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DAYTON—During the season of Lent members of Dayton's First Congregational Church-UCC are considering the ideas and experiences of wilderness. Sometimes growing older can feel like being led into or through the wilderness, so in response they are hosting three occasions for learning about the resources available on the journey.

On March 11, Katherine Besst-Smith, Information Specialist at Aging & Long-term Care (ALTC) Services for Southeast Washington, will present information on resources available locally. Besst-Smith’s office is on Main Street in Dayton and works in collaboration with ALTC in Walla Walla to serve the region.

On March 25, Terry Rice, Chaplain for Hospice of Walla Walla, will guide a conversation using a tool called “Five Wishes.” This is a brief booklet that shapes conversations about healthcare directives a person wants in place when they’re unable to make those decisions.

On April 8, Marj Johnston, pastor of Dayton First Congregational Church-United Church of Christ, will present “Remember Me: A guide to planning your funeral.” With experience from employment in funeral homes, social services, and as a pastor, Johnston has developed a layout useful as a guide for what your family and the service officiant would find helpful.

Food For Thought will include these three free sessions. Bring your own lunch and join us at noon in the Fireside Room (garden level) at First Congregational Church, 214 South 3rd Street, Dayton. Coffee and hot water with an assortment of teas will be provided. Email or call (509) 382-2471 with questions. All are welcome to attend—this is an open invitation!


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