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We’re trying something new! Since so many of you seem to enjoy our get-togethers at church, we are trying a new format. The Elderberries board is planning to initiate “Elderberry Thursday.” The idea is to meet on the third Thursday of most months for a potluck lunch followed by a program or activity of some sort. The goal is to get more of our Elderberry members to join in fellowship and get to know each other better.

And remember, when we say ‘members’, we mean anyone at Saint John’s who is 55 or better. There is nothing to join. There is no need to “sign up”; you just need to “show up”! The exceptions to the Third Thursday potluck get-togethers will be during the seasons of Advent and Lent, when the board will still be providing the meals after the Wednesday morning church services, and also the Pre-Thanksgiving meal in November. And since the all-church picnic is usually in July, we leave that month open for you to join in that event.

Our first Elderberry Thursday event will be a potluck and “Movie Matinee” on Thursday, August 18, starting at Noon in the Large Fellowship Hall. Bring one of your favorite dishes for everyone to enjoy. We will then watch a movie, complete with popcorn and pop during intermission. Also coming in the fall is a travelogue on Croatia.

A special, additional activity in September will be a trip to Denver to enjoy a Rockies baseball game.

The Elderberries board tries hard to come up with programs and activities that would be fun or of interest to our seniors. If you have an idea for a program or activity to follow one of the Elderberry Thursday potlucks, we would love to hear from you.

The Elderberries Board (the Board of Older Adult Ministries) affirms the unique worth of older persons, equips older people for ministry and provides opportunities that will enhance the quality of life for older adults.