Serve Magazine from Concordia Plan Services Winter 2017 - Page 9
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
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
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
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 (silversneakers.com) or by calling 888-423-
4632, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. ET, Monday-Friday.
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