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Welcome to the Senior's Page


    Today’s Seniors (age 55+) are more active than ever, both physically and spiritually! Bay Leaf offers many opportunities for Seniors to worship, fellowship, and to serve.

    Seniors at Bay Leaf enjoy some of the most caring Sunday School classes around, with plenty of choices for couples, ladies, and men. Worship services offer choice of traditional hymns (8:30), contemporary (9:45), or blended worship (11:00). Our “Keenagers” group (see tab above) provides fellowship and fun with monthly luncheons and regular trips too. And for times of special needs, we have a full set of resources (see tab above) ready to make sure families get the support they need. Seniors at Bay Leaf are served by their own pastor, Rev. Don Gilbert.

    If you are interested in finding out ways you can get involved in ministry at Bay Leaf Baptist Church view the Ministries for Seniors Brochure.

    Seniors On Facebook

    If you are a member of Bay Leaf, you can become a part of the secret Facebook group called “Bay Leaf Seniors”. In this group, we list prayer requests, such as when a person goes into the hospital, or has other serious needs. Then, you can comment on the request right in Facebook, and our Pastor for Seniors will read all your comments and prayers to the person in the hospital, or wherever they are. This is so encouraging to people in need, so we ask that you consider signing up!

    This group is “secret” so no one outside Bay Leaf will ever see the comments. If you like, we can also help you adjust your Facebook settings so that you do not automatically share your everyday work with so many people, as well.

    If you are interested, send an e-mail to our Pastor for Seniors, Don Gilbert. Or you can call him at the church office.


    Our monthly luncheon is free for our “Keenagers” (55 and over) and offers a wonderful home-cooked meal, plus entertainment, door prizes, and more! We meet the third Tuesday of each month (except June, July and August) at 11:00 – 1:00, in the fellowship hall at Bay Leaf. Our upcoming dates are:

    September 19
    Coffee at 11am
    "Cooked on Site" Fish Fry catered by "Off the Hook" Restaurant
    Fried fish
    Fried flounder
    French Fries & Hush Puppies
    Lemon and Chocolate Pound Cake
    Entertainment - Favorite Hymn Day
    Please come with your favorite hymn in mind. We will be having a favorite hymn sing along.
    October 17
    Baked chicken
    Green beans
    Entertainment: Bingo!
    November 21
    Baked Pork Loin
    Buttered Apples
    Pineapple Cake and Chocolate Cake
    Entertainment will be a concert given by Barclay Megathlin
    December 19
    Country Style Steak & Gravy
    Mashed Potatoes
    Garden Peas
    Stewed Tomatoes
    Carmel Cake and Banana Split Cake
    Entertainment - Dr. Aaron Jackson leading us in a program of Christmas music from the piano

    Upcoming Trips & Classes

    Merritt's Famous BLT's
    Chapel Hill, NC
    Friday, August 4 | 10:15am
    Join us for this fun, annual outing to Chapel Hill for Merritt’s famous BLT sandwiches. We will be taking the church mini bus so don’t miss out!

    If you are interested in going on this trip, please email Kelly Cash at

    Biltmore Estate & Asheville, NC
    Tuesday, November 14 - Thursday, November 16
    $265 per person/Double Occupancy
    $324 for Single Room

    If you are interested in going on this trip, please email Kelly Cash at A $75 deposit is required to hold your spot. Final balance is due Sept 1.

    This trip is open to non-Bay Leaf people so be sure to tell your friends!

    Other Activities

    Wii Bowling / Game Day
       Each first Monday of the month from 1-3PM join us in the fellowship Hall. No experience necessary! You can stand or sit for this fun and competitive activity! Contact Kelly Cash to reserve your space – 919-847-4477.

    Men's Road Trip
       Go out on Fridays to eat with us at a famous BBQ restaurant!

    Cooking With The Ladies
       Mondays 1-3PM at someone’s home. Volunteer to host one! Call Kelly Cash to get involved – 919-847-4477.

    Internal Resources

    Bay Leaf Baptist Church can help with short-term issues in the following ways:

    If you have an issue find a Bay Leaf member who can help you!  Click to view our Services Directory

    Fellowship & Support:

    The first line of defense is the fellowship and support of a Sunday School Class.    Click here to view a current listing of Sunday School classes.


