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.

Overbrook Pointe Speaker Series

When: Monday, April 10, 2017 - 2:30pmWhere: Overbrook Pointe

The public is invited to attend these new, monthly programs sponsored by Lutheran SeniorLife at Overbrook Pointe. The series, "Come. Learn. Grow," will feature speakers who are experts in a variety of fields. 

Each free program will begin at 2:00 p.m. For more information or to suggest future topics, call Lauri Becker at (724) 687-3372.

April 25 - Seasonal Gardening Tips and Plant Care presented by Randy Soergel from Soergel Orchards in Wexford.

May 23 - History of the North Hills and Southern Butler County presented by local historian Joe Bullick.

June 20 - How to Determine the Best Time to Begin Collecting Your Social Security presented by Josiah Hoffman, independent financial advisor with Creese, Smith and Co.

August 22 - Timothy Sechler of Heritage Elder Law & Estate Planning, LLC will discuss elder laws and estate planning tips.

Grief Education & Support Classes

When: Thursday, March 30, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Where: VNA Hospice Bereavement Center

Please join us for this free series of support classes, beginning March 30th and running every Thursday until April 27th. You will have the opportunity to listen to grief specialists, share your experiences, connect with others who have experienced loss and discuss topics customized to the groups interests and needs. Space is limited and registration is required by March 23 by calling (724) 431-3520.

Spring Forward at Overbrook Pointe

When: Thursday, March 30, 2017 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Where: St. John Community - Overbrook Pointe

Not all retirement communities are the same - learn how to choose the right one for you at this free educational seminar. Space is limited, so please call (724) 687-3372 to make a reservation by March 23rd.

Center at the Mall Art Exhibit

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 8:00am to Saturday, April 01, 2017 - 3:00pm
Where: Center at the Mall, Beaver Valley Mall

We are pleased to present our 5th Annual Expressions Juried Art Show! 

A "Meet the Artists" reception will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on March 30th.

This is an opportunity to enjoy the work of local artists and for artists in and around the area to showcase their talents and have their work juried for cash awards. All types of artwork are accepted, and artists in a variety of categories will be recognized.

To enter your art, you must reserve your space no later than March 24th. Entry fees for art are $5 per piece or $20 for five pieces. Payment is due upon registration. All art must be delivered to the Center at the Mall no later than 7 p.m. on March 28th. Selling art is permitted.

For more information, call (724) 774-5654.







Reflective Pastoral Training and Care Course

When: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 -
10:00am to 12:00pm
Where: Seaman Memorial Chapel, Passavant Community

This seven-week course is ideal for pastors, church visitors and other Christians interested in improving or gaining "helping" skills and/or visiting with congregation members or other individuals in need of emotional or spiritual support. The course will be held every Tuesday beginning March 14 through April 25. For more information, contact course facilitator Rev. Valerie Schubert at (724) 431-3352 or


Navigating the World of Medicare and Medicaid

When: Monday, March 13, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: Berkeley Hills Lutheran Church

Having trouble navigating through the Medicare and Medicaid process? Join us for some free expert advice. A Q & A session will be held after the presentation. Reservations are not required. Call (412) 486-4010 for directions.

LIFE Programs Purse Bash

When: Saturday, March 04, 2017 -
11:00am to 2:30pm
Where: Shakespeare's Restaurant and Pub, Ellwood City

You could win a designer bag, beautiful gift baskets and purchase unique gifts at the 4th annual LIFE Programs Purse Bash! All proceeds benefit the LIFE Programs in Armstrong, Beaver, Butler and Lawrence Counties. This year's title sponsor is Heritage Valley Health System.

The $40 admission fee includes food, beverages and four chances to win designer purses. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Lutheran SeniorLife Foundation at (724) 453-6015 or by email at

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.


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