Riderwood to Celebrate New Year January 17 with Diversity and Inclusion Committee Program

SILVER SPRING, MD (January 11, 2013) - Residents and staff of Riderwood retirement community will celebrate the New Year on Thursday, January 17, with a program sponsored by the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. The program will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will be held in the Riderwood Chapel. Faith communities and cultural groups represented by Riderwood residents and staff will participate. The program will include an array of spiritual readings, musical selections and cultural performances, among them a Chinese New Year Lion Dance. The Catholic, Protestant, Unitarian, Jewish, and Muslim faiths will be represented. In addition, a "Gratitude" video will be shown. The program will include: Prelude by Ann Turpin Welcome by Chip Warner, Riderwood Executive Director Hymn by Riderwood Catholic Choir: "Now Thank We All Our God" Annick Kanter-Saint Hubert, Director Invocation by Dr. James L. Lyons The Occasion by Joyce Turner Hymn by Village Protestant Church Choir: "Precious Lord" Responsive Reading by Rev. Lillian M. Green, Volunteer, Pastoral Ministries, Renaissance Gardens Video "Gratitude" by Rev. Lisa Holloway, Carl Schramm  A Poem by Rev. Katherine Jordan, Circle Fellowship Church A Poem in Spanish by Maria Callan McCready, a Dining Services Service Manager A Koran Reading by Salama Sarr, a Supervisor in Continuing Care Dining Services. The reading is "Celebrating Hijri Nowrooz," which is the Islamic New Year and in Arabic is pronounced as Ras as-Sanah al Hijriyah. Reflections by Dr. Bruce T. Marshall, Unitarian Universalists of Riderwood  Songs by Rosalyn Fleisher, Paul Forbes and Henry Plotkin "Shalom Aleichem" by Riderwood Jewish Community Chinese New Year Lion Dance by Riderwood Chinese Club (Lion: Ken Lee, Peggy Zee, Glenna Lee. Musicians: King Zee, Meikuo Zee, Muriel Tso. Narrator: Tow Moy) Song by Audience and Choirs: "Go Down Moses," traditional African American Spiritual  Closing by Chip Warner Postlude by Ann Turpin Riderwood, which has nearly 3,000 residents, sits on 120 acres in Silver Spring, MD, that stretch across Montgomery and Prince George's Counties. Riderwood offers extensive wellness and prevention programs, balance assessment and fall prevention programs, and Fitness and Aquatics Centers. Also, there are 250 resident-inspired and resident-led clubs, committees and interest groups in these categories: art; cards; computers and technology; dance; faith-based and interfaith; fitness and sports; games; gardening; lifelong learning; music; literature, and philanthropy. Riderwood, which is the nation's largest continuing care retirement community, is managed by Erickson Living and is located at 3140 Gracefield Road.