News from the New Friendship & Mifflin Communities of Chester County

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with Vickie Ellis

Hello to all! The skies were gray, and there was an occasional gust of wind blowing on Sunday. We have had a lot of birds visiting; we have had many cardinals, warblers and wrens, and James saw five red headed woodpeckers at one time. We enjoyed seeing the snow fall, but the ice was rough. We were without power for a couple of hours at midnight. We did okay sleeping under the covers, but I did think of the workers repairing things. Thanks to S.W.E. for their endeavors to make sure we have electricity. Please stay safe this winter as you work. You are needed by ALL!
Mother Nature is sure having fun swinging. It rained a lot Saturday night and Sunday morning, and the temperatures Sunday night were around 25. 
I hope everyone will be prepared for some slick spots. The temperatures for the next 10 days are projected to be in the 40s and 50s with lows mostly in the 30s.
 There are a couple of days with rain predicted but no snow. It is hard to work in hot or cold weather. Please remember the pets outside. Dogs are not like cattle and horses, and all need shelter. 
We watched the Titans play this afternoon, and it was a tight game, but they won. Happy for them; they have come a long way. It seems the older I get, the more I like football – lol. The Steelers won by three points in overtime against Baltimore. We are looking forward to the Alabama game Monday night. 
There are so many sick people. They are sick with COVID or the Delta or Omicron variants, pneumonia, flu and now Flurona, which is having the flu and COVID at the same time. We do not go out much and continue to practice social distancing, wear a mask and use antibacterial gel. 
I am seeing more wearing masks now. People continue to gather for games and other things, but maybe now that the holidays are over and flights are down, the numbers will begin to decrease. Please think of yourself and others. If you have not had the vaccine, at least wear a mask and social distance. It could be your loved one infected. Many are having to miss work and no pay equals problems, too. Hopefully, you will not end up in the hospital with an astronomical bill if you make it through the illness. Just be safe. It is overwhelming to hear of all this, but I tell myself to remember God is in charge. I am asking everyone to please pray for God to end this virus. It will end when He ends it. 
Happy birthday to Doris Rowlett, 1-10; Joseph Gladish, 1-11; and James Webb and Eva Jones, 1-13.
Please continue to remember these in prayer Randy Baker, Sheila Berry, Robert and Joyce Brewer, J.T. and Jeanette Butler, Jackie Chambers, Tom Gaugh, Stephanie Hatch, Maryann Lackie, LaVelle Page, David Parchman, Pam Priddy, Jesse Pugh, Jake Richardson, Gina Robinson, Bro. Larry Rose, Randy Sells, Kristi Taylor, David Tucker, Tony Tucker and Adam Wise. 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.
“This Too Shall Pass” – “If I can endure for this minute Whatever is happening to me, No matter how heavy my heart is Or how dark the moment may be – If I can remain calm and quiet With all the world crashing about me, Secure in the knowledge God loves me When everyone else seems to doubt me – If I can but keep on believing What I know in my heart to be true, That darkness will fade with the morning And that this will pass away, too – Then nothing in life can defeat me For as long as this knowledge remains I can suffer whatever is happening For I know God will break all of the chains That are binding me tight in the darkness And trying to fill me with fear – For there is no night without dawning And I know that my morning is near…” – Helen Steiner Rice
“There’s no storm that God won’t carry you through. No bridge that God won’t help you cross. No battle that God won’t help you through. No heartache that God can’t help you let go of. He is so much bigger than anything you will ever face. Leave everything in His hands. Embrace each day confidently, knowing that He will take care of you.” -Unknown
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.

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