The Gospel Addresses Human Needs For All Ages

Families today face major challenges ranging from divorce, depression, to substance abuse, and much more. Depression, for instance, is a very real disease with serious implications for physical health, quality of life, economic productivity, and overall functioning ability. While everyone occasionally feels blue or sad, these feelings are usually short-lived. When you have depression, it interferes with daily life and causes pain for both you and those who care about you. Major Depression is a common but serious illness that affects 10% of the adult population in the United States (Center for Disease Control).

Unfortunately, many people with a depressive illness never seek treatment. But the majority, even those with the most severe depression, can get better with treatment. Medications, counseling, combined with the understanding of family and the support of a faith community, can effectively treat people with depression. On February 22 as part of the Modern Families workshop, we will offer the session, Depression: Helping Yourself, Your Family, Your Friends led by Wayne Grant, Pat Mirrer, and me. This session will look at the physical, psycho/social, and spiritual aspects of depression.

Another real challenge that impacts entire families is decisions regarding retirement. The circumstances for when to retire have changed since the days when our parents faced retirement. The timing of when we retire and what we want to do and contribute during retirement are critical questions to consider.

There are 76 million Americans of the Baby Boom generation. (Those born between 1946 and 1964.) If they haven’t already retired, they are thinking about retirement. More than any other age group, Boomers are concerned about not only if they are prepared to retire, but having a purpose during their retirement years.

Financial planning is one of the two main pillars of successful retirement. Therefore, I encourage you to join us during the Modern Families workshop for the session, Is Retirement On Your Mind? led primarily by Dave Ballard. During this session you will learn more about the decisions you need to make regarding social security, long-term care, pension plan distribution, and the timing of your retirement (or re-retirement).

In spite of the challenges families are experiencing today, they are still a critical source for experiencing God’s love and care. These and other very real challenges are why Trinity is committed to offer the Modern Families workshop. We are all part of a family; whether raised by a grandparent, adopted, raised by two parents or a single parent. Some of us have chosen friends to be our family. The Modern Families workshop is intended to be inclusive of all individuals and all ages.