In a sports-crazed city like Indianapolis, spring means the official start of baseball season. Whether you’re cheering on the hometown Indianapolis Indians or rooting for nearby teams like the St. Louis Cardinals, baseball season is a fun time for all. This week, 175 older adults joined in the fun at baseball-themed luncheons held at Salvation Army corps community centers in Indianapolis. The annual event is an opportunity for seniors to get out and enjoy fellowship and fun with friends from across the city.

Major Beth Petrie helps to serve lunch at The Salvation Army Eagle Creek Corps

Major Beth Petrie helps to serve lunch at The Salvation Army Eagle Creek Corps

At the Eagle Creek Corps Community Center, Captains Jonathan and Chrissy Cooper hosted 100 seniors, including many from The Salvation Army’s local senior living facility, Booth Manor. Guests, volunteers and staff sported hats and jerseys in support of their favorite teams. “It looks like we’ve got a lot of Cubs fans here today,” noted Major Beth Petrie, who was sporting her own Cubs gear for the event.

Captain Cooper led the crowd in renditions of the National Anthem and “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” while Captain Dana Bigelow provided additional musical entertainment. Festivities also included a live reenactment of the classic Abbott & Costello sketch “Who’s on First.”

Across town at the Fountain Square Corps Community Center, the luncheon kicked off with a video of “Who’s on First” and a fun game matching current and historic Major League logos to the teams they represent. After a friendly pitching competition between Lt. Brandon Lewis and Captain Aaron Ortman, the guests were treated to musical performance by Captain Carol Lewis. The crowd sang along to the moving lyrics of “Amazing Grace” and had an opportunity to reflect on the many blessings of their long lives.

Major Bob Webster, Divisional Commander at The Salvation Army Indiana Division, delivered a devotional to the gathering. In it he compared the lessons learned playing baseball with the lessons learned throughout life, circling back to Proverbs 3:5-6, which reads,

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

Major Collette Webster with a guest

Major Collette Webster with a guest

For many of these man and women, the Older Adult Spring Luncheon is more than just a nice hot meal among friends. It’s also a chance to learn about senior programs at The Salvation Army, like art classes at the Fountain Square Corps or weekly programs at the Eagle Creek Corps. Events like this offer corps officers and staff an opportunity to get to know people who could benefit from other Salvation Army programs and services.

Thank you to the people of central Indiana who support The Salvation Army and make programs like this possible!