Senior Adults

Creating a caring Christian community of love & support while enriching the spiritual lives of older adults.

Worship & Sunday Mornings

Saturday Night Worship
6:00 p.m. in the Chapel (304 South Main Street)     

This is a "come as you are" service. Dress is casual. The service reflects the worship style of DUMC, recast in an informal gathering. Communion is served the first Saturday of each month.

Sunday Worship Services
8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary

While we honor the traditional liturgy of the Church and the style of worship remains formal, we link the “old, old story” to the present day stories we are living. 

The sacrament of Holy Communion is always celebrated at our 8:00 a.m. service and is part of our 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. services on the first Sunday of every month.

Large Print Bulletins & Hearing Devices

Both are available for all Sunday worship services; simply visit the Welcome Center in the Gathering Space.

Sunday Shuttle Bus

Complimentary bus service is provided to and from both The Pines and Williams Place in time for the 9:30 a.m. service or Sunday School. No reservations are required - simply be at the door of the lobby at 9:00 a.m.  A step stool is provided to assist with getting on and off the bus.

Sunday School Classes

Although anyone is welcome to join any class at any time, senior adults may feel most comfortable in one of the following classes. 

An elevator to the second floor is accessible through the fist floor
entrance of the Alexander Education Building.

All classes meet at 9:30 a.m., unless otherwise noted.

Adult Bible Study: A discussion-oriented class open to all ages. The Scripture study reflects a historical exploration.  Meets in Room 216/218.

Bill Hight Class: A class comprised primarily of senior adults for studies of the International Lesson Series. Meets in Room 222.

Logos: The class uses a variety of curriculum, from Bible studies to topical studies to fiction works. Meets in Room 209.

Navigators: This discussion-oriented group studies topics of a spiritual nature.  Meets at Town Hall, 216 South Main Street.

Shalom: This class addresses a broad range of topics, usually relating to social justice, interfaith dialogue, and emerging perspectives in Christian faith. Meets in Room 220.

Ways to Serve on Sunday Mornings 

Help prepare and/or serve Holy Communion:
Saturday Night Worship: Cameron Moore
Sunday morning: Pat Benfield

Set up and clean up coffee, lemonade, and cookies provided in the Fellowship Hall: Charlotte Thomas

Welcome members and guests at church entrances:
Saturday Night Worship: Cameron Moore 
Sunday morning: Charlotte Thomas

Read the designated Scripture verse for worship:
Saturday Night Worship: Cameron Moore
Sunday morning: Pat Benfield

Provide care for infants through age 2. Substitutes are also needed to fill in: Celia Denham

Be the friendly face of DUMC by greeting members and guests in the parking lot on Sunday mornings: Charlotte Thomas

Bring a puppet to life for shows presented to children’s Sunday morning classes. No puppet experience needed: Heather Smith

Keep pew racks straightened and stocked: Donna Warren

Help with worship services by operating the sound board: Rev. Kevin Turner

Be a children's Sunday School Teacher, Hall Monitor, or Check-in Greeter: Menita Mercuri

Extend greetings to people as they enter for worship, distribute bulletins, collect offering, and clean up pews after Sunday services: Martha Atwater

Show hospitality to guests and members by answering questions, giving directions, and general information at the Welcome Center: Charlotte Thomas

Ensure key people are present, collection plates are in the proper location, the Bible on the lectern is turned to the right page, and light baptismal and acolyte candles: Rev. Kevin Turner

Matins Choir sings for our weekly 8:00 a.m. Sunday service, gathering before worship to rehearse the music for that morning: Katie Ann McCarty

Chancel Choir provides musical leadership for 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Sunday worship services. Rehearses on Thursdays from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.: Rev. Kevin Turner

Chancel Handbells periodically performs intermediate/advanced music in worship. Rehearses on Thursdays from 5:45 - 7:00 p.m.: Allison Shutt               

"Manbells" Handbell Choir rehearses Wednesdays at 7:45 p.m.: Rev. Kevin Turner

Grace Notes is adult handbell group that meets on Tuesdays from 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.; no experience necessary: Allison Shutt

Compline Choir offers periodic choral opportunities for evening prayer services: Katie Ann McCarty

Instrumentalists provide preludes, offertories, postludes, and choral accompaniment: Allison Shutt

PrimeTimers & Other Fellowship

PrimeTimers

This active group of men and women meets for fellowship, meals, entertainment, and special events. The majority of people who attend this group are age 60 and above, but everyone is welcome!

