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Chaplain’s Corner “He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.” Psalm 121:3-4 Dear Christian Friends, There are days during this part of the year that are so nice I can’t get up early enough and I can’t stay up late enough. We do enjoy summer, which for many goes by very quickly! However, at the same time I sure value sleep and rest. Psalm 121 reminds us that God does not rest or sleep. We are reminded that God takes off no days and is with us always, without fail and without end. The other day the question came to mind, “What if God happened to be sleeping or taking the day off when death draws near or tragedy strikes?” It would be a frightening thing for us who depend so fully on the presence and help of God. Our loyalty and faithfulness is never perfect. Our devotion to God is less than total. Yet, in and though Jesus Christ and the Cross, God forgives us and gives us new beginnings. God’s loyalty to His children is

different. From the time the water and Word of Baptism splashed upon our ears and heads, and the Spirit entered our lives, God has been totally loyal and perfectly faithful to you and to me. Summer passes by quickly. The days come again, God willing, when I don’t care to bounce out of bed so early and stay up as late, and there is more darkness than bright sunshine. But the love and presence of God in Jesus Christ remains the same. “He who keeps your life will not slumber.” We can rest in that promise no matter what the season! In Christian Love, Pastor Phil Larson, Bethany Retirement Living

IN THIS ISSUE Chaplain’s Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Music & Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Board of Trustees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Volunteer Salute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 What’s Up at Bethany? . . . . . . . . . . . 4

July 2016

SOTY Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Trustees Named . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 IRA Gifts offer Tax Benefit . . . . . . . .6 Showing Our Gratitude . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Salad Extravaganza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8

ast fall, Bethany Retirement Living launched a new Music and Memory program. Bethany is the first certified Music and Memory program in the community. The program focuses on the amazing impact that music can have on seniors, especially those with various forms of dementia. As devices are acquired, Bethany Community Life staff and volunteers will erase the equipment and will load the personal music preferences for each of Bethany’s more than 450 residents. The player will be available any time the resident wishes to listen or can be used for entertainment, behavior management and other social interactions. Dozens of players and accessories have been donated to Bethany by generous friends. Should you wish to donate new or gently-used iPods or MP3 players, or provide iTunes gifts, please contact: Laurie Schnabel at Bethany on 42nd 701.478.8904 [email protected] or Jessica Rux at Bethany on University 701.239.3246 [email protected].


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For Your Information Sponsoring Congregations

Board of Trustees

MISSION STATEMENT To provide living opportunities in a senior community shaped by Christian values.

Please write to us at our address if you wish to have your name removed from the list to receive fund-raising requests supporting Bethany Retirement Living in the future. In the event that you contact us with this request, all reasonable effor ts will be taken to ensure that you will not receive any fund-raising communications from us in the future.

John Hertsgaard, Hertsgaard Farms Chair Allen Erickson, Gate City Bank Vice Chair Roger Olson, Meineke-Johnson Company Treasurer Jean Bokinskie, Concordia Parish Nurse Center Secretary Jerilyn Brantner Adams, Vogel Law Firm David Glatt, MD, Sanford Health Stacie Heiden, DMS Health Technologies Mary Johnson, Union State Bank Rhonda Ketterling, Retired Linda O’Halloran, Retired Kris Sheridan - Park Co. Realtors

Bethany Online I nformation relating to all facets of Bethany’s operations, as well as admissions, employment and volunteer inquiries, can be accessed 24 hours a day online at www.bethanynd.org

Bethel Lutheran, Wahpeton Bethlehem Lutheran, Fargo Buffalo Lutheran, Buffalo Christine Lutheran, Christine Davenport Lutheran, Davenport Elim Lutheran, Fargo Emmanuel Lutheran, Abercrombie Faith Lutheran, Dwight Faith Lutheran, West Fargo First Lutheran, Fargo Galchutt Lutheran, Galchutt Golden Ridge Lutheran, Fargo Herby Lutheran, Harwood Hickson Lutheran, Hickson Hope Lutheran, Fargo Horace Lutheran, Horace Kindred Lutheran, Kindred Lutheran Church of the Cross, West Fargo Maple Sheyenne Lutheran, Harwood Martin’s Lutheran, Casselton Messiah Lutheran, Fargo Mooreton Lutheran, Mooreton New Hope Lutheran, Leonard Norman Lutheran, Kindred Olivet Lutheran, Fargo Our Savior Lutheran, Page Our Savior’s Lutheran, Colfax Peace Lutheran, Fargo Pontoppidan Lutheran, Fargo Richland Lutheran, Walcott St. John Lutheran, Arthur St. John Lutheran, Embden St. John Lutheran, Fargo St. Mark’s Lutheran, Fargo St. Paul’s Lutheran, Tower City St. Peter Lutheran, Leonard Walcott Lutheran, Walcott Zion Lutheran, Harwood

