Chapel holds event for spouses of deployed service members

Michelle Ragain discusses health and wellness topics as part of the "Anchored at the Heart" event at Pearl Harbor Memorial Chapel. Photo by Michelle Foor

Michelle Ragain discusses health and wellness topics as part of the “Anchored at the Heart” event at Pearl Harbor Memorial Chapel. Photo by Michelle Foor

Brandon Bosworth

Staff Writer

Pearl Harbor Memorial Chapel held its first ever “Anchored in the Heart” event on March 23. The free event was specifically geared toward spouses of deployed service members. There were workshops on car care, pie making, health and fitness, beauty tips and crafting. A photographer was on hand to take professional-style photos. Childcare was provided.

“The chaplains came up with the idea,” said Michelle Foor, director of religious education. “It was a way to reconnect deployed spouses with the chapel.”

About 26 spouses attended the event.

“The feedback was very positive,” said Lt. Rick Tiff, Chaplain Corps. “The spouses were very appreciative and enthusiastic.” agreed Lt. James Ragain, Chaplain Corps.

“The response was great,” he said. “We could envision making this an annual event.”

The March 23 event went from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., but could go longer in the future.

“People wanted more time at the various stations,” said Ragain.

There also may be a wider array of activities at future events.

“We would like to see a greater variety of workshops,” said Foor. “Maybe we will have hula lessons or photography lessons.”

While “Anchored in the Heart” was designed to benefit spouses of deployed service members, Ragain thinks it could also help the service members themselves as well.

“It also serves as an out-reach to deployed personnel,” he said. “They will know their spouses are being taken care of.”

“Anchored in the Heart” ended with a free lunch, including a salad bar for the adults and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the children. The pies that participants had made earlier were served as dessert.

“People enjoyed meeting other spouses who were in the same boat,” said Foor. “They enjoyed having a morning to themselves.”

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