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Rainy April, will it bring May flowers?
This past week we received one inch of rain, and the total amount received for April in the New Salem, area was 3.9 inches of rain.
The New Salem Methodist Church has started a new Children’s Program Sunday mornings at 9:30 for all children from Pre-K through Fifth grade. All children in these age groups are welcome to attend.
Beginning Wednesday, May 25, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Mary’s Parish Hall in Pittsfield we will conduct an eight-week bible study on the Gospel of John. The class will be a 30-minute video presentation by theologian Dr. Edward Sri followed by class discussion. There is no cost for this bible study and everyone is welcome. To register please contact Pat at St. Mary’s parish office at 217-285-4321. Coordinators are Mark and Lisa Welch.
New Salem Town Board meets Tuesday, May 10, at 7 p.m.
Miracles to turn our government (state and federal) back to God, Healing answers for cancer, and the coronavirus to totally stop. And for these individuals: Anne Hopkins, Bonnie Prudoehl, Brian Bradshaw, Carl Blacketer, Charla Prior, Cheryl Rheynard, Chet Davis, Erma Garner, Fred Ruzich, Gary Dice, Greg and Shari Ketterman, Ginger Whitlock, Heather Shafer, Jerry Gully, Josh Bennett, Judy Dockhorn, Justin Blacketer, Les Garner, Leonard and Sharon Dice, Lois Thomas, Mark York, Michael Miller, Mike Miller, Nic Carter, Peggy Piper, Roger Bonnett, Sandy Reel, Sharon Straus, Sue Gleckler, and the Ukraine people and situation.
Birthdays and anniversaries for this week: May 4, Helen Roland; May 5, Kathy Bennett Dougherty; May 6, Larry Kunzeman, May 7, Logan Peebles, Joe and Sue Yackley, May 8, Chris Schlieper, Kathy Kindle,
May 9, Carol Miller, Margo Winchell, Susan Shaw; May 10, Juanita Chapman, Linda Kimmel, Donna and Dennis Hockaday.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:16, 17
Could really use some new and interesting (and interesting is anything from anyone) news for you all for the column. You may think your news isn’t “newsworthy” but to readers out there, it might just be what they needed to read that day. If you have any events coming up, or you have been somewhere, or had some company (wanted or not…), anything, please give me a call at either number at the top of this column. I sincerely hope to hear from you. Wyvetta
-“Turning 66 on Route 66” by Cheri Myers.
Final Chapter/Part 8: Oct. 29
Today we had a very interesting moving visit to the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial which honors the victims, survivors, rescuers and all who were affected by the Oklahoma City bombing that happened April 19, 1995. The memorial is located on the former site of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building which was destroyed in the bombing. The 3.3 acre outdoor memorial consists of the Gates of Time that frame the innocence before the attack at 9:01, the moment of destruction at 9:02 and the first moment of recovery at 9:03. Also the beautiful reflecting pool, the Field of Chairs: 168 empty chairs with names engraved symbolize those who lost their lives (19 smaller chairs represent the children). Other parts of the memorial include the Survivor’s wall that not only survived the blast and now has the names of over 600 survivors, the Memorial Wall where mementos are left to honor the victims, the Survivor tree, a 100 yr. old American Elm that was thought to be dead but survived, the Rescuer’s Orchard which consists of a grove of trees planted to honor the rescuers and the Children’s Plaza with over 5,000 hand painted tiles sent by children all over North America after the bombing. Across the street is a statue called “And Jesus Wept” Jesus faces away from the devastation, covering his face with his hand. In front of the statue of Jesus is a wall with 168 gaps in it, representing the voids left by each life lost. Inside the memorial is an interactive learning experience sequenced in chronological order with artifacts, video, photos, news releases and the Gallery of Honor with photographs, biographies and artifacts that honor the 168 that died. This is a very well-done, educational and unforgettable museum. We visited Bricktown, a historical warehouse and distribution center that began in 1889 and was revitalized in 1993. There is lots of artwork in the area which we viewed from the Water Taxi around the Bricktown Canal. On the tour, we learned about the history of some of the buildings and saw the life-size bronze sculptures that commemorate the Oklahoma Land Run. October 30 we took our rental van back and headed home to Illinois from the OK City airport. We made a lot of memories on this great trip with great friends. Thanks for reading!
Trivia answers from last week. Remember that the Bible trivia’s answers can be found in the book of Matthew:
1. The United States icon Uncle Sam is based on Samuel Wilson who did what during the War of 1812? (He was a meat packer who supplied barrels of beef to the Army stamped with U.S. for United States but soldiers started referring to it as “Uncle Sam’s.”)
2. Seek ye first the _____________ of God, and his ____________________; and all these things shall be added unto you. And where is this verse found in the Bible? (kingdom / righteousness / Matthew 6:33)
3. Who first suggested the idea of Daylight Savings Time in an essay he wrote in 1784? (Benjamin Franklin)
Cleve and Susanne Curry visited daughter Sarah and Kevin Hancock in Peru recently. Saturday they also visited Ron and Donna Schaad in Rockford, before returning to Ottawa, for Crossbridge Church of the Nazarene Saturday evening service where Kevin preached the sermon that would be viewed in Sunday services there the following day. After four years there, it will be one of the last visits for the Curry’s in that direction since the Hancocks have accepted a pastorate in Bedford, Indiana, starting in mid-May.
Gail and Mike Jones spent Easter weekend in Baldwin, La., with their daughter Cheyenne. While there they went to Avery Island and also attended a crawfish boil which was delicious. They also enjoyed helping Cheyenne get settled at her new residence moving from Oklahoma.
Six ladies from the Detroit Christian Church attended the Women’s Conference at Lincoln Christian University Wednesday, April 27. Those attending were Debbie Evans, Joan Alloway, Sue Barger, Kristina Carter, Katy Winner, and Becky Winner. The main speaker was Liz Curtis Higgs.
Those who attended the Pittsfield High School Class of 1973 Luncheon at Rumors Friday, April 29, were Tom and Patty Cawthon, Steve Cox, Wyvetta Davis, Debbie Harshman, Jeanie Hartman, Rod Prentice, Marvin Reel, Theresa Sidwell, and Dennis Wade. We all enjoyed getting together for a meal but more important, enjoying each others’ company and listening to all the stories of days gone by. Make plans to attend to next Luncheon which will be at Watt’s Up in Nebo.
I certainly enjoyed meeting Carl and Wanda Blacketer for lunch at the Atlas Cafe on Sunday, May 1.
God bless you and yours.