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 this PDF document.
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. In 2012 the dates are:
|January 17||April 17||October 16|
|February 21||May 15||November 20|
|March 20||September 18||December 18|
Bay Leaf Baptist Church can help with short-term issues in the following ways:
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.
If you or a loved one have an urgent need for prayer, contact the church office.
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.
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:
Click For Available Episodes
|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)|
|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)|
|859||Medical Myths & the Future of Health Care||(5/26/2012)|
|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)|
|852||Health News Update||(3/29/2012)|
|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)|
|843||New Visions for Healthcare||(1/21/2012)|
|842||Health & the Environment||(1/14/2012)|
|841||Health News Update||(1/7/2012)|
|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)|
|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)|
|825||Dr Google & e-patients||(8/20/2011)|
|823||Why We Get Fat||(8/6/2011)|
Resources for Seniors that are not provided by Bay Leaf Baptist Church
Resources For Seniors
For a comprehensive directory of external services and long-term assistance, please visit www.resourcesforseniors.com. 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.
North Carolina Department of Insurance
www.ncshiip.com 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.
Your Next Move
www.yournextmovenc.com 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.
www.healthtrax.com 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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.
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. www.cleaningforareason.org
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.
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.
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For any other needs not mentioned, Contact Don Gilbert, Seniors Pastor at Bay Leaf, (919) 847-4477, for assistance or referrals.
Non-Endorsement DisclaimerBay 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit website at http://www.sosnc.com.
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.