Fist Congregational Church


SALT: Senior Adults Learning Together

Opportunities for our aged 64+ members to enjoy additional fellowship, programming and service opportunities tailored for them.
For question regarding this ministry, please contact Dr. Gary Hogue 231.947.5899

Sunday Church Transportation: The SALT Ministry team is reaching out to coordinate driving members to Sunday services.  If you are interested in either getting a ride or offering to drive a member, please call Marlene or email 

Book Study:

SALT begins a new memory strengthening study, weekly beginning

September 5, 2018 at 4:00 P.M. in the Chapel

Forgetting things is a big deal. Many of us worry about dementia and forgetting things. Dementia is one of the greatest fears of growing old. But help is on the way! I have discovered a wonderful study based on the most current research available to help us age well and improve our memories. It is extremely readable, thoughtful, well researched, and spiritually grounded in the basic teachings of Christianity. Help yourself and others and join me in reading and discussing the The Aging Brain: Proven Steps to Prevent Dementia and Sharpen Your Mind by the highly respected Timothy Jennings, MD. He is a board-certified Christian psychiatrist, master psychopharmacologist, international speaker, Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and Fellow of the Southern Psychiatric Association.

In the book Dr. Jennings explains the science and spirituality of aging, what we can do to age gracefully, and yes, what we can do to even slow or prevent the drift into dementia. He explains in clear and understandable writing ground-breaking research that shows how everything we do impacts the brain and the aging process, and, best of all, how to prevent dementia and sharpen our minds. This is high powered stuff. He addresses our sleep habits, what we eat, the friends we choose, the importance of our basic beliefs and whether and what or who we worship. Dr. Jennings shows that our behavior, our choices, have a major impact on the aging process. And here is the most important aspect of his book: God has designed us so that we can learn and change our behavior.

Here are some topics we will explore:

History and Aging: Aging as a Problem; Developing a Healthy Brain; Genetics.
Stress and Aging: Obesity, Food, Substance Abuse.
Lifestyle and Aging: Exercise, Sleep, Beliefs, Stress, Love & Death.
Pathological Aging: Vitamins & Supplements, Reducing Risk Factors, Caring for Loved Ones with Dementia

How to Sign Up:

  • You can order the kindle version for $9.00, or I will be glad to order the paperback version for $13.59. Email me:
  • Please sign up on the Caring Card counter August 12 & 19th

This is a great opportunity. Sign up and join me on September 5th at 4:00.