    If you or a loved one would enjoy a personal visit from a pastoral staff member, please contact the church office.

    Prayer Chain:

    If you would like to be able to read prayer requests and add your own responses, sign up for our Facebook group by contacting pastor Don Gilbert


    Bay Leaf Seniors may join keenagers and enjoy monthly luncheons and occasional trips.


    Sunday School classes provide hot meals for members who are homebound, returned home from hospitalization, disabled, etc. If you are not a member of a Sunday School class, please contact the church office with your meal needs.


    Sunday School Classes may provide for limited transportation needs for members who are either disabled or are unable to drive. For extensive transportation needs, please view the external resources below.

    Bay Leaf Builders:

    Provides building of handicapped ramps and minor, general repairs for those who are unable, physically or financially, to do so. Contact the church office for more information.

    Handyman Ministry:

    Seniors can call the church receptionist (919‐847‐4477) and request help with a household task or repair, then a man will be dispatched to help. The only cost is for parts. It takes many men with all kinds of expertise to make this ministry work. Contact: Bob Ussery 919‐847‐4477.

    The People’s Pharmacy:

    A weekly 1-hour radio show hosted by Joe & Terry Graedon, airs Saturday mornings on WNPR (FM 91.5) at 7:00am, and features health news and interviews with health professionals addressing new therapies and health tips.  CDs of these programs are available in the BLBC Media Center for check out. Recent shows included such useful topics as eye health, new dieting strategies, foods for weight control, prostate health, radiation abuse, Medicare updates, maintaining memory and more. New episodes will be added on a monthly basis, so check back often to see what's available if you're unable to listen to the radio programs. Episodes currently available are below:

    885 Is Your Sofa Toxic? (12/22/2012)
    884 Fighting the Flu (12/15/2012)
    882 Unexpected Side Effects (12/1/2012)
    881 The Art of Diagnosis (11/24/2012)
    880 How Safe Are Sweeteners? (11/10/2012)
    878 Solving the Sleep Dilemma (10/27/2012)
    877 Keeping Your Heart Healthy (10/20/2012)
    876 The Great Vitamin Debate (10/13/2012)
    875 Breasts (10/6/2012)
    873 Hidden Hazards In Your Environment (9/22/2012)
    871 Minimizing Medical Mistakes (9/8/2012)
    869 How Safe Is Aluminum? (8/18/2012)
    868 Food As Medicine (8/11/2012)
    866 Diabetes Solutions (7/28/2012)
    863 Digestive Disorders (6/23/2012)
    859 Medical Myths & the Future of Health Care (5/26/2012)
    858 Drug Dangers (5/19/2012)
    857 Night Shift in the ER (5/12/2012)
    856 Celiac Disease Update (5/5/2012)
    855 Health News Update (4/28/2012)
    854 The Blood Sugar Solution (4/21/2012)
    853 Thyroid Controversies (4/14/2012)
    816 Balance Disorders (4/7/2012)
    852 Health News Update (3/29/2012)
    851 Understanding Statins (3/24/2012)
    850 BPA In Your Soup? (3/17/2012)
    849 Move A Little, Lose A Lot (3/10/2012)
    848 Health News Update (3/3/2012)
    780 Cancer and the Immune System (2/25/2012)
    847 Asthma and Infection (2/18/2012)
    846 Vitamin D Debate (2/11/2012)
    845 Aspirin Secrets Revealed (2/4/2012)
    844 Overcoming Obsessions (1/28/2012)
    843 New Visions for Healthcare (1/21/2012)
    842 Health & the Environment (1/14/2012)
    841 Health News Update (1/7/2012)
    840 Willpower Science (12/31/2011)
    798 The Scalpel and The Soul (12/24/2011)
    839 Health News Update (12/17/2011)
    838 The Wild Life of Our Bodies (12/10/2011)
    837 Prostate Cancer Puzzle (12/3/2011)
    802 Sugar Hazards (11/26/2011)
    836 Foods for Weight Control (11/19/2011)
    834 Radiation & Imaging Use & Overuse (11/5/2011)
    833 Eye Health (Dry Eye, Spots & Floaters, more) (10/29/2011)
    832 Maintaining Memory (10/22/2011)
    768 Infection Control (10/15/2011)
    829 Medicare Update (9/24/2011)
    826 Asthma (8/27/2011)
    825 Dr Google & e-patients (8/20/2011)
    823 Why We Get Fat (8/6/2011)
    822 Alleviating Arthritis (7/30/2011)
    786 Cholesterol Controversy (7/23/2011)

