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July 20, 2018


25 Years ago & Longer
1993 livestock auction grosses over $70K
The 4-H livestock auction at the 1993 Jennings County Fair grossed $70,870.32 for 127 livestock exhibits and pottery items sold by the 4-H Riders (now the Horse & Pony Club). The total set a record for the fair.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

What is true worship?
Worship takes place all around us - fans cheering their favorite sports team, crowds gathering to see and hear their favorite singer or performer, moviegoers waiting in line at the theater to watch the next anticipated Marvel or Star Wars movie.
By worship, I simply mean acknowledging the unique worth of something and showing honor or respect. This makes sense because "worship" derives from an old English word "worthship" which helps understand its meaning. Elements of this takes place when we walk through an art museum, hold a precious newborn baby or watch the sunset over the ocean.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

New Bethel News
Pastor Connie Barr's message title at New Bethel U.M.C. July 15 was "The Lord Watches Over the Way of the Righteous" taken from Psalm 1. She spoke of living for eternal blessings, not worldly things. She also reminded us of living for the hereafter instead of instant gratification.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Pepper blight returns
About 45 years ago, a fungus was discovered in pepper crops in New York. Since then it has spread as far as California and Florida. It's in our midst, as well.
Monday, July 16, 2018

House wren noisy as ever
"Summer time and the livin' is easy." Quiet, too. Robins and cardinals and so many other birds that sang to the dawn around my home and on and off throughout the day last month now call only occasionally during the day. But one species of bird is as vocal as ever, in the morning and throughout the day. Like the robin and the cardinal it's a common bird around houses, a bird of trees and bushes and yards. That bird is the house wren. I hear one, sometimes two in front of the house and one or two more behind the house whenever I go out and the day is fair.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Beloved enemies?
The ends justify the means. This ethic rules our age. The ends can be acquiring power, wealth, fame, influence, or promoting an ideology. The people harmed by those pursuits are often secondary, if they matter at all.
In American Christianity, sadly, we often function by the same mantra even if we confess otherwise. The way we handle conflict with one another is telling. Rather than do right (admittedly more difficult) and pursue reconciliation as Jesus instructed (Matthew 18:15-17), we do almost anything else. We pout. We discuss the dispute with folks not involved and therefore unlikely to be able to contribute to a biblical solution. We consider and present ourselves as victims to whoever will listen. Or we just leave. We do anything other than attempt to reconcile because such an attempt may reveal how we are wrong and require confession.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

25 Years Ago & Longer
Symbol of freedom
arrives at AmVets
A symbol of the armed forces' enduring vigilance to protect Amer­ica was unloaded at the AmVets Post in North Vernon on Thursday afternoon (July 8, 1993).
An A7D jet aircraft - sans wings - from Chanute Air Force Base weighing 13,000 pounds was lifted by a crane off its semi-bed transport from Rantoul, Ill. Its 39-foot-long wings are expected to arrive any day now. The jet will be mounted on three pedestals in a "take off" stance in front of the post.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Nebraska News
On the prayer list this week is Vivian Canfield who is in the Premier Healthcare Center in North Vernon. Also on the list are Kirk Arthur who had a pacemaker put in June 28 and Doris Hillenburg who will be scheduled for hip surgery July 24.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

New Bethel News
Sorry, I don't have any church notes for you this week as we were upstate for the weekend and missed church. It was the graduation celebration party for granddaughter, Addie Burton, a 2018 graduate of Val­paraiso High School. The party was held in Fair­grounds Park directly behind the Burton home. We were all happy to have a beautiful weather day with nice breezes blowing through the building with no air conditioning. Addie's parents had the building decorated with green and white trimmings, the school colors. Fresh flower vases centered the tables; lights were wrapped around the roof supports. School banners, etc. looked quite festive for the party. A buffet meal was served and several of Janice's co-op teacher friends helped prepare food. One teacher prepared a baked pasta meat dish and made a separate one for Addie to make sure she got to enjoy her favorite dish; now that's love!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Fireflies light up the night for the sake of love
Monday, July 9, 2018


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