It was a sunny morning on April 5 for the drive to Pedee for the 10 a.m. church service. Snow on Bald Mountain could still be seen.
The yellow daffodils beside the church were all in bloom. My niece, Mary Shellenbarger of Buena Vista, brought me a beautiful bouquet of various colored and shaped daffodils from her flower beds. She also brought a bouquet for the church, which was placed on the organ. After the service, Pat Lydie took the bouquet to enjoy.
Shellenbarger also surprised us with the announcement that she is a candidate for a position on the Central School Board.
Gail Goetzinger opened the worship service and then Dan Hayes took over and asked Suzanne Burbank to help and lead the singing. The opening hymn was "Hosanna, Lord Hosanna," followed by three other songs. Pam Burbank played the music on the organ and piano.
Several had prayer requests at sharing time. Hayes closed with prayer.
The children went with Juandeanne Skidmore for their Bible lesson and other activities.
Guest speaker was Rev. Gary Healy. He and his wife, Sarah, live in Salem. He read Matthew 21: 1-7 for his Palm Sunday message. These verses tell of "Jesus' Triumphal Entry" into Jerusalem and "The Cleansing of the Temple."
Service closed with prayer at the altar.
Pastor Lon Burbank, who has been ill for some time, had gone to a nursing home in Salem for two weeks of treatment to kill an infection.
There will be a meeting of the congregation right after the worship services on April 19.
The April movie night is Saturday, April 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Pedee Church.
Arlene Kovash just returned from St. Louis, where she attended American Agri-Women's mid-year meeting. Women updated their positions on legislative and regulatory policy for the year. These positions will be discussed with policymakers and members of Congress during the annual AAW Legislative Fly-In to Washington, D.C., to be held June 7-10.
AAW members are especially concerned that labor-intensive agriculture in the U.S., especially fruits and vegetables, livestock and poultry, greenhouse and nursery, dairy, and Christmas trees would face a dire labor crisis if action isn't taken to establish a legalization program that is not amnesty, but provides for an experienced workforce to pick the crops that are feeding America. Americans want to eat local food and to do so, we must have local farmers.
Kovash is Vice-President of Communications for this national farm women's organization.
I have moved to a different apartment at Heron Pointe in Monmouth. My new (old) apartment number is No. 219.