A Celebration of Aging


Saturday, May 31, 2014

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Community United Methodist Church

163 West 4800 South in Washington Terrace 

Congregational United Church of Christ and Community United Methodist Church invite you to A Celebration of Aging, which will include workshops on topics such as:

  • “Spirituality and Successful Aging”
  • “Good News About Your Memory”
  • “The 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease”

This event will be of interest to those who are aging as well as those who care for people who are aging.

A lunch will be served. The entire event is free and open to the public. Advance registration is not required but appreciated. Call 801-392-5012 to register.

Here are descriptions of the workshops:


Research shows that active involvement with a church community and spiritual practices have a profound effect on both your physical and emotional health. In fact, the average life expectancy for those who are actively engaged in structured spiritual activity is increased by seven years. Other benefits include a greater sense of happiness, fulfillment, well-being and joy. This session will provide you with a guide to increasing your quality of life through the active and structured discipline of spiritual practice. Learn how prayer, gratitude and grace can bless you and those you love.

This workshop will be led by Pam Chapman. Pam is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over 30 years of helping individuals overcome depression and discover the joy and peace of living free from chemical, food and other addictions. She was an instructor for seven years at Mira Costa College in Oceanside, California, teaching classes in Healthy Aging, and was the Executive Director of Tierrasanta Village of San Diego for over two years. Through teaching and the village experience, Chapman met hundreds of healthy, thriving people and has created numerous seminars on lifelong health and vitality. Chapman has a Doctoral Degree in Religious Science with an emphasis in counseling, a Master’s Degree in Social Work, and is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. She has a passion for physical activity and balance in life that is demonstrated in her seminars and speaking engagements. She will lead the “Spirituality and Successful Aging” and “Good News About Your Memory” workshops.


Learn about the different types of memory and how to differentiate between dementia and memory loss considered normal. New research is showing that there are a number of easy to implement lifestyle choices we can make that can improve your memory and delay the onset of memory loss. You will leave this workshop with tools you can immediately begin practicing that will increase your confidence, memory and independence. Truly there is good news about the aging brain and memory. This workshop will also be led by Pam Chapman.


This session will be led by Laura Owen-Keirstead, who has over 25 years of experience in the social service field and is adept in working with diverse populations. Owen-Keirstead earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Studies and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Weber State University and a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Phoenix. She has worked at Weber Human Services in Adult Mental Health and Senior Services as well as the State of Utah’s Department of Workforce Service and Office of Public Guardian. She has also worked with people with disabilities as a behavioral specialist, and as a domestic violence, substance abuse and sex-offender counselor. Currently, Owen-Keirstead is a Program Specialist for the Alzheimer’s Association Utah Chapter. Her office is located in Ogden, which serves Northern Utah and South Eastern Idaho. She will lead the workshop on “10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s and How the Alzheimer’s Association Can Help.”

Bullying: What Area Schools Are Doing

At our February 16 session in the Bullying Education Series, we learned what a few regional elementary schools are doing to address bullying. Here is the description of one Safe School policy:

Safe School policy is a no tolerance document. When it comes to safe school violation, we deal with it immediately. The safety of our students is our #1 concern.

We focus on educating the student about proper behavior and give them a chance to implement change in their behavior before punitive consequences are put into place.

We take a proactive approach.

• Counselors teach character education and anti-bullying lessons in each class twice a month.

Grades K-2 – the curriculum used is the “Second Step Program, a Violence Prevention Program”
Emphasis is on empathy training, impulse control, problem solving, and anger management.

Grades 3-5 – we use the “Steps to Respect Program, A Bullying Prevention Program”
Emphasis is on respect, friendship, problem solving, self esteem, recognizing bullying, assertiveness, refusal skills, appropriate reporting (vs. tattling), responsibility

Grade 6 – “Second Step – Stepping Up” Program
Emphasis is on empathy, communication, bully recognition and prevention, emotion management, and problem solving.

This curriculum is data based and put out by the national Committee for Children.

• We teach additional lessons on relational aggression, personal space, and good character

• As needed, we offer small group help with learning social skills to help empower students who may need some extra instruction or training.

We have an active parental base here in the Valley so when problems arise, we engage parental support to help solve conflicts.

At times, we have had a box called “The Buddy Box” that we have put in the school library that allows students the option of reporting bullying anonymously, if they wish to. This serves to empower students to be able to get help and solve problems.

Cyberbullying Information

We talked about “cyberbullying” at the Bullying Education Series session on Feb. 9. Here are some links where you can find helpful information about discerning whether your child is being bullied through texts, emails or social networks; what to do about it; how to prevent it from happening; and how to report it.

* The Cyberbullying Research Center

* The federal government’s anti-bullying website’s Cyberbullying page

* Education.com’s booklet on Cyberbullying in pdf form.

Agape Love Feast

20140209_115059We held an Agape (“God Love”) Love Feast during worship on Sunday, Feb. 9. After celebrating the sacrament of Holy Communion, we served one another a light lunch and then shared memories of the love that we have felt in our faith community.


Warning Signs of Bullying

Here is some information we shared at the first session of our Bullying Education Series.

Students who are being bullied often exhibit some warning signs. These students may:

* Have torn, damaged or missing pieces of clothing, books, or other belongings.

* Have unexplained cuts, bruises and other scratches from fighting.

* Have few, if any, friends with whom he or she spends time.

* Seem afraid of going to school, walking to and from school, riding the school bus, or taking part in organized activities (such as clubs or sports) with peers.

* Take a long, “illogical” route when walking to or from school.

* Lose interest in doing school work, or suddenly begin to do poorly in school.

* Appear sad, moody, teary or depressed when he or she comes home.

* Complain frequently of headaches, stomachaches, or other physical problems.

* Have frequent bad dreams or trouble sleeping.

* Experience a loss of appetite.

* Appear anxious and suffer from low self-esteem.

It’s also important to recognize the characteristics of students who bully, which may help prevent bullying and allow for early intervention. These students may:

* Have a positive attitude toward violence and the use of violent means.

* Have a strong need to dominate and subdue other students and get their own way.

* Be impulsive, aggressive or easily angered.

* Lack empathy toward students who are bullied.

* Have defiance and aggression toward adults, including teachers and parents.

* Be involved in other anti-social or rule-breaking activities such as vandalism, delinquency, and substance abuse.

* Have greater physical strength than that of others in general and the students they bully in particular (especially in boys).

* Be more likely to report owning a gun for risky reasons, such as to gain respect or to frighten others.

Photos of Mary Southerland’s visit

Head over to our Facebook page to see some photos of our visit with Mary Southerland and Henry! Mary is a former contractor with the U.S. military in Iraq who returned with PTSD. She will be making a kayak trip down the Ohio River beginning next week to raise awareness about PTSD. Henry, her service dog, will accompany her! (Note: You don’t have to have a Facebook account to see the photos!)

Lenten Devotion: Hallelujah!

“Abraham’s Burial,” Jean de Tournes (c. 1550)

“Abraham’s Burial,” Jean de Tournes (c. 1550)

This is the length of Abraham’s life, one hundred seventy-five years. Abraham breathed his last and died in a good old age, an old man and full of years, and was gathered to his people. His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron son of Zohar the Hittite, east of Mamre, the field that Abraham purchased from the Hittites. There Abraham was buried, with his wife Sarah. Genesis 25:7-10 Read More