Catalpa News

Friday, November 12, 2010

Hello again to all of you. We are very happy to report that by the time this comes out Mama (Juanita) should be back at home. On Tuesday, Mama, Daddy and I met Connie at St Thomas for Mama's doctor's appointment. She still has some rough times, but is improving and is meeting her goal at rehab. She was able to leave the nursing home Sunday and attend church at Catalpa. Then go out for lunch with Daddy before returning to Merihil. Her roommate, Mrs. Wasserman, was able to go home on Saturday. I know she is glad to be home.

Our crowd was about like usual at church Sunday. We were glad to have two friends of Landry Murdock with us. Come back again, boys. Sorry that Gail Porter was not able to make it; hope she will be able to come back soon. Terri Pack had some of her surgery last week. She has some soreness and pain, but I hope this will help her be able to eat without much pain. June and Gary Douglas were missed Sunday as well. June is having some problems with diverticulitis and had to go to the hospital in Columbia last Thursday. June is always so busy and we hope she will soon be back doing all of her normal activities.

I have some sad news to report from the Petersburg area. Sincere sympathy goes out to the Gill family over the loss of Mr. William Gill, who just turned 90 recently. Also sympathy is sent out to the Edmiston family in the death of Carl Lee Edmiston. He had been sick for a while and was only 52. I remember going to school with him as well as his sister, Linda. Ricky Wright's garage was heavily damaged in a fire last week along with a partially restored vehicle inside. There was also a fire Saturday at the John Murdock home. It was mostly contained to one room.

Our birthday list is short this week. Janice Harris will celebrate a birthday on Nov. 17. She has helped us so much by staying with Mama during the day and has agreed to keep doing so now that Mama is at home. I forgot to mention Donna Douglas Looney's birthday last week. Her special day was this past Sunday- Nov. 7. Donna, it must be old age since I am only a couple of months older than you and still forgot.

I will repeat the events from last week's news. Hardin's Chapel Church of Christ will be having a Ladies' Day on Nov. 13 from 9-12. Michelle Massey will be the speaker. Pickin'n'Grinnin' will be this Saturday (I got my weeks crossed and had it as last week - sorry). I hope they have lots of pickers as well as grinners. Lone Oak Church will be hosting the area-wide Friday night singing on Nov. 12; the church is between Petersburg and Shelbyville on Hwy 130. Catalpa will be the site for the Marshall County Second Sunday singing on Nov. 14. I hope several of you will come be with us as we get started at 2 p.m. Fayetteville will be having their annual "Host of Christmas Past" on Nov. 12-14.

Event chair Anna Childress reminded us that Saturday, Nov. 20, is the date for the annual Red Cross Christmas Village. This year it is in a new location: The Powder Room on West Church Street, Lewisburg, adjacent to Borden Storage, in the old Borden milk plant. Call Anna at 359-3918 if you need more information, or want to rent a booth.

So sorry to hear that all of our teams lost last Friday night. But I know that the basketball games are starting and we need to support these teams as well. Charlie and Logan Pack will be playing on the Saturday league teams. I guess "Aunt Sheila" will have to go to at least one game.

Our poem for this week is:

God's Love

God's love is like an island

In life's ocean vast and wide -

A peaceful, quiet shelter

From the restless, rising tide...

God's love is like an anchor

When the angry billows roll -

A mooring in the storms of life,

A stronghold for the soul...

God's love is like a harbor

Where our souls can find sweet rest

From the struggle and the tension

Of life's fast and futile quest...

God's love is like a beacon

Burning bright with faith and prayer

And through the changing scenes of life

We can find heaven there!

by Helen Steiner Rice