Welcome to Together Plus, a digital companion to Timbercrest’s Together newsletter.  You will now be able to see regular updates of Timbercrest events and news.  This blog will also feature more photos and details from events.  Be sure to follow us so that you don’t miss a single post!Image

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Tour of Homes

Timbercrest is hosting a Tour of Homes on Friday, May 17th.  We will have 4 of our neighborhood homes open for individuals interested in moving to the Timbercrest Campus.  Homes will vary in size and location and following the tour, lunch will be provided.  Since we will be using our bus to travel throughout the campus, seating will be limited.  If you are interested in touring our neighborhood homes and visiting the Timbercrest campus contact Mary Beth Gast today to make a reservation!

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Friends of Timbercrest Spring Day

On April 20th  Friends of Timbercrest is excited to announce that Dr. Wilbur Glenn Williams  will be our speaker for Spring Day.  Dr. Williams is a Professor of Biblical Literature and Archaeology at Indiana Wesleyan University.  He has taughter over 17,000 students and published many articles and three books.  His books include:  “From Sand to Glass” a book of poetry, “How to Find Your Maximum Happiness” based on the Ten Commandments, and a Commentary on the book of Genesis.  He is currently writing a book on God’s Grand Design and Satan’s Counter Plan.

Dr. Williams has been active on Indian archaeological digs in this country, but more active on excavations in Israel and North Africia.  He has dug for over 40 years.  He usually takes 4 to 5 groups of people to tour the various Bible Lands each year or to do archaeological work in the summer.  He personally has completed 155 trips to the Bible Lands.

Dr. Williams plans to portray Indiana Jones and take us on a humorous and informative dig of the Bible Lands at 10:00 am in the Timbercrest Assembly Room.  Plan to participate in this dig and join us for coffee hour at 9:00 am in the Courtyard Dining Room.

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Timbercrest Celebrates 45 Years Serving the North Manchester Community!

Today is spring – or is it?  The calendar says it is spring but the weather outside is no indicator that spring has actually sprung.  Has the weather really changed over the years?  No! Let us explain.

It was March 12, 1968 and moving day for the residents of the Mexico Home.  They would be relocating to their new home in North Manchester, Timbercrest.  It was met with mixed emotions by the residents.  After many had been moved to Timbercrest there was approximately 8 individuals left to eat their usual family style supper around the table at the Mexico Home.  Orville Sherman offered prayer and started the custom of singing a hymn before the meal.  He noticed that he was the only one singing and the meal was eaten in almost complete silence.  A big change had started for these residents and one that was full of great anticipation and yet some fear. 

What does this memory of Timbercrest have to do with spring?  The residents who had already made the move to their new home had completed that journey during a snow storm.    I guess two things can be gained from this historical event, one is change is inevitable and can many times be for our personal betterment and the weather has always been unpredictable no matter what the calendar says.  So, embrace the change life brings you and if you do not like the weather in Indiana, wait a day it will change. 

Enjoy the first day of Spring 2013!!

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Festival of Ice 2013

This past Saturday’s Festival of Ice was a huge success!  Timbercrest would like to extend a big “thank you” to all of our sponsors: Beacon Credit Union, Manchester Family Dentistry, Manchester University, McKee Mortuary and Midwest Poultry.  Each of these local businesses sponsored a block of ice.  We would also like to thank the youth group from the Liberty Mills Church of the Brethren for doing an excellent job of serving refreshments.

The sculptures are still standing on Timbercrest’s front lawn, so feel free to come out and see them or take pictures before they melt.  If you can’t make it out to Timbercrest, enjoy the photos below!

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American Heart Month

American Heart Month

This month, hearts aren’t just showing up on valentines.  February is American Heart Month to raise awareness of heart disease-the number one killer in America.  Although many people are genetically predisposed to cardiovascular conditions, there are several ways to help prevent heart disease.  The American Heart Association offers “Life’s Simple 7,” a guide that addresses the most effective ways to prevent heart problems.

1) Get Active. Timbercrest residents can add more activity to their daily routine by attending exercise Monday-Friday at 8:45 am.  They can also participate in Tai Chi on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:15 am or Strength Training at 9:15 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Residents can use the equipment in the exercise room at any time.

2) Control Cholesterol.  If you keep your cholesterol in check, you are less likely to have clogged or blocked arteries, as cholesterol is a substance that builds up in arteries over time.  Have regular cholesterol screenings done at your doctor’s office to determine how to control your cholesterol.

3) Eat Better. Healthy foods help keep cholesterol and blood sugar low and energy high.  Timbercrest residents who are looking for healthier food choices can look for it

ems with a heart next to them on their menus.

4) Manage blood pressure.  According to the American Heart Association, high blood pressure is the number one risk factor for heart disease.  The best ways to keep blood pressure low are to eat a diet low in sodium, exercise and refrain from smoking.

5) Maintain a healthy weight.  Being overweight can contribute to high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, while being significantly underweight can be just as detrimental to your heart. The best way to determine your healthiest body weight is to talk with your physician.

6) Reduce blood sugar. If you are diabetic, your doctor will work with you to develop a plan for controlling your blood sugar and managing your diabetes.  Those who are not diabetic, can help prevent the disease by limiting consumption of sugary drinks, such as soda, and other candies or desserts high in sugar.  Moderation is the key!

7) Stop smoking.  Smoking damages the circulatory and respiratory systems, making it hard for the heart to pump blood throughout the body.  If you are a smoker, quitting can increase your life span almost immediately!

How do you plan to protect your heart this month?


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Social Security Change

GoDirectIf you receive Social Security benefits you have probably heard that the Treasury Department is phasing out paper checks and that all benefits will soon be disbursed electronically.  You have until March 1, 2013 to decide how you would like to receive future benefits.

There are two options for receiving payments.

  1. Funds can be deposited directly into a bank account of your choice.
  2. Benefits can be put onto a Direct Express Mastercard debit card

It is very important to consider both options before choosing.  The first option is great for Timbercrest residents who rely on Social Security funds to pay their monthly bills because Timbercrest does not accept credit or debit card payments. Option #2 is great for people who do not have bank accounts.  Keep in mind that for most transactions, the debit card has no fees, but there are some special circumstances in which a fee may be assessed.  For a full list, click here.

Once you have decided how you would like to receive your benefits, you can register your choice at www.godirect.org or by calling 1 (800) 333-1795.  If you would like the funds to be deposited into a bank account, you can also go to your bank or credit union for assistance.

Don’t forget!  You only have 29 more days to make the change!

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Event Update: Festival of Ice

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Timbercrest will host the Second Annual Festival of Ice on Saturday, February 16 from 10 AM until 1 PM. Once again there will be  two carvers on Timbercrest’s front lawn creating six ice sculptures over the course of three hours.  There will be places to watch the festivities inside and outside.  This year there will be patio heaters to make it more comfortable to watch the carving outside.

One of the 2012 Festival of Ice carvers, Jim Houser, will return with another carver.  Jim is the owner of Sub-Zero Ice Sculptures, and he participates in international competitions.

We will serve refreshments in the Rose Garden Dining Room.  There will be chili, cookies, coffee and hot chocolate served by the Liberty Mills Church of the Brethren Youth Group.

Local businesses were invited to participate again by sponsoring a block of ice.  This year’s sponsors are Manchester University, Beacon Credit Union, McKee Mortuary, Midwest Poultry and Manchester Family Dentistry.

Mark your calendar and plan to attend the Festival of Ice on Saturday, February 16, starting at 10 AM.  Hope to see you there!

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