Past Events at Lutheran SeniorLife

Below is a listing of past events hosted at on- and off-campus locations.
For a list of upcoming events, visit our Events page.

"Home Sweet Home" Gingerbread House Contest

When: Saturday, December 02, 2017 - 7:30pmWhere: Passavant Community, Abundant Life Center

Get your gingerbread on!

Passavant Community is holding a Gingerbread House contest as part of its Abundant Lights celebration. All residents, staff, families and members of the Zelienople community are invited to enter.

Completed houses can be brought to the Abundant Life Center between Weendsday, November 29 and Thursday, November 30th at 4 p.m. The houses will be on display in the Music Room during the Abundant Lights festival on Saturday, December 2, beginning at 4 p.m. Winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded that evening at 7:30 p.m.

Click here for contest rules. For additional information, contact Jody Gulish, director of Community Life, at (724) 452-3534.


Abundant Lights Christmas Festival

When: Saturday, December 02, 2017 -
4:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: Passavant Community

Everyone is welcome to usher in the holiday season at the Passavant Community Abundant Lights Christmas Festival!

Come and enjoy plenty of holiday entertainment, treats, children's activities, horse-drawn carriage rides, a basket raffle and much more in our Abundant Life Center.

Medicare Presentation

When: Friday, December 01, 2017 -
11:00am to 12:30pm
Where: Overbrook Pointe, Mars, PA

Join us for an informal, yet educational Medicare Options presentation at Overbrook Pointe, 1500 Graham Way, Mars, PA.  Brian Gabauer, licensed agent with Insurance Services of Zelienople, will review Medicare Part A Hospitalization, Part B Medical, Part C Medicare Advantage and Part D Prescription Coverage. 

Longest Night/Blue Christmas Services Offered

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 6:00pm to Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 7:30pm

The holidays are a difficult time for those experiencing the loss of a loved one. The following Blue Christmas services are available to provide comfort. Please join us.

Wednesday, November 29 – 6 p.m. Dinner*, 7 p.m. Candlelight Service

Ingomar Church, 1501 West Ingomar Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237   (412) 364-3613 ext. 206

*Dinner is free, but registration is requested by November 26.

Sunday, December 3 - 7 p.m.

St. John's Lutheran Church, 2601 Highland Avenue, New Castle, PA 16105   (724) 654-2642

Saturday, December 16 – 7 p.m.

Church of the Redeemer, 5700 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217   (412) 422-7100

Sunday, December 17 – 6 p.m.

House of Prayer Lutheran Church, 2100 Irwin Street, Aliquippa, PA 15001   (724) 375-2033

Sunday, December 17, 2017 – 6:00PM

Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church & Cranberry Community United Presbyterian Church (Joint Service)

2662 Rochester Road, Cranberry Twp., PA 16066   (724) 776-3141 (Hope Office Phone)

Tuesday, December 19 – 7:30 p.m.

Waverly Presbyterian Church, 590 South Braddock Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15221   (412) 242-0643

Thursday, December 21 – 7 p.m.

Christ’s Lutheran Church, 5330 Logan’s Ferry Road, Murrysville, PA 15668   (412) 795-1212

Thursday, December 21 – 7 p.m.

Harrold Zion Lutheran Church, 671 Baltzer Meyer Pike, Greensburg, PA 15601   (724) 837-7327

Thursday, December 21 – 7:30 p.m.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 822 West Main Street, Mount Pleasant, PA 15666   (724) 547-5941

Spaghetti Dinner Benefit

When: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 -
5:00pm to 7:00pm
Where: Center at the Mall, Beaver Valley Mall

Don't miss out on the Center at the Mall Spaghetti Dinner benefit on Wednesday, October 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $9/adult and $5/kids age 6 and under. Dinner includes spaghetti with meatballs, house salad, bread, dessert and a beverage. There will also be raffle baskets and a 50/50 drawing. Take out is available. Call the Center at the Mall for information, directions and tickets at (724) 774-5654.



Cooking for One

When: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Where: Overbrook Pointe

Grace Bickert, author and Weight Watchers leader, will present "Cooking for One" as part of our Overbrook Pointe Speaker Series. All are welcome!

Reflective Pastoral Training and Care Course

Tuesday, October 03, 2017 - 10:45am to Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 12:00pm
Where: Seaman Memorial Chapel, Passavant Community/VNA Inpatient Hospice

Lutheran SeniorLife is offering a seven-week Reflective Pastoral Training and Care Course, now at TWO locations. This course is ideal for caregivers, pastors and church leaders, visitors of patients/shut-ins, and other Christians interested in improving or gaining new "helping" and relating skills.

Tuesdays, October 3 through November 14, 10 a.m. to Noon

Seaman Memorial Chapel at Passavant Community

105 Burgess Drive

Zelienople, PA 16063

Thursdays, October 5 through November 16, 10 a.m. to Noon

Volunteer Room, VNA Inpatient Hospice

117 Technology Drive

Butler, PA 16001


This course will help participants to:

  • practice reflecting upon God and His call upon our lives
  • learn to value our own feelings as we minister to others
  • focus on the Biblical view of people and relationships
  • benefit from research in the area of Family Systems
  • develp a personal self-care plan
  • become equipped to visit with congregation members or other individuals in need of emotional and spiritual support.

The $25 registration fee covers the course materials.

