It’s a sure sign that Spring has arrived – pastel-colored floppy hats, flower pots gracing the stage and busloads of seniors coming to enjoy a meal and entertainment. April 8th marked the annual Older Adult Spring Luncheon at the Indiana State Fairgrounds amidst much anticipated warmer temperatures. It’s always a joy to serve the nearly 400 seniors who come from around Central Indiana for fried chicken and all the fixings to go with it.

Thanks to the Women’s Auxiliary, the tables shouted “Spring” with flowers and plush lambs for taking home as a gift. Interim Divisional leader – retired Commissioner Joy Baillie gave a lively message centered on the theme of gardening. She reminded guests that we all need to refer to “the book” and spend time with the Master Gardner for how to cultivate and harvest a life worthy of our calling as followers of Christ.

While waiting for the meal to be served, guests were treated to a performance by North Central High School’s Northernaires – a 10 thru 12th grade mixed gospel choir. Led by choral directors Pat Wiehe and Joyce Click, the award-winning choir sang about the joys of the gospel message with an energy that had the seniors clapping along and dancing in their seats.

Serving the seniors is a ministry that is carried out with a luncheon in both the spring and during the Christmas season. Guests come by special invitation through the local Salvation Army corps in their community.