Left to Right: Ed and Valeetah Motshiedler (Koinonia leaders), Tom Smith, Bob and Janeece Jung, Keturah Reed, Don Charboneau
One of the great things about Azure Hills is its diversity. And a significant part of that diversity is its age diversity. Azure Hills is known as a family church with a vibrant ministry to children, youth, and young adults. But the Azure Hills family is truly a family of all ages, including an active seniors group known as Koinonia (a Greek word meaning “fellowship”). Headed by Ed and Valeetah Motshiedler, this group provides an important social and spiritual connection for those 55 and over.
On Sunday morning, February 2 of this year, the pastoral Staff at Azure Hills, in consultation with Koinonia leadership, offered a Senior Appreciation Brunch. This yearly event brings about 100 seniors together and combines good food, entertainment and fellowship. The pastors enjoy planning the event, decorating the fellowship hall, and serving the food. This year’s theme was “Country Fair” and featured Don and Diana Hergert and their country/blue grass band.
Commenting on the brunch, Valeetah Motshiedler noted that she “particularly enjoyed the displays of hobbies and collections. It gave us the opportunity to interact with people about their interests and helped us know them better.“
Everything from carved fruits and vegetables, to engraved guns of the old west, to Norman Rockwell dishes were displayed. The photo booth, run by Pastor “BT” Bryant Taylor featuring a barn backdrop and a life-size cardboard cow was a hit!
As revealed by a recent trip to Griffith Park, Koinonia group activities attract friends of all ages. Keturah Reed, our co-head elder enjoyed the many exhibits and the fellowship during the Griffith Park trip on Sunday, February 16. Her enthusiastic Facebook post provided the picture that accompanies this article.
Ed and Valeetah, thank you for your leadership and your gift of friendship! And thank you, Koinonia, for being such a valuable part of our Azure Hills church family.
By Pastor Mike Leno