Yesterday we had a good discussion in the office about two upcoming Annual Information Sessions on Medicare for Seniors which coincide with the Medicare Open Enrollment Period, running from October 15-December 7. These sessions are sponsored by the North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging (NCTAAA). This offering is consistent with the longstanding United Methodist position on advocacy for health and healthcare access for all people. Since these are informational sessions, it seems like a good event to pass this along to our congregation.

However, since these events are being hosted by Congressman Sam Johnson, there was concern that this might appear politically motivated given the nearness of the mid-term elections. I decided to overrule that concern since advocating for seniors’ health and healthcare ought to be everyone’s issue, regardless of political taste and preference. “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and the things to God that are God’s,” Jesus said (Matt. 22:21).

We have just spent six weeks discussing our vision, “Connecting God and Grace to Self and Community.” In my view, more affordable healthcare – especially for the vulnerable – is one vital way to connect grace to the community, regardless of who is making that accessible.

You will be blessed in the healthier place of grace this Sunday,



Matt Gaston
Lead Pastor

PS: Here is the information about the two sessions. Please note that the two Medicare meetings - which are free and open to the public - will be held at different locations in order to provide greater convenience for residents across the Third District.

Session 1
Tuesday, October 23, 10 a.m.-Noon
Senior Center at Frisco Square
6670 Moore Street
Frisco, TX 75034

Session II
Wednesday, October 24, 10 a.m.-Noon
Allen Senior Recreation Center
451 St. Mary's Drive
Allen, TX 75002

Should you have questions regarding counseling services provided by the NCTAAA, please call Mary Jane Frank at 1-800-272-3921 ext. 7166.