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By Karen Redfern
What a beautiful day for EO on Monday. The weather was 75 degrees as we entered Wesley Hall. Pianist Donna Smith greeted us with some wonderful piano tunes.
Birthdays recognized were Andri Hulskotter and Christina Penny, Robert Wagner, Mary Woolsey, Carl Rhodes, Randy Schukar and Pat Rhodes.
After folks from Vandalia Rehab, FAYCO, Long Term Care and others were assembled, the program was presented by the Rev. Jim Fackler. He reflected on the Lenten season, focusing on what Jesus did.
Fackler told a story about when his father died. He went into his father's office and saw several pieces of paper with notes on them. They reflected on what Jesus did. One of the notes said, “Jesus knew, but Kennedy didn’t.”
Jesus knew he was destined to die for the world, but President John F. Kennedy did not know he was going to die.
Jesus had many last sayings.
"Forgive them for they do not know what they do."
Jesus spoke to the thief on the cross, “I have a place in heaven for you."
Mary showed up at the cross and Jesus said, “Mother, here is the disciple that will take care of you when I’m gone."
In Psalm 22, Jesus said, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” This gives us hope and a promise that victory was won.
"Into your hands I give my spirit."
Fackler ended with some jokes that the crowd enjoyed. How does the ocean say goodbye? Waves. Where does the snowman keep his money? Snow bank. How many sides to a circle? Two – inside and outside. He met a cruel cook the other day. He beat his eggs and whipped his cream.
What does every living person see but will never see again? Yesterday. What is unable to speak, unable to think and always tells the truth? A scale.
After Fackler finished, the group enjoyed a sing-along time, under the leadership of Marie Sutton and Erna Wasmuth.
Some of the song included: “Amazing Grace,” “When the Roll is Called Up Yonder,” “The Old Rugged Cross,” “Standing on the Promises” and “Holy, Holy, Holy.”
The refreshments of punch, coffee, tea and cookies were enjoyed by all. Thanks to the volunteers, Ruth Ann Scott, Erna Wasmuth, Marie Sutton and Louise Kruenegel.
At pinochle table No. 1, Shirley Locke and Wolf Schlicht won two games to Ruth Ann Scott and Jeannie Schlicht's none. At table No. 2, Peggy Lippold and Flo Lange won two games, while Richard Kruenegel and John Hunsley won one.
Next week, come and join us. Judy Varga and Randy Schukar will present a lively program. Beverly Hood will be our leader.