Seniors Over 60 -XYZ Fellowship (Xtra Years Of Zest*)
About Us... 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!]
Activities include: 3-4 seasonal group events: * Spring - dinner honoring church family members 80 years old and older * Fall - themed picnic * Fall/winter - holiday musical event * Bus outings
1. Volunteers at Cornwall Manor:
•”Caring Friends” Program (see below) and other volunteer opportunities. •Training is provided. •These activities are scheduled to suit the individual’s schedules. •Contact person at Cornwall Manor for the “Caring Friends” Program is Stacia Layser. Stacia also serves as Publications Director and Volunteer Coordinator. (717-273-2647 ext. 1514). •A descriptive brochure is available.
2. XYZ Monthly Outing: •Small group on the bus trips-- Bob Ladd, Creator •Each month we 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 returning it to 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. •Any restaurant for lunch or dinner, dinner theater, Longwood or Hershey Gardens, museum, a minor league baseball game etc. within 1.5 hours away. They can be day or night, weekday or weekend. Use your imagination!!
If interested in sponsoring a monthly XYZ outing, call Bob Ladd 717-269-5508.
Calling all Cards... We have instituted 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, chairperson of this committee, would love to give your donations a new home when recognizing other’s life journeys. There are marked baskets on the bench outside the sanctuary and another on the table near the first floor elevator where you can place your unused cards and envelopes.
“Caring Friends” Program and more... Join in our community service outreach with Cornwall Manor. There are opportunities to become involved with the volunteer areas on the Cornwall Manor Campus. “Caring Friends” program participates with the residents in the health center on a regular basis. 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 Fellowship ministry.