‘Keenagers’ build mini manger scenes

MOORE HAVEN — The over-50 group affectionately known as Keenagers was pleasantly surprised when, following a covered dish luncheon at their December meeting, they were each handed an oyster shell, a Christmas card depicting the Holy Family and a pair of scissors. Laura Daniels and Bobbi Brown instructed the members in making Nativity scenes by cutting out pictures of Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus, and hot-gluing them into the oyster shells to form a manger scene. Despite their insisting that they couldn’t do it, with a little instruction, every person there did an admirable job of cutting and hot-gluing to construct a recognizable manger scene. Even Pastor Sherrill Tillery, who held out that “Jesus was not laid in an oyster shell,” proudly exhibited his creation. The group had voted not to have a gift exchange, and agreed this bit of “Christmas crafting” was a lot of fun, as “there is nothing we need at the Keenagers’ age, and very little we want.”

Special to the Lake Okeechobee News
Pastor Sherrill Tillery and Tom Shanahan work on shell ornaments.

While First Baptist Church of Moore Haven sponsors the Keenagers, church membership is not a requirement. The only obligation is a person must be 50 years old or older, or married to someone 50 years old or older. Keenagers is the church’s way of helping the local seniors enjoy a monthly get-together. Sometimes they meet in the fellowship hall, and sometimes at a private home for a picnic or a fish fry.

Notice is posted ahead of time where that month’s meeting will be. Meetings are at noon on the third Thursday of the month. Be sure to attend next month when everyone’s birthday will be celebrated.

This will be a covered dish lunch followed by each person present receiving a birthday gift. The January meeting will be in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church, 1112 Green St. in Moore Haven. For more information, please call Barbara (Bobbi) Brown at 863-946-3356.

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