JOY (Just Older Youth)

JOY (Just Older Youth)

WED JAN 23 ♦ 11:00 Our speakers will be from Encompass Health, (formerly Health South) to give us some advice on “Being an Active Member of Your Health Care Team.” Erin McKeown, BSN, RN is an Infection Preventionist and Kathleen Hnat, CPh, RPh, is the Director of Pharmacy for the Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota. No need to bring your brown bag this time! Lunch will be provided by Encompass Health! Reserve your seat by Sunday, January 20 below or by calling the church office. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.

REGISTER FOR WED FEB 13… Join us for Lunch and Learn at the South Florida Museum, downtown Bradenton! “From Sirens to Sirenians: The History of Our Obsession with Mermaids” will be the topic presented by Ashley Grit, a museum staff member.  Please bring your questions and a bag lunch with beverage.  Cost is $5 per person, payable in advance and not refundable unless there is a waiting list.  Space is limited to the first 20 participants! REGISTER with payment in the Narthex on Sunday, in the church office or at the Jan 9 meeting. Parking is scarce, so we will car pool from the Fellowship Hall at 10:45.  If you wish to stay after to visit the Manatee Rehabilitation Center or the Bishop Planetarium, you must buy a separate admission to the museum.

JOY (Just Older Youth) usually meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays each month in the Roser Community Church Fellowship Hall. For more information go to Roser Community Church is located at 512 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, near the City Pier. The Fellowship Hall is the entrance east of the Roser Memorial Chapel, closest to the Anna Maria City Pier. For more information go to, call 941-778-0414, or find us on Facebook @roserchurch


The first meeting of JOY was held on Wednesday, March 2, 2016. The concept was that it would be a time for senior adults to get to know one another, have fun and learn new things. They would meet from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall (or unless otherwise noted on the church calendar). During the “snow bird” season JOY met each week. When summer arrived the programs moved to twice a month. Marilyn Shirley, Glenda Beck and Phyllis O’Keef graciously accompanied some hymn singing, and Kristen Stanton helped fill in. Most of the meetings opened with a short devotion and prayer led by Dr. Bob O’Keef or Neil Crowell, followed by a speaker, then a brown bag lunch with desserts provided by members. We are so grateful to Sue Shinn, Cass Robertson and Cherrie Birkman who planned, organized, and worked tirelessly to bring us these fun and informative programs!

The programs:

MARCH 2 – “Try to Remember” A musical program by Roser Pastor, Dr. Bob O’Keef and his wife, Phyllis.

MARCH 9 – Carolyne Norwood, founder of  Anna Maria Historical Association, spoke of arriving in the 1950s and discovering that the island was losing much of its architectural historical treasures.  Her two books on the history of the island were available for purchase.

MARCH 16 – A picnic was held under the portico in front of the church. Cherie Birkman held a Bible Trivia game in which we learned how much we really don’t remember about the well-known stories of the Bible! Pastor Neil Crowell and several others took control of the grill and served delicious hamburgers and hot dogs with all the fixings.

MARCH 23 – Dr. Bob O’Keef and Pastor Neil Crowell gave a program on Holy Week.

MARCH 30 – Melissa Merkle, Co-founder of Boomers N Motion Health Coaching, introduced a new and exciting program she was starting at Roser Church called Roser-Robics – Get Fit while you Sit. This chair-based exercise class is appropriate for older adults and those looking to lessen the impact on their joints. Participants move to the music through a variety of aerobic exercises designed to increase their cardiovascular and muscular endurance… all in the seated position!


APRIL 6 – “Mosquitos” Dr. Mark Latham of Manatee County Mosquito Control discussed mosquito-borne illness, such as the new Zika virus and how to maintain your property to help control them better. Lunch was catered by Vinnie’s Italian Kitchen.

APRIL 13 – John Chappie, Manatee County Commissioner discussed about current issues on the Island and surrounding area.

APRIL 20 – Trip to Desoto National Monument in Bradenton for a presentation and tour with a park ranger.

APRIL 27 – Wayne Witczak, Director of Development of the Sheriffs Youth Ranch gave a slide presentation and talk about their effort to prevent juvenile delinquency and develop strong, lawful, resilient, productive citizens who will make a positive contribution to their communities.


