Coffee Talk at the Palms
April 8, 2020
Hope has a name and HIS name is JESUS. You see, HE is still Risen, HE is still ascended, He is still at the right hand of the Father, and HE is still King! This is the theme I want to share and encourage you, my dear residents, with this wonderful day. The world around us is in a state of panic but this Holy Week I pray you will find time to be STILL in his presence and to HOPE and to BELIEVE! No matter what each of you is facing today, we serve a RISEN Saviour! On this day 2000+ years ago Jesus knew the very difficult road ahead for him but he forged on because he knew that his Resurrection day was still coming.
HE lives, he lives Christ Jesus lives TODAY. As difficult as times may be right now, he walks with me and talks with each of us along life’s narrow way. My prayer this Wednesday of Holy Week is for each of you to live boldly in the face of uncertainty and know HE still is in control!
It is with that victory that I pray we each may live in each and every day. We celebrate the Last Supper tomorrow night but we do so in the Faith and Knowledge that the Victory is already Won. Ain’t God Good!!! He is still in the miracle business.
Ok enough sermonizing, it is a beautiful day here and I pray it is a great day wherever each of you are today. Thank you to all the many of you who came out this morning to assist in the moving of the tables and chairs and the removal of the carpet in the Fellowship Center. I understand there were as many as 20 there today and the work was completed in almost record time. At the end of this Coffee Talk are a couple of pictures shared with me of the removal of the carpet to prepare the floor for the next phase.
Time for a big group sing-a-long as we sing and wish Happy Birthday greetings to Mary P (9th) and David E (12th). OK everyone sing out loud 1,2,3 Happy Birthdayyyyyyyyyyy and many more! You sounded awesome, good job everyone. Now that your voices are loosened up Happy Anniversary needs to be sung to Richard & Yvonne N (12th) and Mike & Diana C (14th). Ok now I do NOT want to be the only one singing….Happy Anniversary to youuuuuu and many more!
UPDATE!!!! The Pool Lift Chair is in and being used and that is so exciting. Thanks to all who donated to make this happen. It makes our pool accessible for everyone in the park now. We are so blessed here!
Tonight from 6:30 -7:30 during Social Distancing Hour, Mary Picking will be out on her driveway for folks to stop by and sing or blow kisses or just well wishes as she is here with us for just a brief time. Thanks to Diane her daughter for sharing her with us as she celebrates her birthday tomorrow. Show her some love as you still can give her love and wishes from a safe distance!
IF anyone is interested the Church of the Brethren will be having a live stream Love Feast tomorrow evening, Maundy Thursday, at 7:30pm. All that is asked of you is to have a basin with a little water and a towel to wash your hands in and some bread or crackers and a cup of juice or water(you know Jesus did turn the water into wine) as we celebrate this most Holy time of Holy week. If you miss it you can watch again at your convenience on Church of the Brethren.org and look for the Love Feast broadcast. For those whose churches also are sharing communion do so in Remembrance of HIM.
We ask that each of you continue to be in prayer for your brothers and sisters in the park who are facing battles. I Praise the Lord that I got to visit with Helen E a couple of nights ago and she looks Marvelous. See Prayer changes things and it is NOT the only thing we can do.. IT IS the GREATEST thing we can do…SO be thankful in ALL things and then once you have praised our Lord go before him with your requests. A little scriptural way to do things 😉
We have begun the work in the RV park with the electrical company and will keep you all informed at this project progresses.
Attention all Men of the Palms:
We are still in need of Men or women to help squeegee the floor in the Fellowship Center as it is buffed clean from all the glue and such on its surface. If you have some time to help see Larry E as he needs a few good helpers. Thank you in advance.
In the coming days of Holy week and in the coming weeks of this Covid crisis we each will be given many opportunities to give of ourselves. Whether it is time, talent, attitude, or money may this scripture be encouraging in the love of Christ and remind you as 2 Cor 9:7 “Each person should do as he has decided in his heart--not reluctantly or out of compulsion, since God loves a cheerful giver.” We cannot out give God. That should be comforting and challenging all in one.
