The Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center (SVMC) is offering three upcoming continuing education events for ministers and others who are interested. Two address memory care, and one offers a study of the Old Testament book of Chronicles and its meaning for the church today.
On April 4, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., “Memory Care: Embracing the Journey” will be led by Jennifer Holcomb at the Nicarry Meetinghouse of Cross Keys Village-The Brethren Home Community in New Oxford, Pa. This course explores the world of dementia and what it means to live in the moment. Students will learn about the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease, the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, the physical changes that take place in the brain and the need for sensitivity throughout the aging process. It aims to prepare participants for difficult interactions with those diagnosed with a neurocognitive disorder. Students will participate in hands-on experiences throughout this course. Holcomb has a master’s degree in human services, is a licensed nursing home administrator, and a certified dementia practitioner who oversees the memory care program at Cross Keys Village-The Brethren Home Community. Cost is $60, which includes a light breakfast, lunch, and .5 continuing education credits. The registration deadline is March 17.
On July 25 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., “Memory Care: Life with Purpose” will be led by Jennifer Holcomb at the Nicarry Meetinghouse of Cross Keys Village-The Brethren Home Community in New Oxford, Pa. Students in this course will learn how to integrate those individuals with a neurocognitive disorder into the faith community. This course will explore the value of engaging in friendships, the importance of faith for those who have dementia, practical tips on how to be present with the person, and how to care for the caregiver. This day will conclude with a tour of the newly constructed Memory Care Residence at Cross Keys Village. Registration costs $60 and includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and .5 continuing education credits. The deadline to register is July 7.
Chronicles and the Church
On April 27, from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., “The Book of Chronicles and the Church” will be led by Steven Schweitzer, academic dean at Bethany Theological Seminary, with panel responses by Old Testament scholars Bob Neff and Christina Bucher. The event takes place in the Susquehanna Room at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College. The book of Chronicles contains an alternative vision of Israel’s past, one that promotes innovation while remaining faithful to the people’s heritage. While the book of Kings explains why the people ended up in exile, the book of Chronicles was written after the exile in the midst of significant cultural shifts to provide a way forward. Schweitzer proposes that Chronicles is highly relevant to the church as it attempts to imagine its future. Participants will explore several central themes in the book and think together about how Chronicles may help the church to be faithful in the midst of cultural change, and to consider worship and seeking God as the book’s core message for those who participate in God’s Kingdom. The cost of $60 includes a light breakfast, lunch, and .6 continuing education credits. Registration is due by April 11.
For registration forms and more information contact the Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center, One Alpha Dr., Elizabethtown, PA 17022; 717-361-1450; firstname.lastname@example.org .