New Friendship and Mifflin Community News

Hello to all from this little corner of the world. Summer is officially here, and we are now over halfway through the year. The temperature was 89 degrees on Sunday, and humidity is back to my dismay. The skies were blue with white puffy clouds noted. There were storms in the evening. Our birds are continuing to visit, but we are not seeing yellow finches like we have in the past. It seems we have a lone hummer. Humidity can affect human health because it affects our thermal comfort (whether we feel too hot or cold). After an extended period of high humidity, the air develops a heavy feel. When it rains, humidity decreases, and the air feels “lighter.” Without water vapor, we would not be able to live on this earth. As a greenhouse gas, water vapor lets energy from the sun pass through and warm the earth. The earth then radiates energy away, but some of this energy is trapped on the way out by greenhouse gasses adding extra warmth. So there you have it! We need humidity, but it does make some of us uncomfortable. 
Friendship Baptist Church had Bro. Fred Morris as a visiting preacher Sunday. The sermon was very good and was on Grace. Our church was his first to pastor. He and his wife have been married for 70 years, and they have five children. There was a potluck meal after church. Friendship Baptist church VBS will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 10-13. This year’s theme is Keepers of the Kingdom. Please put this on your calendar and look forward to the children learning more about our Lord.
We enjoyed a little venture out this past week with friends. We went to check out Jack’s Creek Grill & Go. You can go inside to eat, and there are tables and booths available. It is very clean, and they have a nice restroom. The food was great. James had a cheeseburger and onion rings. He said it was delicious! The onion rings are light and not greasy. Our friend got a Philly cheesesteak, which she enjoyed very much, and her husband and I ate the Big G, which consists of chicken crumbled over French fries with cheese and grilled onions. The prices are okay. The owners are Tony and Debra Moody. Thursdays are catfish days. That is next on our list!
Happy birthday to Jackson Sanford, 6-26; Carla Berry, Hope Butler and Jaxon Richardson, 6-27; Mason Connor, 6-28; Jonathan Knipper, 6-29; and Bill Wood, 7-1. 
Condolences to those who have lost loved ones. 
Please continue to remember these in prayer – Jonah and Tina Azbill, Wesley Bates, Marie Bishop, Robert Brewer, Jackie Chambers, Rickey Clayton, Allen Denbo, Joie Freeman, Nathan Frost, Jennifer Gateley, Bro. Glenn Harris, LaDawn Hayes, Johnny Hays, Shirley Kendrick, Donna Johnson, Estelle Jones, David King, Sue Lewis, Doris McKinney, Martha Mainord, Deana Morris, Darrel Newsom, Becky Nichols, Becky Nguyen, Cissy Nichols, LaVelle Page, Julia Parchman, Beth Plunk, Linda Clifft Plunk, Pam Priddy, Jesse Pugh, Logan Rencher, Todd Rencher, Jake Richardson, Barbara Rowland, Cathy Sisson, Michael Summer, Jacob Thomas, Kevin Thurman, David Tucker, Tony Tucker, William Watkins, Adam Wise, Gina Woods and the family of Shannon Burton. Also, pray for our military, law enforcement, our country and first responders. 
Strawberry Icebox Cake – you will need one pound fresh strawberries (hulled and cut into bite size pieces), 1/4 cup sugar, two cups heavy cream, one tablespoon vanilla, two cups powdered sugar, eight to 10 graham crackers, two tablespoons vanilla pudding mix (unprepared). Save a few strawberries for garnish. Place remaining strawberries in large bowl and sprinkle sugar over top. Stir to combine and set aside. In a tall bowl, whip the heavy cream until you can start to see a trail of the mixer through the cream. Add the vanilla and 1/4 cup powdered sugar. Whip until stiff peaks form and set aside. Line a 9×5 inch loaf pan with plastic wrap. Leave enough excess so you can wrap over the top. Layer 1/3 of the whipped cream into the pan. Spoon half of the strawberries in an even layer on top of the whipped cream. Top with a layer of graham crackers, breaking if necessary to fit the pan. Next, add another 1/3 of the whipped cream, smoothing it out evenly with a spatula. Add the remaining strawberries evenly over the whipped cream. Top with a layer of graham crackers. Pull the excess plastic wrap over the top to cover. Freeze for three to four hours. Meanwhile, add the remaining one and 3/4 cups powdered sugar and pudding mix to the whipped cream. Whip until it comes together. Refrigerate until ready to use. Remove cake from freezer, unwrap the top of the cake and invert the loaf pan onto a plate. Remove the plastic wrap and frost with the whipped cream icing and sprinkle remaining strawberries on top. Freeze until ready to serve. To slice, run knife under hot water to warm the knife. Keep it well covered with plastic wrap or in airtight container. Enjoy within one-two weeks and allow it to soften on the counter for about 15 minutes before slicing.
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.