Residents Bring in New Year
Pleasant Valley Church was in charge of our December 29 Sunday worship service. Several members from their congregation participated in the service. Sharon Stewart read 1 John 1:1-7 Scripture and told about a Czech Republic custom of using “Christingles” to celebrate Jesus as the “Light of the World.” A Christingle is “an orange, representing the world, with a candle placed in the top of it to symbolize Christ the light of the world. A red ribbon encircles the orange, symbolizing the blood of Jesus. Four toothpicks with dried fruits are placed through the ribbon into the sides of the orange, representing the fruits of the earth.”
Bonnie Morgan sang a solo of “O Come All Ye Faithful.” She was accompanied on piano by Marla McGeorge.
Phyllis Yearous gave a reading about Mary’s account of the birth of Jesus.
Monica, Tony, Dominic and Julia Kalacinski gave a skit about “Shoes for Christmas” in which a young boy gave up his new boots to a needy girl.
Jack Ufen read “One Solitary Life” by George Clarke Peck.
Marla McGeorge sang “Mary Did You Know?” and accompanied herself on piano.
Ramona Ufen gave a reading (“Go Forth”) about the shepherds. She used scripture from Luke 2:20.
Sharon Stewart sang a silly song (“My Favorite Things”) from the book, “You’re Old, I’m Old—Get Used to It!” by Virginia Ironside.
Pastor Glenn Stewart gave a message (“Christmas Promise”) in which he reminded us that “through faith in Jesus we have a new body in heaven. The pain and problems will be gone.”
Bingo games were played Monday afternoon. Helpers were Mary Haeffner, Karen and Orville Kleinsasser, Maylou Oakley and Janice Wilbur.
Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Hammer led Monday evening led Monday evening Hymn Sing. Jesse led the singing, accompanied by Darlene on piano and accordion. The two also sang two duets: “Here I Am to Worship” and “Happy New Year to Ya”.
Father Chester Murtha, St. Ann’s Catholic Church, celebrated Mass Tuesday morning.
A New Year’s Eve party was held Tuesday afternoon.
Several residents went out and some had family or friends in on New Year’s Day, Wednesday.
Special New Year’s treats were provided by Katie Parmely, Gayle Scheid and Barb Weyand Wednesday afternoon.
Small Group participants used “Rory’s Story Cubes” to write a story about Hawaii Thursday morning.
Residents took a New Year’s Quiz and did a “Trail Making Activity” on paper Thursday afternoon.
Board games were played Thursday evening.
Ladies coffee was served Friday morning.
Balloon Bop was played Friday afternoon, followed by social time.
“To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.” -Brandi Snyder