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New tables and chairs are ready at the Hemphill Community Ctr.


Tables and benches built locally by Donnie Bentley and Matt Wyatt are now in place at the new pavilion at the Hemphill Community Center.

Tables and benches built locally by Donnie Bentley and Matt Wyatt are now in place at the new pavilion at the Hemphill Community Center.

We finally got our tables and benches for the pavilion at the Hemphill center. We are so excited, and they really are beautiful and functional. We are thankful for folks who have the ability to build what we need right here in our community.

The tables and benches were built by Donnie Bentley and Matt Wyatt. Michelle Bentley did a little artwork on them. The pavilion was built by Jeff Potter Construction. You will have to come and check out this great place to eat, market your wares, and hang out.

We are so proud that the labor history of our community is ever ongoing. From today through July 2, from noon until 5 p.m., we will be holding the Black Sheep Lambs Meet and Greet for kids. School-age kids are invited to come to Hemphill Community Center for lunch and hang out five days per week for three weeks. The meet and greet will be held outside. There are fans under the pavilion to make it nice for them.

Our young interns, Maddy and Kevin, will be supervising school-age children until 5 p.m. each day. Kids should bring their electronic devises, as WiFi is available. Younger preschool children are invited also but we ask a parent to accompany them please.

If you are interested in your child being included for lunch please send a private message on the Black Sheep Facebook page. Kids may attend as many or as few days as they like but to ensure we have enough food please communicate through private message, so we have the correct number of lunches needed.

The community dream is being realized a bit at a time and sometimes it’s like a snail it moves so very slow. The biggest hindrance is always money. We are always on the lookout for grants we can apply for. If you are looking for a tax write-off, please remember us as we are granted charitable non-profit status with the IRS. You can rest assured every dollar is being used for the betterment of our little corner of the world.

We have put every dollar we can get to work here. Our building was built in 1944 so the upkeep is always ongoing. We love this old place and count it worthy work to try to keep it looking nice for community use. A friend told us recently, “This organization does so much with so little.” So, if taxes are taking your money, then why not put it to work in your community? Remember us in your giving. There is a donate button on our webpage. All donations are tax-deductible.

We are working all the time to make the bakery more efficient and therefore to maintain jobs for folks in the area. Hopefully, we will be able to eventually be open five days per week. We currently have four part-time paid positions. Soon we hope to have some full-time positions. We are proud of the work of our employees. They are dedicated to the vision of a better community and better world. Kindness is king around here.

Come hang out with us as you can. We keep a community guitar just in case some picker drifts through who might take it down and pick us a song or two. We are maintaining a hate-free zone where all are welcome and discussion is a great reward in midst of the hard work and long hours. Come tell us what you are thinking or play us your music. We have missed you during these long months of lockdown.

Again, we had some great music at Mountain Saturday Night. Thanks William Caudill. We enjoyed it so much. Music is from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday evenings.

FYI: We have decided to move our Board Meeting to the second Thursday night of the month at 6 p.m.

We are trying to do our part to stay safe and keep our customers safe. Our dining room is open. Our bakery hours have changed slightly. The new hours are 3:30 – 8 p.m. on Thursday-Friday. 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday. Pizza and calzones are available from 3:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturdays.

Please do not try to order online. We cannot check messages if we are busy. Call (971) 867-4337 to order. If there is no answer please call back, as we do not have call waiting. Sorry for the inconvenience.

We have partnered with Fast FUD to deliver. They will deliver your order for $7 within 15 miles of Black Sheep Bakery. If you live farther than 15 miles away don’t fret. They charge just 25 cents for each additional mile. Just call and place your order and they will pick it up and bring it to your doorstep or workplace. It’s a great service. We are thankful for this new enterprise in the community.

Pizza is not available until 3:30 p.m., as it takes that long for the oven to heat back up. Remember we are cooking with wood in a primitive oven. There is no temperature control dial so we cannot turn it up or down. We are cooking the ancient way. We are subject to Mother Nature’s whelms.

The pavilion provides us with a place for outside marketing of goods made or grown in our community on Saturday mornings. If you see folks out there peddling their wares stop and check it out.

We have a vision to boost the economy through tourism and cottage industry. Hopefully, you will add us to your list of stops on Saturday mornings since the bakery is now open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Weekly Quote: Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far it is possible to go. T.S. Eliot


Mountain Saturday Night: Weekly music event on Saturdays from 6 – 8 p.m.

Community Meeting: Second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. Zoom link available upon request.

Shape Note Singing: The 4th Sunday of the month each month from 2 – 5 p.m.

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. Proverbs 17:21-23

Check out our websites: www.blacksheepbrickoven.org and www.hemphillcenter.org and our Facebook pages please.

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