Remaining Clinic Dates and Wrap-up Celebration

September 25, 2017

Dear Open Hands Clients and Friends of Empty Vessels Healing Ministry,

As of November 21, 2017, Open Hands Wellness Clinic will suspend its bimonthly clinic. Empty Vessels Healing Ministry and the clinic are in a period of reorganizing and revisioning for the future.

We will conclude the year with our annual Thanksgiving meal. This will give us the opportunity to celebrate all we have done over the past four years. The Empty Vessels board of directors will continue to meet regularly and revision how we will continue to live out our mission of providing opportunities for healing through hands-on complementary health care and pastoral presence.

We want to thank you for all that you have contributed to the participation of Open Hands Wellness Clinic. We look forward to whatever is to be our next expression of Empty Vessels Healing Ministry.

We hope and pray for your continued well-being and for your participation in Empty Vessels Healing Ministry as we move forward.

Peace and grace to you today and in the days to come,

Rev. Karen Barth

Empty Vessels Healing Ministry

Open Hands Wellness Benefit, Thank you to our Contributors

A big thank you to all who made our May 16, 2017 benefit possible. We  had another successful event where we provided hands-on care to those who attended. Our generous donors provided over $600.00 to help us continue our work.

Host, Faith Community United Church of Christ and especially Carolyn and Butch Brown and Richard and Connie Pearson.

Hands-On Volunteers, Justin Magnuson, LMT; Seema Matthew, Lic.Ac. and Betsy Whittemore, RN, Lic. Ac.

Chair Yoga Instructor Paula Kingsolver

Set-up Movers, Japa Buckner and Greg Bain

Our Silent Auction Contributors

  • Keep in Touch Massage Therapy,  owner Jean-Yves Joret, LMT
  •  Core Fluency Pilates, owner Laura Porter Blackburn
  •  Scissors Rock Paper Salon and Day Spa,  owner Christopher Avery
  •  A Reader’s Corner Bookstore
  •  Nancy’s Bagels
  •  Elizabeth’s Timeless Attire
  •  Karen Barth, Certified Zero Balancer

And all those who attended, received hands-on care and gave generously to help us continue providing free care to those in need.

Thank you to all our contributors.


Year End Appeal

Empty Vessels Healing Ministry
2016 Year End Appeal 

Greetings of the Holiday Season.

I had a happy meeting in the grocery store today with a friend. She told me she had been thinking about what we do at Open Hands Wellness Clinic. She then related what we do to the following event. Her young cat got out of the house and was gone for three weeks. To her delight, when the weather got cold the cat returned.  At first it was scared to come back in the house. It was my friend’s soothing touch that encouraged the little one to return home. 

At our free  Open Hands Wellness Clinic, Empty Vessels’ primary endeavor, we provide soothing and professional touch. Open Hands is an oasis that cares for people, body mind and spirit. In the face of life’s challenges-whether physical, emotional or spiritual, caring touch can help people return home to themselves.  

As of this writing, we are not yet fully funded for 2017.  So, we come to you asking you to help us continue our efforts in the coming year. Here is how you can participate.
A.      Volunteer for one or more times to provide clinic set-up and take down.
B.      Utilize the clinic and make an in-person donation
C.      Contribute financially in any amount to support the following expenses.
o   Average cost of one individual’s visit to the clinic–$20.00
o   Average  operating expense each month per item—$40.00
Telephone, Equipment Storage, Laundry
o   Cost of one community wellness presentation–$50.00
o   Three months of printing for flyers/ brochures for community outreach–$100.00
o   Six months of  publication advertising–$145.00
o   One  year of laundry services–$360.00
o   One month expense for community networking, volunteer coordination, clinic organization,  client communications, administration–$720.00 

All donations are tax deductible. Please donate from our homepage via paypal with your credit card or paypal account. Or send a check to Empty Vessels Healing Ministry, c/o Grace Immanuel UCC, 1612 Story Avenue, Louisville, KY 40206. To volunteer, contact us. Thank you for your support. 

