By Pat Rhodes
Monday was a picture-perfect autumn day. The sun was shining, the air was cool and the trees were beginning to show their colors. I welcome the cooler weather after what seemed like a long, hot summer.
Evergreen Outreach is once again meeting at Wesley Hall at First United Methodist Church following several months at Fayette County Long Term Care.
Carl and I arrived just in time to greet the guests who were coming from Long Term Care, Sweetbriar, Vandalia Rehab and Brookstone. Thanks to the bus drivers! Sandy Dothager was already at the piano playing all of the old favorites. She began, as always, with “Victory in Jesus,” followed “Old Time Rock and Roll,” “I Saw the Light,” “This Old House,” “When the Saints Go Marching In” and “Every Day with Jesus.” We are so thankful that she is willing to share her talent.
Jill Zimmer and Barbara Koonce provided the delicious cookies for Monday’s party. The faithful and talented kitchen crew served refreshments to the guests, and later in the afternoon were seen having a great time on the dance floor.
Beverly Hood welcomed everyone, and told us that she has purchased her pumpkins, but has not yet carved them. She also commented on the lovely weather, but cautioned that it will be changing soon. We all joined in to sing the "Welcome" and "Evergreen" songs, and then Beverly recognized Joe Leidner and David Pence as this week’s birthday people.
Carl Rhodes, minister at Northside Christian Church, brought the message from Luke 15:8-10, The Parable of the Lost Coin. Jesus said, “Or suppose a woman has 10 silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
We are very much like that precious coin to God, and when we are lost in sin, he will shine his light on us until we are found.
Randy Shukar and Judy Varga were with us on Monday, sharing their gift of song. Judy began the program with a song written by Dolly Parton, “The Coat of Many Colors.” Randy was up next, singing “Ring of Fire” and “Heartaches by the Number.” Judy brought the dancers to their feet with “Rocky Top,” followed by “Locomotion.” I noticed many of the guests singing along when Randy sang an old favorite “Hey, Good Looking.”
There were two tables of folks playing pinochle on Monday. At the first table, Rosamund Hobler and Richard Kruenegel won two games, and John Hunsley and Peggy Lippold won one. At the second table, Shirley Locke and Wolf Schlicht had two wins, and Beulah Brown and Mary Woolsy had none.