For more information, contact Rev. Valerie G. Schubert, course facilitator and Hospice Spiritual Counselor for Lutheran SeniorLife/VNA at (724) 431-3352 or

Skin Care for Seniors

When: Thursday, September 28, 2017 -
10:30am to 11:30am
Where: St. John's Lutheran Church of Highland

As we age, the changes in our skin make deeping it healthy more and more difficult. Please join us as we welcome Andrea Jackson, RN, to the Healthy Start Cafe at St. John's Lutheran Church of Highland, 311 Cumberland Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237, for this educational presentation on how we can address those challenges and keep our skin looking and feeling as healthy as possible.


Estate Planning and Elder Law

When: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Where: Overbrook Pointe

Join us for "Estate Planning and Elder Law" presented by Tim Sechler of Sechler Law Firm, LLC, as part of our Overbrook Pointe Speaker Series. All are welcome!

VNA, Western PA Annual Community Celebration of Life and Butterfly Release

When: Sunday, September 10, 2017 -
1:30pm to 2:30pm
Where: Preston Park, Butler

Join us as we honor and memorialize our loved ones by releasing butterflies into the air at Preston Park. Uplifting entertainment will be provided by the Circle of Friends Choir, singer Chloe Fritch and the SheLor School of Dance.

Admission is free. Butterflies for release are $25 each and can be purchased by calling (724) 431-3372 by September 1. On the day of the event, butterflies will be distributed beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Light refreshments will be available for purchase.

Please note that there is no seating available. For your convenience, we suggest you bring a chair or blanket. Transportation will be available from the parking lot for those needing assistance.

St. John Community Family Fun Day

When: Saturday, September 09, 2017 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Where: St. John Specialty Care Center

Friends and families of St. John Community residents (including St. John Specialty Care Center, RoseCrest and Overbrook Pointe) are invited to spend the afternoon with your loved one at our Family Fun Day. Activities will include carnival games, various entertainment, and of course, free food! The event will take place in the St. John Specialty Care Center visitor parking lot.

Please RSVP to Pam Hayward by September 4 at (724) 625-4712.

Hearing Technology Presentation

When: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Where: Overbrook Pointe

Dr. Sharon Russo, audiologist, will present "The Latest Developments in Hearing Technology" as part of our Overbrook Pointe Speaker Series. All are welcome!

LIFE Armstrong County Open House

When: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 -
9:00am to 12:00pm
Where: LIFE Armstrong County

Curious about the LIFE Programs and how they can help you live a more Abundant Life? Join us for an Open House at LIFE Armstrong County in Kittanning for a tour and explanation of our programs and services.


How to Determine the Best Time to Collect Social Security

When: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Where: Overbrook Pointe

Join us for "How to Determine the Best Time to Collect Social Security," presented by Josiah Hoffman of Creese, Smith and Co., as part of our Overbrook Pointe Speaker Series. All are welcome!

Grief Education and Support Summer Class Schedule

Monday, June 26, 2017 - 6:30pm to Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 8:00pm
Where: Various

Please join us for VNA's series of free Grief Education and Support Classes, where you will get to listen to our grief specialists, share your ecperiences, connect with others who have experienced loss, and discuss topics customized to the group's interests and needs. Please register a week prior to your class by calling (724) 431-3520. 


Butler - VNA Community Bereavement Center

Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

July 5, 12, 19, 26, August 2 and 9


Kittanning - Armstrong County Memorial Hospital

Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3 and 10


Grove City - Grove City Medical Center

Mondays fro 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

June 26, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Forever Young Walk/Run

When: Saturday, June 10, 2017 -
10:00am to 11:00am
Where: Brady's Run Park

Lace up your running shoes and support participants at the Center at the Mall senior center in the Beaver Valley Mall!

All ages are welcome to walk the one-mile course or to compete in the 5K race. Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. at the South Drive Trail Horse Arena.

Awards will be announced at 10:45 a.m. There will be a $50 cash prize for the top overall male and female 5K finishers.

Registration is $25 on the day of the event, but a discount is given when you register in advance at

For more information or to register by phone call (724) 774-5671 or email



VNA Friendship Luncheon

When: Saturday, June 03, 2017 -
11:00am to 1:00pm
Where: Butler Country Club

Grab some friends and join us at the VNA, Western Pennsylvania Friendship Luncheon! Enjoy shopping, dining and a basket raffle. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased by calling (724) 453-6014 or by email at Proceeds benefit the VNA Charitable Care Fund.

History of the North Hills & Southern Butler County

When: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Where: Overbrook Pointe

Local historian and author, Joe Bullick, will present "The History of the North Hills & Southern Butler County" as part of the Overbrook Pointe Speaker Series. All are welcome!

Free Posture Screenings

When: Friday, May 05, 2017 -
1:00pm to 2:00pm
Where: Passavant Community, Fitness Center

Stop by the Fitness Center at Passavant Community on Fridays during May to receive a free posture screening from a member of our Physical Therapy department.

May 5, May 12, May 19, May 26

Lunch & Learn

When: Friday, May 05, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Where: Center at the Mall

The Red Cross will discuss safeguarding your home against potential disasters as well as cover techniques and services you can use to be ready in various situations. Complimentary lunch is provided. Call the Center at the Mall to sign up at (724) 774-5654


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