senior Lunch: Thursday, February 1st
Commandment number four of the Ten Commandments reads: "Remember the Sabbath Day and Keep It Holy.” Pastor Colleen will be leading us through a time of discussing why sabbath is one of the expectations God has for humanity. We will discuss the difficulty of this idea, as well as how it is necessary and fills our souls. How is it different for those who are working with full lives and those who are retired? Let's talk about it! For lunch, a beautiful salmon for the main course, paired with delicious side dishes and a yummy dessert.
senior Lunch: Thursday, February 15th
One of the things we really love to do is to hear about a trip someone has taken recently. When that person is a great photographer who can tell a good story, it is an even better treat. Our friend Brent Winebrenner will be dropping by our place on this day to tell us about his work sojourn to Guatemala. Brent will take us on a cinematic journey to the fascinating Land of the Ancient Maya. In the heart of Central America, Brent will talk about why Guatemala is on the edge of discovery. Please feel free to invite a friend! For lunch, we will serve pot roast, roasted root vegetables and dessert!
senior Bible study: 2nd & 4th Thursdays
In the spring, we will be continuing to study the Bible as we learn what God has for us to learn. All seniors are welcome to this group. This year, we will be led by Jo Brown and Karen Wills.
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.