Oakland United Methodist Church was recognized at Annual Conference as one of only 14 churches in the state, and the only church in our district, to pay more than 100 percent of our annual apportionments.
It was with heavy hearts that we acknowledge the new Appointment of our pastor to the England U.M.C. LaNita and Donny will be greatly missed at Oakland, but we wish them well in their new appointment. We thank them for all their hard work and faithfulness during the past two years. Be in prayer for our church as we await selection of a new pastor.
Thanks to Bro. Bennie Harmon for filling our pulpit last Sunday.
We pray for rain, but we will get it in God’s good time. We cannot question our Lord. We had a bad fire here last week. The Log Cabin reported almost 100 acres burned.
Marsha Brown came home to a very scary situation last Wednesday. Her pasture behind her house, and both sides were on fire. “Big Fire.” Her home was spared but two neighbors houses were not so fortunate. One house was vacant, but the other house had one lady living there who lost everything. A fund has been set up at a bank for her in Conway. (I don’t recall which bank).
We would like to give a huge thank you to Holland, Enola, Liberty, Mt. Vernon, Beaverfork, Vilonia, 286 E. El Paso and Greenbrier. Fire departments for all of their hard, Hot work. If it weren’t for all that good help, we could have possibly lost our whole community, the wind was blowing so hard. Our church’s (Oakland) facilities were opened and used to provide water and relief to those fighting the fire. May God richly bless each one of you.
Marsha Brown has been enjoying keeping and spending time with her grand baby, Tennyson, she is already about eight months old.
Naylor United Methodist Church will have their homecoming on Sunday, July 8. They will have the morning service, pot luck lunch, singing in afternoon, starting at 1:30 p.m. The public is invited.
We had a surprise last Friday when Bro. Otis (Jr.) Lyons blessed us with a visit. He and Ray worked together at International Shoe Company. He has lived at Heber Springs for many years. But his wife (Farrest) passed away and now he plans to move back to Faulkner County. He is a wonderful Christian, preacher-man.
Trinity Cardin of Conway spent last week with her grandparents, Lewis Jay and Sandra Cardin, and attended Bible School at the Baptist church.
Sunny Sue Earnhart has been in Conway Regional Medical Center several days with heart attacks, a stent was administered and she is getting better. They should get to come home soon. Marian has been staying with her.
The Collins of Springhill spent one night last week with her grandparents, Rosa Lee and Robert McElroy.
When we show Christ’s love to a child, we change the future.
Have a good week and try to stay cool.
Ken and Sandy Bauder of McGintytown will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception hosted by their children at the McGintytown Church on July 14th from 2-4. The address for the church is 509 Hwy. 225, Greenbrier. Ken and Sandy are the parents to Ken Bauder Jr. and Jimmy Bauder. Ken Bauder Jr. lives in Flower Mound, Texas, with his wife, Holly, and their daughters Beth and Kate. Jimmy Bauder lives in McGintytown with his wife, Libby Bauder, and their son Joshua.
I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July in spite of the extreme heat we are experiencing and lack of fireworks due to burn bans. Darrel and I had my mom and sister, Andrea and Mary Hall, and his parents, Jim and Sherry Freeman, over for a late afternoon cookout and pool party. Kaylee Freeman had a friend over and they stayed in the pool until 10. I was a little concerned that there would be some fireworks blasting off but can say that I did not see any.
Darrel and I had a double date with Todd and Kellie Cardin last Friday night. We have been going out like that for over twenty years and we had a lot of fun. I don’t remember our dates when we were younger finding us at Walmart before we came home and I don’t remember making it home quite so early but we laugh just as much now as we did then.
Amy Goodrich-Evans and Herb Evans are once again living in the community. They sold their house in Greenbrier and have returned to Blackfork Road with their children, Herbie, John Bradley and Parker. Welcome back to the country!
Have a great week and pray for rain.