Sunday Night, 7-16-23

The church was full this morning and there was coffee following the service but none of the new people with kids stayed as usual so there’s never a chance to meet them. Just all us old people stayed and I know all of them – haha! The message this morning was on humility – something to keep in mind this week.

First thing tomorrow morning I will call my printer and check on book printing. Then I’m going to Fleet Farm for bedding. Tomorrow afternoon Sister Carol will be arriving from Colorado. I’ll fill you in on that tomorrow. And tomorrow is Samantha’s birthday and she isn’t even in Garner to celebrate. Take a breath, Mary!

Talk tomorrow!

29 thoughts on “Sunday Night, 7-16-23

  1. Diane, Squeak, and Buddy

    Whishhhh! There goes Mary on the run😀😹. You are a busy,busy woman. We are watching PBS and letting the birthday cake fat get absorbed😹🎂. Glenn saud thank you for the good wishes😀. Can’t wait to hear about Sister Carol.

    1. Kathy in western NY

      Diane and others who watch PBS,
      Not sure if anyone knows about a new series starting Tues nite on PBS at 9 pm (eastern time) called Southern Storytellers. We will see how it is. Our local newspaper had a picture on the cover of the TV week section of a woman Texas fiddle player wearing a quilted garment- it looks like a Dresden plate design. I am hoping she wears it in the show to see the whole piece.

      1. Diane and the gang

        Thank you Kathy. I will look for it and probably set the DVR. That is Quilt Guild night, but I am sure we wood enjoy that series😃. We are definite PBS watchers.

  2. Joyce from NY

    My Blackeyed Susan’s are just starting to come out, another couple days & they will florish🌻

  3. Diane in Colorado

    We had church outside today which was fun! Thankfully, I found a chair in she shade. Our sermon was on our words and how we need to watch how we use them. There was a suggestion to use 4 questions before saying something— does it need to be said? Does it need to be said by me? Does it need to be said now? And does saying it reflect my heart for God? I’ll try to apply that more regularly!!

    The afternoon was spent up the Poudre Canyon at Mishawaka, listening to Five Month Journey. Band members include the father and brother of Aubrey Sacco, an American girl (now would be 33) lost in Nepal in 2010. Her family has gone to Nepal several times to search for her over the years and they continue to raise money for ongoing searches there. Her Mom, Connie, recently had a dream that Aubrey was still alive and has two children. Dad, Paul writes most of the music the band plays and a large portion are about Aubrey. Paul and Connie will be my neighbors at my new house.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diane – oh, I love those questions and I’m going to make note of them. And Paul and Connie will be your neighbors? Is there a chance Aubrey is still alive? And if she is why hasn’t she contacted her family? Oh, my! Why was she in Nepal? Sorry for so many questions. I’m writing your sermon questions down now.

      1. Diane in Colorado

        Some believe Aubrey may still be alive (Connie’s recent dream with Aubrey and two children) but perhaps suffer from amnesia, which could easily happen with a climbing accident. Aubrey had gone to Nepal to hike in the Himalayas. She was familiar with the area and comfortable there as she had been there previously for similar treks. A less desirable outcome to explain no contact would be the possibility she has been a victim of human trafficking. Tips do still come in on occasion, so Paul and Connie do their best to hold onto any hope.

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Diane – I think this disappearance is hard to think about – I can’t imagine what her parents must be feeling! Wish we could pray her back home.

          1. Diane in Colorado

            I will tell you that her family would welcome your prayers, Mary. I am looking forward to having them as neighbors. I get to start moving on Thursday!!

  4. Sue H

    My twin nieces are in the process of buying new houses each. They want the back yards fenced and keep talking about privacy fences. I keep trying to convince them either shorter fences or open fences so they can make friends with the neighbors. Why do the young kids today just keep to themselves so much, I wonder. I know they’re busy but they come home from work, open the garages, drive right in and close the garage to go into their houses without a glance about to see if anyone is out to say hi. Ahhh, the times they’ve been a-changin’! Lol!

    1. Diane and the gang in Central Ohio

      Sue, you are so right! I started taking dog treats on my walks so I could meet people in the neighborhood. It worked😀

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sue H – not having any young people in town I guess I didn’t realize this. Do you think technology has a hand in this? They’re so busy on social media, they aren’t social in person?

  5. Pamela Dempsey

    I hope your sister gets there safely and y’all have a great visit! Our temps are back at 100 again, low 90s coming in a few days, I hope. Yes, I need to stop more before I speak for sure.