MAY 4 – Glenda Beck gave a presentation on Moravianism, explaining some of the interesting aspects about one of the oldest Christian protestant denominations in America. Lunch was catered with Glenda’s famous Moravian love cake for everyone to sample!

MAY 11 – Entertainment was provided by Marilyn Shirley on the piano and Jim Shirley on his saxophone performing much loved songs from “He Touched Me” to a lively version of Hank Williams’ “I Saw the Light”. Jim is retired from the Manatee Community and Shriner’s Band.

MAY 18 – Trip to Mote Marine Aquarium to meet Huck, Pippi and Jane, the residents of the newly-opened Otter Exhibit including lunch there at the Deep Sea Diner.

MAY 25 – What would it be like to be the poorest of the working poor? Kathy Dain from Beth-El Farm Worker Ministries helped us understand and told us how we could get involved!


JUNE 8 – Jim Kissick told stories from his book, “A Flyer’s Dash”. Jim is the only quadruple qualified naval aviator and has many stories to share about the unusual events that happened during his service in the US Navy from 1942 to 1967. Jim’s book was available for purchase ($15) and he signed them donating all proceeds to go to support Roser Missions! Jim’s great grand-father was a founder of Manatee County and Jim is a great resource on the history of Manatee County and Florida.

JUNE 22 – Hope Children’s Home has rescued nearly 5,000 children (infants thru 18) and given them a place to live when the situation at home has become undesirable. If able, they place the children back in the home. If not, they live, go to school and learn about Christ in northwest Tampa on 55 beautifully wooded acres of land. Stan Pittman, Outreach Coordinator, explained how this great ministry is all possible without state or federal funds!

JULY 13 – We were delighted to have Bonner Joy speak to us about her book, “IMAGES OF AMERICA – ANNA MARIA ISLAND” which is part of the “Images of America” book series. Bonner has resided on the Island since 1975, and in 1992, started the Islander Newspaper, dedicated to the Island and highlighting historical happenings.

JULY 27 – We heard from Jean Peelen, Commission Vice-Chair, City of Holmes Beach, about Home Sweet Home, the Anna Maria Island Welcome Home Group, a grassroots organization committed to welcoming new permanent residents to ‘come home’ to Anna Maria Island while inspiring all residents to love living here.

AUGUST 10 – Deadliest Hurricane in Florida–A Survivor’s Report–an interview with Jim Shirley. The hurricane of 1928 (they were not named back then) came in from the Atlantic, crossed Lake Okeechobee, reversed and came back drowning many along the shore. Armies of volunteers built pine boxes to bury the bodies. Jim recently visited Port Mayaca Cemetery where 1,600 unidentified people are buried.

2016-08-24-Post-Johnthan-&-RobynAUGUST 24 – No churches. No Bibles. No missionaries. No believers. This is the reality for 3,000 unreached and unengaged people groups. That’s millions of people who have never heard the name of Jesus. Jonathan & Robynn told us about how Global Serve partners with churches to train and send disciplemakers from all professions to fulfill the Great Commission by seeing churches planted among the unreached.

SEPTEMBER 14 – “Ties That Bind” A focused time to get to know our neighbors through conversation. The goal– to learn something special about someone new that will not be forgotten.

SEPTEMBER 28 – We learned something BIG! We can collectively choose to donate to a specific people group, to have their first Bible printed in their own language, and we may present this first Bible to the people in person on a mission trip!

OCTOBER 12 – Mary & Lou Baldovini shared their experiences on a Fantasy RV Tour of the Rockies including a tour of their luxury RV!

OCTOBER 26 – Dr. Willie Holley, the Pastor of Pathways Christian Fellowship in Bradenton told about the JOY his church experiences from making care packages for the homeless!

NOVEMBER 9 – Sue and Darrel Shinn gave a talk on the chautauquas, the historical religious summer communities of the late 1800s, a few of which still exist.

NOVEMBER 30 – A screening of the historical drama “The Nativity Story” starring Keisha Castle-Hughes as Mary and Oscar Isaac as Joseph This movie tells the story of the birth of Jesus in a compelling, captivating, entertaining and inspiring way!

