Seniors Over 60 -XYZ Fellowship (Xtra Years Of Zest*)
We are an informal group open to anyone with at least 60 years of zest (less zesty spouses may also participate). We will be listing events, classes, or field trips when they are arranged. For more information contact Margaret Sowers, 717-272-9703, or via email CUMC.firstname.lastname@example.org, or through the church office. Mission of this group is three-fold: •Provide social opportunities. •Establish a community outreach relationship with the residents of Cornwall Manor to enhance and/or support resident opportunities. This volunteer activity is individually-scheduled and not a group-scheduled event. •Establish a “Helping Hand” program for CUMC members 60 years of age and older living alone, not a resident of another retirement or nursing facility, who have lost a loved one, and would appreciate a helping hand.
[*zest: a lively quality that increases enjoyment, excitement, or energy!]
Two new opportunities with XYZ this year include:
1. An invitation from XYZ Fellowship members (ages 60 to 79) to the whole church family to participate in the Celebrating Life Dinner that honors all those within our church 80 years of age and older. This year we will recognize 23 individuals celebrating this special milestone. Reservation details will be forthcoming. Save the date, May 19, on your calendar now.
2. We are developing a Card Ministry as an instrument to extend friendship and caring on behalf of XYZ Fellowship. Perhaps you have some greeting cards such as birthday, get well, thinking of you or sympathy that you would like to donate. Sometimes drawers and boxes overflow with cards that are forgotten. Jane Weik is the chairperson of this committee and would love to give your donations a new home when recognizing other’s life journeys. There will be a basket on the bench outside the sanctuary and another on the table near the first floor elevator beginning Sunday, April 8 where you can place your unused cards and envelopes.
XYZ Monthly Outings
Now here is a fun idea for the seniors (60 +) of Cornwall UM Church! The XYZ Fellowship steering committee asked me last year to chair an effort to organize a series of outings available to the first 15 XYZ members (including the captain) who sign up each time. We had several of these last year and they were a great success so we would like to do it again.
Here is how it works. Each event would have a designated captain (captains if a couple) who would pick a restaurant or other activity or venue to go to. They would make the reservations and solicit the signups. The captain or someone he/she assigns would drive the church bus from the church to the restaurant/venue and return, filling the gas tank before leaving it at the church. The bus is an important element because of the camaraderie on the trip and it holds 15 including the driver. Everyone would be responsible for their own meals or other costs and asked to donate toward the cost of the fuel. The dates would have to be cleared with the church office to assure availability of the bus.
We would like to restart this as soon as possible so we need some captains to sign up for April – December, 2018. We need specifics as to date and place for at least April – July to start so they can be publicized and the bus requisitioned. Some examples of outings would be, but not limited to, the following: any restaurant for lunch or dinner, dinner theater, Longwood or Hershey Gardens, museum, a minor league baseball game, etc. They can be day or night, weekday or weekend. Use your imagination!!
If interested in signing up to captain an XYZ outing call Bob Ladd at 269-5508 or email email@example.com.
Sight & Sound Theater Trip
WE SAW JONAH!
We had over thirty attend, 15 via church bus with goodies to and from! Parked at the door!
“Caring Friends” Program...and more
Join our community service outreach with Cornwall Manor. The opportunity to become involved with the volunteer areas on the Cornwall Manor Campus began in with an orientation meeting in the new Health Center Conference room. The session focused on their “Caring Friends” program and our participation with the residents in the new health center. There are many other areas throughout their campus that offer volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in helping others, please contact Margaret Sowers at 717-272-9703 to arrange for additional orientation information sessions. The community service outreach can be arranged for individuals as well as small groups. I hope you will consider how you can be a part of this XYZ ministry.