Good morning everyone! This month is sure flying by too fast! Hope everyone is well and that you have not had this flu bug that is going around. I encourage everyone to go and get their flu shot because this is nothing to mess around with.

Happy belated birthday to my dear Pam Lane who celebrated a birthday on the 13th and happy 21st birthday to Brooklyn Hartwick and for passing her LPN too. Very proud of you! Upcoming birthdays are Danny Thorn, Holly Godwin, and my brother Gary Griffith. If you know of anybody, who has a birthday please let me know so we can let everyone know it is their day!

We wish Darby Grimes the best as he undergoes treatment for his tumor, and was glad to hear that he qualified for the program in Texas. Prayers will be with you and Wendy and family. Also keep Mickey Fortner, husband of Monta Jean (Thorn), in your prayers as they are struggling with his cancer. Prayers work and we believe in prayer!

February 1 is coming up soon for the Area 17 Special Olympics Polar Plunge at Woolly Hollow State Park. Registration is at 11:30 a.m. Dessert Auction is at noon; Awards and Recognitions at 12:30 p.m. and plunge at 1 p.m. This is looking to be an exciting year. Thank you Courtney Spradlin of the Log Cabin Democrat for doing a story on us in Last Monday’s edition we made the front page! It is still not too late to register for the plunge. We have a new category for churches, Chillin’ Church Award! The church that raises the most money for Area 17 gets to keep the plaque all year with bragging rights! Right now the Church of the Nazarene in Greenbrier has those rights! Come on to all the churches in our Faulkner, Perry, Conway, Van Buren, and Pope counties, don’t you want to have this plaque at your church and have the bragging rights for a year. This is a good cause and could be including in your mission work to help athletes who have intellectual disabilities succeed in sports! And don’t forget about all the schools we have too. Your welcome to get a group together or come individual to plunge. Our law enforcement, fire departments, judges  mayors, politicians, anyone is welcome. Don’t forget the Dessert Auction too. YUMMY! YUMMY! Hope to see everyone there. Just call me at 450-0395 for more information or go to the Special Olympics Arkansas website also. This year is going to be exciting for sure!

A great big thank you to Alissa Richarms for doing our Fan Page on Facebook. Go to Special Olympics Arkansas Area 17 Fan Page! She did an awesome job and we thank her so much for doing this. 

Have a great week and remember to not drink and drive! I need news send to or call 679-3299. See you Feb. 1! If you are running in the run for the ACH that morning on Feb. 1 come on to Greenbrier and you can do a double Freezin’ For a Reason at our Plunge!


The beautiful sunshine was greatly appreciated last Sunday after so many cold, cloudy days. I got to attend church service, the first time in several weeks, because of illness. But thank God He watches over us and cares for us.

Charles Henry Butler does a great job leading our Adult Sunday School Class. And it was good to hear the Rev. Tammy again and have the scripture brought to us from "His" Word.

Ray and I attended the Faulkner County Club Singing on Sunday afternoon, at LifeSong Baptist Church in Greenbrier. There was a good crowd and the singing was good.

Our sick in the community seem to be getting some better. We praise God for any improvement.

We received word last week that one of our singing friends has passed away. Mrs. Melba Bond of Nashville, Ark. She was a very strong Gospel singing booster, a served as the National Singing president at one time, as well as singing president of several different states. She will be missed. She attended our Singing Convention at Oakland United Methodist Church several years ago.

Also our sympathy for the family of Dennis Glover. He was raised here at Holland and graduate from Holland High School. He was a friend to all who knew him. He lived in Texas, but he loved to come back here to where his old roots were.

Neighbors, please send me your news.

"Judge not, that ye be not judged," Matthew 7:1.