such short supply. Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club have recently started offering the vaccine for eligible individuals. A list of locations where the vaccine can be offered is found at Covid Vaccine | Map (

Another option is to call your local health department. According to the latest updates available, Cox, Mercy and Jordan Valley all have sign-up lists that are available on the Springfield Greene County Health Department website Vaccine for High Risk Individuals, 65+ Population | Springfield, MO – Official Website

Another helpful website to register to receive the vaccine is Covid Vaccine (

The VA is currently following CDC guidelines for their administration schedule. Per the information I received, the VA will call you when you qualify for your first dose of vaccine, but you are more than encouraged to receive it elsewhere, if the opportunity arises. For any further information regarding the VA, please visit Gene Taylor Veterans’ Outpatient Clinic – Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks (

As for our campus, Walgreens has come to the Lodge to offer immunizations to our residents/staff, with a large majority of the residents and staff having already received their second dose. Jenni Hall, COO, has attempted to set-up an immunization clinic on-campus for Independent Living, but has not yet been successful.

We still have a long road ahead of us, but it’s looking better every day! So please continue to #maskup and social distance per CDC guidelines. #PremierRehabilitation #MVLife #FauciOuchie #herdimmunity


Most seniors understand the dangers associated with a fall, especially among the very elderly. A weather forecast predicting freezing temperatures and ice is taken seriously. Schedules may be adjusted and proper precautions taken.   

The current icy condition has generated a type of lockdown. Everyone is watching their step. Recognizing the danger involved, the Maranatha Village maintenance team immediately began to salt sidewalks, driveways, and streets. One resident watching this process from the inside looking out, said: “I’m being spoiled, but loving it!”

Learn to Love Your Heart

What is the first thing that comes to mind when someone says February? Is it cupid? A cute little groundhog predicting our weather for the next 6 weeks? As a nurse, my first thought is often that February is American Heart Month, a month that tries to bring increased awareness to heart disease and stroke. Now we all know the importance of keeping our heart healthy, but what are some ways that we can keep our ticker in tip-top shape?

It’s OK to follow your heart,

but take your brain with you.

1. Know your risk factors. While some major risk factors cannot be changed, such as increasing age, being male, going through menopause or hereditary disease, others can be altered. These include stress levels, smoking or alcohol intake, hypertension, obesity, lack of physical activity, poor sleep hygiene, diabetes, poor nutrition or high cholesterol.

2. An apple a day. A diet high in saturated fats, sodium and cholesterol contribute to heart disease. Many physicians promote following the Mediterranean diet to improve over-all health, and includes things such as fish, whole grains and olive oil in exchange for vegetable oils. The DASH diet is also popular among physicians and stands for a Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension. It includes fruit, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins, as well finding flavorful alternatives to adding salt to meals.

3. Get up and move! Even something as simple as taking a walk can reduce your risk of heart disease. Start a walking club with friends and family, as long as you can adhere to current social distancing practices. As an added bonus, exercise can also boost your immunity in the winter months.

4. Schedule some “me time.” Focusing on things that make you happy can decrease stress levels, improve productivity, and relieve physical ailments. Create a cozy space, snuggle your pets, or unplug from social media to give your mind a chance to reset.

5. Be grateful. Every day is a gift, regardless of how difficult it may feel at times, especially now. Give yourself a pat on the back for things you have accomplished today, even if it is as small a task as putting the laundry away. Tell your spouse, friend, or co-worker that you appreciate having them in your life.

6. Practice good sleep hygiene. This includes maintaining a routine sleep schedule, avoiding daytime naps, not using laptops/tablets or cell phones in bed, and creating a quiet, calming space to rest in.

7. Trust the professionals. Most importantly, follow the guidelines provided by your primary care doctor and consult him/her before starting any new diets or exercise programs, and comply with any prescribed medications.

For more information regarding heart disease, exercise and diet please visit the American Heart Association website American Heart Association | To be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives


Chaplain Shawn Oberg visited Jeanette Fox in the Long-Term Care activities center. Two happy people!

Chaplain Oberg says: “Among my various roles and duties at Maranatha Village, visiting residents is among my favorite activities. I do this with Long Term Residents, as well as those in Assisted Living and also in Independent Living.

I enjoy getting to know all the truly wonderful residents! And I love hearing their stories of life – Life in their careers, their families, their military service, and Life in Jesus! Sometimes it is serious, sometimes funny, and sometimes “puzzling”!

Absolutely Wonderful

Esther Corey (left) and her late husband, Hugh Corey, ministered together for many years, as did Bonnie Wilkerson and her late husband, John Wilkerson. Esther and Bonnie both moved to Maranatha Village to settle into a Christian community.

Esther has lived in the Village for eight years; Bonnie has made the Village her home for one year. They have similar backgrounds, know a lot of the same people, and have become good friends. Thus, it was natural for them to respond to a neighbor’s invitation to a brunch. The fellowship at Maranatha Village is absolutely wonderful!


“A Savior has been born” Luke 2:11

Joy bells are ringing in Maranatha Village! Happiness prevails! The Maranatha family is launching this Christmas season with gusto! It is the Savior’s birthday! Decorations are springing up on streets, buildings and houses. Residents are exchanging gifts with their neighbors, such as: homemade candy, nuts, fruit, baked goods and beautiful cards. It is a wonderful time of the year.

Christmas cheer ripples through the Village even during these difficult days. Residents are encouraging one another. Dedicated staff are like family to those who cannot have visitors during the pandemic. Residents have hope for the Savior does not change in a changing world.

Praises ring out across the Village thanking Jesus for coming to earth!