Our Faulkner County Singing Club will start up again, our Fal/Winter monthly singings. At 1:30 p.m. on Sunday (Sept. 9), the singing will be held at our church, Oakland United Methodist Church at Holland. The public is invited.
Service was well attended Sunday (Aug. 26) and Pastor Donna Alberts brought a good message from John Chapter 10. Titled “I am the good Shepherd.” He is the Shepherd and we are the sheep. Sometimes sheep will wander and have to be brought back into the fold.
We attended a beautiful wedding ceremony on Saturday night (Aug. 25) at Oak Bowery Baptist Church. One of my great-nephews, Dusty West, and Ashlie Hill were united in marriage. A large crowd attended. Sherry took Ray, me and granddaughter, Haley Sellers, since Ray doesn’t drive much at night. Dusty is the son of Mike and Dixie West, and grandson of my brother, Travis Sims and wife Irene.
Maureen Fiddler recently enjoyed two separate visits from her grandchildren, Luci and Sam Pollock, ages 9 and 11 of Jacksonville. The first visit was four days and the second visit was three. They also spent one night with cousins, Larry, Carla, Haley, Hannah and Hope White of Conway, the first week. The second week Hope joined them for an overnight visit their Uncle Ronald and Aunt Kathy Pearce. Their family was delighted to have this time with them before school started.
Our little 3-month-old great-great-grandson, Alexander Ray Vaughan of Conway, visited us Saturday (Aug. 25). His grandmother, Lori Ponder, and girls, Shelley and Paige, brought him out. Then Sunday, his mother, Taylor, and all of them were at church.
Son, Danny, and Myrt, and great-grandchildren, Haley and Henry Sellers, visited us Sunday night (Aug. 26).
Marian McGinty, Sunny Earnhart and Elizabeth Johnson visited relatives in Northwest Arkansas. Sunny spent two nights in a hospital at Rogers. They found nothing seriously wrong and ruled out that it wasn’t her heart, and they came home. We were thankful for that. They got to attend church last Sunday.
Rosa Lee and Robert McElroy had a nice surprise two weeks ago, one day when a former next door neighbor came to visit, Mr. Bill Taylor of Bradford came and they had a good visit.
Have a good safe week.
We are so thankful for the good rains we’ve received. I think we’ve only had a little over three inches since May. The rain has just been going around us. But praise God our grass has gotten green again.
We extend sympathy to the families of Bill Bryant and Kenny Attaberry. Kenny was a member of our church.
The first Saturday in October, Oct. 6, will be our old International Shoe Company reunion. It will be held at Naylor Fellowship Hall at Naylor. We have lost so many by death. But we hope everyone can come. We always have a good pot luck.
Have a good week. Lean on God, who offers us comfort in all our pain.
God is good all the time.
Tomorrow, Sept. 9, is the starting date for the 2012-2013 sessions of the Faulkner County Singing Club. This group meets each second Sunday from September through May, and tomorrow it meets at 1:30 p.m. with Oakland United Methodist Church. This Church is on Highway 287 one mile south of Holland. The public is always invited.
Of course, Centerville UMC has a special interest in the Club because it meets with our church in October and May. Oakland UMC always has a good singing. Attend and your hearts are likely to be lighter.
Dylan, Kaylee, and I had lunch on Sunday with my sister, Laura Thompson, and our mother, Andrea Hall. There are not many places that both kids love equally but they chose Whole Hog in Conway and we were able to visit with mom and Laura for quite a well. After dinner, we went by to check on one of my favorite aunts, Frances Hall. Frances had company, Carthell Wall, and I realized that we had many connections to the Centerville community. I would say that Dylan enjoyed a little “man chat” about hunting in Arkansas with Carthell as much as visiting with us girls, but we have enjoyed stopping by to see Aunt Frances for generations. As I have aged, my focus has turned from raiding her freezer for ice cream and running on top of her storm cellar with my siblings to just appreciating her experiences and stories and hanging out.
Labor Day week end found Centerville United Methodist Church with many families out of town, but we still had a good turnout. I taught Sunday school and was blessed with seven kids, which I thought was a good turnout for a holiday week end. I am predicting a much better crowd this week end with our monthly fellowship potluck following service tomorrow at 9 a.m.