Under the shade tree

Last updated: August 21. 2013 10:35AM - 511 Views
Paula Jacopec



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Hope everyone is enjoying the cool down in the weather. Looks like things are only going to better with this early fall-like weather we are having. No complaints here. I know the seniors at the center are excited. They had a surprise Tuesday when Mrs. Marie sneaked back into the center. She wanted to see if she could handle a day back at work. She did fairly well — other than her wrist hurting a little bit by the end of the day — but she will be fine and back in full swing soon, as long as she remembers to take it easy.


Remember, if you are in interested in going on the Henrietta lunch site-seeing trip on Sept. 17 you must register and turn in your money ($26) by Sept. 1 Contact the center at 529-3931 if interested. Seats are limited.


Open enrollment for Medicare Part D is soon approaching. If you aren’t happy with your current coverage, plan on coming to the center and having a talk with Kim Reid from Sampson County Home Extension about plans that might be best for you. She will be here once a month until the end of open enrollment to answer questions. A representative from Social Security will be here in September to answer questions also. We will do our best to help answer any questions you may have about open enrollment. Keep you eyes open for dates and times.


Marie Faircloth and Richard Carr are certified Arthritis Foundation Trainers and they will be offering a series of chair exercise classes. So, if you can’t stand or walk very much, this is the perfect exercise class for you. It doesn’t matter how much you move or how intensive you move, just as long as you MOVE! Mrs. Marie is in the process of setting up dates for the classes.


From now until Thanksgiving, the Garland Senior Center will be collecting canned foods and dry non-perishable foods for the needy. If you are doing “fall cleaning” and have items in your cabinets or pantry that you would like to donate please feel free to bring them to the center. Times are tough for everyone in one way or another and those we can bless with a meal are appreciative of the compassion of others. Not only are people receiving food they are receiving the knowledge that there are people out there who do care.


Something to think about this week: Compassion is the human race’s ability to understand the suffering of others and the willingness to do something about it. We know Job tells us that compassion is more than words and includes our actions. (Job 6:1-10) So many people have needs that encompass physical and spiritual needs that we can meet or help others meet. Remember, one person can only do so much, but as a group we can do so much more. I know that sometimes we get tired of doing for others but God is never tired of showing us compassion. No matter how much we need in our lives He always finds a way to supply us with our “needs”. Take note, I am not saying our “wants” but our “needs”. When we reach out with all that is within us to show compassion, we form bonds with others that can’t be formed otherwise. Compassion says something about our character. Compassion is done not seeking a reward for us but to shine a light, a Godly light, into someone’s world of darkness. How many of us need some help with turning that light on in our lives when we feel so overwhelmed by various things? I know I feel overwhelmed. I know you feel overwhelmed. Showing compassion for others also helps us appreciate and be thankful for what we do have in our lives. Remember, Lord God is revealed clearly as a God full of compassion, can’t we strive do the same? “…All of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.” 1 Peter 3:8


I hope everyone has a great week!!


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