By Joyce Mueller
We are in the summer interlude, which includes county and state fairs; produce featuring perfectly ripened tomatoes and Southern Illinois peaches; and children thinking about returning to school.
Many at EO are privileged to participate in our weekly afternoon programs, now temporarily meeting at Fayette County Hospital’s Long Term Care area.
Music by pianist Donna Smith set the stage, as she entertained the group with various standards. She accompanied the leader, the Rev. Jim Fackler, who led in the singing of the “Welcome" and "EO” songs. Everyone joined in applause to welcome back Elbert Jackson.
Volunteers Marie Sutton, Jeanne Schlicht, Erna Wasmuth, Ginny Pratt, Phyllis Hartwick, Ruth Ann Scott, Eleanor McNutt and Genele Hachat served refreshments.
We thank Deb Endres and Calista Eyman for providing cookies.
This week, birthday honors went to Ian Brown, Flo Lange, Dee Dee Nordyke, Neva Hoffman, Shirley Bonette, Edith Elliott, Peggy Lippold, Norma Willms, Bill Brown, Russell Osborne and Violet Kesslar.
Everyone enjoyed singing “Happy Birthday” to them.
Fackler presented the devotional, which alluded to the marvelous energy of Jesus. He would pray to his father long into the night; walk miles and miles to his destinations; and he even walked on water. He closed by saying, “Get in touch with God – he will be with you.”
Special entertainment was presented by Dave Korte of Highland. His talent was extraordinary, as he sang and accompanied himself on the guitar.
Some of his crowd-pleasing selections included an old Gene Autry favorite, “Back in the Saddle Again,” “You Asked Me,” “Little Old Green Valley,” “Room Full of Roses” and “Goodnight Irene.”
A special song, “A Big Bouquet of Roses,” was a big hit when Ivan Swafford and Mr. Korte joined in a duet. Ivan has a great voice.
Several formed a “dance line,” including a lovely young lady, Zoey Laster, to the song, “Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy.”
Artist Edna Penney displayed her drawings.
In pinochle, Flo Lange and John Hunsley won the first game, and Shirley Locke and Beulah Brown won the second.
Fackler concluded the program as he led in singing, “God Be With You ‘Til We Meet Again.”
A final note: A quote from the author Bill Carter – “God’s understanding exceeds ours as the stars exceed the lights of our cities.”
Scheduled for next week: Leader, Beverly Hood; scripture, the Rev. Carl Rhodes; piano, Sandy Dothager; and writer, Pat Rhodes. Special entertainment will be provided by Judy Varga and Randy Schukar.
CARPE DIEM (seize and enjoy the day)!