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Facebook Classes

At Epworth Villa, we plan activities that are requested by residents. Due to popular demand, Kari King will provide a one-on-one computer classes on our campus again. This class will be more of a one-on-one class for beginners and will focus on Facebook. Thank you, Kari for hosting another class. Seniors are a growing demographic, with more than half of U.S. adults 65 and older online, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project. Read More

Happy Easter

Happy Easter from your friends at Epworth Villa! Read More

Don't Forget to RSVP For Downsizing 101

Our Downsizing 101 Event with Senior Transitions of Edmond LLC​ is coming up on Wednesday, March 30th at 11:30 a.m. Don't forget to reserve your spot. Lunch will be served. To RSVP please call 753-9295 Read More

Epworth Villa Chaplain Dwight Magnus To Host Vesper Service

Epworth Villa Chaplain Dwight Magnus is planning a special service for Maundy Thursday during Holy Week. The Epworth Villa Choir under the direction of Jimette McLean will provide special Easter music. The Word and Table Service is open to all, for it is the Lord’s Table, not a denominational service. Come and join us in this special Holy Week experience.

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Welcome To Our New Associate Chaplains

Our own Jessica T. will serve as an Associate Chaplain. Jessica has been with Epworth since 2013. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Southern Arkansas University and is completing a Masters of Divinity at Saint Paul School of Theology. Prior to coming to Epworth, she has worked at Camp Tanako and served as a pastor at a Methodist church in Chidester, Arkansas. We anticipate that Jessica will assume the Chaplain role in January of 2017, when she graduates from seminary.
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Welcome To Our New Community Activity Coordinator

We are excited to welcome, Susan our Community Activity Coordinator. Susan has a BA in Sociology and a Masters in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. She has vast experience in the nonprofit sector including working for Parent Promise, Neighborhood Services, and Camp Fire USA. She also worked at Epworth in the early 90’s as the Resident Assistant. She is very active in the Quail Springs United Methodist Church. Read More

Epworth Named 2015 Certified Healthy Oklahoma Business

Epworth Villa is honored to be chosen as a 2015 Certified Healthy Oklahoma Business by The Oklahoma State Department of Health​. Certified Healthy recipients are recognized as leaders in their communities for going “above and beyond” to make health and wellness a priority. Read More

Brill Chapel Re-dedication Service

Our Brill Chapel remodel is finally completed, and residents are excited to attend an upcoming re-dedication service. This special worship service will serve as a way to invite our community for a time of worship and praise in this newly designed space. We will worship in a space that holds our memories, our past, and looks forward to the future. Read More

Epworth Employee Named LeadingAge Employee of the Year

We are so pleased to announce that Elizabeth Newell, Licensed Clinical Social Worker for Independent Living at Epworth Villa was named Employee of the Year for 2015 by LeadingAge Oklahoma during their annual conference.

“ Elizabeth epitomizes the words ‘meaning’ and ‘joy’. She constantly strives to make sure our residents and employees feel that they have purpose and hope. Joy is the essence of Elizabeth; her catch phrase is ‘it’s all good’. She just finds the best way to help the resident Read More

You're Invited to our Downsizing 101 Event

Downsizing can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Even though you may have already downsized, we are all always downsizing. Studies have shown that the less cluttered we are, the less stressful our lives are.
You’re invited to a luncheon and a presentation by Senior Transitions of Edmond LLC about the downsizing process.
Please RSVP to 753-9295 or [email protected] Read More

Dr. Eric Snyder To Lead Upcoming Vesper Service

Residents are excited to attend the first Vesper Service in the newly remodeled chapel. The guest preacher will be the Reverend Dr. Eric Snyder, Senior Pastor of the Wickline United Methodist Church in Midwest City, Oklahoma. Dr. Snyder is a native son of Michigan, is married to Dennyse, and the father of five children. He received his MDiv degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky and also a doctorate in pastoral counseling. Eric’s special interests include cooking, history, baseba Read More

The Russell Clan Performance

We are excited to have The Russell Clan on campus soon. The Russell Clan is a family of musicians and dancers from Central Oklahoma. Combining a rich Celtic heritage with their love for traditional acoustic music, they perform a diverse tapestry of material, including hard-hitting Irish and Scottish tunes, contemporary folk ballads, bluegrass, and Western swing. The seven children, ranging from ages seven to twenty, all add their unique talents to the show in an array of singing, Read More

Oklahoma Conservatory of Music Performance

Residents are excited to attend an upcoming Oklahoma Conservatory of Music Performance. Oklahoma Conservatory of Music offers lessons in violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, and musicianship. Students also receive the opportunity to be a part of the Chamber Music Program and the OCM Chamber Orchestra. Based in Oklahoma City, OCM is a premiere music school geared toward student excellence and deeper understanding of music. Read More

The Write Group

The next meeting of the Write Group will be at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, March 11. We are pleased to announce that we have a new coach, Dr. Rob Roensch, Assistant Professor of English at OCU. At the last meeting, it was decided that the prompt this week would be open, leaving each participant to decide the topic. This is one of the many fun activities that we have at Epworth Villa.

