“Bridges” was the theme of the senior citizen appreciation brunch hosted by the SAIL Pathfinders in honor of the senior members of the Austin South Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Festive tables and yummy smells welcomed all guests as they entered the fellowship hall the morning of November 9, 2014. In restaurant-style, Pathfinders filled food orders and served the guests, using etiquette learned from the Christian Grooming and Manners Honor. Then they dispersed among the tables to visit. At each place setting was a question for the Pathfinders to ask their guests. These questions included things such as “Where were you when people first landed on the moon?” and “What kind of vehicle did your parents drive when you were my age?” The goal was to help “bridge the gap” between generations, helping to give the Pathfinders a glimpse into life before they were born. Many stories were shared and the guests enjoyed being led down memory lane, as well as having the attention of the young people with whom they shared their stories.
Following the delicious meal, guests were ushered into the youth room “theater” for a live taping of the “Ed Sullivan” show. Pathfinders portrayed many of the characters who were popular in the 1960’s, including Barbara Streisand, Kermit & Miss Piggy, Dr. Who, James Bond, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and many more.
A special thank you to John and Sunny Stradling for the wonderful food, and to Hanna Klein for writing and directing our show!
All guests left that day feeling honored. Pathfinders were delighted to have served their guests and to have brought joy to their hearts. This “Bridge” successfully brought two generations over a chasm of time to unite for one wonderful moment.