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.

 

Thanks to all who participated in our first Open Hands Wellness Benefit.

The benefit was a rousing success. On a dark and stormy night over 30 people arrived to take part in the benefit. We surpassed our goal for the evening and took in $1254.00 toward our 2017 benefit goal of $3387.00.

Thanks to all who helped make the benefit a success:

  • The Congregation of St. Andrew for hosting, especially parish nurses, Cheryl Willett, Elaine Caldwell, Jennifer Kilpatrick and Debbie Clover for hospitality and Pastor Lori Miller-Price for promotion, artistic input and overall participation.
  • The equipment transport, set-up and take-down crew—Japa Buckner, Dale Raines and Greg Bain, and Tom Miller
  • Practitioners: Seema Matthew-Acupuncture, Allie Matthews-Yoga, and Sabrina Ford—Massage Therapy
  • Reception and Silent Auction Management—Butch and Carolyn Brown
  • Silent Auction Contributors–Skyn Lounge; Consider Boutique;
    Rainbow Blossom; Carmichael’s Bookstore;
    Sabrina Ford, LMT; Karen Barth, LMT; Mary Thomas, LMT
    Seema Matthew, Lic. Ac., MSTOM
  • And all those who came to receive care, waited patiently and gave so generously to allow us to continue to provide hands-on care to people in need.

Open Hands Wellness Benefit

Join us Friday, February 24 for our first Open Hands Wellness Benefit. Our fundraising goal for our 2017 Benefits is $3387.00. With this first benefit we are on the road to that goal.

At this benefit you will experience Open Hands Wellness Clinic. Hands-on care for body, mind and spirit with experienced, professional practitioners, chair yoga and meditation stations.

Suggested donations of $15.00 or greater.

We also have a silent auction wellness basket with the following items:

  • A One Hour Massage from Skyn Lounge courtesy of owner Erika McDowell, donated by massage therapist Mary Thomas,
  • Ten Good Sheep Soaps from Consider Boutique
  • Pema Chodron’s book  fail fail again fail better: wise advice for leaning into the unknown donated by Carmichael’s Bookstore
  • A Rainbow Blossom Natural Foods Store Gift Certificate and essential oils donated by Rainbow Blossom.
  • A Raku Medallion I am Harmony courtesy of Anonymous

Thank you to all our contributors.

 

 

First Open Hands Wellness Benefit

Please join us on Friday, February 24, 6:30 PM for our first Open Hands Wellness Benefit. Link here to see the flyer.

Your suggested donation of $15.00 or more will help us on the road to our annual benefit goal of $3387.00.

You can also donate below or on facebook even if you can’t join us for the event.

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

Workshop instead of Hands-on Care at Open Hands, Tuesday, October 11

 Free Healthy Feet Workshop
Clinic Tuesday, October 11, 2016
10 am-Noon
Tuesday, October 11, you will be able to partake of two activities at Open Hands. Please spread the word as this is an unexpected opportunity.

Instead of hands-on practitioner care, Karen Barth will offer a workshop on healthy feet. Come learn exercises and self-massage for keeping your feet healthy as well as some basic anatomy of your feet. You will come away with a greater appreciation of these amazing structures and enhanced ability to care for your digits.
Chair yoga will be available as usual.

 Free Healthy Feet Workshop
Clinic Tuesday, October 11, 2016
10 am-Noon
Tuesday, October 11, you will be able to partake of two activities at Open Hands. Please spread the word as this is an unexpected opportunity.

Instead of hands-on practitioner care, Karen Barth will offer a workshop on healthy feet. Come learn exercises and self-massage for keeping your feet healthy as well as some basic anatomy of your feet. You will come away with a greater appreciation of these amazing structures and enhanced ability to care for your digits.
Chair yoga will be available as usual. Free Healthy Feet Workshop

Clinic Tuesday, October 11, 2016
10 am-Noon
Tuesday, October 11, you will be able to partake of two activities at Open Hands. Please spread the word as this is an unexpected opportunity.
Instead of hands-on practitioner care, Karen Barth will offer a workshop on healthy feet. Come learn exercises and self-massage for keeping your feet healthy as well as some basic anatomy of your feet. You will come away with a greater appreciation of these amazing structures and enhanced ability to care for your digits.
Chair yoga will be available as usual.

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.