Grosse Ile Presbyterian Church
Wednesday, June 28, 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


 When you get older...
 Your secrets are safe with your friends because they won't remember them either.
 It's possible to remain immature, even if you can't stay young.
 It's fine to live in your own little world because everyone there will know you.
 You can forget about eating health foods; you'll need all the preservatives you can get.
 You might be unstoppable, if only you could get started.
 You might consider bragging about your age, at some point, instead of lying about it.
 You may discover there are some things not actually worth waiting in line for.
 If someone asks if you wear boxers or briefs, you may honestly say, "Depends."
 With amnesia, dementia, and Deja vu at the same time, you may have forgotten this before.


 Activities And Events 2017

Wednesday June 14, 6-9 pm  (Flag Day) Handcrafted on Fort street in Riverview).  $35 to make a string art picture.  We will have the choice of 5 designs. All supplies are provided.  Details will be forthcoming.  Juliets and daughters are welcome! We have a minimum of 20 and maximum of 30 attendees.
Saturday July 22, 5 pm Picnic  Dinner at 6 pm.  At Hursts, Matt will grill meat, attendees bring appetizers, sides and desserts (and beverage other than tea or water) $5 charge for meat/miscellaneous.

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.