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C4 - THE JOURNAL, Thursday, March 15, 2012 Seniors Will Rogers Book Review at Senior Center The City of Stillwater noon. In the afternoon at be played. Everyone come instruments and start some Senior Activity Center will host an, "One Book, One Community" book discus- sion on "Will Rogers", a biography written by his wife, Betty Rogers. This discussion will be pre- sented by Pat Jaynes and is open to the community on Friday, March 23 at 10:00 a.m. Everyone is welcome. Also, the free income tax service continues to be provided by AARP trained representatives. This ser- vice is Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 12: 00 p.m. and will run through April 17% No appointment is needed. Bring your last year's tax return and all income information. 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. 12 th or call 747-8080 for more informatioo and make sure to pick up a March cal- endar of events. Monday, March 19- Women's pool shooting and a painting class; are a couple of the morning events that begin at 9:30 a.m. Also, the tax aid preparers will be busy from 9:30 to 12 1:00 p.m. games of; rubber bridge, canasta, dominoes, pool, and Mexican train dominoes, are played. Tuesday, March 20 - Get in shape with the free Sit'n 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 extensive workout. Wii games and ping pong are always avail- able for a fun time, too. The free tax help continues from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Afternoon activities include games such as; duplicate bridge, Mexican Train dominoes, canasta, pitch, Skipbo, puzzle solv- ing, snooker, pool and dominoes. A representa- tive from Veteran's Affairs comes in on Tuesdays, from 1:00-2:45 p.m. to help with any questions or paperwork you may have pertaining to veteran's assistance. Also, at 1:00 p.m. a men's in- house pool tournament will join the fun! Wednesday, March 21 - Pool is popular again with the women starting 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 adventure movie, "Hugo", will be shown at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 22- Try out the free Sirn Be Fit exercise class that meets at 9:30 a.m. It will give you a good stretching of the mus- cles and help you tone up. The income tax aid group meets again at 9:30 until 12 noon. Afterwards, Wii Fit is available to use. This is an interactive game system that challenges and can help improve your balance. At 1:00 p.m. you can join in games of canasta, domi- noes, social bridge, pitch, pool, snooker, and puzzle solving. 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 good o1' country tunes at 6: 00 p.m. Friday, March 23 - Wom- en's pool practice gets going again at 9:30 a.m., while the painting class also gets together during the same time. There is exercise equipment, Wii games, and a ping pong table all avail- able for use, too. At 10:00 a.m. a book review on "Will Rogers" will be presented. The community is invited to attend. Afternoon games include: canasta, pool, snooker, pitch, Texas Hold'era, dominoes, and a puzzle is out waiting for someone to find the missing pieces. Last weeks winners of rubber bridge were: Treca Baer, 1 st and Dollie McClary and Marge Reynolds, tied for 2 "d. Social bridge win- ners were: Lew Taylor, 1 st, and Shirley Crockett, 2 "d. Duplicate bridge winning partners were: Lionel Raff and Seham E1 Sherif, l st; Betty Lowrey and Donna Beason, 2 "a. Texas Hold'em winners of the week were: Shirley Crockettt and Allen Shields. For more information, call City of Stillwater Senior Activity Center, 747-8080. CHURCH continued from page C3 with Him. There is a difference between what is said and what is done; remembering that if we talk the talk, we need to walk the walk! When we reject the Truth of God's Word, the world will do what the world will do. The moral compass of the world is spinning out of control - only the Truth of God's Word can set it right. In the evening, Brother Robin shared information about the beginning of Baptist work and mission efforts through such men as William Cary, Adoniram Judson, and Luther Rice. These men began the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19- 20) work that has become the cornerstone of Baptist work to this day. Southern Baptist churches associate together to become one of the largest missionary sending entities in the world. Through their cooperating church efforts, Disaster Relief teams, for instance, are sent many places to minister to those in need freely sharing the love of Christ. The Southern Baptist Convention has dealt with issues of its early begin- nings and ismoving forward, renewed to reach the world with the gospel message through independent congregations cooperating together because of His love and commandment to "Go." AWANA Clubs will not meet during Spring Break, but will be in session again Mar. 28 at 6:30 p.m. Children's Camp Lela registration is coming soon and registration forms as available! Come visit us at 2415 E 104 Street, just a mile north of Per- kins. Info: 547-1222 or www.immanuelbaptistperkins.org The Church of Christ in Perkins By Bob Penick Most men don't want to go to a doctor unless it is absolutely necessary. I tell my dentist that I'll come see him every other year to get my teeth cleaned unless a tooth hurts of breaks. Several weeks ago when our son-in-law, Robert, came down with some, yet to be diagnosed, malady that almost put him out of commission, he finally broke down and went to see a doctor. Some at church said he must really be sick to do that. Many of us men, like Robert, do not cotton much to preven- tive medical treatment, and when we get sick we assume it's nothing we can't handle by toughing it out by ourselves. We hope that, as long as we don't know about it, nothing bad could be happening to us, and we'll be O: K. Sometimes we let things go too long, and by the time we discover the problem, it's too late to fix it. I lost my mother that way. That sort of thing happens in the spiritual world as well. Jesus warned us of the real danger of going to hell, and he very plainly described things that would cause us to wind up there. But, we don't think he really meant it, and we decide not to think about it and hope it won't happen to us. Even when we try to live spiritually healthy lives ourselves, but see our friends, kinfolks and others doing something that Jesus said would cause them to be lost, we hesitate to confront them because we don't want to offend them, hurt their feelings or rain our relationship. If a friend gets sick, and we know of a cure, we are always eager to share it, but when it involves sickness of the soul, we are afraid to say anything. When