Living Out Loud | By Suzanne Loudamy



“Wake the neighbors! Get the word out! Come on, crank up the music, climb a mountain and shout! This is life we’ve been given, made to be lived out … so live out loud.”


As Wayne and I each passed the age of 55, our names were added to the ForeRunners’ roll at church. In case you are not familiar with that term it is used to politely describe you as an old person.

I have no problem with that. It is sort of like carrying an AARP card. (We got those at age 50) If it saves me a buck here and there, I’m all about that.

So back to the ForeRunners. This group does some really fun stuff.

Like many other Baptist group they love to eat. You’ll find them gathered around the table for their monthly pot luck on the last Monday of the month. Quarterly they gather up and go out to eat together.

One of the activities that are planned throughout the year are the trips they take as a group. Sometimes it is a day trip or just a weekend. Sometimes it is longer and more involved.

The next trip on the schedule is to Eureka Springs in the fall. That would be a good one. If you have never seen Arkansas in the fall you are really missing something. Everyone thinks you have to go to the northeast like to Maine or New Hampshire. Let me tell you, the beautiful countryside and mountains in Arkansas explode with the autumnal hues and the trees prepare for their winter nap.

While most of the members of the ForeRunners group are post 65, they do want to keep up with what’s going on in the world. I don’t mean the politics or what actress married what country singer. I mean they want to be up on the world of communication.

The generation before me had minimal exposure to the computer. I never touched a personal computer until after my children were born.

So here we are with the Cloud ruling our lives at every turn and we don’t even know what the Cloud is!

I got an email from the Seniors pastor Bro. Gary McDonald on Tuesday. It was inviting those who would like a little help in learning how to use their cell phone more efficiently to bring it on Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. Our youth ministry will be in the Fellowship Hall to offer some hands-on information, advice and warnings.

What better group to teach us to use our cell phones than the ones who were born with a cell phone in hand.


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