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March Women's Coffee

Thank you to Steve Bible, Epworth Villa’s Director of Marketing for hosting todays monthly Women’s Coffee Group. Steve’s presentation was titled “Growing Old in America: Expectations vs. Reality.” He describes his life work: “I have always had a passion for Elders, and have spent most of my career on the healthcare provider side of the business, working in hospitals and trying to help people navigate the rough waters of hospitalization and homecare. I have worked with Epworth Villa for many year Read More

Epworth Villa Residents Enjoy Chair Yoga

It may be raining outside, but that isn’t stopping our residents from enjoying chair yoga today. Chair Yoga teaches you yoga breathing skills which you can use at any time to decrease anxiety that may flare up. This class benefits all levels but particularly for people who assume loss of flexibility is inevitable with aging. This class helps residents from chair level regain flexibility in their joints, connective tissues and muscles. Increases ability to sleep, relieves pain and chronic digest Read More

Downsizing 101 Event

Downsizing can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. That’s why Amber Bergerson from Senior Transitions of Edmond LLC is offering an invaluable educational event about how the process can be made easy. Even though you might have already downsized, we are all always downsizing. Studies have shown that the less cluttered we are, the less stressful our lives are. You’re invited to a luncheon and presentation about the downsizing process. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Courtney at Read More

March Resident Spotlight: Meet Roberta

Roberta and her husband, Dave, met in the 6th grade when sitting next to each other at school. They grew up in Philadelphia and lived in Shamokin and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, before relocating to Oklahoma City when Dave accepted the position of Vice-President for Development with the University of Oklahoma.

After fourteen years as a part-time student, Roberta earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education at Robert Morris College in Pittsburgh. Read More

Dr. Allen Buck to lead Vesper Service

Are you ready for a new experience? We will hold our first official worship experience in the “Grand Ballroom” on March 3rd. Our speaker, Dr. Allen Buck, has made several changes of his own in the last several weeks. On the eve of Christmas Eve 2015 he led his church (Summit United Methodist Church) in a service of a Church within a Church at Quail Springs United Methodist Church. He shared in the January edition of the Church Newsletter this greeting. “ Read More

March Activity Calendar

According to Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers, “There is evidence that elderly people in the U.S. who have an active social life may have a slower rate of memory decline.” This is why we have a variety of activities at Epworth Villa. Please click the link to view our activity calendar for the month of March. Read More

Residents Excerise Right to Vote

It’s Super Tuesday! Epworth Villa is serving as a polling site for precinct 129. Many Epworth Villa residents have voted today, have you? Read More

Kari King Facebook Class

On Saturday, March 5th there will be another opportunity for a One-on-One lesson on the use of Facebook. Kari King, one of our local KFOR celebrities, will provide the instruction for each 20 minute time slot. Read More

Residents Share Talent With Community

At Epworth Villa we have many residents with interesting stories to tell and talents that they share with the community. Thank you to one of our residents for the beautiful piano music that filled our lobby. Read More

Rev. Deborah Ingraham to Lead Upcoming Vesper Service

Our preacher for Vespers will be the Reverend Deborah Ingraham, Director of Skyline Urban Ministries. Debbie grew up in Indiana, but as an adult lived in California, where she received her Master of Divinity Degree from Claremont. She lived there for several years raising her four children and teaching high school English, along with attending Seminary. She moved back to Oklahoma and served in two churches, the first in the Panhandle. The last one was Epworth United Methodist Church here in Okla Read More

Residents Enjoy Annual Indoor Putting Contest

Our annual indoor putting contest was a success. Residents enjoyed a fun afternoon partnering with staff members to compete in the contest. Read More

