By Charlene M. Jett
Monday was one of those "just plain fun days" at Evergreen Outreach, and it suited me perfectly! Betty Stolte was on the piano, playing songs to welcome and lift everyone's heart. Judy and Bob Varga, and Randy Schukar were our entertainers for the day, and they were already set up with all their electronics. We announced our attempt to get approval for pictures and videos of our meetings posted on our new Facebook page. We will let you all know when the approvals have arrived.
We sang "Happy Birthday" to the Rev. Jim Fackler, Amber Gathe, Erna Cameron, Sara Laurie, Donna Marot and Phyllis Rames (next week). Then we sang our "Welcome" and "Outreach" songs. We welcomed a new visitor, Don Kagay.
Karen Hunter was the first musical act, and she sang solo version of "Blue Moon of Kentucky." Then, Randy sang "Lord, I Can't Even Walk Without You Holding My Hand."
This brought the Rev. Roger Grimmett to the front, where he took over. His devotion was based on Philippians 4:8, and the message was from Paul, who spoke about things that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable and excellent. He emphasized the importance of making a difference, and knowing what we can and can't do. He said that there is nothing wrong in trying something new as we get older. Remember, Moses was more than 80 years old when he led the Israelites out of Egypt. He was NOT retired from God's service. A "wisdom" saying regarding plans, dreams and exercise, is that if you live it right, ONCE is enough! He was telling us to let our dreams – not our problems – determine our destiny. This is so important. We should know that our best days are ahead, and we should be BOLD, with unshakable faith. We will be a winner in God's plan! Grimmett then led us in a prayer.
After the devotion, Judy Varga was back on stage. She managed at least a dozen or more dancers in the "Chicken Dance" and "Locomotion" train dance. As we lined up, danced arm in arm and laughed, it was clear that this is one place where you cannot be serious. It simply is not possible to be serious while we are dancing! Whereas, "Dancing with the Stars" requires months and months of training and great discipline. We are just having fun and being silly, away from the stress and pressures of the world. Kind of like a "recess" from school. One of the craziest dances we do is "Elvira." Brenda, from FAYCO, is in charge of this dance, and Randy sings.
Judy sang many more of our favorite songs, and Brad Elmore's favorite, "Coal Miner's Daughter." We had circles of dancers – from three people to a dozen – kicking our legs out and having a really good time! As we became tired and the music slowed, Judy's voice and the sweet notes of "The Tennessee Waltz" called for a slow dance that Shirley Locke and Randy always share.
The winners at the pinochle table were Rosamund Hobler and Shirley Locke, who won both games. Richard Kruenegel and Mary Woolsey are just going to have to get it together. From the scorecard tally, there seems to be a card shark somewhere.
We should all remember to get our sweatshirts out; fall has arrived!
I look forward to seeing everyone next week. God bless and keep you all.