Keystone Ministry for Adults Over 65
Growing older today is an opportunity. The age 65 no longer signals the onset of late life. Yet the reality is we live in a culture that places more value on the first half of life; focusing on productivity, raising families, achieving, and accumulation. The church, if not intentional, will default to cultural trends and thereby overlook the gifts, wisdom, and experience of people in their second half of life. Therefore we have initiated Keystone ministry built upon the following belief:
We believe Jesus Christ is our cornerstone, the apostles and prophets are our foundation, and Redeemer’s older adults are the keystone of the household of God.
At the apex of an arch, the keystone maintains the strength and architectural integrity of a structure. Keystone members of our congregation connect and sustain the spiritual strength and moral integrity of our community. In addition, Keystone members leave legacies that eternally link us to the saints who have gone before us and to those who will follow. We thank God for our Keystone community!
The Keystone Ministry Team will offer resources that support the spiritual, social, and emotional needs of older adults. We will encourage older adults in their efforts to sustain physical wellness and create pathways for new opportunities of service and strong relationships. To be clear, while Keystone Ministry is age specific, the goal is to partner with other ministries of all ages. The Keystone Ministry will offer an intentional and faithful resistance to ageism.
If you or someone you know is looking for elder resources, visit our Care Giver Resources page.
MONTHLY TIME TOGETHER
Each month, the Keystone Ministry enjoys time together that includes an uplifting 30-minute worship service with Holy Communion, lunch in Sims Atrium and time for fellowship. Check the monthly calendar for the next gathering.
A special Keystone Christmas Celebration is scheduled for Thursday, December 15th at noon. If you would like to attend but need a ride to Redeemer, please email Pastor Jenny McLellan or contact her via the church office.
Members of the Keystone Ministry have enjoyed fine fellowship at the Bold Monk Brewery Biergarten and another fun day with students from the Midtown Lutheran Preschool at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
Stay tuned for Keystone Excursions planned for 2023.
Keystone Educational Series
“How to Find and Access Services and Resources for Older Adults”
Monday, November 1, 2021, 4:30-5:30 pm
The purpose of this webinar will be to inform our members about one phone number they can call in the Metro-Atlanta area for information and assistance, and let them know about the Empowerline website which has a comprehensive database of services for older adults, by county. An overview of the kinds of services available will be discussed. There will also be a discussion of the Redeemer website, and how the “Care” and “Connect” tabs will help older members and their families link to these services.
Keystone Ministry Wellness Series: “Panel on Growing into Abundant Life”
Monday, December 6th, 2021 4:30-5:30
The purpose of this webinar will be to demonstrate healthy aging by talking with a number of older persons about their lifestyle which has enabled them to continue to be engaged in meaningful ways in the second phase of life.
Keystone Ministry Wellness Series: “Spiritual Formation in the Second Half of Life”
Led by Pastor Jenny
Sunday mornings, February 6th, 13th, 20th, 2022 10-10:45 am
Hybrid class: in-person in Room 121 and online, Zoom link
The second of life presents some of life’s richest spiritual, theological, and ethical challenges. Pastor Jenny will lead this three-week series, exploring the question: “How will we live generatively into the rest of our lives?”
Our Keystone Ministry Team
|Jenny McLellan||Susan Cordell||Cliff Burt||Jeanne Merritt||Diana Palma||Dorothy Beasley||Connie Eshenour|
|Pastor, Congregational Care||Communication||Education||Elder Advocate||Intergenerational|