Every year seniors of western North Carolina area churches rotate locations as they gather to give outreach reports, provide uplifting music, dine and fellowship, and share from their well of wisdom and expertise. This year, Charlotte Berean Church hosted the annual gathering of North Carolina Seniors Affairs Ministries (NCSAM) on August 18, 2017.
Churches represented this year were the Charlotte-Trinity (Trail Blazers), Shelby Voice of Hope (Sun Setters), Gastonia Ephesus (Golden Circle), Asheville Bethel (Progressive Club), and host church Charlotte Berean (Golden Age).
Seniors cannot travel to every church’s senior days, but an idea from the founding member, James McCullough Sr., elder, to establish an area day where churches within 40 miles or less can come together once a year, combining their funds to have one big senior day. This year was the seventh year doing so, and it continues to grow. Huey Rowe-Anderson, Ph.D., is NCSAM Federation president, and his goal in 2018 is to organize other churches throughout North Carolina into districts that will do likewise.
The speaker this year was Godwin Mitchell, pastor of Charlotte Berean. The presence and leadership of Ralph Peay, South Atlantic liaison for senior/adult ministries, and Huey Rowe-Anderson, Ph.D., helped celebrate all seniors in attendance. All members who were 90 years and older were honored.
None of this would have been possible without planners Margaret Harris, Rachel Stockton, Angelia Gains, Viola Williams, Norman Poora, and Toni Coes.
South Atlantic | December 2017