Kilgore Church Women Enjoy Music Program | News

The women of the Kilgore Church met on April 22 at the First Baptist Church in Kilgore. Twenty-six members and one guest attended, representing six area churches. President Pam Pipkin welcomed everyone and delivered the invocation.

Secretary Kim Gore read the minutes of the January 28 meeting. They were approved as is. Treasurer Peggy Bowne reported the bank balance and said 245 meals had been delivered by April 15 for Meals on Wheels. Donations are needed to replenish monies spent on takeout containers. After discussing the Presbyterian Ministries School Supplies Project, Bea Lawler offered to continue supporting this ministry by donating $300. Kim Gore seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.

There was a discussion about assignments for nursing home birthday parties. Two churches have dropped their commitments to serve in this capacity. Other churches will fill the vacant dates.

After everyone had lunch, Bea Lawler introduced guest speaker Karen Wilson of St. Luke’s Methodist Church and daughter of Louise Harrison. Karen currently assists the children’s choir. Her love of music and her ministry in area nursing homes was quite evident. However, despite his great talent and ability to teach music to others, no one signed up to play the complicated harmonica. She has been playing harmonica and guitar since high school. She spent many years in a dulcimer band, entertaining with them in nursing homes. She really enjoyed her time with this group. Now she performs weekly at nursing homes in Kilgore, Longview or Henderson. Residents love to sing along to its upbeat music. Karen joked that “you know the stage is level when drool is flowing from both sides of the harmonica player’s mouth!”

Karen has expanded her musical repertoire over the years as well as her technical knowledge.

All of her music selections are now on her iPad, and she has a pedal-operated “page turner” on her iPad while playing guitar and harmonica. She led a game of “guess the anthem”, playing only four notes as a clue. Lawana Sistrunk was the winner! Everyone enjoyed this program. A donation to Helping Hands will be made in honor of Karen.

Prayer concerns have been expressed for Dianne Lyle, Sherry Lockman and Ruth Spahalski. The agenda being exhausted, the meeting is adjourned.