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Hello to all! I hope you all had a very good week. The temperatures have been HOT. Some like it hot - not me. We had a few days with a slight breeze. The next week or so is supposed to be in the 90’s for the most part with very little chance of rain. Our flowers are doing well, and it seems like our yellow finches are returning. We now have a squirrel, but he knows to stay on the ground - hehe. I have sure seen a lot of hay bales piling up. Is that where the saying, “Make hay while the sun shines,” comes from? We sure do continue to be ever so grateful for our “traveling angels,” who have kept our yard mowed so James could proceed with his surgery. He was in such pain. Praying for blessings on those who help others. It may seem like a small thing to some people, but it is immense to those in need. 

It has been so busy at our home. James has physical therapy and is doing well. It is more difficult this time, but he plods along. He does his home exercises twice every day. We have been bouncing between the body shop and car insurance agency after the rear end collision we were involved in. We now have worked it out with everyone and got us another car. A friend recommended a place to look. It seems great, and I pray it lasts us a long while. It has been like a three-ring circus for us, and my mind was on the tilt-a-whirl. I lost my glasses but found them and then went to looking for my sunglasses. James told me they were on the top of my head. Go figure. I tried to get everything back in order Saturday. Next week, we go back for James’ checkup. Maybe things will slow down. I used to like to go, but now I like to stay home more. 

We are sure enjoying Bro. Glenn Harris as our interim preacher. We appreciate all visitors and invite you to come any time.

Mifflin Day is from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Mifflin Store on Hwy. 200 in Mifflin. For more information, contact Sissy at 731-616-7307 or Rachel Ellington at 989-7394.

New Friendship Community Fall Sale on New Friendship Rd. will be 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday Oct. 4, and from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday Oct. 5. We will have breakfast biscuits with bologna or sausage, and lunch will be chili/hot dogs. There will be arts and crafts, jewelry and gently used merchandise. Vendors will also be outside. Drive down Hwy.200 toward Mifflin and turn left at Hilltop Fire Station. The Community Club will be on your left across from Friendship Church. This fundraiser is part of the effort of our community to keep the center open. We hope to see many of you there.

The Chester County Barbeque Festival will be here before you know it. Do not forget! I hope the weather cooperates with everyone.

Happy birthday to Judy Bray, Sept. 9; Austin Morris, Sept. 10; Brad Matheney and Ed McKinley, Sept. 11; Seth Berry, Sept. 12; and Steve Priddy, Madison WIlliams and Cindy Burton, Sept. 14. 

Happy anniversary to Jeanette and J.T. Butler, Sept. 14.

Please continue to remember these in prayer: Lynn Allen, Jerry Bain, Sheila Sells Bedwell, Janis Brewer, Steve and Kay Burton, Leon Carroll, Jackie Chambers, Billy Dickson, James Ellis, Bro. Glenn and Judy Harris, Eddie Hill, Danny Jones, Johnny Joyner, Bobbie Wyatt King, Lee Nell King, Billy Frank Latham, Nancy McCaskill, Owen McKinney, Billy Neal Priddy, Pam Priddy, Doris and Donald Rowlett, Dalton Seratt, Mark Wilson, Adam Wise and Trey Young. Also, please pray for our military, law enforcement, our country and its leaders, first responders and the people affected by the hurricane, floods and devastation.

There are many sick and hurting. Please say a prayer for those. Even if you do not know their name, God does.

“Illness” by Diane Ranker Riesen - “Sickness is a teacher - although I hate the class/suddenly your life is changed and all your strength is dashed/It can happen in a moment - and when you least expect/often it sneaks from behind with no signs to detect/It’s always so amazing that each time I’ve fallen ‘ill’/I realize I took my health for granted - up until/I need to be more grateful for each healthy day I live/many suffer endlessly with discomfort that won’t ‘give’/A sudden bout with illness makes me realize once more/how blessed I am that I don’t struggle daily stiff and sore/are so many people who live daily with great pain/and often go unnoticed in such hidden vain/Lord, let me not forget this time - to thank You every night/all the times I’m feeling well...when many need to ‘fight’/offer up a tender prayer that You will ease their pain/and pray we pay attention when we see each hurt again/Often there is little that someone can really do/illness are personal and often hide from ‘view’/but kindness can do wonders and a simple hug has power/to get each suffering person help to make it through each hour.”

I pray you all have a wonderful week, and may it be filled with love, joy, peace and blessings. Remember: if you have news, please call me at 983-0718 or email I would truly appreciate any news. People from here and those who have moved from our area are hungry for news from home.

Until next week, Happy Trails to You.