Well, let me tell you, it surely felt glorious to walk through the doors of Letcher Independent Baptist Church Sunday morning. It was an indescribable experience to finally be able to see the church members that were there for the first time in two months. I have talked to some of them on Facebook, but to be able to see them in person was so much better. I only wish I could have hugged them or at least shook their hands, but we kept our distance and the pews were roped off so that we were at least six feet apart. We had no songbooks and no singing, so there was nothing to be touched personally. It was a different experience, that’s for sure and a very emotional one.
Charlene asked us if it seemed like the people enjoyed being back together in the church house. My husband said, “Yes, but I don’t think anybody enjoyed it as much as Jeanette did. If we didn’t have to bring your mom a dinner, I’m pretty sure she would still be right there talking to any of them that would talk to her.” You know what? I think he was probably telling the truth too.
Pastor did tell us about some of the church members that need your prayers. Ricky Taylor was having lots of problems with blood clots in his legs last year and was in and out of the hospital with that problem. Now he has had to have one leg amputated and the other one is beginning to give him problems. Donna Slone has had eye surgery and one of her eyes is giving her trouble. Tim Caudill’s granddaughter is having heart issues. Please remember these when you pray.
I know there are other churches in the area that haven’t had any inside services yet and are working to try to get their building prepared for all the regulations that come with trying to make sure the people are following social distancing and other recommendations given. We need to be in much prayer for these pastors and others that are helping them with this huge task. Preacher Bill Craft has a huge burden on him right now with all these decisions. His wife, Sister June Craft, is still in Letcher Manor Nursing Home, so this is also on his mind.
I want to remind everybody to fill out those Census forms. I did ours on the form that was sent to us in the mail. I also did Mom’s that way. It asks for nothing other than how many people are in your household. I thought it would ask for yearly salary or other questions about finances, but there wasn’t any of that information asked for at all. My sister, Lucille Tacket Graves, gets a lot of information about our family genealogy from Census forms. Our county is provided public funds for many programs through the information taken from the Census forms. They have no idea how many people live in Letcher County if it isn’t recorded somehow. Our funding for improving roads, our public-school funding, and food assistance is given in regard to the population of the county. So, get those forms filled out, please.
So many birthdays happened this past week. Here are a few. Rene Begley celebrated on the 14th, Lonnie Adams on the 15th, Derenia Dunbar and Sandy Miles Carrol also on the 15th, and a set of triplets that grew up in Neon and attended Fleming-Neon High School, Florene, Josephine, and Ernestine Tilley, celebrated on the 17th. They are otherwise known as Flo, Jo, and Erne. Then on the 18th there was Howard Keel and everybody’s favorite disc jockey, Kevin Day. One very special wedding anniversary was Bobby and Helen Sue Hall on the 18th. They have been married 53 years!
Congratulations go to Christie Adams for being accepted to University of Kentucky this coming fall. One of my former box collecting students, Caleb Fox, joined the United States Army.
Caleb’s sister, Emma Fox, graduated from Letcher County Central High School this year. Jebediah Keel graduated from Jenkins High School and many other of my former third graders went through a graduation Monday like no other graduation before. Congratulations to all the other graduates in the county.
How many of you are aware of all that CANE Kitchen is doing right now when it comes to helping families with children under 18 with their grocery bills? You need to find out about this program if you have children at home under 18. People are registering online but I’m sure you could call if you don’t have access to the Internet. This food is distributed from the old Whitesburg High School parking lot. Just contact them and they can get you registered.
Farmer’s Market will also be opening June 6 at 9 a.m. I’m so glad they are going to be able to do this. I’m sure there will be many restrictions and social distancing enforced. Many farmers and their gardens have been highlighted on their Facebook page and their produce looks so good.
I’ll close for another week by asking you all to remember Jo Anne Howard Brown and her family in your prayers. Her husband Don passed away on the 13th. Also, remember our pastor, Bill Jones, and his wife Sandy and all their family.
If your church is having services now and you are able to go, your church needs you desperately anytime the doors are open. Oma’s plea will continue to be how I end this column every week.