About Bethany Operation


Established # of Residents

American Lutheran Homes Skilled I Nursing Care Skilled II Nursing Care Towers I Basic Care Towers II Assisted Living Bethany Personal Care Services Personal Care Services Adult Day Services Bethany Foundation Charitable Support Bethany on 42nd Gables Senior Apts & Assisted Skilled Nursing Care TCU Transitional Care

1979 1968 1963 1978

96 76 65 67

1986 1999 1986 2009 2009 2009

40 103 13

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News Briefs Bethany Salutes

Volunteers Volunteers recognized for milestone hours of volunteering include:

inda Boyd, Executive Director of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony and President of the Fargo School Board, addressed the 2016 Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon at Bethany Retirement Living. The event was held April 14 in the Larsen Chapel at Bethany on 42nd and hosted nearly 90 volunteers. Linda spoke from several perspectives – as a volunteer, as the leader of an organization that uses volunteers extensively and as a parent. She shared about how her son had the light of volunteerism ignited in him at a young age. In 2015, volunteers at Bethany gave 21,315 hours of time to support the residents. The estimated value of volunteer time for 2015 is $23.56 per hour, according to Independent Sector, a coalition of charities, foundations, corporations, and individuals that publishes research important to the nonprofit sector. Thus, the dollar value of our volunteers’ efforts equals more than $500,000. But the TRUE impact is the impact their assistance has on the quality of life for our residents.


100-249 hours Becky Anderson Kathy Blumeyer Mary Lou Cristl Lahna Church Joyce Duehr Carol Glass Carolyn Grimmet Helen Hagal Mary Ann Hansen Brad Hurner Sheila Kavanaugh Melissa Larson Julia McGuire Joanne Molstre Arianne Musolino Gayle Nesemeier Julie Norman Nancy Pratschner Myrtle Robison Nola Satrom Kathleen Setness Kathryn Schmidt Fern Softing Brenda Thompson Grant Woodward Rosemary Dimmer Coleman Shelby Treider 250-499 Hours Kathleen Beston Brenda Carlson Donna Elsner Janice Hoff Dee Johnson Jan Kjesbo

Chuck Lyche Taylor Nelson Michele McRae Tony McRae Mae Peppel Ann Perrizo Britteny Pochant Jane Radig Merillyn Rice LaVonne Rustad Patsy Schneider Ray Schneider Richard Schneider Tom Thoreson Sue Uhlir Carol Wagner Judy Wagner Mark Wagner Diane Widhalm 500-749 Hours Roger Fremo Dennis Glaser Marsha Grams Altha Johnson Marlys Oak Irene Roe Rosemary Schneider Betty Schoephoerster Vicki Sola Marian Zimmerman 750-999 Hours Marilyn Kram Marcia Ubbelohde Becky Brockberg

1,000+ Hours Benard Benson Richard Bolme Carol Holtz Tess Krumm Maxine Mattson Dirk Brevik Gary Sollid Masayo Sollid Linda Wameka Mina Zaudtke 2,000+ Hours Cheri Martin Diane Pearson Judy Pris Bernice Sims 3,000+ hours Karen Ovsak 4,000+ Hours Barbara Ferguson Shirley Kasowski 6,000+ Hours Ann Selensky 11,000+ Hours Krissy Sonewald 13,000+ Hours Carol Perry

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News Briefs What’s Up at Bethany? the building will open September 21. As of this writing, more than a third of the apartments are already rented.


• We continue to work closely with the North Dakota Long Term Care Association and other senior care facilities across the state to address the State budget projections of much lower revenue. Through the state reimbursement program, any downturn in available revenue seriously affects Bethany’s operations. This being an off year for the North Dakota Legislature, we and others are contacting local legislators and developing a budget proposal to try to keep services and staffing available to meet the growing needs of a senior population.

• Progress is being made on Bethany’s two major construction/renovation projects. At Bethany on University, extensive remodeling is taking place in the Skilled Nursing portion of the campus. Also, expanded space is being readied for activities and a growing Adult Day Program in the Towers. At Bethany on 42nd, a model apartment should be ready for showing in the new Grace Pointe Apartments the first of August and

• The F-M area workforce shortage will continue to be a concern into the near future. More than 70 percent of our operating budget is devoted to staffing-related costs and the anticipated challenges mentioned above in State reimbursement may have an impact on our staffing. To address these concerns, we have initiated some innovative and exciting measures to address the need for more caregivers. We began our own CNA training program a couple of years ago. We screen candidates for entrance to the program and waive fees when they commit to work at

his column is the first installment of a regular message that will appear in each issue of Crossroads to keep you abreast of topics of interest to the Bethany family. Should you have questions or comment about any of the subjects, please contact me or Shawn Stuhaug, President/CEO. – Grant.

