By Betty Shearer
I attended First United Methodist’s Lenten luncheon Thursday. I Enjoying eating and visiting with Bill Taylor and Lynne and Taylor Trusty. Taylor and Jim were classmates and Bill was a year behind them. They’re all delightful young adults.
Bill told us about Daughter Mary Cloud’s entrance interviews and tests for a prestigious school. We wish her much success in this venture. One of my favorite vocalist, Robbie Parsons, sang “He Could Have Called Ten Thousand Angels” and it was magnificent.
I loved hearing Oscar sing, but do think Robbie’s voice is just as great. We do have some talent in the Valley—always have had. Robbie was followed by Rev. Raymond Aven with a sermon that was as good as any Billy Graham or R. G. Lee message. Raymond delivered God’s message and he did it with tremendous power. He’s another one of my favorite kids. I do appreciate FUM sharing these wonderful services with the community. Also, ladies, the soup and desserts were delicious.
Jimmie and I had tentatively planned to do something fun on Friday. She had left me with instructions to early and we’ll see what the schedules look like. Between sickness, deaths, churches, work and other activities, we’ve been really busy. We were both ready to go out and just waste some time—and we did a great job of it. I didn’t even get home in time to attend Bozart’s opening reception. Sorry I missed this, but heard it was great and attendance was good.
We had some things we needed in Oxford, so after we completed our must-do list, we headed for the Good Will Store. We both enjoy searching for bargains. We found lots of them. She picked up a couple of books she’d been looking for. I got a pair of jeans, just like the pair that I really like that’s wearing out. Also found a pair of khakis and a new pair of camel tan wool slacks that fit really good. Picked up four cute necklaces for a whole $1.99 each, a sleeveless white shell for $2.99. I bought the best looking swim suit I’ve bought in years for a whopping $2.99. The bargain of the day was a pair of Easy Spirit loafers for $5—I have a tan and black pair that are identical to these white shoes and I paid up toward $100 a pair.
I estimate that for $52 we took home close to $500 worth of merchandise (much of it new) and Jimmie’s books were the most expensive things we bought at $5 each. She said they sold for $20 to $30 each. We were happy.
Then it was on to Belk’s where we shopped the 75% off racks. Jimmie had an extra 20% discount coupon. We found lots of causal clothes for Mom and some for each of us. I did pick up a new spring jacket and shell, which I thought I was paying full price for. Was delighted when they gave me 30% off of these two items.
Jimmie had a coupon for J. C. Penny, so we couldn’t let that go to waste. We found some things there.
Following all this shopping we were starved and I wanted to try the new Chow Time Buffet and Grill on Jackson Ave. It was delicious and we both ate way to much. After lunch we went to the Sugar Magnolias and The Mustard Seed. Jimmie was looking for things we’d seen there when we shopped last year—of course they were gone, but she did find a book.
Went to Mom’s early Saturday morning to get lunch cooked and then to get my Sunday dinner ready. Had to get home early in order to be at Coffeeville by five o’clock. I was to deliver Woodland Hills’ cookies for Y-Fest and to help serve if I was needed. Don’t know If I was needed or not, but I helped anyway.
Y-Fest 2010 was well attended—I’d estimate 450 on Saturday night and the report was that Friday’s attendance was also excellent. It’s always fun to visit and work with Shirley Edwards, Lynda Gholson, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Vick, Mr. and Mrs. William McCullar, Jan Ward, and several others. Hamburger cooks did a great job—Joel Rogers was in charge of this. Lane True is overall chairman for this program and he does a great job.
After the serving was completed, we joined the congregation for the praise service under the direction of The Tom Edwards Band. They are excellent musicians, using some traditional hymns, along with contemporary music that was good.
Sammy Nuckolls brought a tremendous message from Mark about the love of God for all of us. He is a dynamic speaker and was obviously led by the Holy Spirit. Many decisions were made.
I appreciate all the hard work that goes into this event each year and think it just gets better and better.