By Joyce Mueller
The recent changes Mother Nature provided for us this past week will probably be remembered for quite some time.
But Evergreen Outreach can and does brighten a person’s day every Monday afternoon with friendship, inspirational topics and entertainment.
Cindy Hunter, leader of the day, was accompanied by her daughter, Ronnie, and grandson, Max. She shared a personal miracle with the group. She had been informed of a near-tragic accident of family members, but they were unscathed – with the exception of one small bruise and one small scratch.
Cindy recognized birthdays of this week: Ivan Swofford, Joan Kelly and Sharon Burgess, 26th, and Debbie Heflin, 30th.
Refreshments were provided by the Brownstown ladies, as well as the Vandalia First Baptist Church “Red Hat” group.
Variety was the theme of our special entertainment from Hillsboro, David and Patricia Pence, known as SoftFire.
Their program consisted of songs of faith, Dixieland and swing. A special song, “Arise, My Love,” narrated and sung by David, depicted the true meaning of Easter.
Also included were, “Our God Is An Awesome God,” “When the Saints Go Marching In,” “Holy, Holy, Holy,” “Onward Christian Soldiers,” “The B-I-B-L-E,” “Oh, How I Love Jesus,” “If You’re Happy” and “Yakety Sax.”
The Pences' dogs, Matthew, Rufus, John and Molly, came along and were quite the crowd pleasers.
The Rev. Roger Grimmett presented the scripture from Matthew 28:2-7. “There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, 'Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: “He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him: Now I have told you.'”
Grimmett referred to our “spiritual birthday” as when we convert into a changed life.
"People will see Jesus in you," he said. "Christians should tell others about Jesus, and share the message. We are all in need of the Easter message. Telling the good news about Jesus is like a beggar telling another where to find food."
SoftFire's music concluded the program.
In the pinochle game, Peggy Lippold and Shirley Locke won two games over Richard Kruenegel and John Hunsley, who won one.
Scheduled for next week are: Beulah Brown, leader; Joe Lawson, scripture; Pam Childers, piano; and special entertainment, Mrs. Culbertson’s fourth-grade class from Vandalia Elementary School.
CARPE DIEM (seize the day).
By Joyce Mueller