News from the New Friendship & Mifflin Communities of Chester County


with Vickie Ellis

Hello to all!
The skies on Saturday were light gray, and there was a gentle rain falling. A few birds were feeding, and there was no breeze. We have 23/4 inches of rain showing in our rain gauge at this time. It rained on Mother’s Day Sunday. The weather forecast shows a very small chance of rain for a couple of days next week but not much sun. We could hope. I imagine the farmers are wanting this rain to stop some.
Mother’s Day was difficult for many, and families traveled to visit and decorate many cemeteries. I can remember many times, walking out onto the graveyard and sinking into the ground due to rain. Ladies used to wear a red rose if their mom was living and white if she had passed away. I would wear white now, as my mother Wilma Faye Maness Mount died on 2-24-04 at the age of 68. She lost her own mother Wilma Virgie Seaton Maness at the age of 11, and of course it affected her all her life. A very tender age to lose a mother.
My days growing up were spent at Crossroads Primitive Baptist Church. The church house would be packed. We would sing, and there would be several preachers that day. Many years, we had picnic tables outside amongst the trees, and the ladies would bring all the food. There was always plenty of good food, and then there would be afternoon preaching. I also remember using the outhouse back then before they got indoor plumbing. Those were wonderful days and sweet memories. I hope all mothers enjoyed the day set aside for them. There are many who have lost children from in the womb and on. I am sorry we share the same journey of child loss. I lost one during pregnancy, and our youngest was killed at age 14. The main thing I can say is that only God can help us carry on in this life. Life is a gift, and we are supposed to live it until we are called home. I am so very thankful for a gracious and loving Father.
We had a good attendance at Friendship Baptist Church Sunday morning. The sermon Bro. Glenn Harris delivered was very good. You can watch it on Facebook under our church name if you desire to. The church gave a red rose to each mother attending. It was great to hear and see the babies there.
No one will ever complain about babies crying. Sometimes you hear that sweet sucking on a bottle, and it brings back memories. We were blessed seeing Jeremy, Braelyn and Braxton along with Laiken for a while Sunday afternoon before the storms set in. We are enamored by Laiken.
The schools will soon be out for the summer, and those that have been doing virtual classes will be glad to see the workload end and know that in the school year 2020 they were affected by a pandemic and experienced life in a different way. I would rather go to school than be at home all the time, but that is just if I were young again. When I was young, school and our immediate neighborhood were the only socialization we had. I also think that being a girl and living in the city meant we did not roam. My husband was allowed more freedom than we were. Those were fun days though. In the summer we had several neighborhood kids around, and we would play dodge ball, prison ball, kickball, kick the can and hide and seek. Some played hopscotch, and we even made mudpies. I decorated mine with berries and flowers. Never thought a thing would hurt us – innocence of being a child. Our mother would call us to let us know when supper was ready, and we were never far away. There is surely something to be said about the days gone by.
Do not forget the Mifflin Store is now open and would love for you to visit. I am planning to visit this next week.
Happy birthday to Madison Taylor, 5-9; Jay Chalk and William Acred, 5-12; Dyke Sells, 5-13; Landon Butler and Sarah McLemore, 5-15; and Morgan WIlliams, 5-16.
Happy anniversary to Jan and Steve Priddy, 5-14.
Please continue to remember these in prayer Denise Armstrong, Sheila Berry, Monica Branch, Charlie Brewer, Robert and Joyce Brewer, J.T. and Jeanette Butler, Jackie Chambers, Zack Eaton, Rachel Ellington, Alice and Buddy Stovall, Nancy McCaskill, Sarah McLemore, LaVelle Page, Pam Priddy, Donald Rowlett, Jim Ruth, Dalton Seratt, John Webb, Ann Weir, Jo Willis and Bruce Wright. Also, please pray for our military, law enforcement, our country and its leaders those affected by COVID 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. Prayer is not an obligation; it is the greatest privilege we have. Pray yourself through each day
“Please” by Diane Ranker Riesen – “Please just sit back – and breathe real slow/there are many things you need to know/youth brings innocence – soft and free/but age brings ‘wisdom’ – then you’ll see/So much you thought was needed/so many dreams unfold/will be revealed as years go by/and reality unfolds/So many think they need much more/and want to earn great things/but as you age you realize/how little those things bring/The most important things in life/are easy to attain/they come quite freely with no cost/with so much joy to gain/Love and friendship, faith and pride/will make your life so full/there are no matches anywhere/to keep your ‘spirit’ whole/As you grow…try hard to keep/this message in your heart/It’s memories and kindness…It’s God and all His love/that makes a life worth living-as heaven waits above.
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 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.