WED DEC 28 –  New Year’s Potluck Party celebrating JOY 2016 and looking forward to 2017!  We will meet in the Fellowship Hall. Everyone is invited and is asked to bring a dish to share. Hoppin’ John & cabbage as well as beverages will be provided.


WED JAN 11 – Bring your brown bag lunch and join us for a presentation on the Anna Maria Island Historical Museum by Lynn Brennan, President. We will learn about the history of the museum, its projects and goals, and sample Settler’s Bread, freshly baked each Wednesday! This is in preparation of our tour of the museum on January 25.

WED JAN 25 – Meet at the Anna Maria Island Historical Museum and WEAR STRIPES because a photo will be taken of the JOY group inside the City Jail. Enjoy an exclusive tour led by Lynn Brennan, President, see a special exhibit on Roser Church and take a peek inside Belle Haven house. (It was built on the City Pier in 1920 and fell into Tampa Bay in 1926.) Loaves of Settler’s Bread will be available for purchase. After our tour, we will regroup in the Roser Community Church Fellowship Hall for our brown bag lunch and have a mission report from Loving Hands. Read more about Loving Hands here:

WED FEB 8 – Bring your brown bag lunch and join us on a trip to South Africa!  What does ostrich taste like? What goes through your mind when you visit the prison cell where Mandela spent 18 years? How does it feel to experience one of the 7 natural wonders of the world up close? Dianne and Doug DeLong will present a short pictorial overview of a tour to South Africa, touching on life after apartheid as well as the beautiful scenery and a safari. Come and be a part of their exciting adventure!

WED FEB 22 – Field Trip to the Sheriffs Ranch. We will travel by church bus, carpool or meet at the ranch. We will enjoy our brown bag lunches picnic style at the ranch and take a tour of the facilities. Please RSVP… use the form below to register, write JOY next to your name on the Sunday attendance pad or call the church office (941-778-0414).

WED MAR 8 – Their father brought them a toy “helicopter” made of paper, bamboo and cork with a rubber band to twirl its rotor. It was about a foot long. Wilbur and Orville played with it until it broke, and then built their own. This sparked their interest in flying! 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Wilbur Wright’s birth. Join us for a presentation by Charles Fields about Wilbur’s Birthplace. Charles will show a video clip of the first flight, introduce us to Katharine, the Wright’s sister, and the house in Indiana where he was born, now a splendid museum.

WED MAR 22 – We will enjoy a screening of the 1948 movie: On an Island With You. Some scenes were filmed on Anna Maria (35 years after the Roser Chapel was built). See Anna Maria Island then and now… do you recognize any landmarks? Bring a bag lunch and a beverage, popcorn will be provided! The photo below is of the actual filming of the movie on Anna Maria Island. THE PLOT: Rosalind Reynolds (Esther Williams), a swimming star goes to Hawaii to make a film set on a tropical island, bringing along her fiancé, Ricardo Montez (Ricardo Montalban). A military technical adviser for the film, U.S. Navy Lt. Lawrence Y. Kingslee (Peter Lawford) falls in love with her. Yvonne Torro (Cyd Charisse), her best friend and fellow movie star, secretly wants Ricardo for herself.

WED APR 12 – What is a computer? How does it work and how do we use it? What amazing things can we do with computers that we never could before? What are the downsides of living in a world where computers are everywhere? How do you securely use and maintain a computer? Roser Financial Administrator, Matt Meehan will answer these questions in a presentation familiarizing you with the complex machine known as the modern computer. Q & A session after the presentation.

WED APR 26 – We heard from one of the four captains of Manatee County’s 911 system, who explained all about the Enhanced 911 System. This is also known as the “GPS enabled Phase II for cell phones”. This program might be a life-saver for you or someone you love!

WED MAY 10 – Come and meet Kassie, Ali and LaKota–three wonder dogs! Betty Dimmick will brought her AKC champions in obedience trials, conformation and rallies to our meeting. The doxies (daschunds) performed tricks and showed us their winning rally moves! Betty, their owner/handler, explained the requirements champions should have and outlined the extensive training the doggies undergo. This meeting was a THREE TAIL-WAGGING PERFORMANCE!

