Hello again to all my friends. This heat is still with us; we finally got a little rain last week and there was some wind damage in the Pleasant Grove area last Saturday. Hope you all got some rain but not the wind. Things are still dry around here but we are getting several tomatoes and okra pods in our garden. By the way, if you haven't been to Catalpa in a while, we have a newly paved road that runs by the church.
Our sick are doing some better this week. Gary Douglas was back at church Sunday after having to return to the hospital for a few days last week. Brenda Haislip was back at church as well with the help of her son, Tony, and her walker. She was a welcome sight since she hasn't been able to be with us for a while. Josephine McAdams was feeling well enough to be with us; we are glad that she has started coming to Catalpa. Jesse Head is not doing too well and isn't able to start his therapy yet. Alice Pack is making progress with her hand after having a skin cancer removed a few weeks ago.
We were glad to have Marlon and Jean Finley as visitors Sunday and Marlon was our guest speaker. He had a very good thought-provoking lesson at both services. Bro. Carpenter and Alice were away on vacation. We appreciate Jeff Pack teaching our adult class during Sunday School and leading the singing Sunday night.
Bobby and Gail Porter had their two grandchildren with them for Sunday morning services. Matt Watson was also back with us Sunday morning. We hope they can come and be with us regularly.
Happy Birthday greetings go out this week to Michael Head, 26th, and Elma Murdock Beasley, 24th; and belated birthday wishes to Don Crabtree on the 13th. Meriel and I met Don and Patty, and Hannah, their granddaughter, at Mildred's in Lewisburg on Friday night to celebrate Don's birthday. We all enjoyed the meal and fellowship together. Don and Meriel work together for the City of Petersburg.
I had in my news last week about our back-to-school Roundup that was planned for Aug. 28, but we have had to reschedule this for a later date. We hope to have it when the weather is a little cooler. I will advertise the dates and times when we get everything set up.
Don't forget about our Friday night area-wide Singing coming up on Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. There are singers from several surrounding counties as well as Alabama who travel every Friday night to attend these singings. Ostella had a good crowd at theirs on August 6th and some mighty good singing, I might add. We hope to have a good crowd, as this will be a warm-up for the Diana Singing the next week.
Everyone please try to come out to Howell this Saturday night for Tommy and Shirley Metcalf's benefit. This will be held at the Howell Community Center (the old school building) starting at 5 p.m. Shirley has to take dialysis and had three stents put in on Monday. We hope she will do well from her surgery and tolerate the dialysis without too much discomfort.
That's about it for this week. Hope to visit with you again next week. And now for our weekly poem:
Traveling To Heaven
Life is a highway on which the years go by,
Sometimes the road is level, sometimes the hills are high.
But as we travel onward to a future that's unknown,
We can make each mile we travel a heavenly stepping stone.
By Helen Steiner Rice