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By Ruth Gadberry
It appears that we might be in for another variety of weather. The weather people say we will have some ‘muggy’ weather this week. You probably aren’t a fan of ‘muggy’ weather, but the weather realty doesn’t care what you might think about it. We may, or may not, get a shower now and then. In about a week, we are supposed to get a real cold front; one of those Artic cold fronts. High temperatures in the 40’s and stuff like that. You know, when the weather people tell you to bring your plants and pets inside and that sort of thing. But they have a week to change their minds so we’ll just wait and see what happens.
Sherry, where were you Sunday morning? You were definitely missed.
Worship services at Stringtown First Baptist Church started out with baptisms again Sunday morning. What a great way to start a service! A couple of youngsters were baptized and now they have their whole life to live for Jesus and to make the world a better place because of them.
One baptism was especially special to Loyd Thompson and he had a part in it. Ellie, his great-granddaughter, had requested that he baptize her. What a privilege and what a blessing! God just has special blessings waiting for us around every corner, doesn’t He? Great-grandma Rickie would have loved to be present for that baptism. But don’t worry; she has plenty to keep her busy in Heaven. But it’s definite that she would be very, very happy and pleased. Her many prayers for Ellie must have had a lot to do with her decision to acknowledge Jesus as her Savior and be baptized.
It was the first day at church for guess who. None other than little Crocket Warren Potts! His proud Daddy introduced him to the church family. He is adorable and just the right size for snuggling. He arrived a few days later than they had expected but he was definitely worth waiting for. Mom and Dad were both beaming when they introduced their tiny son to his church family.
Little Crocket, you may be small now but you have some big names to live up to. Crocket, so we understand, is an old family name and one you will be proud of. Warren? Well, there is your dad, Cooie Warren, and your granddad, Tony Warren. That will do for a start won’t it? We trust you will make them proud that they shared their name with you.
Congratulations again, Cooie and Taylor. Good job!
Things are gradually getting back to normal at Stringtown First Baptist Church. The kid’s activities are going strong again, including the meal prepared for them each Wednesday evening. Children’s Church is about the only activity that hasn’t taken place as yet.
The Stringtown Ladies will be meeting again on Sunday evening, October 25 at 6:00 o’clock. They seem to have a great time when they get together.
Don’t forget Trunk or Treat on Saturday night, October 31. Moms and Dads, and grandparents, and everybody else too, just drive your car or pickup or four-wheeler, or skateboard or whatever to the parking lot at First Baptist Church on Halloween night. Be there by 5:00 or 5:30 if possible. If you’d like to dress up real scary or spooky like, that would be an extra bonus. Bring lots of candy and goodies to hand out to the little costumed cuties.
No, we aren’t celebrating ghosts and goblins, monsters or vampires. It’s just a time when kids can dress up like their favorite cartoon character, fairy tale characters, heroes, animals or whoever they choose to pretend to be. Just for one evening let them enter into the world of make believe, dress up, and have fun. The church parking lot will be a safe place for them to join their friends and have a great time. Adults, you can enjoy it just as much. Watching the kids have fun will be a great way to spend an evening. Maybe you will have a chance to get in a lot of visiting with folks you don’t see that often. So, make plans for a fun evening. Okay? On yes, you don’t have to be a part of the First Baptist Church family. Wherever you live, wherever you go to church, whether or not you go to church, you are invited to Trunk or Treat.
The time is getting short for filling your shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child, sponsored by The Samaritan’s Purse. Remember? The deadline for getting your boxes in is November 16-23. Anytime that week but they MUST be in that week.
Stringtown First Baptist Church is a pick-up station for the boxes. You are invited to bring your boxes to Stringtown and they will be delivered to the next station on their way to children all over the world. Some of these children have never received a gift before so you can just imagine how excited they will be. Along with their box of gifts they will receive a message of love from God’s Word. They will know someone cares about them. Try it. It will bless you to be a part of this activity.