2016 Senior of the Year Program Set

Mark your calendar! The 2016 Senior of the Year awards banquet will be held on Thursday, September 22 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Fargo. This event will recognize the contributions made by seniors to the fabric of our community. Honorees will be selected in five categories: business, community involvement, education/arts, faith, and health/wellness. Nominees must be aged 65 or older and reside in Cass or Richland Counties in North Dakota or Clay County in

Bethany at the completion of their training. We offer two endowed scholarships to assist our employees as they advance their education and have a loan repayment program for those completing nursing training programs. We have established a relationship with the African Assistance Program to provide CNA training for new Americans. Bethany has also built a relationship with an agency that is bringing quality nurses to the US from the Philippines. • The Board of Trustees and the Bethany Management Team have begun the process of formulating a long-term strategic plan. Among the areas being studies are the service continuum, financial performance, human resources, customer relations and partnerships with other entities. The projections for growth in the senior population (an increase of more than 24 percent in the next five years) will impact how care is delivered and in what kind of setting. How Bethany fits in the market and how we can best use our resources to meet the growing demand for services will be addressed in the plan. If you have questions or comments about any of these topics, please contact Shawn Stuhaug, President/CEO at 701.239.3523 or [email protected].

Minnesota. (They need not to have any affiliation with Bethany.) A panel of judges will review nominations and their scores will be compiled to determine award recipients in each category. The nominations deadline is August 5. Kevin Wallevand of WDAY Television will be the emcee for the event. For more information or nomination materials, contact Grant Richardson at 701.478.8910 or [email protected].

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News Briefs Bethany Trustees Named

Mary Johnson

Al Erickson

elegates from sponsoring congregations convened at the Annual Meeting of Bethany Retirement Living on April 5, 2016. Joining the Board of Trustees was Mary Johnson, Oxbow. Al Erickson, Linda O’Halloran and Stacie Heiden, Fargo, were elected to their second three-year terms..


Mary Johnson, CPA, is President of Union State Bank. She previously worked with Banner Health System. Johnson has served on the boards of Meritcare Foundation, Vocational Training Center and the Growth Initiative Fund. She is a member of Fargo West Rotary. Al Erickson is Executive Vice President of Finance, Strategic Planning, and Risk Management for Gate City Bank. He serves on the boards of Northern Lights Council of Boy Scouts of America, Village Family Services, and the North Dakota Banker’s Association Services Corp. Linda O’Halloran is retired from her role as Chief Operating Officer for Sanford Medical Center in Fargo. She previously served as Chief Clinical Officer for Lutheran Health System/Banner Health, Vice President of Patient Care for Innovis (Essentia) and Senior Vice President of Patient Care for Stamford Health in Connecticut. O’Halloran is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves on the boards of ETHOS Homecare, the North Dakota Organization of Healthcare Leaders, and the Ronald McDonald House. Stacie Heiden, CPA, is Vice President of Business Development and Strategy for Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota. She was previously a financial executive for Northstar Agri Industries, DMS Health Technologies, Innovis Health (Essentia) and Banner Health System. She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and advanced member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and a member of the North Dakota Society of CPAs.

Linda O’Halloran

Stacie Heiden

Officers elected are John Hertsgaard, Chair; Al Erickson, Vice Chair; Roger Olson, Treasurer; and Jean Bokinskie, Secretary. Other Trustees include Jerilyn Brantner-Adams, Rhonda Ketterling, and Kris Sheridan, all of Fargo, and Dr. David Glatt, West Fargo. Harriette McCaul, Fargo, retired from the Board after serving two three-year terms.




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News Briefs IRA Gifts Offer Income Tax Benefit For several years, owners of qualified Individual Retirement Accounts have been able to directly donate all or a portion of the required minimum distribution to qualified charities without having to include the distribution amount as income. Several donors have taken advantage of this option to support the mission of Bethany. The following information is excerpted from an Internal Revenue Service publication dealing with the issue:

Special Charitable Contributions for Certain IRA Owners As an alternative method for donating to a charity, certain taxpayers may transfer funds from their IRA to an eligible charitable organization. Here are ten things taxpayers who are thinking about making such a donation will need to know. 01. The IRA owner must be age 70½ or older. 02. The donor must directly transfer the money tax-free to an eligible organization. 03. The maximum amount that an IRA owner may transfer annually tax-free is $100,000 to an eligible organization. 04. This option, created in 2006, was permanently extended in 2015 and is available to eligible IRA owners, regardless of whether they itemize their deductions.

