By Mary Woolsey
After the storm Sunday night, one would think that you would be blown in, or swim in, to Evergreen Outreach on Monday. What a night! There was a lot of damage, with houses flattened, power lines down, etc.
Thankfully, Monday was sunny – a good day to be at Evergreen Outreach.
Cindy Hunter was the leader for the day, and she greeted us with a big "Good afternoon!" She asked if there was anyone sitting at the table who looked like themselves. She said that even though the four border collies that David and Patricia Pence had brought with them were all black and white, they each had a different face. God made us all different. It would be boring if we all looked alike.
No one was a new visitor Monday, but there were several birthdays. Don Carpenter (2/29), Thelma Dunbar (3/1), Ann Zucksworth (3/1), Marge Palm (3/2), Paul Stout (3/2), Marge Tipsword (3/5) and Melvin Gombill (3/6).
The Rev. Roger Grimmett, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, was our devotional leader. He usually begins with a funny joke.
“One time, a preacher and a carpenter were building a fence," he said. "The carpenter had his 12-year-old son with them. The preacher asked the young boy if he wanted to learn carpentry. "No," the boy said, “I just wanted to know what you would say when you hit your finger.”
Grimmett asked, “How did you become interested in God?” Jesus talked about salt and light. Grimmett asked, "When we eat salt, how does it make us feel?"
"Thirsty," was the answer.
Grimmett said that we should live our lives so that people will become thirsty for God. How do we do this? By how we talk to others. By how our conversation is worthy. By how we relate to others in a kind way. By how we spend our time.
He said that the volunteers at Evergreen Outreach could be doing something else, but they spend time in ministry at EO. Jesus said, “You must be a servant.”
St. Paul said, “Imitate me, as I imitate Christ.” Paul was known as Saul before he was converted on the Damascus Road. He was a sinner.
Grimmett read from I Timothy 1: 12-17. These are Paul’s words:
“And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry.
"Who was before a blasphemer, a persecutor and injurious; but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.
"This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the chief.
"Howbeit, for this cause, I obtained mercy for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.
"Now unto the king, eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen."
Each of us is an example all of our life. Would the people we know believe that we are examples of Jesus Christ by the way we live?
Grimmett closed with prayer.
Cindy added that we should live by the Golden Rule, but prayer is not allowed in school. In her school, signs were placed on the wall.
“Treat other people the way you want to be treated.” “Love each other.”
Are these not the Golden Rule – just stated in a different way?
As always, SoftFire (David and Patricia Pence), along with their four border collies, entertained us. SoftFire was playing when we entered. They have so much talent and play so many musical instruments.
They played a “Praise and Adoration Medley,” including songs like “We Bring the Sacrificial Praise into the House of the Lord” and “I will Enter Into His Gates with Thanksgiving in my Heart.”
At the first pinochle table, Rosamund Hobler and Peggy Lippold didn't win any, while John Hunsley and Richard Kruenegel won three. At the second table, Jill Zimmer and Ruth Ann Scott won one, and Joyce Mueller and Shirley Locke also won one.
As the buses were leaving, the EO participants sang “When the Saints Go Marching In,” “I’ll Fly Away,” and other songs.
Next Monday, Evergreen Outreach will again meet at Wesley Hall at 1 p.m.
If you want to enjoy a good time, please be there!