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Legacy Ministry for Seniors is Turning 2; Celebration is Sept. 9 in Marble Falls

Legacy Ministry 55+ Purposeful Living at First Baptist Church of Marble Falls offers many fun things to seniors including outdoor activities and trips.

MARBLE FALLS — The Legacy Ministry 55+ Purposeful Living at First Baptist Church of Marble Falls is turning 2, and leaders are throwing a fair and barbecue dinner to celebrate.

The event is 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, at the church, 901 La Ventana Drive. The fair and a concert by Christian country music singer Clifton Jansky are free. The cost of the catered meal is $8 per person.

In its two years of existence, the ministry for adults 55 years and older has sponsored more than 200 events and activities.

Many of those include woodworking, gardening, crafts, physical exercises, a health fair, educational seminars, evening socials, day trips, and long trips.

“A bunch (of events) were about 10 people going hiking, eight were kayaking,” said Weldon French, Legacy pastor. “We had a church-wide chili cook-off that was fun. We tried to do a lot of things to mix the different age groups together.”

French gave credit for the ministry's success to Ross Chandler, the church’s senior pastor, as well as a dedicated committee that organizes events and makes them fun and memorable.

“Pastor Chandler wanted us to offer a way to have wholeness of life to help senior adults be involved spiritually, mentally, and physically, to reach out and have an impact on the community and give back,” French said. “We have a great committee. Each of them take a responsibility for a different area. I think we accomplished more than expected.” The fair will have 10 tables with information about events the ministry is holding in the next few months. One table will focus on physical activities such as kayaking and hiking. Others will cover gardening, quilting, and scrapbooking.

There’s also a volunteer reader program at Colt Elementary School.

“It’s one way retired adults give back,” French said.

The big trip in 2019 is an Alaskan cruise. This year, travelers are taking a New England cruise.

Country singer Jansky, who dreamed of performing at the Grand Ole Opry, started his first band at 11 years old and and recorded his first album at 17. For 22 years, he was able to make a living playing country music. In 1979, he had a regional hit, “Amarillo By Morning,” three years before George Strait recorded the song.

But a divorce and a stolen trailer put Jansky in Bible study at age 27. On May 3, 1984, he was saved.

He released his single “Heart Transplant” to Christian radio in 2000. It became his first No. 1 song. A year later, he won Newcomer of the Year at the Inspirational Country Music Association awards show and has added a number of awards since.

The Legacy Ministry 55+ Purposeful Living has helped people develop friendships and deeper connections, French said.

“We always want to carry the message of Jesus, that he’s the answer and hope for the entire world,” he added.

You don’t have to be a member of First Baptist Church of Marble Falls to attend the ministry programs.

Contact weldon@fbcmf.org or (830) 693-4381 for more information.

jfierro@thepicayune.com

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