Rep Stan Lambert to Speak at the PGC Town Hall Meeting February 6

0 Commentsby   |  01.31.18  |  #PGCACU. Pruett Gerontology Center, #PGCTSHL, Announcements, GERO Student Focus, Intergenerational Focus

This week, the spotlight turns to our upcoming PGC/ACU Town Hall Meeting! Everyday, we will focus on a feature of the exciting event, expected to draw five generations of Texas citizens to Hunter Welcome Center on February 6, 2018.


We have received confirmation from both Robyn Wertheim and Barbara Lampert that Representative Stan Lambert, of House District 71 will attend the Town Hall meeting. Lambert a Republican from Abilene, is serving in his first term in the Texas House of Representatives. He represents Taylor, Nolan, and Jones Counties and sits on the House Energy Resources Committee, Defense and Veterans’ Affairs Committee, and the Texas Sunset Advisory.

 

Rep. Lambert was born and raised in Abilene and graduated from Abilene Christian University in 1975. Rep. Lambert was sworn into the Texas House on January 10, 2017, after winning the November 2016 general election.

Please join us February 6, 2018 and lend your voice, because, as our Theme states, Your Voice Matters!

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We are hoping to see YOU at the PGC Town Hall Meeting!

0 Commentsby   |  01.30.18  |  #PGCACU. Pruett Gerontology Center, #PGCTSHL, Announcements, Texas Silver-Haired Legislature

This week, the spotlight turns to our upcoming PGC/ACU Town Hall Meeting! Everyday, we will focus on a feature of the exciting event, expected to draw five generations of Texas citizens to Hunter Welcome Center on February 6, 2018 (one week from today)~please call us at PGC (x2350) to reserve your spot!

Today, we fondly remember Chris Kyker, who envisioned the event, first held six years ago at the ACU Hunter Welcome Center. Chris prayerfully and purposefully contacted key people, such as Dan Garrett, Vice Chancellor of ACU and President of The ACU Foundation, Charlie Pruett, Director of the Pruett Gerontology Center, Walter Graham, TSHL, Michelle Parker, Director of the West Center Texas Area Agency on Aging, Linda Rutledge, Abilene Regional Medical Center, and Helen Teague, who had worked with Chris’ daughter Dr. Jerilyn Pfeifer.

Chris Kyker

 

We are humbled to dedicate the 2018 Town Hall meeting to Chris Kyker. Rex and Chris Kyker’s son, Ricky and his wife Judy will attend the Town Hall meeting next Tuesday as special guests.

Please join us and lend your voice, because, as our Theme states, Your Voice Matters!

#PGCTSHL

Our event hashtag is #PGCTSHL

See more information at these hashtags:  #PGCACU   and the archived hashtag #TSHLPGC

 


 

 

 

 

One week until the PGC Town Hall Meeting!

1 Commentby   |  01.29.18  |  #PGCTSHL, GERO Student Focus, Intergenerational Focus, Texas Silver-Haired Legislature

This week, the spotlight turns to our upcoming PGC/ACU Town Hall Meeting! Everyday, we will focus on a feature of the exciting event, expected to draw five generations of Texas citizens to Hunter Welcome Center on February 6, 2018~please call us at PGC (x2350) to reserve your spot!

Today: Did you see the ACU Log-in ad on display today when you signed into our Banner system? Here it is:

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Our event hashtag is #PGCTSHL

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PGC/ACU Town Hall Meeting Benefits from Community Planning and Partnerships

0 Commentsby   |  01.24.18  |  #PGCACU. Pruett Gerontology Center, Announcements, GERO Student Focus, Intergenerational Focus

thank you

 

The PGC/ACU Town Hall Meeting has benefited greatly from the Community Planning and Partnerships of the following stellar citizens and groups:

Dr. Charlie Pruett, Pruett Gerontology Center, ACU College of Arts and Sciences
Walter Graham, TSHL Speaker
Michelle Parker, West Central Texas Council of Governments (WCTCOG)
Barbara Lampert, Fundraising- Bridgestone Living
Mr. Tim Lancaster, Hendrick Medical Center
Mr. Bruce Lampert, Pastor’s Prayer Fellowship at Hendrick Medical Center
Dolores Cox, Linda Rutledge, Abilene Regional Medical Center
Dr. Stephanie Hamm, ACU Social Work Department
Dr. Suzie Macaluso, ACU Sociology Department
Dr. Alan Lipps, ACU Social Work Department
Mandy Scudder, ACU College of Arts and Sciences
Emily Adams, Pruett Gerontology Center Student Associate
Dr. Helen Teague, Pruett Gerontology Center

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The purpose of the PGC/ACU Town Hall Forum is to provide local citizens with the opportunity to identify aging issues, concerns, and suggested solutions for consideration by advocacy groups such as the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature. Previous town hall forums have resulted in approved legislation by the Texas state legislature. The town hall forum is also an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to gain valuable real-world research and social justice advocacy experience. Learn more about our upcoming town hall meeting by reading our fact sheet here.

