Grosse Ile Presbyterian Church
Sunday, August 20, 2017

York Connection

Named after its benefactor, Anne York, who bequeathed money to be used for older adults, a Task Force was formed to determine what should be offered to this age group and what needs have not yet been met. Physical comfort, spiritual enrichment, social interaction for this age group, what might be needed in the way of financial education and unique emotional needs for this time of life were considered. Watch for monthly announcements and our bookmark calendar of events as well as information in our Sunday bulletin. Each issue of The Spire has tips and announcements of interest to our older members as well as appropriate information and activities for all ages.


Older Adult Ministry

   Welcome to the York Connection, where the focus is on older adults. We plan programs and activities around the interests and needs of those in the “third thirty” years of their lives. Our monthly afternoon movie (with free popcorn), weekly yoga classes, and afternoon table games are regular activities, along with Tips For Seniors on the web page. Special programs have covered safe driving, home safety, and documenting our life stories and information. Coney Boys and Lunch Ladies are weekly lunch groups for men and women, respectively . . . no strings, no dues, no obligations . . . just good conversation and fellowship. Also, we enjoy an occasional outing to a movie or live performance, art lecture, community tour, or pool party. As we’ve discovered, the “third thirty” is a busy and interesting time. While we program for older adults, we love having all ages join us.  For more information, contact Kathleen Rankin at                                                                                                                                                                                                       

   Presbyterian Older Adult Ministry Network (POAMN) is the result of the vision of a few folks over 30 years ago, in the PCUSA, who took seriously the forecasted demographics of our constituency. POAMN continues today as a 501c3 organization (gifts are tax deductible) continuing to serve the mission of older adult ministry. Yesterday older adult ministry focused on those who were becoming the new older adult' older adult ministry is focused on all of the all ages are dependent upon one another. The awareness that if we lived long enough we would become one of those we were trying to help and now some of us are living out the ministry we had the 'vision' about.
   Through the years a great number of resources have been produced addressing the various issues having to do with older adult ministry. The Office on Aging, under which POAMN operated, closed in 2004 when the then General Assembly Council reorganized itself. The assumption of a number of folks was the reality of the demographic which showed the constituency was 'aging'. POAMN appears to have been the thread that has continued to be addressing this mission.   
   POAMN has a 'relationship' with the PCUSA through our Church Growth area. Thanks to an overture action of the General Assembly...POAMN is to be connected to someone somewhere in our structure whatever form it takes. The 'relationship' doesn't involve receiving income....we are truly dependent upon memberships and gifts of those who appreciate and see older adult ministry as a mission.
   POAMN is a network of people interested in older adult ministry and is attracting an interest of ecumenical organizations,  professionals and volunteers who are involved with
older adult ministry in various ways.
The Planning Guide is a resource POAMN has produced annually (since early 2000) for a number of years and 2016 is currently on line...   

             From the POAMN Newsletter (Issue 46) “Stop Hunger Now” Article
My children… I’ve often heard your question… and this message is my answer… hear me well:
You’re concerned about the hungry world, the millions who are starving…and you ask, “What can only one do?”
Feed One
You grieve for all the abused children, unloved every day…and you ask, “What can only one do?”
Save One
You’re haunted by the homeless souls who wander city streets…and you ask, “What can only one do?”
Shelter One
You weep for those who suffer pain, diseased, and hopelessness…and you ask, “What can only one do?”
Comfort One
Our heart aches for the lonely, the imprisoned, the abused…and you ask, “What can only one do?”
Love One
Remember this my child…two thousand years ago, the world was filled, just as it is today, with these needs…
and when the helpless and the hopeless cried out to Me for mercy.
I sent a Savior
Hope began…With only one… 
                                                  - B.J. Hoff

Tips For Seniors



If I were to express my age in dog years,
 I'd be dead by now!      - Chief Runamuck
   "Why is it old age always seems to arrive at such a poor time?" These were the words of Chief Runamuck, speaking to me in a recent interview. Reminiscing about a lifetime of experiences, he told me, "Of all the things I wanted to be when I grew up, I'm positive wrinkled wasn't one of them." How often have you heard it said, "Time is the great healer?" According to Runamuck, time is a lousy beautician, too. He went on to explain, "Years ago I experienced a period in my life when my broad mind and narrow waist changed places." He quickly added, "I don't remember when that was." This was no surprise to me as he didn't seem to recall being absent-minded, either. Remarkably, Runamuck has maintained a strong belief in magic throughout the years. His said his credence is reinforced each time his keys or glasses disappear. He told me he frequently observes signs indicating growing older is a mandatory requirement. Looking at me plaintively, he asked, "Wouldn't it be acceptable to consider growing older optional, instead?" Runamuck seemed convinced that old age is a dreadfully high-price to pay for maturity. In spite of pessimists claiming we are only young once, he sees nothing wrong with remaining immature forever! I'm inclined to agree with him but I suspect such thinking may be limited to the male of our species: consider how rare it is for women to admit their age, while men rarely act theirs. Like the glass half-full, Runamuck thinks of himself as a twenty-five year old with seventy-plus years of experience and I admire him for that.
   When Runamuck was a young scout, his parents taught him to respect his elders. Recently, he has come to the realization that elders are becoming increasingly rare. He explained that during his lifetime, he has met so many people that every new person he meets now, reminds him of someone else. He admitted he occasionally forgets a face but he never remembers a name! He has observed several indicators that validate his suspicion that he may be aging, as well. "Rolling out of bed in the morning isn't difficult at all," he said. "Getting-up off the floor is nearly impossible!" He is convinced his get up and go has gotten up and left. "Don't get me wrong," he told me, "I still have a lot on the ball. It's just that lately, I've been too tired to bounce it." Reflecting on his youth, he described how he protested when he was forced to take naps. Now he says, "Nap time has become my new Happy Hour." "I have never taken psychedelic drugs like those young scouts today do," he added. "I get the same effect, when I stand-up too fast!" On the positive side, he said he is far less stressed than he was when he was young and the big things don't bother him, anymore. He did however admit he becomes extremely frustrated whenever he attempts to find his glasses, without his glasses on. At the close of the interview, Runamuck leaned close to me and confided, "The most ironic thing I've learned in my ¾ century is this: by the time I was old enough to know my way around, I realized I wasn't going anywhere!"

 Activities And Events 2017

Watch for Fall Programming.   

Weekly Activities

Tuesdays; 1 pm at Lloyd's on Macomb St. in Grosse Ile.
Coney Boys: Men of the church and the community gather for lunch & conversation. No rules, no agenda, just a time of fellowship with one another.
Wednesdays; 2-5 pm. in Fellowship Hall.

Game Day: Folks gather to play Euchre, Dominoes, Bridge, or other games of their interests. Call the church office at 734-676-8811 for further information.

Thursdays; 10:30-11:15 am. in Fellowship Hall
Drop-in YOGA for strength and balance. $5.00 per week.
Thursdays; Noon at Lloyd's on Macomb St.
Lunch Ladies: Women of the church and community gather for lunch and a time of fellowship ~ an opportunity to meet with old friends and make new friends.