I hope everyone had a very happy and fulfilling week.

Happy Birthday this week to Addison Ross on Aug. 28, Breanna Landers on Aug. 29, Shane Burkeens on Aug. 30 and Jake Weaver on Aug. 31. I hope your birthday is as special as you are!

Prayers are appreciated for Kristen Carlton Jones, Tim Landers, Brianna Landers, Gary Hyatt, Carolyn Brasfield, Jim Ruth, Eloise Murley, Samantha Mosier, Woodie Deming and Ms. June Davis. Please remember to pray for our shut-ins and nursing home residents and visit them when you can. Please remember our military, our law enforcement and first responders, and do not forget the ones that have lost loved ones.

Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength!

Our sincere condolences to the Charles Murley family. Charles passed away Wednesday, Aug. 21, after a long illness. He was born in Chester County, but he spent most of his work life in Memphis. He had been in Deanburg since 1983 when he retired from MLGW. He was a wonderful, Christian man and will be missed so much. He was very active at Bethel Baptist Church, serving as deacon and in various other capacities. He was a friend and a mentor to many young people as well as older ones. Love you, Charles! Praying also for others that have lost loved ones.

Quote of the week: “How strange to use ‘You only live once’ as an excuse to throw it away.” - Bill Copeland.

Our devotion of the week: “My heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you, O Lord will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay. You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” Psalm 16:9-11

If you want to see an interpretation of the resurrection, go to YouTube to see a short film, “The Day of Rapture.”

Do you have Rheumatorid Arthritis? I pray that you do not and never will. It is a horrible disease that, as most of you know, my daughter died of a year ago on Aug. 16. She had it for at least 12 years that we knew of, but it could have had it for a long time. I just want you to be aware of the symptoms and what it is. The symptoms are fatigue, joint pain, joint tenderness, joint swelling, joint redness, joint warmth, joint stiffness, loss of joint range of motion, limping, joint deformity), loss of joint function, anemia, fever and depression. Many joints can be affected (polyarthritis), and both sides of the body may be affected (symmetric).

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation of the joints. Autoimmune diseases are illnesses that occur when the body’s tissues are mistakenly attacked by their own immune system. The immune system contains a complex organization of cells and antibodies designed normally to “seek and destroy” invaders of the body, particularly infections. Patients with autoimmune diseases have antibodies and immune cells in their blood that target their own body tissues, where they can be associated with inflammation. While joint tissue inflammation and inflammatory arthritis are classic RA features, the disease can also cause extra-articular inflammation and injury in other organs. If you have any of these symptoms, please get checked out.

God bless each of you this week. Call me at 879-9777 with any community news, special events or personal news you want to share.