March 26, 2014

Nurturing intergenerational relationships

One of our priorities at Bethel College Mennonite Church is to nurture intergenerational relationships and faith formation through all stages of life.  Our Spring 2014 Wednesday night program includes a 5-session series on Perspectives on Aging.  Session topics are Conscious Aging by Orlyn Zehr, social worker; Spirituality of Aging by Eric Massanari, chaplain at Kidron Bethel Village; Managing Illness by Fred Obold and Anne Neufeld Rupp; Family Relationships and Transitions by Judy Goertzen, Director of Social Services at Asbury Park; and Intergenerational Conversations, a panel discussion by Bethel College students Joe Kondziola and Katelyn Melgren, and Jake Goering and Lois Goertzen, older adults from the congregation.  Along with the presentations, our library committee prepared a display of books related to aging available for check-out, from the Western District Conference resource library and our church library.  Through this series, we hope that adults of all ages will be encouraged to share their life experiences with others, and become more intentional in approaching aging as a process of growth and learning as people of faith.

     –submitted by Heidi Regier Kreider, Pastor (316-283-3667; heidi.bcmc@sbcglobal.net)
Bethel College Mennonite Church, North Newton, KS

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Western District Conference

2517 North Main, PO Box 306

North Newton KS  67117

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