Ringgold News

By SIBYL GORDY,

Fires in Santa Rosa California

Monday of this past week the raging fires in Santa Rosa, Ca. got my brother Jim and wife Barbara Emmons’ home and all buildings around it.  They said they smelled smoke and thought it was too far away to be concerned. When it smelled stronger they grabbed a bag and packed it with three sets of clothing for each.
Barbara took iPad and quickly videoed the inside of house.  As she finished a fireman was driving up fast calling out to evacuate immediately.  They left and drove until they were out of danger and have not been allowed back because of possible live power lines down.
They have found out that everything is gone except possibly a pickup that was sitting under some large oak trees.  They have not found out where their grape vineyard was destroyed or not.
Their Church was not harmed but the Pastor’s house behind it was completely destroyed.  Around 40 church members homes were also destroyed. They both say, “what we lost was only ‘things’ and they can be replaced.  They are anxious to get back to see what it looks like.
At this writing, over 5,000 homes in the area have been burned.  Where my folks live the houses are not close together and are separated by vineyards. The last known fires there were in the 1960’s. It is feared that many more deaths will be discovered as they check each burned dwelling.  Our prayers need to go up for all involved in these fires and other disaster events.
The Baptist Record stated -”Southern Baptist responses to Hurricanes Irma and Harvey continue. As of October 5th they have recorded nearly 400 professions of faith in the weeks since volunteers moved in to serve those affected.  They have served nearly 2.5 million meals and completed more than 48,000 clean-up and recovery jobs, Despite the progress volunteers are still needed in Texas and Florida. — Individuals and churches that feel called to work in Texas can make contact by email: msdisterrelief@mbcb.org with dates preferred, team size, and male/female count.”
EBC NEWS: The oldest member of our Church Ms. Mattie Ola Culpepper, was laid to rest on Sunday afternoon.  She was 102 years old and was still coming to daytime services until a few months ago.  She was a valued member and had a great witness in the fine Christian life she lived.  Sympathy is extended to her family and friends.
JUDGEMENT HOUSE “Payback-When Revenge Turns To Ruin”. Saturday, October 28th and Sunday the 29th.  Trunk or Treat Tuesday, October 31st.  6:30-8:00 pm.
Prayer needs: Hazel Bradshaw, Daisy Jeffcoats and Bro. Chris who will be in Revival at Pine Grove Baptist Church this week.
My grandson, Luke Thompson, sent me “Farming Noun  (Farm-ing). The art of losing money while working 400 hours a month to feed people who think you are trying to kill them”.
“With all the teams who are refusing to stand during the National Anthem, stop the music and say — ’since we are kneeling, let us pray’.”
“When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so at the end, you’re the one smiling and everyone around you is crying.”
News for all you wives that have to repeat things to your husband when they don’t hear you the first time.  “Sometime in the future, FDA hearing aids will be sold in drugstores from $100. to $600. per set.  Previously people with mild to moderate hearing loss could only get FDA ones from a company for average price of $6,000.”
This is getting to be the time of year to clean outside of buildings before winter gets here.  A cleaner can be made as follows: 1/2 gallon of bleach, 2 cups Fabulosa and 2 gallons of hot water.  Mix together and spray on dingy or molded area. Rinse off after a few minutes or longer if badly soiled. (try a small inconspicuous spot first to be sure your surface will not be damaged or discolored)
Have a God blessed week!
 

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