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Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network

Stronger Together: Faith in Action Across Generations

April 30–May 1, 2020AdultContinuing Education
Sponsored by the Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network in cooperation with Montreat Conference Center
This event has been canceled until further notice.

This conference is for you if:

  • You work with older adults in your congregation (lay or clergy)
  • You want to build relationships across generations
  • You seek to thrive after 55 in body, mind, and spirit
  • You seek the latest on current issues of aging and the church
  • You are a retired church professional

 

Leadership

Rates & Registration

Package Rates

Rates are per person for housing in Assembly Inn. Early bird rates are available to retired educators, ministers, and spouses for the full duration of registration. Meals for guests staying in Assembly Inn for one night are Thursday supper through Friday lunch; meals for two nights are Wednesday supper through Friday lunch. Commuter packages for one day include lunch on the day you register for; Two-day commuters have lunch on both Thursday and Friday.

Early Bird Rate
(extended, deadline is now Mar. 15, 2020)

One Night
(3 meals)
Two Night
(6 meals)
All-Inclusive, Private Room One person-$167.50

Two people- $250

One person-$285

Two people-$400

All-Inclusive, Suite One person-$222.50

Two people- $305

One person-$395.50

Two people- $510.00

Commuter $61 per person $72 per person

Regular Rate

One Night
(3 meals)
Two Night
(6 meals)
All-Inclusive, Private Room One person-$192.50

Two people- $300

One person-$310

Two people- $450

All-Inclusive, Suite One person-$247.50

Two people- $355

One person-$420

Two people- $560

Commuter $86 per person $97 per person

Prices do not include sales tax

Room check-in AFTER 3:00 pm on Wednesday. Room check-out BEFORE 11:00 am on Friday.

Refund Policy

If you cancel by March 16, you would get a full refund. If you cancel after March 16 but by March 31, you would get a 50% refund. No refunds can be issued after April 1. Cancellation requests must be made to the registrar through email, fax, or US mail.

Scholarship

Financial grants are available for Retired Clergy and Church Educators, their Spouses and Survivors. For details, phone 919-455-6238.

Contact the Registrar

If you have any questions about the registration process, please email the registrar at barrye@montreat.org or call 828.419.9815.

Schedule

Wednesday, April 29
3:00 pm –  Room check-in for two-night reservations opens
5:30-6:30 pm – Dinner
8:00-9:00 pm – Meet and Greet

Thursday, April 30
7:30-8:30 am – Breakfast
8:30 am - Registration
9:45-10:15 am – Worship
10:15-10:45 am – Greetings from Co-Moderator
11:00 am – Keynote Presentation
12:00 pm – Lunch
1:00-2:15 pm – Workshops
2:30-4:45 pm – Workshops
4:00-4:45 – Q&A with Leadership
3:00 – Room check-in for one-night reservations opens
5:30-6:30 pm – Dinner
7:15 pm – Entertainment

Friday, May 1
7:30-8:30 am – Breakfast
8:30-9:30 am – Workshops
9:45-10:45 am – Worship Experience
11:00 am – Explore Montreat
12:00 pm – Lunch

Check-in/Check-out for Housing

  • Housing Check-in for Two-night Reservations: Wednesday, April 29, 2020, AFTER 3:00 pm
  • Housing Check-in for One-night Reservations: Thursday, April 30, 2020, AFTER 3:00 pm
  • Housing Check-out: Friday, May 1, 2020, BEFORE 11:00 am

Workshops

Thursday, 1:00 pm

Beginning and Building an Older Adult Ministry in 2020
Discover new tools, proven methods, and sound ideas to confidently build an older adult ministry in your faith community. Whether you are just starting out or looking for some new strategies to enhance your ministry, this workshop will cover the basics and the how-to's. Learn from one of the most knowledgeable and experienced leaders in older adult ministry. Led by Jan McGilliard

Tips and Program Ideas for Healthy Eating and Community Engagement in Your Congregation
Learn specific methods and steps which you can adapt in your own congregation and home to promote healthy nutrition and eating practices. This workshop will include ideas and easy-to-do tips to include more healthy foods and beverages in our diets. Individuals and churches of every size can become nutrition champions for older adults, young families, individuals, and local communities. Led by Haley Tate

