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

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
C. Edward Spann, retired Dean from Dallas Baptist University, Our Presidents and Their Hymns.

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.

Senior Adult Small Group
Join us as we kick off the New Year with a James Moore Bible study: Attitude is Your Paintbrush: It Colors Every Situation. We will meet January 8, 2018 from 10:30a – 12:00p room 224.
This is a 7 week study; the combined book and study guide cost is $14.00. Please contact the Director of Senior Adult Ministries if you are interested. 405.321.3484 ext. 108.

Desserts & Discussions
Join us for topics of conversation the 2nd Thursday of each month in Fenn Hall 7:00p-8:00p, love donations accepted. RSVP Director of Senior Adult Ministry 321.3484 ext. 108.

  • January 11 Dr. Garrett from Epworth Villa, Changing Demographics of the Older Population & the Impact of Society
  • February 8 Tara Koetter, Safety and Identity Theft
  • March 8 Lisa Driskill from Cleveland County Habitat for Humanity,One Day Mission
  • April 12 Sara Sherry from OHAI, Healthy Brain, Healthy Mind

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

Senior Adventurers SCHEDULE

January 28: Bowling 1-3 pm at Heyday Entertainment bowling and shoes $9.00 per person

February 10: OKC Zoo

March: Mission trips- House from the Ground Up and Spring Break; Small local hike on HWY 9 (TBA)

April 7: Red Rock Canyon Hike with lunch afterward at Cherokee Trading Post

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One Day Missions
Senior Adult Ministry is working with the Missions Team to develop One Day Missions within our local community to share the love of McFarlin UMC. Currently, we are in the process of setting up days during the week and on weekends to help support: Bridges, Food & Shelter, Habitat for Humanity, Regional Food Pantry and our Partnership Schools. Look for more information!!

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.