WED MAY 24 – We welcome Tim Huppert, Executive Director/Chaplain at the Anchor House at Port Manatee. The Anchor House mission is to meet the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of international seafarers at Port Manatee. International seafarers are an unreached people group according to the US Center for World Missions. This diverse cultural and religious blend of people live and work together daily while facing the hardships and hazards of life at sea, separated from family.

WED JUNE 14 – Priscilla Seewald told us about All Island Denominations (A.I.D.) and the Children’s summer lunch program. Treats are not provided with the lunch program so JOY had an opportunity to “treat” the children by bringing small snack packs of cookies, crackers, fruit roll-ups or cereal – no candy.

WED JUNE 28 – The Roser Church AID food pantry is the one place on Anna Maria lsland where people experiencing financial hardship can come to receive free groceries. Charles Wade is the church Facilities Administrator. One of his duties is to oversee food distribution. But to Charles, who is also a Stephen Minister, this is not just a duty—it is a ministry. Charles offers a listening ear, words of encouragement and prays with those in need. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet Charles and hear his passion for serving the Lord and stories of transformed lives.

WED JULY 12 – Let Food Be YOUR Medicine! Eat the RIGHT Foods to Get OFF Your Medication & Stay Healthy for Life. You are what you eat…literally! Food can either have a healing or harmful effect on your body. Kirt and Melissa will teach you how to make the best choices for YOUR conditions. Invite your friends and join us to learn how to take charge of your health by using food as medicine. LUNCH WILL BE SERVED! A $5 donation will cover the cost of food. Please RSVP to the church (941-778-0414) or sign up below.

WED JULY 26 – Fire Inspector Rodney from WMFR will tell us about Fire Prevention & Safety Tips. Did you know that they help our elderly and disabled residents with chores such as changing light bulbs, installing fire alarms, etc.

WED AUG 9 – Protecting Your Online Identity… How can you enjoy the convenience of computer transactions, services, and communications without over-exposing yourself to the unfortunate reality of identity theft in the digital age? Financial Administrator Matt Meehan will present practices for protecting personal assets and privacy from criminal mischief and corporate data-mining while taking advantage of digital improvements to modern life. Topics will include email phishing, social engineering, physical security, online shopping, web browsing, social media usage (Facebook, Twitter, etc…), and corporate privacy policies. This is a continuation of the presentation Matt gave on April 12.

WED AUG 23 – Meet Cheryl Hedger. Cheryl started as an Americorps / VISTA volunteer but now is the Volunteer Coordinator at Turning Points. She has been a community activist for most of her life, living her belief that the world can be a better place. A grandmother of 8, she is determined to show what dedication to service can do for her community. If you ever get a dinner invitation from Cheryl, don’t turn it down – she owned a restaurant and is an outstanding organic chef.


WED SEP 27 –  Financial Pitfalls, A Financial Education Workshop by Hal Hammond. Discussion Topics: – Defining the 3 stages of your financial life – The importance of tax strategies – Retirement planning – Exit strategies – “One size fits all” advice. Hal Hammond is the Director of Tampa Bay Operations for the Foundation for Financial Education, one of the largest and fastest growing 501(c)(3) nonprofits in the country. He is a published author of the book “Protect Your Life Savings” and teaches retirement planning at State College of Florida. The Foundation for Financial Education is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing free educational resources to the public. For more information go to

WED OCT 11 – Meet Cynthia Herrick and hear her inspirational story amidst her wildlife photography on display at The Studio at Gulf and Pine. Meet at the Studio located at 10101 Gulf Drive. Lunch will be provided by the Sandbar Restaurant ($20). During her first solo exhibit, “Chasing Light: A Collection of Wildlife and Fine Art Photography”, Cynthia will share how she literally “stepped out of the dark and into the light” after a devastating car accident in 2012. Cynthia’s photography has been recognized by the National Geographic Photo of the DayUSA Today Feature Photo and the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Peggy Nash (who takes most of the photos at Roser events), was the winner of the gift book drawing. The title of the book is “How Grace Became Amazing” by Sandy Reckert-Reusing and illustrated by Cynthia Herrick is the story of a caterpillar trusting God.