Epworth Villa Residents Enjoy Watercolor Class

According to the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA), “Some of the many benefits of art therapy include: relieving stress, anxiety and confusion through a sense of empowerment, improving motor skills, improving cognitive skills, helping to cope with transition and facilitating communication.” Our residents enjoyed the last day of our 4-week watercolor instruction class. This fun and creative class was taught by Debbie Langston to teach the basics of watercolor painting. Read More

Oklahoma City Symphonic Band Concert Outing

We are excited for an upcoming outing to The Oklahoma City Symphonic Band Concert "Side By Side" performance at Oklahoma City Community College. OKCSB will host the engaging Oklahoma Youth Winds in a joint concert Tuesday, February 23rd. This unique honor ensemble is made up of talented high school wind and percussion students who perform challenging music. Both bands will each play several pieces and then combine side by side for the finale of stirring wind band music. Read More

Epworth Villa's Balance and Fall Prevention Class

According to The CDC, "Each year, millions of older people—those 65 and older—fall. In fact, one out of three older people fall each year. Falling once doubles your chances of falling again." At Epworth Villa we believe fall prevention is important, this is why we created a Balance and Fall Prevention class. Our class offers education on prevention of falls and getting up from a fall. It is a beginning routine to help resolve balance disorders to regain independence and stability. Read More

Barbara Standage Piano Performance

We are excited to welcome Barbara Standage to our campus for an upcoming piano concert. Barbara has been performing for audiences for the last 40 years. She will present a mixed program of familiar piano selections. Read More

Rev. Lori Walke to lead upcoming vesper service

We are excited to have Reverend Lori Walke as our preacher for our upcoming vesper service. “I’ve heard Reverend Walke speak only once. It was a memorial service for one of my closest friends. Lori did the “Eulogy.” It was a poem which conveyed my friend’s life and essence in such a startlingly accurate and beautiful way that it took my breath away.” Helen, Resident of Epworth Villa said. Read More

Epworth Villa Residents Enjoy Piano Recital

Did you know that music keeps an aging brain healthier and reduces depression & anxiety? These are just a few benefits of music.Thank you to Yiquan for your beautiful piano recital. Our residents are enjoying it. Read More

Epworth Villa's Brill Chapel to undergo remodel

We are excited to announce that our chapel,The Brill Chapel will undergo remodeling during the month of March. This is a very exciting time in the history of the Brill Chapel. It will feel like a whole new worship space, with the history and memories of the past. Once the remodeling is complete, a special re-dedication of the Brill Chapel will be announced. Read More

Rose State College Health Services students visit with residents

Thank you to the Rose State College​ Health Services students for your visit today. Our residents enjoyed speaking with you about health issues faced by seniors. Read More

Annual Indoor Putting Contest

It’s about that time again! Each year we have our annual indoor putting contest here at Epworth Villa. This year we have planned it for February 23rd. When residents sign up, we will find a staff partner for them to play with. Residents are also welcome to find their best golf buddies to play with even if they do not live at Epworth Villa. We will have refreshments and prizes for the winning team and runner up. The putting contest is just one many exciting activities that is coming up soon. Read More

Epworth Villa Residents Celebrate Valentine's Day

Love is in the air! Our residents are looking forward to a special musical program titled, Love Song Duo By "Affinity." The extremely versatile duo of Robert Powell and Lynn Powell will present tonight's show. This talented couple can play anything from rock to jazz to country to blues to pop. This will take place after tonight's special Valentine Dinner. Read More

Gary Good to bring group to perform at Epworth Villa

Our residents will enjoy an upcoming show, "Love Song Duo by Affinity" after the special Valentine's Day Dinner. Gary Good is bringing us a wonderful performance by the group, Affinity!
This powerful act has the sounds of a full band with strings and horns as sequenced instrumentation accompanied by keyboardist and producer, Robert Powell along with female vocalist, Lynn Koch Powell. As individuals, Robert has performed in opening acts for Earth, Wind and Fire and Blood, Sweat and Tears, Read More

Reverend Adam Shahan to Lead Upcoming Vesper Service

We are excited to have The Reverend Adam Shahan, Associate Pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Moore be our speaker of our upcoming vespers service. Rev. Shahan has worked at First UMC of Moore, since 2012, and is the Lead Pastor for Modern Worship. His favorite thing about his job is the people, the worship, and the overwhelming sense of love and commitment I feel. It is like the question always on the hearts of our lay leadership is “What’s next, God?”
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Epworth Villa Offers Senior Fitness Testing to Residents

Our Wellness and Rehab departments have teamed up to provide our Independent Living Residents the opportunity to participate in the Senior Fitness Testing. We will test residents in about six areas of fitness and strength ability. Then we are able to compare results to a national average for the age of each resident tested. This is a great tool to direct our programming and to pinpoint how we can help individuals according to your needs. Read More

Epworth Villa to host Osher Lifelong Learning Institute courses

At Epworth Villa, we are excited to be hosting several upcoming Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) course on our campus.

