Train Up a Child in the Way He Should Go...

I received a sweet note yesterday, addressed to "the best Middle School class teacher ever!" It was a thank you from Alexis Coldwell. She was promoted last week to the high school class at our church and now I am left with an empty classroom. It's a bittersweet time. I'm so proud of Alex; she is growing up to be one of the finest young women I know. I won't forget.

There are some exciting changes going on at our church. Missionary Baptist Church will host our first "Singspiration" this Friday night at 7:30 p.m. Groups from all over Oklahoma and Kansas are coming. Second, we have embarked on a new renovation to our fellowship hall. Finally, we have planned a special event for Oct. 13-15. A soul-winning specialist from Ohio, Jeremy Rands will be conducting a seminar in church growth. He will teach sessions during the lunch hour and each evening.

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Last Friday was the first Ark City High School home football game. Oh, I rarely attend the games...but the marching band, that's another story. Our home is situated close to Curry Field, so prior to each home game, the marching band parades by our front yard on its way to take the field. It's quite a sight. The Hubster and I drop whatever we were doing when we hear the booming bass drum and head out to the porch. This year, three of our church friends are in the percussion section. I'm a sucker for a drummer!

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Reminder: The Cowley County Writer's Guild will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Ark City Public Library. Our activity for the month is the book-signing of Adam Catlin's latest novel, "Synchronicity." He lives in Augusta now, but is a graduate of both Cowley and Southwestern colleges.

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Exercise Update: I did three hand-weight calisthenic sets and three aerobic workouts last week. In addition, I added The Hubster's 2 1/2 lb. leg weights to one aerobic workout. It didn't kill me, and I was able to do about 12 minutes. I consider that a victory. I will try it again this week.

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Notable Quote:

1 Corinthians 15:10 (KJV)
"But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me."

"A good education is the next best thing to a pushy mother."--Charles M. Schulz
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