After a delightful dinner at the Grapevine with a few of our group, we met in Mott Hall for our regular meeting on June 21st.  Our meeting was very well attended and we welcomed two new guests, Karen Pulfer and Renee Gioiello.

Ann Thompson led the program using the book, “God Never Blinks,” by Regina Brett.  She also handed out a printout of “Life’s Lessons,” some of which I’d like to share with you.

First—on celebrating growing older:  1)  Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.  2)  Life is too short-enjoy it.  3)  When it comes to        chocolate, resistance is futile (unanimously agreed by the group!).  4)  Everything can change in the blink of an eye but don’t    worry, God never blinks.  5)  Forgive.  6)  No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.  7)  Be eccentric now.  Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.  (I chose to wear purple today!).  8)  Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.  9)  Don’t compare your life to others.  You have no idea what their journey is all about.  10)  Take a deep breath; it calms the mind.

From God Is Always Hiring: 1)  Everything changes when you change.  2)  Give others a second chance to make a first  impression.  3)  When things fall apart, they could actually be falling into place.  4)  Not everything that counts can be counted.  5)  It’s not about what you can do, but what God can do through you.  6)  If you can help someone, do; if you can hurt someone, don’t.  7)  No one can drain you without your permission.  8)  Burying your talents won’t make them grow.  9)  God is still speaking.

Following Ann’s great program, we had our business meeting.  First order of business was finalizing our Appraisal Fair Luncheon to be held on July 23rd.  Have you purchased your tickets yet? For those of you who haven’t attended one in the past, you are missing a great time of good food and fun, plus lots of surprises.  (We are all wondering what Lance will bring this year!)  Everyone has something they are curious about it’s worth.

We also discussed the Craft & Vendor Fair on October 8th.  If you know of any vendors, please let them know we are renting table space for $20.  We are also accepting donations  from our   congregation for our table—be it woodwork, needlework, ceramics, painting, photography. etc.  This has the potential of being a super fundraiser and possibly a yearly event!  Please plan on participating. After discussion it was unanimously agreed to give a $100 donation to VBS and a $50 donation towards financing the cost of the church’s 4th of July float. Our church has a “Prayer Shawl Ministry” which members of the JOY Group have donated hand crocheted and knitted shawls.  We presented one of our own, Jeanne Sebastian, with a shawl knitted by Mary Ann Riley at the conclusion of our business meeting.  As the shawl was placed on Jeanne’s shoulders and Pastor Sarah blessed it, we layed praying hands on Jeanne and all 19 of us became “One in the Spirit and One in the Lord,” just as the beloved hymn says.  If you know of anyone in need of a prayer shawl, please call the church office.

This was Pastor Sarah’s last meeting as her appointment to West Creek UMC begins July 1st.  She will truly be missed!  We wished her well with a gift from the group and a delicious cake baked by Mary Ann Riley.  Thanks,  also, to Avis Cranmer for supplying the rest of the refreshments.  All women are welcome to join us for any or all of our activities.  We will be meeting for breakfast at the Dockside Café on July 10th at 7am.  The date of our next regular meeting will be July 19th, 7 pm in Mott Hall; Mary Ann Riley will be leading the programs and providing refreshments.