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Older Adult Ministry
From study groups to travel opportunities, we invite you to join the Older Adult Ministry, a network of vibrant adults with a passion for life and a desire to live and love fully as Jesus taught us. Be a part of a fellowship that will provide support and encouragement as you continue your journey of lifelong learning.
ASK Care Team: Mondays & Thursdays 1:00 – 4:00pm
The ASK Team
The ASK Team is a ministry composed of members and friends of Christ Church of Oak Brook who provide Advice, Support and Knowledge for adults, caregivers, and those with special needs from the church and the community.
The ASK Ministry was founded to assist those with needs by linking them with the many services, agencies, ministries, and the individuals that could help them. The ministry began in October 2001 and since its inception, ASK has helped in over 3700 situations by providing information on diverse topics such as medical equipment, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, in-home caregivers, in-home nursing, doctors, dentists, transportation, meals, legal assistance, case management, chore services, elder abuse, hospice, respite care, counseling, job searches, grief support, and caregiver support.
On Monday and Thursday afternoons, 1-4pm, trained Team members and ASK staff members meet in the ASK office to assist confidentially those who contact ASK with needs. Questions are received by the ASK Team (630-321-6770) in person or voicemail.
The Mission of the Christ Church Connexion Ministry is to contact adults who are identified in the Christ Church of Oak Brook member list as being 80 years and older. The purpose of the contact is to share the love of Christ by maintaining a connection with as well as recognizing and attempting to meet the needs of His people as they age.
About 22 members of the Connexion Team keep in touch with over 800 older adults who live in Illinois. Requests for pastoral visits, needs for practical help, etc. are shared with appropriate sources as necessary, and often just listening to and talking with the older adult helps to meet their needs. "No senior left behind."
The mission of the Legacy Team project from Christ Church is to provide opportunities for Christians to share experiences and circumstances that enriched their faith in Jesus Christ with the hope that these stories will encourage others to seek a deeper relationship with Him.
Twice per year, in November and May, the Legacy Team publishes "Lives Transformed: Sharing Faith Journeys," a booklet featuring the faith journeys of Christians with the hope that their stories will impact the lives of others. The Team consists of interviewers, transcribers, writers, and editors, all serving together to publish booklets that illustrate how God can transform the life of someone who chooses to believe, worship, and trust in Him. "Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs."
Fun, focus, Christian Fellowship and Food!
You are invited to pop into the Pop-in Place on Monday mornings from 10-12 to enjoy Christian fellowship, Bible Study, and refreshments. Bring old friends or meet new ones, explore volunteer opportunities, focus on studying the Bible, or relax with a cup of coffee - just pop in Room 261!
Some questions asked of ASK Volunteers:
- Where can I find a live-in person to take care of my 92-year-old Mother?
- Where can I find an adult daycare program?
- I'm 68 and taking care of my 89-year-old mother, who has Alzheimer's, disease, and I'm exhausted. Are there support programs for the caregiver?
- How do I have meals delivered to my door (Meals on Wheels)?
- Taking care of my home is becoming a burden. Is it time to look into assisted living?
- I'm living on a fixed income and can no longer pay the rent. What should I do?
- My daughter is not treating me nicely. How do I get help?
- When is it appropriate to call 911?
- How do I handle the confusion caused by my mother's memory loss? I'm not sure the information I get from her is accurate.
- I haven't filed my tax return for last year. What do I do and where can I get help?
- I need to get out of the house. What activities are offered for seniors?
"Fairy Tales and Christian Truths" | Six Week Program
Thursday, July 11 - August 15 | Coffee 9:30 a.m. | Program 10:00 a.m. | Oak Brook | Fellowship Hall
Stories that activate the imagination, such as the parables of Christ, can convey Christian truths with a particular power. Fairy tales exercise a unique ability in this regard. George McDonald's tale, At the Back of the North Wind, is an especially fine example. Join Dr. Rolland Hein, Profressor Emeritus, Wheaton College, as we consider what truths it conveys and how it does so.
Thursday, August 22: No Greenhouse
"The Challenge of Change: Strategies to Finding Peace" | Coffee & Conversation
Thursday, August 29 | Coffee 9:30 a.m. | Program 10:00 | Oak Brook | Fellowship Hall
Join Mary Helen Ekstam, Educator at Journey Care, and explore how change can affect one's quality of life and learn healthy living tips that can help you continue finding joy and peace in your everyday life.
"Joy of Job" | Coffee & Conversation
Thursday, September 5 | Coffee 9:30 a.m. | Program 10:00 a.m. | Oak Brook | Fellowship Hall
Join us as Maribeth Vander Weele, President of Sagerity Press and author of The Joy of Job, brings challenging insights into the Old Testament story of Job.
"Seeing God in Your Story" | Coffee & Conversation
Thursday, September 12 | Coffee 9:30 a.m. | Program 10:00 a.m. | Oak Brook | Fellowship Hall
Rev. Lisa Capozzoli and Birdie Dixon share their testimonies and stories of how God is alive and working in them and in their lives.
Contact: Lisa Capozzoli | firstname.lastname@example.org | 630.321.6764
Pop In Place
Mondays | 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. | Oak Brook | Rooms 261 - 262
Named by founder Ed Huskisson in honor of a gathering place served by the churches of Petersfield, England, called the Pop In Spot, the Pop in Place has been meeting for 7 years. The Pop In Place is exactly that - a place to pop in for a cup of hot coffee or tea or to enjoy a sweet or two, to converse with fellow "Poppers" about the latest news or what's happening at Christ Church, and to share in community prayer for a concern or praise. It's a place to study Scripture and to grow in your knowledge of God's Word in the New and Old Testaments or to discuss timely topics such as the current sermon series being preached. Feel free to join us weekly or whenever you can. We are ageless! Our community is open to all. Just Pop In!
Contact: Eileen Johnson | ejohnson@ChristChurch.us | 630.321.6770