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May 30, 2020

3/25/2020 12:39:00 PM
New Bethel News

With current circumstances, I'm sure you know I do not have much real news from this area; but I'll let you know we are still out here in the farming area of Jennings County. We are m mostly staying home within our own walls since our age says "high risk" for the dreaded virus and Hocker also has the risk of low immunity due to his remission status from lymphoma a few years ago. Hope Diekhoff is our important gopher between houses and she is doing her best to stay healthy and out of the public eye these days.

I watched Dr. Charles Stanley on television Sunday morning for our church of the day since New Bethel is closed for four Sundays, which includes Easter, due to orders form our Indiana Bishop of United Methodist Church. Dr. Stanley had some important points to make in his message of encouragement. His main points were "always pay sincere compliments and tell the truth; also make your information truthful, not gossip. Have a prayer list of names and use it. Quote scripture which is verse appropriate. Sometimes all it takes is a smile.

Be quiet while others are speaking and give them your full attention; speak with a hug. Accept others as God made them. Point them in the right direction and reward them for complying." This kind of encouragement has kept many people alive in their times of distress and lack of interest in living. "Don't be ashamed to say you need the Lord Jesus and ask Him for encouragement as you encourage others." Dr. Stanley is an elderly, wise and loving gentleman minister and his witness is with "In Touch Ministries."

Remember, none of us is superman or superwoman and we are all susceptible to the corona virus on the rampage. Let's not take unnecessary steps into its pathway.

We are sorry to report our neighbors in the former Elliott house have moved out of our community. The property was purchased by the new neighbors across the road in the newly constructed home. Jim, Liz, and Brooklyn moved to Indianapolis.

Tina Hockersmith's niece, Jennie and children, visited them last week.
Gene and Donna Kreutzjans carried in Sunday lunch to Clara Suhre and a few groceries including fresh bananas.

Paul Diekhoff and his friend, Sabrinia Clifford, are visiting Joe, Hope, and Julie for a few days while they are on temporary lay-off from the Marriott Kitchen in Louisville. The hotel gave their employees a milk crate to fill with perishable foods form the kitchen before shutdown so they are enjoying fresh green beans, diced apples, milk, etc. Now here is the bummer, toilet tissue does not spoil, said with a big chuckle.

I have to tell you my experience with toilet paper and you can have that big old laugh which they are telling us is so important to our good health. When I was a little kid in the 40's, we used an old cold, breezy outdoor toilet. Our outdated Sears Catalogue lay on the seat beside us.

Guess the rest! Now, we think we need a special brand of tissue, two ply, soft or strong. By the way the soft pages went first, then the colored/slick pages were crushed in hand to be more pliable.

Pastor Connie is posting a Sunday message and the points of encouragement on the New Bethel United Methodist Facebook page. Everyone is invited to watch and share.

Happy birthday to Zelpha Byard of Westport and Betty Johnson of North Vernon this Wednesday.

Hope Diekhoff will celebrate her sweet 16 on March 31. She is like many other JCHS girls as they mourn the loss of their junior-senior prom this spring after accepting creative invites from their favorite guys.

Sympathy is extended to Robert Grider and extended family in the death of his grandfather, Maurice Grider last week. Robert is married to our niece, Monica. Robert lost his parents at a young age and grandpa had a very active part in Robert's upbringing.

Julie Diekhoff is enjoying a week of vacation from Columbus Pediatrics this week. It was their scheduled week for their trip to Rome and the family is so very thankful that they are saved from the ravages of transportation and the virus. They are rescheduled for October but time will only tell about the situation by then. Julie feels safe in her surroundings at work since they closed the office to anyone with a fever, etc. They have tried to keep the surroundings sterile as possible since they deal with newborn babies. The ill patients were sent to other services of Columbus Regional.

We offer our congratulations to Bryce Mayer on his retirement. We will miss his articles in the paper, but certainly hope he has a good time fishing, golfing, and spending time with his precious grandchild. Those times will never be forgotten. I'm sure we will all see a picture of him and his giant whale catch when the times comes. Good luck, Bryce!

Lost in the Storm: in part by Joanne Liaw.

Am I all alone in this storm? Is there no one to rescue me? But hope is starting to take form as I'm lost in the snow of mercy. Why should I fear the howling wind? My Saviour tells them to be still. I know I'm wretched; I have sinned. But may heart, with mercys He fills. My Saviour's blood washes my sins until they are as white as snow.

Through Christ, I'm glorious from within, and mercy like a river flows. The winter wind still cuts me deep, but Christ is my Shelter and Shield. Though darkness around my head creeps. In His Hands; my faint heart, I yield.

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