By Karen Redfern
What a great crowd was in attendance at Wesley Hall for Evergreen Outreach on Monday.
We were entertained by the beautiful music played by Pam Childers. Some of her tunes included: “You Are My Sunshine,” “Oh, My Darling Clementine,” “Home On the Range” and “I’ve Been Working On the Railroad.”
Beulah Brown was our first-of-the-month leader, and she got things rolling by introducing the May birthdays. Those getting another year older were: Julie Dasenbrock, Miles Filer, Joe White and Shirley Brown. “Happy Birthday” was sung to them, followed by the “Evergreen Outreach” song.
Refreshments were enjoyed by everyone. Thanks to Carol White and Kendra Craig for making the cookies. Also, thanks to Erna, Marie, Ruth Ann, Louise, Charlene, Jeanne, May and everyone else who helped serve and clean up. Those people are such a gift.
Brown introduced Joy Lawson, who gave our devotional. She is the wife of the Rev. Joe Lawson; he couldn’t attend, so she filled in for him.
What a great message! She said that having a cheerful heart puts a smile on our heart. God sends a message each day that the sun comes up. Every day is different – the sun might be shining, the raindrops may be falling or we might see snow. It just depends on which season we’re in.
She also emphasized that God is love. “God loves you! Keep a cheerful heart, and you will wear a smile.”
Thank you, Joy, for a wonderful message.
Brown started off by asking the group what they did with the May baskets they made the week before. One of the guys said that he gave it to his girlfriend. Another said he gave it to his mother. It was a fun project making the May baskets.
Brown then asked the group how many holidays there were in May. Mother’s Day, Memorial Day and Older Americans’ Day were mentioned. Older Americans’ Day is observed on May 10.
She also asked if anyone had viewed the moon this past week, when it was said to be the “super moon.” Several people raised their hands. It will be several years until we have it again.
A lively crowd set the atmosphere for our gathering. Thanks to Randy Schukar, Brad Elmore and all the others who sang or played piano. The interaction and socialization really shone through for this EO party. The participants feel like EO is their second home. Everyone had fun singing “Amazing Grace,” “Because He Lives” and “You Are My Sunshine.”
It also was nice to have our regular guests – Don Rames and Kim Bunyard – in attendance. Don’s dog, Dolly, wasn’t able to come this week.
At pinochle table No. 1, Shirley Locke and Mary Woolsey tied with Ruth Ann Scott and Jeanne Schlicht with one game apiece. At table No. 2, Peggy Lippold and Flo Lange also tied with Richard Kruenegel and Rosemond Hobler with one game apiece.
We hope to see you next Monday, when the Rev. Jim Fackler will be our leader, Mrs. Pockets will be our entertainment, Donna Smith will play the piano and Joyce Mueller will be the writer.