In recognition of the blessings received from senior members in churches, Presbytery of New Hope asked the session to nominate an individual from the congregation for the 2019 Outstanding Older Adult Award. Each nominee should be a person who actively lives out his or her faith in service to the church and community.
Their nominee for the 2019 Outstanding Older Adult Award is Kaye Thornton Massengill. At 12 years old, Massengill made her profession of faith and was baptized at Unity. Not long after that, she began sharing her musical talent with the congregation, alternating Sundays, playing the piano for worship.
When her children arrived, she alternated her piano playing Sundays with nursery care Sundays. Playing the piano and loving children are hardly all she has done over the years. She has served on most committees of Unity in a variety of positions. She has been instrumental in the work of the women of the church all of her adult life.
In 1972, she was named Unity’s Woman of the Year. Advent’s Hanging of the Greens has her special touch, as well as many other special services and celebrated occasions. She has both led and supported the annual “Love is Ageless” luncheon, worked with the annual fundraiser, countless homecoming celebrations, led the recent sanctuary renovation, and continues to fill in as substitute pianist.
Massengill was ordained as an elder in 2004, and has been a voice for and a huge supporter of her church community all of her life. She and her husband of 53 years were married at Unity 1966. She and Jimmy are the parents of Jim Jr., Suzanne, Karla and Brian and have numerous grandchildren who keep them busy.