Ages 55+

The Senior Adult Ministry strives to provide support to older adults of various ages through spiritual growth, service, fellowship and education, empowering them to continue in their faith journey and be actively involved at McFarlin United Methodist Church.

Check out our latest Senior Adult Newsletter:
Senior Adult Ministries Fall Newsletter 2017

DISCIPLESHIP

Luncheons
Join us for fellowship and great topics! Luncheons are the first Wednesday of each month, September through June with the exception of January. We meet in Fenn Hall at 10:30AM-1:00PM. The cost is $7 per person and RSVPs are requested by Monday at noon prior to the Wednesday luncheon. Please arrive by 10:15AM to be seated. To reserve your spot, call the church office or Carrie Gardner 405.321.3484 ext. 108 or email cgardner@mcfarlinumc.org.

Click on the drop-down menu below for the luncheon schedule From Sept. 2017 – June 2018!

Monthly Luncheon SCHEDULE

September 6 Luncheon – Speaker David Gore  Our first luncheon of the year and we are doing it right! Just as the college season of sports kicks off, we will gain new knowledge. We are excited David Gore will update us on the rule changes for the Football season 2017/2018. Please join us!  RSVP Monday by noon.  Remember lunch prices are $7 this Fall. Ken’s Pharmacy will be on site to provide flu shots from 9:30 – 12:00pm.

October 4 Luncheon – Oklahoma Historical Society Get ready to fall back in time as we are privileged to have a guest speaker in character role from the Oklahoma Historical Society! We will learn something new or relive great memories. Remember to RSVP.

November 1 Luncheon – McFarlin Veterans    We will gather a few days before Veterans’ Day to hear stories of strength, perseverance and faith from some of our own McFarlin Veterans!  Mary Sallee and Nicole Van Every will be rounding out the luncheon with a Military Medley. Please join us for a great meal and moments of reflection.

December 6  Luncheon – McFarlin Magnificent Masterful Musicians   Come and enjoy a wonderful holiday meal to kick off the Season! McFarlin Memorial UMC’s amazing musicians have graciously agreed to provide an entertaining musical program with a variety of songs, including Christmas & hymns for our enjoyment.  Remember to RSVP.

February 7 Luncheon – Preparing for the Future  None of us wants to think of major life changes.  However, this is a part of life!  What better way to give to your loved ones but by establishing a plan!   Harry Smith will discuss the reasons why Advanced Care Planning is so important and a gift of love to our loved ones.   Remember to RSVP.

March 7 Luncheon – Norman History   Professor David Levy, OU History Department, will take us on a rich journey about Norman history and the University of Oklahoma! Remember to RSVP.

April 4 Luncheon – Mission Trips  Have a seat and be ready to hear about what wonderful things our members have done on their vacations!  We will have several members of different ages discuss recent mission trips, what they were hard at work accomplishing and how this impacted their faith.  McFarlin is “Changing lives that Change the World!”

May 2 Luncheon – Mystery Speaker??

June 6 Senior Options Seminar  – 9:30AM – 2PM in Fenn Hall  Attend the Sixth Annual Seminar to explore health, wellness, living and thriving options when you or your loved ones cannot live alone any more.  This is presented by Health Agencies of Cleveland County and is free to all who attend.  A great lunch is provided FREE to those who pre- register with Carrie Gardner.

Spiritual Growth
Small groups of 8-10 people offer fellowship based on common interests. Various groups are offered through McFarlin to meet your need. A new group will begin on August 21, 2017, based on the new Sermon Series: “All the Places to Go. How will you know?” by John Ortberg. The group will meet on Mondays at 11:00AM-12:00PM in room 222.
Click here for a listing of our Small Groups.

Desserts & Discussions
Join us on the second Thursday of each month (excluding Dec) for dessert and a brief discussion on relevant topics for those recently retired. We will meet at 6:30p-7:30p in Fenn Hall.
Please RSVP the Friday prior to the event to Carrie Gardner 321-3483 ext. 108 or cgardner@mcfarlinumc.org. Love donation will be accepted.

Devotions at Senior Living Centers
Several devotional groups are provided in local adult living facilities for those seeking spiritual growth. These small groups are led by Congregational Care Ministers, McFarlin staff and Lay Servant Leaders. For information on specific groups, please contact Carrie Gardner, Director of Senior Adult Ministries.

Travel
Local excursions and getaways scheduled September through June to exclude January. These are intended to provide fellowship and education.
Click on the drop-down menu below for the travel schedule from Sept. 2017-June 2018!

Monthly Trips SCHEDULE

September 21 – Safari to Oklahoma City Zoo  Grab your sunglasses, sunscreen and hats!  We are off to the OKC Zoo and Botanical Gardens.  Tickets are $15 (plus lunch money) to include entrance fees, tram ride and Botanical Gardens tour by Zoo staff.  The church vans will leave the church by 8:30 am and return at 2 pm.

October 23 – Oklahoma Historical Society Organ Recital  We will ride in church vans to OKC for a recital on the historic Kilgen Organ which dates back to 1936!  The performance is 7-8:30 pm. Tickets are $25 per person.  Please sign up soon as we have a limited number of seats!

