By Joyce Mueller
With the holidays just around the corner, everyone at Evergreen Outreach is experiencing the warmth, excitement and anticipation of upcoming events.
Our tables were decorated with candles, greenery and glitter, provided by Marie Sutton and helpers, Louise Kruenegel and Genelle Hachat.
We had a capacity crowd (head count of more than 100), and volunteers scrambled for more chairs.
Santa’s helper, AKA the Rev. Jim Fackler, led the group in singing “Up on the Rooftop” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” and then proceeded to draw out the crowd in a rendition of “T'was the Night Before Christmas.”
Leader Beverly Hood introduced the entertainment waiting at the rear door – 19 Christian Academy students ranging from kindergarten through third grade.
Led by teachers Dawn Krohe and Karla Rogers, they proceeded to the stage. Their presentation included songs, “Rock-A-Bye,” “Away in the Manger,” “I Will Sing of Praise” and “This Will be a Sign.”
Each child introduced himself or herself, and then stated their grade level. As they departed, they went under the “London Bridge” formed by some of the volunteers, and received treats. (Their great performance was certainly enjoyed by all.)
There were three birthday honorees this week: Lucille Ruth (21st), Ernie Brown (22nd) and Brenda Reese (24th).
The Rev. Carl Rhodes presented the scripture, taken from Matthew, chapters one and two.
In Matthew 1: 21-23, it says: "She will give birth to a son and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, they will call him Emmanuel – which means 'God with us.'"
In Matthew 2: 1-2, it says: "After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, 'Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east, and have come to worship him.'”
The Rev. Rhodes went on the explain that Jesus is the Greek name for Joshua, which means “The Lord saves.” In conclusion, he said: “We have salvation because Jesus was the gift of God’s salvation.”
John Hunsley and Shirley Locke gave an early Christmas present to Richard Kruenegel and Wolf Schlicht by giving them a 2-0 win in the pinochle games.
Next week features SoftFire, the outstanding duo of David and Patricia Pence from Hillsboro. They usually bring some of their border collies, which can do various tricks.
The leader is to be Cindy Hunter; writer, Edith Elliott; and scripture reader Susann Schumacher.
A final note, taken from the Home and Community Education Program book: “We will not 'spend' Christmas nor 'observe' Christmas, but we will 'keep' Christmas. Keep it as it is in all the loveliness of its ancient traditions. May we keep it in our hearts that we may keep its hope."
In the air or on the road, a safe holiday season to all of you.
CARPE DIEM ("seize and enjoy the day”).