Pat’s Chat

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Patsy Reckart has her first book published.  She sent me a message, but I didn’t find it right away.  It is a children’s book named “Little Kokamoe Joe.”  It is about a red and yellow dump truck.  All the other trucks made fun of the little red and yellow dump truck.  Patsy’s church has started a writers’ group which will meet on November 4th at the library in Weston at 10 o clock a.m.  You are invited.  Contact Patsy through Facebook for more information.

I want to include just a short but VERY precious quote from my devotional this morning.  It is God’s goal that everyone be saved and then be with Him eternally, but there are many who don’t know Him.  They may know ABOUT Him, but don’t know Him personally and don’t have faith in His wonderful promises.  He will never force a person to believe.  He created us with power of choice.  We can get to know Him whom to know is life eternal (John 17:3) by hearing [reading] the Word of God. (Romans 10:17).

“Every soul is as fully known to Jesus as if he were the only one for whom the Saviour died.  The distress of every one touches His heart.  The cry for aid reaches His ear.  He also knows who gladly hear His call, and are ready to come under His pastoral care.  He says, ‘My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.’ He cares for each one as if there were not another on the face of the earth.”—- The Desire of Ages, pp. 476—480.

The Bible is God’s love letter to each of us.  I suggest that you begin by reading the book of John first, with one Psalm from the Old Testament every day for a few weeks, and I am sure you will want to dig in more deeply by the end of a month.’

I attended the wake for Dee Milburn:

Age 77, of Buckhannon, WV, passed away Monday, October 09, 2017, after a lengthy illness. Born July 30, 1940, Dee Anna was the daughter of the late Dr. Robert DePue, Esquire, and Mary Davies DePue of Spencer, WV. Daughter-in-law of the late Ellsworth R. Milburn and Estella Kratovil Milburn of Jeannette, PA, Dee Anna was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Dr. David Milburn, Professor Emeritus of West Virginia Wesleyan College, her parents and parents-in-law, her brother-in-law, Debbie Ellsworth Milburn, Professor Emeritus of Rice University in Houston, TX.


Nicholas County Needs Professional Help

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Nicholas County has had a rough go of it over the last couple of years.

The decline of the coal industry led to shutdowns and layoffs, as well as a drop in the county’s tax revenue. In March 2015, Nicholas County announced plans to cut 24 full-time positions including nine from the sheriff’s department.

A little over a year later, the historic floods ravaged the county, destroying homes and businesses.  The floods also destroyed Richwood High School and Richwood Middle School and Summersville Middle School.

The county school board decided the best way to rebuild was to consolidate those schools, along with Nicholas County High School and the Career and Technical Education Facility at one campus near Summersville.

That was a controversial move that divided the community between those who supported the plan and those who objected to Richwood losing their schools. A legal fight ensued, reaching all the way to the State Supreme Court.

The High Court ruled in favor of the State Board of Education, which had twice rejected the local board’s consolidation plan.  It would seem like a Herculean task to try to resolve the controversy without alienating one side or the other, but there might just be a way forward.

State School Superintendent Steve Paine said on MetroNews Talkline that the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is expected to partially fund the replacement schools, is proposing a mediator be brought in to help sort out the mess.

“They (FEMA) would bring someone in to work with the community, starting with the board of education, who I deeply respect,” Paine said. “They’ll go through some kind of consensus-building process and perhaps bring an alternative that would be suitable to everyone back at the state board.”

That is a promising idea.  A professional mediator would bring unbiased expertise to the problem.  Ideally, the mediator will not make the important decisions—that’s what an arbitrator does—but rather they will help the parties reach agreement among themselves.

That would be much more preferable than litigation where one side wins and one side loses. This is an issue for the people of Nicholas County and with proper guidance, they might just be able to solve this emotional dispute on their own.

Nicholas County could use something positive.

Jeanette Riffle: Who Remembers These?

