News from the New Friendship & Mifflin Communities of Chester County


with Vickie Ellis

Hello to all!
I hope you all had a good week. The sun was shining with a slight breeze blowing on Sunday. We are continuing to enjoy our birds, flowers and vegetable garden. Mystery – we had two cucumbers and have a fence around our garden. It seems overnight the two cucumbers disappeared. No tracks seen. Hmm… As we all know, the last few days have been horribly hot and humid. Our birdbath is being updated and will be ready to help the little creatures out this week. We are supposed to get some rain Tuesday and maybe Wednesday, and then it should cool down some. The temperatures are supposed to be in the 80s. Every little bit helps.
Yesterday, we had to make a trip to Jackson. I guess about 50/50 are wearing masks. We were in Wal-mart, and of course, I started getting hot. The store was cool. I was sweating. As I stood in line, I felt a cool drop on my cheek and looked up to see if there was a leak in the ceiling – haha. Nope! I was the drip. As we moved ahead, two more drips – even James saw them. It makes me miserable. It happens in winter or summer. I do not sweat that bad when ride mowing our yard. I doubt there is anything to do but endure, but I will ask the doctor. I want to order and pick up groceries. I may sneak it in next time. It is a great service for many.
There was a baby shower given for Maverick Butler, son of Landon Butler, on Saturday, June 6, at the home of Beverly Butler. Maverick was born early and has just recently come home from a 200 day stay at the hospital. He still has doctor visits and procedures in the future but is doing well with LOTS of love and attention. I was told he looks just like his daddy. Praying for continued progress and good health for the little fellow. I also see updates on Kristen Daniel on Facebook. She is steadily improving, and the doctors are taking it slow. Please continue to pray for both of these children. As long as there is life, there is hope.
Friendship Baptist Church had service today for the first time since the pandemic. There were several restrictions in place for social distancing and other concerns. I have noticed that Tennessee and some other states have had an increase in their COVID-19 cases. Some do not believe this, but I would rather be safe than sorry.
Happy Birthday to Joie Freeman, 6-8, and Eunice Massengill, 6-13.
Happy Anniversary to Jennifer and Jason Johnson, 6-8, and Brianna and Brad Matheney, 6-9.
Please continue to remember these in prayer Lynn Allen, Denise Armstrong, Brinson Biggs, Sheila Berry, Charlie Brewer, David Brewer, Maverick Butler, Leon Carroll, Faye Connor, Diane Cross, Kristen Daniel and family, Joie Freeman, Stephanie Hatch, Johnny Hays, Ann Hinson, Jeremy Ellis, Danny Jones, Sue Lewis, Nancy McCaskill, Nancy Morris, LaVelle Page, MaryAnn Priddy, Pam Priddy, Donald and Doris Rowlett, Doris Sells, Dalton Seratt, Kenny Stevens, Kristi Taylor, and Adam Wise. Also the families of Alan Miller, Sr. and Ken Kitchen, the Martins and the Herbert Carter family. Also, please pray for our military, law enforcement, our country and its leaders all those affected by the virus and first responders. There are many sick and hurting. Please say a prayer for those. Even if you do not know their name, God does. 
“Oh Lord” by Diane Ranker Riesen – “Oh Lord, my God, I’ve searched Your word/I’ve listened to each thing I’ve heard/there never can be total peace/until to ‘You’ our souls’ release/Too Many – they don’t understand/that You’re the King, the Son of Man/but till Your word hits every soul/our world will struggle – never whole/And so – on bended knee I pray/that sometime there will be a day/when all Your children truly feel/’YOUR ways the only way that’s real’/Help me Father – keep me strong/so I can pray to right the wrongs/and then…until Your Will is done/I’ll cling to You – my Mighty One.” 
I pray you all have a wonderful week, and may it be filled with love, joy, peace and blessings. Remember: if you have news, please email me at We are not answering numbers we do not recognize due to the high number of robocalls. I would truly appreciate any news. People from here and those who have moved from our area but still want to keep in touch through the newspaper are hungry for news from home.

Until next week, Happy Trails to You.