Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

December 10, 2013

Seniors to see ‘The Living Tree’

By Elaine Mumme
Chronicle contributor

CROSSVILLE — Again on Dec. 6, the members of the 127 South Cumberland Senior Center gathered together to play dominos, billiards and bingo. Numbers were called by Arlene Simmons, and the bingo prizes for were donated by Quality Health Care.

Emil Neitzke, president, opened the general meeting at 10:30 a.m. with Margaret Boatwright saying the opening prayer and Bob Jones leading the Pledge of Allegiance.

Sharon Hilton mentioned that her collection of over 125 nativities representing many countries and cultures are on display at the library at the Fellowship Baptist Church, 12 Westminster Court, Fairfield Glade. The display will be up all the month of December and admission is free. The viewing times are Monday and Wednesday from 9 to 11 a.m., Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and Mondays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Use the library entrance please. It's the first door as you come into the parking lot.

When all the members arrived at the center, they were greeted with a wonderful and warm Christmas atmosphere throughout the whole building. Thanks goes to Gary and Rachel Schellinger and Emil and Jan Neitzke for all the work in decorating the center. A great big hand of thanks goes to Brent and Shirley Phillips for handling the decorating of the center's tree at this year's Parade of Christmas Trees, which is held at First National Bank. All the trees may be seen anytime the bank is open until Dec. 31.

Jan Neitzke gave her treasurer's report. She also gave the following report on some of the trips: For the New Orleans trip, which will be April 6-12, the final payment is due Jan. 17. For the trip to Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, the deposit of $100 is due by Jan. 3 and the insurance must be bought no later than two weeks after the deposit date. Jan has the insurance forms. Any questions? Call Jan at 788-3667.

Hood Funeral Home brought the signup sheet for the trip to Knoxville to see the "The Living Tree," which will be on Saturday, Dec. 21. The bus will leave from the Hood Funeral Home at 10 a.m. sharp. This trip includes transportation, lunch and the play, which is provided by Hood Funeral Home free. This play tells you what Christmas is truly about.

Nancy Fincher, sunshine lady, gave her report on all the members who are sick or recovering from surgeries, including Charlie Ferguson, who is coming along quite well, and Gene Brown and Tom Simmons. So please keep all of them and all the members who are sick in your prayers. And do not forget to keep all the military in your prayers.

Mary Brown, birthday lady, called all the birthdays and anniversaries for the month of December. The members sang "Happy, Happy" with Gwen Flynn on the piano. Mary Brown and Fred Zoeller were born on the special day (Christmas) and Virginia and Ralph Wiggins are celebrating their 54th anniversary. Congratulations to everyone!

William Kinney joined the organization. Welcome aboard! Ballots were passed out to vote for new board members. Bob Jones and Fred Whittaker were voted in by the members. Congratulations to you both. Bob Jones made the motion to accept all the applicants for this year's officers, bring there are not opponents running for same.

The entertainment was provided by Judy Fistler and Sandy and Paul Thomas. Judy and Sandy sang Christmas songs and Paul played some Hanukkah songs on his harmonica. The seniors always enjoy them and they even sang along with some of the songs.

After the dinner prayer, a delicious meatball and spaghetti meal was prepared by Mary McClure and all her helpers. Thanks for all the members who brought the side dishes and desserts. Remember do not bring any side dishes or desserts next week. Also a huge thank you goes to Sharon Hilton for keeping up with all the kitchen duties — job well done. Until next time have a blessed and wonderful week.