PrimeTimers typically meet the second Tuesday of the month (September - June) at 11:30 a.m., either in the church’s Fellowship Hall ($5.00 for catered lunch) or at a local restaurant. 

Upcoming PrimeTimers Events:

October 17
Lunch with songs and stories from the Jazz Age with musician Brad Bailey.

November 14
Lunch and performance by professional line dancers, Lucky Stars.

December 12
Annual Christmas Luncheon (no charge) for all senior adults and entertainment from DUMC’s Outreach Singers.

Other Opportunities for Fellowship

Adult Bowling League        
The league meets every other Sunday evening at Spare Time in Huntersville. Bowlers of all skill levels are invited: Heather Smith

Chair Yoga                            
Led by the Lake Norman YMCA’s OWLS (“Older, Wiser, Living Stronger”) program, students can use a chair or mat. Classes are held Thursdays,11:15 a.m. -12:15 p.m. in the Chapel. Free of charge.

Christian Women's Trek Group                        
A group of women ages 50+ who love the outdoors. Meets once a month: 

Davidson Diners                  
Dinner groups of 8 - 12 adults meet monthly (September -May) in homes or restaurants, providing opportunities for fellowship: Charlotte Thomas

Hand & Foot Card Game
Meets the first & third Fridays at 1:30 p.m. in the Molly McKay House

Men’s Fellowship Breakfast              
This is a very casual group; come as you are and when you can. Meets every Friday at 7:00 a.m. at the CookHouse Restaurant in Cornelius: Jeff Tarte

Pilates                                   
A certified Pilates instructor leads this beginner-level class. Meets Tuesdays (September - May), 9:45 - 10:30 a.m. in the Congregational Care House. Free of charge: Nanette Watson

United Methodist Women                
The UMW is a community of women whose purpose is to empower women and children and advocate for social justice. Two Circles that may be of particular interest to senior adult women are:

Founders Circle: Women primarily ages 60+ gather for fellowship and a program. Bring a bagged lunch. Meets the first Tuesday of each month at 11:00 a.m. in Room 216/218: Jean McKay

Mizpah Circle: A group of women over 50 meets monthly for  programs centering around missions here and abroad. Meets the first Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m. in Room 222: Suzanne Carter

Women’s Mentoring Program          
Women of different ages are partnered with another woman for encouragement, advice, and support: Melanie Chrencik

Wonderful Wednesday Dinners      
Meet friends for a delicious, home-cooked meal in the Fellowship Hall on Wednesdays evenings (September - March). Click here for full details.

Education & Study

DUMC Library                                      
Containing over 9,000 items, the library is located on the ground floor, down the hallway from the Church Office, and is open on Sundays as well as during normal business hours.: Gail Spach

The Deborah Group                           
A group for single women of all ages, whose focus is providing opportunities to gather for fun, fellowship, friendship, and support: Julie Johnson

Companions in Christ                         
The Bible, fellowship, and friendship bring together this study group of multigenerational women. Meets Thursdays, 9:30—11:30 a.m. in Room 216/218: Marsha Brodsky

Seekers of the Spirit                           
All ages are invited to join this group of women for Bible and spiritual study and growth. Meets Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. - noon in Room 215: Sharan Carlisle

Women’s Wednesday Morning Bible Study                        
A group for women of all ages that focuses on Bible studies designed for personal growth in your faith walk. Meets Wednesdays, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.: Rev. Linda Zastovnik 

Cornerstone Classes
(Details TBA.)

Spiritual Formation
Click here to see the Spiritual Formation webpage, where you will find a variety of experiences to help you discover an intentional path of becoming more Christ-like.

Ways to Serve

Disaster Response              
Volunteers are needed to provide disaster relief in crisis situations.  Certification required: Rev. Alexis Coleman

Family Mission Trip             
Join other DUMCers for a multi-generational, summer mission opportunity: Menita Mercuri

International Mission Trips
Join mission teams throughout the year to places like Guatemala: Rev. Alexis Coleman

Ada Jenkins After School Snacks      
Donate snacks for children in the after-school program at the Ada Jenkins Center: Jenn Kolkhorst

Backpack Ministry                               
Provide backpacks full of food every Friday during the school year for elementary children in the Lake Norman area: Ashley Nydish

Bereavement Meals                   
Provide the bereaved family of a church member with a meal on the day of the funeral; serve, clean, or furnish flowers for the tables.  Mary Barker (704-655-9034) or Carolyn Johnson

Blood Drive                                 
Give blood and/or staff sign-in and refreshment tables during scheduled blood drives at DUMC: Liz Powell

