By Charlene M. Jett
Our meeting on Monday can be remembered as the day the record heat broke! Naturally, the iced tea and water were started early, along with the delightful music played by Donna Smith. The cookies, supplied by Jamie Casey and Amy Vieregge, were pecan sandies, peanut butter and chocolate chip. We also had on hand angel food cake for those who need to keep their sugar low.
The Rev. Jim Fackler started the program with about a dozen one-line jokes, which would have made Bob Hope jealous! Where does he get them all?
He then focused us on two Bible stories.
The first one was about the prodigal son, who finally returned home to his father, after spending and wasting his inheritance. It tells how happy the father was just to have him back. However, his elder brother was not so happy, until his father explained that God’s love was like his, and that God would love a returning son or daughter – with or without his inheritance or any money at all. Their futures were brighter with God and family together.
The next Bible story was about Jesus’ crucifixion, and how after seeing the sign over Jesus’ cross, which read “King of the Jews,” one thief (who was being crucified next to Jesus) commented about how bad it was that the innocent king was being crucified as a common criminal. He told Jesus that he was sorry for what he had done (stolen), and asked Jesus to remember him when he got to heaven. Jesus turned and spoke to him and said, “Today, you will be with me in paradise.” The lesson for us here is that if you repent, God will love you just as you are, and he will never let you go.
We celebrated birthdays for Karen Redfern, Grace Hunt, Virgina Smith, Megan Langley, Edith Simmons, Brenda Swiecicki, Wilma Tackett, Jodi Veteto and Corey Elam.
Emily C. Britt was the main entertainer for the day. Emily is the daughter of John and Terri Britt of Bluff City. She will be a senior at Vandalia High School and gets her music lessons from Melody Freeman. Emily played several violin solos: “Irish Song,” “Star of County Down,” “Jack Sparrow,” “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” (for which we are waiting), “Dream Catcher,” “Don’t Stop Believing” and “Listen.” Emily explained that there are four strings on the violin, and it is played with the bow – after many, many hours of practice.
The pinochle players were Rosamond Hobler and Mary Woolsey against Shirley Locke and Joyce Mueller, with each team winning one game. At the other table, Peggy Lippold and John Hunsley won two games against Richard Kruenegel and Wolf Schlicht, who only won one.