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PIECES OF STAINED GLASS is a book of poetry.

I put together this book of poetry as a memoir from my earlier years of life-experiences in response to a Memories Class I taught in 2013 at John Knox Village where Mack and I reside. We moved to JKV, a “God-thing,” while I was still on chemo. The prognosis for my recovery was not good, but “through it all,” now I am cancer free, healthy, vigorous, and daily challenged to grow in Christ.

Writers always hope that readers enjoy and benefit from whatever they have put their hearts and souls into words. This is my hope as well. Of course, I want you to enjoy my poems. But most of all, I’d like for you to benefit by knowing that  all of the proceeds from your buying this book will contribute to many non-profit charities, including John Knox Village—a not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community in Pompano Beach, Florida.

The book can be purchased at


In 2012, Andrea and Mack MacVicar became residents at John Knox Village. Andrea has ministered to the body of Christ since the age of eight. For over 50 years, she has served in God’s army in various roles as intercessor, counselor, missionary, pastor, teacher, educator, Christian TV and radio evangelist-speaker, minister to ministers, writer and conference-seminar leader.

“Dr. Andrea” completed her education through Wayne State University, University of Michigan and Marygrove College. Licensed and ordained in 1983 through Kingsway Fellowship International, she continued her education by earning a doctorate degree from Kingsway Christian College and Theological Seminary. She is the Founder and President of Rejoice! Christian Ministries. She also is the author of two books, “Secret of the Laurel Crown” and “Tales of Zoftic”. Mack, her loving husband for over 40 years, is the administrator of Rejoice! Christian Ministries.

Most of Andrea’s blog entries can be found at her Website

John Knox Village Residents Award Nine Scholarships…

By Phyllis J. Neuberger, Pompano Pelican – June 23, 2014

John Knox Village [JKV] is a continuing care retirement community but most of its residents are far from retired. They immerse themselves in volunteer activities that make this village unique. Once a year these residents honor qualified employees with financial scholarships, opening the door to brighter futures for those who want them.

On June 6, Chairman of the Employee Scholarship Fund, Dee Davis, was all smiles as she and her committee presented awards to nine employees at an afternoon celebration. Proud family members joined the residents, friends and directors to cheer the award winners on.

The Employee Scholarship Fund was started in 1995 by a group of caring residents who realized many of the JKV employees had both the potential and desire for better jobs. But they were defeated by lack of funds. They needed help to pay for additional education. These residents stepped up to the plate to help ambitious village employees. Since then this Employee Scholarship Fund has provided one million dollars in scholarships to 250 qualifying employees. The fund is supported by donations from current residents and trust funds from deceased residents.

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Groundbreaking Ceremony for The Woodlands at John Knox Village is July 18

The Woodlands at JKV FrontPOMPANO BEACH – 6/17/2014 – On Friday, July 18, John Knox Village of Florida, Inc. welcomes the community to a significant groundbreaking ceremony for The Woodlands at John Knox Village, our new health center.

The ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m. on the actual construction site of the new $34-plus million building, which is located on the northwest corner of The Village’s 65-acre campus, where our walking trail currently is along 3rd Street.

“This event will celebrate the beginning of construction of the new ‘jewel’ on our campus,” said Robert Scharmann, President and CEO. “The true significance of our groundbreaking event is not about the gold shovels. It’s not about the hard hats or the bricks and mortar. It’s about providing each resident with a meaningful life in a real home. We are changing the way health care is provided in the State of Florida.”

The Woodlands at John Knox Village will be the first skilled nursing center in Florida to adopt The Green House model of care. This model is an innovative, nationally recognized initiative that acknowledges the individuality of seniors and honors their autonomy, choice, privacy and dignity.

The new center will provide a new level of person-centered care that gives seniors meaningful life in a real home and empowers staff that is dedicated to protecting, sustaining and nurturing the lives of our seniors.

“THE GREEN HOUSE® Project is excited to be partnering with John Knox Village. We are grateful for and acknowledge the wise and guiding leadership at JKV that has chosen to become part of the national replication initiative that is radically transforming the way we care for elders need long-term care,” said Susan Frazier, Director of THE GREEN HOUSE Project.

