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Under the shade treet

Last updated: October 23. 2013 10:45AM - 806 Views
Paula Jacopec Garland Senior Center



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Hi everyone! I hope all is well. Is everyone ready for the colder weather? Seems like we just jumped over a short period of cool weather into frost, but I’m not complaining. Don’t forget to take time to sit under the shade tree one last time this fall as the leaves change colors and fall down around your feet. Take time to reflect on all of the changes you have been through this year—the good and bad—because they all make you who you are.


The center has been busy and Ms. Marie has lots of activities happening. The seniors went to the NC State Fair Tuesday and had a great time. They have also been working on a quilt that is going to be raffled. Look for more information as to when the raffle will start. The quilt will be nice for someone to cuddle up under this winter or it could make a nice Christmas present.


Dates to remember:


FREE computer classes are being offered at the center Monday’s from 9:30-10:30 and on Thursday’s from 1:00-3:00. The focus of the classes will be on individual needs. Call the center for more details (529-3931)


October 30 at 10 a.m. - Deanna Phillips will be here from the NC State Museum doing a fun program on “Art of Travel”.


October 31 at 10 a.m. - Andy King from Farm Bureau will be at the center discussing the enrollment period for Medicare. He will discuss the options offered by BCBS.


October 31 at 11 a.m. - Carpenter Ministries will be doing a devotion.


October 31 at 1 a.m. - The Garland Senior Center Board will be a having a community focus meeting. Anyone who has any input on what they would like to see at the center or suggestions is encouraged to attend.


November 7 at at 10: a.m. - Eve Black will be here from Black and Associates having a health forum.


November 7 at 9 a.m. - Sampson Community College Nursing Students will be at the center performing vital checks.


The holidays are quickly approaching and with them, for some people, come a wavering of faith. There is nothing wrong with looking back on our lives and remembering all that has gone right and all that has gone wrong but we have to be careful that we don’t focus more on the wrong things. The bad or wrong events are just learning experiences that are life’s lessons to encourage us to stand strong in our faith. We don’t always have to be strong by ourselves — we can always know that we depend on our creator—God—for the strength we may think we don’t have. We never are alone. We never have to stand alone unless we choose to do so. I know we all have those little things around the house that we look at and have fond memories attached to them. We have those little things that bring us comfort at times. All those things are just things and in the blink of an eye they can be all gone. But we have our faith and can trust and depend on God to always be there for us. No matter what we do He always loves us. “…That according to the riches of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being…” Ephesians 3:16


Take time each day to strengthen and build on your faith while sitting under the shade tree. Let those things that are unnecessary in your mind and life fall to the ground like the leaves from the trees — making room for new leaves later in its life.


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