Calendars are available in the office and each day we have given an idea of something to do to lift up those around us or back home. Participate as you see fit, no pressure ie 2 Cor 9:7 hehe all I ask is that each one of your precious folks here live each day to the FULLEST in Christ!
Coffee Talk at the Palms
May 6, 2020
As I sat in my folk’s car outside the Florida Cancer Center as Eddie has his first chemo treatment, I was listening to JOYfm and kinda lost in a praise haze. I realized if nothing else good comes out of this time of Pandemic… increased Patience will for me and I pray it will for many others. In my study and prayer time recently, the Word has pointed out to me that this time used wisely will give growth beyond measure in my walk with the Lord. I guess that is why the Devil has been sending some tests my way lately but Praise the Lord he will see us through any and all trials we face. Isn’t it GREAT to know that “Who is he that overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” I John 5:5 So, if you are struggling with feelings of loneliness or depression or frustration from this time of Covid-19 and you believe and know Jesus REJOICE for you are one of the few who will overcome the world and this virus. I know it is great to have a friend like Jesus who is the overcomer and victor and is so loving and kind and patient with us SOOO that we can in turn be patient with others even if we don’t agree with them. Jesus brings us together IF we know and love him.. That is the Victory and Patience I pray each of us will live in today and forever!
Tune up those voices as we are getting ready to sing Happy Birthday to Howard W the 7th and Carl S the 8th… Happy Birthday to you and many moreeeeeee
Now that your voices are warmed up no one has an anniversary this week ☹. LOL sorry as I know how well you folks love to sing with me weekly now!! Please just be PATIENT with me see how I worked that in here also??? I am amazing lol
May calendars are in the office foyer. If you have been missing church as much as I have make sure you get out and worship with other believers THIS Sunday. 3 of Lorida’s 4 churches will be open again this Sunday and all will be practicing Social Distancing and making a joyful Noise so pick one and Get to Worship and this week no Pajamas at church HEHEHEHE
I received an email from Ben & Vickie B and now I am sharing with you all:
Ben and Vickie Burger Would Like To Thank Everyone for All The Love and Support and PRAYS You Have Shown in the sickness
and passing of Vickie's Dad.
We Love You ALL
MAY THE LORD BLESS YOU ALL THE DAYS OF YOUR LIFE Vickie Ann Burger
Always a Blessing to hear from our park family especially when I can see God’s hand thru it!
Mike & Anita K; Ken & Donna C; Larry & Sandy E; Gary & Karen C; Mike & Diana C; Tim & Becky M; Dave & Pat D; Frank & Doreen B; Tom & Toni W; Jr & Brenda K and Jerry P I believe all these folks are guilty of leaving us this week and even though they are guilty of breaking my heart let’s all sing together right now that song of farewell with prayers to see them again soon! We’re sorry you’re going away we wish that you could stay, we’re going to miss you we ask God to bless you We’re sorry you’re going away!!!! Boo Hoo If I missed someone I do apologize the trauma of so many desertions has been rough enough I may have lost it hehe Love you guys!
HUGE HUGE Thank yous go out to Larry E and David B and Nelson W and Frank B for All their MARVELOUS Hard work to get the new floor put down in the Fellowship Center.. BOY oh BOT are some of you in for a HUGE surprise blessing when you get back to us at Palms Estates. Sneak peek photos included.
SO as you can see we don’t really slow down here we just reload with more and better things to do and get done. We are so blessed here that why wouldn’t anyone NOT want to be a part of Palms Estates every winter!!! God bless you all and ease back into life at your own pace but be mindful that there is nowhere you can go that the Lord does not go before you and with you and that alone should give us each the strength and patience to face tomorrow!!!
