• 64°

Bitzer to speak at kick-off of St. John’s Senior Seasons Academy

By Susan Shinn

St. John’s Lutheran Church

On the cusp of the 2016 general election, Dr. Michael Bitzer will speak at the kick-off of St. John’s Senior Seasons Academy. This free event is set for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the Faith Center of the church, 200 W. Innes St. in Downtown Salisbury.

The six-week Academy, open to the community, will then run from Oct. 4 to Nov. 8.

Bitzer has been a professor of politics and history at Catawba College since 2002. Now serving as provost, he continues to teach courses in American politics and law. He is an elections analyst for WSOC-TV and WFAE, and is a political columnist for WFAE’s “The Party Line” blog. He’s also a frequent guest host on WFAE’s “Charlotte Talks” weekday show.

Bitzer is highly sought for his expertise and commentary, especially during the election cycle. At St. John’s, Bitzer will share his thoughts on local, state, and national elections during a political season that’s been unparalleled in U.S. history.

Bitzer is one of several “community treasures” who have helped kick off the Senior Season’s Academy — six-week sessions, or “seasons,” offered in fall, winter and spring, according to Carolyn Byrd, the church’s director of senior adult ministries.

Other guest speakers have included the late Ralph Ketner, F&M Bank’s Paul Fisher, and Mary Ponds, a former mayor of Granite Quarry and longtime civic leader.

“I have had an opportunity to learn and grow in our Academy,” Byrd says. “Our steering committee has been fabulous is planning classes that are both faith-based and community-based. We have had evaluations after every six-week session and gained a great deal of information from those in planning our future programming. We hope this year to expand more in our church, certainly, but out into the community as well. We believe that the Academy is a wonderful outreach tool.”

Members of the Senior Seasons advisory board are Tom Childress, Jeannie Moore, Nick Gennett and Cyndi Osterhus, all of whom are retired from careers in higher education.

“The purpose and goal of our Academy is to help people learn, but also to gather for fellowship, and improve our overall health and well being,” Byrd notes.

To that end, participants can end their day at the Academy with a Stretch, Balance and Breathe bonus course with Judy Childress.

This fall’s slate of sessions includes two morning sessions: “Is God a Republican or Democrat?” with the Rev. Rhodes Woolly, St. John’s senior pastor; and “Mining for Gold in Rowan County,” with a variety of speakers from the county’s cultural, artistic, educational and community organizations. There are also two afternoon courses, “Five Things God Uses to Grow Your Faith,” with the Rev. Danielle Kosanovich DeNise, St. John’s pastor for discipleship; and “Welcome to Fall … and Gardening,” with Darrell Blackwelder, the county’s recently retired Cooperative Extension Service director.

Participants may choose one morning and one afternoon session. The cost for the six-week session is $30, and a variety of lunch options will be available weekly for a nominal charge.

To sign up for the fall Senior Seasons Academy, visit www.tinyurl.com/senior-seasons. For further details, contact Carolyn Byrd at 704-636-3431 or carolyn@stjohns-salisbury.org

Susan Shinn is communications assistant for St. John’s Lutheran Church. 


About Post Lifestyles

Visit us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SalPostLifestyle/ and Twitter @postlifestlyes for more content

email author More by Post


Granite Quarry

Granite Fest makes a comeback with music, vendors and fun for kids


State budget process could mean big gains or loss of funding for schools


Biz Roundup: Downtown Salisbury vying for $25,000 cash prize


Kannapolis native serves as a member of U.S. Navy’s ‘Silent Service’


Snyder promoted to deputy city clerk


Woman arrested for flashing rear end at Sheriff’s Office after previous charges overturned


Hall wins bronze medal in SilverArts


Harold B. Jarrett American Legion Post 342 holds 75th anniversary celebration


Salisbury-based Integro Technologies acquired by Kaman Distribution Group


World War II veteran, longtime Rowan County farmer, celebrates 100th birthday


Rowan commissioners will discuss body cameras for bailiffs, arrowhead donation, plumbing fix for lead levels


Downtown move gives Salisbury Eyecare and Eyewear chance to expand offerings, add new doctor


Clinton recovering from infection 


Teen charged in shooting at Mount Tabor High School held without bond


Marine officer receives reprimand for Afghanistan criticism


Beasley top fundraiser in third quarter for Senate race

Farm & Garden

Nearly 1-ton pumpkin sets record at state fair

High School

High school football: Loeblein throws record six TD passes for Falcons; Cavs, Hornets romp


UK lawmaker stabbed to death in terrorist act


Cooleemee man arrested after trading gunfire with Davie County investigators in Rowan


Salisbury council candidates list crime reduction, hiring a new city manager among city’s top priorities


Blotter: Man charged with trio of vehicle break-ins


Catawba College will require COVID-19 vaccinations in 2022


City selects Sada Stewart Troutman as new Downtown Salisbury Inc. director