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By Ruth Gadberry
Okay, those of you who love hot weather; is it hot enough for you yet? We’ve definitely hit the air conditioner turn on date. Quilts and blankets can be put away for a few months until Fall indicates that cooler weather is on the way. Don’t expect that for some time yet.
We’ve had temperatures up into the mid or upper 90’s and maybe even above the 100 degree mark for some of you. When you consider the heat index or whatever they call it – you know, how hot it feels – it’s mighty hot for June. Is this a taste of what’s to come in July and August? According to the weather people, we’re in for some dry weather as well as hot. Surprised? Not a bit!
Are you missing the rain? Were you one of those who got rain this past week? There were showers but most of them missed most of us. This week? It’s supposed to be a dry week. A slight possibility of scattered showers on Monday but dry weather for the rest of the week. Unless another storm or hurricane or something blows through and that might change things.
Two services again at First Baptist Church Sunday morning. There was plenty of room for social distancing in the services for the Senior Adults and of course the Senior Adults weren’t around for the second services so they don’t know how things went at that time.
Loyd wasn’t there again for the older adult’s services and they didn’t see him coming in for the second service as they were leaving. Don’t worry; Loyd wasn’t just attending services but was preaching at Lane Sunday morning. Way to go Loyd! Good for you!
There were surprises in the services Sunday morning. The computer was still on the blink and the congregation had to use hymn books again. The Praise Team wasn’t there; not even one guitar. Ronny was back, playing the keyboard. Until suddenly – no sound at all from the keyboard. Right in the middle of a hymn. Ronny jumped up and jiggled the cord where it was plugged in. The keyboard came back to life, but only for a jiffy. Then, no sound again. Then they heard Ronny say ‘I found it! There was music again. Was it a short or something? With Ronny and Roy both looking for the solution they were certain to find it.
By the way Preacher Joey; Good job Sunday morning!
Things will be a bit different, beginning next Sunday morning. Some of the folks don’t like the double services but want to meet together. So next Sunday morning they will ALL meet together for an 11:00 o’clock service. How will they manage the social distancing? They will open up the gym and put chairs there so they will have lots more room to sort of spread out. It’s worth a try, don’t you think? There will be a special guest speaker Sunday morning and it really wouldn’t be fair to have him preach two sermons when they can get everybody together for one. The computer will, hopefully, be working again by Sunday morning.
What about the other services? Wednesday night Bible study will most likely begin again in July. Sunday School is still in the planning stages. Falls Creek Youth Camp is also in the planning and decision making process. There will be no Falls Creek Camp as the kids have experienced it for years and years. However, individual churches can use the Falls Creek cabins and do their own thing. Like a week’s retreat with their church doing all the planning, teaching; everything for their own church. Different, but do-able. They are still working on that.
KBA? Sorry Kids, but that is out for this year. It will probably be better than ever next year. That’s something to look forward to.
Gale Layton was at church Sunday morning, cruising around in a wheel chair. She had surgery on her foot and is using the occasion to get as much R&R as possible.
Shelli, what happened to you? Don’t you have your arm in a sling or something? Why? What happened?
Barbara Potts took a tumble last week and had bunches of bumps and bruises. You can’t see the bruises on her face because she wears a mask like people are encouraged to do when out in public. She insists the Lord is taking care of her and the recovery from her fall.
Ah! There is a group of kids – maybe we should call them young adults – from Stringtown High School who are no longer high school students. They graduated Monday night! Now they are ready to take that next step out into the ‘real’ world. Where will these next steps take them? To college for some of them. Possibly to military service. Marriage for some. Jobs for others. Jobs. Just the beginning. Their first job probably won’t be their permanent job. Most likely they’ll change jobs several times before deciding just what works best for them. They are just beginning a long journey out into the world and sometimes it’s scary! They’ll make it. You made it didn’t you?
