Being One with Watercolor

Being ONE with Watercolor with Brian Gordy

PS060717 — 2D Visual Art 
This workshop is geared toward landscape painting with exercises to help you let go the reins to allow a watercolor to happen. Brian will impart his techniques for developing detail, creating texture, and “putting the painting together.” Color theory, mixing, masking and brush properties will be addressed.
  • Wednesday-Friday, June 7-9, 2017; 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT
  • Brian Gordy, facilitator
  • Includes lunch each day. Materials list to be found on the website.
  • MoonTree Paint Studio
Indiana Artisan Brian Gordy lives in Muncie. He has taught art at the university level & privately for over 25 years.  Throughout his career, his paintings have depicted the landscapes of the Midwest & the north woods of Michigan and Canada. 
Brian is a signature member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America & the Red River Watercolor Society. His works are included in several permanent collections & have been featured in The Best of Watercolor Vol. 3, “Arts Indiana,” “Snowy Egret,” & “Lake Superior” magazines.
Register by Friday, May 26!

Camp Evergreen Grief Camp – Volunteers and Campers Needed!

Camp Evergreen, a Free Children’s Grief Camp has Expanded

Volunteers & Campers Needed


Mishawaka, IN – The Annual Camp Evergreen, a grief camp for youth and teens, has expanded to two separate camp experiences.  Camp Evergreen is a free grief camp for children who have experienced the death of someone important in their life.

Camp Evergreen Youth Day Camp 6 – 12 years old

Saturday, August 26, 2017

8 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.


Camp Evergreen Teen Camp 13 – 17 years old

Friday, June 2 – Sunday, June 4


According to Camp Director, Nancy Patterson, MA, Camp Evergreen assists youth and teens in realizing that many others have experienced death and educates them on the grief process and positive ways to cope. “Camp Evergreen is a fun and safe place for kids and teens that have experienced the death of a loved one to come together and realize that they are not alone,” states Patterson. “Along with grief education and sharing about their love ones, Camp Evergreen offers kids and teens an enjoyable experience which includes swimming, canoeing, youth horseback riding, a teen challenge course, art and crafts, and much more.”

Camp Evergreen, sponsored by Center for Hospice Care (CHC), is provided free to all campers as a community service. Transportation to and from camp is also included.

Volunteers Needed. In addition to campers, volunteers are needed for both camps. Adult buddies for each youth camper and for small groups of teen campers provide support throughout camp. Adult volunteers are also needed to assist with camp activities. All volunteers must attend one 3-hour training session offered at the times listed:

Campers and volunteers must complete an application packet to participate in camp. For more information or to request a packet, contact Nancy Patterson, (574) 255-1064 or

Hospital names new CFO

La Porte, Starke Hospitals name new Chief Financial Officer


La Porte, Ind. – La Porte Hospital CEO Ashley Dickinson announced today Drew Keesbury has been selected as Chief Financial Officer for La Porte and Starke Hospitals. Keesbury was selected after a series of interviews with hospital staff.


Keesbury obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne, and a Master of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University.  Previously, he operated as controller for Dupont Hospital in Fort Wayne. Most recently, he served as assistant CFO and interim CFO at Porter Regional Hospital.


“Our focus at La Porte Hospital over the next couple of years will be growth, including building the new hospital. Drew brings with him a strong commitment to work collaboratively with hospital leaders and service lines to identify and implement key strategies for growth. We look forward to having him on our team,” Dickinson said.


Keesbury looks forward to becoming involved in the La Porte community.

Lukenbill at Center at Donaldson



DONALDSON, IN — May is National Elder Law Month.  To that end, the Catherine Kasper Life Center, a ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ at The Center at Donaldson, presents a discussion of Elder Law topics. Adam Lukenbill, attorney at law will be the presenter on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. EDT in Cana Hall at The Center at Donaldson, 9601 Union Road, Donaldson, Indiana.


Mr. Lukenbill will speak on a variety of subjects important to seniors, their families and caregivers regarding their legal rights. Topics he’ll speak about include, Advance Directives, Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, Guardianships, Estate Planning and the Medicaid application process.


Mr. Lukenbill focuses on Elder Law, including estate planning, estate and trust administration, asset protection, long-term nursing home planning, and the protection of beneficiaries with special needs. A 2003 graduate of Purdue University and a 2007 graduate of Indiana University Mauer School of Law, he also serves on the board of directors of Ancilla College, is vice president of the Marshall County Council on Aging and the president of the Marshall County Bar Association and is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law. He is a partner at Lukenbill & Lukenbill, LLP in Plymouth.


Please join us for this free, informative evening.


For more information, please call Tiffany Hardy, Admissions Case Management Coordinator, at 574-935-1744.

