Good morning, I am sure all have been following the amazing story about the Thai soccer team members who have been stuck in a cave since June 23.

They were exploring the cave following a soccer practice and spent the trapped time on a small patch of higher ground after a rainstorm flooded the massive cave. I pray all have been praying for a successful evacuation of these young boys and their coach, with the final ones being brought out on Tuesday (our time period). We can now give praise to God for this successful rescue and transportation to a hospital for care and rehabilitation.

God worked in the hearts of many from various countries to send their diving experts to assist with this enormous feat; there are many good people on Earth who do not hesitate to help those in need.

Another miracle was that the pump, which was sucking water from the cave, broke down and fell apart as the last person exited the cave. The boys are in the hospital and progressing, but will still be in there another week to make sure they are healthy and ready to go home following their treatments.



Texas crude cake

This is another recipe from the 2004 cookbook, published by the Diamond Women’s Mission, and was submitted by Idell Burnett. It is called Texas crude cake, and ingredients include: 1 cup oleo, 4 tablespoons cocoa, 4 eggs, 2 cups sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla; 9 ounces of marshmallow cream. Beat the oleo, cocoa, sugar and vanilla together; add eggs and mix well.

Dry ingredients: 1 ½ cups flour, 1 ½ cups chopped pecans and 1 cup coconut. Mix this and add to wet mixture. Mix together and spread in 9 x 13-inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes. While hot, spread with 9 ounces of marshmallow cream.

Heat: ½ cup oleo, 1 tablespoon cocoa and 6 tablespoons milk. Add 2-3 cups powdered sugar. Spread on cooled cake and top with chopped pecans.



July activities

— Mondays are the Concerts in the Park at 6:45 p.m.

— Today and Saturday: Townville Old Home Days.

— Saturday:  HOTAfest Jam Session in Scheide Park.

— July 22: Grandparents Day.


St. Stephen

Parish festival

St. Stephen Parish will hold its 25th annual Heritage Festival. July 26-28, in conjunction with Oil City’s Oil Heritage Festival. All events are held at St. Stephen church grounds, on the corner of State and Front streets, in Oil City. Events will include carnival games for kids and more games for adults, raffles, concession stands, along with quilt and basket raffles. In addition, there will be a large silent auction of all new items and a bake sale.  

The game booths and concession stands will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, from 6 to 10 (Saturday concessions open before parade).

Any questions can be directed to Connie Schwabenbauer, at (814) 758-2459, or Bonnie Zacherl, at 827-6397.



Happy birthday greetings are sent to: Nicholas and Zachary Atha, Mary Lou Stahlman, and Julie Wright on July 14; Julie Abrams Britton, Ella Potter, Bodey McClintock, Samantha Lewis, and Rick Sharp on the 15th; Troy Donovan, Kevin Gafner, Michael Stocker, and Gary Shreffler on the 16th; Joel Ploski, Sheila Thompson, Nicholai Lewis, and Tanner Abrams on the 17th; Heather Thomas Gates on the 18th; Arlene Millard on the 19th; and Michelle Proper and Paul Blake on the 20th. May each be blessed with a great day of celebration.



Anniversary greetings are being sent to: Tom and Jen Abrams on July 15; Carl and Kaby Drake on the 16th; Tom and Georgia Etzel, Shawn and Kelly Knapp and Randy and Joyce Berlin on the 17th; Leon and Pat Rosenberg on the 19th; Chad and Jeannie Donovan and John and Holly Bunce on the 20th. May each couple be blessed with many more years of love and happiness.


Church news

— Diamond EUM Church: Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m., with worship service at 11, with Pastor Jerome Alsdorf.

The church has had great lessons in SS and people are invited to join the congregation to learn more about the Lord and the Bible.

July volunteers: greeter — Lucy Vandervort; ushers — Judith Abrams, Sue Gafner, Ruth Messner and Lucy Vandervort.

Thursdays at 6 p.m., choir practice weekly.

“There will always be new things to place in his care, new lessons in open-handed living, new commitments. As we trust God’s leadership, we grow and trust him more.” — Fully Alive

— Chapmanville Community Church: Sunday school is held at 9:45 a.m., and worship is at 10:45, with Pastor Glenn Van Cise.  


Bible verse

“And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.” —I John 2:17


“Lord make me fully alive! Fully aware of your presence.” — Fully Alive


Abrams can be reached at 827-2597, or by email, at

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