Many activities offered at Garland Senior Center as holidays approach

Paula Jacopec Contributing columnist

November 24, 2013

Winter appears to be finally here. Keep yourself bundled and avoid places that you can easily pick up viruses. I have already been attacked and it was not nice. Hopefully, everyone has had their flu shots. We always have to keep our guard up. We are always, in one form or another, under attack.

The seniors have been busy with trips and various activities at the center. Here are some dates to remember:

Nov. 25 — Thanksgiving Fundraising Dinner — CANCELLED

Nov. 26 at 10 a.m.— Exercise with Richard

Nov. 27 at 10 a.m — Bible study with Dr. Hackett

Nov. 27 at 11 a.m. — Games with seniors

Nov. 27 at 1 p.m. — Movie with popcorn

Nov. 28-29 — Center is closed for Thanksgiving

Dec. 2 at 9:30 — Prayer breakfast

Dec. 3 at 8 a.m. — Leaving for trip to Burlington Coat Factory

Dec. 4 – Food Drive for Seniors

Dec. 5 at 10 a.m.— Carpentry Shop Ministries

Dec. 6 — Shuttle Shopping

Dec. 6 — Friends of Seniors Bizarre at the Garland Community Building (look for fliers around town.)

I am sure everyone has felt led astray at times in various walks of life. We have to always be on guard and strong in our faith to stand against people and situations that attempt to shake our core being. The Bible tells us that we will encounter “wolves in sheep’s clothing” but sometimes we just want to ignore that there are bad people out their speaking in the name of Jesus. We have to be careful and be on guard. “And Jesus answered them, See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray.” Matthew 24:4-5 Many people will hope that their works and words will convince you that they are walking with the Lord. Many people will be, but remember, just as many won’t be. Practice your faith every day, asking for guidance and reassurance that you are doing the right thing — doing things that are pleasing to God. Our fruits in life are the results of our doings and not all fruits can be seen as good. Don’t do things because you are looking for rewards but do things because you know in your heart they are right. Avoid the bad fruit and don’t get trapped by the wrong-doings and words of others. Stand strong in God and He will protect you. “You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.” Matthew 7:16-20 Give thanks every day that you have a God who will give comfort and protection in today’s hard times.

What do you have to be thankful for during this season? I am thankful for all that God has provided me and has yet to provide. Even though it’s a little too cold to “sit under the shade tree,” we can now sit by the tree in our memories and bask in God’s loving warmth.

I hope everyone has a great week and a blessed Thanksgiving.