In closing, please be mindful that Sunday is Mother’s Day so take the time to celebrate all the women in your life. Food for Thought this Mother’s Day
“It's not easy being a mother. If it were easy, fathers would do it.” — The Golden
“If at first you don't succeed, try doing it the way mom told you to in the beginning.” — Unknown
“Successful mothers are not the ones that have never struggled. They are the ones that never give up.” — Sharon Jaynes
God Bless you all
Coffee Talk at the Palms
May 20, 2020
Yes, it is true!!! We had COFFEE HOUR together and it was AWESOME!! A beautiful morning with a nice breeze greeted 30 Palm Estaters as we gathered together for the first time in 2 months at the Pavilion in the RV Park. Most everyone stayed seated on their golf carts and we all practiced social distancing. I really believe all those assembled together were thrilled to be able to once again be united as one body. There were smiles all around as Vicki K had purchased individually wrapped honey buns and doughnuts and of course freshly brewed coffee.
As everyone visited, Vicki came to the mic and let everyone in on our next big news. We are having the Memorial Day picnic this Monday at 1pm. To comply with CDC health requirements, the Fellowship will be getting all who sign up a boxed lunch with your choice of Dark or White Chicken or Fish with one side. We will also serve individually wrapped rolls and brownies. We will get together in the Newly floored and staged Fellowship Center at 1pm for the picnic. Please make sure you sign up by Thursday for this Annual Tradition as we honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice so we can enjoy living is such a great Free Country.
After a little more discussion among the wonderful folks gathered for Coffee Hour and once Jeff finally showed up hehe it was time for the official program with Donna H as our emcee. She opened with a great welcome and a lovely prayer of thanks for being able to be together again and for the blessing of being in such a great community. She then told a Blonde man joke that I hate to admit was as funny as the other Blonde jokes hehe. Donna welcomed returnees Lavon & Inell P back as they stay in their newly purchased RV, they bought from the Battes. Also she welcome Newcomer Betty who was introduced by her good friend Larry B and all welcomed her enthusiastically. Then came Birthday time and Donna asked for all who had had birthdays since the last time we were together for Coffee Hour and Larry B reminded us his birthday was last Friday. We also celebrated those who have Birthdays this coming week Toni W and Sylvia S. The best part was when we all sang to them and I did not have to imagine what it would sound like as I was there to hear it.. soo Happy Birthday and many more. Donna also celebrated all the Anniversaries we have had since our last Coffee Hour and then we celebrated this weeks with a song to Don & Sue R and Rick & Audrey B!!!
Jeff then came to the mic to give out some info. He welcomed all and was truly excited to be together again. He reminded everyone that next week Tuesday and maybe Wed an electric project will be going on in the RV park; he got in touched with the pavers and they hope to be here in June to pave Live Oak; if anyone has any dates for the June calendars he is in the process of making them now; possible return of game night with only 4 at a table to observe Social distancing and with masks; Jeff also announced that on June 27th at 2pm in the Lorida COB there will be a Memorial Service for Gordon White. All are invited to attend as we honor a truly great man and friend to all in the park. Jeff shared that we had a lovely music tribute to Gordon a couple of weeks ago given by Brenda K and Carl S and we had 65 people of attendance in their golf carts and distanced around the library parking area. It was a great evening of music and honoring G. W.
Jeff announced that Linda W has 3 boxes of 312 hearing aid batteries that are new and if anyone can use them, they are for free.
Jeff thanked all 4 men who worked so hard to see the floor in the Fellowship Center but we did all out clapping for David B as he was the only one still here. We do owe David and Larry E and Nelson W and Frank B a HUGE thank you for such a wonderful job. The stage is to be covered later today.
Jeff also thanked George & Sandy Y for their faithfulness to lock and cover the pool when necessary. They remind me that they are the remnants of the Pool Cmte but we are so blessed to have such faithful members. We gave them both a big hand in THANKS.
Jeff also thanked those who have donated to help make the Pool Lift Chair a reality and he has ordered an extra battery and hopes to move the charging station to the pool area. He also asked that those who use it last in the day please take it and recharge it in the Laundry Area of the Hobby House daily.
Jeff also made everyone aware that the Gator Shack in conjunction with Nu Hope ministries is supplying Senior with free meals each late afternoon/evening for free. There is a schedule of what is available daily and all you must do is call Nu Hope to get signed up for these wonderful free meals. What a blessing to have a local business that cares so much about our seniors!!!
