Mature Ministries

The Mature Ministries Program has many interesting lectures, trips, and conversations that you are invited to join! Our monthly gathering is a lunch and learn that we call “Lunch and Learn.” If you are 60 and up and are not getting our email news update, email Lisa Haddrill at

First Thursday Writing Group

Join us for a Writing Group on the first Thursday of the month at 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Vance Room. Limited to 15 people. Sign up with Rev. Rogers at NO charge!

Upcoming Special Trips

On the Road: Hidden Treasures in Plain Sight

Join Mature Ministries “On the Road” on Thursday, May 16, 4:00-6:00 p.m., for a visit to hidden treasures right in plain sight. All adults are welcome. We’re happy to announce a building tour and tea at the University of Michigan's Martha Cook Residence Hall and a carillon concert at the top of Burton Tower on the UM central campus. Built in 1915 as a residence for female students, Martha Cook is largely closed to the general public and is almost always closed to male visitors. We’ll enjoy a tour of the residence’s grand public spaces and enjoyed a catered afternoon tea in their famous “Gold Room.” Later, University carillonneur, Tiffany Ng, will welcome us to the very top of Burton Tower to introduce us to the massive collection of bells, demonstrate how the carillon works, and entertain in a short performance. Enjoy some of the best views in Ann Arbor and bring your ear plugs! Check two boxes off your Ann Arbor bucket list with this outing.

The cost is $30 paid in advance to First Pres. This trip is limited to 60 people. Note later start time. Transportation on your own, one-stop parking. Depending on ability, on the street parking shouldn’t be too bad in the spring late in the afternoon, in the public lot on S. Forest. Or, park at First Pres. For accessibility, you will be climbing two flights of stairs in Burton Tower even after the elevator has climbed to the top. There are steps and some uneven surfaces at Martha Cook. Make your reservation by contacting Rev. Melissa Anne Rogers or the Church Office.

Stratford 2019

June 11-12, 2019
Mature Ministries (which welcomes you at any age!) returns to Stratford in June 2019 to see Billy Elliott and Little Shop of Horrors, with an option to add a third play. We will travel by chartered bus and stay at the Arden Park Hotel. On June 11, we’ll see a matinee and enjoy a full dinner. On June 12, we’ll enjoy breakfast and shopping in the morning and a matinee. An evening show on June 11 or another option can be added for additional cost. All taxes and gratuities are included. The price is $345 per person for a double room, and $449 per person for a single room. Interested? Contact Rev. Rogers as soon as possible at

Lunch and Learn

Meets monthly, generally the second Thursday of the month at noon in the Social Hall. Lunch $5

Thursday, May 9 - Celebrating a New Home for Dinosaurs: UM’s New Museum of Natural History
Lynne Friman, Project Manager for UM’s Museum of Natural History, brings us the fascinating story of the relocation of the 90 year-old museum—and all its varied collections—to a brand new home on the University of Michigan campus. Lynne provided oversight for the packing and relocation of 22,000 objects, supervised the construction of a brand new building, and provided leadership for the installation of new exhibits for the museum. The new museum just opened in April and Lynne is ready to tell the story behind the adventure. How does one pack up and move a gallery of dinosaurs anyway? Plan to attend Lynne’s talk on May 9 and find out! Lunch is $5. Sign up in the Church Office.

Health and Wellness - Monthly Health Screening

For a Sunday blood pressure check, email or call the Parish Nurse, 662-4466, ext. 350, to schedule a visit. Our Parish Nurse, Sandy Talbott ( , also makes home visits.