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To get some extra walking in, I have added a walk to the senior center every other Saturday evening for the Singing Seniors.  I thoroughly enjoy the picking and singing of gospel, bluegrass, country or just plain old, loved hymns.  I love singing with them, if I know the song.  Last night the group called “Praying for Change” or PFC, a local group was there, and there is room for more visitors if you want to join us.  They start about 5:00 p.m., I think, with a covered dish dinner, then transition into singing hymns with Sheri-Lyn Sapp at the keyboard.  After that our own group of four to ten musicians with their voices and instruments will play and the audience will sing along until the visiting group is ready to take over.  For about an hour or so the visiting group entertains us.  I am surprised that so few people come to enjoy all of this music and friendly camaraderie.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church is having a Rummage Sale at the church (1122 Brushy Fork Road), 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 1, Tuesday, April 2, and Wednesday, April 3.  If you have something you would like to donate for the sale, please bring it to the church on Sunday afternoon, March 31, or even bring it on the days of the sale.  Thank you so much.  Call 304-472-0962 and leave a message if you have questions.  Someone will call you back.

My son was a registered nurse in Florida when he decided to retire and move here to Buckhannon to be near his siblings and me.  While he was still in Florida, he looked online and found a house here that sounded and looked good to him, and he bought it, sight unseen.  It is definitely a very solid house.  It amazes me that one can walk up and down the stairs and not hear one squeak or anything except the footsteps on good old solid oak stairs.  He has replaced all the windows (including obtaining new little windows to put in the third story attic which is partly redone accessible by another stairway).  He replaced the roof and put in double garage doors.  There are four bedrooms and a full bath upstairs, a living room, dining room, kitchen and half bath down stairs.  The lawn is level and fairly large.  He was ready to get down to the nitty-gritty with a new furnace and refurbishing the plumbing and electric.  But, lo and behold, he found a smaller house he likes and is going to try to sell this big one.  Pray with me that he sells it right away.  Let’s show him that we West Virginians pray and get answers.  Thank you in advance for your prayers.  

Number 4 of the 28 Fundamental doctrines or beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church: “4. Son: 
God the eternal Son became incarnate in Jesus Christ. Through Him all things were created, the character of God is revealed, the salvation of humanity is accomplished, and the world is judged. Forever truly God, He became also truly man, Jesus the Christ. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived and experienced temptation as a human being, but perfectly exemplified the righteousness and love of God. By His miracles He manifested God’s power and was attested as God’s promised Messiah. He suffered and died voluntarily on the cross for our sins and in our place, was raised from the dead, and ascended to minister in the heavenly sanctuary in our behalf. He will come again in glory for the final deliverance of His people and the restoration of all things. (John 1:1-3, 14; Col. 1:15-19; John 10:30; 14:9; Rom. 6:23; 2 Cor. 5:17-19; John 5:22; Luke 1:35; Phil. 2:5-11; Heb. 2:9-18; 1 Cor. 15:3, 4; Heb. 8:1, 2; John 14:1-3.)”

It is important to KNOW Jesus, whom to know is life eternal (John 17:3).  Eternal life is a gift of God to be had for the asking (John 3:16).  In Matthew 7:22-23 it tells us that “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you; depart from me, ye that work iniquity [sin].”  

To know someone, we have to talk to them and listen as they talk to us.  He talks to us through the Bible and we talk to him in prayer.  



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