  6. Diana in Des Moines

    Same way at our church. All the old people hang around to talk, the young people scoot out. And we have a LOT of children! I suppose the parents think they’ve had enough time trying to wrangle them, let them out to play!
    We had a Smoke Out yesterday at church for the men’s group. 30+ guys, my hubby placed 1st! He was super surprised! I always enter quilts in the Iowa State Fair and have numerous ribbons, so I guess competiveness runs in the family!
    I have NOTHING on the calendar this week except to pick up mom’s hearing aids. Last week about did me in so looking forward to some peace.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diana – wow! You’ve got a barbecue king at home! What did he fix – beef, pork? And this happened at church? You must belong to a really large church. And if I manage to get to the State Fair I will look for your entries. Wish I could say the same about my schedule.☹️

      1. Diana in Des Moines

        He took pork ribs and pork sirloin chops. Apparently they had a professional judge and all the guys were asking Jim his secrets. lol
        Yes, we belong to a very large church – about 2200 members. 7 services every weekend. Missouri Synod Lutheran.
        Enjoy the busy schedule. I would rather be busy now, than in the dead of winter.
        New appliances coming next week, new countertops and backsplash in August, and the kitchen and living room were painted last week. Whew!

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Diana – now that’s a big church!! We have around 200 members and maybe 100-120 attend each week. His secret must really be a secret! And your kitchen! How fun for you!

  7. Kathy in western NY

    Our service was the children from vacation Bible school presenting. Up and down moving to their songs but quite nice. A shy little girl ran in late with her mom, sat behind me and afterwards I asked if she was going out in the fellowship hall to eat snacks and have lemonade and she answered no, she would go home and eat. Well we chatted in the pews and I had to help with sorting the food pantry donations so I continued on and pretty soon this sweet little girl comes up and hands me a mini marshmallow with her tiny fingers. After eating it and thanking her, I told her she remembered the sermon to shine Jesus’s light as I was hungry and she fed me so she must have decided to go mingle with the other children.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kathy – that is a precious story about the little girl! It could so easily be written as a children’s book! It always surprises me when I hear about Bible School being held in mid summer. Even as a kid ours was always right after school let out in the spring. Thank you, Kathy!

      1. Kathy

        Mary, I believe our schools here must go later than yours as we go to middle of June, then exams so it’s like close to end of June. After a week off of Fourth of July , then the many churches in our area have VBS start and all various themes, so you can attend as many weeks as your schedule allows with children. I sure hope that little girl and her mom return to our church one Sunday. I’d be thrilled and will let you know.

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Kathy – that’s probably it – our schools let out in May – before Memorial Day.

  8. Margie

    Such wonderful responses today. I think I will write down those questions from the sermon also. I need something to keep my mouth from exploding, maybe this will work. Thanks for sharing all these comments. Mary, thank you so much for the blog and when you think it is about nothing, remember how much we need it. Thank you Mary for being the nicest person I know, even though we have never met! Hope you find some peace and rest in your busy week!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Margie – after those compliments my first response is to puff up with pride and then I remember HUMILITY! Thank you – I could not make this an interesting blog about nothing without all of you helping me.

  9. Jeanne in Co.

    Our Vacation Bible School was always held in the middle of June, usually during the time of my birthday. One year, the group presented me with a bouquet of balloons and the children sang Happy Birthday to me A little girl of about 6 or 7 was sitting behind me asked me sweetly, how old I was. When I replied “50”, her eyes got big and her mouth opened wide and her response was “WOW”. I’m sure she thought I was ancient. It was so funny at the time and I still remember the look of surprise on her face that anyone could be That old. I wonder what her response would be if she heard my age today. Lots of fun Bible School memories as a teacher, but that one was the cutest, from an innocent little girl.
    To : Diane from Co., when and where are you moving to? We were recently in Poudre Canyon watching my granddaughter and her family from Iowa as they went rafting. It was a fun day for all of us.
    Have a blessed week everyone. It is to be in the high 90s here today. Time to head to the sewing room and air conditioning..
    Jeanne in Co.

    1. Diane in Colorado

      Hi Jeanne!
      I’m just moving a couple of miles east of where I am now, to a patio home. My home now is about 4000 sq feet finished—too big now that my daughter has moved to CA and it’s just me and the dogs. I will live on a lake with a walking/biking trail all the way around it, so it’ll feel like I’m back in my home state of Minnesota!

      There were lots of rafters and kayakers out on the Poudre yesterday!! And tubers lower down the canyon from where we were at Mishawaka!

      Where in Colorado are you?

  10. Jeanne in Co.

    Hi Diane, I’m on the south side of Loveland, after moving here from Iowa 4 yrs. ago. For many years, my husband and I would come to Co. on vacation and go fishing with my daughter’s family. We camped at Chambers Lake, further up the Poudre River. She was widowed 16 years ago, and I was widowed 4 1/2 years ago. I moved out here to live with her in 2019. Patio homes are wonderful. I know you will enjoy your new home. Jeanne in Co.

    1. Diane in Colorado

      Thank you!!
      I was in Loveland late this afternoon! There is a great little produce stand on the west side of town on highway 34 that has Palisade peaches and Hatch green chilies for sale!! I bought a 1/2 bushel of chilies last year but missed the Hatch by about a week and ended up with Anaheim (which were also delicious!!). I wanted to be sure to get Hatch this year and bought a whole bushel! It is a lot of work to get them cleaned and chopped and bagged for the freezer, but I will enjoy them all year! I kept some whole for rellenos, but most got diced.

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