Guest post by CUMC staff member Rev. Chris Carter, Assistant Director, Congregational Care
“You shall rise before the gray headed and honor the presence of the elderly, and fear your God: I am the Lord.” (Leviticus 19:32)
More than 300 senior adults enjoyed being honored on Tuesday night, June 11, at Christ Church’s first Senior Adult Honors Banquet. Mike Sheahan, master of ceremonies, welcomed the audience in his energetic, deep voice as a cheerful team of servers waited tables in this white tablecloth, black napkin celebration.
The Sanctuary Jazz Quintet played beautifully while honorees enjoyed a delicious meal. Dr. Maxie Dunnam, Pastor Emeritus, affectionately introduced his friend and the keynote speaker, Dr. Ellsworth Kalas, Beeson Distinguished Preacher in Residence at Asbury Theological Seminary. Dr. Kalas, 90 and going strong, suggested to honorees that growing older doesn’t have to mean growing old. In fact, old age can provide the best opportunity for hope and spiritual growth because it offers the gifts of preparation and perspective. He reminded the packed house that it is vital to have “something to live for.”
A handful of charter members (24 living from original 600) were recognized and present to have their memories jogged by a stirring presentation titled “So Many Memories,” which recounted the preparation and excitement around starting Christ Church almost 60 years ago.
Senior Pastor Rev. Shane Stanford joined Mike Sheahan to recognize two special honor recipients, Pauline Hord—now deceased—(prayer warrior, educator/author and literacy advocate) and Elizabeth Poole (master gardener, missionary and educator), present along with her husband Bill. These two senior adults represent the heart of Christ Church—a people who love Jesus and love like Jesus.
God was praised and our senior adults honored and thanked for giving their best to the Master!
*Photos courtesy of Joe Sankey