ELDER MINISTRIES REPORT JUNE 2024:

Conversation Circle on Aging and Spirituality

Our first Aging & Spirituality Conversation Circle recently completed a series of four sessions on the spiritual issues of later life. Topics included the spiritual aspects of aging, life review, meaning and purpose in later life, and defining our life’s legacy. More than 20 people participated in the series, which was well received. We welcome your ideas for other topics or activities you would like to see the Elder Council consider in the new program year beginning in the fall.

Elder Council meets on June 6

The FCC Elder Council will meet on Thursday, June 6 at 10 a.m. in the church library. The group meets about every other month to plan the activities that the Council presents. In this meeting, we will debrief the recent Aging and Spirituality Conversation Circle, complete plans for the June 17 Third Act Luncheon, and begin planning for next fall’s Elder Sunday event. Anyone who is interested in the work of Elder Council is welcome!

Third Act Luncheon

The next Third Act Luncheon will take place on Monday, June 17 at 11:30 a.m. in the Wheeler Room. Please sign up via SignUp Genius or on the Lobby easel to attend the luncheon and/or to help with set up, clean up or take down.


A group of nine FCC elders met in January to discuss organization and planning for 2024 Elder Council activities.

  • We planned Third Act Lunches: March 18, June 17, September 16, and December 16. Each of these lunches will be a time to enjoy a simple lunch together and presentation/discussion of interest to the group.
  • On Sunday, February 25 after the worship service, a meal and conversation will be held between members of the High School Youth Group and FCC Elder Council. A light lunch will be served. Youth and Elders will have time to talk together in small groups around deeper questions that allow participants to understand the other generation’s perspective more clearly.
  • Early in September, we are looking forward to holding an Elder Sunday organized by Jim Brown and others.
  • Further planning is underway to explore a series of Elder Discussion Circles that will connect spirituality and aging.
  • We decided to call ourselves the FCC Elder Council. Our quarterly lunches will continue to be called Third Act Luncheons. Each of these areas will have a sub-committee to work out the details. As a group we will continue discussing possible activities to enrich our gatherings, along with opportunities to make spirituality oriented connections.