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PET GOAT -  Jumping Jack is the pet goat of North Carolina correspondent Gladys M. Smith.

PET GOAT – Jumping Jack is the pet goat of North Carolina correspondent Gladys M. Smith.

It has been a very busy time here so I haven’t had any extra time. Pete has most of the garden out, two flower gardens, our first.

In between this we have homecomings at several churches. We attend services five times per week. On April 13, the Apostolic Pentecostal Lighthouse Church in Bolivia, N.C., hosted an old-time religion day; 128 attended. A covered dish dinner was served at the Town Creek Community Building in Winnabow. Last year there were 116 visitors. Bro. Charles Drew promised he would kiss a pig if the record was broken. Well, here he is kissing a pig!

I enjoy homecomings. Several of the members are from around Wooten, so you know we had good pinto beans and cornbread.

On April 26, the homecoming was in Laurenburg, N.C., at the Apostolic Lighthouse Tabernacle with Pastor Barnhill. There we were served old-time North Carolina food, good too, collards, rice and beef, homemade cracklings by Bro. Barnhill.

My church, Solid Rock Pentecostal, in Wilmington, N.C., had our homecoming April 27. There were 220 attending. We had fried chicken and baked spaghetti. We weren’t prepared for Sunday School so I was surprised when asked to teach Sunday School. I am always ready to teach, preach, or give a speech.

CRACKLING COOK -  At a church homecoming in Laurenburg, N.C., recently, Pastor Barnhill served up his homemade cracklings.

CRACKLING COOK – At a church homecoming in Laurenburg, N.C., recently, Pastor Barnhill served up his homemade cracklings.

Pastors Tammy and Brian Simmons asked us to attend a seminar at their church in Leland, N.C., to hear facilitator Dr. Max Flynn from Greenville, N.C.

I enjoy meeting new people but enjoyed the most seeing old friends at homecomings. I saw so many, I didn’t realize how many people I really missed seeing. It seemed like a “hi, how are you day?”

It is good seeing old friends here at home, too. While shopping at Wal-Mart in Southport, I talked to a friend of long ago, Sister Mary Lou White. We attend the Old Regular Baptist Church here in Winnabow. She gets The Mountain Eagle and said she enjoyed reading it. Who wouldn’t? When my paper arrives I read it no matter what I am doing.

KISSING A PIG -  Bro. Charles Drew promised he would kiss a pig if last year's attendance record of 116 at the old-time religion day at the Apostolic Pentecostal Lighthouse Church in Bolivia, N.C., was broken this year. This year 128 people attended the event.

KISSING A PIG – Bro. Charles Drew promised he would kiss a pig if last year’s attendance record of 116 at the old-time religion day at the Apostolic Pentecostal Lighthouse Church in Bolivia, N.C., was broken this year. This year 128 people attended the event.

Rose Ballard, you’re right about our money and yard sales. I always enjoy your column and all the others too. Oma Hatton, I enjoy yours too. Here is a picture of my baby goat Jumping Jack. It’s good that you like pets. Anyone who likes them rates a thousand in my book. I have Marygold, Buttons and Jasper. I wouldn’t know how to exist without pets around. I think to shoot a dog is horrible and unforgivable. It wouldn’t do for me to be their judge. All of the little strays that I take in are wonderful pets. I would take in all of the strays if it were possible.

I missed my grandbabies, Caleb and Alizah, so much I surprised them with a visit a few weeks ago. My, how they have grown. We had a pajama party as always.

I saw Andy Griffith on the Channel 3 news. He looks really nice for his age.

Hillary Clinton visited Wilmington, N.C., April 27, and Obama was also visiting.

We’ve had all sorts of parades now that it is warm. Actually, it’s hot. We have the air conditioner on, not like there in your place, Emma Engle. Hope you and Red are OK. I will get you a letter off soon. Good night to you both and happy, happy birthday to you. May you have many, many more and good health along with them.

I got this poem for Sister Evie Bowling, “Garden for Daily Living”: “Plant 3 rows of peas./1: peace of mind/2: peace of heart/ 3: peace of soul./Plant 4 rows of squash/1: squash gossip/2: squash indifference/3: squash grumbling/4: squash selfishness/ Plant 4 rows of lettuce/1: lettuce be faithful/2: lettuce be kind/3: lettuce be patient/4: lettuce love one another//Plant 3 rows of turnips/ 1: turnip for meetings/2: turnip for service/3: turnip to help one another out/To conclude our garden we must have thyme/1: Thyme for each other/2: Thyme for family/3: Thyme for friends/ Water freely with patience and cultivate with love/There is much fruit in your garden.”

A 79-year-old lady that I met at the homecoming called me a few minutes ago. She is Violet Filipi and is from Wytheville, Va. She is a minister and traveled to India and Mexico, where I went last November. To do missionary work is great; I love it. She wants Pete and me to start a cottage meeting.

This was given to me at church and I have no idea who wrote it, OK? Since I love cats: “Donny’s mom looked out the window and noticed Donny playing church with their cat. Little children are often closer to God than older people.”

In closing, “God Bless America” is a song sung by a brother in church, so God’s blessing to all.

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