Grosse Ile Presbyterian Church
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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...   



Activities And Events 2017


 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; 2-6 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.

 Tips For Seniors


 With age comes wisdom         

        As they had for fifteen years, the two retirees met on Thursday afternoon for their weekly round of golf. Neither of them was a particularly skilled golfer but they enjoyed each other’s company and the game offered a fine opportunity for regular exercise. Teeing-off, from the 9th hole, one of the men inadvertently hooked his shot and anxiously watched as his ball rolled into the rough adjacent to a water hazard. Arriving at the edge of the pond to retrieve his ball, the golfer suddenly happened upon a large frog who spoke to him in a croaky voice, claiming to be a beautiful princess. “I have been turned into a frog by a mischievous wizard and, if you kiss me,” the frog assured him, “I will become a princess again and we can marry and live happily ever after.” 
       The old guy carefully picked the frog up and gently placed it in his pocket. Then, upon finding his ball, he made a perfect chip shot, within thirty feet of the green. After teeing-off awhile later, he was proceeding down the fairway of the 12th hole, when the pocketed frog began croaking again: "Sir, have you forgotten about me? I'm a beautiful princess and I have been turned into a frog by a mischievous wizard but, if you kiss me, I will become a princess again and we can marry and live happily ever after.” “Oh, I haven’t forgotten you, dear Froggie,” said the golfer. “To be perfectly honest, at my age, I’d much rather have a talking frog than a new wife!"    
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