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C4 - THE JOURNAL, Thursday, December 23, 2010 Seniors New Year schedule for Senior Center The City of Stillwater Senior Activity Center will be closed Friday, Decem- ber 31 for the New Year holiday. Also, Thursday's music night on December 30, will not be held due to the holiday. Regular center hours are: Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. 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=or call 747-8080 for more information and make sure to pick up a January calendar of events. Monday, Dec. 27- Wom- en's pool and oil painting class start the week offat 9: 30 a.m. Also, a Wii gaming system is always ready to set up for you to try. Exer- cise equipment is available for senior use such as; a treadmill, exercise bikes, a weight machine, and a ping pang table. Afternoon gets busy with bridge, canasta, pitch, pool, dominoes, Mexican Train dominoes, and puzzle solving. Tuesday, Dec. 28 - Work off your holiday calories by joining the Sit 'n Be Fit exercise class. It meets every Tuesday and Thurs- day mornings at 9:30 a.m. Chairs are provided for each person during the 45- minute, low impact exercise workout. Some exercises are done while sitting and some are done while standing by a chair. Bouncing balls, hand weights, and stretch bands are incorporated in to the exercises for an extensive workout. At 10:30 a.m. you can stay and continue your exercise while play- ing a variety of games on the Wii system or try some ping-pong. Tuesday afternoon activities include games such as; duplicate bridge, Mexican Train dominoes, canasta, pitch, Skipbo, puzzle solving, and dominoes. A representative from Veteran's Affairs comes in on Tuesdays, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. to help with any questions or paperwork you may have pertaining to veteran's assistance. Wednesday, Dec. 29 - The sound of pool balls scattering and dropping in to the pockets can be heard Wednesday morn- ing starting at 9:30 a.m. for women's pool. Ping-pong and Wii interactive games are also available for some fun times. Activities for the afternoon include; canasta, pool, dominoes, Texas Hold'em, pitch, puzzle solving, and a movie. The movie, "Snow Walker", will be shown at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30 - Time to exercise again with the Sit 'n Be Fit exercise class at 9: 30 a.m. After the exercise class, stay and have a good time bowling with the Wii or try the WiiFit system for some fun exercise. Also, a ping pang table is available for a game of laughter. Then in the afternoon you can join in games of canasta, social bridge, pool, pitch, dominoes, puzzle solving. Music night will not be held due to the New Year holiday. Friday, Dec. 31- Center \\;is closed. Last weeks winners for mbber'bridge were: Wally Reynolds, 1% and Treca Adams, 2"! Social bridge winners were: Lynn Fent, pt, and Cloyann Fent, 2"! Duplicate bridge players got together and the winning partners of the group were: Jerry Koelsch and Murna Raff, pt; and Treca Adams and Norma Burk, 2 "d. The Texas Hold'em champi- ons of the week were Sue Adams and Don Lorett. For more information, call City of Stillwater Senior Activity Center, 747-8080. i!iiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiii:i:i:!i!iiiiiii:iiii i,iiiii:i!;iiiiiiii!i!iiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!?i:!:Lii@i:ii ;ii i ' :.::  eAnn Barton .... ::;!i Bringing Them In Short days and long nights unconsciously increases our desire to bring the outdoors in. Dried wreaths, hydran- geas and vases of lavender carry into fall the pleasures of summer s delight. Holiday tables adorned with squash, pine cones and bright berries brighten these quiet days bringing faint reflection of gardens past and gardens yet tobe. One of the most common ways the outdoors comes in is with houseplants. Many gardeners bring in their tender containers not only to offer protection from the cold, but to supplement the plant s fight This is the per- fect opportunity to give your plants a bit of extra attention and potentially discourage or eliminate fledgling prob- lems. Outdoors, winter s cold slow down pests with intermit- tent warm days encouraging natural predators. The extra warmth offered indoors during winter also becomes CHURCH the perfect climate for insects or disease to flourish. Two of the most common houseplant pests are mealy bugs and scale. Because of their habits, both are often not detected until populations become significant. Take the time when bringing plants in to wipe down each leaf with a soft cloth. Pay close attention to the leaf s underside and stems keeping an eye out for tan, oval spots or dark brown, raised bumps both about the size of a match- head. These are two of the most common kind of scale. These sucking insects have favorite plants citrus trees, palms and Ficus are common hosts. Scale is often harder to detect on Ficus and palms because of the smaller leaves and many soft stems on each plant. Scale on citrus is often first detected by the evidence of black sooty mold a dusting of soot that is a result of the sticky excrement of the scale. Mealy bugs on the other hand tuck themselves in hard to reach places. They are a whitish gray creature with many legs