Today is World Alzheimer's Day and with more than 6 million Americans diagnosed with this devastating disease, Ken and Deb highlight one woman's personal story and what she has learned caring for her mom. Sarah Smith's mom was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's while she still had young children at home. She writes about her journey with her mom and offers a unique perspective and encouragement to continue to choose love and acceptance at every stage of your loved one's disease and to be proactive in finding help and community in the journey.
After going through one of the most stressful times in a generation in the church, how is your Pastor doing? Does he feel encouraged..cared for? Brian Kluth says it's time to Bless Your Pastor! Brian is offering a plan that gets your church in motion to not only say, but show your appreciation. October is Pastor Appreciation Month, so now's the time to be making plans to Bless Your Pastor and staff! So many church leaders, pastors, and staff are worn out and feeling depleted, so let's find out how we can encourage them and build them up as they live out God's call in their lives.
Sarah Bearden Smith is a housewife, mother of three, and a woman of deep faith, who has lived in Texas all her life. Sarah’s childhood was anchored by her family’s faith and their participation in church activities. She was a gifted athlete and reached elite status in competitive gymnastics by the time she was thirteen years of age. Sarah was born and raised in the Houston area and remained there until her departure for the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a speech communications major, a varsity cheerleader, and a member of Tri Delta Sorority. Following graduation, she remained in Austin, working in the software and high-tech industry. After her marriage to Thad Smith in 2002, the couple moved to Dallas, Texas. Through their years in Dallas, Sarah and her husband have served on various boards and committees, including the Greer Garson Gala, the Presbyterian Hospital Healthcare Foundation, East-West Ministries, AWARE Dallas, and the Providence Christian School of Texas. They actively serve with their children in assisted living and memory care facilities and support organizations such as Council for Life, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement, and Community Bible Study. Sarah and her family are members of Watermark Community Church.
Pastor Brian Kluth is a Christian speaker and writer on generosity, God's provisions, and legacy living. Brian is the National Spokesman for BlessYourPastor.org programs to improve the financial health of pastors and generosity in churches. In 2009, he was called and commissioned by his church to become a Generosity Minister-at-Large to the world. His wife Sandi passed away after an 8-year cancer journey. He remarried a Christian woman whose spouse also had passed away. They make their home in Denver and have four young adult children.