United Methodist congregations nationwide are being asked to celebrate older adults through special activities and events, in the month of May.
The 2008 General Conference established May as the preferable time to recognize the contributions of older adults and to provide and emphasize ministries that support and empower them.
It coincides with "Older Americans Month," set by the U.S. Administration on Aging.
"If you are searching for ways to help recognize the gifts and ministry of older adults in your congregation, I invite you to look at information available through the General Board of Discipleship's Center on Aging and Older Adult Ministries," says The Rev. Dr. Richard H. Gentzler, Jr., Director. "By visiting our website you will find information that can help you plan for Older Adult Recognition Day."
May 15 is Armed Forces Day, established to honor present and past members of the country's branches of service. Prayers and other resources for this observation also are available on the GBOD website. (Click on Armed Forces Day in the menu on the left side of the page.)