The ride to Pedee on Sept. 12 was under a cloudless sky with brilliant sunshine all the way.
I was with my nephew and his wife, Larry and Mary Shellenbarger of Buena Vista.
Many were arriving at Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church, which recently was painted a pretty white. The tan undercoat had been covered with white paint and gray trim.
As we parked by the church I could see that the leaves on the dogwood tree were really curling.
Dan Hayes arrived and soon opened the service with prayer. Others joined him as he led the opening hymn "Come Thou Fount." Pam Burbank played the hymns on the piano.
Pastor Mitch Lee then had the announcements. Several shared. He closed with prayer.
Hayes led the song of offering, "God is Good." Ushers accepted the offerings. Lee then joined Hayes as they played their guitars to lead three songs before the children went for their activities.
There was a time of praise and request for prayer. Lee led a prayer before his message "living sacrifice" from Romans 12: 1-7.
He closed with prayer and Hayes led the closing hymn, "Well With My Soul." He closed the service with prayer and those in attendance shared the cookie fellowship.
Former Airlie resident Sharon Ketchum traveled from Colville, Wash., to visit Sam and Judy Guida in Pedee. While here, they visited with neighbors Jennifer Vandenberg, Lynda Schnekenburger and Arlene Kovash; Sharon's sister-in-law Kathy Ketchum and her husband Terry Droessler; and also some Corvallis friends. They also visited several local sites, including Dancing Oaks Nursery in Pedee and Westwood Gallery on McTimmons Road, and got some shopping in -- all in four days.
Carolyn Hall's cousin, Rena Clifton from Lakeview, Calif., spent two weeks with her. While here, they went to the Polk County Fair and to the coast.
Charlotte Barkdahl attended two grandsons' events recently. Grandson Jacob Wheeler, son of Terry and Clayton Wheeler, showed his FFA pigs at the Grant County Fair in Prairie City near John Day, and Ryan Barkdahl graduated in Yachats.
The "Kids for Christ" program at Kings Valley Charter School will be meeting on Tuesday nights from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. instead of Mondays as previously reported due to a scheduling conflict.
Meetings begin Tuesday, Oct. 5, and include Bible verse memorization, fun songs, age-specific stories, and exciting games. They are looking forward to having lots of kids join the group.
Fred and Cindy Clark flew to Anchorage, Alaska, to visit their son Hans, his wife Andrea, and grandchildren Spike and Saoirse. Spike had his 4th birthday while the Clarks were there. Saoirse is now three months old and is a big girl, weighing 17 pounds already. Cindy's mother Norma Bourn went with them to see her great-grandchildren. She came from Woodland, Calif., to make the trip.