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staff formed its own team, and local LCMS association churches and schools were encouraged to join in as a way to help motivate their own workers to improve their well-being. Many of the 14 area congregations were represented. To tie in the event to “Be Well … Serve Well,” Roeske encouraged her staff to record their steps during the training months leading up to the event. She also showed faculty and staff how to submit their race results to Vitality so they could earn points for participating. The event will continue in the future, with the goal of boosting the number of participants and bringing even more people on campus. Organizers also want to strengthen outreach to the local LCMS grade schools to help their staffs understand how to use Vitality in their own wellness programs. The organizers plan to be more purposeful with announcements and ads to improve community involvement. More participants will bring more funds for worthy causes like tuition assistance and helping needy school fami- lies, but that’s not the ultimate goal. “Our ministry goes beyond wellness,” says Roeske. “Each time someone new Students, parents and alumni push the pace at the start of the race. Pictured left to right: Jonah Jurss, Jacob Jurss, Joshua Prichard, Adam Norlander, Elizabeth Matz and Connor Buss. steps on our campus, they enter the mission field. They meet our staff and students who shine the love of Christ in both word and deed. They witness a school that both offers a great education and shares with students every day the most important message: forgiveness and salvation through Jesus. The more we can share that message with the community, the better!” Now that’s a cause worth championing. Gym Rewards are Back! Make a New Year’s resolution to improve your health by joining a fitness center. Take advantage of the Concordia Health Plan benefits available to you as a member: Active Workers or Pre-65 Retirees Through the Vitality program, get up to a $250 rebate check to help pay for your gym membership. See details at the Vitality website (accessed through Retirees (with CHP Medicare Supplemental coverage) Get a free gym membership through the SilverSneakers fitness program. You can even use your free membership to access the more than 12,000 locations nationwide when you travel. Learn more by going to the SilverSneakers website ( or by calling 888-423- 4632, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. ET, Monday-Friday. | Serve 9