    External Resources

    Resources for Seniors that are not provided by Bay Leaf Baptist Church

    Abbotswood at Stonehenge's Caregiver Support Group:

    Each month Abbotswood at Stonehenge hosts a Caregiver Support Group on the 3rd Thursday evening from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. This special opportunity is open to any adult child dealing with the challenges of caring for an aging parent or loved one. Linda Kendall M.Ed., LPC facilitates this monthly meeting designed to offer support, encouragement and practical help to caregivers. For more information and to receive email notices of these meetings, contact Linda Kendall at Abbotswood, 919-847-3202.

    Citizen's Well-check Program:

    The Wake County Sheriff's Office offers a Citizen's Well-check program. If you are a senior living alone in Wake County, or if you have parents or friends who live alone, The Citizens Well-check Program is now available through the Wake County Sheriff's office. Seniors who participate in the program are automatically checked on by phone 365 days a year. The Well-check Program will also attempt to call a second time if there is no response, the line is busy, or an answering machine picks up. If the Member cannot be reached, the Sheriff's Office will call the emergency contact numbers. If the Member cannot be reached, the Sheriff's Office will dispatch a deputy to the Member's residence to determine if he or she is okay.

    The Program Criteria is: 1) Be 65 or older, or have medical problems; 2) Live in Wake County; 3) Have a next-of-kin or relative available as responsible party.
    For additional information on this Program, contact The Citizen's Well-check Administrator, Deputy Laura Driver, at 919-856-6495.

    Cleaning For A Reason:

    Women who are undergoing chemotherapy may be eligible for a cleaning service that provides FREE housecleaning -- once a month for 4 months -- while in treatment. To apply for this service, sign up via the link below and have the treating doctor fax a note confirming the treatment. CLEANING FOR A REASON will have a participating maid service in your zip code area arrange for the service. This organization serves the entire USA and currently has 547 partners participating in this offer to help women currently in treatment.

    Elder Law:

    MonroeWallace Law Group specializes in all forms of legal documents for Seniors. Areas include Elder Law, Estate Planning, Wills, Guardianship & Estate Administration and Health Care Directives such as Living Wills, Health Care Power of Attorney, and Durable General Power of Attorney. Contact Gregory Wallace at 876-1400 or

    Healthtrax: provides fitness services, programs, classes and other resources to keep you healthy and fit. If you have a medicare supplemental policy, check with your provider to determine if your plan qualifies for the Silver Sneakers Program which caters specifically to senior wellness. Or you may call (919) 847-2393 for more information.

    Home Healthcare:

    Gentiva Home Health services can assist with rehabilitation from such medical events as a stroke or surgery, as well as help manage chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or arthritis. Home Healthcare is a bridge between your doctor and your home and helps you live your life to its fullest through care that’s delivered right in the comfort of your home. To determine if home healthcare is right for you, speak with your physician or call Kasey Wright at Gentiva Home Health at 919-881-9492 or visit

    Homewatch CareGivers of the Triangle:

    Locally owned and operated, Homewatch CareGivers has been in the Triangle area for over thirty years providing services for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care, Personal Care and Companionship, 24-Hour Care, and Nurse Supervised Caregivers.

         • Companion Services: includes home safety supervision, medication reminders, escort to appointments, light housekeeping, healthy meal preparation, laundry, change bed linens, and pick-up prescriptions, groceries, etc.
         • Transportation Services: includes doctor’s appointments, hair salon, barber shop, shopping, social activities.
         • Personal Care Services: includes bathing and grooming, dressing, mobility assistance, help with incontinence, transfers, taking and recording vital signs, assist with eating, oral hygiene.
         • Other Services: includes discharge assistance, Alzheimer’s/Dementia care, care for chronic conditions, post surgery assistance.

