"I have put this off too long. I wanted to avoid this subject. It’s uncomfortable. But I realize what a wonderful gift it will be to the people I love and hold dear. I can take control and make decisions now before a crisis. So, how would I like the end of my life to unfold?"
Let’s have a conversation.
First United Methodist Church Missouri City is hosting a five-week series that will walk and talk you through spiritual, healthcare, legal and ethical end-of-life issues. This is a part of the Family Faith Night program for the church and community. Each night will begin with a light supper at 6:00, with the program at 6:30 to 8:00. Pre-Registration is required. Simply complete the form below or call the church office at 281-499-3502. A fee of $15 per person or $20 per family will support the cost of the program. This is for anyone 18 years of age and older, but there also be special programing for youth and children.
JOIN US FOR A MEAL AT 6:00 PM EACH TUESDAY.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017- 6:30 PM
The Reverend Marty Vershell, Senior Minister of First Methodist, will kick off our series with some of the questions he has often been asked, such as, “In what situations might we be prolonging dying as opposed to extending life?” “Where is God when we come to the end of our lives?” He will follow that with some practical steps to help your family and loved ones. A prepared booklet, An Act of Love, will be distributed and reviewed
Tuesday, October 3, 2017- 6:30 PM
Dr. Ana Leech, Medical Director, Palliative Medicine Memorial Hermann Southwest and Medical Director, Memorial Hermann Hospice IPU will conduct an open discussion about what does resuscitation mean, what kind of care does a person get who is DNR (Do Not Resuscitate), and what does it mean if a person “wants everything”? What is life support, and how often does it work? What’s the difference between hospice and palliative care? What is the best way to get my wishes followed? She will also help us understand more fully how dying is a natural process and what should we anticipate and we walk through this with our loved ones?
Tuesday, October 10, 2017- 6:30 PM
The Reverend Marty Vershell will have choices of scripture, music and liturgy at your fingertips so that planning a celebration of life service will be made easier for your loved one. Using An Act of Love as a guide, he will offer suggestions that make a difference for your families when they need to make decisions.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017- 6:30 PM
Martha “Marti” Nelson, CSW, Director of Bereavement Services, Houston Hospice, will talk about the difference between palliative care and hospice. She will provide insights on end-of-life lessons learned through hospice care, including reference to how open family conversation and decision making might be facilitated. In this context, she will also discuss the importance of advanced care planning and advanced directives.
Tuesday, October24, 2017- 6:30 PM
John Fox, JD, of Sugar Land, Texas, a Board Certified Estate Planning and Probate law Specialist, will discuss wills, power of attorney and other legal documents you should have in place in order to leave a “Love Letter to Your Family”. What decisions do you need to make? Whose wishes should you consider? Have you thought about your young children, your adult children or your parents? Let’s discuss how to leave be a complete love letter.
arts at FAMILY FAITH NIGHT
In conjunction with the Tuesday evening Family Faith Night program We Really Need to Talk, Children’s Ministry Director Leah Stevens and Music and Arts Director Matthew Robinson will lead Art Night. The evening meal begins at 6:00 PM followed by our arts program running from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM. Children from age four through grade five are invited to join us. (For younger children, there will be nursery care.) It’s going to be such a fun time with instruments, arts and crafts and much more! Let your children spend time with Leah and Matt while you attend the essential program, We Really Need To Talk. For more information, contact Leah Stevens at firstname.lastname@example.org