Those who will be going on to college will find themselves back at the low end of the scale. They’ve just finished four years of high school; they were the SENIORS! The big kids. The kids everyone else looked up to and envie. Now here they are again, the ‘youngsters’ the ‘kids’ on campus. The ones who have to ask directions and learn their way around campus. Back to the bottom again but, before you know it, they will be in the graduating class. AGAIN! Anyway, our congratulations to each and every one of the 2020 graduates. If you will commit your lives to the Lord and follow His leadership, there is no limit to what you can do and accomplish. Hitch your wagon to a star, use your Bible as a road map, allow Jesus to be your guide and go for it! Hello, World! Here we come!
Graduation was held in the new Stringtown School gym. There was plenty of room to spread out as much as you wanted to and it wasn’t necessary for you to sit real close to someone unless you wanted to. The graduates observed social distancing, seated with lots of room between students. Actually, it was more than the recommended social distancing. They set a good example for their guests.
Last week Zack fell or something and hurt his ankle. He sent Brooklyn into the house to alert Amber about the fall. Brooklyn told her mother, ‘Daddy stubbed his toe! The Doctor thinks its just a bad sprain but put him in a cast just to be on the safe side. He will learn this week if it is really just a sprain or maybe a fracture. Just a very short time later they were back in the hospital or Doctor’s office or whatever and Brooklyn was getting stitches in her knee. It seems that she fell off the porch and messed up her knees and leg.
You know, there must be something about the Gadberry family and knees and ankles; that sort of thing. Ruth has had both knees replaced, as have Beth and Jan. JC had one knee replaced and wishes he had gone ahead and had the other one done a few years ago when he was younger. It’s giving him lots of trouble now. Roy should have had knee replacement surgery too but stubbornness runs in the family as well. Kathy married into the family and has had one knee replacement.
A few weeks ago Jan fell and injured her ankle. They thought it was broken in two places but the orthopedic doctor said it was just a bad sprain and she is still in one of those walking boots things. She has broken that ankle before, in a fall at Falls Creek Youth Camp.
Beth fell recently and injured her knee and needed a bunch of antibiotics to get her over it; she’s still working on that. There have been numerous other sprains, etc. Now Zack and Brooklyn are getting in on the action. Yes, this was the same ankle Zack broke or something when he was much younger and playing basketball. Isn’t life exciting?
Beth and Ray went back to Duncanville last week. Beth lost a crown from a tooth and her Dentist is in Texas. No, they can’t put it back – again – where it will stay. Yes, they can replace it in about three weeks or so. Oh well, they like to go back to Texas now and then anyway.
If you wonder what’s going on at Beth and Ray’s, they are getting a lot of work done on their driveway. A couple of cattle guards, more concrete in front of the garage, lots of gravel; that sort of thing. Then they will build a fence around a BIG yard and the electric fence won’t be needed to keep Zack’s horses in.
Brooklyn and Carter, when they get the other cement poured, just look at how much more room you will have to draw pictures with sidewalk chalk when you come to visit Aunt Beth and Uncle Ray! Maybe roller-skate. Ride a skate board, or a wagon. Look at all the other possibilities for scraped knees, sprained ankles; that sort of thing.
They are moving equipment away from the Great Wall of Stringtown. The stop light has been removed. It isn’t known exactly what all they did and what it will – or should – accomplish. The wall has been reinforced and all sorts of repairs or improvements or whatever done. It’s interesting.
Early, early Tuesday morning there was no wind at all. The leaves on the trees weren’t even wiggling. Then a gentle breeze started fluttering the leaves. Then the breeze turned into a wind. We were on our way to getting the strong winds the weatherman had promised for Tuesday. See? You get it all in Oklahoma!
At last report Jan had three baby deer, along with Roni, the little raccoon. That’s a lot of bottle babies! Has Sugar come back yet this year Jan? With her own baby? Sugar was one of Jan’s bottle babies a few years ago and visits again every year.
Jan, and the Fish and Game people want you to remember; a baby fawn alone is not necessarily an orphan or abandoned. It’s mother is probably keeping an eye on it so please, LEAVE IT ALONE! If you know its mother has been killed, then you can rescue the baby. Otherwise, wait awhile for the mother to come back for her baby. She probably will come back.
They say ‘silence is golden’. Sometimes its just plain YELLOW.