05. Distributions from employer-sponsored retirement plans, including SIMPLE IRAs and simplified employee pension plans – commonly referred to as SEP Plans – are not eligible. 06. To qualify, the funds must be contributed directly by the IRA trustee to the eligible charity. 07. Amounts transferred are not taxable and no deduction is available for the amount given to the charity unless non-deductible contributions are transferred. 08. Not all charities are eligible. For example, donoradvised funds and supporting organizations are not eligible recipients. 09. Transferred amounts are counted in determining whether the owner has met the IRA’s required minimum distribution rules. Where individuals have made nondeductible contributions to their traditional IRAs, a special rule treats transferred amounts as coming first from taxable funds, instead of proportionately from taxable and nontaxable funds, as would be the case with regular distributions. If non-deductible contributions are transferred to an eligible organization, a charitable contribution deduction may be allowed if itemizing deductions. 10. More information about qualified charitable distributions can be found in Publication 590, Individual Retirement Arrangements. Those considering making such a gift to support Bethany should contact Grant Richardson because we want to ensure that the gift is executed properly so you are able to receive the greatest tax benefit. Call 701.478.8910.

This information is provided for educational purposes only and is not to be considered legal or tax advice. Individuals should contact their attorneys and financial advisors for guidance in their specific circumstance.

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Expressing Our Gratitude We gratefully acknowledge the following gifts received between March 1, 2016 and June 20, 2016. Memorials of $100 or more are listed in two places. ANNUAL GIVING $2,500 or more Dakota Medical Foundation SCA Personal Care Nellie J. Svee Fund $1,000 to $2,499 Elmer & Kaya Berg Foundation Fargo-Moorhead Area Foundation $500 to $999 Anonymous Donors Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Fargo Dean Hashbarger and Family Hope Lutheran Church, Fargo Mary Rustad Randall & Janice Wigen $250 to $499 Alma Berg Faith Lutheran Church, West Fargo Jane & Mark Kelly Neal & Kay Larson Grant & Michelle Richardson $100 to $249 Adam & Jessica Broers Hickson Lutheran Church, Hickson Joyce & Bruce Linnerud Fowler Evan & Marie Moe Valerie & Jerome Mogard Harold & Marion Novodvorsky Richard & Nannette Petersen Mabel M. Sacrison Alice H. Schlotfeldt Shawn & Tanya Stuhaug Saerm Su Jonathan & Rhonda Tolbert Curtis Trautman Paul & Amy Tronsgard Harris & Arlyce Widmer OTHER ANNUAL GIFTS Barakamfitiye Asha Alyssa Berg Ronald Briggs Taylor Bruer Manda Cariveau Virginia T. Duval

David & Debbie Feyh Kayla R. Green Myrna Hanson Shannon Hauge Heidi & Fred Heilman Brad & Judy Heinz Tiffeny & Jens Hestdalen Dawn & Myron Hummel Lisa & Brad Kittelson Mary Lou Levin Jathan McIntyre Ken & Ilene McLean Mille Lacs Wild Rice Corp. Tim & Nancy Miller Terrance R. Nelson Chung S. Park Alyce Parrott Cassandra Price Derrick Rasmussen Heather & John Reimer Katie Schmidt Melissa Schmidt Thrivent Financial Muriel Vincent Estate

Martin Lutheran Church, Casselton Dennis McIntire Keith Mickelson Patricia Montano Douglas Murphy Kevin Napper George & Beverly Papacek Brenda Schroeder Norma Schultz Betty J Sholl Deb Sveum Linda Sword Margaret Templin Scott Westall Randall & Janice Wigen Greg Wolsky Tom Wurst Shirley Zurn IN MEMORY OF… Irene Altendorf • Karen Altendorf Arthur Anderson • Leslie Hage

IN-KIND GIFTS Brent Allen Karen Altendorf Jayne Bancroft Arvid & Mary Ann Berg Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Fargo David & Vicki Bowe Patty & Don Bricker Jessie Brown Betty Carlson Hiram & Ada Drache Walter Dusek Marion Ellingson Patricia Filipi Diane Flesberg Cheryl Gorder Nicki Graham Gary Grendahl Rhianna Grote Leslie Hage Mark & Lenae Harless Dean Hashbarger Spencer Hildre Timothy & Joanne Huckle Interagency Program for Assistive Technology Carolyn Italiano Kathryn Kibler Sandi Kimmet Tony Knoll Bonnie Kramer Linda Lembke Susan Lynch Robert Lyngstad, Jr.

