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By Pat Rhodes
What a beautiful day for an outing to Evergreen Outreach on Monday!
As I entered Wesley Hall, I heard laughter and chatter coming from the room. Our guests from FAYCO, Sweetbriar, Vandalia Rehab and Fayette County Long Term Care seemed happy to be back this week after missing last Monday for a lack of air-conditioning in the hall.
Bettye Stolte was at the piano, playing a variety of lively tunes to get the party started.
Our faithful volunteers distributed plates of homemade cookies and drinks to all of the guests. By the smiles on the faces of our friends, I would say that they enjoyed the refreshments as much as I did.
We had one four-legged visitor on Monday. Wietse, one of the volunteer bus drivers, brought Patch, his cute little black and white dog. Wietse told me that Patch comes along as his navigator when he drives the bus. The guests seemed to enjoy petting the dog, and she did not mind at all.
Monday was the first time that Brad Mabry accompanied the folks from FAYCO to Evergreen Outreach. As Beulah Brown was introducing visitors, it was discovered that she was Brad’s teacher when he attended Lincoln School as a child.
Beulah welcomed everyone to Evergreen Outreach and led us in the Welcome and Evergreen songs. We then joined in song to sing "Happy Birthday" to the folks who had birthdays this week and last week when we did not meet.
Tom Ferris, minister at First Church of God, gave the devotion from John 14:25-27. “I have spoken all these things while I am still with you. But the father will send the friend in my name to help you. The friend is the Holy Spirit. He will teach you all things. He will remind you of everything I have said to you. I leave my peace with you. I give my peace to you. I do not give it to you as the world does. Do not let your hearts be troubled. And do not be afraid.”
Jesus went to the cross, taking our sins with him. He was making atonement (or what we would call "making things right") between us and God. The peace he leaves comes only when we take him into our hearts and live the way he has showed us – loving one another, forgiving one another. In Matthew 6:14-15 Jesus says, “Forgive people when they sin against you. If you do, your Father, who is in heaven, will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive people their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
Forgiveness means “making things right.” When things are in the right order, then peace comes. When things are not in order, there is no peace.
Beulah continued the program by asking our guests a few questions. On her list were: “Did you see something beautiful today?” “If you were to go on a trip, where would you go?” and “What did you enjoy for dinner today?” The folks had a great time answering the questions.
Next she asked for volunteers to play "Pass the Cup." After several rounds of that, Beulah and two friends from the audience sang “Amazing Grace.” Bettye played “I Saw the Light” as the guests were leaving.
There were two tables of pinochle players on Monday. At the first table, Ruth Ann Scott and Tyler Sutton won one game as did Edith Elliott and Joyce Mueller. At the second table, Peg Lippold and Flo Lange won two games, leaving John Hunsley and Shirley Locke with one win.
Due to the Labor Day holiday, there will be no Evergreen Outreach on Monday, Sept. 5.