Our mission is to inspire seniors to live with purpose by honoring God in their latter years.
"They will still bear fruit in old age..." - Psalm 92:14
Our symbol of hope - the olive tree
One of the most valued trees in biblical times was the olive tree. The first mention of one occurs when the dove returned to Noah with an olive leaf in its mouth. Christ’s retreat to the Garden of Gethsemane and his eventual return to the Mount of Olives are two of the many other biblical references.
The olive tree was very beneficial in ancient Jewish society. Oil from the olive tree was used for the anointing of prophets and kings, as well as for cooking, lamps, cosmetics, and medicine. Olive wood was used for furniture, paneling, and fuel. Besides providing oil and wood, the olive tree also supplied fruit and shade and served as a symbol of strength and comfort.
The olive tree, known for both its fruitfulness and its longevity, can live several hundreds of years. In fact, some of today’s trees date back to the time of Jesus. Even though the older trees are gnarly, they are treasured and continue to produce fruit in a variety of ways. Perhaps, the Psalmist had the olive tree in mind when he penned the words, "They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green." (Ps 92:14)
Often accompanied by pain, disability, frailty, confusion, and isolation, the aging process is not a respecter of persons and not always kind. David considered this fact when he penned the words from Psalm 71:9, "Do not cast me away when I am old; do not forsake me when my strength is gone."
Yet, in spite of our physical limitations, God desires our fruitful service as seen through David’s eyes in Psalm 71:17-18, "Since my youth, O God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds. Even when I am old and grey… I declare your power to the next generation."
In order to fulfill our mission we strive to present a clear presentation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to seniors we serve, create opportunities that encourage and edify seniors to be productive and spiritually fertile and encourage the church and volunteers of all ages to value and honor seniors (James 1:27, Titus 2)