Frank Bancroft • Jayne Bancroft Anita Borgman • Patricia Filipi David S. Bowe • David Bowe Johanna Bricker • Patty & Don Bricker Robert Carr • Robert & Bernice Braun • Edwin & Maxine Kallander • Susan Lynch Carolyn Dahl • Richard & Shirley Bolme • Veljean Brown • Don G. & Mary Ann Hansen • Jane & Mark Kelly • Clinton & Diane Lehmann • Michael & CeCe Rohwedder • Sharon Weinstein Nellie Dusek • Walter Dusek

Kenneth Erickson • Carroll Johnsen • Agnes Liudahl Everett Flesberg • Diane Flesberg

Dennis Levin • Mary Lou Levin Dale Mackenzie • Kenneth & Margaret Dahl

Esther Flowers • Paul & Bette Vandersteen

Allen Mickelson • Agnes Liudahl • Keith Mickelson • Evan & Marie Moe • Richard & Nanette Petersen

Phyllis Hashbarger • Family

Jackie Napper • Kevin Napper

Lester Helmeke • Linda Sword

Louise Nather • Mabel Sacrison

Robert Hendricks • Nancy Hendricks Marvin Hildre • Spencer Hildre

George Reynolds • Lois Malling • Harold & Marion Novodvorsky • Paul Reynolds

Connie Hunder • Peg O’Neill

Yola Reynolds • Paul Reynolds

Leone Kay Johnson • Betty Carlson

Bernice Rice • Kenneth & Margaret Dahl

Norma Flore • Linda Lembke

Martha Knoll • Tony Knoll Gladys Larrabee • Dennis McIntire Herman Lee • Alexandra Bare • Carol Dyrdahl • Joel & Debra Haugen • Craig & Karen Hertsgaard • John & Jean Hertsgaard • Timothy & Joanne Huckle • M. Donald Larsen • Robert & Jan Lund • Michael & Linda Lee Sand • Ruth Wibe • Harris & Arlyce Widmer • Widmer Roel, CPAs Lenora Lee • Mark & Lanae Harless

Leslie Schroeder • Brenda Schroeder Shirley Schultz • Norma Schultz Glorella Sveum • Deb Sveum Viona Trautman • Roger & Suzon Ellenson • Curtis Trautman Myrtle Tronson • Sandi Kimmet Marion Weisgarber • Kenneth & Margaret Dahl James Westall • Benora Bernier • Marion Troftgruben Orlando Wigen • Randy & Jan Wigen

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continued from page 7 Wally Wolsky • Marie Bergquist • Greg Wolsky Kenneth Zurn • Shirley Zurn IN HONOR OF… Wencil Dusek • Walter Dusek Linda Haag • Bernadette & George Lies Dorothy Hageberg • Tom Wurst Mary Ellen Maltry • Marie Bergquist Lois Movold • Rhianna Grote • Denise Grote Bernice Sims • Bernadette & George Lies Gary & Masayo Sollid • Bernadette & George Lies Jonathan Tolbert • George & Beverly Papacek Evelyn Zelenak • Cheryl Gorder

First-Ever Salad Extravaganza! With the success of the annual Soup of the Day events, the Bethany Auxiliary though they’d take a crack at a similar summertime event. On Wednesday, July 13, they hosted their inaugural Salad Extravaganza! Nearly thirty Auxiliary members, other volunteers, family members and employees provided a bowlful of their favorite salad. Breadsmith generously provided dozens of delicious dinner rolls and Bethany Dining Services provided beverages and other supplies. Residents and their families, employees, friends of Bethany and the public filled the Resident Center at Bethany on 42nd to enjoy the wide variety of salads and accompaniments. The offering generated several hundred dollars that will be used by the Auxiliary to purchase services and supplies to enhance the quality of life for our residents.

Please Consider Bethany... Your will (or living trust) indicates your intentions, then provides the power to accomplish them. This document remains the key element in most estate plans. Bethany Retirement Living depends greatly on outright gifts and unconditional bequests so that it can faithfully serve persons with special needs. An example of a charitable bequest favoring Bethany Retirement Living is as follows: I give, devise and bequeath to Bethany Homes, Inc., a qualified 501(c)(3)non-profit corporation in Fargo, North Dakota, $_______ or ___% of my residuary estate to be used by Bethany Retirement Living.