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By Ruth Gadberry
Ah! We did get some rain last week. A really good rain that put water in the ponds, creeks, river and puddles. The water level in Lake Texoma rose as well. People who were camping there this weekend probably noticed it. When it wasn’t raining it was still pretty hot last week.
This week? Well, the weather people say it will be much cooler. Unseasonably cooler. Maybe even sweater weather. At one time they said it would drop down to 49 degrees one night but they’ve already revised that, so it seems. Still, it should be much cooler and most of us are looking forward to that. Well, at least some of us. Those of you who love hot, hot weather aren’t all that excited about it.
Yes, there is a possibility of more rain this week. Maybe not as much as we had last week but possibly about the middle of the week we could have rain. Bring it on!
Services were well attended at First Baptist Church Sunday morning, especially since lots of folks were out celebrating the last big holiday of the summer. Preacher Joey says he likes the social distancing thing. People are scattered out all over the sanctuary as well as in the part of the church that also serves as the gym. It’s hard to see just who all is there as well as estimate how many people are there. Taking out every other row of chairs really makes getting from place to place much easier.
Exciting things will be happening next Sunday morning. First of all, it’s Sunday School time again! That’s something folks have been missing since March and they are ready to get back to Sunday School. Patsy teaches one of the ladies classes and she won’t be able to be there. Well see, she has this immunity problem; she doesn’t have any. Therefore anything that comes along would probably grab her and not let go. Since the Coronavirus is still on the rampage, staying home is the best thing for her right now. They’ll handle it until you get back Patsy, but hope that isn’t too long.
Sunday School people, you’re books are available at the church. If you don’t already have one, pick one up Wednesday night so you will be ready to go Sunday morning.
Kids, kids, kids everywhere Wednesday night. That was the first night for Kids activities since the Covid-l9 thing made itself known. Was it a hot dog supper you started with Kids? Then all sorts of activities? Wasn’t it great to be back for Youth time again? The buses aren’t running yet are they? That will come along soon, so be patient.
Speaking of kids; they had a garage sale this past weekend in front of Jack’s Grocery in Stringtown. Reports Sunday morning was that it was very successful. Way to go Kids! Is this the Oh Yeah missions kids who had the sale?
Speaking of garage sales; Ruth has a confession to make. She had lots of good stuff gathered up for your sale, but somehow – it happens often – she got the dates mixed up and thought the sale was another week or two away. Since she usually puts off everything until the last minute anyway, she missed the date. All the stuff she had gathered up for your sale is still in the utility room. Kids, could you maybe have another garage sale? Remind Ruth, maybe several times, about the date and time for the sale? Something else exciting will be taking place Sunday morning. It’s Oh Yeah Day! You know about the Oh Yeah Missions don’t you? No? Well, come to worship services at Stringtown Sunday morning, September 13 and you’ll find out all about it. It’s – exciting!
October will bring exciting things as well. October 4-7 will be the Kolby King Crusade. This guy is fantastic, so we’ve been told. Magic tricks are just one of his many talents. His message from God is something the youngest children can understand. Parents and grown up people, they will enjoy the services just as much as the kids. So, mark your calendar so you won’t miss a minute of this Crusade.
Kathy was back at church Sunday morning, walking around with her brand new knee.
Don’t forget to pray for Loyd and Rickie Thompson. They both have ongoing health problems and appreciate your prayers and concern.
Gary and Shirley Hunt both have some pretty serious health issues right now. Pray for both of them and for God’s grace in overcoming these problems.
Tammy Brewster is to check back with her doctor this week to see if she is free from the coronavirus. She is ready to get out of house arrest and back out into the world again. She is ready to have her two little dogs back home again. Her mom took them to the Vet while Tammy wasn’t up to caring for them while she battled the coronavirus. Hopefully things will get back to pre-Covid-l9 conditions this week.
The Covid-l9 thing still seems to be in no hurry to vacate our area. Some folks stay at home or wear a face mask when they must be out and about. Others seem to ignore all the precautions and just go about their business as usual. Who is right? What is the best thing to do? Some places you go you seem to see more people wearing face masks than there were a few weeks ago. Other places you hardly see anyone wearing a mask. Are the ones wearing masks better protected? Is everyone else better protected because other people wear masks? Is it necessary to wear masks at one place and not all that important at other places? Should we just do what we feel best for us? Are we putting other people at risk? Have you noticed that we have more questions than answers concerning Covid-l9?
So, how did you spend your Labor Day Holiday? Did you rush to a lake to get in some end of season boating, fishing, swimming and all that sort of thing? Cookouts? Bar-b-ques? Visiting? Family gatherings? At least Monday didn’t seem quite as hot as it has been and there was a breeze blowing most of the day.
The Barfield’s had a family gathering for a hamburger cookout Monday evening. All the Barfield kids and grandkids were there, along with Paw-paw Wes and Mary. JC and Ruth were there, along with Beth and Ray. Beth’s daughter Dionna was there with her husband Thomas and daughters Jordan and Kaelin and Thomas’ youngest sister’s baby, little Ava. They are adjusting quite nicely to life in Oklahoma, where they just moved from Texas.
All of Jan and Kenneth’s grandkids were there; eight boys and one girl.
It’s hard to keep hummingbird feeders filled these days. More and more of the tiny birds can be seen, darting here and there, competing for their turn at the feeders. Are they migrating? On their way South for the winter? Trying to drink enough sugar-water to get them to Mexico or wherever they are headed? Are they just waiting for their goose to come by so they can hitch a ride south? Anyway, more and more of them are at the feeders and you have to refill their feeders quite often. Sometimes they look like a swarm of bees, there are so many of the little creatures.
Jan’s menagerie now consists of two tiny deer, Rona, the raccoon, and a tiny little hummingbird. The little bird seems to have an injured wing. It’s very small and seems to be very young. Ruth has seen grasshoppers bigger than that little fellow. It seems quite lively. Can it make it to where hummingbirds go for the winter? Not likely unless it gets a ride with a goose or something. It’s separated from its family and friends. Can it survive all winter as a guest of the Barfield family?
Rona is no longer confined at all but is free to roam whenever and wherever she chooses. If the woods are calling her, she is free to go. So far she chooses to remain near her Barfield family. Kenneth seems to be her favorite and she goes with him on the tractor or wherever he goes. One night recently they forgot to lock the door to the mudroom and Rona opened the door and came inside. She seemed to enjoy taking things off shelves, scattering things all over the room, and making a grand mess. Maybe she just wanted some human company or attention.
Yes, Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child is on for this year! There was some doubt since the Covid-l9 thing but it will happen as usual. It seems that the virus doesn’t live on ‘things’ but two or three days so it will be safe to go ahead and send gifts for boys and girls all over the world without infecting them with a virus germ. Kenny and Ginger will be attending a meeting concerning Samaritan’s Purse this Saturday and we should know more about it this coming up Sunday.
Beth and Ray had a wedding anniversary Sunday. 12 years. Imagine that. Congratulations!
Ray came out Saturday evening and mowed the yard for JC. It looks great. Thanks heaps Ray! It looks great!
Ray has two sisters in Beeville, Texas. One fell and broke her hip and the other sister isn’t in good health either. He’d like to go see them but can’t see the one who broke her hip. If she is out of the hospital she will probably spend some time in a nursing home or rehab place. He would appreciate your prayers for Alecia and Lydia.
The weather people say we will still have a cold front but it has been delayed a few days.
There can be no resurrection without death.