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Senior Christmas just around the corner

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com

In less than month, seniors will be gathering for the fifth annual Senior Christmas, a night of fun, food and fellowship.

Faith Builders Ministries President Ken Fuller brought the concept to Connersville because so many seniors do not have a family Christmas. Many spend their Christmas season alone at home or in an elder care facility.

This year the Senior Christmas is set for Friday, Dec. 6, with doors opening at 6 p.m. and the meal at 6:30.

There is a change in location this year. Previous dinners have been in the Baptist Temple gymnasium but that facility is being remodeled this year and unavailable.

The new location is the fellowship hall at Woodland Bible Church, 835 W. County Road 300-N.

“We’re excited the new pastor and congregation has opened their doors for us to allow us to continue to have this,” Fuller said.

Nicci Ervin will be preparing decorations to make the seniors feel at home and like it is Christmas, he said. Jennifer Horning, Hope Horning and Ava Moore are also on the planning committee.

The event has grown each year. About 150 seniors came to the event in 2018. Most seniors come from the Fayette Senior Center, churches and from the community. He would welcome people from some of the community’s elder care facilities.

The seniors will receive a full meal with dessert and take home a gift basket including a gift certificate. They will also have entertainment by Bryan Hutson.

Hutson has provided the entertainment for the past two years and the seniors ask for him to come back, Fuller said. Born in Batesville, Hutson and his wife Yvonne live in the Cincinnati area. They operate Rescue Me Ministries, focused on relationships and marriages.

“We definitely need sponsors,” he said. “It’s $200 a table or whatever someone can give. If they could call and pledge it, that is fine but we need the money by Dec. 1. They can call and take a table or half a table, it’s all good.”

Call one of the committee to make a donation.

“So many come up after the event each year and say ‘Thank you,’ because they wouldn’t have had a Christmas without it,” he said. “Their families are not around anymore or won’t be home for Christmas. It’s so nice to be able to meet the needs of these seniors and to love on them so they know they’re loved.”

“I thought it was kinda fun,” said Joyce Peak. “We had a good time and I plan to go again this year. If there is fun and food, I’m there.”

Those who want to attend may call Moore at First United Methodist Church at 765-825-8506, Jennifer Horning at 765-265-2171, Ervin at 765-309-7779 or Fuller at 765-524-4813.