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Day-to-Day With Doris

By Doris Lessenden

July 4, 2024

Those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings of eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not grow faint.

— Hebrews 6:10

The scripture above was the favorite of some Eads Eagle athletes in the past and I hope they have carried this truth on in their daily lives.

Last week was a joyful week in Kit Carson where we hosted a large Vacation Bible School at Trinity Lutheran Church. The adult teachers or assistants were Tracey Weeks, Betsy Evans, Sara Crawford, Laura Negley, Jennifer Crowell, Miriam Echols, Eleanor DeChant, Pastor Tom Barton, Rod and Judy Houser, and myself. We were blessed with many teen helpers who have helped as we teach many truths from the Bible scriptures. Another assistant was a former member, Jared Weeks, who still shares his musical talent by recording via cell phone each week him playing the hymns for VBS and church worship which are played at Trinity and Grace Lutheran Churches in Kit Carson and Lamar each week. Isn’t technology wonderful? Our mission was to give money to pay for monthly gift boxes to our United States soldiers overseas. The women in the Arapahoe community have done this project for many years and postage is growing more expensive each year.

Eads Senior Citizens met for noon lunch Wednesday. This month the main dish was a Taco Bar with lots of condiments and desserts. Gail Voss, Director, and President Sylvia Weeks, prepared meat fillings of beef, buffalo, and chicken. Next month on July 17th Gail will prepare Fried Chicken, and we will have a traditional July meal. President Sylvia Weeks and Dana Brown presented the results of the committee work to update the constitution. It will be voted on next month after people have read it on the entryway table. Loretta Seibel has been our Vice President and served as President several terms and is stepping down. I want to add that she has been very helpful and vital to the Senior Citizens as a leader, and we do heartily thank her. Mary Ellen Englehart was unanimously voted to be the Vice-President to fulfill Loretta’s term. The group voted to have their regular Brunch on July 4th. There will be a children’s Parade on July 4th at 10:00 AM in the morning. It is a short time frame. Usually, the younger set and their parents enjoy the games and festivities in Eads City Park so the seniors can come to enjoy Brunch in the Eads Senior Center. Card games are played at the Center two times a month in the evening.

Over at Haswell, the seniors met for their monthly dinner at the Senior Center last Wednesday evening. Their director Pam Lessenden said they planned to grill hamburgers and hot dogs to enjoy with the side dishes that the other seniors brought. These seniors meet in the former school where they have tables and chairs to dine around as well as soft couches and couches in the piano room where they can visit or play cards and games if they wish. These rooms are particularly hospitable when families are hosted there after a funeral in the gym. This is such a fine place for community events like holidays or for bazaars or wedding parties. If anyone wishes to donate to the upkeep of the center, it would really be a great help for such community events. It warms my heart when I hear about or read about generous individuals who have enjoyed their childhood of a certain place, and they donate to the leaders who are trying to carry on. One example of this is that the last several years, Tonya and Gay Everist formerly of Kit Carson have sent money to support our Vacation Bible School at Trinity Lutheran. They are the daughters of Jaryl and the late Kenny Everist and the granddaughters of Red and Glaida Craven who are still warmly remembered by many friends.

It was announced that Phil and Madonna (Wissel) Pollreis’ youngest son, Ray, age 64 died. Ray is the son of the Pony Kidd. Their address is: 7717 South Newland Street, Littleton, CO 80128.

The new duplexes near the hospital look more attractive now that the driveways are newly paved and grass has been planted. This type of housing is very important for the operation of our hospital and care facility. Sometimes we have travel nurses or specialists for various departments who need housing. We have a pleasant CAN nurse who drives from Tribune, Kansas three days a week. Brenda Leon brings a pretty grey and white dog, Ava, who is a trained therapy dog. Just today she picked up a tube of Avon lotion and a green “Delisa Weeks” pen without me asking! We really do like to have her around these halls.

Many people have been praying for our friend, Ryan Trosper, and family, son of Bill and Linda Trosper. Wildfires have burned 1,500 or more homes as of Wednesday the 19th in Ruidoso, New Mexico. The college that Ryan is the President of is saved so far.

This is the time of year when some youngsters and some teens are on sports travel teams. Other children and teens are involved in the summer baseball games held in most towns through the month of June. Some youths are involved by playing on travel teams, as well. I have heard that these teams may travel to several states, and it is very expensive to pay for uniforms, equipment, and travel plus hotels and such for housing. This is a big commitment for the parents.

Pray for rain.

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