November 14-17 – Trip to Branson  Join us for fellowship and fun as we see holiday decorations and the wonderful shows of Branson!  Our shows include: Texas Tenors; Red, Hot & Blue; Andy Williams Christmas Extravaganza and the Miracle of Christmas. See Carrie Gardner, Director of Senior Adult Ministries, for more details and to sign up 321-3484, ext. 108. Trip meeting to finalize plans and pay remaining balance is set for 2 Oct 2017 room 226 at 1 pm.

December – Oklahoma City University’s Home for the Holidays Dance Extravaganza  On this trip we will enjoy a fantastic dance program either the first or the second weekend in December. We will leave in church vans for dinner and the show! Depending on the time of the show, we may add Holiday Light sightseeing to round out the evening. (Prices, dates & times will be announced after Labor Day.)

February – Moore  Sit back, relax as we watch memories from the “King of Cool”. The Yellow Rose Dinner Theater in Moore has a terrific show focusing on Dean Martin set for this month.   Join us as we travel by church vans for this evening of fellowship. (Price, date & times TBA.)

March – Ponca City  We will travel on church vans to Ponca City, OK. Take tours of the historic Ponca Theatre, Pioneer Women Museum and enjoy a terrific lunch at a local restaurant. (Prices, date & times TBA.)

April 23 – Arcadia, OK   Let’s go to lunch!  We will travel to Arcadia, OK on church vans for a tour of the unique Round Barn with Mr. Sam and have lunch at Pop’s Diner.

May 10 Trip Mystery Speaker??

June 8 Trip to OKC for Red Earth Festival   The Annual Red Earth Festival will be June 8-10 at Cox Convention Center in OKC.  Join us for a day filled with Oklahoma Heritage!  We will ride up on church vans and stay for the day.  There are several great places for lunch and the Myriad Botanical Gardens are just across the street from the festival. (Price & times TBA.)

EXERCISE

Line Dancing
This group meets every Tuesday at 10:30a in room 320 for fun and exercise. Several times a month they travel off-site for performances in the local area.

Staying Active and Independent for Life (SAIL)
A comprehensive evidence –based fitness program of low to moderate impact provided by UCO Center for Active Living & Learning.  Exercises are chosen to help you stay independent, active and prevent falls. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1p-2p in Fenn Hall.

Senior Adventurers
Monthly activities (to exclude Dec) scheduled on varying Saturdays. Activities will focus on spiritual growth opportunities and encompass moderate fitness levels. Participants will caravan to various sites from the McFarlin UMC parking lot the day of the event. Please remember to bring appropriate supplies based on the activity. Suggestions include: water, snacks, hats, sunscreen and rain jackets. Wear sturdy shoes and weather appropriate layers of clothing.

Senior Adventurers SCHEDULE

October 21, 2017 Hike in the Wichita Mountains
The group will meet at McFarlin UMC’s south parking at 8:00am, leave at 8:15 am. Car pool as desired.
Bring: water, snacks, hat, sunscreen, and rain jacket. Wear sturdy shoes and weather appropriate layers of clothing. Suggested equipment: trekking pole(s) or walking stick, and a daypack or small back pack
Arrive Elk Mountain about 10:00 a.m., devotional, and hike two hours.

  • Group 1: Charon Garden Trail – up to 4.8 miles (very scenic, some boulders)
  • Group 2: Elk Mountain – 2.2 miles (shorter hike, but steeper climb)

(For safety, the buddy system is required. Both groups will turn around at the one-hour mark for the return hike.)
Activity level – moderate +
Meet back at parking lot at Noon. Drive to Meers for Lunch.
Optional: Drive to Medicine Park to walk around or return home. Inform group leader of your plans.

November 18, 2017– Bike ride at the Oklahoma River Trail in OKC
The group will meet at the McFarlin UMC’s south parking lot at 11:00 a.m. and travel to OKC to ride several bike trails based on rider experience. There are a few extra bicycles to loan out if needed! Please sign up with Carrie Gardner at 321-3483 ext. 108
Bring: water, snacks, bike helmet, sunscreen, and rain jacket. Wear sturdy shoes and weather appropriate layers of clothing.

Arrive at OKC 11:30 am, devotional prior to ride.

  • Group 1: 6 mile ride
  • Group 2: 13 mile ride

Meet back at the cars. Drive to Cattlemen’s Restaurant for a late lunch, return home

December – No activities scheduled.

MISSIONS/SERVICE

Senior Adult Ministry volunteers are a large part of the backbone to missions. We participate with the Food Pantry, Mobile Food Pantry, Caring Ministry, School Partnership, United Methodist Men and United Methodist Women. Check back and watch for announcements regarding specific One Day Missions!
Click here for more information on Missions.

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group
This group meets for lunch the 3rd Wednesday of each month in room 209 at 11:30-1:30p. Quarterly, a guest speaker presents on related topics. Cost of lunch is $5.00.

Senior Adult Care Team (SACT)
This is a team of volunteers who make monthly contacts with constituents who reside in senior adult facilities or are homebound. By reaching out to our McFarlin family, we bring love, comfort and fellowship.