By Charlene M. Jett
Our meeting was too short Monday, either that or time is going too fast for these old bones!
Softfire (David and Patricia Pence, with their border collies) played “Through it All” and New Orleans Bourbon Street music to start things off.
We sang "Happy Birthday" to John Bollinger and Viola Stuckmeyer.
Back to the border collies – each has its own personality! And they all loved to be petted. They are like potato chips, in that you just can’t have/pet one. Once you pet one, the next will get up and come for petting, then another and another!
Cindy Hunter brought cookies and told stories about picking blackberries. Her experience was almost as bad as mine. In addition to coming home with blackberries, you also come home with chiggers, scratches, poison ivy, mosquito bites and a few unknown critters and bugs. She did lots more work on her blackberries – washing, cooking, canning, sealing and gifting. I just ate mine!
We enjoyed all the jazzy melodies that the Pences played. Their selection of the soulful music for their brass instruments was inspirational. We marched around Wesley Hall to “Onward Christian Soldiers“ and another selection. We used our hands and arms to demonstrate how ”the rains came down” and how the "wise man built his house upon the rock." A point was made that only God is awesome when they played ”Our God is an Awesome God.”
And we all became children again, singing “I’ve got the Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy, Down in My Heart.” Similarly, we were children again when singing “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.”
The music became jazzy again as they played ”Oh, How I Love Jesus” and “Where Could I Go But to the Lord?” Isn’t that the truth sometimes: God is the only one that cares or loves us. We should never forget him!
SoftFire played many additional selections, but I didn’t get all the titles. I was distracted by the smiles and laughs from everyone in the room. It was fun just to be with everyone and share our love of Evergreen Outreach.
We want to remember Beulah Brown in the hospital, and Randy Schukar, post surgery, but hopefully home. We also pray that Peggy Lippold will get stronger and will be able to rejoin us. We also want to pray for the safe travels of Phyllis Rames and her daughters to her hometown, Harvard, Ill., to walk down memory lane there.
Our pinochle table was made up of Shirley Locke and Mary Woolsey, who lost one game to Edith Elliott and Ruth Ann Scott. The score card indicated that it was a LONG one.
God bless everyone. And be good!