The Senior Connection was formed in December 2009 when Wayne Hutson realized the need for a senior program in the church and community. The main goal is to make our seniors feel that they are an integral part of the FUMC congregation. We want to reach out to the surrounding community as well, making them feel welcome in our church. We want all of the seniors, that are able, to attend our activities and participate in planning and service.
The Congregational Care Committee, a subcommittee of The Senior Connection, was established to visit shut-ins on a regular basis, make phone calls,
and send cards so that they would know the Church cares about them even though they can’t attend regularly. The committee also helps the pastor with taking communion to those that can’t attend church.
We have a group of seniors who work with the Wesley Foundation to help them encourage college-age students to be a part of the Christian community. We provided worship dinner, cookouts, and care packages for the Wesley Foundation. We also assist with youth programs in the Church or any other departments that need help. We’ve recently purchased hearing aids for the sanctuary and helped out with the Back to School bash put on by the Children’s Council. We enjoy being a part of the church and helping in any way possible.
The Senior Connection sponsors a monthly get-together for all seniors, providing dinner and entertainment and a chance to socialize and get acquainted. A book club, Page Turners, was started by the Senior Connection and anyone in the congregation is invited to participate. Senior oriented programs have been provided for Center Point. We had day trips to the “Passions” exhibit, Tulsa to the aquarium, the Chickasaw Museum and the Conservatory at Crystal Bridge. These are just some of the amazing events that allow s us to have fun and fellowship with one another.
Our whole committee wants to show our love for the seniors in our church, to make them feel like a family and a part of the congregation. As people age, they sometimes feel insignificant. But they still have so much to offer and if everyone works together, their talents can also be important in helping our church grow and to work together to benefit those in need, including those outside our congregation.
The Senior Connection tries to add a new avenue of service involving seniors as often as we can. But the more we add the more committee members we need, so we love your help. We have plans for several new projects, and we want to encourage participation from all seniors as much as possible.