|Raymond A. Acker|
|Calvary Fellowship Homes
502 Elizabeth Drive
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17601-4406
|Jean and I have been residents of CFH since 2001. We continue in ministry on a voluntary status. I have two devotional services monthly – one here and one at another retirement community. I also am responsible for the Vesper service at CFH in scheduling speakers, special music and leading the service. In all of these I also sing on occasion. I am also President of the CFH Men’s Fellowship and oversee the scheduling of speakers for these meetings.
Prior to our move, we began to be involved with the establishment of a new church in Lancaster and served as one of the founding Elders. After moving about holding services in various rented locations (motels, school and industrial park) we purchased a church on the west side of town, paying for it in ten years. Two years ago we purchased a larger church and after selling the previous property were able to pay have of that off at closing. We have a building that should meet our needs for years to come. It came with a pipe organ and a system to play chimes for the neighborhood.
Since February 2014 Jean has been in our dementia unit due to Alzheimer’s. She was diagnosed with this a couple of years before. This change of residence came about the day I had a cardiac arrest while entering the Lebanon (PA) VAMC for scheduled Lab work. I spent a week at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center and then two months in our skilled nursing unit here at CFH. During that time I also spent a week at Lancaster General Hospital due to fluid on my lungs. They removed two plus liters from one lung. After discharge I moved into a one bedroom apartment in the same building as our dementia unit and usually have the noon and evening meal with Jean. Our sons (Thom and Doug) came to pack up and move the things from our cottage to the apartment and Jean’s room.
In August 2014, Jean fell and broke a hip. She had surgery to replace this and is doing well getting around with a walker.One year later (the same date as the cardiac arrest) I was taken to LGH with pneumonia and spent a week there and ten days in our skilled nursing unit.
Our oldest son, Thom, lives in Madison, AL and is in the construction business. he has two grown children who have two children each. Doug retired two years ago from the Bureau of Federal Prisons with the rank of Captain. He has four grown children who have four children. So we have Two boys, six grandchildren and (at this point) eight great grandchildren.
We thank the Lord for His goodness to us and our family over the years and His continued care in these days as well as allowing us to serve Him in the Chaplaincy and ministries in the years since.