God is good all the time, and all the time God is good. In spite of what we may encounter or the pitfalls that come our way, we should give thanks, for the Word says, "In all things, give thanks."
Our prayers go up for the following families: "Son" Smith, whose last rites were held Monday at Mt. Pleasant-Campground; and Joe Gibson, whose last rites were held at the Dumas Community Center. Also for the Jackson family of North Little Rock, whose loved one, Felix Jackson, was killed in an auto accident while in Washington, D.C., this past week. And to Josephine Buffington and family in the loss of your dear mother, whose last rites will be held Saturday in Eudora. I don't have all the details about the place and time.
But remember, God can and will mend broken hearts and lift bowed-down heads. Only trust Him.
We at First Baptist of Monticello, where minister H.F. Richardson is pastor, witnessed an inspiring message coming from Sis. Sherrie Gillespie, and a delicious breakfast prepared by the ladies of First Baptist, as this was our district prayer breakfast. Attending from Brooks Chapel were Erma Burks, Margaret Ridgell, Debbie Burks and Chris Riley. Sylvia Jordan served as emcee and Bobbie Everett and Bro. Jordan served as musicians. Robizene Owens was song leader and Virdell Johnson sang a solo. The devotion was given by Nancy Sowell, Sis. Richardson and Chris Riley. It was a blessed occasion and the food and fellowship were superb.
Pastor Jackson brought an inspiring message Sunday in the 11 a.m. service. His text was taken from I Corinthians 12:12-20, and his subject was "What is the matter with the church?" Attendance was good.
In the afternoon at 3 p.m., Mt. Tabor hosted its annual Youth Day program. Bianca Cantley of Gates Chapel of Crossett was the speaker. The 13-year-old did a fantastic job and was very inspiring. She played and sang a solo. She was accompanied by her father and other family members.
Teddy Dunlap of Texas called and inquired about Johnny Orr, and sent his best wishes.
Congratulations to Evelyn and Joe Dean Gardner of California on your 50th anniversary. A celebration was held there for the couple. The Gardners are former residents of Drew County, where they grew up and attended Wilmar and Drew High Schools.
Happy belated birthday to Bettie J. Chavis April 27, and happy birthday wishes to Donald K. Riley of Little Rock May 6. Happy anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Trotter and James and Chris Riley May 5. Oh, I almost forgot to wish Debbie Carr Daniels a happy birthday May 3.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred White (Janice) and Demarious Sams of Crossett and Liz Boswell and Chris Riley attended the retirement ceremony of Master Sergeant Charles T. Ingram, held at the Little Rock Air Force Base Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. Candice Sams and friend Coty of Little Rock and Tina Riley Johnson of Mabelvale attended this occasion. Charles received many accolades after serving his country 23.5 years. Ingram is the son of Liz Ingram Boswell and the late Charlie "Tib" Ingram. A reception was held immediately following the ceremony, and extended to the home of Charles and Jennifer Ingram. It was very much enjoyed.
Sympathy is extended to Irma L. "Tit" Ingram in the loss of her husband. Irma resides in Las Vegas, Nev., and is formerly from Wilmar.
So sorry to learn of Dr. Timothy Wright's passing after a lengthy recovery from an auto accident. His wife preceded him in death. Wright was a renowned gospel singer. This lets us know that whoever and wherever you are, you are not exempted, but blessed are they who die in the Lord.
Chris Riley visited with Charlie M. Smith Jackson and sis Dot from Milwaukee, who inquired about her classmates of 1958. She also visited with Shana Rhodes.
Now, until we meet again by paper and pen, blot out all the darkness and let the sun shine in.