senior Lunch: Thursday, September 6th
Welcome Back! We are excited to see everyone again. Today we are going to continue with our series of the 10 Commandments, as we did half last year and will be finishing them up in this year. Today, we come to #6: "Thou Shall Not Murder." Pastor Colleen will be talking about why God gives us this rule and how it is a foundational one for every society. Life is precious to the Lord, as He created each person. Please bring your thoughts so we can have some good discussions. For lunch, Michele is going to serve lemon chicken, pesto pasta and caprese salad. Please invite a friend and we hope to see all of you there!
Senior Lunch: Thursday, September 20th
This is going to be a day you won't want to miss. Dr. Steven Rogers, who is a professor at Westmont College in Psychology, as well as a therapist in private practice, will be coming to talk to us about his research on age-related neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer's, dementia and Parkinson's. One of the issues they study is whether our degree of religiousness changes depending on certain neurological states. From their research, they have found that religious activity and religious experiences are connected to specific neurological activity, and he is going to come tell us in what ways this is true. He will discuss the religious symptoms and changes associated with each disorder, the neurological underpinnings of these religious features and some of the corresponding implications for our faith and neurology. Wow! Come and bring your questions. For lunch, we will be having baby back ribs, corn and tomato salad, and watermelon. Yum! Hope to see all of you there. Bring a neighbor!
senior Bible study: Starting Again in Fall
We are taking the rest of the summer off but we will be back in the fall with a new study on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month.
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.