LUNCH BUNCH, December 8, 2015

It was a lovely sunny day for our Christmas Party at Bryan Place.  We had 35 classmates and friends present, who brought non-perishable items or money for the Mount Sterling Food Pantry!   Thank you everyone!  Christmas is a necessity.  There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we are here for something else than ourselves. ~Eric Sevareid

The Burkharts were just a little late!  They went to the Golden Corral first, paid for their meal and waited with no one showing up.  But the light dawned, and after getting their money back, they arrived at Bryan Place.  It was very festive with all the beautiful Christmas trees and decorations!

Bill Factor very kindly gave the blessing.  Thank you, Bill.

Please keep Bill Rushay in your thoughts and prayers as he is having a kidney removed
 this Friday.  We wish him well.

Marjorie Gee Baughman was present for the first time for our lunch, as well as Barbara Rath Bauer.  We hope to see them many more times.  Marjorie is leaving for Honduras on
January 6 for a bird watching tour.  There are vast forests in Honduras with over 725 bird species.  Enjoy, Marjorie!

Sue and Chuck Gause leave for Florida on
 January 6 for the winter.

Jim and Pat Burkhart leave around the middle of January for Florida as well, but we will see them in January.

I believe Gwen is becoming a Floridian.  She sends greetings to all!

Martha Pettry took pictures today, but assured us they would not be as good as Tom Hale's pictures.  She did remember to take the lens cover off.

A big thank you to Chuck Pettry for the huge cake today.

Also thanks to Sondra Philip for the arrangements and collecting the money.

The centerpieces were lovely.  Thank you, Cornelia!

Marlene Rushay gave me "The Last Patriot" written by Brad Thor.  She highly recommends it.  I am supposed to give a brief book report next month.  Thank you, Marlene.

We had plenty of time to chat before and after our lunch.

Christmas carols were led by Cornelia Ferguson and Linda Warne.

Even with the condition of the world in which we live, it is a reminder of the importance of hope for peace, justice, and equality for all.  Merry Christmas to all of you and peace and joy in the New Year.

I hope to see you
 Tuesday, January 12, at the Golden Corral at 11:30
.  But remember, if the Zanesville City Schools are closed due to bad weather, we will not have lunch.

Martha K. Cannon