I was young, my relationship with Jesus was very important to me, and I wanted to understand everything Jesus said, but there were 3 or 4 subjects that leaders in the church were reluctant to study or even talk about publicly. They seemed to be afraid that if they taught what Jesus really said about sex, marriage & divorce, and Christians going to war for earthly governments, they might offend someone and cause a controversial fuss in their congregation. Those are still dif- ficult subjects to teach about today, but young people deserve the opportunity to hear what Jesus taught before having to make those monstrously important decisions on their own. We invite you to join us on Lover's Lane where our minis- ter, elders, and teachers are trying to help with some of these real life questions in light of some often ignored teachings of Jesus. St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church By Fr. Ken Harder The first reading tells us the story of God delivering his commandments to his people Israel. The giving of the law was the culmination of God' s saving action for his people. All of the great works, the plagues in Egypt, the crossing through the Red Sea and the subsequent defeat of the Egyptians, as they pursued Israel led up to this great moment. The whole story of the people of Israel was for them to learn to keep God's commandments. Like the ancient Israelites, we too can see 'law' as some- thing that restricts our freedom. The ancient Israelites often disobeyed God because something more immediately pleas- An easy choice. 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. Overused Gobbledygook You may know that when Congressman Maury Maver- ick from Texas read through a copy of a proposed law, he spawned the word, "Gobbledygook" for the unintelligible gibberish of the legal profession. When Jim Dickson was teaching his class on commu- nications skills, he told his students to avoid using slang words and expressions when they gave their speeches. He warned them that he would drop their grade if he heard any "dudes", babes", "cools", "likes", or "you knows": One student in the back of the room was heard mumbling, "Bummer!" Have you gotten as tired of listening to star athletes, popular entertainers, and other celebrates who cannot complete a sentence without a dozen "likes" and a couple of "you knows"? And then, there are some words that have lost their meaning because of overuse. We some- times watch the T.V. show "Pickers" where two likable guys travel all over the country buying old "stuff" they can resell, and everything they find is either "Awesome or a cool piece." It seems as if some of us can't talk at all without the repeated use of trite popular cliches. Michigan's Lake Superior State University has posted its' 2012 list of words that should be banished from the Queen's English because of overuse or misuse that has rendered them use- less. Heading the list is the word "Amazing". Everything we like and things that are only a little better than others are now regularly pronounced "Amazing or Awesome", so to magnify something more praiseworthy, we have invented words like "Ginormus". That word has now been so overused that it has made it onto this years' list. So now, we must come up with an even more auspicious word to describe something we are even more in awe of. How do you suppose we can now properly refer to God who is more truly AWESOME than anything we can ever imagine? When I was teaching school, I tried to stay current with all of the teen lingo, but now that I've reached my "mellow" years, I've only lately tuned in to some words on this list such as these: "man-cave", "the new normal", "baby bump", "pet parent", "win the future", and one I received recently from a solicitor, "Thank you in advance". This last one was an "a-ha moment" for me-(a phrase that was on the universities list last year). By the way, what's another word for "thesaurus"? ing seduced them. They often saw something that satisfied their immediate desires as better for them. Their struggle is ours as well. God gave his law, not to restrict, but to help the people live in this world with the truly good things in mind. Whenever something seemed desirable to them, they were to measure it against the law to see if it was truly good. The psalm used in today' s.mass speaks of their recognition as the law of the Lord as making them perfect. The primary purpose of any law is to bring about harmony for a community. Law is good because it helps us to understand our relationships with others. Law also helps us to be the best we can be for ourselves. For instance, we have discipline for ourselves that help us live out our talents. At the end of the gospel, we are told that Jesus knew human nature well and did not trust himself to the people. In other words, Jesus knew that the human heart is fickle. The sense of commitment is lacking. People followed him because they saw his signs, yet he knew they would turn on him at his passion. Jesus knows human nature well. He knows that while we may believe, we falter in our belief. He therefore endows his Church with the means the remedy for the fickle human heart. Conversion is not a one time event, as some may suppose it to be. Conversion is a way of life. Conversion means that we continually turn to God, that we intentionally strive to love him more and more. Conversion is also a way of life with others with whom we have relationship, such as spouses, family, friends and indeed all people. Conversion means that we actively look into our hearts and root out those desires that keep us from loving as we should. Part of living a life of conversion is living a life of confes- sion. Confession of our faults and sins is necessary if we are to love more fully. Confession is a daily process by which we hold ourselves accountable for our failures and learn to be more loving. One of Christ's gifts to his Church is the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This sacrament is a great tool that helps that process. Can you be forgiven without going to sacramental confession? Yes. But the full experience of confession is being able to say out loud what you know within; to have someone hear you who can in the name of the whole Church, pronounce that you are forgiven. Lent is a time for deeper conversion, I strongly urge you to experience the aid of the Sacrament of Reconciliation so that your life of confession, of conversion may be brought to fullness. Then you will understand more and more what the psalm says, 'the law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul.' Choose O00ali00 1 Medicare Certified JCAHO Accredited Hospital Based 1 RNs, Therapists, Aides 1 405-742-5770 I