Evergreen Outreach

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By Joyce Mueller
A few enjoyable hours are always reserved for everyone attending the Monday programs at Evergreen Outreach. One can visit, learn and have a good time listening to special entertainment.
This week, we had a Halloween afternoon program at Fayette County Hospital's Long Term Care facility.
Pianist Betty Stolte opened the program with a variety of selections, which included, “The Lighthouse,” “Mansion on the Hill,” “Born Again” and “Dwelling In Beulah Land.”
Several responded to leader Joyce Staff’s query, “What was your favorite part of Halloween when you were a kid?”
Some answers were: dressing up, trick-or-treating, hayrides, bonfires and wiener roasts.
Refreshments included delicious cookies,  which were provided by Shannon Lurkins and Sue Miller.
Next, “Happy Birthday” was sung in honor of those with birthdays: Verneva Roberts, Vernon Graff, Eithal Hoffman, Charlie Brown, Hilda Nickels, Inge Compton, Kenny Brown and Joyce Mueller.
Staff introduced the Rev. Tom Farris, who presented the devotional segment.
He selected scripture from 1 Corinthians 13:13, “And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
He said that everyone has been given a measure of faith, and it should be activated. Faith is not only for little children, it is for everyone.
He then continued with Romans 5:1, “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Farris concluded with Romans 15:5, “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement, give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus.”
He said that God is capable of changing things in our lives.
Farris then closed with prayer.
Although on a tight schedule, Greg Starnes took time to provide special entertainment. His talent is extraordinary, as he sang and accompanied himself on the guitar.
Some of his selections included “King of the Road,” “59th Street Bridge Song,” “If I Had a Hammer,” “Grandma’s Feather Bed” and a contemporary rendition of “Amazing Grace.”
Pinochle winners were Mary Woolsey and Wolf Schlicht, who had two wins to Peggy Lippold and John Hunsley’s one.
Scheduled next week will be Beulah Brown, leader; the Rev. Joe Lawson, scripture; Pam Childers, pianist; Melanie Schaafsma, writer; and special entertainment by “Mrs. Pockets” (aka Patty Sprague).
I have two final notes this week.
The first is to acknowledge the remarkable longevity of Evergreen Outreach. October marked its 31st birthday in Vandalia.
Jeanne Witbracht, Mary Crawford and Pam Baker were among the first volunteers that assisted Phyllis Rames.
With the eventual help of the Operation OUTING bus, residents from local nursing homes and other facilities can look forward to attending each week.
The second note is a reminder to observe Veteran’s Day next Friday, Nov. 11. We thank our veterans for all they have done and for all the sacrifices they have made.
CARPE DIEM (seize the day).