WED OCT 25 – Meet David Erickson, President/CEO of ECHO Global Farms. For the 795 million people who are hungry today, the world is a challenging place, both in the cities and in the countryside. The urban poor face high prices and low incomes, making nutritious food unattainable. Rural families are often malnourished because of a lack of diverse nutrients in their diets, if they have enough to eat at all.

WED NOV 8 – A visit to the 9-1-1 Call Center.  We will tour the facility with Stacy Needham who spoke to us last spring about what happens when we dial 9-1-1.  Now come and see it in action! The Emergency Communications Center (ECC) is the 9-1-1 dispatch center for Manatee County Emergency Medical Service and 11 local fire agencies. The ECC is also the call processing center for Manatee County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Bradenton Beach Police Department.

WED NOV 29 – View the wonderful movie, “The Hiding Place”, about a brave Christian family in Holland aiding their Jewish neighbors during World War II. The film was based on the autobiographical book by Corrie ten Boom recounting her and her family’s experiences before and during their imprisonment during the Holocaust. The movie was produced by Billy Graham’s organization and is listed as “one of the best movies of 1975”.

WED DEC 13 – Matt Bower, former Manatee County Planning Commissioner addressed JOY on plans for our county, including Aqua by the Bay. Matt’s goal is to unite everyone to find solutions to the traffic congestion and collaborate more effectively with the Manatee County School Board to find better ways to fund school construction needs. He wants to help the commission function more interactively; encouraging greater input from both commissioners and citizens.

WED DEC 27 – New Year’s Celebration potluck to share memories from this past year, celebrate the coming of the new, make a resolution (or two) and discover the origins of some of our most cherished New Year’s traditions.  Bring a covered dish to share. Beverages will be provided.


WED JAN 10 – Meet in the Fellowship Hall for an interesting presentation on Port Manatee and its importance to Manatee County.  Located on South Tampa Bay, Port Manatee is regarded as the closest U.S. deep-water port to the expanding Panama Canal and offers superior inter-modal connectivity, competitive rates and a prime location, with nearly 5,000 acres of surrounding green space ripe for development. Deputy Executive Director, Dave Sanford or Victoria Zimmermann, Marketing & PR Manager, Manatee County Port Authority, will present current and future plans for the Port.  Please bring your brown bag lunch and join us.

WED JAN 24 –  Meet at 10:00 AM in the church parking lot for the tour to Anchor House at the Manatee County Port Authority. Please bring a picture ID and a brown bag lunch. The Anchor House mission is to meet the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of international seafarers at Port Manatee. International seafarers are an unreached people group according to the US Center for World Missions. This diverse cultural and religious blend of people live and work together daily while facing the hardships and hazards of life at sea, separated from family.

WED FEB 14 – JOY will not be meeting. You are encouraged to attend the Ash Wednesday service in the Roser Memorial Chapel at noon.

WED FEB 28 – “Bugs and Drugs” with Kathleen Hnat,CPh, Director of Pharmacy, HealthSouth and Erin McKeown, BSN, RN, HealthSouth Infection PreventionistLunch will be provided by HealthSouth at no cost!

WED MAR 14 A wise ministry leader once said, “If we can win the college campus today, we will win the world tomorrow.” Without question, university campuses are one of the most strategic mission fields in the world. Not only do they contain our country’s future leaders, but college students are also more committed today than at any other time in recent history to making a global impact with their lives. Unfortunately, the college campuses in Sarasota/Bradenton are some of the spiritually darkest campuses in the nation, but our ministry is bringing the light of the gospel to the students and they are responding in faith and wanting to make an impact on campus, in their community, and around the world! Jonathan & Robbyn

WED MAR 28 The speaker, Linda Odom is the Creative Connection Program Director at HealthSouth, an Expressive Artist, and Creativity Coach.  She is an Adjunct Professor at the Ringling College of Art and Design Continuing Studies and Special Programs, and also a Flight Attendant with Delta Airlines!  Come and get healthy, get creative! Sandwiches and cookies from Panera donated by HealthSouth.

WED APR 11 – A wonderfully entertaining experience with a wide variety of music from the 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s, Big Band, Country, Easy Listening and Gospel. Learn the incredible benefits of recreational music-making. It has been proven that many health and wellness benefits are achieved when a person participates in a musical hobby—memory recall, improved dexterity, social awareness and cognitive development.

