Under the Shade Tree

Last updated: September 18. 2013 10:22AM - 1107 Views
Paula Jacopec Guest columnist

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I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying this weather that lets us know that fall is truly here. I had the brief thought of lighting a fire in the fireplace — love the smell of a fire being lit and snuggling under a blanket — but it’s a little too early for that so I will just enjoy the shivering for now.

The seniors have been busy this past week. There was a great turnout for Ms. Brown from Social Security on Monday. Everyone had a wonderful time on the Henrietta Lunch Cruise on Tuesday. They couldn’t have picked a better day to go. Wednesday everyone was lined up to get their flu shoots provided by Walgreens. (We will be having another day for flu shots — just keep an eye out for the date.) Roseboro’s Senior Center Month Celebration was a great success also. Thank you Roseboro Senior Center for inviting us to join in your celebration.

“Sundresses for Haitti” was a success. The seniors made over 75 dresses that Mr. Watton’s Ministries’ picked up on Wednesday. It was a blessing to able to help those in need. It feels good to help people no matter how far they are away from our hometown. But we also need to keep in mind that there are many people in our own backyard that need help too. Remember, the center is collecting canned food for the needy. If you have it in your heart to donate you can drop by the center anytime between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to do so. You can be guaranteed that it will be appreciated.

Next week is going to be busy too. The usual things will be going on at the center such as sewing, bingo, exercise, and crafts. On Monday I will be at the center from 11-3 to help people sign up for “My Own Account” through Social Security online. This account will allow people to view their history with Social Security — viewing their projected benefits and Medicare benefits. A lot of questions that you usually try to ask a representative after sitting on the phone or making the long trip to Fayetteville can be answered on the internet. Make sure you bring your social security card with you.

The seniors are planning a trip to Washington DC in May of 2014. It will be a fun filled 4 day and 3 night trip. If you would be interesting in going with us you can contact Shelia Smith at 384-5107. We will be holding fundraisers until then to help with the cost of the trip. So be on the lookout for the projects we will be working on. Our first project will be a quilt the seniors will make to raffle off. If you would be interested in helping we will be planning on Thursdays at 1:00.

On Oct. 3 at 10 a.m., Carolina Foot Care will be at the center. If you would like to be seen, contact the center to get on the list. Look for dates as to when CVS will be at the center to present “Knowing your Medication.” They will be able to answer questions concerning your medications and any supplements you are taking. Look for the date in upcoming articles. October 22nd is senior day at the NC State Fair. It will on cost you $1 to go. Seats are limited so contact Marie Faircloth at 529-3931 to get your name on the list.

On Oct. 17, there will be a Cancer Awareness Program at the center at 10 a.m. Several cancer survivors will be sharing their experiences on how they never gave up and kept the strength and faith to keep fighting this horrible illness. Please plan to attend and share in their celebration of continued life.

How many of us have ever wanted to just give up and do absolutely nothing? I know I have had that thought more than once in my life. But in those low times, I would look up and ask God for strength. Sometimes it would be easier to just give up and not fight but that is not how God wants us to look at our life. God is our strength. Sometimes we feel so alone but we have to remember that someone is always walking beside us or caring us when we are at our low points. We always have to find a reason to get up in the morning and move. Now, that doesn’t mean we will be moving like a teenager, but we can make the attempt to do our best. If we ever stop, we begin sinking and it gets harder to get up. We have to fight to keep going but that’s a lot better than just giving up. If we look at what’s going on around the world with all the senseless violence, illnesses and natural disasters and see the people involved going on, don’t you think we should be able to get up in the morning and be thankful that our lives are so uneventful? I think so!! Think about this: Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:28-31

I hope everyone has a blessed week. If you sit still you may never find out what is ahead in life. Keep going no matter what—you will be amazed what you encounter.

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