Best Wishes in the coming year,
Karen Barth
Executive Director
Empty Vessels Healing Ministry

Thanksgiving at Empty Vessels

We wrap up our 2016 Open Hands Clinic on November 22 from 10-noon and follow it with our annual Thanksgiving potluck from noon-2.  We then take December off and resume clinic on January 10, 2017. All who have participated with Empty Vessels and Open Hands and their families are welcome at our Thanksgiving meal. If you are attending please contact us and let us know what you are bringing.

It has been a year of growth at Empty Vessels. We are now regularly serving 12-15 people at each Open Hands Clinic. We are present once a quarter at the Molo Village Ladies’ Night Out. In addition we are providing wellness programming to senior adults through Highlands Community Ministry. We have also been present at several community health fairs throughout the year including the Mighty Kindness Festival and the Veteran’s Wellness Expo. On December 3, we will provide care at United Crescent Hill Ministries Santa Sprint.

Looking forward to 2017, we will have several benefit fundraisers where we bring the clinic to UCC churches. We are looking forward to taking the clinic on the road, showing people what we are doing, providing care and raising funds for Empty Vessels. Look for us at St. Andrew UCC in February 2017.

May all have a blessed Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanza, Solstice holiday season and may we see you this year and next at Empty Vessels.

Rev. Karen Barth

Executive Director

Ministry Calendar, October-December 2016

2016 Fourth Quarter Ministry Calendar
October 6–Board Meeting, 4:00-5:30, Christ Church office at Highlands Community Campys
October 7—Walk a Mile in My Shoes volunteering—Refugee Simulation Experience
8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Waterfront Park
October 11—O pen Hands Wellness Clinic 10 a.m.-noon
October 14—Highlands Community Ministry Health Fair, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
October 17—OHWC at Molo Village Ladies Night Out 6-7:30 p.m.
October 22—Highlands Community Campus Flea Off Market–CEUCC/EVHM Guided Meditation 2:00 p.m. in the sanctuary–Flea Off at 1228 E. Breckinridge at Barrett
October 25—OHWC
October 27—Woodbourne House Senior Center Presentation (HCM), 10:30-11:30 a.m.
November 5—Veteran’s Wellness Expo?
November 8—OHWC
November 17– Highlands Court Apts. Presentation (HCM), 10:30-11:30
November 22—OHWC and Thanksgiving Potluck 10 a.m.-2.p.m.
December—Practitioner Appreciation Luncheon
December—Clinic Break
December 22– Highlands Court Apts. Presentation (HCM), 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Non-Discrimination Policy

Empty Vessels Healing Ministry does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, age, disability, gender, national or regional origin, gender identity or sexual orientation. We reserve the right to refuse service based on circumstances   (for example, intoxication of a client or practitioners’ physical limitations) that would restrict our ability to provide service.






Clinic Days and Times

Open Hands Wellness Clinic is open. 10 a.m. – noon every second and fourth Tuesday each month except December.  St. John UCC Fellowship Hall, 637 W. Market, Louisville, KY, Parking lot behind church off Clay Street. 502-641-6169

2016 Weather Closing Policy

If Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) are closed then the clinic is closed. If the weather is bad and schools are open, the clinic may be closed. In that case, please check this site or call 502-641-6169 to see if the clinic is closed.

Wellness Wednesdays: A New Opportunity at Empty Vessels!

Wellness Wednesdays
Wellness Spirituality for Body, Mind and Spirit

Beginning January 27, 2016

A Joint Offering of Empty Vessels Healing Ministry and Christ Church UCC

Wednesday Evenings, 7-9 pm, 2-3 meetings per month

Christ Church UCC
Highlands Community Ministry Campus
1228 Breckinridge Street
Louisville, KY 40205

Small group spiritual discernment for enhanced wellness. Together we will listen for the leading of the spirit concerning our greatest wellness.

Contact: Rev. Karen Barth