OLLI at Oklahoma State University is a program of educational courses for people who want to enrich their lives through new learning experiences. Courses on a variety of topics are offered each semester to retirees and other adults in the community. Read More

Infant Crisis Services Representative to Speak at Women's Coffee

Each month the ladies of Epworth Villa are invited to attend a women's coffee group with a guest speaker. Thank you to Courtney Thomas, Community Relations Coordinator of Infant Crisis Services for speaking to our group today. She brought us news of the organizations activities. Her presentation was entitled “Fighting Childhood Hunger,” a very important concern today. Read More

February Events

Have you had a chance to see all of the exciting activities happening in February at Epworth Villa? We have events ranging from an outing to see "The Sound of Music" performance by the Crossings Christian School drama students to line dancing classes and many other events. We create programs based on the things you want and need from life: physically, socially, intellectually and emotionally. Take a look at the Events calendar to learn more. Read More

Rev. Scott Spencer to lead Epworth Villa's vespers service

Our preacher for this Thursday, February 4, is Rev. Scott Spencer. He grew up in Enid and graduated from Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. After serving a number of churches, mostly in rural Oklahoma, he received training in starting new congregations. He is now the Senior Pastor of Mosaic United Methodist Church here in Oklahoma City. That is a new church started last June in a merger of two unique progressive churches. They currently worship in the chapel at Oklahoma City University. Read More

Residents Enjoy Sneak Peak of Crossings Christian School "Sound of Music" production

Thank you to the drama program students of Crossings Christian School for the wonderful sneak peak of their "Sound of Music" production. Our residents are so excited to attend the upcoming show. You can enjoy the upcoming performance on Friday, February 5th at 7 p.m. or Saturday, February 6th at 5 p.m. at The Venue Crossings Community Church Read More

Caregiver Studio- An Alzheimer's Association Support Group

You're invited to attend our Caregiver Studio, An Alzheimer's Association Support Group meetings. Classes are free and will be the first Thursday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
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Meet Tamesha McCoy, Epworth Villa’s Assisted Living Care Coordinator

Tamesha McCoy, LPN became the Care Coordinator of Epworth Villa’s Assisted Living September of 2015. Born and raised in Oklahoma, she has been a LPN for 4 years and is currently working toward her RN licensure. She has two children, James, 14; and Takari, 2 ½. “I love working in assisted living because you have the opportunity to get to know the elders and grow from them. They are an invaluable resource to our community. I love being a nurse because it allows me to help people.” McCoy Said. Read More

Effective Communication Strategies Event

Communication is more than just talking and listening – it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with d Read More

Laughter Yoga at Epworth Villa

Laughter can boost the quality of life! At Epworth Villa, we hosted a fun two-day certification program for laughter yoga. People from different senior communities in ‪‎OKC‬ were involved. It's a positive exercise which helps people with stress management, team building and social bonding. Read More

"Sound of Music" Preview

Join us for an upcoming preview of "The Sound of Music." Crossings Christian School is putting on the musical “The Sound of Music” on Friday, February 5th. They are so excited that they want to come and give a preview of their play. They will perform two songs in the Grand Lobby. Please welcome these young, vibrant folks to Epworth Villa on Tuesday, February 2nd. Read More

Reverend Jennifer Ahrens-Sims to host upcoming vespers service at Epworth VIlla

Chapel Hill United Methodist Church is home to the Reverend Jennifer Ahrens-Sims. She is the associate pastor there and will be in our pulpit this coming Thursday. Reverend Ahrens-Sims is a Provisional Elder in the Oklahoma Annual Conference. Prior to coming to Chapel Hill, she worked on the staff at Saint Paul School of Theology at Oklahoma City University. She and her husband, Eddie, have a daughter who just turned 5. Reverend Ahrens-Sims comes to professional ministry as a second career. Read More

Watercolor Class

We are excited to have a 4-week watercolor instruction class for the month of February. Debbie Langston will teach the class and has taught at the Art Museum, Francis Tuttle, Edmond Park Center and the Metropolitan Library System. This is a fun and his is a fun and creative class – residents will learn all the basics of watercolor painting. Read More