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C4 - THE JOURNAL, Thursday, February 16, 2012 Seniors Stay Moving and Keep Warm at Senior Center The City of Stillwater Senior Activity Center offers a variety of fun activities for seniors age 50 and over. A free income tax service is being provided by AARP trained representatives. This Service is Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 12: 00 p.m. This service will run through April 17 'h. No appointment is needed. Bring your last year's tax return and all income infor- mation. Make a note coming next month on March 12 th the popular defensive driv- ing class will be held from 9:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Call or come by to sign up now. Center hours are: Monday through Friday, 9:30 am to 4:30 p.m. and Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for music night. The facility is closed on weekends. Stop by 1015 E. 12thor call 747- 8080 for more information and make sure to pick up a February calendar of events. **Reminder if the Stillwater Public Schools are closed, the Senior Activity Center is closed. Monday, February 20 - Women's pool time starts at 9:30 a.m. They practice their pool shots and enjoy some games of friendly competi- tion. Come and share the fun with them. Pool sticks are available for use. A paint- ing class also takes place at the same time. Bring your painting supplies and get creative with the group. Also, the tax aid preparers will be busy from 9:30 to 12 noon. In the afternoon at 1:00 p.m. games of; rubber bridge, canasta, dominoes, pool, and Mexican train dominoes, are played. Tuesday, February 21 - Get your body moving with a free Sirn Be Fit exercise class that is offered at 9:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. This class is a 45-minute workout where chairs are provided for each person. Some exercises are done while sitting and some are done while standing by your chair. Bouncing balls, hand weights, and stretch bands are incorporated in to the exercises for an exten- sive workout. Wii games and ping pong are always available for a fun time, too. The free tax help con- tinues from 9:30 a.m. to 12: 00 noon. Afternoon activi- ties include games such as; duplicate bridge, Mexican Train dominoeS, canasta, pitch, Skipbo, puzzle solv- ing, snooker, pool and domi- noes. A representative from Veteran's Affairs comes in on Tuesdays, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. to help with any ques- tions or paperwork you may have pertaining to veteran's assistance. Hearing Checks will be performed at lpm by Integrity Hearing Aid Center. Wednesday, February 22 - The pool sticks come out again as the women circle the tables beginning at 9: 30 a.m. Also, the AARP tax preparers will be here during the morning. Wii interactive games and ping pong are also available for participation. Afternoon games that usually begin at 1:00 p.m. include; canasta, dominoes, pool, Texas Hold'em, pitch, and puzzle solving. The movie, "The Greening of Whitney Brown", will be shown at 2: 00 p.m. Thursday, February 23 - The free Sit'n Be Fit exercise class meets again at 9:30 a.m. Along with the income tax aid group. After- wards, Wii Fit is available to use. This is an interactive game system that challenges and can help improve your balance. At l:00 p.m. you can join in games of canasta, dominoes, social bridge, pitch, pool, snooker, and puzzle solving. Also at 1: 00p.m. a women's pool tournament will be held. Come check your skills at pool. At 2:00 p.m. bingo is called. Thursday evenings the Center's doors reopen at 5:30 p.m. for Music Night. The musicians tune up their instruments and start some good o1' country tunes at 6: 00 p.m. Friday, February 24 - Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and the women start racking up the pool balls. The paint- ing class participants get Out their brushes and paints and discuss their ideas. There is exercise equipment, Wii games, and a ping pong table all available for use, too. In the afternoon, games are played that include: canasta, pool, snooker, pitch, Texas Hold'em, dominoes, and a puzzle is out waiting for someone to find the miss- ing pieces. Social bridge winners: Joanne Barrick, 1 't, and Pauline Poe, 2 nd. Duplicate bridge winning partners were: Terry Miller and Camille Johnston, lst; Norma Burk and Treca Baer, 2nd. For more information, call City of Stillwater Senior Activity Center, 747-8080. CHURCH continued from page C3 that date, it would force Jewish students and fans to make a difficult choice. They said it wasn't fair, and they petitioned school authorities to change the date for the game. Their request was denied. In Texas, football is King .. The Bible is full of stories about faithful servants of God who made some astoundingly difficult choices at their own peril. Daniel, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Rahab, Gideon and of course, Jesus, come to mind. Life is easy when we go along with popular ideas and decide to follow the crowd down the spacious worldly road to hell, but it takes great faith and courage to stay close to Jesus and have to make unpopular, even dangerous, decisions that anger others as we