It has been a while since we shared any community events. Here is this morning’s chapel service crowd. We enjoyed our regular prayer time, heard special music from James on piano and Roger on trumpet (a teaser for the aftenoon’s luncheon program), and an entertaining and inspiring talk by Dean Cowles, missionary to Kenya.
Surprise on Chris? Even on us. He isn’t 50 until next year, but that didn’t stop us from showing our appreciation and love to this man who greets each of us Young Ladies and gentlemen by name and with a smile. Chris? We hope your surprise brunch and our expressions of appreciation made your day.
We finally got a picture of our birthday girl, Irene. Here she is, as beautiful as can be.
Thanks, Becky, for the picture.
More people have returned for the season, and we had a great crowd for our Thanksgiving luncheon. Some were away for various reasons, but still, we had a great time of fellowship.
Dan and Dottie Shine Greer brought the program, and we wormed away afterwards. (Ask a resident…. Willie the Witnessing Worm was a special guest, and we all can share about him and his witness!) Thanks, Dan and Dottie.
Our beloved Ed Dowdy moved home to be with the Lord. He led his life as an example to many. The Oaks Village family joined with some of Ed and Betty Jo’s friends, children and grandchildren to pay respects and remember and celebrate his life. Naomi ministered in song, the “Dowdy Boys” shared remembrances, then we had Food and Fellowship in true Dowdy and Oaks Village style.
Regg’s family came down to bring him a Happy Birthday party. Thanks to James and Lynda for helping get it together on this end.
Many of us gathered on Memorial Day to remember and honor the fallen soldiers. Thank you Ann and Jack for organizing the fellowship. Pennsylvania style chili dogs, sides and plenty of desserts.
The group is a bit thin with seasonals gone back home, some residents visiting up north, and several attending memorials elsewhere.
Yummy chicken and sides from Maryland Fried Chicken on May 17th. And, of course, plenty of desserts.
Chapel is held weekly, and Ray is leading Bible Study this summer. Looks like we may be taking turns. May 10th Chapel speaker: Chad. Thanks, Chad! Hope to see more of you around here!
Today friends gathered to wish Sue Steury well on her next life adventure. After 20 years she is leaving Oaks Village to live with family. Sue and her husband Ernie were early motivators for the Oaks Village founding. After 40 years of missionary service, they “retired” to Avon Park.
Sue, we will miss you. Thank you for your years of service and your continued inspiration to all of us here. Chapter 2: Serve more tea.
For Sue Steury’s response, click here.
To hear Dave Cowles with his Song for Sue, click here.
Our April luncheon featured pizza (Supreme and Meatlovers from Pizza Hut), salads and desserts; Music from Ken Osborne; Roger and Susan as our hosts; prayer time; and a big announcement that the Quadraplex from 754-766 Carey Lane is to be roofed soon. Seems Rose, Dale, Reba, Loretta, Patricia and Jerry will not be sleeping late for a while.
Thank you, Roger and Susan, and to the volunteers who helped set up, clean up, and prepare the desserts and salads.
We are looking forward to the May Luncheon, although so many of our neighbors will be up north. Y’all hurry back, y’hear?