senior Lunch: Thursday, November 1st
Did you realize that this year marks the 100 year anniversary of Armistice Day? Today, we are welcoming a special guest, Betsy Green, a local author, who will come to talk to us about the final days of WWI. Here are her words. . .
“The hopes. The fears. The false alarms. The Spanish flu. The official telegrams with bad news. And finally, finally, the church bells rang out! Peace! Peace at last!”
Betsy J. Green has been writing and speaking about local history for more than 25 years. She is the author of the Way Back When series of books about Santa Barbara history 100 years ago. Betsy gives presentations all over our city and is a welcome speaker to many groups. You will not want to miss this! But, what is for lunch? Beef stroganoff with portobello mushrooms over buttered noodles. Yummy! Feel free to invite a friend!
Senior Lunch: Thursday, November 15th
You may have heard by now that Pastor T.J. and his wife Stacey are moving permanently to Hawaii where she has been offered an incredible job opportunity. We will miss them very much. Today, Pastor T.J. will be offering some thoughts on gratefulness as we celebrate Thanksgiving at our lunch. We encourage you to come and hear him speak as we say goodbye to someone who has served us well. You know what we will be feasting on! Oven Roasted Turkey with all the trimmings, butternut squash soup, Waldorf salad and an apple pie dessert. We give the Lord praise for His delicious provision!
senior Bible study
In the fall, we will be studying the Gospel of John as we learn what God has for us in the book. All seniors are welcome to this group. We hope to see you there and feel free to invite your friends.
We meet in the Upper Room on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 1pm.
About CDCC Senior Programs:
Our church lives right next to many seniors in the Villa Santa Fe housing across the street. We want the seniors there to know that they are valued and loved as part of our community by providing healthy lunches, educational opportunities, and fun times of fellowship.
On the first and third Thursday of each month, we gather at the church in the upper fellowship room for a wonderful time of fellowship and lunch together. Our program begins at 11:00 am and lunch is served at noon.
Every time we get together, we have jokes, a question of the day, celebrate birthdays, welcome guests, share milestones, and pray for one another. Our trained chef, Michele Molony, takes great pride in making fabulous lunches using healthy and fresh ingredients from organic and sustainable sources. The lunch is donation only, and we deliver meals to over twenty shut-ins every time we have a meal.
This year, once a month the program will focus on some stories from the Bible, mostly from the Old Testament scriptures. Some of those recorded are some of the best lessons God wants us to remember.
We will also offer musical presentations, helpful topics from community service organizations, and discussions on issues that seniors face today. We’ll also want to hear from our own participants about their trips or life histories.
This lunch is open to anyone in the community who would like to come. We ask for a $6 donation to help defray the cost of the meal.
“I am always so impressed that efforts are made to make Senior Lunch the best it can be . . . by having excellent meals prepared at a donation level that allows access to all, table decor and theme parties that show the extra miles that are taken to honor its special senior guests and make them feel as important as they are! It is a time when you are guaranteed to be welcomed by warm smiles and hugs and people who truly care. The program varies each time, from entertainment, encouragement in one’s faith journey, educational and pertinent topics, but it is the fellowship that continually blesses.”
–Cindy Perlis, daughter of Senior Lunch participant Bernice Qualls
Pastor Colleen Hurley-Bates
Director of Senior Programs
Pastor Colleen, Senior Programs director, has been leading our Senior Lunch since 2000. Greeting our senior friends with generous hugs and laughter, Colleen enjoys creating afternoons with fun themes and activities, including a "question of the day" and a time for jokes. Her gift of hospitality welcomes people in as they enjoy music, birthday celebrations, and introducing new friends. In the belief that we never stop learning, she brings in educational and interesting speakers from all over, and, once a month, Colleen preaches on a Biblical theme chosen for the year.
Contact Pastor Colleen: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chef Michele Molony
Senior Lunch Chef
Chef Michele Molony is an honors graduate of the Paris Cordon Bleu, where she trained in both pastry and cuisine. As a chef aboard fine yachts in the Caribbean, Central America and New Zealand, she became fascinated by the diverse ways in which cultures find nourishment and contentment through the growing and preparation of food. Presently cooking and teaching in Santa Barbara, Michele’s goal is to bring confidence and ability to those wanting to make cooking part of their lives.