and prominent antennae. Often their bodies are surrounded by a cottony mass. Mealy bugs are often found at the soil line or nestled into the scales of bulb type plants. Check plants carefully by separating the strap leaves of Amaryllis, Clivia and Cymbidium orchids. Mealy bugs are also a common pest of many cactus and succulents hiding in deep ribs or clustered around tufted spines. Both of these houseplant pests are easily eradicated with a thorough applica- tion of properly diluted (my favorite!) ultra fine oil. It is effective because the refined paraffin smothers the insect and leaves no toxic residue. Recheck your plants in four weeks to make sure you didn t miss any of the critters. Warmth coupled with short days creates an unnatural environment. Ive found winter to be the most problem prone months for houseplants. Don t throw up your hands in defeat, but keep an eye on the plant for indications of what its needs may be. Less vigorous growth gener- ally calls for less water. Most of my indoor foliage is satis- fied with a small drink every three to four weeks. Spare the fertilizer unless a plant is ready to bloom. Feeding plants nitrogen at this time of year will probably create weak, leggy growth and in the absence of natural preda- tors aphids and spider mites. If possible, position your houseplants, (including tropi- cals) away from your home s heat source. Leaves cannot replace the moisture in their cells fast enough to keep up with the drying effect of gas or wood heat. Moderation is the key. Winding this up, I was thinking my most unusual houseplant wasn t a house- plant at all. Thirty years ago, my roommate Delilah and I were given a houseplant by a departing college student. Seven feet tall and planted in a plastic kitchen garbage can it definitely made its presence known in our small four room home. At some point it was identified as an oleander tree highly poisonous. For me, this made it all the more intriguing. We decorated it with balloons and in her odd humor Delilah wouldcall OhLeeAnn andin my daze I d reply, der. I still laugh at our youthfifl delight playing with words and creat- ing altemate song lyrics. The plant was not special, but the sharing of it was. Can you share your green treasures and create a Christmas memory this season? continued from page C3 center of your celebration. Blessings and honor are due HIM for all He has done. We invite you this week to join us on Christmas Eve for a special Christmas service beginning at 9:00 pm and again on Sunday Morning for Sunday services. Blessing to you this Christmas Season, "For unto us is bom.. unto us is Given..a Savior Which is Christ the Lord." Immanuel Baptist Church By Claudia Andrews A prayer for you to have a wonderful Christmas! It's all about Christ and the Greatest Gift of all to mankind over 2,000 years ago. We will worship together on Sunday, Dec. 26 at 10:45 a.m. only. There will not be Sunday School or evening worship. Brother Ben Lacy will bring the message that morning. Tina Foster sang "Mary did you know?" for those who came to celebrate Jesus as Lord and King on Sunday. Brother Robin brought the message "Make Christ 'happen' in 2011" taking the text from John 1:1-14. This is a very beautiful passage as the Apostle John defends the Godhead of Jesus Christ expounding on His deity. 'q'he Word" is Jesus Christ - the Word meaning Igos or"things ordered by God." No other interpretation can be taken in this passage. Jesus came to dwell among us that we might have, eternal life. The Light shines in the darkness and Jesus overcame the darkness. How awesome a plan God had to reconcile us to Himself. Jesus: the Son of God and the son of man; all God and all man- hard to comprehend, but not hard for God at all. Only the perfect Lamb of GOd is able to save mankind: Brother Robin's evening message was taken from several passages expounding on "Will you miss Christmas?" He spoke of the innkeeper in Lake 2:7; Herod the king in Matthew 2:3-18; of the chief priests and scribes in Matthew 2:4-8; of the Romans in Luke 2:1-3; and of the rulers in the synagogue in Luke 4:16-21. These were "aware" of the Messiah Christ coming, but missed the celebration of His birth because of unbelief. Those who did not miss that first Christmas were the shepherds in Luke 2:8-20; Simeon in Luke 2:25; and Anna the prophetess in Luke 2:36-38 because they believed. Let us not miss the real Christmas! It's not about the season, it's about the Reason. The first A-Y'S senior adult lunch of 2011 is Jan. 3 at 11: 30 a.m. with special guest Jan Cook. AWANA Clubs and Prayer, Praise, & Bible study will begin again on Jan. 5. The ladies WM&M's breakfast is Jan. 8 at 8 a.m. at Jalopy's. We will celebrate our 7th anniversary as a church on Jan. 9 with special guests during the day and, of course, a fellowship meal! More details coming. Come visit us at 2415 E 104 just a mile north of Perkins. Info: 547-1222 or www.immanuelbaptistperkins.org First United Methodist Church Join us for worship this Sunday at Stillwater First United Methodist Church. Worship is at 8:30 and 11:10 at our 7 th & The Gospel of 1995 Each year at this time the Christmas story is repeated over and over again, but some years ago I got to thinking how the story would read if God had