Aging Wisely

We are always looking to do new programming and provide resources for the needs of our congregation.

Of course, there are so many different needs that it is impossible to deal with everything. But from time to time, we sense God pointing us in a new direction.

Several months ago, Connie Milchling had an idea she had been processing with Jeremy Shank. Connie and Jeremy are two members of our pastoral team who do so much of the pastoral care ministry at Living Word. They especially come alongside the sick, do hospital and home visitation, and (along with other pastors) do Celebration of Life services.

I am extremely grateful for the way Connie and Jeremy love, encourage, support, pray with, and minister to the needs of hurting people.

So, Connie came to me with an idea for a series of seminars called Aging  Wisely.

Everyone we know is going to get older. We are going to get older too. But we spend so little time thinking about aging and even less time on how to age wisely and well.

Living Word has been around for over 40 years. We have people who have been around that entire time. Some of us started at Living Word when we were in our early 20s (I was one of them). Others were a decade (or two) older. Now 40 years later . . . well, you do the math.

Living Word is a multi-generational church. We have so many families in our church and so many new families are making their way here. But we also have lots of people who are 50+. Okay, they are 60+. How about 70+?

These later ages require new approaches to life. And they require new resources.

That, in part, is who Aging Wisely is designed for. We want to provide seminars on the issues that are core to the aging process.

On Sunday we had our first Aging Wisely session. It was offered at both 9:30 and 11:00 am.

On Sunday, November 6, we will have our second session. That one is called Money Matters. Here is the description for what will be covered. By the way, you can find all the upcoming seminars, dates, and topics by CLICKING HERE.

Physical possessions, resources, assets, and money all too easily become a source of friction, frustration, and division, even in the closest or healthiest of families. We will offer thoughtful questions for you to work through so you can make wise decisions about your resources now and help reduce the risk of this happening.  

If it is difficult to talk about aging. It is difficult to talk about money. And to talk about financial issues we face as we age, well, it may be very hard, awkward, and uncomfortable to talk about it, but we have to.

You will find great help on what to talk about, what to learn about, and how to have the conversations you need to have.
Aging Wisely is not designed only for those who are in the 50-60-70 and older years.

Aging Wisely is also a valuable learning resource for anyone who has aging parents. It is SO HARD to talk about aging and the related issues with our parents. If you are in your 30s and 40s and have parents who are dealing with age-related struggles, you will find a good deal of wisdom as well.

If you need  more help so you CAN HELP THOSE YOU LOVE, these sessions are for you.

“And I will still be carrying you when you are old. Your hair will turn gray, and I will still carry you. I made you, and I will carry you to safety.”  Isaiah 46:4

It is a great comfort to know that God is with us and God carries us as our hair turns gray, or white, or just disappears.

And it is another comfort to know God has wisdom that will help us carry those we love into their future as well.

For more information about Aging Wisely, call or email Connie or Jeremy at Living Word.

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor Brian Rice
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