“We look forward to blazing the trail together as champions of change to create real homes that infuse life, meaning and purpose for those who will live and work in them,” she added.

With an expected construction completion date and opening by November of 2015, The Woodlands at John Knox Village will feature a total of seven floors and 144 private rooms. Six of the floors are residential living. The ground floor has a multi-purpose room, dining bistro and rehabilitation center.

Each residential floor will have two Green House homes. Each home has 12 private bedrooms and bathrooms surrounding an open living room (hearth), kitchen and dining area.

The Woodlands at John Knox Village was designed by RDG Planning & Design (Architects John Birge, Scott Pfeifer and Kevin Ruff). The Village is closely working with Gallo Herbert Architects (William Gallo), which is serving as the Owner’s Authorization Representative. Also, The Weitz Company has been hired as the construction manager on this project.

“The City of Pompano Beach is blessed to have John Knox Village in our community. This new health care center will impact our community in numerous positive ways – from enhancing care for our seniors to providing jobs to local construction businesses,” said Mayor Lamar Fisher, who will be one of several guest speakers and attendees on the 18th.

“The City applauds The Village for its impressive expansion that not only is the first of its kind in our community, but across the State,” he added.

For more information about The Woodlands at John Knox Village, visit the Website (

John Knox Village is a not-for-profit continuing care community that provides a full range of life-care services for those aged 62 and greater. The Village is located at 651 S.W. Sixth Street in Pompano Beach, just east of I-95 and south of Atlantic Boulevard. For more information, contact our Marketing Department, at (954) 783-4040, or visit us at (


Stouffer’s Coffee Cake

imagesCAG3VE0KA while ago I had lunch with friends who, like many Floridians, are transplanted Northeasterners. Typically, even while enjoying the food, we were all talking about favorite foods from other restaurants or times.

Someone brought up the great brunches she used to have at the New York Stouffer’s years ago, and most specifically the coffee cake that was loaded with cinnamon and nuts. I informed everyone that that Stouffer’s Coffee Cake recipe just happened to be in a large batch of recipes given to me years ago by another good friend and fellow cook.

Many of those recipes she shared with me came from the time she ran the restaurant and kitchen at Carson Pirie Scott in Chicago over 25 years ago.

The coffee cake, she noted, she had gotten from the Stouffer’s in New York and was originally written to serve about 50 to 75 people. She broke the recipe down for her own use and the result is the cinnamon, nutty, delicious coffee cake recipe below which serves 12 comfortably (if you are satisfied with a small piece)!


  • 1½ cups of all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons of baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ¾ cup of sugar
  • ¼ cup of cold unsalted butter, but into 4 tablespoons
  • ¼ cup of cold solid shortening (Crisco recommended)
  • 1 large egg, well beaten
  • ½ cup of milk
  • 1½ teaspoons of pure vanilla extract


  • ½ cup of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons of melted and cooled butter
  • ¾ cup of coarse-chopped pecans or walnuts

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan, and set aside.

To make the cake: Sift together into a large mixing bowl, the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Cut in the butter and shortening until the consistency of corn meal. Mix the egg with the milk and vanilla, and pour over the flour mixture. Stir just enough to blend well. Do not over mix.

To make the filling: Stir all the ingredients together until well mixed.

To assemble the coffee cake, spread a scant half of the cake batter in the prepared baking pan. Sprinkle half the filling mixture evenly over the top. Drop the rest of the batter by the spoonful over the filling.

Use a knife to spread it as evenly as possible to all sides and corners. This may seem difficult, but persevere! Cover with the remaining filling. Bake in the center of the oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until nicely browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

This is best served warm or at room temperature – with lots of butter, of course! Makes 12 two-inch servings.

Resident Suzanne Jones is the author of “Readable, Doable and Delicious: Requested Recipes and Stories from the Past to the Present”. For a number of years, Suzanne wrote a weekly column in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel titled “You Asked For It”. For more information about her book, visit (