We plan to have pictures of the gorgeous completed Fellowship Center for all to view in the coming week.
We sat up tables and chairs at social distancing lengths Thursday morning at 9am to prepare for the Memorial Day picnic.Jeff had to leave to take Eddie to his chemo with Mom Becky but Donna went on with Coffee Hour as emcee.
Donna asked who was leaving this coming week and the floodgates remain open as residents head North after prolonged stays… Bruce & Margaret U on Sat; Donna and Karen on Thursday and Jake S early next week. They then sang the farewell song till we meet again! ☹
After a wonderful Coffee Hour, we separated to go our ways and enjoy this day our Lord has made for each of us!!! Enjoy wherever you are God is GOOD!
Jeff asks that everyone to be in prayer for Carolyn and John V as she is quite ill and they are not sure what is wrong. They initially thought it was pneumonia but tests have not shown what it is. She has a granddaughter to get wed this Saturday and she hopes to be able to attend. As I know you are a praying community, I ask each of you to lift her up in your prayers.
Linda White has asked me to share the following note with everyone:
I would like to thank all the folks who have sent cards, meals, prayed, and generally done many special things to help me get through the past few weeks. It is wonderful to live in this caring compassionate community where we truly do show the love of Christ to each other.
Please note that I will be closing out Gordon's E-mail account - in the next few weeks so please use my account to contact me - FLgrandma47@gmail.com. And I plan to have Gordon's phone disconnected as soon as Verizon is open and I am able to talk to a representative so use my cell - 540-810-0055 to get in touch with me from now on. Thanks again for all the many kindnesses shown to me over these past months. You will never know how much I have appreciated it all.
Coffee Talk at the Palms
June 3, 2020
After I handed out the new Hurricane Shelter Lists to those of us still fortunate enough to live here during the season of Hurricanes, I looked around to find 19 of the most wonderful Palms Estaters gathered six feet apart With all the craziness of the world going on around us, I honestly can say it is such a blessing to be here with residents whom are loved ones in our safe little hamlet of Lorida. God is good… All the time.
Ben B came up to the mic as our Emcee this morning and promptly ask us to rise as he led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and then opened our time with a great prayer of thanksgiving and also asking the Lord for help for all our leaders from the President down during this trying times we are facing. AMEN Ben then told a very cute story about a Dad and his daughter as the Dad asked if she had a newspaper to which she quickly replied, “Dad this is the 21st century and so now a days people use smartphones or tablets or laptops” and her Dad looked right at her and said “ Well I’ll tell you one thing, That FLY never knew what hit him!” HEHE
Then Ben gave us some valuable instruction on HOW to Wash a Cat.. 1 – Add Pet Shampoo to you toilet water.. 2 – Pick up Cat… 3 – In ONE smooth motion put cat in toilet and close lid and sit on lid 4 – The cat will then self-agitate 5 – Never mind the noise the Cat IS enjoying this bath so Flush Toilet 3 or 4 times so as to get a complete wash and rinse cycle 6 – Go and open front house door and make sure no one is in the path to said door 7 – Stand back and quickly lift lid and after you will notice that now you have a clean cat AND toilet LOL instructions provided Sincerely by your DOG 😊
Ben then thanked Donna K, Vicki K, and with some help also Lois W for their work in the kitchen this morning.
Lots of Birthdays this week in our community but alas none were present at Coffee Hour so we sang Happy Birthday to them anyway lol only cause, we love you! Happy Birthday wishes go out to the following Bob M 3rd; Teresa K 4th; Ed B & Gene V 6th; Darell B & Sandy E 7th and George Y 9th. There were no Anniversaries this coming week and with No Returnees and No Guests or Newcomers present it was a quick trip thru the program.
This brought us right to Announcements:
Vicki K Reminded everyone of Water Exercises if the weather permitted at 10:30 Mon – Sat
Because of the rain and having our Social Distancing Hour being out for now with the weather and since we are entering Phase 2 here in Florida, we will be having Game nights at 7pm in the Hobby House with social distancing in place. All are welcome to come play or just visit 6 feet apart please.
