By Edith Elliott
Evergreen Outreach met once again at Fayette County Hospital in the dining room of the Long Term Care unit. This gave the Long Term Care guests a nice advantage, as they did not have to brave the heat outside.
Monday’s entertainment – “Softfire,” featuring Patricia and David Pence – was a delight, as always. The Pences play so many different instruments and delight all with their blended voices.
Some of the songs they sang were, “Sing Hallelujah to the Lord," “Christ is the Lord Over All the Earth” and a medley of two songs, “He is Exalted” and “Oh, For a Thousand Tongues to Sing.”
David and Patricia brought their Border Collies, Phoebe Noel and Daniel Webster, who David said are “laid back and listening.” He also said that they “sleep and eat well.”
Cindy Hunter, this week’s leader, came with her grandson, Max Schraer. She told about her dog, an English Mastive, that they call the “gentle giant.”
Cindy welcomed newcomers Ashley Mitchell and Justice Burden, and then led in singing "Happy Birthday" to Jessie Harris, Viola Stuckmeyer, Dorothy Halfaive, Joan Goldhardt and Bobby Kimbrol.
Cindy complained that the hottest day of the year is always when one needs to make jam. She said one person vowed not to have another child during the summer after canning tomatoes with a newborn. Truly, she did not have other children! Someone offered the suggestion that she should freeze snowballs in the winter. David offered that one should pour tomato juice over the snowballs for instant iced tomato juice. (By the way, David heats the veggies outside. What a guy!)
The Rev. Tom Farris from the First Church Of God gave the devotional. He first told a story about a man with a cat that was ill. He had to leave town and left his brother in charge of the cat.
Somehow, the cat died. When the brother called to inquire about the cat, he said, “the cat died.” His brother mournfully said that he should not have been so cold. He should have said, “the cat is on the roof,” then “the cat fell off the roof” and then “your cat died in my arms.”
Finally, the brother who lost the cat asked, “How’s mom?” Hesitantly, the brother answered, “She’s on the roof and won’t come down.”
Next, Farris, talked about the parables of the Bible. Parables are short stories teaching a lesson.
He told of a man who gave talents to three men. He gave five to the first one, two to the second and one to the third. Later, when he inquired about what they did with them, the first had acquired five more, the second had acquired two more and the one with only one had buried it and it had not multiplied.
The first two were praised and given more, the master took the one from the third man and gave it to others.
Thus, we should use our talents to make the best with what we have. Excellence in God’s eyes is being better today than yesterday.
Erna Wasmuth led in marching and clapping to the music played by "Softfire." They played, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” “Holy, Holy, Holy,” "Fairest Lord Jesus” and “Onward Christian Soldiers.”
We had two pinochle tables this week. At the first table, Flo Lange and Rosamund Hobler won one, while Peggy Lippold and John Hunsley’s won two. At the second table, Shirley Locke and Joyce Mueller won two, while Jill Zimmer and Mary Woolsey won none.
Thanks to all the volunteers who served the cookies and drinks, helped guests in and out of the room, drove buses and showed their caring in many ways.
Join Evergreen Outreach next week at Long Term Care, Fayette County Hospital.