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Hello to all from this little corner of the world. Saturday was a beautiful, cool and sunny day. This cold snap has decreased our birds visiting, and the hummers may have gotten the message that it is time to fly south. James did see one hummer Sunday morning.
The sermon Sunday at Friendship Baptist Church was on discernment. Phillipians 1:9-11. We are all dealing with something, and we struggle with doing the right thing sometimes. God would have us make good decisions always, as the decisions we make can affect us and others for a lifetime – especially eternal decisions. Right is always right even if no one is doing it, and wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it. Our decisions should always be based on how God would lead us. We need spiritual guidance and understanding. “Without providing a time of healing and discernment, there will be no hope of living through this present moment without a shattering of our common life.”
Do we make the Word of God the final authority in every decision? Do we settle for what we want, how we want it, or wait for God’s guidance? As a Christian, if you do not use God’s discernment, you will become tainted. Psalms 119:160 God’s word endureth forever. We never know when we will leave this world, but we must choose God now to spend eternity with Him. The failure to make this decision/commitment will only lead to eternity without Him.
We also enjoyed special music by Natalie Wray. She sang “Never Walk Alone” by Brian Free. It is a beautiful song. I sure could feel my heartstrings being pulled. The sermon is available on Facebook via Friendship Baptist Church. I hope you will take advantage of this blessing. There are many sick and elderly who can not make it to church, and this online option is a blessing. I have enjoyed it at times myself. We invite you to visit anytime, and our hope is that you will go away feeling closer to God after leaving. God bless. I try and walk every day with God. We will never be perfect, and I wish I could be for the Lord, but He knows this side of heaven that will not be. He has and will continue to be with me until I draw my last breath. I have grown stronger over the years. Age and losing our youngest son in 1997 have changed us forever. I am thankful for every blessing seen and unseen, but even then, I must stay focused on Him or sink. I pray you all have a good, safe week. Be watchful for COVID. Social distance and wash hands.
Condolences to all who have lost loved ones.
New Friendship Community Club is selling tickets for a pork chop dinner. The BBQ Pork Chop Plate by Dwain Seaton includes baked beans and potato salad. Each ticket is $10 and benefits the community club. The dinner can be picked up from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct.13. Pickup behind First Methodist Church. Our members are dwindling, and it was a schoolhouse many went to years ago, and they are trying to keep it open and used. Your help would be greatly appreciated, and you would get a delicious meal to boot. Tickets can be purchased by calling Brenda Seaton at 731-343-1935. If there is no answer, please leave a message. Thanks in advance.
Jack’s Creek is having its yearly stew on Oct. 28 to benefit the fire dept. The stew will be ready at 10 a.m. It will be $22 a gallon, and you will need your own container. You may also pre-order by calling Joy McKinnon at 608-2828. This will be yummy when the cold winter sets in.
Happy birthday to Martha Mainord and Rachel Ellington, 10-8; Ashleigh Barham, 10-9; Stephanie Hatch, 10-10; Jonathan Ray and Paula Hinson, 10-12; and Don Holmes, 10-14.
Happy Anniversary to Carla and Don Barry and Karen and Freddie Stutts, 10-10.
Please continue to remember these in prayer – Wesley Bates, Paula Berry, Marie Bishop, Robert Brewer, Jackie Chambers, Rickey Clayton, Jerry Cloud, Boyd Cupples, Vicki Dickson, James Ellis, Joie Freeman, Joey Harris, Jennifer Gateley, LaDawn Hayes, Johnny Hays, Danny Hodges, Donna Johnson, Shirley Kendrick, Sue Lewis, Doris McKinney, Martha Mainord, Deana Morris, Tom and Cissy Nichols, LaVelle Page, Julia Parchman, Betty Perry, Beth Plunk, Pam Priddy, Karon Reinmann, Aaron Rees, Cathy Sisson, Jacob Thomas, Kevin Thurman, Lee Trice, David Tucker, Tony Tucker, John Webb, Adam Wise, and Katherine Wyatt.
Also, pray for our military, law enforcement, our country and first responders.
A dog had his chain reduced one link at a time, every few days, until his chain was so short he could barely move. He never resisted because he was conditioned to the loss of freedom slowly, over time. This is an unusual post for me, but this is happening to our AMERICA. We must stand for the beliefs this country was founded on, or we will become what we fought and continue to fight so hard against. Also, pray for our country and leaders. There are always those that want to work against what is right. I do believe God is in FULL control.
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.

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