Halloween party, RSVP recognition take place
Retired pastor Kent Atkinson led the worship service Sunday, Oct. 20. He led singing, accompanied by Gertrude Pautsch on piano. He also read scripture (First Peter 2:9-10) and gave a message, “Who we are as Christians.”
Reading with Audrey Oligmueller was held Monday afternoon. She read stories from the October/November 2013 “Reminisce” magazine. Two of the stories read were “His October Surprise” by Robert A. Staehle, and “Mystery Meat” by Bettie Shute.
Miller First Presbyterian Church was in charge of the Monday evening hymn sing. Marilyn Dyer led the singing, assisted by Dawn Haar. Sue Jones was the piano accompanist.
Father Chester Murtha, St. Ann Catholic Church, celebrated Mass Tuesday morning.
Bingo games were played Tuesday afternoon. Helpers were Janice Wilbur, Charlotte Taylor, LaVonne Puffer, Maylou Oakley, Violet Moncur, Carolyn Johnsen, Kay Fawcett and Dorothy Engelmann.
RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) service pins were given out after the Bingo games. Dorothy Engelmann and LaVonne Puffer received their five-year pins, and Dorothy Sargent received her 10-year pin. Congratulations! We appreciate all the work you do for us.
Maylou Oakley led Wednesday morning Rosary. Men’s Coffee participants had mini-chocolate cupcakes with their Wednesday morning coffee.
A special pastoral care recognition ceremony was held Wednesday to honor our ministers who so faithfully serve us throughout the year.
Kevin Hofer, activities director, gave opening remarks, followed by Father Chester Murtha, who challenged the audience to “keep the faith and be ready for the Lord’s coming.”
Meat and cheese and veggie trays and crackers were served during the coffee hour following the ceremony.
Each pastor was also given a Good Samaritan Society coffee mug and an ice scraper.
Card games were played Wednesday evening.
Residents made Jell-O cookies (recipe from the October 26-November 1, 2013 “Happier” magazine) for Saturday’s Halloween party Thursday afternoon.
Hand In Hand Daycare children came for intergenerational time Thursday afternoon. They listened to two fall stories: “The Lonely Scarecrow” by Tim Preston and “The Biggest Leaf Pile” by Steve Metzger.
They also did Q-tip Halloween painting, made a Halloween doorknob decoration and frosted Halloween cupcakes.
Scrabble games were played Thursday evening.
Residents frosted Halloween cookies during baking time Friday morning.
The October resident monthly birthday party, hosted by United Methodist Women, took place Friday afternoon.
Helping with the party were Judith and Nel Apley, Darlene Cox, Arlette Heitzman and Eleanor Steptoe. They gave each birthday honoree a card and gift bag filled with a variety of items, such as books, bookmarks, handkerchiefs, pens and candy, and served strawberries and ice cream.
Entertainment was provided by Dave Blachford, who played guitar and sang, and Annie Fulton, who sang.
It was a nice party, and we appreciate the hosts.
The annual Halloween party for residents and community children was held Saturday afternoon. It started with a costume parade at 2 p.m., and games and treats followed.
Hats off to Jan Gimbel’s classes, who provided one hundred cupcakes for the party. The human development class made the cupcakes and the service learning class frosted them.
Appreciation also to Tamisen Ames, Kay Fawcett, Barb Weyland and the Miller Girl Scouts who helped during the party.
We wish you all a happy and safe Halloween.