Our event hashtag is #PGCTSHL

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Dan Mitchell to play at the PGC/ACU Town Hall meeting on February 6

0 Commentsby   |  01.22.18  |  #PGCACU. Pruett Gerontology Center, #PGCTSHL, GERO Student Focus, Intergenerational Focus

Dan Mitchell to play at the town hall meeting on February 6!

During the lunch portion of the town hall meeting on February 6th, Abilene guitarist Dan Mitchell will entertain our intergenerational audience. Guitarist Mitchell is an instructor at both Abilene Christian University and Hardin Simmons University. He is also a favorite performer for Abilenians of all ages.

Read more about Dan here.

The purpose of the PGC/ACU Town Hall Forum is to provide local citizens with the opportunity to identify aging issues, concerns, and suggested solutions for consideration by advocacy groups such as the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature. Previous town hall forums have resulted in approved legislation by the Texas state legislature. The town hall forum is also an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to gain valuable real-world research and social justice advocacy experience. Learn more about our upcoming town hall meeting by reading our fact sheet here.

Our event hashtag is #PGCTSHL

See more information at these hashtags:  #PGCACU   and the archived hashtag #TSHLPGC

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While you were away for the holidays

0 Commentsby   |  01.10.18  |  Announcements, GERO Student Focus

Students and friends of PGC, as you prepare to return to campus for the Spring semester, here are a few items of information that occurred while you were away:

  • The low Monday morning, January 1, 2018 was 9 degrees in Abilene … the same as it was on January 1, 1928 … the coldest New Year’s Day in Abilene in 90 years!
  • Are you among the 40 percent of Americans who made New Year’s resolutions? Click here for the science behind keeping your resolutions.
  • Dr. Pruett’s Sociology of Aging class (GERO 350/550) will meet for both undergraduates and graduates on Tuesdays, from 3:00pm-5:50 pm January 16 – May 11, 2016
  • Dr. Pruett’s Introduction to Sociology class (SOCI   ) will meet for undergraduates on Thursdays, from 3:00pm-5:50 pm January 18 – May 11, 2016

 


 

A Message for 2018 from Dr. Charlie Pruett

0 Commentsby   |  12.30.17  |  Uncategorized

Lord of Harvest, Send Forth Reapers

The floors were often cold when we arrived at the little white, wooden framed building with a heater in the corner for winters and open windows in the summer. The benches, made by the men of this growing church in South Texas, must have been designed to keep children awake through the employment of sharp edges that provided discomfort to the back of short legs. My young reasoning for this assumption found support in the verse my father repeated to me several time during public worship. “Sit up straight and stop moving,” he would whisper into my ear as though quoting from A Child’s Guild for Attending Worship. (I still cannot find that verse in the Bible.)

I was too short in my seat to see them, but my most vivid memory was the sound of the men leading prayer on bended knee in front of the assembly. Deep, melodious voices filled the room with a version of Matthew 9:36-38, “Lord, we pray to Thee that Thou would send workers to Thy harvest, for Thy harvest is white, but Thy harvesters are few.”

Later, another building, much larger and modern for the time, was built on the same property. To the delight of us children, the benches were replaced with heavy, wooden, professionally built pews that made “sitting straight” more tolerable for the short-leggers. The windows were smaller, as ceiling fans moved air to cool worshippers who now had the blessing of a public address system. Prayer leaders no longer knelt, but stood behind a chrome microphone that caused terrible feedback when the deep, loud prayer voice was employed. Men learned to speak more softly, “Lord, we pray to Thee that Thou would send workers to Thy harvest for Thy harvest is white but Thy harvesters are few.” Many changes were taking place in the assembly, but the requests to the Lord remained the same.

In the 1960’s, like so many other churches across the nation, my home town congregation built a new building. Central heat and air replaced all windows and ceiling fans. Padded pews and carpeted floors provided more comfort to the experience of the growing number of children. The baby boom generation had arrived, bringing the addition of youth ministries.

