By Josh Mitchell
Corinth Today News Editor
For the past 17 years a Corinth pastor and his wife have shared the Gospel with the residents of Country Cottage.
Pastor Donald Sculley leads the singing and delivers a sermon while his wife Lynette plays the piano to classic songs such as “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.”
They do it voluntarily without pay, and say it is as much a blessing to them as it is the residents.
“This a bright spot in our week,” Donald said.
On Thursday he delivered the residents a sermon related to Thanksgiving. The residents also sang along to several hymns.
Donald is the pastor of Grace Bible Baptist Church just down the road from Country Cottage.
He started preaching at Country Cottage right after it opened in 1999.
“We just got started at it and kept on,” Sculley said.
They go to the facility on Thursday to deliver their program to the residents. Donald said a lot of the residents are “treasures.” He remembers one man who fought in the Battle of Iwo Jima and a woman who survived the Holocaust.
“We get to know these folks,” Donald said. “I’m a pastor, so I want to minister. It’s a chance to preach the Gospel. It’s a little oasis for them.”
Bringing the residents joy through singing is a “blessing” for Lynette.
One of their church members, Lola Porter, also helps them by visiting with the residents.
When the Sculleys’ children were younger they would also visit Country Cottage to sing and play instruments.
“It made them comfortable with older people,” Donald said.
They have experienced residents passing away over the years, and Donald has delivered some of the funerals.
“We’ve gotten to be real friends with some of them,” he added.
He and Lynette have gotten to know several residents over 100 years old.
Sometimes Donald jokes with the residents and says it is time to take up the offering.
“They are a great encouragement,” Donald said. “This is an opportunity to be a blessing.”