Good Samaritan honors its volunteers Good Samaritan Society 5-1-13

Posted May 1, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Miller United Methodist Church was in charge of the Sunday worship service April 21. Pastor Mark Johnsen led singing, accompanied by Gertrude Pautsch on piano. He read scripture (Matthew 14: 22-23) and gave a message on “overcoming fear.” He said, “Without faith, fear will consume us.”

Small group residents played Yahtzee Monday afternoon. Social time was also held, and coffee and cookies were served.


Good Samaritan Society, Miller

Jesse Hammer led Monday evening hymn sing, accompanied by his wife Darlene on piano and accordion. The two sang a special song, “At the Cross.”

Congratulations to Dane Weldon, who was chosen by the residents as May’s “Shining Star of the Month” during Resident Council Tuesday morning. We are thankful for you, Dane.

Tuesday afternoon Bingo helpers were Avis Chipman, Kim Edwards, Dorothy Engelmann, Carolyn Johnsen, Maylou Oakley, LaVonne Puffer and Janice Wilbur.

Samaritan’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Supper was held Tuesday evening at Miller First Presbyterian Church. Activity director Kevin Hofer welcomed and thanked those attending, and opened with prayer.

We appreciate the MHS students who let us use prom decorations for the dinner, and who helped set them up.

We’re also thankful to Cecilee Miner, leader, and the Miller First Presbyterian junior youth group students who helped serve the meal. Those helping were Maralyn Carder, Eli Jones, Jack Jones, Jennifer Kenaston, Chloe Miner, Chasity Selting and Kylie Selting.

Hats off to the several department heads who helped plan and prepare the meal, which consisted of cheesy potato and ham soup, chicken cordon bleu pasta, strawberry salad, dinner rolls and turtle cheesecake.

We are grateful, too, for Macey Klages, who did a fine job of entertaining with her singing and guitar playing.

Door prizes were presented. One of the door prizes was a thermal glass with words on it that sum up how we feel: “Volunteers – our greatest natural resource. You make a difference every day in your caring thoughtful way. Thanks for everything you do to improve the world around you.” ~ Positive Promotions

We took part in the statewide tornado drill Wednesday morning.

Other Wednesday morning activities were Rosary, led by Agnes Kolda, and Men’s Coffee.

Pastor Kent Atkinson, Miller First Baptist Church, led a Bible study on I John 2:28-3:3 Wednesday afternoon.

Card games were played Wednesday evening.

Turtle cheesecake was served at Women’s Coffee Thursday morning.

Residents helped Hand In Hand Daycare children make Dalmatian puppies with fingerprint spots Thursday afternoon.

Residents played Scrabble games Thursday evening.

Selections were read from the June/July 2012 “Reminisce” magazine and the March 2012 “Guideposts” magazine during Friday morning reading time. Two of the stories read were “The Pinecone Promise” by Sandra Rose Hughes, and “How I Met My Spouse” by Pat O’Barski.

Some residents enjoyed outdoor time Friday afternoon, when temperatures reached the upper 70s.

In conjunction with Ballpark Organ Day on Friday, Donna Melber played “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” and other ballpark songs on the organ Friday evening. Popcorn and pop were served to those in attendance.

The movie, “Winn-Dixie,” starring Jeff Daniels, Dave Matthews and Cicely Tyson, was shown Saturday afternoon. It was a heartwarming tale of a girl and a four-legged friend who changed her life.

Inspirational quote of the week: “No matter how big and powerful government gets and how many services it provides, it can never take the place of volunteers.” ~ Ronald Reagan

Good Samaritan honors its volunteers