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Elder Council


Coming this winter:

Tues., February 13 ~ Elder Council meeting, 1:30 p.m, church library


Mon., February 19 ~ Third Act Luncheon Speaker:  Doug Carnine, local Buddhist lay leader and author (first in a series of interfaith speakers)


Letters to a Younger Generation

As you might recall, Jim Brown delivered a compelling call to action at the end of our Elder Sunday service in late October—to write a letter to one or more loved ones from a younger generation in your family—or to another young person you know.  These letters can offer expressions of love, support, encouragement, empowerment, hope, affirmation or any similar sentiment you would like to convey from your perspective as a family/friend elder.  These messages often become lifetime keepsakes and can provide an emotional “lift” for both the recipient and the sender.  The New Year is a wonderful time to do that.  So are birthdays and the other 364 days of the year.  Some of you have told us that you have already written such a letter or plan to in the coming weeks.  We encourage others to do likewise.  Never underestimate the power of the positive written word, the importance of your unique role as an elder in your family constellation and the “voice” that role gives you to speak to the heart of younger members of your family/friends circle.  We wish many blessings to you and your family this holiday season and throughout the year to come.—From the Members of the FCC Elder Council.

The Wisdom Wall  

The members of the FCC Elder Council are honored to introduce the new FCC “Wisdom Wall”, which was unveiled for the first time on Elder Sunday, October 22. This project, led by Pastor Janet Scott, features photos and “words of wisdom” from church members who are age 90 or more. These elders, now in their 10th decade of life, have accumulated much wisdom along their life’s journey, and we wanted to capture some of that guidance in a way that would honor the lives they have lived and offer words to live by for those who wish to live similarly long and honorable lives. We encourage you to stop by the Wisdom Wall in the atrium, near the Fellowship Hall to visit these wise elders and to absorb a few words of wisdom you can carry with you on your journey out into the world.  Thank you to Suzanne Congdon and Pastor Janet for their work in creating this tribute to our wise elders.

90+ Luncheon & Wisdom Circles

In the interest of reaching out to and learning from some of our most experienced elders, the FCC Elder Council has begun a series of 3-part Elder Wisdom Circle gatherings in several locations this year for members who are 90 years of age or older.  Members enjoy lunch and then participate in a discussion addressing several of the deeper questions related to aging. These series are being scheduled at church or in locations where several of our elder members reside.

Our three-part series this winter is at The Springs at Greer Gardens (Due to popular demand, sign-ups for this series is now closed.  If there is additional interest, another series may be scheduled later.)

Pastor Janet Scott is the leader for this program, and she is assisted by Stan Paine and Suzanne Congdon.  If you or someone you know in the “90+ Circle” would like to participate in one of the upcoming series, please contact Pastor Janet or call the church office at 541-345-8741.

The Elder Council

The Elder Council was formed in February 2012 to define and develop a ministry at FCUCC that addresses spiritual dimensions of aging and related issues in the second half of life.

With the belief that aging comes not only with inevitable changes and challenges but also with the potential for much spiritual growth and fulfillment, the Elder Council, working with other groups within the congregation, seeks to support a range of aging-related programs and opportunities, including intergenerational activities, that focus on important issues in the second half of life.  Elder Council activities include the annual Elder Sunday celebration, monthly Third Act luncheons and periodic discussion groups and forums on topics related to aging and spirituality.

For more information about the Elder Council—or to share your thoughts about a ministry on aging—please contact the Elder Council facilitator, Stan Paine (scp6949@gmail.com) or Pastor Janet Scott.

Elder Council mission statement (adopted May, 2013)

The mission (purpose) of the Elder Council at First Congregational United Church of Christ, Eugene, is to embrace aging as a spiritual journey throughout one’s lifetime, to learn and share the lessons and resources of aging and to offer to the congregation the wisdom and gifts of eldership.

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