Aging with Grace provides for the spiritual journey of seniors at Grace through exposure to classes, activities, and events.
The Caregivers’ Support Group meets regularly to study and review meaningful materials relevant to those who find themselves in the role of caregiver. They have studied Missy Buchanan’s Living with Purpose in a Worn-Out Body: Spiritual Encouragement for Older Adults and Regina Brett’s God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours.
A resource display in the Tower Entrance provides written materials and pamphlets that inform and support seniors. Materials are regularly added. Recent examples include booklets for the Longest Night Service including Tim Jackson’s Life After Loss: Grieving with Hope, Alice Matthew’s God With Us: The Promise of Christmas, and Billy Graham’s Heaven DVD.
Members and friends participate in outings to local sites of interest. Trips, such as to the Library of Congress, the National Botanical Gardens, and the Frederick Douglass House, are planned throughout the year. Other events of interest bring seniors together with theater and lectures, such as seeing actor David Payne as C. S. Lewis at Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church in Annandale, and Dr. Amy-Jill Levine’s seminar, Understanding Jesus Means Understanding Judaism, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Bethesda, MD, where attendees received a free copy of The Jewish Annotated New Testament gratis the Lilly Foundation.
Nearly 50 attend the AWG Advent Lunch in Wester Hall each year and the annual Spring Luncheon. Entertainment has been provided by the Chime Choir from Greenspring Residential Community, the Snappy Tappers, a senior tap dancing group, and Santa who visited the preschoolers before naming door prize winners.
Special interest groups meet monthly for fellowship and learning. Trailblazers, our senior dinner group, chooses a restaurant and gathers monthly for fellowship. The Bunco crowd meet monthly for fellowship and games. Monthly Brown Bag Lunches, meals with instructive guest speakers, are held in the Family Room. Connie Denninger, a typical guest speaker, presented a program on Bible journaling and praying in color. Member Alan Goldstein presented his photo collection of pictures taken at the new African American Museum before and after its recent opening.
Contact is maintained with homebound members through visits and mailings.
Director of Aging With Grace
Coleen Austin, Elder