Shirley Jean (Stout) Nicholson passed away on October 6. It seems like obituaries are a part of many of my Chats. That is a sad thing. Shirley was Mary Ann’s age. We all grew up in Burnsville, WV, and it was a wonderful place to grow. I don’t think it has remained so wonderful. When we lived there, Burnsville had two (at least) markets, a bank, a movie theater, a taxi stand, even a bus (The Blue Goose, I think it was called) that would take us to Weston and back, a couple of places to eat (or more), a laundry facility, a broom factory, a furniture store, a hardware store, a home improvement business that employed several people who did carpentry, plumbing, installing appliances (where I worked for a few months or maybe years), and other facilities that improved our small-town living.
The Little Kanawha River, the hills and streams, where we were free to explore without fear of danger from criminals or most animals, brought us entertainment without electronic help. What animals that might have been around were more afraid of us than we were of them. Now, Burnsville doesn’t have a restaurant, I don’t think, and no grocery store or bank or taxi or many other conveniences. I do hope some people still enjoy it, though. It is “home” to me.
The REVIVAL at the Seventh-day Adventist Church here in Buckhannon is wonderful. There are only six nights, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, then there will only be three next weekend. The first night was about Jesus and the Biblical prophecies from thousands of years before, that came to be just as they were predicted, even down to the fact of His birth in the tiny village of Bethlehem. There are so many genuine fulfilled prophecies that prove He is the Son of God who gave His life for each one of us. We learned about how prophecies about Jesus’ Second Coming have been and are being fulfilled. Although we don’t know the exact day or hour, we are told it will be soon. Another lesson was about the “manner” of His second coming, according to the Bible. Will it be literal, or maybe a “secret” happening? I wish I could personally urge all of you to come and see. I am sure the subjects for next weekend’s meetings will be even more interesting. Each meeting lasts from 7:00 p.m. until about 8:15 to 8:30 p.m.
The Methodists have developed a wonderful way to serve the community with free meals three times a week, a Clothes Closet, and many other programs, such as one that helps those who need assistance in paying utility bills and programs for needs (school book bags, new baby needs, etc.). Adventists are also interested in helping in these areas, but are not as organized as the Methodists, at least not here in our Buckhannon Church. Other churches in the area also help at Parish House with the free meals, in providing, preparation and serving the meals. Adventists decided to help. Last Monday was our first time. We decided to serve cornbread and beans with onions, and desserts. Several Adventists help prepare and/or serve the meal. We sat and ate with them and got acquainted. We told them we would serve a meal once a quarter at this point, and then possibly more often in the future, perhaps once a month. About 10 of us were there to help. Parish House, as their facility is called, can use volunteers in many of their activities, if any of you are interested. Just stop by and offer your help. I am attaching a picture with Nancy Walker serving the white beans, Tonja Cutright serving the brown beans, Darren Cutright serving the cornbread, Bridgett Cutright serving the onions. (These children are home-schooled so were available.) Dessert was on individual plates that folks could pick up. We all enjoyed our experience.
I am also attaching a picture of one of the busiest workers at our church, Sheri-Lyn Sapp, along with the pastor’s wife, Bonnie Cutright. Church members celebrated her birthday at our Sabbath Fellowship dinner. Sheri works at Walmart but finds time to do the weekly bulletin for the church, and other activities when needed. Sheri plays the organ and piano for us on Sabbath and plays piano for other churches on Sunday and Wednesday choir practice.