I’m not going to say anything about our off-again, on-again nice weather; I’m just going to enjoy the warmth (when it comes) and thank goodness we don’t have the ice, snow (and earthquakes) as in other parts of our nation (and world)!

Our Waco volunteer firefighters were busy over the weekend, mainly responding to reports of grass fires — none too serious. They responded to a car fire on Irvine Road and assisted with the Richmond house fire on Shale Drive last week.  (Did you see them on TV?)

Mrs. Betsy Rogers is enjoying the good life of retirement and enjoying a farewell fellowship dinner with her co-workers and friends (probably as we speak) at Gillums in Richmond. To add to all this attention, her family is planning a nice birthday “outing” in honor of her birthday, which just happens to be Feb. 27.  When you enter another decade of your life, they ought to do something nice, don’t you agree ole friend? (Do you have enough candles for the cake, Jim?)

Another person who enjoyed a birthday dinner “outing” with her family and friends was Mrs. Irene Marshall (hers was this past weekend.)  

Other birthday wishes go out to: Cindy Green (last week) and a “get better quick” wish for her mom, Rebecca!

Get well wishes go out to: Emma Whitaker (came home Monday), Tib Congleton, Marvin Richardson, Charles Richardson, Donna Schmitt, Rick Winkler and Glendon Dunn.  

Deepest sympathies are extended to the family of Eleanor Eades, who passed away last week; she was 92. May it help you to know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of your many friends at this time.  (As most of you know, Ms. Eleanor’s son, Marcus, was the principal of Waco Elementary for many years.)   

On a sad note, we said goodbye to “Cousin” Elvin C. Smith this week. Elvin was laid to rest today.  His presence will sorely be missed, not only by his family, but all who knew him. Our hearts go out to (mom) Barb, (wife) Angela and his children, brothers and sister (and their families).

There will be a Chili Supper and Auction to benefit Brother Frankie Sparks, Pastor of Waco Pentecostal Tabernacle, Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Richmond National Guard Armory, corner of Irvine Road and Eastern Bypass. Supper will be served at 6, with the auction beginning at 8. This benefit will be to help Brother Frankie and his family as he is scheduled to have hip-replacement surgery in March and will be unable to work for some time.  

The event is being sponsored by Waco Pentecostal Tabernacle and for more information, you may call 369-5661, 1-606-23-9688 or contact any of the church members.  Everyone is invited!

There will be a meeting of the Flatwoods Cemetery Association Board of Directors on Sunday, at 2 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall of Flatwoods Christian Church on College Hill Church.

From the desk of Pastor Tim Jones comes some news from Flatwoods Christian Church:  

“On Monday night, we had another full house for the meal and for the BFC classes. I really appreciate all of you who worked to make it happen. Phil Herald’s barbecue was a big hit. I am pleased with the way Flatwoods has provided such hospitality to the visiting churches for this program. Some new pics are on the website.”

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