A few months ago, Cindy and I were at a pre-retirement workshop, where I heard some interesting statistics regarding people in or nearing retirement. Fifty percent of those who retire fail at it. By that I mean that they wish they were still working, some even try to get their old job back. Divorces among married couples 55 and over have dramatically increased. Men 70 and over have the highest suicide rate. Ten thousand Baby Boomers turn 65 every day.
A few weeks ago, a gentleman came into the office and said to Ashleigh, “I understand that this church has the most going on for seniors of any church in the city. What are you doing?” Ashleigh showed him our newsletter and the flyers of upcoming events, information about the Parkinson’s Tai Chi, and the Ok Chorale and list of Emeritus classes. He was impressed and you should be too.
Given the statistics above there is much more that we could be doing to minister to those in our mission area. The Council will be exploring other ways we can reach out and build relationships with people in our community. If you have ideas, share them with the Council.
See you in Church,