Silerton City Park had a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 4 with a great turnout of 24! Mayor Sain gave a speech followed by Willard Beshires and Bill Mayfield. The men talked about the work that has gone into the park and all the contributions that have been made. Everyone gathered around the pavilion for a dedication to Mrs. Phyllis Naylor for her service to the town. Thank you to everyone who brought snacks and waters to the ceremony!
We have lots of interesting travel news this week. Mary Lynn shared with me some from the Dillard family. Recently, members of the family of Judy Dillard traveled to the Dauphin Islands and rented a beach house for a fun week in the sun. Debbie (Judy’s daughter) and Keith Cossar along with Sarah and Cody (Judy’s grandchildren) and Brittni and Shane enjoyed the family time together. Two more treasured travelers were Ramsey Kate and Shiloh (great-grandchildren of Judy). Sisters-in-law Birdie King and Nancy Dillard got to take part in the fun as well.
One of the highlights of the trip was a dolphin cruise, and they were fortunate to see dolphins! They celebrated Sarah’s birthday. Sarah asked for her grandmother’s famous homemade dumplings. Of course Judy, being the loving grandmother she is, fixed the family dumplings for dinner. Judy said that everyone had a great time!
Merry Ashlyn Gatewood shared some highlights from a trip she participated in with a study group with Union University.
“Israel was fantastic. I went with a group of about 20 students from Union sponsored by an organization called Passages. I really enjoyed this specific study tour because we got to experience a lot of Israeli history and culture and socio-political environment that I think we would not have been exposed to on a church tour. The coolest moment for me was Friday evening as the sun was setting, and Shabbat was just about to start. We went to the Western Wall to pray and were surrounded by the energy and zeal of thousands of Orthodox Jews. As we were leaving, the call to prayer sounded from the minarets of the mosque on the Temple Mount. It was very surreal and humbling to see all the people from multiple religions very devotedly worshipping but not to the true God in a way leading to salvation.”
In health news Oliver Young, Richard Sullivan and Larry Lambert are home and recovering. Continue to pray for them as they recover from their surgeries.