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.

Black Tie Bingo Gala

When: Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 5:00pmWhere: The Fez, Hopewell Township

Mark your calendars for the 2017 Black Tie Bingo Gala in celebration of Lutheran Service Society's 110 years of serving seniors in Beaver and Allegheny Counties.

Tickets are $40 per person and include dinner and entertainment. Six bingo games will be called by local celebrities. Cash prizes will be awarded for each game. In addition, beautiful baskets will be up for auction. Proceeds benefit Lutheran Service Society.

To purchase tickets, please call the Lutheran SeniorLife Foundation at (724) 453-6015 or email Please RSVP by January 25, 2017.

Grief Support Classes

When: Thursday, February 02, 2017 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Where: ACMH Hospital, Conference Room #2

VNA, Western Pennsylvania is offering grief support sessions for those dealing with loss. Additional sessions will be held at the same time and place on February 9, 16, 23 and March 2. Contact Kelli Connolly, bereavement coordinator/grief recovery specialist for more information at (724) 431-3520.

Elder Law Boot Camp for Social Workers

When: Friday, January 27, 2017 -
8:30am to 4:30pm
Where: Double Tree Hotel, Cranberry Township

VNA Home Health and Hospice is hosting a free training session for social workers. This is a NASW-PA approved continuing education workshop. Seven credits will be given upon completion. The presentation will be given by attorney Tim Sechler of Heritage Elder Law and Estate Planning, LLC. Beverages will be provided, but seating is limited. Please RSVP by calling (724) 841-0004.

Downsizing Tips

When: Monday, January 09, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: Berkeley Hills Lutheran Church

It's time to get organized!

Professional organizer Ann Soroka will give helpful information and tips on how to tackle all of that STUFF in your home and rid yourself of clutter. Perfect for anyone planning to downsize to a smaller home!




'Blue Christmas' Services Available

When: Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 3:00pm

Christmas is not a joyous season for everyone. Find comfort by attending a Blue Christmas Service at the following locations:

Sunday, December 11 at 3 p.m.

Berkeley Hills Lutheran Church

517 Sangree Road

Pittsburgh, PA 15237


Sunday, December 18 at 7 p.m.

St. John's Lutheran Church

2601 Highland Avenue

New Castle, PA 16105


Sunday, December 18 at 6 p.m.

House of Prayer Lutheran Church

2100 Irwin Street

Aliquippa, PA 15001


Tuesday, December 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Waverly Presbyterian Church

590 S. Braddock Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15221


Tuesday, December 20 at 7 p.m.

Christ’s Lutheran Church

5330 Logan Ferry Road (next to Dairy Queen)

Murrysville, PA  15668

*Please bring a picture or an object of something that symbolizes the difficulty you are facing this year.


Tuesday, December 20 at 7 p.m.

Harrold Zion Lutheran Church

671 Baltzer Meyer Pike

Greensburg, PA 15601


Wednesday, December 21 at 6:30 p.m.

The Church of the Redeemer

5700 Forbes Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15217


Wednesday, December 21 at 7 p.m.

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church

105 Gateshead Drive

McMurray, PA 15317 (Peters Township)


Wednesday, December 21 at 7 p.m.

Trinity Lutheran Church

120 Sunset Drive

Butler, PA 16001

Abundant Lights, Passavant Christmas Festival

When: Saturday, December 03, 2016 -
4:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: Passavant Community

Usher in the holiday season at the Abundant Lights Christmas Festival!

Residents and their families, friends and community members are invited to enjoy entertainment, refreshments, children's activities, horse-drawn carriage rides, the Celebration of Life ceremony, a basket raffle, a visit with Santa and much more.

New this year, all are invited to participate in the Gingerbread House Contest.

You are also invited to Light a Luminary for a Loved One by sponsoring a luminary in honor or memory of someone special. Luminary proceeds benefit the benevolent care fund.

Free Memory Screenings

When: Friday, November 18, 2016 -
10:00am to 1:00pm
Where: Valley Care Ambridge

Valley Care Adult Day Services will host a free, confidential memory screening event at their Ambridge Adult Day Center. These memory screenings, conducted in cooperation with the Alzheimer's Foundation of America's National Memory Screening Program, promote the awareness of early detection of memory problems, including Alzheimer's disease.

Individuals who may wish to be screened include adults with memory concerns, a family history of dementia or Alzheimer's disease, or those who wish to have the results for future comparison. 

All screenings are free of charge and will be administered by a nurse.

Pre-registration is required by calling (724) 302-2090.

VNA Holiday Grief Sessions Available

Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 2:00pm to Sunday, December 04, 2016 - 2:00pm
Where: Various locations

VNA, Western Pennsylvania will hold a community outreach program for those facing the holidays after a loss. The 45-minute session will be presented by Kelli Connolly, grief recovery specialist and medical social worker from VNA, and will include a remembrance ceremony. There is no fee to attend and light refreshments will be served. 

