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C4 - THE JOURNAL, Thursday, August 2, 2012 Seniors Join in the Fun Activities at the Senior Center The City of Stillwater Senior Activity Center offers many fun activities to keep seniors, 50 and older, busy having a good time. Don't sit at home, come socialize and make new friends. Card games of various kinds, pool and snooker, movies, painting, bingo, and exercising are among the many activi- ties to participate in. On Friday, August 10 at 12 noon the August pot-luck birthday luncheon will be held. Bring a food dish to share or pay $3/person. 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 an August calendar of events. Also, if you are interested in joining a bridge group, social or duplicate, at the Center, please call the number given to receive information on how to join. Monday, Aug. 6 - Monday mornings a women's pool group gets together at 9:30 a.m. for some fun competition. Also, a painting class gets together at the same time. This is a social and creative time to bring your painting supplies, oil or acrylic, and share your skills and ideas with each other. Afternoon activities get going around 1:00 p.m. These include; bridge, canasta, dominoes, pool and snooker. Tuesday, Aug. 7 - If you would like to get some exer- cise come check out the free Sit 'n Be Fit exercise class that is offered every Tues- day and Thursday starting at 9:30 a.m. 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. After exercise, some of the par- ticipants stay and practice line dancing steps for fun. You are welcome to come kick up your heels with them around 10:30 a.m. Wii games and ping pong are always available for a fun time, too. Afternoon activities include games such as; duplicate bridge, Texas Hold'em, 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. No appointment is needed. Wednesday, Aug. 8 - Women get out their pool sticks again starting at 9: 30 a.m. A Wii interactive game set and a ping pong table are also available for use. Exercise equipment which includes a treadmill, exercise bikes, and a weight machine are available, also. Afternoon games begin around 1:00 p.m. include; canasta, dominoes, Texas Hold'em, pitch, pool and snooker. A puzzle is always out waiting for someone to find a piece. The movie, "Mighty Mac's", will be shown at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9 - Sit'n Be Fit class meets again at 9:30 a.m. This workout will give your muscles a good stretching. Afterwards, Wii Fit is available to use. This is an interactive game system that challenges and can help improve your bal- ance. At 1:00 p.m. you can join in games of canasta, dominoes, 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 instruments and start some good o1' country tunes at 6: 00 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10 - Join the women's pool group or check out the painting class at 9:30 a.m. There is exer- cise equipment, Wii games, and a ping pong table is available for use, too. At 12 noon the pot-luck birth- day lunch will take place. Bring a food dish and enjoy a delicious meal with your friends. Afternoon games include: canasta, pool, snooker, pitch, dominoes, and a puzzle with missing pieces. Last weeks winners of bridge were: Penny Size- more, 1 st; and Jane Ander- son, 2 "d. Other bridge win- ners were: Shirley Crockett, 1 't and Lew Taylor, 2 "d. Duplicate bridge winning partners were: Camille Johnston and Terry Miller, lst; and Betty Abenante and Lew Taylor, 2 nd. Texas Hold'em winners of the week were: Chestine Crane and Maxine Morgan. For more information, call City of Stillwater Senior Activity Center, 747-8080. CHURCH continued from page C3 of John's friends, an upper-caste Hindu with a Ph.D., confided that he could not understand his holy book, the Vedas, and neither could any of his peers. Back in 1935 Will Rogers said, "The minute a thing is long and complicated it confuses. Whoever wrote the Ten Command- ments made'em short. They may not always be kept, but they can be understood." Today, in many churches that claim to believe the Bible is God's word to us, there seems to be a lot of "What do you think?" classes being taught. As I've said, perhaps too often, if you make people think they're thinking, they will love you. Teachers love to be loved, and people are always looking for ways to get around doing what God has dearly told us to do. Walker Moore, one of my favorite writers, says, "Most of us don't like to make decisions, but the Bible gives us plenty of guidance in this area. The only time we don't have to make a choice is when God has already made it for us. When the Bible makes a decision for me, I don't have to think about it, pray about it, talk to others about it, fret abut it or weigh the pro and cons .... ff God has already