Pat’s Chat (July 1)

There were about 70 people in attendance last Sabbath for a bittersweet experience at the Buckhannon Seventh-day Adventist Church. I am sure I am not the only one who had mixed feelings about losing a long beloved pastor and still happy to meet such a nice new pastor. It was the final sermon as pastor for Rick Cutright, who has been with us for 25 years of faithful, loving service. I praise the Lord that he will continue to live at his home in this area and I am sure there will be many opportunities for him to bring us another of his deeply studied and encouraging messages.

Randy Dustin and Darlene Molina (visitor, daughter of Elder Harold and Ruth Wightman, a teacher in SDA school in Parkersburg) sang a song I had never heard called Holy Water, and I am not sure I understand it all, but here are some of the lyrics I googled:

God, I’m on my knees again

God, I’m begging please again

I need You

Oh, I need You

Walking down these desert roads

Water for my thirsty soul

I need You

Oh, I need You


Your forgiveness

Is like sweet, sweet honey on my lips

Like the sound of a symphony to my ears

Like holy water on my skin, aye

We had a covered-dish dinner for the occasion, which had been cancelled during the pandemic. For the dinner activity to be as safe as possible, deaconesses wore plastic gloves and masks as they served each of us what we wanted from the bountiful foods brought for this special occasion.

We were happy to get to meet our new pastor and his wife, Daniel and Samantha Vegenas, who arrived soon after our meal had begun. They had provided services earlier at the Braxton Church in Gassaway. They were married just six months ago. It was a delightful, happy addition to the day’s activities. Daniel Vegenas is from Australia with his wife, Samantha from California, practically newlyweds of only six months. It was a mix of a stirring message, good music by Randy on the guitar and Darlene, and good food.

Tonja Cutright had someone make a beautiful cake for the occasion (picture included). So, what with a good message from Pastor Rick, music from Randy and Darlene then Bonnie and Rick, delicious food and desserts—it was just a “high” day.



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