By Joyce Mueller
Simple acts of kindness seem to be less evident in today’s world. It is so important to look for ways that we can help each other. At EO, this is practiced by volunteers who give time and talent each Monday afternoon. Attendance is usually high, as everyone looks forward to the programs.
Cindy Hunter was in charge this week and led everyone in the “Welcome" and "EO” songs. She also welcomed a first-time visitor, Crystal Atwood.
"Happy Birthday" was sung to Jimmy Sharp, Mark Cherry, Marcella Freeland, Walter Mayer and Helen Toth.
We thank the ladies from the First United Methodist Church of Brownstown for providing cookies and cupcakes this week.
The SoftFire duo (David and Patricia Pence from Hillsboro) was featured on stage. Dressed in Christmas red and green, they vocalized and played various instruments.
Their selections included, “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas,” “Joy To The World,” “Silver Bells,” “Oh, Come All Ye Faithful,” “Let It Snow,” “How Great Our Joy,” “I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day” and “Away In A Manger.”
Also helping with the entertainment were the Pences' border collies – John, Rufus, Phoebe and Grace – performing their many tricks.
The Rev. Roger Grimmett selected scripture from three gospel sources. Matthew 1:20-21 – “An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, 'Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name of Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
Luke 1:30 – “But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.'”
Grimmett noted that the first Sunday in Advent was Nov. 27. It is amazing how God works. Think about faith this way: “Courage is faith that said its prayers.”
“Think about people of faith within Christmas stories," Grimmett said. "They were human, like us; we want also to live in peace and joy. God wants us to live by faith.”
Hunter recalled a little boy (overactive) with “puck-like” traits, who was included in a Christmas pageant. He was kicking some of the props and, as he came to the manger, suddenly saw the newborn baby. In wonderment, he exclaimed, “Baby Jesus is alive!” Everyone in the audience laughed and said, “Amen.”
The Pences concluded their special entertainment with, “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” and “God Bless Ye Merry Gentlemen.”
In pinochle, Peggy Lippold and Ruth Ann Scott were 2-1 winners over Shirley Locke and Richard Kruenegel.
Scheduled for next week are: Beulah Brown, leader; the Rev. Joe Lawson, scripture; Pam Childers, pianist; Melanie Schaafsma, writer; and Vandalia Christian Academy first- graders, special entertainment.
A final note: David and Patricia Pence will sit in with the other musicians in the Greenville College band concert on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m., at the Whitlock Music Center on the campus (formerly the Free Methodist Church building).
Admission is free. Everyone is encouraged to come to hear this outstanding musical presentation. CARPE DIEM (seize the day).