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Evergreen Outreach

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By Charlene M. Jett
It was wonderful, welcoming music that opened this week's Evergreen Outreach meeting and raised our spirits. SoftFire (David and Patricia Pence and their border collies) welcomed everyone with old-time hymns.
We shared refreshments and caught up with everyone, but we really missed FAYCO.  We also missed Katie and Randy Schukar. We hope that they can come next week; we count on them being here! We plan and hope to see you all.
We sang "Happy Birthday" to Edith Simmons, Ryan Hunter, Sandy Beegle and Angela Ondes. Hope we didn’t miss anyone. We welcomed the following visitors: Alison Frakes, and young Delaney Kopp and Taylor.  
David put on his pastoring hat and lead us in the scriptures. He spoke about the Word of God being the truth. He told about Jesus saying: “I am the way, the truth and life.” Jesus was the perfect sacrifice, without a spot or blemish, and he removed the sins of the world through his sacrifice on the cross. He paid our penalty. We must trust in Jesus.
The Bible says: “In the beginning, God created heaven and earth." Even science is rooted in the Bible. We must never deny Jesus or God. God created time, space, matter, energy and force, and will give us eternal life, if we trust his word.
David then shared a prayer with us.
SoftFire (with its large selection of brass instruments), played mellow, rather sentimental, music for us today. Titles included: “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands,” “Glory To His Name,” “Where Could I Go But To The Lord” and “Therefore, the Redeemed.”   These songs help us give our worldly burdens to God, and know that we belong to him. He KNOWS what is going on, with everyone.
Was I talking about singing high notes?   Well, Patricia can do it! She also wrote and played a song entitled “How Beautiful On The Mountain Tops,” which got a few of us up on our feet to the Calypso beat. It was smooth as silk and warm as toast. Just a great song.
Patricia can sing and play anything, and on this one, David had to take a back seat.      Then, they gave a rousing rendition of “I’ll Fly Away,” which made me act sillier than usual, but I’m not going to describe that!
Our pinochle table was going strong, even though Rosamund Hobler was missing and at home. Richard Kruenegel and Susan Meador tied with Shirley Locke and Ruth Ann Scott. One game was close; but  in the other, someone got trounced!
Please call your friends and invite them to our EO meetings. They are held every Monday at the First United Methodist Church (in Wesley Hall) at 1 p.m. The meetings are faith-based, and enhance the health of everyone, especially those who have difficulty or cannot care for themselves. We welcome all faiths, newcomers, visitors and vacationers. Just drop by and have an hour of JOY!
Remember: The best is yet to come! See you next week.