Also reminded we need folks to sign up to emcee and work the kitchen since we are back to having Coffee Hour.
Linda W shared she had brought an assortment of Hurricane Preparedness Materials for anyone who were wanting to know to stock up on and other preparedness ideas.
Jeff then came up to share that he has handed out the updated Hurricane Shelter placements. If anyone has not received this updated list please call the office and he will get one to you.
Ray and the maint. Crew will be loading up Scrap Metal behind the shop on Thursday at 9am for anyone who would be able to help them out.
Reminder to please Flush the toilets anytime the toilets are used here in the Fellowship Center. Surprises of this kind are not appreciated!!
If you wanted a meal from Sebring CoB please see Judy B as she will make sure to get the orders in and even deliver them.
Calendars for June are available in the office and also in the back of the Fellowship Center.
Also last week Jeff announced a Hot Dog Roast for Lorida at Harvest House but it is actually this Friday 6pm at Harvest House for all in the community.
Ben shared that as we speak Jesse & Norma B were headed to the autotrain and were the lone departures this week so we sang the Farewell song to them and hope they heard out voices praying for their safe return soon.
Ben closed with the following poem and encouraged us to Live each day to the fullest!
When the world was
Young & Restless
And we were worried about
The Days of Our Lives
God said, You are
All My Children
Whether you live in Boston our
Let me be your
I will be by your side in good times and bad times, on a
Or when you are down and out in the
I will lift you up, because you are my child
The Bold and the Beautiful
Lift your head up high and let me show you the way,
because you only have
One Life to Live
So my beloved child, be not dismayed
As the World Turns
Because I will take you to
Coffee Talk at the Palms
June 10, 2020
With bright sunny skies 19 Summerites of Lorida gathered in the Fellowship Center for some coffee, some prepackaged honey buns or a bagel and some a great time of visiting one with another. It was the beginning of another great morning together in HotLorida! Barry A moved the mic closer to the crowd and welcomed each one of us to Coffee Hour! He introduced himself as Meg’s husband in case anyone did not know him. Hehe Barry also took time to let us all know that Meg had NOT kicked him out and that he was NOT living in their motor home parked in their driveway. To that everyone got a good laugh and maybe a not so happy look from his adoring wife, Meg. Hehe
With the mood of joy and smiles set, Barry led us in a great prayer focused on Jesus and his many blessings and how he never disappoints if we truly seek him. Calling on the Spirit to be in our midst as where two or more are gathered he will be also! With a great AMEN we were off to a great start this morning.
Barry thanked Bob & Vicki K for being our Kitchen workers this morning and also he thanked the CD player for providing us the music as we visited LOL. Barry then shared the story of a loser!
This is a story of a loser whose name was Sparky. He failed every subject in the eighth grade. He flunked physics in high school, getting a grade of zero. He also flunked Latin, algebra and English. And his record in sports wasn’t any better. Though he did manage to make into the school’s golf team, he promptly lost the only important match of the season. Oh, there was a consolation match, he lost that too.
Throughout his youth, Sparky didn’t have any friends. It wasn’t that the other students disliked him, it’s just that no one really cared all that much. In fact, Sparky was astonished if a classmate ever said hello to him outside of school hours. He never once asked a girl out in high school. He was too afraid of being turned down… or perhaps laughed at. Sparky was a loser. He, his classmates… everyone knew it. So he learned to live with it. He made up his mind early that if things were meant to work out, they would. Otherwise he would content himself with what appeared to be his inevitable mediocrity.
One thing was important to Sparky, — drawing. He was proud of his artwork. No one else appreciated it. But that didn’t seem to matter to him. In his senior year of high school, he submitted some cartoons for the yearbook. The editors rejected the concept. Despite this brush-off, Sparky was convinced of his ability. He even decided to become an artist.
So, after completing high school, Sparky wrote to Walt Disney Studios. They asked for samples of his artwork. Despite careful preparation, that too was rejected. One more confirmation that he was a loser.
