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I’m back! Sorry about no column last week; I was on a cruise in Alaska, and the internet was terrible. Even the purchased ship internet was very spotty.
I want to wish happy birthday to all those celebrating this month, including my brother Jackie today and my youngest daughter, Charlene, next week.
It had been almost 11 years since I went to Alaska the first time, but the scenery is still breathtaking. Didn’t see much wildlife, but still had a wonderful time. Unfortunately, I brought a friend back, COVID-19, or maybe not so much a friend! But the worst part is having to quarantine after already being gone from my family for 10 days. I’m feeling better, and by the time you read this I will be out of quarantine.
School started this week, so keep an eye out for the busses! Remember, if the sign is out all lanes of traffic must stop. Be careful and watch for kids waiting on the bus, also. I have missed helping this year.
Concord Baptist Church has a special treat on Sunday, August 14, at 10:30 a.m. Greg Sullivan will be bringing a blessing in song. Bring a covered dish and enjoy the fellowship after the concert. Everyone’s welcome!
Also, Union Baptist Church is having their 150th Homecoming Celebration on Sunday, August 14. It will begin at 10 a.m. with special music by Scott Roberts followed by Rev. Jimmy Brand bringing the message. Fellowship meal will follow after the service. Everyone’s welcome!
The Richville Volunteer Fire Department has two fundraisers coming up. The first will be bingo on August 20 at 6:30. The other will be the Labor Day Boston Butt Sale. So, make plans to attend bingo and buy your ticket for the sale.
After seeing all the beauty and wonder of Alaska, which other than not having snow and ice, Coosa County is just as beautiful if not more so. So, the scripture passage for this week is found in Colossians 1:16-17. It reads, “For everything was created by Him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and by Him all things hold together.”
Somehow I had never read or didn’t remember reading these verses until last week. I thought how appropriate as I was out on the water looking at the mountains in the distance with waves all around.
The last part is what really struck me, He is before everything, and He is what holds everything together. Without God, we wouldn’t exist; the world wouldn’t exist. But how many times do we just thank God for being God? Not for what He has done for us or given us, but just being.
Remember my family in your prayers as we lost my brother-in-law, who also was my first cousin, Edsel Hughes this past week. Edsel and I always shared a special connection. His family and mine were very close growing up.
He always called me his “almost birthday present” as I missed being born on his birthday by 15 minutes! Then, we married sister and brother, lived at the “camp” next to each other, and raised our kids together.
Continue to keep those who have lost loved ones recently in your prayers. There are several in our community that are not feeling well, so please pray for their healing in God’s will. God knows their names and needs. Until next week, take care and be joyful!
Organizations in the area, as well as churches, I need your events! If your family has some news or an event to share, please contact me. I would prefer text to 334-414-7147 or emails to email@example.com, but phone calls will be fine, too. If you don’t get me when you call, be sure to leave a message.