Young at Heart


Young at Heart is an active, fun group of retirees over the age of 55.

On the 3rd Thursday each month, FBCG Young at Heart members serve lunch at Stowe mission. Chuck Kruger and Tom Powell shop on Wednesday. The church considers this a mission program and provides everything for the meal.

We meet the 4th Thursday of each month, do a variety of activities and have a good time of fellowship. The time may vary depending on the activity, but generally we start around 11:15 am.


(June 28, 2018)

Liberty Tavern Powell, OH

Attendees included:
Tom and Cheryl Powell, Chuck Kruger, Wilma and Richard Purdy, Joy Atwood, Shirley Barnes, David and RuthAnn Hyder, Clelia Combs, Nancy West, Ramona Hitchens

(05/25/18) Twenty four senior peeps met at the Powell’s for the Annual Memorial Day picnic. What a wonderful time we all had. It is such a rewarding fellowship as we if get to know our fellow senior christians. Food was plentiful and fantastic. Shirley Barnes started our senior group about 2 years. At first, only 2 people attended, that being Shirley and Joy Atwood. The group has grown each month as more and more seniors (over 55) got involved until we set a record today at 24. Our group has become a very dynamic ministry at First Baptist Church Gahanna.

Attendees: Tom and Cheryl Powell, Bob and Vickie Schooner, Jim Johnson, Angie and Barb Pistone, Richard and Wilma Purdy, Carl Evans, Shirley Barnes, Joy Atwood, Tom and Diane Dove, Concepta DeCarlo, Clelia Combs, Nancy, Chuck Kruger, Debbie Brown, Bunny Neal, Pat Scalf

(10/26/17)  meeting of Young at Heart is a visit to and tour of Stowe Mission! This is your opportunity to see what the Stowe ministry is all about, what is offered by way of service to people in need. You may be aware that members of the church and some friends of the church have been crocheting and knitting hats and scarves all year to present to Stowe. We noticed during the winter months last year that a number of Stowe clients did not have these hats, scarves or gloves. Shirley put the word out and the yarn needles went to work! We will be presenting these items to Stowe during our visit. Following the visit, we will fellowship at Schmidt's Sausage House in German Village.
27 scarves and 27 hats made for our Young at Heart Group (First Baptist Church of Gahanna) by Ramona Hitchens to be donated tomorrow. Thanks to Shirley Barnes for prompting us to use our talents to help others. Also, thanks to Sharon McKenzie for donating yarn. If you are interested in adding to our donation, gloves and mittens of all sizes are needed. Gently used and new please! Looking forward to hearing from you! Must know by 10/22 if you are going, can drive or need a ride!

On the 3rd Thursday each month, FBCG Young at Heart members serve lunch at Stowe mission. Chuck Kruger and Tom Powell shop on Wednesday. The church considers this a mission program and provides everything for the meal.  
Chuck and Tom meet at Skyline Chili for lunch then go to the church and prepare beef stew to serve close to 250 meals. The church furnishes salad, crackers, cookies and drinks to compliment the beef stew. We also provide all flatware, cups, and dishes.
At 9:20 on Thursday morning we meet at the church, load the car, and car pool to Stowe Mission on Parsons Avenue (just south of Children's Hospital). After arriving at Stowe, we prepare the food, cut the bread, and get ready to serve. Once we have sampled the feast, we fellowship and show gods love with less fortunate members of the community Today we served 249 meals.
If you are retired, a senior, or a younger Christian and want to get in on the fun, fellowship, and service see Chuck or Tom. You would not believe how rewarding it is to partake in this activity.
  • Joy, Shirley, and Cheryl preparing the salad
  • Barb, Tom, and Chuck preparing the beef stew
  • Bob getting the drinks ready.

(09/24/17) Shirley, Cheryl and I want to thank everyone for coming out to the Young at Heart Spaghetti Dinner after church September 24. Huge thanks go out to Bunny Neal, Barb Pistone, Joy Atwood and Chuck Krueger for their hard work and dedication to this project. Special thanks to everyone who helped set up and clean up!
We raised $494 to add to the classroom renovation fund. More than 60 people attended and we had seven sauce entries to our contest. There were more than 20 entries in the dessert auction!
The adult raffle basket was won by John Brown and Emma Frazier took home the kids basket.
We had lots of fun and want to make sure we recognize everyone that brought baked goods, including free cake(!), sauce, bread, dressings...and, everyone that fellowshipped and had dinner with us, helped set up tables, clean up afterwards! We could not have done this without you!
We are blessed to be part of a loving church family and to work together as seniors to promote such a good cause. Thank you again.

A trip to the Amish Country of Ohio 08/24/17.

Please check the church's "Events Page" up-an-coming Young At Heart outings.