News of the Communities of Old Friendship and Mifflin

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Good day to all! I hope it has been a good week for everyone. The wonderful sun was out on Sunday, and the skies are a beautiful blue with white puffy clouds. I am thankful for last week, but the weather was so dreary. I, like others, do not look forward to those days, but we must take the good with the bad. Every day can not be lovely, but we can be thankful for every day! I will bring in a few plants, and the rest are history for this year. We are enjoying the beautiful fall foliage. God is so GOOD! We are looking forward to our fall/winter birds returning. We still have a little trimming to do outside, but the chilly weather is about to catch us. The forecast for this week calls for temperatures to be mostly in the 50s and lows mostly in the 30s. WOW! I do know we have had some warmer temperatures around Thanksgiving. I guess we will just watch and wait. 
We enjoyed our fifth Sunday singing and potluck meal at our church tonight. Remember time changes on Nov. 7. Fall back one hour so you will be on time for everything.
Congratulations on Chester County Football team’s win on their last game for the season. It will not be long until school is out again for a short break. I looked forward to those days as a child, too. We did not sleep late, but we enjoyed playing and television. I was told the Trick or Treat at Gene Record Park was a fantastic success. Thanks to all who participated. Our church, Friendship Baptist, gave out candy. We met Friday night and made up a lot of bags for the event. I am glad it was successful, and I know that next year will not be a trial run and planning will be stepped up. 
The COVID numbers have decreased quite a bit but are still lurking. Please continue to wash hands frequently, use hand sanitizer when necessary and try to socialize outside. Masks are encouraged inside crowds and anywhere else one chooses. 
Happy birthday to Charles Dyer, 11-2.
Happy Anniversary to Nancy and Norris McCaskill, 11-2.  
Please continue to remember these in prayer Randy Baker, Sheila Berry, Robert and Joyce Brewer, J.T. and Jeanette Butler, Jackie Chambers, Tom Gaugh, Maryann Lackie, Jason Livingston, Nancy McCaskill, Sarah McLemore, LaVelle Page, Pam Priddy, Jesse Pugh, Gina Robinson, Randy Sells, Jeff Thomas, David Tucker, Tony Tucker, Jerry Weir, Clarence Wells, Jo WIllis, Adam Wise and the family of Ann Bailey and Mary Lou Warren. 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.  
When we encounter stressful situations and they are causing us to feel overwhelmed…we have to intentionally step back for a moment and take our focus off the situation at hand. Purposely meditate on God’s goodness and ALL the times He has helped us before…trusting and believing that He will do it again!!! Focusing on His promises and His faithfulness keeps us in perfect peace.
“Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning.” – Lamentations 3:21-23 
Reminder: God did not form you, and delicately place each hair on your pretty little head, so you could get all down on yourself because some yahoo somewhere said they didn’t like you. God didn’t create you and craft you, and carefully make plans for you, so you could decide you were just gonna shut down and hide away because you got rejected. God didn’t put all that wonderful work into you, so you could walk away and choose to believe you aren’t worthy. Stop it. You’re listening to the wrong voices. Head up All the way UP.
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 mimmiepots@gmail.com. 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.