This week we begin this report with a pause of remembrance for longtime friend, Nick Huffaker. Nick passed away from Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever on August 13, a passing that left all of us in great shock. He was only 65 years old and he leaves a large family that mourns his passing. Nick was such a kind and caring soul, one who always worked hard in the church. We came to know him at the Dogwood Church of the Nazarene, where he attended along with his parents (Melvin and Flossie Huffaker). We watched him grow up and we saw the Lord work in his life over the years. Nick will be missed by so many of us and we lift up his family in our prayers. Our family attended his visitation on Wednesday evening at Clinkenbeard Funeral Home at Ava. There we saw so many dear friends from Dogwood and the surrounding neighborhood. Some of those friends, we had not seen in so many years and Nick would have enjoyed seeing the reunion that was taking place from so many who had worshiped together over the years.

As earlier mentioned, we are looking forward to hearing oldest son, Jerry Inman and Don Givans (formerly of this neighborhood) preach at the 6th annual “For Christ” Tent Revival on the Main Street of Elkland this week. The schedule will be: Jim Jones (Aug. 22), Jerry Inman (Aug. 23), David Hartwell (Aug. 24), Don Givans (Aug. 25), Scott Fraker (11 AM on Aug. 26) and Bob Holden on Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. The revival will take place under the big tent and will be held at 7 p.m. each evening. There will also be special music provided and Jean Grisham will be at the piano with Bob Holden serving as song leader. We are expecting the blessings to flow and that the tent will be filled with those hungry for the word of God each evening. There will also be a potluck after the service on Sunday morning. Hope to see you there! It is great to see several from our neighborhood participating in this yearly gathering of believers from all denominations. We appreciate the Elkland Independent Methodist Church for sponsoring this revival each year.

As I write this report, little great granddaughter, Reagan Inman has started her first day of pre-school. She was so excited and has talked about it for months on end. This will be a blessing for her. Many of you readers will recall when she was first learning to walk and stand tall. I can still picture her standing on a stool behind the counter at Kindall Store, helping to check out customers. They sure grow up awful fast!

This past week, my late Mother (Alverta Hargis) would have been 104 years old. I thought of her alot this past week and I know that some of our family visited her grave on her birthday. It is always nice to pause and remember those who have been so special and influential in our lives. She is buried at the Union Chapel Cemetery where so many friends and family members have been laid to rest over the years.

Oldest grandson Nicholas reported that he had a nice visit with neighbor, Wanda Ince this past week. He said that Wanda is still pretty sore from the wreck that she had this summer. Wanda is a special friend to our family and you just cannot keep someone like her down for long. I know that she has been trying to get back to her same old routine, although, it may continue to take awhile. The good Lord was looking after her when she had her accident on Z Highway. Nicholas said that they had a nice visit and laughed about many old times together.

I had better close for now. We sure hope to see you out this way in the near future. You are always welcome here in our neighborhood.