By Charlene M. Jett
Monday was a great day for our Evergreen Outreach meeting! Bette Stolte welcomed everyone with our favorite classy tunes. She does such a good job, and we never want to stop! But alas, her fingers have been known to get tired.
We shared refreshments and sang our EO songs. We also sang "Happy Birthday" to Grace Hunt, Edith Simmons, Jody Veteto and Karen Redfern (our photographer). Our leader this week was Beulah Brown, who did double time and covered the scriptures and prayers, too. We said a special prayer for Josh’s brother, Tyler McClintock, who is coming home from serving in Pakistan. We welcomed a returning guest, Joan Fackler, wife of our frequent scripture provider, the Rev. James Fackler. We missed Katy and Randy Schukar.
Beulah led us in a devotion on the fruits of the Holy Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. No matter if we struggle against personal problems (like addictions or illnesses) or business partners or dictators, we can still find personal private peace with Jesus. She quoted Longfellow, which I abbreviated here: ”In despair, there is no peace on earth.” It's only with and through Jesus, our Prince of Peace, that we can achieve long-term, permanent peace. He will bring peace and fulfill all prophecies (Mathew 10:34-36) through his second coming. He is our private, personal savior, and can never be taken from us. NEVER!
Leanne Bales and her granddaughter, Ayla Evans, were our entertainment. Leanne describes Ayla as her "very close, best little girlfriend." I simply say that she is a beautiful child. Leanne sang songs, which tell us what is in her heart and on her mind. They included:
• ”Who Am I?” – This song tells about who God is, what he has done and about belonging to him. It asks us, "Whom shall I fear?"
• ”Better Than A Hallelujah” – This song tells how God may perceive certain things – like a lullaby, a mother's tears, a soldier's cry, tears of shame and the cry of a breaking heart.
• “Cornerstone” – This song describes how “our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus Christ and his righteousness.” Another verse is “On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.”
• “One Of These Days” – This song was enough to move our feet for a little dance.
• “Jesus Is The Lord” – This song again moved our feet into a big-circle EO dance.
Our final game was “Hot Potato,” using a cold apple! So, if you get the drift here, you realize that no matter what the weather – sunny and warm or dark and rainy – we had fun!
I need to mention a call from Rosamund Hobler, a fervent pinochle player, who had surgery and misses us. She is home recovering and hopes you will remember her in your prayers.
The pinochle games were played by the teams of Mary Woolsey and Richard Kruenegel (who won two) and Susan Meador and Shirley Locke (who won one).
Glad everyone had a good Fourth of July and got to see fireworks. God bless.
By Charlene M. Jett