walk up that narrow trail that leads to heaven. Jesus told us what to expect if we decide to follow him. In John 15:18-20, Jesus tells his disciplesthat by going against worldly thinking, they will be persecuted by those of the world, and in Matthew 10:34, he warns them that, if they choose to follow him, their own family members and friends can be expected to view them as enemies. Back to my first question, one of the hardest choices I've ever made might have been about who to marry. When I was twenty years old, I arrogantly thought any of the half dozen girls I had narrowed my search down to would agree to the proposition. God is good, and he led me to the most amazingly best choice, and she said, "Yes." That's what God promises to do if we always choose to follow him. We invite you t o join us on Lover's Lane as we try to learn how to make the right choices and please our Heav- enly Father. Christian Church of Perkins By Charles Wall Sunday, our minister David Pock, brought a message, "That You May Believe - Part 14" from John 10. Christ is our Good Shepherd; he is our Senior Pastor. ' He fulfills the Old Testament teaching that the Lord is our Shepherd as found is Psalm 23. That psalm was composed by David who as a youth was a shepherd, but later he became King of Israel. The people of God make up the flock of the Good Shep-  herd. Christ is the gate for the sheep and the protector off the sheep. He knows his sheep and his sheep know him. An easy choice. He laid down his life for the sheep. Three days later he took his life up again. The Good Shepherd is the provider for the sheep. He will come back for them and take them to a place where there will be no sickness, no weariness, and no death. Those who accept the invitation of the Good Shepherd will begin the greatest adventure - an adventure that will last forever. We are located at 121 E Stumbo in Perkins. 405-547-2004 christianchurchperkins@yahoo.com Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Worship 10:45 a.m. Bible Study 7 p.m. Wednesday. Nursery available. Visitors welcome, members expected. Mehan Union Church Love, what does that mean to you? Is it that you have someone to love, that someone loves you, or being able to love all those around and in your world near or far, good or bad? God is love - John 3:16 - He says be mine, I will show you true love. Ask a child what love is. We can be "Victorious" With God's love. Steve thanks for the great new song. Bill German celebrat- ing 75 years. Verlin and Donna Curtis had a anniversary on Valentines Day. Wish they could be here - you are loved by us. Next Sunday evening, Feb. 19, from 4:30-6:30 in Ripley we are having a "Blessing Banquet" in the stone building on Main Street for all who can come. We will have a free meal and be giving away coats, blankets, warm socks to all who attend. We will have prayer teams, singing, praises reports, where ever the Spirit leads. So come into His presence in Ripley and be blessed. For more information about this and all other activities of Mehan Union Church come by 8300 E. 68th or call 743- 2097. St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church By Fr. Ken Harder The ministry of Jesus (preaching and exorcising), inau- gurated in last week's passage, Of the Gospel of Mark, continues today. Jesus encounters a leper. A leper was the most miserable of outcasts. He is shunned from the community. He has no portion anymore among the people of God; his own identity simply becomes that of a leper. Even now, we use the term leper to indicate a person is a hapless outcast. As a matter of accuracy, leprosy had a much wider connotation in Jesus' time than ours. In our times, leprosy refers to a specific ail- ment (Hansen's disease). In ancient times, leprosy was more of a generic word referring to any disease of the skin that cause blemishes that would ooze, slough off etc. The word leprosy is derived from the Greek verb leptein, which means 'to peel off'. Perhaps common eczema, from which I suffer from time to time, would make a person a leper. So a leper comes to Jesus. A leper was supposed to keep his distance but he showed courage in coming to Jesus. Kneeling before Jesus, he begs for a cure, starting with the words, 'If you wish... ' The cleansing from a leprous condition was possible only through the divine will. By acknowledging that by his own will he can cure, the leper recognizes divine power in Christ. It is because of his recognition of the divine An Interview With Jesus In a debate between presidential candidates who want to lead this country, Newt Gingrich was asked what we should do about our enemies. He answered with this quote from Andrew Jackson. 'Kill them!'