But Sparky still didn’t give up. Instead, he decided to tell his own life’s story in cartoons. The main character would be a little boy who symbolized the perpetual loser and chronic underachiever. You know him well. Because Sparky’s cartoon character went on to become a cultural phenomenon of sorts. People readily identified with this “lovable loser.” He reminded people of the painful and embarrassing moments from their own past, of their pain and their shared humanity. The character soon became famous worldwide: “Charlie Brown”. And Sparky, the boy whose many failures never kept him from trying, whose work was rejected again and again,… is the highly successful cartoonist Charles Schultz. His cartoon strip, “Peanuts,” continues to inspire books, T-shirts and Christmas specials, reminding us, as someone once commented, that life somehow finds a way for all of us, even the losers.
Sparky’s story reminds us of a very important principle in life. We all face difficulty and discouragement from time to time. We also have a choice in how we handle it. If we’re persistent, if we have faith, if we continue to develop the unique talents God has given us, who knows what can happen? In the end, there are no “losers”. Some winners just take longer to develop!
With the mystery solved, we all were pleased to know that Barry confirmed that there are no Losers only late bloomers! Jeff shared that Lucy the menace of Charlie Brown who always pulled the ball out from under Charlie on many occasions that her last name was Van Pelt. Lucy VanPelt.. food for thought LOL
IN this time of the year it was no surprised that there were No returness; no newcomers; no guests. With that said Barry did a brief commercial for emcees and kitchen workers this summer as we need folks to sign up for those jobs please. Barry said if he could do it, ANYONE could. Those are his words NOT mine hehe
Barry then told the story of the church that had a golden phone with a straight connection to God but it costs $100 a minute to use.. As the young man searched at many other churches he found others had the same phone til one Sunday he came to a church that had the same phone but for only $1 a minute. He let us each fill in the blank with our own church as the one that was close enough to the Lord to now have to charge outlandish money to use it.. LOL sometimes it does seem that way though.. We are blessed that is only a prayer or talk away from us anytime.. NOW that is something to Praise about!!
Megs husband was then reminded by Meg his wife to do the Pledge of Allegiance to so we all rose and pledged to the flag. It is important to be mindful of who gave this great country the strength to endure.
Judy B is still seeking if anyone here would like one of Sebring CoBs Grab and Go dinners. Please let her know each week as early as possible. We will get the delivered
Linda W updated us on the First Aid kits throughout the park as she was asked to do by the Emergency Management Cmte. They have all been checked and refilled in the event we need to use them. One is sitting beside the stove in the Hobby House another is on the top shelf in the Fellowship Center kitchen.
Jeff came up and asked that we all pray for Donna K as she was in surgery on her carotid artery this very minute and the Lord blessed us with a great prayer to guide the doctors and be with Harry and Donna. Jeff received a call from Harry not long after coffee sharing that Donna has come thru the surgery and the surgeon had said she had a really blocked carotid and was blessed to not have had a life-threatening event before she had surgery. She was in recovery and resting well. Continue to lift her and Harry in your prayers please.
With no birthdays or anniversaries present, Jeff wants us all to help RuthAnn M celebrate her birthday on the 13th!!! And many moreeeee
Also sing out loud for Frank & Doreen B 15th and Jr & Brenda K 16th as they each celebrate Anniversaries!!!!
Jeff shared the Highlands Little Theater is performing the Marvelous Wonderettes nightly and your ticket gets you a front row sit to live stream the musical on your laptop.
He also noted that we have 2 adorable chicks running around the park with their parents since their hatching last week!!
He was asked about the paving of Live Oak and shared that we are the paving company’s next project and should happen in the next 2 weeks.
How exciting all the changes and upgrades you Northerns will have to look forward to on your return to our little gem here in Lorida!!
Friday evenings for the summer will be a weekly time of coming together at the Harvest House at the end of Blessings Way. It is open for all to attend and begins at 6pm each Friday night!
When Jeff felt like he had taken up as much time as he could LOL he sat back down to the glee of the other 18 folks gathered there 😉
Barry had a closing story and sent us each one on our way to enjoy the day.. the day the Lord made for each of us!!!