Category Archives: Older Adult Ministry

Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network 1 Day Conference

The Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network (POAMN) is bringing a major event to our doorstep in October.  A one-day regional conference will be held at Worthington Presbyterian Church (just N of Columbus on Fri Oct 12th.  The theme is” The Best of Times: God’s Call in the Third Thirty of Life”.  Opening the event will be a keynote address by Rev. Ray Jones, Acting Director of Theology, Formation & Evangelism at PC(USA) Louisville. In addition there will be 12 workshops from which to choose, covering a wide variety of topics such as:

  • Dementia as seen through the eyes of the inflicted
  • Navigating the Journey of Aging
  • Models for neighborhood care by the Area Agency on Aging
  • Social Justice and Older Adults
  • How to those who are “Spiritual but not religious” (SBNR’s)
  • Missions for Older Adults
  • Generational Generosity
  • Our Third Thirty and the Seven Days of Retirement
  • Overcoming Fears in the Third Thirty of Life
  • Perspectives from a Panel of Retired Ministers
  • Caregiving
  • Open Q&A Session with the Keynote Speaker, Rev Ray Jones

Overnight accommodation at a special rate of $99 (inclusive of all taxes, dinner and breakfast) has been secured at the nearby Homewood Suites, 115 Hutcheson Ave, Columbus OH 43235.  Registration for the conference ($25 early, $35 after mid Sep and $40 on the day) and hotel accommodation (if needed) will start in mid August through POAMN’s website (www.poamn.org).  For more information and any questions, please contact Chris Pomfret, POAMN’s Vice President, at 937-545-6667 or cjpomfret1954@nullgmail.com

May 2018 Letter from Smock Senior Ministries

TO: All Presbyterian Churches PC(USA) in the State of Indiana

RE: Clarification of the Smock Deacon Fund

Greetings from Smock Senior Ministries and the Smock Trust Advisory Committee!
The Smock Trust Advisory Committee of the Frank L. and Laura L. Smock Foundation Trust recently met on April 18, 2018 evaluating Smock Foundation Trust grant requests and seeking to serve our Indiana PC(USA) churches. During that meeting it became clear to all Smock Trust Advisory members that some communication, clarification, and guidance was needed concerning the availability and usage of the Smock Deacon Fund grant.

The Smock Foundation Trust exists to serve all Presbyterian Churches PC(USA) in the State of Indiana, and the foundation is available for all such churches to apply for a grant for a Smock Deacon Fund. The bylaws of the Smock Foundation state that churches, pastors, Board of Deacons, Sessions and Presbyterian members in the State of Indiana are to use the Smock Deacon Fund for:

  1. Needy Presbyterian members,
  2. Who live in the State of Indiana.
  3. With first priority given to senior adults within the church family

It is further understood that each local Presbyterian church will decide, under the discretion of the pastor, Session, and/ or Board of Deacons the best manner in which to assist members of its congregation. It is recommended that the specific usage of the Smock Deacon Fund be used for the unique and specific needs of congregational members such as: emergency medical, utility, home, and personal assistance, etc.

The application process is very simple: the pastor and Clerk of Session request a grant on church letterhead which identifies the church, and contact information; indicate the desire to begin a Smock Deacon Fund within their local church, and include membership size. It is also helpful to include the approximate number of senior adults who are members of the congregation. Requests can then be sent to Attn: Smock Foundation Trust, First Presbyterian Church of Fort Wayne, 300 W. Wayne Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802. If you have any questions, concerns, or need more guidance, please call Rev. Bill Haworth at the Smock
Senior Ministries Center office, 260-426-7421 ext 131.

Peace and blessings,

Rev. William R. Haworth, Executive Director
Smock Senior Ministries Center

2017 Conference on Ministry with the Aging

Unleashing the Spirit in Eldercare

The Four Seasons Retirement Center is hosting the 24th annual Conference on Ministry with the Aging in Columbus, Indiana, on Thursday, June 8, 2017.

The conference will be in the Chapel at Four Seasons, 1901 Taylor Road, Columbus, IN  47203.

Registration is required.  Plenty of seating is still available and registrations are being accepted through June 1, 2017.

For more information, download the event brochure from www.fourseasonsretirement.com. The brochure provides the conference agenda, speakers and sessions topics, and registration payment process,and information about the 5.0 CEUs for healthcare professionals for full day attendance.

7th International Conference on Aging and Spirituality

“Transition and Transcendence: Transforming Aging Through Spirituality,” will be taking place June 4-7, 2017 at Concordia University Chicago in River Forest, IL.

For general information visit: www.7thinternationalconference.org

To register visit: www.7thinternationalconference.org/the-event-site
Registration for the conference is now open.

The conference will be hosted by Concordia University Chicago (CUC) in River Forest, Illinois.

Past International Conferences have attracted both those with academic interests and expertise in this discipline, as well as those with more practical experience through involvement in the aging service industry, in congregations, or as informal care partners.

The Conferences include a mixture of keynote speakers, workshops and papers of interest to those coming from a faith-based approach and to those approaching spirituality from a secular viewpoint. We plan to continue the tradition of including voices from many parts of the world, voices from the domains of the academic and the aging services, voices from various faith traditions and voices representing the “spiritual, but not religious.”

With the theme of “Transition and Transcendence: Transforming Aging Through Spirituality,” the conference will address issues how aging presents us with opportunities to navigate transitions over the life course. Additionally, we will explore how we transcend the mundane and connect with something greater than ourselves while being transformed in the process.

If you have additional questions or would like to exhibit or sponsor any portion of the conference, please email Kati at 7thinternationalconference@nullgmail.com.

Download the Conference Flyer

Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network (www.poamn.org)

2012 ARMSS/POAMN Joint Conference

2012 ARMSS/POAMN Joint Conference
Partnering: A Passion and a Purpose

October 16-19, 2012
Red Lion Hotel on the River
Portland, Oregon

Conference Brochure | Click to Register

POAMN has a limited number of partial scholarships available to assist members attending the conference for their first time, or small church leaders. Follow the links for details

First Time Attendee Scholarship | Small Church Scholarship

POAMN News

The Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network (POAMN) will hold their 2011 conference in San Antonio Texas this coming October:

ARMSS/POAMN 2011 Joint Convention & Conference
At the Crossroads of Change
October 11 – 14, 2011

La Quinta Inns & Suites
303 Blum
San Antonio, Texas 78205

Keynote Presentation “Being Alive in a CrazyBusy World”
– Rev. Dr. Cynthia Rigby, The W.C. Brown Professor of Theology at Austin Theological Seminary
Click here for complete conference details

Make your hotel reservation by calling the La Quinta Inns & Suites at 866-527-1498 opt. #1.
Mention ARMSS/POAMN to receive the special conference rate of $99 per night (plus tax).
Hotel rate includes breakfast.
Hotel reservations must be made by September 23, 2011 to secure the discounted rate.