    Fees range from $17 - $21/hour. For additional information, contact Anne Browning at Homewatch CareGivers at 919-461-3741 or visit

    Hospice Care:

    Hospice is a special way of caring for people with terminal illnesses. Knowing when to schedule a hospice evaluation can be difficult. The Homeland Hospice Care team is available 24/7 – just to talk or to arrange a visit. Some of their services include comforting care, provided by an interdisciplinary team; pain and symptom management; psychosocial and spiritual support; medications; equipment and supplies; patient and family education; comforting treatments; therapies; and bereavement services. Contact Sarah Jansen, Homeland Hospice Care at 919-981-6238 or visit

    North Carolina Department of Insurance: provides free assistance with Social Security, Medicare, Medicare Part D, Medicare Supplements, Medicare Advantage, and Long-Term Care Insurance. Or you may call (919) 807-6900 for more information.

    Resources For Seniors:

    For a comprehensive directory of external services and long-term assistance, please visit Some areas covered include:
    Veterans Services, Insurance, Employment, Finance, Housing, Adult Day Care, Long-Term Care, Home Care, Hospice, Medical and Health Issues, Senior Centers/Clubs/Organizations, Social Security, and End of Life Planning.

    Senior Adult Ministries Group:

    Jim Trull, Wealth Manager and Certified Financial Planner Professional at Keystone Financial Partners, provides expertise in the area of Wealth Management for clients who are facing or have already experienced major life changes including retirement, divorce, or the loss of a spouse. For further information, contact Jim Trull at 463-0018 or

    A Vital Documents Locator Form can be downloaded to assist in organizing your affairs, as well as important contacts for future reference. This tool is an especially effective way to ease the transition after the loss of a spouse. Click to download the Vital Information Form.

    Your Next Move: provides senior housing locator services, home sale assistance, relocation assistance, and estate sale services. Or you may call (919) 601-8203 for a consultation to determine your exact needs during your senior's transition.

    Have we met your needs? Click here to tell us how this information has helped or how we can improve this service.

    For any other needs not mentioned, Contact Don Gilbert, Seniors Pastor at Bay Leaf, (919) 847-4477, for assistance or referrals.

    Frauds Aimed at Senior Citizens

         – If you or someone you know has been a victim of suspected fraud, call the NC Department of the Secretary of State Securities Division at 919-733-3924.

    How to protect yourself:
         1. It’s Ok to say “No.”
         2. Be careful of people with fancy titles.
         3. Always stay in charge of your money.
         4. Watch out for salespeople who prey on your fears.
         5. Monitor your investments and ask tough questions.
         6. Look out for any trouble retrieving principal or cashing out profits.
         7. Beware of “reload” scams.
         8. Don’t be lulled into a misplaced trust based on the advice of others.
         9. Ignore claims that religion-based investments are not subject to regulation.
         10. Check out the promoter and the investment.

    While very little of the money lost to investment fraud is recovered, the sooner you recognize that you been victimized and speak up promptly, the more likely it is that you might recover some or all of your funds. You will surely help keep other seniors from becoming victimized, too.

    How to protect yourself against online investment schemes:
         1. Don’t expect to get rich quick
         2. Don’t assume that your online computer service polices its investment bulletin boards.
         3. Don’t buy thinly traded, little known stocks strictly on the basis of online hype.
         4. Don’t act on the advice of a person who hides his or her identity.
         5. Don’t get fooled by claims made about “inside information,” including pending news releases, contract announcements, and products.
         6. Don’t assume that just because someone says that they have checked something out that they have actually done so.
         7. Watch out for conflicts of interest.
         8. Make sure that an investment opportunity and the person promoting it are properly registered with the State Securities Agency.

    For more information on how to protect you or a loved one from being a victim of fraud, contact the NC Department of the Secretary of State Securities Division, 919-733-3924; email, or visit website at

    Non-Endorsement Disclaimer

    Bay Leaf Baptist Church does not endorse or recommend any service, organization, or business mentioned on its website, but merely provides information relative to resources for seniors and their families in Raleigh and Wake County.

    Bay Leaf Senior Visitation

    We have many home-bound or long-term care members in our Senior community at Bay Leaf. They would be so encouraged to receive a call, a card, or especially a visit from you! If you would like to do such a visit – maybe taking along a friend – all you have to do is call our church receptionist at 847-4477 and she will give you a recommendation of someone who needs visiting. Then when you are done, please call her back to let her know you did the visit, so we can keep track.