JOHN DAY — Labor Day, a day of rest. Celebrated in the United States and Canada, it was inspired in the 19th century by the labor movement and actually began in Canada. Thus, no meal served on Monday, Sept. 3.
Interesting facts, according to the U.S. Department of Labor: The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed in 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on Feb. 21, 1887. During 1887, four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade, Connecticut, Nebraska and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 more states had adopted the holiday, and on June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.
I hope you rested! We returned to the senior center on Thursday, Sept. 6, to find Bonnie Kocis and Everett King, who greeted diners. The Nazarene Church was represented by Trace Andrew, Dale and Corinne Stennett, Vickie Harrison, Debbie Bloom and Everett King, who served at the tables. Deliveries were made by Joan and Joel Tayles, who took meals to John Day and Canyon City, and Step Forward, represented by David Gill and his crew, who had the Mt. Vernon route. Altogether, they delivered 35 regular and 30 frozen meals. Well done, and thank you! I was unable to stay for lunch, because of my need to help set up a garage sale with my family who came from Kentucky and Portland, in preparation of our big move. After faith in Jesus, family is the most important facet of my life, never to forget our friends.
Shay prepared chicken Parmesan, angel hair pasta, cucumber salad, deep fried green beans and baguettes, sponsored by Ye Olde Thrift Shoppe at The Methodist Church. Celebrating, “Birthday of the Month Day,” our friends at Driskill Memorial Chapel donated their regular, beautiful sheet cake today. I want you to know that our sponsors, volunteers, servers and donors are the heartbeat of the John Day Senior Center. Those who come in and fellowship in meals, games, tai chi and bingo come with aches and pains, losses and failures, but here they are loved, equal and valuable. If you visited for the first time today, welcome! I hope to see you next time. On Thursday, Sept. 13, we’ll have pepper steak. On Monday, Sept. 17, we’ll have lasagna Florentine. Remember tai chi on Monday at about 12:30 p.m. (after lunch), then Thursdays (before lunch) at 10:15-11:15 a.m.. Bingo is after lunch.
Colossians 2:2-3 “My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
MONUMENT — Fall sure is approaching fast, I tell you! I think we’ve made it over that hump of temperatures being in the 100s, thank the Lord. The milder temps are more to my liking, my kind of weather. The mornings are definitely a lot cooler. I can’t wait for the cold weather. Maybe it will rid me of those horrid yellow jackets that have been devouring my raspberries. Anyone else having those issues? Yes, I am looking forward to fall and then winter.
We are sure glad to have Terry Cade back as one of our cooks. She had been out due to back surgery. We’ve missed her. We were very appreciative of the help from Teawna, who was helping to cook our meals in Terry’s absence.
Cade and Carrie Jewell roasted up some delicious chicken. We also had green beans, macaroni salad and chocolate pudding for our dessert. Oh, the chicken was very yummy. I had to get the recipe for the rub from Terry. It takes three different seasonings. I must try it at home. We women are always looking for new, easy and tasty recipes to try, right? We thank our cooks for our delightful meal.
Our greeters at the table were Jimmy Cole, Linda Blakeslee, Kristi Guimont, Lonnie Lawrence and Jan Ensign. Lonnie and Jan made some announcements. Kristi noted the guests on the books. Jimmy and Linda collected and counted the money. Lonnie led us in the flag salute, and yours truly prayed the blessing over the meal.
We want to thank David Stubblefield and Dennis Abraham for all their effort and hard work in fixing up the senior center. Through their dedication and effort, the center has been blessed with new kitchen appliances installed and building improvements being up to date. We are grateful for having them care so much about the senior center and that all of us can enjoy and benefit from their help.
Coming up is the Monument Buckaroo Festival & Fall Harvest Auction! Do you have it marked on your calendar? You do not want to miss this event. It is just around the corner. The important date is Saturday, Sept. 22. Dinner is salmon and elk with all the fixings. Great event for the whole family! There will be more details coming soon.
Veanne Weddle was present and wanted to let seniors know energy assistance is still available for those who need financial help. They will also assist in furnace replacement care. If you need that help, please contact Veanne.
The winner of the Len’s Drug gift card was Donny Lippert. The free meal tickets went to Max Breeding and Christian Yukawa. We had 51 guests on the books and four takeouts. We thank all our local supporters of the senior center.
One last thing, we will need assistance moving books and bookshelves to be put away while the flooring replacement project is going on. Please contact Jan Ensign to let her know if you would like to help, thanks.
Matthew 9:38 “Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth laborers into His harvest.”
PRAIRIE CITY — So here we go on a new month. And we have a new assistant cook. Whoopee! But head cook Marjean was found to have a condition that will prevent her from assuming her duties for a few weeks. So please pray for her. In the meantime, Shay, Veanne and Tom will fill in where needed. Thanks to them for volunteering.
Delores led the flag salute, and Jack asked the blessing. The winner of the $5 gift card from Len’s Drug was new diner Shirley Dinsmore. See, you never know what will happen when you come to eat with us. Other newcomers were Beca and Lloyd from the Twice Upon a Time store and Carole Garrison. Nancy and Storey returned from their trip to the west side and were very glad to be back.
Lorna and Christina brought Carl Lino, Marilyn Randall and Thelma Kite from Blue Mountain Care Center. And please, oh please, do not park where the new bright orange safety cone is. Lorna had to make two runs to be able to get to the wheelchair ramp with her bus.
So, the 62 of us who were registered partook of chicken salad sandwiches, lime Jell-O salad, watermelon and cantaloupe pieces and chocolate pudding for dessert. I was pleasantly surprised to see the lime Jell-O salad. That was what mom always made for the holidays.
Asked tablemate Carol if she played pinochle. No, her folks did. She would like to play cribbage, though. So if you would like to play, too, come and get together with her. We even have an old board on top of the piano, I think. If you don’t want to play anything, you can always visit or peruse the offerings in the library. And if you want to give us some of your supply, we will be glad to take them. I found several to read while I was shelving.
After the meal, Pam, Bonnie, Del and Fran helped with the cleanup, while Ginger and I took care of the money. Many hands make the work light, you know.
And now it’s the wrap-up of baseball. I was struck by how fast the Little League games are played. They don’t waste any time! The major leagues have been wondering how to make their games more interesting. I suggest that they watch the youngsters.
Got one batch of music arranged for the Youth Arts Program choir. And one of the songs is stuck in my head. I’d never heard it (1918 vintage), but it is a catchy little tune. Have to go write something else (or practice) to get it out, I guess. The men who come to help me at the BMCC Sunday afternoon service have been surprised at how old some of the songs in the hymnal are. And they are melodic and have a beat. ‘Nuff said.
I John 2:7-8 “Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard … its truth is seen in Him.”