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May 9, 2018

Reminder, there will be a community shower for Mel Scearce Saturday, May 12, at 4 pm  in the Rippey UMC. Mel is the bride-elect of Robert Borgeson.

The Rippey Methodist Ladies held their annual Guest Day on Thursday, May 3. Following a breakfast of rolls, sweet breads and assorted muffins, orange juice and coffee, the group gathered in the sanctuary for the program.

Toni Roberts gave the welcome and 15 churches from the surrounding area answered the roll call with a total of 64 attending. This year’s program entitled “Trees” began with readings of five different trees mentioned in the Bible for special uses: Fig Trees read by Jo Bardole, Olive Trees read by Toni Roberts, Palm Trees read by Phyllis Bardole, Cedar Trees read by Connie Neese and Oak Trees read by Maralynn Rinker. Following each reading a hymn was sung by the group, each denoting trees in the lyrics.

The skit “Tree of Life” was presented by Phyllis Bardole, Maralynn Rinker, Nancy Burrow, Nancy Hanaman and Toni Roberts and was hilariously acclaimed by all! Jo Bardole then completed the program with a reading of the book: “The Tale of Three Trees” assisted by Kathy Jackson. The last hymn to be sung was “The Old Rugged Cross”.

In closing Toni thanked all the members who helped with making the day possible—the “bakers” and kitchen help, the decorating, the craft favors, piano accompanist Midge Vannatta, the readers, actors, and handyman jobs. She attributed the lack of male members in the skit by the fact most were getting too old to “climb trees or do silly antics” but were appreciated for their support! It is truly a “group effort” to present this every year.

Jo then gave the Benediction and wished everyone safe travels and we hope to see everyone next year.

Sharon Laub and Jean Borgeson recently spent an afternoon visiting Dixie Slight in Perry. Besides enjoying catching up with family news, the encouraging part of the visit was knowing Dixie’s surgery went well and after several weeks of therapy, her recovery will be complete. We all agreed that the most unwelcome “guest,” who goes by the name of “Arthur”, is now an annoying part of our lives as well as most of our friend’s lives. So far, we can agree that most of the repair jobs on our bodies are reparable and for that we are grateful.

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