On the second Monday of each month, Audrae Rudy, Albright LIFE participant, leads a Bible study group,"Fountains of Wisdom," at the LIFE Center, 901 Memorial Ave.
The name of the Bible study group comes from Rudy's wish to teach her peers they still have an important purpose in life, even if that purpose is much different from their earlier days.
Rudy, who enjoys teaching from the Bible, said she didn't come from a religious family. In fact, according to her, "far from it!" It wasn't until later in her life, she found God through a very unlikely source.
That source was a 15-year-old boy named Stanely Whitney, who would stop by her house on a regular basis and talk about God. Not having a spiritual or religious background and wishing not to be rude, Rudy and her husband decided to kneel down and pray with young Stanely just to get rid of him the next time he called. After that fateful evening, Rudy's life changed forever.
"Out of nowhere something hit me," she said. "... and at that moment, I was so hungry for the Lord."
After that night, Rudy went on to teach Sunday school at every church she belonged to. In the beginning, she taught young children, then older children and eventually adults.
Her teachings are unique and she uses a very different approach. A creative and intuitive teacher, Rudy uses visual aids, object lessons and direct teaching from the Bible, rather than a prepared guide.
"The guides were always so boring," she said. "To be honest, they put you to sleep."
The Bible study group always begins with a prayer and remains positive, because according to Rudy, there is already too much negativity in the world.
On the day I attended, participants took turns reading a piece of paper prepared beforehand by Rudy that had a Proverb or saying from the Bible. People who read a positive Proverb had an opportunity to play with Buster the robot and join the strips of paper together to form a chain or circle of love.
"These are happy thoughts to keep us peaceful and content," she said. "These are the things people need to focus on."
Marketing Coordinator Tracy Haas said the Bible study is very popular and tons of fun for everyone who attends.
"With Audrae, you never know what to expect," Haas said. "She makes the class enjoyable for everyone."
Rudy also said a lot of churches do not prepare people for death and that her goal is to engage people in hopes that the class imparts words of comfort, hope and peace from the Bible.
"Older adults also need assurance of where they are going," she said.
Always presenting a positive attitude, Rudy said participants at Albright LIFE are still blessed in many ways.
"No matter how many bones are aching, people need to thank the Lord for what they have," she said. "There's a lot to be happy about, your whole life grows as you get older."
Albright Care Services, which is a faith-based nonprofit corporation serving Pennsylvania's Susquehanna Valley, provides medical care, day care, home care and a host of social services to clients.
Albright LIFE is the state's version of the nationally recognized PACE program.
According to Haas, LIFE's comprehensive array of services meet the social, medical, emotional, spiritual and nutritional needs of individuals 60 and older.
To learn more about Albright LIFE, call 322-5433 or visit www.albrightlife.org.