What We Do
The objective of the ECHO ministry is outreach to OSLC’s senior community as well as to seniors (especially low-income seniors) in the Warrenton area (in particular Warrenton Manor) through the provision of interesting presentations/demonstrations/etc and the provision of a complementary meal.
During 2015 and 2016, we were able to schedule nine events and luncheons at OSLC itself, as well as six events and luncheons at Warrenton Manor. Other events, not directly related to ECHO, received contributory funding from ECHO as well as participation by members and guests.
Why We Do It
Senior members of OSLC, as well as seniors in the Warrenton community benefit from a variety of applicable programs and subject presentations as well as a complementary meal and a period of socialization and light religious experience is the persons most impacted by the ECHO activities. However, we cannot discount that the ECHO volunteers themselves are uplifted by their participation in bringing joy (albeit short-lived) into the lives of others, often less fortunate than themselves.
The duties of the ECHO committee are to do the planning, research, logistics and [generally] food and facility setup and cleanup for all of the events. Here is a list of current members:
- Barbara and Richard Baker
- Barbara and Virgil Brown
- Margaret and Bill Werrre
- Carol Zeiher
- Deborah Hoke
- Laurice Maher
- Marian Rognlien
- Donna and Tom Bartkiewicz
- Sharon Fuerlinger
- Janice and Ken McIlvoy
- Pastor Terri Church
Some of the 2015/2016 events that ECHO conducted, or assisted in funding, are as follows:
- Christmas Sing Along
- Hymn Singing
- Board Games
- Estate and End-of-Life Planning
- Various Crafts
- Flower Arranging
- Medicare and Supplemental Planning
- Potomac Nationals Baseball
- Demonstration of Playing the Harp
- Veterans Day Memorial Event
- Making Christmas Decorations
For Questions About ECHO or to Join
Feel free to contact any member of the ECHO Committee or the church office. We will be glad to put you on the email list so you will be informed of the next meeting of the committee (which is usually the first Tuesday of every month – in the evening).
“As seniors (primarily), the members of the ECHO Committee interact with others that share common experiences, reminisces, goals and objectives – and sometimes hardships. There is a sense of accomplishment and internal joy that comes from interacting with friends, as well as serving them at the same time, and ensuring that they come away from our events not only having enjoyed the few hours they have invested, but with more knowledge and/or ideas that they had going in. Even greater is to be able to bring happiness to groups of people that are not those you see frequently, and not members of the congregation. These people usually show genuine gratitude for the little things that we bring to them and do for them. Their lives are not necessarily bleak, but they are not necessarily bright either. The happiness that comes from receiving is no less manifested in the happiness that comes from giving. ECHO is all about giving if nothing else.”
— ECHO Member