Community Food Rescue          
Be part of a team that picks up food from local super-markets and restaurants and delivers it to agencies feeding those in need.  Requires climbing into and out of a truck and lifting 30 pounds: Dale Ensor

Community Garden                    
Help maintain the Davidson Community Garden, who gives much of its produce to the Ada Jenkins food pantry: Connie Beach

Habitat for Humanity House        
Workers are needed to work on the construction and/or provide snacks for workers on most Saturdays during each build: Dave Alexander

Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry      
Work at the Ada Jenkins food pantry in a variety of ways: Emille Boyes

Men’s Shelter of Charlotte    
Prepare, purchase, and/or serve food at 12:30 p.m. the first Sunday of each month: Anne Hendrix

Mooresville Soup Kitchen     
Prepare food and/or serve the third Tuesday of each month: Judy Martin

Outreach Singers
Bring joy to area assisted living facilities, singing show tunes, music from the 40s—50s, and other uplifting favorites.  No singing experience is necessary, but must have the ability to travel to several facilities in the area each month: Tiz Callihan

Prayer Band                             
Pray at home using a daily guide for our church staff,clergy, and lay leaders: Dawne Kakitsis

Prayer Room                            
Sign up to spend time in DUMC’s Prayer Room lifting up members’ prayer requests: Judy Henry

Prayer Shawl Ministry                      
Knit or crochet shawls for people who are seriously ill or in crisis.  Knitting can be done in a group setting at the church or at home: Suzanne Carter

Quilt Ministry                                     
Sew quilts from kits of pre-cut fabric squares to be  given to the intensive care nursery and oncology units at the Hemby Children’s Hospital: Vicki Heitman

Room In The Inn (RITI)                   
DUMC provides shelter, fellowship, dinner, and breakfast for homeless neighbors three nights a week, December—March.  Provide food, serve, stay overnight, or driver the church bus to and from uptown Charlotte: Judy Martin

Adopt-A-Student                            
Send cards, letters, and care packages to DUMC college students throughout the school year: Sherry Carpenter

Stephen Ministry            
Provide one-on-one care to an assigned receiver dealing with a difficult life issue.  Training provided: Rev. Linda Zastovnik

Support for Seniors

Visitation Program

Our church’s Senior Visitation Team focuses on providing visits to church members who are unable to attend church for a variety of reasons.  Members of this team are eager to spend time with folks who need company, friendship, and support. 

If you are interested in having a visitor or serving as one: Dave Alexander 

Legacy

In an effort to preserve the story of our church, we have created the Legacy Project.  Trained interviewers meet with church members to create a written document of their life story.  One copy is given to the individual and one is kept in the church Library. 

Help us preserve our church history for future generations as an interviewer or interviewee: Mike Kayes

Caregiver Support Groups

Support for Men Caregivers             
A coffee and conversation group for male caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer’s/dementia. Meets the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, 10:00 a.m. in Room 215: Bud Katter (704-526-7977)

Cancer Care
For survivors and those who love them, this group meets monthly as a safe place to talk about faith while living with cancer; to pray together; and to come for anointing: Rev. Linda Zastovnik (704-892-8277)

Grief Support
For all who grieve the death of a loved one, this group typically meets beginning in October through the first of the new year: Rev. Linda Zastovnik (704-892-8277)

In-home Communion
If you are unable to attend worship service and participate in Holy Communion, Stephen Ministers from the church are happy to bring the elements to you: Mike Preib


Upcoming Event

PrimeTimers
Tuesday, October 17

Lunch with songs and stories from the Jazz Age with Brad Bailey.

RSVP to the Church Office (704-892-8277) by noon Friday, October 13. Cost: $5.00.

 

Special Opportunity

A 14-Day Trip Through Canadian National Parks

Dates: July 16 - July 29, 2018. A passport is required.

Cost: Motor coach only ($3,299 per person, double occupancy). Including air ($3,949, subject to change). There is a 5% discount if paying by check.

Deposit:  $200 (motor coach only), plus $100 for air, if applicable.

We will join Mt. Zion United Methodist Church for a 14-day, escorted motor coach/flying adventure through 3 Canadian National Parks, plus Glacier National Park in Montana. We will see glaciers and glacier lakes, ice fields, magnificent waterfalls, stunning views, and quaint cities.  

Assuming we have 35 travelers, this will be a private tour just for us – but deposits must be received in order to reserve our spots! If you are interested in this trip, please contact Dora Dalmas (704-737-4859).   

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Director of Senior Adult Ministries

Barbara Moore

Barbara Moore

704-892-8277


Senior Adult Ministry Team