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Manor Church seniors enjoy Christmas party

January 25, 2009

On Dec. 3, Manor Church Senior Citizens Club members gathered at Washington Square United Methodist Church for the club's annual Christmas party.

Club president Ruth South welcomed members and guests, and recited Psalms 18:24, "This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it."

"The Christmas Story" from Luke 2:1-20 was read by Pastor Joy Zepp, who also offered the blessing.

A turkey dinner with all the fixings was prepared and served by Sylvia Smith and her helpers. Thanks go to this group for serving the 60 people who enjoyed the food and fellowship.

Following dinner, the group recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Smith introduced guests, including William Beard, president of the board of the Commission on Aging, and executive director Susan McDonald; Pastor Dean Miller; and Charles South. Beard spoke of plans to increase assistance for senior citizens. McDonald spoke of activities now available at the Washington County Senior Center's temporary location at Girls Inc.

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South introduced those who traveled to Michaels Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, Md., to witness the club president's induction into the Senior Citizens Hall of Fame.

They are Charlotte Dixon, Mildred Shank, Hilda and Russell Wingert, William and Naomi Thomas, Pastor William Stoner Sr. and Betty Stoner, Steve Brooks, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Cline and Carol Ridenour. South thanked the club for having the faith and devotion that brought her this award.

Assistant secretary Josephine Palmer reported on projects for various nursing homes. Sixty lap robes and walker bags have been made and delivered.

The prayer shawl ministry continues to grow. In 2007 and 2008, 30 shawls were made and given to members and friends of the club.

The "Kitchen Ladies" were honored for their work at each club meeting. They are Charlotte Dixon, Mildred Shank, Sara Jane Palmer, Ruth Hamilton, Josephine Palmer, Ruth Shank and Mary Gomez. The ladies wore aprons made by Naomi Thomas.

Each member brought a gift from the list of paper products for the REACH program.

A prayer shawl was presented to Fanny Taylor, with Patsy Boward making the presentation.

A hymn was sung by Sara Jane Palmer and Naomi Thomas, and the Rev. Stoner offered a prayer.

Santa Claus arrived with a "Ho, ho, ho," laden with gifts of fruit for everyone.

Birthday presents were given to Mikey Boward, Harriet Clopper and Pastor Joy Zepp.

Music for the party was provided by Sentimental Sounds (Jack and Donna Haines). They closed the event with a rendition of "Silent Night."

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