Sept. 17, 1920 – 100 Years Ago
The Amity Club hosted the first meeting of the season at First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall in Olney, Thursday, Sept. 3, at 10:30 a.m. President Bobby Wright called the meeting to order and led the members to recite the “Club Collect” written by Mary Stewart in 1904.
At the HOUSE OF MERCY ENTERPRISES, we start our day at 5:30 with wake-up call. Morning hygiene routine and get dressed to make it to breakfast at 6:00. Then back to your room to make sure it is tidy and can pass inspection. Out of our rooms and in devotion to start our mind on Christ, the message given by Philip, Preston or another resident as assigned.
During the summer of 2020, the Summer Reading Program for the Children’s Library carried on as usual at the Olney Community Library and Arts Center. This year’s theme was: Imagine Your Story! The program began on Monday, June 1st and ended Friday, July 31st, and was open to those in Pre-K through Fifth Grade. Participants read books from the library, home or E-books . The titles were then entered on a Reading Log that was kept at the library. This summer’s program came with a twist, entrants earned points for the number of pages read instead of the number of titles. New too, were the division into two categories with a first and second place in each. Readers would choose between Group 1: Picture books, Easy Readers and Easy Biographies or; Group 2: Junior Fiction, Junior Nonfiction, or Junior Biographies. All summer participants read and tallied the number of pages accumulated from their book titles! Extra points were awarded for coming to the Rob Holladay Show, this summer’s only presenter offered by the library. Participants kept their eyes on the awesome Lego prizes to be awarded at the conclusion of the program. We are proud of this summer’s participants! They are as follows: Benjamin Baran, Zachary Baran, Brayson Betts, Kameron Betts, Matthew Bullock, Emerald Edgington, Rayleigh Franklin, Denis Geter, Trey Geter, Jace Haralson, Caroline Jeske, Grace Jeske, Laney Kimbro, Bennett Powers, Brinkleigh Powers, West Stephens, Wyatt Stephens, Harris Sullivan, Zeph Tejada, Jack Wells, Christian Widner and Jenna Widner.
Although the schedule can seem rigorous, to some there is so much more to what is done here and being done currently. Let’s start with the way we are when we get here… We come here with little hope and no faith in ourselves or anything else for that matter. What we deserve is not what we receive when we walk in the door, a waiting smile and no judgement. At first we don’t know if we can trust these people because why would strangers love us with no strings attached? We don’t even love ourselves. We are fed, given a bed and for the first time in a long time a seed of hope is planted. We sleep with no nightmares because we can sleep with both eyes closed. After our bodies start to recover from the abuse we put ourselves through, we are slowly coming back to life.