Sunday, February 21, 2021

Sunday, February 21, 2021


Good Morning!

Only love can be divided endlessly and still not diminish.  ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh



 February 20-21
It is so nice to be out of the deep freeze! Remember to praise and thank God for getting us through this difficult stretch. Pray for the people in the south whose homes were destroyed by frozen pipes and who don't have electricity and water.
Kris is really struggling as she adjusts to life at home, so continue to pray for her.
Remember Kevin Briley on Monday when he has knee replacement surgery and in the weeks ahead as he goes through therapy.
Beth Lueth has asked for prayers for David's sister, Mary, who has breast cancer. We are going to a virtual concert today! Listen to Alan Jackson sing some good old gospel hymns! ~Mary

Standing on the Promises

Blessed Assurance

Are You Washed in the Blood/ I'll Fly Away

Leaning on the Everlasting Arms 


 The Dollar General Store in Hamburg is now open!  If you have not had the opportunity to stop in and check it out, I would advise you to do so when you get the chance.  It is very nice and the grocery side of it is very generous and lots to choose from.  It is such a blessing to have this in our community!


Looking through past photos of church and church gatherings, I thought it might be nice to share one or two every Sunday, calling it, "Captured Moments from the Past."
Here's today's captured moments..


Percy's Tidbit

If you take the time to pray, God takes the time to listen.


Enjoy your week everyone!


Sunday, February 14, 2021

Sunday, February 14, 2021

 Good Morning and Happy Valentine's Day! 

God is love.  Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.  1 John 4:16

February 13-14
Happy Valentine's Day! Remember to give thanks for all your loved ones. Pray for their health and safety.
Please continue to pray for Kris Handy, Danny Pritchett, and Larry Moyer. Larry Warren's cousin, Richard Thompson, needs our prayers.
Pray for the family of Evelyn Birkby. She passed away at the age of 101. Evelyn shared recipes and stories of her life and family for seven decades on KMA and in The Valley News Today (formerly The Shenandoah Evening Sentinel). On a personal note, Jan and I enjoyed square dancing with Evelyn and Robert when we were first married.
Happy Birthday to Mike Shipley on February 17th!

The videos this week tell us of God's love for all of us! 

Oh How He Loves You and Me 

Jesus Loves Me 

Love Divine, All Loves Excelling


 Memories of Evelyn Birkby by Jerry Birkby


     Jo Ann and I just got back from Evelyn Birkby's funeral.  A funeral in this time of the pandemic is rather unreal.  There were only about a dozen of us there.  Jo Ann and I were there with our son Mark and his wife Diane and only one of Evelyn's sons, Craig, with his wife Sharon and a few close friends of the family.  The other two boys weren't able to come because of travel restrictions.  There will be a larger gathering later this spring if the pandemic eases somewhat.  

     Evelyn was the daughter of a Methodist minister and held her beliefs throughout her life.  She was a member of the United Faith Church in Sidney but wouldn't sign the Charter because she thought it would dilute her Methodist faith.  The minister laughed about this;  evidently it was a private joke between her and Evelyn. 

     She was a "Radio Homemaker" on KMA for many years.  She wrote a newspaper column for seventy years and she was the author of ten published books.  She always laughed that her  first editor told her to always put a recipe in her columns.  He said whatever she wrote women would always read her columns to get the recipe.

     The Birkbys, in this part of the country at least, are descended from a John Birkby who was raised in Pontefract, Yorkshire, England, and came to this country with his wife and his year old son, Thos., in 1838.  Thos. moved to Fremont County, Iowa and bought the farm where I live in 1864.  Evelyn researched all this some years ago, made several trips to Pontefract and wrote a comprehensive family history.    

  She and Bob and their family would come out to Grandview Cemetery on Memorial Day.  We always used to have a picnic and then the kids would play games and finally Bob (Robert) would take them for a nature walk thru the surrounding timber.  My Grandfather was one of the guys that started Grandview Cemetery and Bob and Evelyn always took an interest in it.

Our family will miss her.

   Evidently she always started the day by saying, "Today is a good day.  I'm going to help make it a good day."


In keeping with Evelyn's tradition of always including a recipe, here is one from her book, "Through a Country Town Cookbook". Mary and Jan made it last night with some of their homegrown popcorn, and said it is delicious! You might want to just make half a batch. 




 If you would like to read more about Evelyn Birkby,  here is a link that KMA shared.   Click HERE.


 Today, Valentine's Day, kicks off "Random Acts of Kindness Week."

  February 14 - 20, 2021

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"Three things in human life are important:

The first is to be kind.

The second is to be kind.

And the third is to be kind.

                    ~ Henry James

"What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make."     ~ Jane Goodall

"I expect to pass through life but once.  If therefore, there be any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again."  ~ William Penn


 Looking through past photos of church and church gatherings, I thought it might be nice to share one or two every Sunday, calling it, "Captured Moments from the Past."
Here's today's captured moments..




Percy's Tidbit today is in memory of Evelyn.


"Today is a good day.  I'm going to help make it a good day."              ~Evelyn Birkby



This "Random Acts of Kindness Week"  focus on ways to spread the kindness.  One small act of kindness can truly make a difference.

May we continually strive to be a light filled with love, kindness and compassion.

Wanted to share one last pretty song that echos the thought... that in the end, only kindness matters.  Click on the following link.

Hands   by Jewel 


Stay safe and warm and have a good week.