Jo’s Jottings: United Christian Presbyterian greets interim minister, wife

By Jo Ellen Dale

For your convenience, the Richmond Chamber of Commerce will now be open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  This means that I will have to change my volunteer hours as well, because normally I work Tuesday morning but leave in time to go to Kiwanis.  The chamber director says that more volunteers are needed.
Last Tuesday at the regular Kiwanis Club meeting, a board meeting was held in lieu of a program.  During the business meeting, Dean Richards was inducted as the fourth-quarter 2013 Star Award recipient.  it was pointed out that he has given leadership and service to the veterans of Ray County in countless ways. Any ideas for the next award may be given to Jim Rippy or Jerry McCarter, who serve on the committee.  We were reminded that the chili/soup luncheon will be held Feb. 8 and the price will be $5.  Jerry Folvarcik and Barb Dooley have been inducted and welcomed as new members.
On Friday, I attended Rotary Club at the 19th Hole.  It was a capacity crowd with every chair filled. During the meeting, Lea Johnson told the group that his former daughter-in-law and family in Decatur, Ga. won the competition for the best Christmas light display and the prize was $50,000.  Lea said they plan to donate a portion of it for research to find a cure for ALS.  Jim Schmidt introduced Jennifer Gant, director of home health at Ray County Memorial Hospital, who gave the program.  She began by saying that the offices have moved and that a health fair will be held April 5 at the high school with many tests available at no cost.  She also commented on health care given in the home with one of the requirements being that the patient is truly unable to get out except for emergencies or for doctors’ appointments.
Sunday during service at the United Christian Presbyterian Church, there was a service of ordination and installation of new elders and deacons.  New board members and board officers were also presented.  Following this, the church’s elders emeritus, Marjorie Cordray, Alice Neely, Marsha Young and Richard Young, were introduced and thanked for their years of faithful service.  After the service, an Epiphany party was held in the dining room with sandwiches, chips, crudites, desserts and drinks.  Following the meal, those present went about the task of dismantling and storing the Christmas decorations.
We have welcomed a new interim minister at the church, Rev. Dr. Ron Galvin.  Sunday we had many visitors from the last church which he served, Trinity Presbyterian Church.  Some were relatives of several of our members.  We are also happy to have the minister’s wife, Sandy, who attended my Sunday School class and will be a great addition.
Monday, the temperature moderated somewhat and the snow is now finally melted in most places.  I hope that this means you will be out and about more and sending me your news.

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