AUGUST 26, 2020

Hello

"Home" is a word that immediately triggers all kinds of emotional feelings and longings for all of us. It is essential for all ages to have a place where they know they belong and feel secure in our increasingly unpredictable times. So, it is helpful to have done some planning when an awareness of our aging and the need for a time of transition to a new location becomes our experience. Relocating and change are never easily embraced and we can often wait too long in making the necessary adjustments for healthy aging transitions. CHAT is committed to providing the resources to recognize the options that are available to us as we face this season in our life's journey.

In his insightful book Life is in the Transitions: Mastering Change at Any Age (Penguin Press, 2020) , Bruce Feiler gives a helpful definition of a life transition.

"A transition is a vital period of adjustment, creativity, and rebirth that helps one find meaning after a major life disruption."

In this newsletter, Darrell and Sharon Johnson provide helpful insights into the processing of their move a few years ago when they were both able to make an informed and wise decision. We also appreciate Eleanor Wolverton's sharing about her time of transition and embracing the resulting changes for her and her family at the age of 90. The CHAT sponsored free upcoming "Options in Retirement Living" webinar being offered by Jamey MacDonald on September, 26th is an excellent presentation outlining the considerations and possibilities for you and your family as you plan for your future.

CHAT also wants to introduce you to a new website resource created by Laurie Barber, Tochar Studios. The website is designed to encourage, inspire and provide ways of meditating and embracing life more fully by being aware of God's presence and care through creation, our families and faith. Some of the Tochar articles and videos will be posted on the CHAT website.

Paul Pearce

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MOVE BEFORE
YOU HAVE TO MOVE

by Sharon and Darrell Johnson

 

Shortly after Darrell was called in the Fall of 2009 to serve as Senior Minister for First Baptist Church Vancouver, we were having dinner with fellow parishioners Patsy and Paul Pearce. Paul at that time was serving as Executive Director of Beulah Garden Homes in East Vancouver, and shared with us the vision of the Society to build Aspen Green, a Seniors Independent Living complex on the campus of BGH. We were at the time in our early 60s, and were immediately taken by what Paul explained. So we started praying about whether we should sign up for this new adventure.

A few years later Darrell suffered a heart attack and later a stroke. Sharon began thinking about where she would want to live should she become widowed sooner than later. And she came to the conclusion that she would want to live in a place that offered Christian community.

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UPCOMING EVENT

FREE WEBINAR

OPTIONS IN RETIREMENT LIVING
with Jamey MacDonald

 

As we enter our 60's and 70's, one crucial question is "where do you want to live when you get older?" Since life changes, we are presented with challenges which lead us to make choices, especially about where we want to call home. In this 45 minute webinar, Jamey McDonald (CEO Beulah Garden Homes Vancouver) will give us some insights and anecdotes about making smart choice as the time comes.

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RECOMMENDED ARTICLES & RESOURCES

REFLECTIONS

MOVING 4000 KILOMETRES AWAY, AT AGE 90
by Faye Reynolds

 

After an incident involving her health, Eleanor was faced with the sudden need to move from her longtime home in Nova Scotia to be close to her daughter in Lethbridge, Alberta. At 90 years of age, this meant that Eleanor was leaving very much of what she had cherished for decades. But throughout the process, Eleanor and her family witnessed God's hand in guiding them through the transition.

READ THE ARTICLE

REVIEW

DARKNESS TO DAWN BY LAURIE BARBER

by Mary Dickau

 

Laurie Barber is retired after many years of work as pastor and area minister for Canadian Baptists. But as always, his shepherding heart continues to give care and comfort as he showcases the creative movement of the Spirit in our life with Christ.

READ THE ARTICLE

STUDY

SENIORS AREN’T RETIRING AS WE EXPECT!
HERE’S WHY.

by Beulah Garden Homes

 

As the fastest growing demographic in Canada, seniors are a huge part of the fabric of our country. Many of us make the mistake of assuming that those over 65 will retire, but figures show this is far from the truth.

READ THE ARTICLE

NUGGET OF WISDOM

"Lord God, you have called your servants to ventures which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us."

The Lutheran Liturgy of Evening Prayer

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