Prayers remained highly respectful but seemed more conversational than the short sermon style of the past. I remember much stir among fellow worshipers as prayer leaders spoke “You” and “Your” rather “Thee,” “Though,” and “Thy” into tiny microphones, “Our Lord, we plead with You. Please send workers into the world to teach others about You, but Your harvest is white, but the number of workers is few.”

Changes have occurred over the years in the building, seating and physical aids employed by God’s people in public worship. (Has anyone seen my song book?) While there have been many changes, the point of this reflection is not the change of the material but the consistent content of the prayer, “Lord, please send workers into the white harvest of souls in this world.”

While God’s people have been pleading for more harvesters, three huge social phenomena have developed…

  • ·         People are living longer
  • ·         The number of people living longer is growing and
  • ·         Retirement is expected and affordable to most.

As a social gerontologist I can offer scientific explanations for these three phenomena, such as…

  • Improvement in public health
  • Reduction of certain diseases through improved health care, which also lowers child mortality rates
  • Economic advances that reduce sickness related to stress, and
  • A little thing called Social Security

 I know and teach about these things in my work. But deep within me resides a question that I feel I must put before God’s people—“Is God involved in any way in bringing about these three intersecting, historical, social phenomena?” How should God’s people view what is happening around us?

As a community of faith, maybe we should begin to consider that God has been answering our persistent prayer, though with a somewhat different response than we visualized with bowed knee and squeaky microphones. Maybe God has been saying “Yes” to our prayer all along, not with young missionary families, but with healthy, retired individuals.

Maybe God is making us the answer to our own prayers!

I am old enough and, hopefully, wise enough to avoid saying exactly what the Creater is doing. However, the health, relative wealth, available time, wisdom, and lifelong skills smong our present and future retirees could be offering the greatest resource to the church of our Lord since Pentecost!

Maybe we need to do a little changing—in how we view retirement.

 

Dr. Charlie Pruett is the director of the Pruett Gerontology Center at ACU and an Elder at Hillcrest church of Christ in Abilene, Texas


 

 

PGC’s Video Greeting Card to You!

0 Commentsby   |  12.25.17  |  Announcements

Click on the photo below to begin our holiday video greeting card.

 

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17 Bible Verses to read at Christmastime

0 Commentsby   |  12.24.17  |  Announcements, GERO Student Focus

17 Bible Verses to Read on Christmas Eve, Christmas Morning… or today! 🙂
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Isaiah 7:14 ~ So the Lord himself will give you this sign: A virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and she will name him Immanuel [God Is With Us]. (God’s Word Translation 1995)

Luke 1:26-38 ~ In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”

 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.”

 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her. (NIV 1984)

Matthew 1:18-24 ~ This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”—which means, “God with us.”  When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.

Isaiah 9:6-7 ~ For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this. (NIV 1984)

Isaiah 35:4-6 ~ Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.” Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then shall the lame man leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy. For waters break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; (ESV)

John 4:10-12 ~ Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”“Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?

Isaiah 40:1-5 ~ Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.  A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” (ESV)

Isaiah 40:9 ~ Go on up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good news; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good news; lift it up, fear not; say to the cities of Judah,  “Behold your God!” (ESV)

Luke 2:9-15 ~ And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest,  and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” (ESV)

Micah 5:2 ~ But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. (ESV)

Matthew 2:3-6 ~ When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:“‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’” (ESV)

Luke 2:4-7 ~ And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. (ESV)

Isaiah 49:6 ~ God says: “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.”

Isaiah 49:13-16 ~ Shout for joy, O heavens; rejoice, O earth; burst into song, O mountains!For the Lord comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me.”
“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me. Your sons hasten back, and those who laid you waste depart from you.

Isaiah 53:1-7, 9, 12 ~ Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.

Hebrews 1:1-2  ~ In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.

Ezekiel 34:11-16
~ “For thus says the Lord God: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land. And I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the ravines, and in all the inhabited places of the country.  I will feed them with good pasture, and on the mountain heights of Israel shall be their grazing land. There they shall lie down in good grazing land, and on rich pasture they shall feed on the mountains of Israel. I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord God. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them in justice. (ESV)

Merry Christmas!

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PGC Holiday Hours

0 Commentsby   |  12.22.17  |  Announcements

Update, 1/2/18: PGC will remain closed today, January 2nd, due to snow and icy conditions.

This year, PGC will be closed Monday, December 25 through Monday, January 1 for the Christmas/New Year Holiday. We sincerely and prayerfully wish our blog subscribers and friends a Merry Christmas and a peaceful start to 2018.

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