|Robyn Thompson, Activities Director|
& Stonecroft Speaker Sharon Braner
Michelle Miller, Chair of Stonecroft Tulsa #1 Women's Connection invited PressPause to Town Village, a local Retirement Community located in Tulsa, OK. Michelle has served as a friend and counselor there for the past eight years and is presently leading a Bible Study with the support of the Activities Director. The gathering was scheduled for Monday afternoon, January 17, 2011.
The meeting room was filled with residents, friends, and staff of this delightful Community. Several residents arrived in their electric scooters. Thirty-four folks attended with twenty-nine counted as participating in their first ever Stonecroft Outreach Meeting. Sharon Braner, chair of PressPause and Stonecroft speaker helped each guest realize their present attitude by identifying anger, joy, generosity, fear, loneliness, etc, through the concept of a signature song. She offered suggestions with famous and funny song titles from Country Music Best's Outrageous Tunes. She told her own life's story of overcoming self-centeredness and self-pity through the gospel of Jesus Christ. HE changed her life's song from "Gloom, Despair and Agony are Me" to "Great is They Faithfulness."
After much laughter and a few silent tears many found themselves acknowledging their need of a "new attitude" which can only be accomplished through a new life of forgiveness and joy.
Nine copies of the gospel of John were picked up at the end of the meeting. One "young at heart" gentleman was seen riding his scooter home to his apartment while singing in a loud voice "When the Saints Go Marching In." Another elderly guest proclaimed that her new song for the day would be "Thanks for the Memory."
After hugs and a promise to return the volunteers of PressPause agreed that they were the ones that had been blessed by spending time with these beautiful folks.