senior Adults

Welcome to Central's Senior Adult Ministries. We have a wonderful spirit-filled time worshiping God together through service and fellowship. The Senior Adult Ministry services those 55 years and up.  

All are welcome to enjoy the many opportunities offered through this ministry.


DUE TO COVID-19, ALL MEETINGS AND EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  

Friday Lunch Bunch

Meal Cost: $5.00

Meets every Friday from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Adult Activity Room (located on the third floor).  We enjoy fellowship over a meal in addition to prayer, devotion time and special times of singing, guest leaders, and other programs.  Every fifth Friday, we will feature a special guest and program.

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Aldersgate

Central is active in the community of Aldersgate through bible study, special programs and visitation. Aldersgate Bible Study is on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month in the Personal Care Lobby with Rev. Tim Wise.

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XYZ (XTRA YEARS OF ZEST)


MEAL COST: $7

ANNUAL DUES: Single $15 / Couple $25

XYZ is a monthly program of fellowship and devotion featuring special guests who will entertain through music, storytelling, art and more. 

 

XYZ meets on select Tuesdays from September - May in the Fellowship Hall from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM.

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DAY TRIPS TO NEARBY DESTINATIONS


senior adults

We meet at Central on every 3rd Thursday to have dinner and fellowship at a restaurant nearby.  Come join us! 


Previous places include:  Marty's Blues Cafe in Phildelphia, Bridge Street Grill in Enterprise, Diamond Jim's in Livingston, AL and many more!


NEXT 3RD THURSDAY:


Contact Rev. Tim Wise for more information.

SENIOR ADULT RETREAT

LAKE JUNALUSKA, NC

August 2nd-7th

Festival of Wisdom and Grace | Downtown Waynesville | Brevard

$200 DEPOSIT DUE BY SUNDAY, MAY 31st


Average cost per person is estimated at $700. Includes lodging, numerous meals, transportation and retreat participation. If you are interested in more information about this opportunity, please let Rev. Tim Wise know.  [This does not commit you to attend.]  Read below for more details about this exciting upcoming event!

Conference Leadership


  • Will Willimon - Conference Preacher

    Will Willimon is Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry and Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at the Divinity School, Duke University.  He is the author of more than 70 books. His latest, Aging: Growing Old in Church, will be released in 2020.  Willimon served eight years as Bishop of the North Alabama Conference of The United Methodist Church and twenty years as the Dean of the Chapel and Professor of Christian Ministry at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.

  • Dr. Amy Hanson - Keynote Speaker

    Dr. Amy Hanson is the author of Baby Boomers and Beyond: Tapping the Ministry Talents and Passions of Adults over 50. She is passionate about helping older adults discover a life of Christ-centered meaning and purpose. She has led older adult ministries in the local church, worked with a Christian continuing care retirement community, taught college-level courses on aging, and served on the Speakers Bureau for the Alzheimer’s Association. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Bible and Family Ministry from Manhattan Christian College, a Master’s degree in Gerontology from Abilene Christian University, and a Ph.D. in Human Sciences from the University of Nebraska. Amy and her husband, Jon, live in Council Bluffs, Iowa, with their three children, Ella, Eli and Elise.

  • Bishop Ken Carder - Workshop Leader: Ministry with the Forgotten

    Bishop Kenneth Carder is a retired Bishop of the United Methodist Church. His most recent book is Ministry with the Forgotten: Dementia through a Spiritual Lens. He is also the Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams Distinguished Professor Emeritus of The Practice of Christian Ministry at Duke Divinity School and Senior Visiting Professor at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary where he teaches on pastoral care and dementia.


    Note: Conference participants may either enroll in the 4-part workshop "Ministry with the Forgotten" taught by Bishop Ken Carder OR select four different workshops taught by other workshop leaders.

Workshops

Conference participants may choose to enroll in the 4-part workshop "Ministry with the Forgotten;" taught by Bishop Ken Carder OR select four workshops from the list below:


Abundant Living – Rev. Betsy Hall, Author, Pastor for Spiritual Formation and Practice, Providence Church, Nashville, Tennessee


Beads of Healing: Prayer, Trauma, and Spiritual Wholeness – Kristen Vincent, Author and Speaker


Courageous Conversations – Rev. Scott Hughes, Director of Adult Discipleship; Executive Director of Congregational Vitality and Intentional Discipleship, Discipleship Ministries


Faithful Improvisations: Creative Responses to the Challenges of Aging – Susan Carol Scott


Flourishing in Transitions – Hilda Davis, Author, Integrative Health Therapist, Coach and Counselor


We are the Church. Let’s Act Like It: Bible Study on Book of Acts – Linda Pevey, Author, Pastor, Bethesda UMC, Preston, Maryland


What We Need is Here: Practicing the Heart of Christian Spirituality – L. Roger Owens, Associate Professor of Christian Spirituality and Ministry, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary


4-Part Workshop: Ministry with the Forgotten

Note: This option is open only to those who enroll in all four sessions.

In this 4-part workshop, Ken Carder draws on his own experience as a caregiver, hospice chaplain, and pastoral practitioner to portray the gifts as well as the challenges accompanying dementia diseases. He confronts the deep personal and theological questions created by loving people with dementia diseases, demonstrating how living with dementia can be a means of growing in faith, wholeness, and ministry for the entire community of faith.

Entertainment

LAKE JUNALUSKA SINGERS

MONDAY, AUGUST 3 | 8 P.M. 

The Lake Junalusak Singers, our 16-voice, award-winning ensemble led by Director Mary Huff, provides a rousing councert of favorite broadway tunes.


COFFEE BRANCH BLUEGRASS BAND: MUSIC OF THE MOUNTAINS

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5 | 8 P.M. 

The Smoky Mountains are famous for bluegrass and old time gospel music.  Lake Junaluska local favorite, The Coffee Branch Bluegrass Band, will have your toes tapping, your hands clapping, and your voices singing along!

Optional Activities

Afternoon Tea

Tuesday, August 4 | Lambuth Inn, 3 p.m.

Make friends and enjoy live music while you take in the historic beauty of the Lambuth Inn over tea, tea sandwiches, scones and sweets. $15, pre-registration required.


Historical Boat Tour on the Cherokee IV

Tuesday, August 4 | 2-3 or 3-4 p.m.

Take a pontoon boat ride on the Cherokee IV and learn about the history of Lake Junaluska. Departs from the Harrell Center dock. $5. Sign up upon check-in.


Service Project

Wednesday, August 5 | Harrell Center, 3:15-4:15 p.m.

Join us as we put together kits to help our neighbors in need. Fee helps to cover cost of materials. $10, pre-registration required.


Learning Circles

Wednesday, August 5 | Harrell Center, 3:15-4:15 p.m.

Learning Circles are free small group “clinics” on a wide variety of topics led by qualified Festival participants on subjects about which they are passionate. Topics are announced at check-in. Participants may sign up upon arrival.