By Mary Woolsey
Beulah Brown welcomed everyone with the old greeting: "We’re all in our places with bright shiny faces." She has the wonderful gift of welcoming.
We sang the "Outreach" and "Welcome" songs, and then sang "Happy Birthday" to Marge Tipsword, Donna Pruett, Tracy Stokes and Bill Whitehurst.
It was good to see Bernie Ray back at the piano. She played some wonderful music, including “You Belong to Me.”
Brown was kept very busy, as she gave the devotional in lieu of the Rev. Lawson. She used the scripture in Matthew 23:27 – “Woe unto you, scribes and pharisees, hypocrites! For ye are like unto whitened sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness." Brown said that there are not many things pure anymore, but we can’t hide what we do from God. The world is changing. She mentioned a magazine that she had particularly liked, but it is now full of words and pictures that we don’t need. TV is full of things we should not see and words we should not hear. We are presented with that!
Some say she could be an old fogy, but she relies on the purity in God’s word. Morals are changing. Parents guided and reprimanded more in the earlier days. In Matthew 5:8, Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
Brown mentioned several things that happen in March (along with the snow, sleet and rain) – St. Patrick’s Day, Casmir Pulaski Day and the beginning of spring on the 20th.
Some items noted about Gen. Pulaski were that he came from Poland to help fight the war. He took a bullet for George Washington. He was especially known in Chicago due to many Polish people there. Several statues of the general have been erected in Savannah, Ga., and schools are closed for his birthday.
Brown refreshed our memories on the art of making snow ice cream. She said to take a large bowl of very fresh and clean snow, add a cup of milk, some sugar and vanilla. Stir slightly and then enjoy!
Marie Sutton entertained us with her singing of “You Belong to Me.” She sings in the choir of St. James Lutheran Church.
Finally, books were passed out that contained songs for a sing-along. We joyfully sang: “Beulah Land,” “Great is Thy Faithfulness,” “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” “Bless Be the Tie That Binds” and several others.
A tape of religious songs was provided by Dennis and Iris Price. Brown said that she plays them over and over while she does housework. Iris grew up in the Mulberry Grove Methodist Church, where her mother Dorcas still attends.
At the lone pinochle table, Rosamund Hobler and Peggy Lippold won two games, while Shirley Locke and Richard Kruenegel didn't win any.
The Forgiven Quartet will be at Evergreen Outreach next week at the Methodist Church. Come visit at 1 p.m. We’ll expect you!
By Mary Woolsey