Seniors feted at Adventist banquet

Community Service Officer Velma Weir serves Evelyn McFarlane, left, and Velma Bodden.

Seniors were recently treated to a night of good food, musical entertainment and inspiration thanks to Cayman’s Seventh-day Adventist Church community.

Adventist churches across the Cayman Islands organized a number of events honoring seniors throughout October, designated Older Persons’ Month, and the celebrations culminated in a party at the George Town Church Hall.

“From newly minted seniors to 96-year-old Veneta Jackson, guests enjoyed an evening of special treats, songs, and motivational talks, in the festive ambiance of the gaily decorated church hall,” a press release states.

According to the release, some 150 church and community seniors were feted at an “Agape Feast” held on Saturday, Oct. 29 organized by the Cayman Islands Conference’s community services department, under the direction of Pastor Caple Thompson and assistant director Angela Hall.

The Community Service Leaders who lent a hand at the George Town Church fete for seniors.
The Community Service Leaders who lent a hand at the George Town Church fete for seniors.

About 40 community services officers helped out at the Saturday evening event, where they welcomed, escorted, and served the senior members of the church and community.

Ms. Hall said that her department had gone all out to make the final event as special as possible, because recognizing and honoring the contributions of seniors was essential to the long-term flourishing of any society, she said.

One of the hosts for the event, community services leader for the George Town Church Elsie Myles, said that the seniors who attended expressed gratitude that such efforts were made on their behalf.

President of the Conference Pastor Shian O’Connor paid tribute to the collective wisdom of seniors and highlighted the importance of the resource represented by senior citizens.

A motivational talk by guest presenter Pearline Donalds drew on the sunflower as an example of how everyone should live their lives.

The oldest senior citizen attending the event, 96-year-old Veneta Jackson, is served by Community Services Officer Corrine Dilbert. Mrs. Mary Lee Rowlandson is seated to their left.
The oldest senior citizen attending the event, 96-year-old Veneta Jackson, is served by Community Services Officer Corrine Dilbert. Mrs. Mary Lee Rowlandson is seated to their left.
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