Author: Barbara Harrell

Lamplighters Afterschool Program by Rev. Jeremy Troxler lights the way for children.

Spruce Pine UMC The Lamplighters Afterschool Reading Program By Rev. Jeremy Troxler Mitchell County A visitor who stops by Spruce Pine United Methodist Church on a typical Wednesday afternoon will discover a hive of activity.  Schoolchildren wearing grins on their faces and carrying heavy backpacks over their shoulders climb down the stairs of a big yellow school bus.  Soon one gaggle of kids is playing ball on the church playground:  another group is devouring a snack of crackers, fruit, and milk.  Shortly thereafter the volunteers appear.  Throughout the education wing of the building, a peak into each classroom reveals...

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Sled Hill by Timothy Tron is sure appropriate for this season!

Tim’s Treasures Sled Hill By Timothy W. Tron Burke County “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”-John 10:10 As a child, I never understood why standing on top of Sled Hill and overlooking the trees, rooftops, and steeples in the tiny town of New Harmony made me feel as if I were somewhere else; somewhere in another place and time. Life would eventually lead me on a journey, led by the Master’s hand, to mountain tops...

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Chronicles on the Funny Farm this month gives us beans and watermelon for supper.

The Rest of the Story Farmer Doug I know that any of you that have worked in cornfield beans will understand how they can irritate your skin, that is what happened to Clint in this story and he was really shook up when he came in with the red whelks on his neck.  His comment was always, “Strong Like Bull” but he really was a pussy cat around many of the farm activities.  Many cases it really was the fear of the unknown in his world and very understandable.  In the second story, my cousin, Betsy Herrell, was always...

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Reformers Unanimous is a Program for Changing Habits by Justin Norris

Reformers Unanimous Program for Changing Habits By Justin Norris McDowell County Many blessings to my brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus!  My name is Justin Norris, director of the Reformers Unanimous of McDowell County.  Reformers Unanimous, or as we like to call it, RU, is a Biblically based, Christ-centered recovery program designed to rescue, recover, and restore those with addictive behaviors with the power of the victorious life found only in Jesus Christ.  My wife, Kayla, and I started out with what we truly felt was a calling to be missionaries to the inner city of Philadelphia.  After several...

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Pause…and Consider By Ken and Jan Merop looks at Christmas Surprises!

Pause…and Consider Count on God for Christmas Surprises Ken and Jan Merop Avery County   What was your best Christmas surprise? Did a loved one show up at your front door and surprise you?  Did you open a gift that you never expected to receive?  Did you get to take a trip you had always dreamed about? Christmas is about surprises, isn’t it? Rarely do we go around telling our loved ones what we are going to give them unless it is necessary for them to know so we don’t duplicate or misunderstand.  But those are usually exceptions to...

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Weather Forecast

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2:34 AM EST on January 24, 2018
10:00 AM EST on January 24, 2018
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Today is forecast to be Cooler than yesterday.
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Wednesday 01/24 0%
High 40° / Low 22°
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A mix of clouds and sun. Gusty winds during the morning. High around 40F. Winds NW at 20 to 30 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.
Thursday 01/25 0%
High 44° / Low 28°
Sunny skies. High 44F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.
Friday 01/26 0%
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A few passing clouds, otherwise generally sunny. High around 50F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

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