To make your reservation, please select a convenient date and contact the host location of your choice:

November 13, 2 p.m. - Bauer Funeral Home, Kittanning, PA (724) 545-9464

November 17, 7 p.m. - Curran-Shaffer Funeral Home, Apollo, PA (724) 478-1244

Novmeber 20, 2 p.m. - Young Funeral Home, Butler, PA (724) 283-3333

December 4, 2 p.m. - Buzard Funeral Home, Parker, PA (724) 791-2484

LIFE Beaver County Grand Opening

When: Thursday, November 10, 2016 -
3:00pm to 6:00pm
Where: LIFE Beaver County

Join us for a Grand Opening to celebrate our newly expanded space. Visitors can enjoy refreshments, raffles and tours of LIFE Beaver County.

Veteran's Chili Cook Off

When: Monday, November 07, 2016 -
12:00pm to 3:00pm
Where: Center at the Mall, Beaver Valley Mall

Honor our local veterans while sampling a variety of chili recipes at Center at the Mall. To enter the chili contest, call the center at (724) 774-5654 to register. Judges will award $100 to each of the top four entries! Tickets are just $3, and veterans attend for free.

Oktoberfest Surprise

When: Friday, October 28, 2016 -
2:30pm to 4:30pm
Where: Overbrook Pointe, Mars, PA

The public is welcome to join us for an Oktoberfest Surprise at Overbrook Pointe residential living apartments on the St. John Community campus. Tour the building's many apartment styles and common areas including the fitness room, dining room, game room and outdoor patio. Meet the neighbors and learn what it's like to live an Abundant Life at Overbrook Pointe.

Space is limited, so please RSVP by October 21 by calling (724) 687-3372.

Estate Planning and Charitable Giving Check-Up

When: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Where: Passavant Community, Baron's Inn

Kenneth E. Lewis, attorney with Fox Rothschild, and Kurt Herbst, financial associate with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will share tips and information, and answer your estate planning questions. Light refreshments will be served.

Aging Well Presentation

When: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 6:00pmWhere: Nixon Sarver Education Room/Butler Health System

LIFE Butler County presents "Aging Well 55 and Beyond," with featured speaker Dr. Natarajan from LIFE Armstrong County. Get tips on how to age well medically, nutritionally, and physically plus information on available community supports and services.

There is no fee for the program, but pre-registration is requested prior to October 3 by calling Danielle Caldwell at (724) 431-3939.

Spaghetti Dinner Benefit

When: Tuesday, October 04, 2016 -
4:30pm to 7:00pm
Where: Center at the Mall, Beaver Valley Mall

Please join us for a fantastic meal and entertainment provided by pianist Carla McKrell. Pre-purchase tickets for $8/adult, $4/child before Friday, September 30 by calling (724) 774-5654. Proceeds benefit Center at the Mall programming.

Health and Wellness Fair

When: Friday, September 30, 2016 -
10:30am to 1:00pm
Where: Passavant Community, Fitness Center

The Fitness Center is hosting a health fair including vendors, health screenings, information booths, massage therapy and demonstrations. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Memory Support Group

When: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 -
6:30pm to 7:30pm
Where: Passavant Community, Christ the Mediator Prayer Chapel

Passavant Community is hosting a monthly memory support group for the caregivers and loved ones of persons with dementia. The support group is conducted by trained facilitators from the Alzheimer's Association, and will provide a safe place for participants to develop a support system, exchange information, talk through issues and ways of coping, share thoughts and needs, and learn about community resources.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Lesley McGregor at (724) 452-3611. 

Faith Community Nurse and Health Minister Preparation Course

Friday, September 23, 2016 - 8:30am to Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 4:30pm
Where: UPMC Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA

This course is held September 23-24 & October 6-8.

Utilizing the Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing Curriculum, instructors from the Pittsburgh Mercy Parish Nurse & Health Ministry Program will give students all of the information and tools they need to successfully start a Health & Wellness Ministry in their own congregation. Topics include ethics, the importance of documentation, how to coordinate care, needs assessment, advocacy and much more. Cost to register is $200 for non-nurses and $395 for nurses seeking 38 CE credits and the Faith Community Nurse credential. Partial scholarships are available. Contact Patty Davidson at (412) 367-8222 or for a course brochure and application.

Alzheimer's Disease Presentation

When: Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 2:00pmWhere: Scholl Conference Center

The public is welcome to join us for an informative presentation, "Understanding, Supporting and Relating to People with Alzheimer's Disease," given by Judy McClelland of the Alzheimer's Association. 

Open Interviews for Home Care Positions

When: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 9:00amWhere: BeHome Partners and VNA Butler Office

VNA, Western PA through BeHome PartnersTM is holding open interviews for homecare positions (caregivers and aides) from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. September 21 at BeHome PartnersTM, 317 S. Main Street, Zelienople, PA 16063 and September 28 at VNA, 154 Hindman Road, Butler, PA. 

For more information about the open interviews, please call 877-862-6659.

Click here for all current openings,

Grief Education and Support Classes

When: Monday, September 12, 2016 - 7:00pmWhere: Faith Fellowship Alliance Church, Butler, PA

VNA, Western Pennsylvania is holding a series of free Grief Education and Support Classes. Participants will have the oportunity to get advice from grief specialists, share experiences and connect with others experiencing loss. Program dates are as follows:

September 12

September 19

September 26

October 3

Group size is limited, and registration is required. Please register by September 7 by calling Kelli Connolly at (724) 431-3520.


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