Morton News

By FRISKY ROLAND,

Announcements: The remaining We Care Mission Food distribution for the month of July will be July 20 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon at Fellowship Hall of Morton United Methodist Church, 29 Church Street.

Kalem UMC will celebrate 2018 Homecoming in celebration of 90 years of making Disciples of  Christ on Sunday, August 5 at 10:30 a.m.  Rev. Dr. Wallace Cason, former pastor, will bring the message.  Andrew Tice “Drew” Herring will present musical specials. A Potluck Lunch will follow the service. The public is invited and encouraged to attend, bring a favorite dish and join in worship and fellowship at this remarkable event.

 A note of appreciation goes out to the congregation of Morton UMC on honoring Cindy Glazier with liturgical robes as she begins her ministry as pastor of Emanuel UMC in Jackson.  Her husband Gary Glazier will remain as pastor of Morton UMC (welcome back Bro. Gary).

Congratulations to:  Lisa (Mrs. Donovan) Alford on assuming the duties of Executive Director of Morton Chamber of Commerce.  We welcome her to this position, so excellently held by retiring director, Brenda McCaughn, following 35 years at the helm of that important service to the City of Morton.  Be alert for any opportunity to assist Lisa just as you have for Brenda in the past.

To: Bettye Mae Jack Middle School Students of the Month. Tyquella Ferrell and Edward Ramirez were both awarded $250 sponsored by Bank of Morton. Chosen by a drawing held from  the names of all students recognized as Student of the Month during the 2017-18 school year, these two outstanding scholars were the fortunate winners.

To: Joe Patrick on the celebration of his 92nd Birthday Anniversary surrounded by family and friends.  A cherished family member shared the fact that Joe demanded he be served favorite foods on three consecutive days for this occasion. Go for it Joe! At 92 you deserve to be honored just the way you desire. His birth date was June 26th.

To: Correction-The NWBA team opponent that was the game in which Indiana Fever team member, Victoria Vivians, shot a season career 25 points was the Connecticut Suns (not the Boston Suns as reported).

Prayers and concern for: Newell Johnson, Kathy Bates, Joanie Jones, Nan (Mrs. Buddy) Ellis, The team members and coach of the soccer team trapped in the cave in Thailand and those hundreds of volunteers attempting a successful rescue, continued concern for Helen Watkins.

Sympathy to the families of:  Sarah Walline Webb, Martha Elizabeth Ann Patrick, Talmage Pace Anthony, Daisy Lyons, Brittany Beckham, Charles Carlisle, Annette Reeves, Betty Hornsby, Alice Broome and Alex Wilcox (a few days short of her 19th birthday — freshman MSU softball scholarship athlete — teammates took her jersey to all 2018 season games during her battle with cancer).

Travelin’, visitin’ and such:  Bobbie Hodges was delighted to have her niece Julie Banks, her spouse Dr. Logan Banks and sons Liam and Zeke of Kobuie Brundi, East Africa visit and enjoy the opportunity to explore the countryside around her home. They then departed on their journey to visit her parents, Larry and Kathy (Bobbie’s sister) Bratvold in Springfield, Missouri. Aunt Bobbie was amazed at how much the great nephews  had grown since their last visit several years ago.

Janice White Williams reports that her mission trip to the streets of Milwaukee, Wisconsin was a most worthwhile endeavor.  As a member of Church of God in Christ in Pearl, she and her group joined members of other congregations to attend the Women’s Convention there. This inner city mission serves to aid/testify to the  many needs of those living in conditions that are difficult to imagine.  Of course, the volunteer missionaries received a great blessing during this time also.

Kathy Warren was pleased to have her family, Todd Warren and wife Angela of Brandon, Brent and Tracy Warren and daughter Madyson join her at Pulaski Baptist Church for the Patriotic Celebration on Sunday. Madyson was the featured soloist during the event and the family and friends joined in honoring Todd on his Birthday Anniversary.

Mel and Frisky Roland enjoyed dining at The Gathering at Livingston Mercantile in celebration of their 61st Wedding Anniversary.

Sittin’ and thinkin’:  Hopefully your Independence Day was a blessed/safe one.  In reflecting on this 2018 time of enjoying our precious freedom, I think of the local talent who gave us the First Baptist Church of Morton “Celebrating an Old Fashioned 4th of July, Rock and Roll-Red White and Blue” entertainment and the many attractions and fireworks by the Roosevelt State Park staff, we are surrounded by caring volunteers who brighten our lives. Not only do they do this on special occasions, but throughout the days, weeks and months in our churches, cities and communities. It is my belief that these talented individuals and many others like them could tour the great USA and truly put Scott county on the map. Enough said.  God bless America.