May brings an end to the Senior Ministry season. Maritta Fink and the Senior Ministry Team break for the summer and then return mid-August to start planning for fall events.
Maritta Fink, the Director of Senior Ministry, is a part time church employee and does not have office hours from mid-May through mid-August.
Please call the church office if you need support for a senior related issue.
Thank you to all who participate in, and volunteer for Senior Ministry events. We are grateful for all of the support received.
Senior Ministry Mission Statement....
Enabling seniors to continue to experience the baptismal promise of being part of the Lord’s family.
“But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body's growth in building itself up in love.” Ephesians 4:15-16
Back row left to right: Denny Reiman, Terri Reiman, Bonnie Arthur, Leo Arthur
Front row left to right: Marrita Fink, LaDonna Ashmore
Older adults from early retirees and empty nesters on up are invited to participate and help with events. Contact Maritta or a team member if you have questions or would like to join us.
Maritta Fink - Senior Ministry Team Leader
Facebook Photos of Past Friday Friendly Events
Follow the Facebook links below for photos of past Friday Friendly events:
Stretch and Tone Class
Would you like to be able to play on the floor with your grandchildren and stand up without any help?
Do you want to carry a bag of groceries from your car into your home without needing help?
Do you want to maintain your independent lifestyle for years to come and have fun while you increase your strength and balance?
If you answered YES to any of those questions, then it’s time to join our Stretch and Tone class for older adults! Utilizing weights, stretch bands and body resistance, instructor Julie Luedtke keeps the class fun as participants work on increasing their strength, balance and brain activity.
The class meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30 until 8:30am. There is no cost and you do not need to be a member of All Saints Lutheran Church to participate. All that is needed is a willingness to get stronger, improve your balance and have some fun!
***Stretch and Tone will be taking a summer hiatus as dedicated leader Julie Luedtke works to put a fresh face on this long standing fitness ministry. Class will continue Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 a.m. in the Narthex through May 24. Watch for more information later this summer.***
We Have Fun!
Calling Tree & New Daily Check-in Choice
Do you live alone? Would you like a daily reassurance call from an All Saints friend?
Calling Tree is just what you're looking for. Calling Tree is a service offered by volunteers from All Saints Lutheran Church. The program is offered year round and without charge.
Every morning program participants call their designated volunteer. When a volunteer does not receive a call from their appointed participant, they will initiate a standard procedure to locate the participant and ensure that he/she does not need assistance.
In addition to our on-going telephone assurance program, you can now choose to be partnered with just one person and check in with each other via cell phone, text, email or whatever method works best for the two of you. A quick text each morning will allow you to be assured that someone knows you are okay.
For more information, please contact Maritta Fink at 602-866-9191 ext. 110 or email@example.com or click More Information to read more about the program.
A Tradition of Service for 24 Years!
9:00am - 11:30am
Summer Break Starts May 23rd (last day to create).
We will return on September 5th.
Sewing machines and all materials (yarn, thread, notions) are provided.
Fabric donations needed OR gift cards to purchase the fabric.
Contact Terri Reiman for details: 602-439-4181
The Cut-Ups would welcome your participation, both women and men. The group enjoys the fellowship as well as the gratification that comes from their service to those in need.
The group knits, crochets, cuts, sews and quilts newborn layettes, shawls, lap robes, afghans and baby quilts for patients at Maricopa County Hospital.
Co-Leaders: Terri Reiman & Shirley Baltuch
Please call the Church office if you have further questions or just show up if you would like to try it out.
Area Agency on Aging Information
Free, 24-hour Senior Help Line 602-264-4357
Helpful Information on Medicare & Health Insurance Benefits
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Duet: Partners in Health and Aging
One of Duet’s many services is:
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Grandparents raising their grandchildren must deal with school systems, health coverage, legal issues, financial concerns and complex family situations. This leaves many of the “second-time around” parents feeling overwhelmed.
By providing support to grandparents and other relative caregivers, we help keep children out of foster care.
How They Help:
Support groups Workshops Group activities for families
Respite assistance Legal guidance Information and referral
Veterans Heritage Project
Veterans Heritage Project (VHP)
...connects students with veterans in their communities, offering students the opportunity to become immersed in one-on-one personal accounts of heroism and service to our Country, while learning life-long skills, developing a passion for history, writing and civics, and an appreciation of the freedoms which came through the sacrifices of those who have served our nation.
VHP is an after-school club or in-classroom course for 8th through 12th grade and college-level students that is tied to class curriculum such as English, Social Studies, Civics or History. Students are responsible for interviewing, writing and celebrating their veterans’ stories of military experience. They become published authors, by contributing their stories to VHP’s annual hard-covered books entitled Since You Asked and permanent audio-visual archiving at the Library of Congress, in Washington, DC. Students honor their veterans through their Chapter’s annual book signing celebration.
Several people from All Saints have participated in this project and they have received their own copy of the “Since You Asked” book that includes their own story and pictures. If you would like to be interviewed by a student and have your story entered into the archives at the Library of Congress go to this website http://veteransheritage.org and click on “Stories/Books” in the red bar at the top of the page. Then click on “AZ-Vets Interview Request. Or call the local VHP office at 602-218-4036 or call Maritta Fink at All Saints to help you get connected to the program.