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My brothers shot marbles when they were growing up and had their favorite shooters. My friends and I played with jacks. Remember the little rubber ball and a hand full of jacks that you would throw on a surface and see how many you could pick up and then catch the ball after you bounced it? Throw the jacks, bounce the ball and pick up jacks and then the ball. We had games we played that had been handed down through the generations and on Friday nights, Dad went fox hunting with some buddies.  Mom sometimes took us kids around the turn to Lockney, to the Community Building where we learned to dance the Weavely Wheat. That one was easy. Virginia Reel was a bit too difficult for me as a child. Mom loved music and dancing. It was good exercise and we enjoyed the refreshments. Ladies brought cupcakes and Kool Aid for kids and had coffee for the adults. I remember a man calling the square dances, “Eight in the boat and it won’t go round; Swing that pretty girl ‘round and ‘round. There were several other mothers there with their children. Someone brought in a record player with records for for dancing.  It was a good clean form of entertainment and we enjoyed the walk in summer.  We got a ride back home with a neighbor lady.

The big bright harvest moon that we have been enjoying lately reminds me of a song, “Shine on, shine on, harvest moon, for me and my gal.” Autumn seems to be the most glorious time of the year. I found a poem in Alyce Bragg’s column of the Charleston Gazette that I will share.

O suns and skies and clouds of June,

And, flowers of June together,

Ye cannot rival for one hour,

October’s bright blue weather; 

By: Helen Hunt Jackson

This reminds me of the clear blue skies I have been seeing this week and the leaves starting to turn. They are dull and burnished this fall though, due to lack of rain, but we got much needed rain last night and into this morning. More is supposed to come in from that hurricane down south. We have been needing rain, bad ! Until next time, enjoy the fall days. Snow will be flying before we know it.

Take care and God bless!

Pat’s Chat

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So much is going on, some of it not joyful news, but Jesus told us to expect these things but continue to trust God.  Read Matthew 24: 4 through 14.  Never give up.  Soon Jesus will return as He promised and He will bring joy and peace that will never end.  My heart goes out to all who have suffered through terrifying violence and devastating hurricanes, etc., but if we read the promises and hang on, we will endure.  It WILL be over.  We will never be worthy of Heaven but through the grace of Christ who took our sins on Himself and gives us HIS righteousness, we will reach His goal for us…

There are happy times, too.  Our church does a service at Holbrook’s Nursing Home the first Sabbath of each month.  This time all of our pastors had other responsibilities or were out of town, so I decided to call Gary Garden, my grandson, to see if he could bring words of comfort and joy to those who attend the service.  I failed to call ahead and ask them to announce the service, so, sad to say, there were very few residents who attended, but, as one of the residents said, “Where two or three are gathered together,” [the Lord is there with us.}  We sang a few songs and Gary gave us a lovely lesson, emphasizing God’s love for us and His death to pay for our sins and give us strength to abide in Him because He promises to abide in us, bringing His righteousness to our account and His strength for our weakness, His cleanness for our uncleanness.  [Read Psalm 91 for comfort in times of discouragement and scary newscasts.]  I am so grateful for Gary’s willingness to leave his home projects and come to help us out.  His grandfather, Alfred Hagy, is a resident at Holbrook’s and I try to visit him each time I go there.

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Today several of us met at the 88 Restaurant here in Buckhannon in honor of Mary Ellen Davidson’s birthday, and surprisingly it was also her sister, Hallie Hurst’s birthday.  One was born on October 7th and the other on October 9th.  The service and the food were wonderful and the cake was delicious.

Most of us are retired nurses.  Caroline, Joan, Hallie, Mary Ellen and Pam all attended Alderson-Broaddus with Joan and Caroline graduating the year Pam began.  Hallie is retired from teaching.  Mary Ellen still works at Sharpe and UHC, I believe.  Pam is now a Nurse Practitioner at Fairmont.  Those pictured seated (left to right) are Joan Danner, Pam Fisher, Mary Ellen Davidson, Hallie Hurst, and me, Pat Ridpath.  Standing are Caroline [forgot her last name] who is visiting from Parkersburg, Libby Ferrell and Faye Mullooly. 

My deepest sympathies go out to my cousin, Christy Davis Blair and the family and friends of her sister-in-law who was one of the tragic victims of the Las Vegas shooting.  Her brother-in-law survived but I am sure the horror of that night will live long in his memory.  I pray for them and all who have suffered so terribly because of rampant sin in the hearts of so many.  Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

Stay safe, everyone!


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