Uncharted Journey: On the Challenges of Getting Older and Other Life Transitions
This interactive workshop based on the author's book of the same name will help participants consider the steps of loss, letting go, and growth involved in any transition...large or small. Led by Beth Lindsay Templeton

A Taste of Sage-ing
This experiential workshop will introduce the core concepts of Sage-ing: conscious aging from a spiritual perspective, as developed by Rabbi Zalman Schacter-Shalomi in his book From Aging to Sage-ing: A Profound New Vision of Growing Older. Participants will be invited to engage in reflection) individually and communally) and practices of deepening spirituality. Led by Mary Porter and Lynn Bledsoe, certified Sage-ing Leaders

Thursday, 2:30 pm

Legacy Matters: The Last Word
In his book Creating a Spiritual Legacy, Daniel Taylor sounds the call for us in this workshop: Your legacy is the fragrance of your life that remains when you yourself are not present. It is what your life is or has been good for in a very concrete sense...and can be conveyed to others. This workshop will give participants a non-legal vehicle for making a bequest - letters to accompany or precede a Will and Advance Directive. Led by Mary Porter

Musical Morphine: Transforming Pain One Note at a Time
From the earliest periods, people of faith have called on music in all circumstances. Through the compelling stories and live music of author and certified music practitioner Robin Gaiser, this interactive workshop awakens us to the miracle of therapeutic music. Discover the positive impact of music on the critically and chronically ill, the dying, senior adults, the anxious, the melancholy, and others. Participants will be inspired to consider new ways music can be utilized in the pastoral ministries of their congregations and faith communities. Led by Robin Russell Gaiser

Stepping Into Nutrition: Ways to Get Creative Integrating Nutrition Education into Community Potlucks
Hear the exciting news about a pilot partnership featuring students and faculty from the Appalachian State Department of Health and Nutrition and congregations in Watauga County, NC. Your church can model the biblical mandate by helping members and others to thrive - physically, mentally, and spiritually. This workshop will help your faith community develop new skills and set goals for healthy eating. Leaders will share ideas for intergenerational engagement activities and recipe modifications for healthy and tasty potlucks, congregational meals, and more. Led by Jamie Griffin, Jill Naar, and students from Appalachian State University

An Active Spirituality
The practice of Presbyterian spirituality is often an active one: serving others, sharing our faith walking a labyrinth, contemplating nature, and much more. Walk Jones will share ways older adults can be actively spiritual. If weather permits we'll visit the wildlife sanctuary and labyrinth in Montreat. Led by Walk Jones

Friday, 8:30 am

The Sacred Year
Grief is the most sacred emotion when one is willing to walk through it. The Sacred Year workshop is based on Beth Templeton's book of the same name. Participants will resonate with the honesty of the experiences and feelings of the year following the unexpected death of Beth's husband. Led by Beth Lindsay Templeton

Creating Dementia-Friendly Congregations
This workshop will present a theology of care to support the development of dementia-friendly congregations. We will identify spiritual gifts of dementia and explore tools available to create a supportive environment for persons with cognitive challenges and their caregivers. Participants will have the opportunity to contribute suggestions for our denomination to address the phenomenon of cognitive challenge in church, home, and community. Led by Mary Porter and Lynn Bledsoe

Musical Morphine: Transforming Pain One Note at a Time
From the earliest periods, people of faith have called on music in all circumstances. Through the compelling stories and live music of author and certified music practitioner Robin Gaiser, this interactive workshop awakens us to the miracle of therapeutic music. Discover the positive impact of music on the critically and chronically ill, the dying, senior adults, the anxious, the melancholy, and others. Participants will be inspired to consider new ways music can be utilized in the pastoral ministries of their congregations and faith communities. Led by Robin Russell Gaiser

Montreat Conference Center's Logo
NOTICE: In accordance with North Carolina Governor Cooper's executive order, all Montreat Conference Center recreation facilities will be closed to the public until Wednesday, April 29, 2020. This includes, but is not limited to:
  • all Montreat Trails
  • Robert Lake Park and park pavilion
  • Welch Field
  • Moore Center Field
  • Dowd Green
  • Patricia Cornwell Tennis Center
Please note that there are NO public restrooms open in Montreat at this time. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
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