Catalpa news

Friday, June 25, 2010

Hello again to all my friends and neighbors. This heat sure is something, isn't it? As the saying goes, "It will burn a blister on a flat rock." But if you were out in Petersburg last Saturday, you would have been looking for Noah with the way it rained. It came a flood during the auction of Fred and Clara Ruth Richardson's estate. They were wading in water over their shoe tops for quite a while.

We were glad to have several visitors at church last Sunday. Most came to be with their fathers for Father's Day. Gary Douglas had as his visitors Wendy, Jaime, and Jenna Ridley, and Kayden and Alex Walker. Nicky Foster brought his grandson Jesse with him. Tony Williams had as his visitors his sons, Brian and Brandon, and daughter-in-law, Kayla. April Garshnick was there to visit her father, Larry Smith. And the Porter's granddaughter, Danielle, was with her grandparents, Bobby and Gail. We were also glad that Terri Pack was able to be with us. We did miss Alice Pack, though. She and Tim's family were spending a few days in Kentucky with Jared, who is there on a summer intern program.

After church services were over, several met to discuss having a one-day Vacation Bible School sometime in August. There will be more details later on. Marlon Finley from Ostella came Sunday night to discuss a joint VBS with them as well.

Most of the events for Relay for Life are now over for this year. I hope they did well with their fundraising for this year. Tony Williams and his team for CKNA were happy that they raised almost $10,000 this year. Tony is a very big supporter for Relay for Life and works hard all year to help them earn money.

Sheila and her girls, Kami and Shawnee, carried Meriel and me to Nashville last Wednesday to visit my eye specialist and have a peripheral vision scan done. There has been no increase in my line of vision to the left, but I am slowly learning tricks in order to read certain things if the print is big enough. Meriel has had problems with his left ear draining and has had to send his hearing aid back to the company to be cleaned. He isn't able to hear at all now until it comes back. I have to be his ears and he has to be my eyes, but we get by.

Lone Oak Church of Christ, on Hwy 130 in Richmond, will be having their Gospel Meeting starting on Sunday, June 27. They will be having Friends and Family Day and a potluck dinner after the morning service. The services each night will be at 7:30 p.m. with Ralph Wayne Hart doing the speaking. Ralph Wayne is a Petersburg boy, the son of Sam and the late Verna Hart, and is married to the former Dixie Shaddy, also from Petersburg. The Gospel Meeting runs through Wednesday night, the 30th. I'm sure the church will be glad to have you come and be with them during the meeting.

Here is our poem for this week.

Give Lavishly! Give Abundantly!

The more you give the more you get

The more you laugh, the less you fret.

The more you do unselfishly,

The more you live abundantly.

The more of everything you share,

The more you'll always have to spare.

The more you love, the more you'll find

That life is good and friends are kind.

For only what we give away.

Enriches us from day to day.

By Helen Steiner Rice