The Young at Heart is a group for folks ages 50 and up, both women and men at OUMC. Our mission is to get connected, have fun and fellowship while enjoying new experiences.  It is an opportunity to invite your friend or neighbor who is not at OUMC to join us and meet some new friends. Our group is self-sustaining, not requesting funding from the church.  When we use the church vans, we will all chip in for gas money.  If  car-pooling, we will contribute toward the gas.  Here is a schedule of activities  for 2017.  We will try to meet once an month on Mondays unless our activity is not available then.  Contact: Alice Finnell  cell  919-605-0533

SAVE THE DATES!! we have lots of exciting activities planned for the fall!!


Friday, September 8th – Tour of Counter Culture Coffee Training Center & Roastery in Durham. 10-11 am. Lunch at CHOPT in Chapel Hill at 11:30; RSVP by September 5th. COST: Free tour + cost of lunch.


Tuesday, October 3rd – Georgia O’Keefe: Living Modern exhibit at Reynolda House in Winston-Salem. Tour with docent at 1:30pm. There is a maximum of 24 for the tour portion. We will have lunch at one of the four cafes on site. Time: 10am to 5pm (approx). RSVP by September 26th. COST: $16 (prepaid for docent), cost of lunch, and gas sharing. We will use the church vans, so will need 2 drivers.


November 18 & 19th – Visit the OrangeUMC Christmas Craft Fair to shop for gifts  for the upcoming holidays locally.  Independent event, but lunch everyone???


Thursday, December 7th – Tour of Billy Graham Library and Living Nativity in Charlotte, NC. (Admission and tour are free, donations accepted.) Bring a bag lunch to eat in the van, and we will have a light supper on site at the Dairy Bar. Time: LONG DAY!! 9am-9pm Our tour time is 1:30-3pm. RSVP by November 30th. COST: your dinner and gas sharing. We will use the church vans, so will need 2 drivers.

We are totally open to ideas and suggestions about activities. Please share them with Alice Finnell  cell  919-605-0533.



The Young At Heart group of OrangeUMC took a trip to the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh on Wednesday, March 1.

The group of 14 attended an exhibition at the museum entitled “Ansel Adams: Masterworks” in the Joyce W. Pope Galllery, as well as enjoying some great fellowship time and an excellent meal.

Adams (1902-84) became one of America’s most renowned photographers in a career that spanned more than five decades. This exhibition focuses on a collection of 48 black-and-white photographs by Adams, a selection he made late in his life to serve as a succinct representation of what he deemed the best work of his career.

Called “The Museum Set,” the featured photographs reveal the importance Adams placed on the awe-inspiring power and beauty of the natural world, including many of his most iconic images of American landscapes, often from our national parks.

After a guided tour of the exhibition, the group was able to spend some additional time in the museum and then enjoyed lunch in the NCMA’s well known restaurant, Iris.

Alice Finnell helps to organize the Young At Heart group and more activities are planned.  Additional information about this ministry may be found elsewhere on the website.

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by Alice Finnell

On May 1st, eighteen members of the Young At Heart journeyed 60 miles north to Sassafras Fork Farm, near Oxford, NC .  Our hostess, Kathleen Hall, is a former OrangeUMC member and former YAH  leader. 

The weather cooperated–no rain!  Stephanie, Kathleen’s daughter, talked to us about her work as a flower farmer in NC while we walked through her flower beds and workshop.  The livestock of sheep, small pigs, and cattle, grazed in pastures near the Wedding Barn and we walked the terrain.  One special event was gathering freshly laid eggs at the egg mobile—a first for a few!

Our lunch featured a farm-raised pork shoulder roasted by J Ed, Kathleen’s husband,  along with  simple sides  and desserts made by  YAH  members.  We thoroughly enjoyed the time and fellowship together, and returned tired , but contended and happy.

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Young At Heart visits Sassafras Fork Farm


Lunch at, PICNIC, a new BBQ place in Durham;  locally raised  “organic” pigs, family tradition of BBQ and a new adventure.  TIME:  12:00  we will likely car-pool for this as parking can be limited;  They have large outdoor picnic table for eating as well as indoor areas.  COST:  your lunch and gas money  RSVP  to me by June   2nd