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Sorry folks about the mix-up in last week’s column. It was innocently and accidentally overlooked the week before so the Herald printed the previous week’s column and we didn’t have much to add so let the late column take its place. Besides, Jamey Herd was a bit under the weather so didn’t have anything to submit.
Have you had enough rain yet? Some of Randy’s cattle nudged a fence and got out so there was a bit of rodeo time and then having to use a tractor to get his truck out of the mud. I had to take the long route to get to a doctor appointment in Springfield as the low water crossings were impassable. There was a bit of flooding by Beaver Creek and a lot of “stuff” washed down along side Highway 14. At least the ponds should be full. Saturday it was a treat to open windows and have the overhead fan on to bring in lots of fresh air.
The heavy snow in areas in the north and northeast will probably cause spring floods. I heard on the news that Friday was a blizzard in eastern North Dakota and all major highways and most roads were closed. We used to live there, near the Red River of the North, north of Fargo, North Dakota, and right by the Goose River, and saw flooding on several occasions. One time the Goose River rose almost to our home. The barns were flooded that time. We were milking cows by hand back then and had to do it in the water, so to speak. Several years ago the government purchased and then dozed down all the buildings in that area and turned those few acres into a wild life preserve. They didn’t doze out the Weeping Willow I planted there in 1959 and on a visit a few years ago I managed to get some cuttings from that tree and now have two Willows in my yard from that tree and Ron has one Willow at his place. Does that mean our Willows are now 52 years old? Older perhaps, as in 1959 I used a cutting to start that tree.
Debbie Stewart’s mother, Kay Thompson, passed away suddenly last Wednesday. Leo and Kay Thompson were strong advocates for the National Farmer’s Organization for many years starting in the 1970s and dairy farmers for many, many years. We send our condolences and prayers for the family.
Regina Boeddeker’s son, Justin, was baptized Sunday morning. Then after Mass we all came out to my place for salad, pizza and visiting.
Randy managed to complete a burn on the De Bogdan place on Saturday. I’ve heard others comment they would like to have a burn but are so leery of doing so. One should always have plenty of help doing this and any such burn needs to be reported beforehand to the sheriff’s office.
Some plants are already up and growing. The Hostas should not be far behind. I pray for blessings for each and every one – and a nice, safe spring.
FROM THE DESK OF JAMEY HERD: Pleasant Ridge Baptist had a good service today with good attendance despite the time change. Several were back in attendance after being out sick. Pastor Carl brought the morning message from the book of Psalms 22: 11-21 about “Christ Suffering and His Prayers”. It is about prophesy being full filled and David’s prophesy of what Christ would suffer for our sins.
Laveta Ray and Susan Dugan had 10 young ones in Children’s Church. They sang their special song before going back for class.
Pleasant Ridge has a full schedule of exciting things coming up in the next couple of weeks. This Saturday, March 19, the ladies will be going to Hartville High School for “Ladies Laugh and Learn”. The schedule includes a meal and door-prizes, Grand Prize is two nights in Branson, and numerous classes. Do you want to learn how to cut up a chicken? Or learn self- defense? Also there will be a fashion show with clothing from the Dress Barn in Lebanon. Two of our ladies will be in the fashion show. Anyone wishing to attend in this fun is welcome to join us. There will be several cars at the Church that can give rides. We will leave by 3:30 PM from the Church parking lot. You can call me at 683-2364 and let me know you plan to attend.
April 2 the children 12 and under will be going to Marshfield to the Frontier Theater for a fun outing. On April 3rd there will be an Ordination Service for Brother Carl who will be ordained. There will be a carry in meal after morning worship and the Ordination will be at 3 PM. Letters of invitation will be going out to fellow Southern Baptist Churches in our Association.
April 24th, Easter Sunday, we will be having a Sunrise Service with a continental breakfast to follow. Morning service will be from 10 to 12 as usual. I’ve not checked to see what time sunrise is on that Sunday.
I spent a few hours in emergency last night with an irregular heart rate and an optical migraine. It was not a fun experience. They told me it wasn’t a heart problem and I have no idea what brought the migraine on. I didn’t get any answers from the Doctor today, Monday, either. I appreciate Connie Porter for coming and staying with me as Billy Joe was at Church then going to emergency with us. Connie is a real friend when one needs one. Jim and Connie stopped by this afternoon to see how things were going.
Please keep the Japanese people in your prayers. What a tragedy to happen to that country. Till next week God’s Blessing to all.