waited until, let's say, 1995 to send Jesus to establish his kingdom. In that year I was teaching a high school class at church, and most of my students had been raised in the church. Jesus taught by telling stories. My students knew most of them by heart, but it was hard for them to relate to some of them because their world was so very different from the ways of life back then. I decided to write the Gospel story as if Jesus had been born in Texas in 1995. It seemed to me that we could profit by seeing how Jesus' stories would play out in our culture. Perhaps they would impact us more deeply if they were about things we are familiar with. It seems that no prominent writer had thought of doing that until some years later when one attempted it in order to promote his politically correct convictions. Some may find my story appalling, even sacrilegious, but I studied the four gospels and tried to combine them into one story without inserting any of my personal opinions. In trying to imagine what the religious world would have looked like by then without Jesus, I surmised that many would have become Jewish proselytes and continued to look for their savior to come. Other churches and reli- gious groups might have sprung up because people have a natural yearning for meaning in life. Some might have come along presenting themselves as Christ and forming cults. In that climate religious leaders and preachers could easily be pictured as those in my story. By considering what Jesus said and did in a new light 1 hoped to help make Jesus teachings relevant in this, The Greatest Story Ever Told. In my story, I pictured John the Baptist as a Mexican man named Pedro who dipped people in the waters of the Pecos River. The angel Gabriel came out of nowhere in a U.F.O. and told Maria and her husband to be, Jose, that she was to be the earthly mother of God's son, and she would give birth to him under a bridge in Austin, Texas. His name was to be Jesus (pronounced in Spanish, Hey-sots), and she would wrap him in a faded red Mexican serape. Picturing Jesus as a Mexican construction worker might be closer to the real Jesus than the long-haired effeminate pictures we are used to seeing. Would a mental picture of the futility of trying to stampede a herd of longhorns through a soda straw help impress you with the danger involved with having a lot of money? Would a modem day method of execution shock you with the horror of that event? I hope my story might make Jesus' teachings come alive and cause us to revisit them with renewed intensity and insight. Sandy placed a notebook copy of this book in the Per- kins library for anyone to check out. If you read the book, please let me know what you think of my effort. If they can't find it, let me know and I'll print a couple of copies to loan out to you. Now, go enjoy the real story. Duck location and at 11:00 a.m. at our South Husband location. This Sunday Stan Warfield, senior pastor, will preach at both the 8:30 and 11:10 services at our 7  & Duck location. The title of his sermon is "Joseph's Nightmare" based on text taken from Matthew 2:13 - 23. The 8:30 a.m. worship service is broadcast live each week on Stillwater radio station KSPI-AM 780. A nursery is provided for children 5 and under during both services. Steve Roach will preach this Sunday at our South Campus, 2823 S. Husband, at 11:00 a.m. Closer Walk, a modem service is held every Sunday morning in the Family Life Center on the comer of 7  and Duck at 10: 00 a.m. This music-rich service will enlighten your spirit and energize you. This Sunday Stan Warfield, senior pastor, will preach at both the 8:30 and 11:10 services at our 7 h & Duck location. The title of his sermon is "Joseph's Nightmare" based on text taken from Matthew 2:13 - 23. This will truly be a unique worshipping experience with Methodist traditions in a casual atmosphere. Please join us! This Friday evening we will have 3 Christmas Eve Communion Services at 3:30, 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. ilrour sanctuary at our main campus. Christmas morning we will have a service of celebra- tion at 10:30 a.m. in our sanctuary at our main campus at 7  and Duck. Please join us for these very special services! Grace Church Stillwater Grace Church Stillwater (PCA) is  community of faith that emphasizes strong biblical teaching through a service that reflects the historic and modem church. Pastor Jonathan Dorst will be teaching through the Old Testament book of Genesis from November-February. We meet for worship Sundays in Westwood Elementary School, comer of Sixth and Kings (across from Warren Clinic), at 10:30 a.m. and Theology Breakfast classes at 9:30 a.m.. Children's classes provide a safe place for kids to learn biblical truth and have fun. Grace hosts Bible studies, community groups, film nights and cultural equipping, as well as service opportunities. Our new office is at the comer of Seventh and Main. Information: 334-2188 or www.gracestillwater.us. Harris 66 Hattie s Main Place 307% N. Main St., Perkins ,Custom Sewing & Alterations .Dry Cleaning/Laundry Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m, Smurday 10 a.m.-I p.m. (405) 547-5429 POWER INTERNET Read public notices from Oklahoma newspapers www.OklahomaNotlces.com