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COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Evening R-Weigh recognizes winners

SALEM — The evening R-Weigh group met Jan. 6 at First Friends Church, with the meeting being called to order by Rosemarie Martinez. Gina Zepernick lead the R-Weigh prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. The group sang the song “Music, Music” chosen by Linda Lude. Ruth Miller prayed for family and friends. Patty Pim gave the treasurer’s report and told a joke.

The group welcomed Doris Senior, Susan Cain, Sara Smith, Darlene Murin and Mariana Doerr back.

Joan Schafer gave the inspiration on “Instant Gratification.” “We live in an instant-gratification society: instant food, instant messages, instant intimacy and instant success. And because we have been conditioned to expect immediate-gratification mentality of the world we live in, we have continually gravitated to diet and exercise programs that promise instant results. Never mind the fact we needed to lose 100 pounds; we were told we could start the diet in September and have the body we’d always dreamed of by the holidays. Visions of a sleek body danced through our head as we signed on the dotted line – and we imagined ourselves transformed in the twinkling of an eye. Sadly, in our desire for the instantaneous, we let go of the possible. We were looking for instant perfection rather than a gradual process of transformation. In our haste to achieve our quick fix goals, we forgot that God is not interested in instant results. God is in the business of building character, and building character takes time. Exactly how much time does the journey to health and wholeness take we impatiently ask. When we look to Scripture for an answer to the ‘how long’ question, God’s answer is very clear: The process of transformation begins the moment we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and continues until that glorious day when we are taken up to heaven to be with our Lord forever. This spiritual; journey we are on is about putting off the old and putting on the new. Replacing our old destructive habits with a new life style that promotes balance and wholeness. In theological terms, that lifelong process is called purification. God simply calls it transformation as He does His good work it happens moment by moment, day by day over the course of a lifetime. Our personal transformation – our renewal – can also be compared to climbing a ladder. Compare a ladder to an elevator. Both take you to a higher place, the difference is in how you get there. The Bible in Romans 12:2 says ‘Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.'”

There were 29 members who weighed in with a 27-pound loss. Calorie Chart winners were Jane Shaffer, Sara Smith and Chris Learn. Goalie winners were Ruth Ann Hall and Linda Lude. Good Loser in Group 1 was Raeann Sanor, Runner up was Patty Pim and Honorable Mention went to Donna Greenamyer. Group 2 Good Loser was Sara Smith with Chris Learn as Runner up. Honorable Mention went to Jane Shaffer, Doris Senior and Darlene Murin. Goalie Good Losers were Linda Lude and Ruth Miller.

Losing over Christmas was Raeann Sanor in Group 1. In Group 2 was Chris Learn, Jane Shaffer, Darlene Murin and Sara Smith. Goalie Good losers were Linda Lude, Ruth Miller, Jessie Rea, Vicki Knizat and Rita Cecil.

Rosemarie’s Tool Box was on “Look in the mirror everyday and be proud of where you are today.” “If you gain weight back, don’t beat yourself up over it. Instead focus on how much you’ve lost and how far you have come, then get back on track.”

Birdie challenged the group to set a goal that they would like to reach in the next two months. The group will do it in the next week.

There will be a contest starting Feb. 3 until Feb. 24. The cost is $3.

Linda Lude read a letter from Carol Held. She retired to Florida with her husband and used to belong to the group.

New members are welcome, weigh ins are from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. with the meeting starting from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday evenings at the First Friends Church on Jennings Avenue.

For information call Rosemarie at 330-840-9234 or Linda at 330-547-2071.

Seven and One Club marks holiday

SALEM — The Seven and One Club held its monthly meeting and Christmas party Dec. 18, hosted by Mrs. Jack Bruderly at Das Dutch Haus in Columbiana. After dinner the group went back to her home for the evening, including two guests – Mrs. Keith Kesler and Tracy Dearth.

The club played cards and prizes were won by the following: first place by Mrs. John Hively, second place by Mrs. Larry Dearth, low by Mrs. Ken Kaufman and travel by Mrs. Herb Bott.

After cards the club had a gift exchange cookie swap then enjoyed a chocolate log cake.

To end another year the club members along with their husbands dined out in Columbiana on New Year’s Eve. Members adjourned back to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Bruderly’s home to ring in the New Year. While there the club played cards and enjoyed snacks and refreshments.

The next regular club meeting will be held at 5 p.m. Jan. 15 at the home of Mrs. Gerald Mincks.

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