spoken about your exact situation, good. ff not, find a Bible story where people faced a similar decision and see what happened. As you study, you'll find the good path to trod." As one of my relatives used to say, "God said it. I believe it. And, that's that! We invite you to visit us on Lover's Lane and see if we are teaching what God has clearly said. Christian Church of Perkins By Ralph Martin Sunday, our Minister, David Pock, brought a message "Little Things Means a Lot" from Matthew 5:38. The best way to live is with a Positive Christian Attitude (PCA). This PCA practice entails doing the little things for others that Christ wants us to do. These little things will have the most effect and last the longest. During our Christian walk, we will come upon many situations where we can take sincere positive action without expecting any form of compensation in return. We act this way with everyone - not just those we like or like us. At times this may involve "turning the other cheek" or "going an extra mile" or "giving up more than was demanded" but, Christ wants us to do it this way since it produces the best results in the long ran. Who knows? Someday your enemy may become your friend and have a new attitude. Churches that have a strong PCA enjoy a love bonding among their members that is obvi- ous to everyone they come in contact with. It motivates non- members to perhaps check your church out. Christ wants us to live life to the fullest - a life full of peace and joy. He wants us to be holy - set apart from the world and doing things his way. Don't worry about failing, Christ only counts our successes. Time to wake up with a smile on our face and with a song in our heart. Stop griping, get up, and show some enthusiasna. Yes, there will those times when we have to first go into our private closet and get our priorities sorted out (count our blessings). But, come bed time and you lay your head on that pillow, you know you have fought the good fight. You have allowed God to own you. Best sleeping pill of all. When we do the little things for Jesus, we are doing them for the world. If you want happiness- do the tittle things. We are located at 121E. Stumbo in Perkins, OK, 405-547- 2004 www.perkinscc.2ycom christianchurchperkins@yahoo .com SundaySchoo109:45A.M. Worship 10:45A.M. Bible Study 6:30 Wednesday. Nursery available. Visitors welcome. Members expected. Mehan Union Church Looks like another month has passed us by. Did you do any- thing worthwhile for the Lord? Then He opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. Ephesians 4:11-13 We're thankful for our special singers-Steve, Diana, Nancy, Paul, and Mary Jane for the beautiful hymn, "At Calvary." Do we really understand what Christ went through for us at Calvary? August sounds like a busy month. Sunday, Aug. 5 we will have a special offering time for our school teachers who attend Mehan. Be in prayer for all teachers, students, bus drivers and all other personnel as school starts soon. On Aug. 15 we will have our"Back to School Bash." Aug. 8 special time of prayer and planning for youth group so attend that and be a volunteer. David thanks everyone for the support the youth are receiving. Communion is August 19. No Wednesday night Bible study or meal until Aug. 15. The Sunday night Bible study time has been changed to 6:30 p.m. Thanks to Roger and Carol for the delicious pies they shared with us Sunday. Patti the Apostle wrote a letter to His dear friend Philemom-- and ended it with "Grace and Peace from God our Father and Lord Christ Jesus. And so we end this article and month. God is here all the time. St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church Harris 66 Home or Office Sales Networking i Repair . Hardware/Software Roger Stevens Viruses/Spyware 405.612.4522 we Make Housecallsi By Fr. Ken Harder As you probably know, the gospel readings each Sunday usu- ally follow the passages from the week before, at least during the time we call Ordinary A $25,000 Idea In a small group Bible study last month, we were discussing how busy we were and how hard it was to set priorities and get the important things done. Since retiring, my schedule is more flexible, but after listen- ing awhile, I thought of an Earl Nightingale program I heard 30 - 50 years ago. He shared a story that appeared in The American Salesman magazine about an idea that was largely responsible for building the small Bethlehem Steel Company into the largest independent steel company in the world and making it's president, Charles Schwab a millionaire. One day, Charles Schwab was talking to Ivy Lee, an efficiency expert, about how to manage his little company better. Lee assured Schwab that, if he would give him 20 minutes, he would show him how to improve his plants production by 50% or more. Schwab