The Fifty & Forward adults at First United Methodist Church are a diverse group. Our activities are designed to meet the needs and enrich the lives of the members of our church. The Fifty & Forward Council is responsible for the following programs.
Join Us for an Upscale Autumn Adventure to the Meadowbrook Inn,
Nestled in the High Country of the North Carolina Mountains
October 25-28, 2017
If you enjoy a pampered getaway in the Blue Ridge Mountains during fall foliage, then this is the trip for you!
|Price Per Person|
|Double: $988 | Single: $1188|
|Round-trip Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation||Visit the Famous Swinging Bridge|
|Three Nights Hotel Accommodations at the Beautiful Meadowbrook Inn||Dinner and Deer Watching at Beech Alpen Inn|
|Three Breakfasts||Visit Mast General Store & 1861 Farm House|
|Welcome Dinner at the Meadowbrook Inn|
|Tour of Moses Cone Flat Top Manor Home & Apple Barn||Ride the Tweetsie Railroad|
|Visit the Parkway Craft Guild & the Carriage House||Visit Boone, NC Shops and Galleries|
|Visit Famous Blowing Rock, NC||Dinner at the Daniel Boone Inn|
|Tour Grandfather Mountain & Wildlife Habitats||Farewell Luncheon at the Dillard House in the North Georgia Mountains|
Day 1 October 25 Home / Blowing Rock, NC
Today we depart for a new & unique tour that features the High Country of North Carolina. We will travel to famous Blowing Rock, NC, where we will check into our hotel, the beautiful Meadowbrook Inn, where we spend all three nights. How relaxing! Tonight we’ll enjoy an included get-acquainted dinner at the Inn.
Day 2 October 26 Grandfather Mountain and Local Touring
After an included breakfast, we depart with our local guide for touring of the area, including Moses Cone’s Flat Top Manor, home of Parkway Craft Guild, Apple Barn & Carriage House. Local artists demonstrate their crafts such as pottery, glass-blowing and wood carving. The 13,000 square foot Manor was built in 1901. Our tour continues to the mountain village of Blowing Rock, home of Jan Karon’s Mitford series and voted the “prettiest small town in NC”. After lunch on our own, we will tour Grandfather Mountain, with the highest peak in the Blue Ridge Mountains and features the Mile High Swinging Bridge and animal habitats, nature museum, fudge shop and walking trails. Our day ends with an included dinner and deer watching at the Beech Alpen Inn.
Day 3 October 27 Mast General Store / 1861 Farm House / Tweetsie Railroad
Today, following an included breakfast, it’s on to the Mast General Store, originally opened in 1883 and a staple of the High Country for over 100 years. Then we’ll tour the 1861 Farmhouse sit on the porch in a rocking chair and view the surrounding gardens. This afternoon we ride the narrow gauge steam locomotive of the Tweetsie Railroad, listed on the National Registry for Historical Places. This theme park nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains also has wild west shows and an animal park. Our included dinner today is at the famous Daniel Boone Inn.
Day 4 October 28 Dillard House / Home
Today we have another included breakfast, say goodbye to the wonderful Meadow-brook Inn and travel the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Dillard House, a true Southern culinary experience. Our included lunch is served family style at this family owned restaurant, using the freshest ingredients from local area farms. Following our visit here it’s homeward bound with many fond memories of our fall foliage mountain getaway!
Cancellation Policy: Insurance waiver is available for an additional $90 per person if purchased with first deposit. If you have not purchased Cancellation Insurance Waiver, there is no refund after final payment. Reason for cancellation can be for medical reasons only, with a doctor’s letter required.
Reservation Information—Upscale Adventure to the High Country of North Carolina
A deposit of $200 per person is required by July 1, 2017 to hold your reservation. The final payment is due Sept. 1, 2017. Reservations are made on a first-come basis.
50 & OVER EXERCISE GROUP
This groups meets in the gym on Tuesday and Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. for low impact exercises.
GREETING CARD MINISTRY
Many volunteers send cards to senior adults who are in assisted living facilities, nursing homes or are confined to their homes. Cards are sent monthly and on birthdays as a reminder that the church is thinking of them.
Each Tuesday frozen casseroles prepared in the church kitchen are delivered by volunteers to members who have been discharged from the hospital during the week.
The “Terrific Tuesday” program is enjoyed by a large number of senior adults. This group consists of members and non-members who come together for a devotional and program followed by lunch each Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.
This organization of retired men meets for coffee, fellowship, and a program on Wednesday mornings from September to May.
Members who are unable to attend church services due to health conditions are visited by volunteers. Visits are made at least once a month.
STIMULATE YOUR BRAIN
Join us for the first and third Fridays from 9:00-11:30 a.m.in the Epworth Room. We play a variety of games designed to stimulate mental alertness and memory skills.
An outdoor adventure to enjoy nature, fellowship and learn about God’s world. This usually involves light to moderate physical exersion.
HANDS OF THE SPIRIT
This is a ministry to help members of First United Methodist Church, who are not in a Sunday School class or other small group, in a time of crisis with transportation, meals, phone calls of encouragement, or other types of assistance as needed.
A list of local retirement, assisted living and nursing homes is available in the Fifty & Forward Office. This list includes helpful information related to services, cost and contact person for facilities listed.
BABY RECOGNITION SUNDAY
Fifty & Forward Council hosts and provides refreshments for this yearly event in January.
SERVICES PROVIDED BY FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
• Hearing devices for church services in the sanctuary
• Large print Upper Room devotionals mailed to homebound and those in facilities upon request
• Equipment available for physical assistance
• Senior seminars on issues of importance
• Sunday school classes at John Knox and Wesley Gardens
For more information please contact Nee Nee Webb at email@example.com or 834-8990.