The Corona virus hasn’t gone away and every day we hear about more and more people who have tested positive for the virus. Some sail through it with no problems. Others really have a rough time. Yes, people are still dying from this virus.
Do remember to pray for the family of Bob Smith. His earthly life came to a close a few days ago. He had served as Stringtown’s Mayor for the past few years.
Beth and Ray spent last Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Oklahoma City again. This past weekend was the tournament for the Girls Softball Tournament for bigger schools. One game lasted 2 hours and 57 minutes and that’s a 1-o-n-g game for a high school girl’s softball game. Beth was working in the ticket booth again. They’ve missed all the tournaments they would have worked in all over the world had it not been for Covid-19.
Beth and Ray stayed over until Sunday and met Beth’s Uncle Verland and Aunt Patty for church Sunday morning. Ray is a faithful listener of their Pastor’s sermons on TV every Sunday morning and was glad to hear him preach in person. There church has two sections for their services. One is for people who choose not to wear face masks and the other is for the people who feel more comfortable wearing face masks. After going out to eat with Verland and Patty, Beth and Ray headed back home to Stringtown.
Kenneth Barfield has an appointment with his friendly doctor on Tuesday of this week. Actually, his doctor might not be so friendly when he sees how Kenneth hasn’t exactly followed all his instructions in caring for his injured foot. It will probably require a new cast, after they get his foot straightened out as much as possible. Working in the hay field wasn’t exactly what the Doctor prescribed for him to do.
Last Friday was a fun day for JC and Ruth. Ruth’s brother Gary (Butch), his wife, Sandra and daughter, Tammy came to spend the day. Wonderful! Tammy has recovered from the Covid-19 thing and is back to teaching school. Well, when they are back in session. It seems that they are back in school, then out for a couple of weeks or so, then back, then …. She was supposed to go back to school on Monday of this week unless they canceled classes again.
Tammy teaches special needs kids in grades 5-8. No, she ISN’T a baby sitter; her kids LEARN! One year – at least one year – when they finished their lessons for the day she taught them to crochet. She crocheted afghans for each of her students for Christmas. She had a bunch of kids in her class.
It’s been awhile since JC and Ruth had an extended visit with Butch and Sandra. Much, much longer since they visited with Tammy. What a special day it was!
Sunday night was a really special night too. Granddaughter Dionna, her husband, Thomas, and daughter, Kaelin – that’s JC and Ruth’s great-granddaughter – came out for supper. Get this; they BROUGHT supper! Ribs, mashed potatoes, hot rolls; don’t you wish you had been there? Ruth can’t get over the fact that Dionna, and Thomas too, are great cooks. Fantastic. Ruth had a pot of beans cooked and fresh cookies baked.
Cookies. Now that is another story. The first couple of pans she baked were, well, sorta cremated. Burned black. Ruth thinks they would work for those little things you throw up in the air and shoot. JC said they tasted okay. Sometimes he can be so nice. But they were pretty bad. But the others were better. That’s what happens when you try to multi-task.
Beth and Ray got home from Oklahoma City in time to join them for supper and they all enjoyed it much.
Okay, Guys and Gals, don’t forget to turn your clocks BACK one hour for time change time on November 1. It’s almost here; don’t forget! Remember, you ‘spring forward’ in the spring and now it’s time to ‘fall back’ now that it’s fall.
Something else that is almost here is Voting Day! Make like a good citizen and go out and VOTE. It sure would help a lot if you can find out as much as possible about each of the candidates, the bills, or whatever it is you are voting for. Just random voting without knowing what the person stands for isn’t a good idea. If you are on speaking terms with Almighty God, ask Him for help in making your voting decisions.
While you are making up your mind who to vote for, go ahead and pray for our President and those who already hold offices in our government. Okay? They all need God’s help in order to do a good job for our nation.
One of the mysteries of life is how the boy who wasn’t good enough to marry the daughter can be the father of the smartest baby in the world.