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Seniors are Making Connections at First Presbyterian Church


As of June of this year, Senior Connection at Oak and Vine has been active for nine months. One of our participants said recently,

Senior Connection is a new First Presbyterian program that is being well received by church members and others in the community. Activities are directed at “mature” citizens with physical, spiritual, and general fellowship orientation. All seniors are welcome including those who are presently unchurched or with denominational preference other than Presbyterian.”

Our programs include second Sunday of the month luncheons at 12:00 noon which are free for guests followed by presentations of common interest to all seniors. Our May luncheon program was a “Showcase of Talents.” From a chair caning crafter to visual artists, a bridal gown seamstress to a Coca Cola collector, and a bee keeper to a hot pepper culinary whiz, Senior Connection showcased our varied gifts and talents. Between Memorial Day and Independence Day, on June 8th, we will honor our veterans. We will host a cookout complete with home-made ice cream followed by a program on flag etiquette. All are welcome!

We also meet each Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. for chair aerobic exercise, a short ballroom dance lesson, a light lunch which is free to guests, and Bible study. During June and August, however, our plans are to offer a special interest program after lunch each week such as flint napping, line dancing, improving bridge skills, exchanging recipes or gardening tips, learning to smock or perhaps exploring China painting. We also plan to “mend our nets” by giving our kitchen an old fashioned “pounding” to replenish and freshen the staples. You will need to contact the church office (256-353-0253) to confirm program details.

Lotta Kilborn comments that she enjoys “getting out of the house to go somewhere other than doctors’ appointments!” Amanda brings her mother every week and often joins her in the multigenerational fun.

Cricket Hendrix, a new Senior Connection member, found a copy of Decatur Life at the Morgan County Senior Center. Reading about the program sparked her interest. She “became excited about a good program for seniors,” called for information, and showed up the next Wednesday. Now she is a regular participant and plans to bring a friend.

Anne Edmonds, a member of Hill’s Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church, has not missed a Wednesday since she began in the fall. Her daughter found our brochure at the Career Center and brought it to her mother. Anne, known to friends and family as “Real Mother”, wants to “continue to fellowship with brothers and sisters in Christ”. She wants to “see people like Christ sees people”. She remarked to a new friend at Senior Connection, “This is exactly what I have needed”.

Tolly Shelton attended the Senior Connection program on Driver Safety and also heard Mary Ann Scott’s presentation on “Downsizing.” She commented,

Senior Connection is a series of gatherings which address many practical things that confront us as we age. As our physical capacities decline, we must realize that our ability to drive an automobile declines. This presents a huge challenge to living independently in our culture. Another big decision for seniors is to downsize our living facilities. It makes sense to confront downsizing as part of giving up independent living.”

D. Ann Norris “enjoys the fellowship with everybody”, and another senior finds that “Senior Connection is a friendly and helpful gathering”.

Ramsey Huffman offers,

“‘Connections’ has brought speakers, guests, and interest to First Pres. Senior Connection is a program adapted by First Presbyterian Church to help build relationships between the members both new and old.”

Long-time member of First Presbyterian Church, Barrett Shelton added,

Senior Connection appears to me to be a great activity for the church to support. Not only does it get people from the church to participate, but others are participating and it could end up they become members of the church. No doubt member participation makes a stronger church.”

Most of our participants make the activities on Senior Connection Wednesdays part of their regular routine. Senior Connection is designed for comfort! Both men and women come in casual clothes, and all know that our programs are free. Activities are on a schedule so participants come and go as their availability and interests dictate. No church membership is required or expected. Our first priority is to serve God while strengthening our relationships with each other. Do call First Presbyterian Church office (256-353-2503) and become part of Senior Connection!





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