WED APR 25 – Nearly 20 million people live in the areas regularly reached by Agape’s flights to Haiti, the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas. As Agape expands into Cuba, this number will increase to more than 30 million people. Critical supplies transported to nearly 400 missionaries, their families and their missions are used to change lives, one person at a time. Learn more about this critical mission.

WED MAY 9 – A delightful cruise along the Inter-coastal Waterway aboard the paddle-wheeler, Anna Maria Princess! Depart from Bradenton Beach at 11:30 AM for a 90-minute cruise, but if you wish to take the church bus or car-pool meet at the Roser Fellowship Hall by 10:30. We will be entertained with live music. Beverages may be purchased on board, but please bring your own brown bag lunch. COST $25 per person. Bradenton Beach Marina is located at 402 Church Ave N, Bradenton Beach.

WED MAY 23 – Peggy Jude, from the Manatee Genealogical Society (MGS) spoke about “Leaving a Family History Legacy”. Whether you are new to genealogy or a seasoned researcher, there was something for everyone followed by a Q&A. Discussion included DNA kits, how to best pass along your photos, where to start writing down what you know and help with research. Peggy has been researching for herself and others for 35+ years and is the current VP, Projects for MGS.

WED JUN 13 – Living with Toxins in our World… Kathryn (Cass) Robertson, Anna Maria Island resident and retired Family Nurse Practitioner, will share some of her findings to help answer these and more questions. After retiring, Cass began investigating natural health remedies when standard medicine failed to help.

WED JUN 27 – Hurricane Preparedness… Mary Lechleidner is the American Red Cross Community Volunteer Leader for Manatee County. She is anxious to share important tips for being: Red Cross Ready.

JULY – OCTOBER ♦ The American Heritage Series videos – Discover the forgotten and astonishing story of our nation’s foundation in the American Heritage Series. From Separation of Church and State, to the Civil Rights Movement, the heroism of our founding Fathers to the building of our nation’s monuments, this series will inspire every American to reclaim the Godly, true story of our nation. In the American Heritage Series, discover the faith of our Founders that enabled them selflessly to give their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor. America, this is your heritage – experience the untold story of our nation’s history with historian David Barton. (From the website of

WED NOV 14 ♦ Hawaiian Adventure – A report about Bruce & Cherrie Birkman’s adventures and enJOY a special treat. They will be talking about their 4 day stay on Oahu as well as a 7 day cruise on the Pride of America to the islands of Maui, Kauai, and the big island, Hawaii.

WED NOV 28 & DEC 12 ♦ Andy DeVries had a second chance 16 years ago when he was near-fatally injured in a motorcycle accident. Then he had a third chance… On Dec 12, Andy’s presentation will focused on the transplant and how difficult it was to pray for healing, knowing someone else has to die. And again, there was someone who brought Hope. Andy was featured on NPR’s “StoryCorp” on October 16, 2009 – “She gave him hope–he gave her Away” (www, and in the The Grand Rapids Press on October 17, 2009, “Man keeps promise after physician’s assistant inspired him to walk again’ – By Tom Rademacher ( HIS BOOK: “Common Threads: Passion, Perseverance and Praise” by Mr. Andrew John DeVries (Author), Mrs. Betty Kuperus Epperly (Compiler)

WED JAN 9 ♦ Paul Crook, formerly from England and now a resident of Perico Bay Club, has been an avid wildlife photographer for years. His photographs of Florida shorebirds and waterfowl regularly appear on PBC’s Facebook and web page. How does he happen to be there, camera at the ready, for some of his incredible shots? Come to see his photos, hear his story and learn some of his techniques for your next venture into nature with your camera.


JOY has lots to celebrate and invites everyone to participate in JOY! Just Older Youth meets to share JOY in our Lord and to learn new things about our community.  Short trips in the area are planned, as well as local mission opportunities.  Usually, JOY meets every second and fourth Wednesday in the Fellowship Hall for a presentation or activity, then we get to know others who are “just older youth” while enjoying our brown bag lunch. Like the Roser Church Facebook page, visit or call the church at 941-778-0414 for more information about upcoming events.