By Mary Woolsey
After a stormy night on Sunday, the sun came out on Monday, and Evergreen Outreach was hugely attended. All chairs were full.
Cookies made by Iris Rademacher and Peg Clark were eagerly accepted, along with drinks. Many volunteers helped with serving.
Donna Smith, who often plays the piano as guests enter, was not able to play. Her husband, Gail, is seriously ill. Prayer for him and his family would be most welcome.
The Rev. Jim Fackler welcomed Randy Schukar, who played the “Welcome” and “Outreach” songs. Randy entertained later with his sister, Judy Varga.
New friends, attending Evergreen Outreach for the first time, were Janice Edwards and Margie Thompson. We will look forward to seeing them return.
“Happy Birthday” was sung for Sherri Lewis (16), Jody Weaver (16), Ivan Laurie (17), Betty Tucker (11) and Bob Varga (11).
Fackler asked, “What is Lent?” He said that Lent goes with John 3:16, which says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Fackler said that final sayings are very important. He said that his father left a note that said, “Jesus knew, Kennedy didn’t.” Jesus knew that his death was coming. President John F. Kennedy didn’t.
Likewise, Fackler’s mother, who had hoped to go home from the hospital, but was not able, left a note on her table at home that said, “Boys, love one another.”
Jesus’ last sayings while he was on the cross were:
“My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
“Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”
“Verily, I say unto thee, today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
“Woman, behold your son. Behold thy mother.”
“It is finished.”
Fackler said that several times a day, he will say: “Father, in your hands I place my life.” His parents would often say: “Heaven is my home.”
Fackler prayed for a good friend of his, and for us.
Bob Varga told us about taking his 18-year-old granddaughter and his 12-year-old granddaughter, along with four friends, to Washington, D.C. He and Judy visited the office of John Shimkus, and his aide took them below ground to see the tunnels connecting the governmental offices. They were guided by a park ranger to see the World War II memorial. They also saw the Vietnam War Memorial Wall. Judy’s brother, Ronnie, was killed in Vietnam in 1965.
While in Arlington Cemetery, they saw the place where the last World War I veteran was buried. They also saw President Barrack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden drive by. They had just been to the burial site.
Judy’s first song was “Testimony.” She said that we all have testimonies. Her brother, Randy, had one. He was told that he would never walk, and he does.
Other songs were: “Ring of Fire,” “Elvira,” “Chicken Dance,” “Rockin’ Robin” and “You’re Always On My Mind.” Judy and Randy continued to sing as the buses were leaving. They always do a great show.
There were two pinochle tables on Monday. At the first table, Richard Kruenegel and Wolf Schlicht won one game, while Peggy Lippold and John Hunsley won two. At the second table, Joyce Mueller and Shirley Locke tied with Edith Elliott and Beulah Brown, with each team winning one game.
Next Monday, 20 children from Jefferson Primary School will be singing. Sha Tedrick is the teacher. The Rev. Carl Rhodes will give the devotional.
By Mary Woolsey