Seasoned Adult Ministry

July 3, 2015 skip Blog

Minister to Seasoned Adults
Bob Smith
(205) 228-1006

Enter the gathering space at the heart of First Baptist Church-Trussville any Sunday morning between services and you’re apt to see a variety of genders, races, and ages.  And while many will be toddlers, teens, millennials, and ages in-between, among them is a strong contingent of men and women more than age 55 who we at FBCT prefer to call “Seasoned Adults.” 

Many in this age range are still working in jobs or in their own businesses.  Others are partially or fully retired from “work” but continue serving the Lord in many ways.  They are “Seasoned Adults” (not senior adults) and if you are among them, we invite you to participate in some of the programs and activities described here!

Looking For A Small Group?

One of the best ways to get acquainted with a church and its people is by joining a small group.  At FBCT, dozens of small groups for seasoned adult men, women and couples are available. Class schedules and meeting locations are available here.

Free Aging and the Law Event:
Saturday, August 17
To provide vital planning tips

Some of us spend more time planning vacations or the week’s meals than we spend on planning the rest of our lives.

You can help correct this oversight at an 8 a.m.-noon event, “Aging and the Law,” at First Baptist Church Saturday, Aug. 17. Experts in such elder law areas as wills and trusts, assisted living, finances and other areas affecting seasoned adults will be on hand to discuss situations and answer questions. The program will be in Room A200 on the second floor of First Baptist Church in building A above the Wee Center. Greeters at every entrance and signs will point you in the right direction.

Sponsored by the Seasoned Adult Ministry, the event is FREE and open to the community as well as FBCT members. The event will also include a FREE snack breakfast.  The half-day program begins at 8 a.m.

Speakers, their organizations and topics covered include:

Moderator: Paul Demarco, former Alabama state representative

Debbie Armstrong, Lakeview Estates:  Assisted living, specialty care assisted living, skilled nursing, and rehabilitation facilities.

John Holliman, Bradford & Holliman law firm:*  Wills, trusts, power of attorney, medical decisions at end of life, special needs, protecting surviving spouses, Medicaid, life care plan, veterans’ health care and housing, Veterans’ Administration benefits, and more.

Stephanie Sansing, Affinity Hospice: Adult day care, private duty care, home health care and hospice

Nick Vonderau, Alabama Securities Commission: Checking out investment and financial opportunities, protecting yourself from financial exploitation

*No representation is made that the quality of the legal service to be performed is greater than the quality of service performed by other lawyers.  Copyright 2019 by Bradford & Holliman LLC.  All Rights Reserved.

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Image result for Dolores HydockHydock to Perform at August SAM Luncheon

Popular performer Dolores Hydock will be the featured entertainer Thursday, August 22, at the monthly SAM luncheon.  Renowned for her one-woman shows and phenomenal memory, Hydock is a favorite at civic groups, churches, libraries, schools and other venues throughout Alabama and the Southeast.  Her SAM performance will feature the theme, “Southern Comfort in a Cast Iron Skillet.”  The program begins at 10:30 a.m. and includes lunch.  Cost for both program and meal is $5 per person.

Aliceville Trip August 29
Features Alabama WWII History

Image result for Aliceville War MuseumOne of the often-forgotten aspects of America’s role during World War II was housing 425,000 Axis prisoners of war. The U.S. built one of the largest POW camps in the tiny town of Aliceville, AL.  The first prisoners, many of whom were from Field Marshall Erwin Rommel’s elite Africakorp, arrived in June 1943. Other German prisoners were captured later in European campaigns, mainly in France. This chapter of history comes alive at the Aliceville Museum, where visitors can view videotaped interviews, photos, paintings, books and artifacts depicting life at Camp Aliceville, which closed in 1945 as the war ended. Many donations to the collection have come from former POWs who returned to Aliceville for reunions with former comrades.

A day trip to the Aliceville Museum for SAM members is planned for Thursday, Aug. 29.  Trip cost is $10, including transportation and museum admission. The bus will leave FBCT at 8 a.m.  After visiting the WWII exhibits in Aliceville, the group will stop in Tuscaloosa for a late, buy-your-own lunch at the Cypress Inn. Then we’ll head home. Reservation deadline for the day trip is August 22.  Space will be limited, so sign up online at the FBCT seasoned adult app. Or book your reservation at the Event Center in the gathering space during Wednesday or Sunday times it is open.

July Highlights:
Celebrating, Serving, and Socializing

Dan Sims

When FBCT threw its annual community-wide Fourth of July party on the nation’s birthday, The Trussville Freedom Celebration, SAM members were among those preparing for and hosting the event, which drew some 10,000 visitors to enjoy music, food and fireworks, while spreading the Gospel.

FBCT also celebrated with long-time Sunday School teacher Dan Sims for his 50 years of service. Sims’ class is not only known for proclaiming the Word, but for serving fellow FBCT members in times of illness, need or other distress.

A number of SAM members also signed up on “Serve Day” Aug. 3, joining together to help Cahaba Elementary School’s staff and students get ready for school opening by cleaning windows and painting. 

Besides celebration and service, seasoned adults got together to socialize. Hungry SAM members, 110 strong, boarded two buses to Bama Bucks to enjoy steak (or other savory dishes) and mingle from a distance with llamas and other residents of the restaurant’s exotic animal park.

Later in July, another group got together to enjoy lunch and the first SAM “game day” at the church.

Seasoned Adult
Ministry Assistant
Debbie Arrington

Shown (left to right) are Suellen Edmondson, "DO" group leader; Gail Stewart, "KNOW" group leader; Debra Roberts, secretary; Bob Smith, Minister to Seasoned Adults; Steve Penuel, SAM team leader; and Eddie Stovall, "COMMIT" group leader.

In This Issue

August Newsletter
• Looking For A Small Group?

• Aging & The Law Event
• August SAM Luncheon

• A Look Back At July

August At A Glance

England/Scotland Trip
May 5-16, 2020
A fast-paced, inspiring adventure to educate about our common heritage with the United Kingdom. For costs and registration, click here. Registration is going on now. Limited to 30 spaces, so don't wait!

Joyful Hearts Singers
Thursdays, August 1 & 15
10:00am • Fellowship Hall
Lunch to follow!

Aging & The Law Event
Saturday, August 17
8:00am-Noon • A200
A FREE EVENT providing invaluable legal information on a myriad of topics relating to getting older.

Required Drivers Class
Monday, August 19
9:00am • D146
For those desiring to drive church vehicles. This is for NON-CDL vehicles (for mini-busses and vans), open to all church members. Call the SAM Office to register.

SAM Luncheon
Thursday, August 22
10:30am • Gym • $5
With storyteller, Dolores Hydock.

Alzheimer’s Support Group
Tuesday, August 27
6:30pm • D138
For caregivers of aging loved ones.

Aliceville War History Museum Trip
Thursday, August 29
Aliceville, AL
Bus departs FBCT @8:00am We’ll eat a late lunch in Tuscaloosa. Sign up by August 22.

Joyful Hearts Singers Shirts

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