The Church of the Open Door is opening its doors Friday and Saturday for its ninth annual Super 60s Spectacular.
This year's theme, "Star-Spangled Extravaganza," will focus on senior citizens as stars.
"Senior citizens are stars and have a lot to contribute to society," said the Rev. John Campbell, director of the Super 60s. "Each year we set aside a weekend for a program just for senior adults."
There will be workshops, music, fellowship, food, and a mystery trip and dinner during the two-day event Friday and Saturday. It is open to seniors 55 and older, regardless of church affiliation. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Friday.
The Super 60s will celebrate its 13th anniversary next month. Participants get involved in fellowship and enjoy excursions aimed at keeping seniors active. There are holiday banquets and such events as a covered dish Thanksgiving supper Nov. 13 for senior adult couples and young married couples.
"Our goal is to intertwine them," said Mr. Campbell, "for each one to glean from the other."
In addition to his work with the Super 60s, Mr. Campbell is the church's senior adult pastor. He coordinates programs, teaches senior adult bible study and visits seniors.
"I think we can have a tendency to sit at home and feel sorry for ourselves and make things seem worse than they are," he said. "We encourage them to stay busy, to stay involved."
Some of those who do, he said, "find that their health problems aren't as bad."
The church is expecting visitors from Baltimore, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Ohio and Tennessee, in addition to Carroll countians. There are 1,090 seniors on the Super 60s mailing list.
Mr. Campbell and his wife, Shirley, have been working diligently to ensure everything goes smoothly.
"We recruited restaurants and hotels all up and down Route 140," he said.
The church's pastor, Dr. Shelton Smith, will be present to chat with the participants. He'll also be a keynote speaker, in addition to the Rev. John Walters, the Rev. Jim Bracelin and other pastors from the church staff.
All of the activities, including the Saturday night banquet, are designed for a specific purpose, organizers said.
"When they come, we try to lift their spirits and send them back home or back to their church with renewed spirits," said Mr. Campbell.