Bill Arnold, Asbury’s Director of Congregational Care, will be offering a 4-week End of Life Planning Workshop. The group will meet for 4 Wednesdays April 19 through May 10. Registration is required by April 15th and will be limited to the first 20 registrants
. The first session will be off-site at Central Moravian Church at 7:30pm for a lecture with Ellen Goodman entitled “The Most Important Conversation America Isn’t Having”. Each additional session will be held at Asbury Church at 6:30pm in room 217. A registration fee of $15.00 will cover the cost of admission to the lecture and additional materials. For questions, or to register for this workshop, please email Bill Arnold at
Four Week End of Life Planning Workshop
· Leader: Bill Arnold, Director of Congregational Care
· Registration is required and will be limited to the first 20 registrants.
· A registration fee of $15.00 will cover the cost of your admission ticket to the lecture on the 19th of April and additional materials.
· To provide members with a greater sense of legitimacy and cohesiveness this four-week study will close its membership to those who sign up and register prior to the first session on April 19th, thus providing members with a greater sense of belonging, trust and confidentiality.
Week one: Wednesday, April 19th // 7:30 p.m. // Central Moravian Church
We will begin our four weeks together attending a community forum and lecture, “The Most Important Conversation America Isn’t Having”, with guest speaker Ellen Goodman. Her address will be held at the Central Moravian Church, West Church and Main Street in Bethlehem at 7:30 p.m. We travel separately to this event, sitting where seating permits, please plan to arrive no later than 7 p.m. as parking and seating will fill early. Your pre-registration will provide you with your admission ticket and a guide to the following weeks. Click here to view the promotional flyer.
Ellen Goodman is an American journalist and syndicated columnist who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1980. Following the loss of her mother, Ellen devoted herself to “The Conversation Project” which is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. As guests at the lecture will listen and gather the initial tools required for our four-week conversation and your ongoing dialogues to make end-of-life care easier, and to make sure that individuals’ wishes are expressed and respected.
Week two: Wednesday, April 26th // 6:30 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. // Room 217 at Asbury Church
Our best decisions about life's most important events are seldom made in a time of crisis. Too often, we don’t talk about end of life decisions and thus make poor selections or choices that we later regret because of the burdens and stress of the moment. Building on the lecture from the previous week - "The Most Important Conversation America Isn’t Having”, by guest speaker Ellen Goodman - the group will explore that conversation using Bishop Rueben Job’s book "Living Fully, Dying Well". Together, we will explore The "Theology of Aging" and how our faith can assist us in making careful, wise and prayerful preparation for meeting life's most important moments.
Week three: Wednesday, May 3rd // 6:30 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. // Room 217 at Asbury Church
At our third meeting, the group will dig a bit deeper into to Bishop Job’s writings from “Living Fully, Dying Well” in an evening of “Getting it all together”. With guidance from Bishop Job, Ellen Goodman and others the participants will explore their own “End of life arrangements”, investigate the importance of a Living Wills and begin to the completion of their own “Five Wishes “document. Five Wishes is an easy-to-use legal document written in everyday language that allows adults of all ages to plan for the future and how they want to be cared for in case they become seriously ill.
Week four: Wednesday, May 10th // 6:30 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. // Room 217 at Asbury Church
In our final session participants, will have the opportunity to continue to explore their own end of life plans and begin writing their legacy. Using the materials covered in the previous week by Ellen Goodman and Bishop Job along with an introduction to the Moravian tradition known as a Lebenslauf (German for “life path”) group members will begin writing their own spiritual autobiography. With this important self-reflective tool, the Goodman lecture and the group efforts from the second and third week it is our hope that participants will have the materials, resources and motivation to continue the conversation thus enabling them to communicate their own desires to live fully and die well.