. He received thunderous applause from those in the audience of what some would call a "Christian Nation." At the risk of impious impertinence, let's envision an inter- view with the King of the only Christian Nation and see how he would answer some related questions. Remember prophets predicted that he would be The Prince of Peace, and his loyal subjects would "Beat their swords into plow shares and their spears into pruning hooks and not engage in earthly wars anymore. (Isaiah 9: 1-7) Question: Jesus, what should we do about our enemies? Jesus: "You have heard it said that you should love your neighbors and hate our enemies, but I tell you to love your enemies and bless those who hate and curse you. Treat them well and pray for those who despitefully use you so that you may be children of your Father in heaven." Q: WOW! That's not going to be easy. Shouldn't your followers be allowed to defend themselves when they are attacked by evil people? Jesus: "You don't know what kind of spirit my disciples have. I did not come to kill people, but to save them. You have heard it said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth', but I tell you not to resist evil people, and if someone punches you on your right cheek, let him hit you on the other side also. If anyone does not have my spirit in him, he does not belong to me." Q: But, one time you told your disciples to get some swords. What were they to do with them? Jesus: "I used them to teach a lesson. When soldiers came to arrest me in the garden, and Peter drew his sword to defend me, I told him to put it up and that those who use swords will be killed by swords." (Matthew 5: 39-45; Luke 9: 55-56; Matthew 2652) let's ask two of Jesus' evangelists about this. Q. Paul, how do you teach Christians to respond to evil people? Paul: "Bless those who are druel to you. Do not pay them back in kind or try to avenge yourself." (Romans 12: 14-17) Q: Peter, how about weighing in on this subject. Peter: "Jesus left us an example to follow, so to be pleasing to God, we must endure unjust pain and suffering as he did even if we are doing what is right." (I Peter 2:19-21) Q: That's really a tall order. Back to you, Paul. What should Jesus' disciples do when their country goes to war? Shouldn't they do their patriotic duty and go help in the fight? Paul: "That is the way some people think, but although Christians live as people in the world, they do not engage in worldly wars or fight with man made weapons. They use powerful spiritual weapons and fight spiritual wars against rulers of d.arkness and spiritual wickedness. We pres- ent ourselves as living sacrifices to GOd and do not conform to worldly standards." (II Corinthians 10:3-4 & Ephesians 6: 11-12 &Romans 12: 1-2) Until Constantine began to expand his empire under a flag bearing across, early Christians had no trouble understanding what Jesus taught on this subject, and they suffered as aliens and pilgrims in a strange land. (I Peter 2:11) When Mahatma-Gandhi, another non-violence advocate, was asked about the feasibility of sending several "Chris- tian" missionaries to India, he said, "Just send us one REAL Christian." What do you think would happen if, instead of retaliating against our enemies and trying to kill all of them, we just endured their attacks and sent them whatever humanitarian aid they needed to live better more pleasant lives? Well... it's just a thought. present in the ordinary that this leper has a courage born of faith that brings him to Jesus and risk stoning by doing so. How dare he, a leper approach a clean person. Jesus is moved deeply. He is not just moved by pity but by the faith of this man, so he wills the man to be cured. The man's faith is seen in his courage to approach Jesus. Because Jesus came not to abolish but to fulfill the law, he tells the man to do what Moses prescribed (see the first reading). Finally, Jesus.orders him to remain quiet about the affair. In many of his works with people in this gospel, Jesus orders people to remain quiet about the marvels they have witnessed from Jesus. This is one area were Jesus is totally unsuccessful. Everyone he tells to be quiet does the opposite. Some people are quite enthusiastic about proclaiming Jesus' work. Perhaps Jesus wanted to keep things quiet until after his death and resur- rection. He didn't want people to misunderstand what his mission was really about. What we can take from this is that the works of Jesus simply cannot remain in the dark. When we witness the work of Christ in our lives (or those around us), we can't help but be 'enthused', which literally means to have GOd within you. All of us have those blemishes, not of the skin but the spirit that, like a leper, cause us separation from others. Our sins and our failures can cause us, like a leper, to lose our sense of identity. Just as the leper could approach Jesus through faith, so it is with us. Like the leper, we appeal to the love of God to make us whole and he does so, in a far greater way than the physical healing the leper received. Our faith gives us courage to approach what we know we don't deserve. Having received the great gift of faith and the mighty works that go with it in our lives, we can't help but proclaim it to others. The Rehab Center at Stillwater Medical Center Caring for loved ones who have suffered from strokes, motor vehicle accidents, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and fractures, and much more. Call 405.742.5798 for more information. Hattie's Main Place 3071/2 N. Main St., Perkins e Prather Custom Sewing & Alterations Dry Cleaning/Laundry Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday 10 a.mM p.m. (405) 547-5429 Harris 66