By Billy Ray Warren
Magnolia’s Harley Phillips recently auditioned for the role of majorette for the band at Florence High School - and she was chosen! An upcoming eleventh grader in the fall of 2018, Harley and her fellow majorettes will lead the way as the band takes the field at football games, as it marches down Court Street in various parades etc. We have literally watched Harley grow from infancy to her current status as a teenager and have marveled at her many talents, including her ability as a singer. So, we send her words of congratulations on being selected as a majorette. We know she will do a grand job as one of the band’s out-front leaders.
By Billy Ray Warren
Previously, we noted that the teacher who is also the designated librarian in the night school for high school students in the Philippines is attempting to expand the school’s tiny library which currently has only one shelf of books. You responded beautifully with high school textbooks, dictionaries and copies of old National Geographic magazines. (You may still bring them to the church building at any time.)
The librarian would very much like to have copies (new or old, paperback or hard back) of any of the following:
1. The Naria stories
2. The Lord of the Rings stories
3. The Harry Potter stories
4. The Twilight stories
5. The Percy Jackson stories
6. The Maze Runner stories
7. The Hobbit stories
8. Stories and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
9. Stories by O’Henry
10. Stories by James Thurber
Pacita and Hugh Walker continue to pack boxes with books and other items that we contribute. They’re always in need of school supplies, of course - from reams of copy paper to pens, pencils, paper clips, etc. It’s a wonderful, gratifying ministry because it goes directly to students and their teachers.
Saturday, March 31, at 2:00 p.m. the crowd gathered at Glenn and Dorlea Rikard’s farm for the annual Easter Egg Hunt. But before the hunt began, Glenn served as a tour guide to his animal kingdom filled with chickens, pigeons, turkeys, potbellied pigs, donkeys, peacocks, etc. Children, especially, were thrilled to hold newly-hatched chicks and two-day-old pygmy goats. After time spent in the barn and barnyard, the children were turned loose for the exciting Egg Hunt. Indeed, there were eggs galore! Before leaving the farm, many of the children and adults spent really enjoyable moments touring the fine old farmhouse in which Glenn has created a museum that reflects life on a farm in the 1930’s and 1940’s. Each room is meticulously furnished in the period, complete with such standard items as an icebox, iron beds, a farm lady’s bonnet and a framed picture of Jesus mounted on the wall. No detail has been overlooked.
After goodbyes and thank-yous were expressed to Glenn, many went on to Sharlie Behel’s beautiful home for a weiner roast. (Actually, it was a wonderful old-fashioned “weenie” roast - the best kind!) As you know, Sharlie is the consummate hostess and, as such, makes everyone feel right at home.
So, Easter Eve was a grand day! The weather was perfect, the settings for both events were ideal, the food was delicious, and the camaraderie was something to behold. It was a true Magnolia day, from start to finish.