Forging Your Own Path, a health and wellness series, meets Wednesday nights

Join us for a Wednesday night series open to all at 6:30 p.m. in FH207. Drop-ins are welcome. For details, contact Parish Nurse Mary Mattiacci (at right). 

What it's all about: "Folks of all ages can be proactive in decisions about how they want to live. It’s not as difficult, and certainly not as depressing, as you might think to discuss end of life issues.

We need to look at how we treat our elders -- and we need to be prepared for when we become those elders. We also can provide confidence and comfort for our families should they need to make decisions for us. It's best if they understand what we want." - Mary Mattiacci

  • March 8 - We'll watch the 55-minute film "Being Mortal" based on the book by Atul Gawande, a Boston surgeon and writer for The New Yorker magazine. The film shows how doctors — himself included — are often remarkably untrained, ill-suited and uncomfortable talking about chronic illness and death with their patients. Our discussion will be led by Parish Nurse Mary Mattiacci. Books are available for $18, cash or check.
  • March 15 - Tanise Love, from Donate Life NC, and Bobbie Meisenheimer, a heart transplant recipient, will share their stories on organ donation and heart transplants. Discover what’s involved in organ donation and hear an inspirational story of survival and grace. 
  • March 22 - Ken Garfield, former Observer religion editor, will speak on "Always Leave Them Laughing: How to Write Your Own Obituary." Tell your own story in a way that reflects how you want to be remembered.
  • March 29 - Dr. Randy Schisler and Mary Ann Miller will speak on informing our loved ones about our health wishes. Your needs and desires change across the life spectrum. Learn about the issues involved and what you really mean when you say you want everything possible done to save your life. 
  • April 5 - Attorney Kim Gossage will share her expertise in legal matters surrounding healthcare and end of life decisions, including living wills and powers of attorney. Kim is known as the "approachable attorney."

Arrive early for dinner: Hot dinner is available from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Adults $7, children $5, family maximum of $25. Click here to make a one-time or standing dinner reservation.