Explore Nature Through Glass

Seeing Anew as you Explore Nature through Transparent Glass

WS061017 — 2D Visual Art 
Inspired by the early summer environment, we’ll translate the color of the natural world to a layered glass “painting” that will be fused in a kiln as a lasting journal of your experience.
  • Saturday & Sunday, June 10 & 11, 2017; 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT
  • Gloria Badiner, facilitator
  • Includes materials, equipment & lunch each day.
  • MoonTree Wood Shop
Gloria Badiner is a scientist and studio artist in rural Southwest Michigan. Her studio, Arts & Artifacts, makes commissioned and custom kiln formed glass for architects, designers and furniture makers. Her sculptures include fused, kiln cast, sand cast and dalle de’ verre works mostly on an intimate scale and are often mixed with copper, silver, stone, bone and found elements. The themes of night and day, nature and human ritual are strong influences woven into her work.

Gloria also serves as a technical consultant to the glass and ceramic industry and teaches kiln forming throughout the United States.

Register by Wednesday, May 24!

Meet Libby from Earthworks

Our second of three Summer Staff memebers
is a former
Earthworks Day Camper
Hi, my name is Libby and I am going to be a senior at Knox High School this fall.
One of my favorite things to do is play softball. I am a captain of our varsity softball team at Knox in the spring, and in the summer I play for a team that travels to different tournaments all over Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, and Ohio. I play first and third base. I’m also a member of my school’s speech team where I compete in a form of debate.
When I’m not playing softball, I love to spend as much time outdoors as I can. I have a passion for science and nature, and would like to become a neurobiologist one day. I am super excited to be a part of the Earthworks Summer Staff, and I can’t wait to meet all of the kids that come to the day camps.

New Leadership elected at Donaldson



DONALDSON, IN — Following a process of discernment and prayer, the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Chapter delegates, during the Provincial Chapter of Elections held April 28-30, elected a leadership team who will direct them during the next four years. Sister Judith Diltz was re-elected as provincial and Sister Michele Dvorak was re-elected as first councilor. Sister Joetta Huelsmann and Sister Margaret Anne Henss were newly elected as councilors.


Sister Judith Diltz, a native of Mishawaka, Indiana, took her first vows as a Poor Handmaid in 1969.  Since that time, she has ministered in education and served the Poor Handmaid Community. She taught English at Bishop Dwenger High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana; Mater Dei High School and Kaskaskia College in Breese, Illinois; Marian High School in Mishawaka; and was the English and Humanities Professor/Faculty Assessment Coordinator at Ancilla College in Donaldson, Indiana.  Sr. Judith also served as the PHJC Vocation Director, Postulant /Affiliate Director, and Director for Development.  She was Provincial from 2013 to 2017.


Sister Michele Dvorak has ministered in education since 1976.  She has been a teacher and principal in Indiana and Illinois and a Professor at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, Indiana where she also held the position of Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs.  For the past four years, she served as first councilor of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. Sister Michele was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and took her first vows in 1976.


Sister Joetta Huelsmann has served in different ministries since taking her final vows in 1972. She was a teacher, parish minister, director of religious education, pastoral associate, retreat house staff, and co-director and director of John XXIII Retreat Center in Hartford City. Sister Joetta previously served on the Provincial Team as councilor from 1997 to 2005. She was born in Breese, Illinois.


Sister Margaret Anne Henss, born in Trenton, Illinois, has been an educator, and controller and treasurer for the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ American Province.  She has ministered at HealthVisions Midwest in Hammond, Indiana since 2008 as financial assistant/special projects and as the director of Mission and Communications. Sister Margaret Anne took final vows in 1973.


Installation of the Provincial Leadership team will be held July 9, 2017 in the Ancilla Domini Chapel, Donaldson.


As the Provincial Leadership Team begins its term of office, the Sisters minister with the knowledge of the congregation’s prayerful support. It is through dedication of the Sisters, Associates, members of the Fiat Spiritus Community, co-workers, and those serving in sponsored ministries that the charism of Blessed Mary Catherine Kasper, foundress of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, continues to have a rippling effect in our society and the world.

The benefits of taking a cruise

We all know vacations are good for the heart, mind, and soul.   Plus they are just plain fun!   Take a second to read some of the benefits of taking a cruise.   Interested?   Jump on over to our directory – we have 2 members that would be happy to help you book your next trip.  AND – did you know most travel agents can set you up for an extended payment plan towards your cruise?
Discover the Benefits of Cruises
In this economy, many people are steering clear of very expensive getaways. One advantage of taking a cruise is the amazing pricing. Most cruise lines are all-inclusive packages. This includes a person’s cruise fare, lodging, food and some onboard entertainment and sightseeing. Cruise lines make it easy for the worrisome traveler by including everything they need. Instead of having to book plane tickets, call a hotel and then have to pay for food and entertainment separately, cruises offer it all. When a cruise trip is booked, the traveler can rest easy knowing no further calls have to be made, except to figure out their transportation to the port of departure.