Hello to all. This heat is hard to live with; hope all are staying in and staying cool. It is pretty good for drying out hay though. As they say, you need to make hay while the sun shines. I hope all of this heat doesn't lead to any bad storms, but we could use a little rain to cool things off.
The Diana Singing is now history until September. We had two ladies from Georgia visit with us Sunday at church who had come to attend the Diana Singing. They have been making this trip for many years. Several years ago, they gave us money in memory of their late husbands to buy new songbooks for the church.
The first Sunday in June was the 34th anniversary of the Carpenters coming to fill in at Catalpa. Bro. Carpenter made reference to the fact that we have lost 35 members to death in that time, and also had another 30+ who have moved out of the area to attend other churches. I think we will probably make him a full-time preacher for us soon! Ha.
Last Saturday was Old Glory Days on the square in Petersburg. There was a good crowd in attendance in spite of the heat. They usually have a lot of pickers and everyone enjoys the free hamburgers and hot dogs. I'm glad they had such a good turnout. Hope you can make it next year.
By the time this comes out, Cornersville's and West Fayetteville's Vacation Bible Schools will be history. I hope they have a good turn out. Bledsoe (Po-Grab) Church of Christ will be starting their Gospel Meeting on Sunday, June 20. Liberty Valley will be holding a Gospel Meeting June 20-23 with Bill Cantrell at 7:30 p.m. each night.
Speaking of the 20th, Happy Father's Day to all of the fathers everywhere. This will also be Jeremy and Kasey Greene's first anniversary. Happy anniversary to them. Last Sunday, the 13th, was June Douglas's birthday. Belated wishes to June.
Alice went back to Chattanooga Monday to visit her doctor after surgery. Melonie Pack accompanied her. Hope her elbow is healing well. June and Brenda Haislip are also making good progress in their healing as well.
We were glad to have Matt Wilson and Tim Murdock at church Sunday. Tony Williams had to miss, but he was busy cooking barbeque for Relay for Life. Jeff Pack did a fine job leading singing in his place. We also missed Charlie, who was gone on a trail ride with his Aunt Penny and Great-grandma Sue.
Bro. Carpenter and Alice visited Tim and Julie Murdock in their new house on Sunday. They had many good things to say about the house and its peaceful location. Tim and Julie are hoping to rent out their old house, but haven't found anyone yet.
Get well wishes to Dot Hastings who suffered a fall in her home last week. Maybe she will soon be back in her shop and at church.
And now for our poem this week in honor of Father's Day.
"It's so nice to have a dad around the house"
Dads are special people --
no home should be without --
For every family will agree
they're so nice to have about.
They are a happy mixture of a small boy and a man,
And they're very necessary in every family plan.
Sometimes they're most demanding
and stern, and firm and tough
But underneath they're soft as silk,
for this is just a bluff.
But in any kind of trouble Dad reaches out his hand,
And you can always count on him
to help and understand.
And while we do not praise Dad
as often as we should,
We love him and admire him,
and while that's understood,
It's only fair to emphasize
his importance and his worth,
For if there were no loving dads,
this would be a loveless earth.
By Helen Steiner Rice