The Blessings Remain, Ever The Same

December 7, 2012

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The Advent wreath is displayed in the lobby

After a year of constant changes and symbols of moving forward, Mercy Hospital Joplin took a moment to reflect on the ever present reason for their mission.  The Christmas season is traditionally kicked off with a blessing ceremony of the nativity and Advent wreath. And as tradition has it, this year was no exception.

This is the first year in the new hospital located on St. John’s Boulevard. Many co-workers and guests gathered to celebrate the season together. The evening began with Terry Wachter, vice president of Mission and Gary Pulsipher, CEO, offering prayers and thanks for all we have and all that has been presented to us. The Joplin High School choir group “New Expressions” later performed several Christmas songs, and Mercy Dietary Services served the traditional gingerbread cookies with hot cocoa and cider! Children also gathered with their parents and made magical reindeer food to be sprinkled on the lawn on Christmas Eve.

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