Hello again, glad to be back with you this week. So sorry that I missed getting any news in last week. But I will try to get you caught up.
June and Gary Douglas were in a wreck last week. Their van was pretty torn up but they were not injured. We give thanks for that. Gary had a problem with his blood sugar on Saturday but was able to be at church Sunday. You just can't keep those two down.
Our sick list is rather long this week. Larry Smith wasn't up to coming to church Sunday because of some pain but reports are that he is healing well and slowly recovering from his shoulder surgery. It was announced Sunday that Dwight Fowler and Nancy Polk are battling cancer and that our Delina Road neighbor, Jean Allman, has suffered a stroke recently. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. Bro. Carpenter reported that his heart condition is not as bad as the doctors first thought and it was something that he has been living with all his life. That was welcome news for everyone at church. Jesse seems to be about the same but maybe some better.
We were glad to have Bro Carpenter and Alice back with us on Sunday. We also welcomed Tammie Calys. Tammie has been home helping her mother, Alice Pack, get settled into her new house. I know Alice is glad to have her home and appreciates the help. We are glad to hear that Alice is enjoying her home, but miss her being right up the road from us.
Troy Beard, who has been writing Petersburg Piddlin's, has started a new newspaper for Petersburg and surrounding areas. The Petersburg Herald just put out its first edition last week and can be purchased in several different areas for only 25 cents. It is a very good little paper and there was a very interesting article about Catalpa's own Kim Murdock and her quest to swim the Tennessee River.
The Lions' Club paper also came out last week. We are glad to get it every month. There was an announcement in this issue that Medium Methodist, in Delina, will be having a singing Oct. 16th featuring the Revelators. Singing will begin at 6 p.m. with a covered dish supper to follow. They also had a write up about the 6th Annual Chicken Festival which will be coming Oct. 23, starting at 10 a.m. There are several games and musical performances scheduled throughout the day.
This Saturday night is Pickin'n'Grinnin' in downtown Petersburg. Come out and join us for some good old hand-clapping music. Plus the food ain't half bad either.
Saturday, Oct. 16, Lone Oak Church of Christ, on Hwy 130 in Petersburg, will be having a "Men's Day" from 7 a.m. to noon. Corey Barnette and Milton Stephens will be bring several different lessons with lunch being served at 12 noon. For more information, contact Ray King at 659-9246 or 224-2004. Men and boys of all ages are welcome to attend.
I for one am looking forward to Ann Thornberry's annual holiday cooking program coming up on Nov. 3 at Church Street Church of Christ annex. I have been to several and truly enjoy them, as well as the recipes in her cookbook. Even though she has retired, she has agreed to put the show on every year. We appreciate all the work that she has to put in to get this show ready every year.
Congratulations to Cornersville High school for winning homecoming last Friday and to three of the Cornersville youth football teams on their wins over Cascade on Saturday. Charlie Pack plays on the oldest division team and they had a real battle with the Cascade boys. Most were twice the size of our Cornersville boys and ran all over them. They tried hard but were defeated. Better luck this week, boys!
Sunday afternoon was the trail ride and benefit for Terri Pack. Meriel and I, along with the rest of Jeff and Terri's family, want to thank all who helped out, donated items, donated money and just gave their support in this effort. For such a chilly day, there was a fairly good turnout and quite a bit of money was raised to help pay for Terri's upcoming surgery.
I hope that's all for now, so I will get to our poem for this week:
Where There Is Love
Where there is love the heart is light,
Where there is love the day is bright.
Where there is love there is a song
To help when things are going wrong.
Where there is love there is a smile
To make all things seem more worthwhile.
Where there is love there's quiet peace,
A tranquil place where turmoils cease.
Love changes darkness into light
And makes the heart take wingless flight.
Oh, blessed are those who walk in love
They also walk with God above...
And love that once seemed yours alone
God gently blends into His own.
By Helen Steiner Rice