Ripley Senior Center Guidelines, Activities, Crafts, Bingo Winners

Hi all.

My riddle for you this week is: What do you get if you cross paths with a snowman and a witch?

The center is now open for lunch and activities.

Here are the guidelines they will follow:

  • Meals on Wheels customers are always served. If you are not comfortable eating inside, curbside meals will still be offered and served from 10 am to 10:30 am Reservation is required.
  • If you are sick or have been exposed to COVID, please do not come to the center.
  • Everyone is encouraged to wear a mask; one will be provided if you don’t have one.
  • We will follow CDC guidelines for social distancing. If you have any concerns or questions, you can call the center at 304-372-5151.

Hopefully the staff and attendees stay healthy and we don’t need to close again.

The schedule of indoor activities and lunch is as follows:

  • Monday 9:30 am to 10:30 am: Crafts
  • Tuesday 9:30 am to 10:30 am: Bingo
  • Wednesday 9:30 am to 10:30 am: Exercise
  • Thursday 9:30 am to 10:30 am: Bingo
  • Friday 9:30 am to 10:30 am: Exercise

Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to noon.

We will respect social distancing in our activities. Bingo will be played with paper cards that can be thrown away.

The center will be closed on Fridays 24 and 31 December. It will close early on Thursdays December 23 and 30; instead of lunch, a late breakfast will be served on these two days. Subject to change, breakfast on these days will consist of scrambled eggs, gravy, sausage, hash browns, hot apples and cookies.

The senior club will vote on the new officers on Wednesday, December 15.

We hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. We went to visit our son and our daughter-in-law. My contribution to dinner was the dressing, buns, sweet potato casserole, cheese ball, stuffed eggs and mini pecan pie muffins. No one had any reason to get up from the table hungry.

We had good participation in the craft class. I send my thanks to my husband, Charley, for his help with the crafts. Carmen was in bad weather and unable to help. We send him our best wishes. I made a grateful tree from broken twigs I found in the yard and placed in a vase to look like a tree. Everyone painted a log disc, cut out a piece of fall material from one side, and wrote their names and what they were thankful for on the reverse. We also painted acorns. We’ve hung all of this on the grateful tree, and it’s on display in the center.

The overall bingo winner on November 23 was Jim Kay. On November 18, the winner of the Bob Evans Gift Card Thanksgiving Bingo Combination was Ann Thaxton. During this bingo game we all learned a lot of interesting facts about the first Thanksgiving.

The seniors did gentle yoga with the elders during their exercise classes.

Since the cold weather is here and winter is approaching, I thought I would remind you of the bad weather policy of the Jackson County centers. When Jackson County schools are closed due to inclement weather, senior centers are closed. If school is two hours late due to bad weather, senior centers will be open but vans will not run. When Jackson County schools are closed or delayed due to inclement weather, meals will not be delivered.

Hope everyone stays warm on those cold days. Bundle up when you go out.

I leave you with the following verses:

Romans 15:13 – Now the God of hope fills you with all joy and peace in faith, that you may abound in hope, by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 12:12 – To rejoice in hope; patient in tribulation; continuous moment in prayer;

Romans 8:24 – For we are saved by hope; but the hope which is seen is not hope: for what man sees, why does he still hope for it?

Answer to the riddle: A cold snap

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Richard V. Johnson