News Around Enfield
The Big News is Cold, Cold, Cold and Freezing Cold, and we have had enough! Frozen pipes, high gas bills and guess what…. about 75 days until Spring! I don’t like setting records like this. But on second thought, we may not be in bad shape at all, according to my cousin who lives in Maine. They were expecting 14 to 18 inches of snow today on top of the many inches they already have, and winds of 40 to 50 mph. I guess we will stay in Southern Illinois and be thankful!
Ashland Christian Church News
On Sunday, December 31, 2017 we had 63 for Worship Service. This was a good number, because the weather outside was frightful (cold!) Charlie Cartmill gave the welcome and Suzanne Brooks gave the announcements, updated the prayer list and the birthdays. We sang Happy Birthday to Olivia Thomason and Eddie Wicker. Suzanne then led the congregation in singing hymns, accompanied by Lisa Carter and Kay Carter. Maurie Black shared a devotional reading before communion was served. We sang “A Shelter in the Time of Storm” for the communion hymn.
Marilyn Prince had some readings for the morning special. Pastor Braden’s Sermon was titled “John The Baptist And Jesus” from Numbers 4:3, Luke 3:21-23, Matthew 3:1-17 and Acts 17:30. The invitation hymn was “Lord I’m Coming Home.” Blessings were in abundance! Plan to attend Bible Study on Wednesday nights beginning at 6:00 p.m. Have a great week.
Enfield Christian Church News
The monthly community supper at Enfield Christian Church was held in the church basement on January 3, 2018, with a good crowd attending. They had soup, sandwiches and desserts. The next supper will be on February 6, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to come and have food and fellowship. The next Enfield Food Pantry will be held on January 20, 2018 with the Enfield Christian Church as the Hosts. In the month of December 2017, the Enfield Food Pantry served 40 families with a total of 101 people receiving.
Donuts at Ducks
On the first Tuesday of each month at 7 a.m., the Enfield Nursing Home brings donuts to Ducks Hardware. Several come to enjoy the donuts and coffee, and get their blood pressure taken. They also enjoy discussing and solving the world situations. Mark your calendars and join your friends at Ducks on Tuesday February 6, 2018 at 7 a.m.
Our sympathy goes to the James Thorpe Family. Jim passed away at his daughter’s home in Broughton on December 28, 2017. His wife Betty preceded him in death on May 1, 2015. Jim is survived by sons, Charles and Darren Norris and daughter Rose Norris. Also 7 Grandchildren and one Great Grandchild. Memorial Service was held at Ashland Christian Church on Saturday January 6, 2018 with Pastor Braden Willis officiating. Military rites were preformed on the church lawn. Stendeback Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
A tribute to Jim Thorpe… When Donnie and I met Jim and Betty, they were members of the Enfield Lions Club. They came to Enfield from the northern part of Illinois. They were very active in the Lions Club and after Betty passed away, Jim was needing some friends. He owned a building on East Main Street beside the Antique Store. Jim liked to visit and have a cup of coffee when I was working at the store. He came almost every week to talk as he was lonely. Jim got a new dog from a shelter named Jelly. The dog was a lot of company for him, and Jim took the dog everywhere he went. He also took Jelly to McDonald’s for a burger as a special treat. Jim got sick last summer and was in a lot of pain for several months. He was also in the Nursing Home in McLeansboro for a short time. He enjoyed visits and cards from his family and friends. Jim attended Ashland Christian Church where he always sat in the front of the church and listened to Pastor Braden’s sermon’s each Sunday. Jim enjoyed his church family, and he will be missed. Thanks, Jim, for your friendship and your service to our country. Rest in Peace.
Christmas Eve dinner guests of Gene and Norma Bowman were Don and Mary Anderson of Carmi, Donnie and Susie Bowman, Dylan and Ashley Bowman of Norris City and Devyn and Shailynn Bowman and Paitton Powell of Enfield.
Enjoying Christmas Day Dinner with Gene and Norma Bowman was Donnie and Susie Bowman of Norris City and Don and Mary Anderson of Carmi.
On New Years Day, Gene and Norma Bowman’s guests for dinner were Don and Mary Anderson of Carmi and Donnie and Susie Bowman of Norris City.
January 9 Kelly York
January 11 Gary Appel
January 14 Lou McGill,
Until next week…
”Simple Formula for Living.” Live beneath your means. Return everything you borrow. Stop blaming other people. Admit it when you make a mistake. Give clothes not worn to charity. Do something nice, and try not to get caught. Listen more; talk less. Every day take a 30 min. walk. Strive for excellence, not perfection. Be on time. Don’t make excuses. Don’t argue. Get organized. Be kind to unkind people. Let someone cut ahead of you in line. Take time to be alone. Cultivate good manners. Be humble. Realize and accept that life isn’t fair. Know when to keep your mouth shut. Go an entire day without criticizing anyone. Learn from the past. Plan for the future. Live in the present. Don’t sweat the small stuff. It’s all small stuff!!