Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

Prepare your older adult ministries to enter 'A New Frontier'


Older Adult retreat

On April 12-14, Camp Egan will host a Senior Adult Retreat. The Conference’s Older Adult Ministry Council plans three retreats in 2011. Canyon will host in September, and Cross Point in October.


"A New Frontier: Boomers or Bust," on April 9 in Enid, will focus on the generation that continues to significantly impact American society. The oldest members of the 76 million "Baby Boomers" are turning 65 this year.

In Enid, New Hope UMC will host this regional senior-adult ministry training from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Speaker will be Missy Buchanan of the Dallas area. She is the author of "Living with Purpose in a Worn-Out Body" and "Talking with God in Old Age," and writer of the "Aging Well" column in the UM Reporter newspaper. Her speaking ministry includes national TV and a radio blog; in December, she spoke about religion and aging on "Good Morning America."

Buchanan was the full-time caregiver for her mother, who died at age 92.

While in Enid, seminar guests are invited to tour The Commons, a United Methodist-related retirement facility, during late afternoon.

Lunch will be served, with music by the singing group "Dab of Glory." The event is sponsored by the Conference’s Council on Older Adult Ministry.

Early registration (by March 28) includes a discount. Sign up online at www.okumc.org.  For details, contact George Shepherd, 405-701-5332, shepherdgeorge@att.net.


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