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By Mary Woolsey
Evergreen Outreach was held amid the pelting rain on Monday. Volunteers ran into Wesley Hall as the guests were unloaded from their buses under the shelter of the church's awning.
Inside, the musical talent of Betty Stolte was filling the hall. “This is the Day That the Lord has Made,” “Praise the Lord,” “Just a Closer Walk With Thee,” “As Time Goes By” and so many other toe-tapping numbers. Betty has a wonderful gift on the piano.
Cindy Hunter, our leader and cookie-maker, recognized those with birthdays: Roger Berry, Joe Leidner, David Pence and Jamie Ramo. Also, she announced that Evergreen Outreach has just passed its 31st year of being active and serving the people of our community.
For the devotional, Cindy took the words of Jesus when he said, “Surely, I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20). She said that the verse was one of God’s promises.
In a devotional by Charles Kimbrough, he mentioned a lady, holding a cup of coffee as she looked out a window. Outside, she saw the sun as it shown through pine trees, and as it reflected on the water.
In contrast to this peaceful scene, many are struggling with serious economic problems. With a family to care for, it is a struggle to provide for the care that is needed.
Then, the lady in the story looked at a figurine that her daughter had made for her of Jesus with outstretched arms. It seemed to say, “Don’t be afraid. I am here, and I will always be.”
God never promises that our lives will be free of worry, hardship or pain. But God does promise to be with us, through good times and bad. Thank-you, Cindy, for helping us to remember that God knows our deepest troubles and is always with us.
Entertainment came through the doors with the fresh and excited faces of the first- and second-graders from Vandalia Christian Academy. They introduced themselves by name, and sang “Behold,” “My Country ‘tis of Thee,” “God Bless America” and “Bakery Shop.” Their teacher is Karla Rogers.
The children were a blessed contrast to the political sounds we have been hearing. So young, cute and innocent! They are our hope for the future.
At the first pinochle table, Rosamund Hobler and Peggy Lippold tied with one game apiece with Wolf Schlicht and John Hunsley. At the second table, Shirley Locke and Joyce Mueller won two games, while Ruth Ann Scott and Mary Woolsey didn’t win any.
Next week, join us at Evergreen Outreach. We will be at First United Methodist Church’s Wesley Hall. Music, devotionals and entertainment will start at 1 p.m.