Jones is January’s ‘Shining Star’ Good Samaritan Society 1-2-13

Posted January 1, 2013 at 8:00 am

Jones is January’s ‘Shining Star’

Last week:

The annual resident/family Christmas party was held Sunday, Dec. 16. Administrator Elena Heronimus welcomed everyone, followed by the Rev. Brian Jones giving the opening prayer.

Entertainment was provided by L’Attitude, singers Shiloh Oorlog and Jerry Zins from Sioux Falls. They sang a medley of Christmas songs.

Maurice Hargens also sang a song.

Gifts were opened following the entertainment and holiday treats were served.

St. Lawrence Community Church sang Sunday evening, and also brought treats.

Monday afternoon, small group residents helped make a cheese ball, which was served with crackers during coffee time later that afternoon.

Miller First Presbyterian Church was in charge of Monday evening hymn sing. Dawn Haar and Marilyn Dyer led the singing, with Sue Jones accompanying on piano.

Father Chester Murtha, St. Ann Catholic Church, celebrated Mass Tuesday morning.

Tuesday afternoon Bingo games were played. Helpers were Dorothy Engelmann, Agnes Kolda, Maylou Oakley, LaVonne Puffer, Doris Schultz and Janice Wilbur.

Sarah Blue and Dianne Neyens provided holiday treats, which they helped serve after the Bingo activity.

Maylou Oakley led Rosary Wednesday morning, and Men’s Coffee was also served.

Kevin Hofer gave a devotion, “The King of Kings,” from Psalm 45:6 Wednesday afternoon.

Cinnamon and banana breads were served for Women’s Coffee Thursday morning.

Residents selected Sue Jones and January’s Shining Star of the Month during their resident council meeting Thursday morning.

Residents played rhythm band instruments to Christmas tunes Thursday afternoon. Scrabble games were played in the evening.

Selection from the December 2005 “Good Old Days” magazine were read for Reading Time Friday morning. Two selections read were “Christmas and the Nailed Door” by Barbara Ford, and “The Christmas Hat” by Bernadette Dotto.

Beverly Letsche, assisted by Rachael and Rosemary Moeller, held a Christmas Tea for residents Friday afternoon. Several of her teapots were shown, and holiday cookies made by Bev were served with various teas. It was a “delightful” party, which residents thoroughly enjoyed, and we appreciate the sharing.

Inspirational quote of the week: “I feel the capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest significance.” ~ Pablo Casals

This week:

Miller’s United Methodist Church held the Sunday, Dec. 23 worship service. Pastor Mark Johnsen read the Birth of Jesus narrative from Luke, and several from his congregation helped lead singing of Christmas songs.

The annual Angel Tree gifts Christmas party was held Monday afternoon. ALCO sets the Angel Tree up each year and people from the community choose tags from the tree and buy gifts for the residents. Miller Elementary fourth graders buy a good portion of the gifts and wrap them at their Christmas party the last day of school before their Christmas vacation. We appreciate them and all who contributed gifts for the party.

A game of Christmas trivia and a time of singing Christmas songs also took place during the party. Coffee cake, eggnog and coffee were served.

A special time of Christmas devotions, stories and singing was held Tuesday morning, followed by a delicious Christmas dinner of turkey and ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, creamed corn, yams, cranberry sauce and pumpkin or pecan pie. Hats off to our kitchen staff for a job well done.

Men’s Coffee was served Wednesday morning.

Pastor Scot Tutt, St. Lawrence Community Church, led a Bible study Wednesday afternoon on the Christmas story from Luke, Chapter 2.

Pastor Tutt’s wife, Darrelyn, also read a poem, “A Sacrificial Gift,” that she wrote. Mrs. Tutt played piano music during coffee time following the Bible study.

Card games were played Wednesday evening.

A new year is soon upon us. We wish you all a happy and blessed 2013.

Inspirational quote of the week: “I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year.” ~ Charles Dickens