HOMECOMING: Vinson Memorial Christian Church will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a homecoming service on Sunday, October 23 at 11 a.m. at 3800 Piedmont Road. The service is open to members, former members and guests.
ONE YEAR: Saturday October 22nd marks the first anniversary of the death of Jeremy Jay Jessup of South Point, Ohio, formerly of the Ona/Barboursville area. Jeremy, father of four, died at the age of 40. He was a truck driver for Reyburn’s and Cogan Towing. I watched Jeremy grow up being the neighbor of my two sisters and a niece. Thoughts and prayers are with the family as the loss of a loved one doesn’t get much easier as the years go by, especially at such a young age.
SEMINAR: The Union Missionary Baptist Church is hosting a free preparatory seminar entitled “Surviving a World in Distress” on Saturday, October 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Church, 17632 State Route 243, Chesapeake, Ohio. Bryan and Nikki Foster, both on History and Discovery channels, speak. Contact 740-867-4611 or [email protected]
SMILES: Doris Wright, my sister’s longtime friend since she worked together at Mountaineer Gas Co. for many years, never seems to show her pain, heartbreak, disappointment or sadness as she always sports a happy smile while she seeks to inspire and uplift others. This Christian woman just can’t imagine what she means to this family. She is wished the best day ever as she is sung to the song ‘Happy Birthday’ on Saturday October 22nd. May this angel be blessed beyond measure today and in the days to come.
FESTIVAL: Highlawn Community Garden, Highlawn Community Alliance, Highlawn Neighborhood Association, Huntington First Nazarene and Highlawn Presbyterian Church are sponsoring the Highlawn Community Free Fall Festival from 4pm to 7pm on Saturday, October 22, at the Highlawn Community Garden, 321 30th St. Zu Activities include Bobby Maynard and bluegrass band Breakdown, The Alchemy Theater Group, games, crafts, food, pumpkin carving contest, pumpkin decorating, food demonstrations, cake walk and bonfire.
WINNERS: Top three county winners of the fifth grade poster contest presented during the Lawrence Soil and Water Conservation District’s 75th Annual Meeting/Banquet at Collins Career Technical Center included Max Eplion, Fairland West Elementary, first place; Anna Silk, Chesapeake Middle, second; and Layce Kerns, Dawson Bryant Elementary, third. We congratulate these winners on their good work.
BLOOD COLLECTION: The American Red Cross is offering a blood collection on Friday, October 28 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church, Hurricane, West Virginia. To schedule appointments, contact 800-733-2767, redcrossblood.org and type hurricanecom.
Condolences: Thoughts and sympathy go out to the family of Leonard Bledsoe of Salt Rock, who turned 96 on September 23 and died peacefully on October 6 at his Salt Rock home, surrounded by his loving family. This is the second loss in less than two months for his 69-year-old wife, Margaret Woodall Bledsoe, as she lost her sister Mary Markins on August 18. The US Army veteran and CSX Transportation retiree was the father of one daughter and two grandchildren. I have known them for over 40 years and they have become like family. Though he seemed calm, Leonard was always so gentle, kind, and like the energizer bunny (he always worked around the house or rental property from daylight to sometimes beyond dark, and rarely complained). He and Margaret remain high on my list of favorite people. May she and the family know that prayers and thoughts are with them at this time of sorrow and that God’s love and comfort surrounds them.
CONCERT: Donnie Baker Unmasked performs at 6pm on Saturday October 22nd at the Ro-Na Theatre, Ironton. Tickets range from $27 to $37.
SPECIAL: God always sends that special person or moment on time. Such is the case with an inspirational card and handwritten note from my dear Christian friend Jo Fannin of Huntington, at a moment when I need a ride. As I have always said, I did not meet her in person, but she holds a special place in my heart and has always been just an email away in times of need. Despite her illnesses and those of her husband Mike, she never forgets to bring joy, love and compassion to others. Thank you for being God’s witness and my inspiration.
RESUSCITATION: “Will you not revive us, that your people may rejoice in you?” – Psalm 85:6. A revival with Willie May as evangelist begins Sunday, October 23 through Friday, October 28 at 7 p.m. at Beulah Ann Missionary Baptist Church, Howell’s Mill Road, Ona.
TRUNK-OR-TREAT: A trunk-or-treat hosted by the Pea Ridge United Methodist Church begins Sunday, October 23 at 4 p.m. in the parking lot. Children of all ages can dress up, collect sweets and play games. Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated suitcase and costume.
MOVIE: Dial M for Murder, rated PG, will be screened Tuesday, October 25 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Briggs Lawrence County Public Library, South Point Branch. Popcorn and bottled water are provided.
ORGANIST: The PipeSounds concert series begins Sunday, October 23 at 3pm at Hurricane’s Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church. Faythe Freese, professor emeritus at the University of Alabama School of Music, plays “Light Classical” on the Harrah Symphonic Organ. She was a recipient of Indiana University’s Regatz Distinguished Alumni Award in 2017 and was the only American to record at I’Orgue de la l’Eglise de la Sainte-Trinité, Paris, receiving critical acclaim from “Diapason”, the American Organist and Tracker magazine, for their fifth CD, recorded at Magdeburg Cathedral in Germany. Door entry is $15 and free for students.
128th: Sunday, October 23rd marks the 128th homecoming celebration for the Kenova United Methodist Church. This year it will be led by a new pastor, Rev. Andrew Tennant.
TODAY BIRTHDAYS: Salt Rock’s Lou Etta Bowen, Jeff Neal, Carrie Underwood, Maggie Bradley, Crista Hall, Carole Ann Bradley, Herb Myers, David DeMattie, Ashlee Johnson, Sydnie Johnson, Donna Holley, Donna Holley, give up the 50’s for No. 60, Eric Weaver, Ashley Roach, Patience Akers, Dalvin Hawthorne starts the new era of the 60’s (60’s), Zack Simpson, Jim Spurlock, Penelope Stephens, Jaclyn Jones, Frank Markun, Theresa Rapp, Candace Jefferson, Bobby Burgess.
TODAY ANNIVERSARIES: Jeff and Billie Jo Rowsey, Clyde and Sharon Beard Crawford, Paul Cooley and Kristi Weekly, Tracy and Teresa Foster.
SUNDAY BIRTHDAYS: Thom Malcom, Tom Craig, Don Williams, Benjamin Holbrook, Matthew McClung, Carley Bryan, Davey Freeman, Jamie Herman-Bellomy, Tori James, Sandy Vargo, Kathy Head, Wyatt Lyon, Brittany Dawn Boswell turns 37, Jo Fidler , Cameron Gibson, Mike Kuhn, Keaton Henderson, Mindy Starkey, Neal Morrison blow out 65 candles.
SUNDAY ANNIVERSARIES: John and Evelyn Martin, Missy and Jason Jordan.
MONDAY BIRTHDAYS: Jean Modlin, Jeff Haynes, Cindy Soto, Dalton Young, Krista Thompson, Claudia Elizabeth Black Shoots Last Teen at 19, Rod Allen, Isaac Adkins, John Skeens, Carmel Knight, LaAnna Blake, Tristyn Blake, Dorothy Walker , George Koromia, Jeremy Smith.
MONDAY ANNIVERSARIES: Mike and Lynette Call, Jeremy and Kelsey Spears celebrate No. 5.