Sunday was Homecoming Day at Oakland United Methodist Church, here at Holland. We started the day with Sunday School at 9:30 a.m., with regular preaching service at 10:45. We had lunch for everyone, then singing in the afternoon, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Lewis Bush was chairman.

I’m sure there were many mothers remembered on Mother’s Day. Ones gone on to their reward and ones still with us. My mother, Ola Sims, and my mother-in-law, Nona Fulmer, are in Heaven and we miss them.

We had several visitors at church on Mother’s Day, including Lyndal and Rosalind Harrington of Kansas City. Rosalind plays the piano for us when they come.

Our pastor’s son, daughter-in-law and three sons from Greenbrier also attended church.

Guests of Marian McGinty and Sunny Sue Earnhart were Brandon Johnson, Kaley and Braylon; Dale and Elizabeth Johnson of North Little Rock.

Rosa Lee Collins attended Grandparent’s Day at Wooster Elementary School for her granddaughter, Terra Collins. They also attended a play at Greenbrier High School for her. The play was great, I’m told.

Congratulations to Greenbrier High School for the high honor bestowed on them.

Kathy Pearce attended the graduation of her granddaughter, Haley White, at the University of Central Arkansas.

Ronald and Kathy Pearce also had their family home for Mother’s Day.

Our children didn’t forget me on Mother’s Day.

Rick and Deb Ayres visited his mother, Eva Ayres, on Mother’s Day and attended services at Oakland. We are so thankful for our visitors, who are part of our family.

Have a good week, enjoy the beautiful sunshine and remember, the presence of Christ makes us feel alive.

Betty Applegate also had family members visit her during the day.

Pray for our country and for our leaders that they will do the right thing.


The Faulkner County Singing Club met at Centerville United Methodist Church on May 12. I did not realize until last week that the Faulkner County Singing Club has existed longer than we have been celebrating Mother’s Day. The traditional holiday began in 1918 and the Faulkner County Singing Club was founded in the late 1800s. It is pretty amazing what we learn in a typical church service at Centerville.

Erin Shaw and I attended a field trip last Friday with the seventh graders from Greenbrier Middle School. The field trip is a reward for Benchmark test scores and I was concerned we would have rain and the rides would not be running. The day was perfect with the sun shining on us until it was time to load the bus and return home. Joseph Shaw and Coltin Ray both attended the field trip. After Magic Springs, I picked up my mom and sister, Mary Hall, and we headed to pick Frances Hall up for an outdoor surprise party in Little Rock. Frances’ sister, Pauline Weaver, turned 87 on Friday and her neighbors were able to pull off a surprise party outside their home. We had a good visit.

Centerville held its Saunday church service at the home of Tom and Margaret Beasley. There was a cookout and many activities followed the service and meal.

We only have a few more days of school before summer 2013 officially begins. I am sure there are many people staying busy so email me if you have news for the article at jennfreeman@windstream.net.

Guy News

Give a Guy Perkins Junior Beta Club member a call or the school. They are selling Sonic Community Cards for $5, which have $15 in coupons. Proceeds go toward their trip to National Convention in Mobile, Ala., in June. Also mark your calendar for June 7 for Bingo Fundraiser. More details at a later date.

School is almost out. So everyone be aware of more students outside playing. Please slow down when you are driving in town.

Youth Hee Haw Dinner was held at Mt. Olive Church this Saturday. The menu consisted of ham, roast, mashed potatoes, pinto beans, green beans, rolls, cornbread and dessert.

Hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day! I did, spent the day with my mom! We all met at Market Place for lunch about 1 p.m. and got to go in to eat after 2. I am so thankful to still have my mom and so grateful to have the opportunity to see her every day. I love you Betty Griffith.

Arkansas State Special Olympics will be held at 7 p.m. this Thursday in Searcy. If you have never gone to Opening Ceremonies in Searcy at Harding University, you don’t know what you’re missing. It is a beautiful sight to see all the athletes from all over Arkansas march in with their coaches to prepare for the Games. We have entertainment, lots and lots of law enforcement vehicles along with motorcycles and it is a beautiful sight to look up in to the bleachers and see all the different colors of shirts and the great big smiles on everyone’s face! It is a real great, overwhelming feeling to see what they have accomplished. So come out at 7 p.m. and join the fun this Thursday in Searcy.

Please keep the following in your prayers, Don Ward, glad his procedure was a success, Betty Griffith, Montene Tarkington, Wilma Stevenson, Frankee Dee Battles, and anyone else that has been sick or is in the hospital. Let me know so I can put them on the prayer list. 

On Saturday, May 11, the Mode Cemetery had its annual clean up. As usual the old faithfuls showed up to do their part. Linda, Hoyt and Brooks Thomas, Diane and Bob Remus, George Miller and his daughter, Clay Mode, Stephen Mode, John and Beverly Bergstom. We also had our annual meeting too. It was decided for families to take a month during the growing season to mow the cemetery. Any questions, you can call Beverly or anyone on the board. Remember this is the beloved place where your families are buried and it is up to everyone to help with the up keep. It is not the responsibility of just a few. We have a beautiful cemetery and we need everyone’s help in its up keep. I would personally like to thank everyone that came to participate. We are all family and we are trying to keep what our grandparents had started so please come and do your part too. 

Send news to holtb42@yahoo.com or call 679-3299. I will have my new answering machine hooked up. Hope you had a great and safe weekend.