Exciting things happened yesterday at our church. There were many visitors, which we all enjoyed. It seems extra lonely when the COVID numbers go up and people remain at home and go to church via Zoom! Don’t get me wrong! I am not complaining about Zoom, just very grateful for the chance to share our love of Jesus without fear of spreading or getting COVID. It was good to see the pews mostly occupied.
Many people yesterday attended to see our newest little member dedicated. His name is River Eddy. He is a precious bundle of perfect beauty, a handsome fellow. We prayed a lot for him and his momma, Brittany, because he had to enter life early, about seven and a half weeks early. Momma is doing good, too, with normal blood pressures now. In spite of such a rushed birth, he is doing great and has about doubled his birth weight already. He is about seven pounds, I think they said and doing well. Please help us keep him healthy and his mommy well by praying for him and his mother. Brittany’s parents, Sue and Will now have four grandsons under four. They seem very happy about that.
In the afternoon after church several members went to Lewis County Park with their lunches and enjoyed a picnic among the wonders of God’s beautiful creations. Sadly, I could not go because of my knee problems.
Next Sabbath, September 10, immediately after our potluck dinner, we will have a celebration of life memorial beginning at 1:30 p.m. with military honors for Fred Seeley, a long-time member of our church who died recently. We have heard from many of his friends from throughout the United States. If you want to attend, join us at church at 11 a.m., or come at 10 a.m. and join our Sabbath School classes. But be prompt for the military honors, because the Honors Team will have another ceremony to attend to shortly after for another veteran. If you want to donate in memory of Fred Seeley, it is my suggestion that you give to our children’s offering, as Fred was always encouraging gifts for the children’s funds and paid for sending some children to camp or other activities.
Our attention in our studies this week has tried to get us to barely notice what people say. Rely on God and trust His promises and hopefully people will trust you and you may then exert an influence for good. Your Light will represent Jesus who never reviled. He will help us be calm and considerate of others and have a happy temper that is unperturbed by circumstances because God is transforming our natures by His grace. I pray to be like that.