was intrigued and agreed to listen to what Lee had to say and pay him what- ever he asked for within reason if the advice had merit. Lee gave Schwab a blank sheet of paper and told him to write down the 6 most important things he had to do the next day, then number them in importance from 1 to 6. Lee told him to put the paper in his pocket, look at it the first thing in the morning, start working on number 1, and keep working on it until it was finished. Then start working on number 2 and do the same thing, then number 3 etc., and continue this until quitting time. Lee said he should not worry if he did not finish all 6 efforts that day because he couldn't have finished them all any other way either, and he would have the satisfaction of knowing he had been working on what was most important. Lee asked Schwab to try his system himself every day for awhile, and if he found it valuable, to put it to work in his plant. Lee proposed that he try it for as long as he wanted to and then send him a check for whatever he thought his idea was worth. Lee was out of there in less that 30 minutes, but a few weeks later, Schwab sent him a letter with a check for $25,000 and told him that his idea Was the most financially profitable he had ever encountered. Five years later, Schwab's little steel company had grown to be the biggest in the world. When I related this story last month, I got some of the details wrong. Sorry folks. So, I revisited the story today and tried to straighten it out. The check was for $25,000, not $1,000 as I had said, and that was an absolute fortune back in those days. In retirement, there isn't usually a lot that just has to be done at a certain time, but when I was working steadily, I found it helpful to employ this system, and I thought some of you might like to try it. Time. Last week, the Twelve had retumed from their mission. Jesus invited them to get away for a while but the need of the people took priority. Jesus had compassion on them so he fed them with his teaching. As human persons, we are body and soul. Just as the body sustains life from the fruit of the earth, so the soul sustains life from the food of heaven. Having fed their souls by his teaching, Jesus recognizes their bodily need as well. The disciples inform him there is no way they can provide for the crowd; they simply don't have the resources available. Jesus knows this as well, he has asked them so that they may be aware that of themselves, they cannot meet the need of the people. Now is the time for Jesus to show the richness of God's love. Because he is exercising divine power, he doesn't need anything from anyone; he could make the food from nothing. Yet, he asks for the little the disciples have. From the little they have blessed by Jesus; there is enough for all. What are we to make of this passage? Are we to assume that with Jesus, we will never have to worry about bodily needs? If that is so, then why do so many people go without? Obviously, there is Something else. As with all the actions of Jesus, they were to show all generations what our faith brings. Starting with the fundamental goal of salvation, all things must tend toward that goal. In connection with last week's gospel, the Christian is to know that Jesus brings life to us. The life is a spiritual one, yet it is grounded in this world, which is why he feeds them this week. These gospels point to the great mystery that we celebrate every week. In the great Sacrament of the Eucharist, we perceive in the fruit of the earth, the fruit of heaven. The wheat from which the bread is made is the staff of life, the cup of wine is the symbol of love. Together, the bread and wine symbolize that in the human life and love, divine life and love is present. Our celebration of the Eucharist continues the very same dynamic we hear in the gospel today and last week. The Eucharist, when approached with sincere devotion, is direct participation in the mysterious life of God. It is a participation that goes beyond intel- lectual apprehension, which is what we havein Sacred Scripture.. It is the life sustaining presence of Christ that is, simply put, pure presence. Just as our deepest experience of the ones we love is presence beyond words, so it is with us in this celebration. As a final note, Jesus shows us that this celebration asks of us what we can give. The disciples, in giving the little they had, were able to feed all. Similarly, when we offer what may seemlike little, others are re4 Whether it is a moment ofyo00oe0000 some help, others receive not only something to satisfy an immediate need but they are shown the presence of Christ " himself at work in us. M Sasser & C0mpanY[l I Antiques Gifts II  H Collectibles H 147 S. Main 1 Perkins [ i 547-5298 I't Layaway Gift Registry 1 Gift Certificates