“Despise not the chastening of the Lord; . . .for whom the Lord loveth He correcteth.” Solomon wrote that we should accept correction from the Lord and learn from it. Correction starts when a child is born and continues through life. We teach a baby, “No. Don’t do that.” It may be repeated several times before he gets the message. As children grow, reasons may be given, “No, you’ll get hurt.” As they get older, it is sometimes hard for children to accept adults’ reasons, but correction is still needed. Even adults need correction at times. True correction comes with love.
Leap year is actually a time of correction. It takes about 365.242 days for the earth to revolve around the sun. This was first calculated at 365.25 days, so to account for the odd quarter of a day, an extra calendar day was added every four years. This was first done in 46 BC with the establishment of the Julian calendar, instead of the Gregorian calendar. Every four years, February has 29 days instead of 28. Some feel that the difference of .242 and .25 accumulates significantly over the years and the Gregorian calendar adjusted by adding an extra day only to century years divisible by 400 (1600, 2000, etc). Most people go by the Julian calendar and that means this Saturday is February 29, Leap Year Day.
It is easier to make corrections, if we catch them when they are small. A pastor once said, “A baby’s hand could stop a leak, which, neglected, would require a bulldozer to correct.” The Bible talks about the Shepherd and the sheep. One teacher stated, “The sheep may drift from the fold, but they never drift back. They have to make a conscious effort to come back.”
Sometimes “just a little off” doesn’t seem like much, but one author learned differently when he was learning to fly a plane. He thoroughly enjoyed flying and his attention often wandered. His instructor would tap the compass and say, “Watch your heading!” The student pilot wasn’t concerned. Maybe he was two degrees off, but that was nothing to worry about. It wasn’t worth correcting. At least, that was what he thought until he made a solo flight to Kansas City. He was off two degrees for two hours, at 120 miles per hour. He missed the entire city. Two degrees made a big difference.
This extra day is a good time for each of us to take stock of ourselves. Think about what kind of character you represent and in what direction is your life going. Ask yourself these questions: 1. Am I ethical in my dealings with others? 2. Am I faithful to my family or do I neglect them? 3. Is my faith in God real? If you need to make any changes, this is a good time to start. We need to make the right choices while we still can.
The past week has been a difficult one for many in the area. Shelley Snyder, of Pleasantville, passed away Friday, Feb. 21. Shelley lived most of her life in the Pleasantville area. Her funeral service will be this afternoon at 2 at the Gordon Garrett Funeral Home. Our sympathy goes to her family.
Sympathy also goes to the family of James Bergstrom, who passed away Saturday, Feb. 22. He lived in the Enterprise area and spent most of his life near Titusville. His funeral will be at 11 a.m., Friday at the Gordon Garrett Funeral Home.
Sheila Thompson, of Enterprise, married Scott Lord several years ago and Scott’s father died recently. Sympathy goes to Sheila, Scott and the Lord family. May God give peace and comfort to the Snyder, Bergstrom and Lord families.
A birthday party was held Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Hydetown Volunteer Fire Department for Ivy Schneider who had just turned 90. About 100 people were present for the celebration with lots of food and a birthday cake. Ivy wants to thank her family for the lovely party. Her granddaughter, Krystal Schneider, and her daughter flew up from Florida to attend. Other relatives who came from a distance were Jennifer Tabbert and her husband and family from Kentucky, Jim Tracy and family from Pittsburgh and grandson Dennis and his wife from Kane. Everyone enjoyed visiting and seeing people they hadn’t seen for some time. Ivy thanks all those who attended or helped in any way and she was glad that all had a safe trip home.
Pleasantville TOPS met Thursday evening at the Pleasantville Community Church with a total weight loss of 9 pounds and two turtles (weight stayed the same). The challenges are: portion control and eat veggies. The positive thought was: “Did you have fast food?”
Kathy’s menu was chosen, Loretta won the 25-cent fund and 50/50 rolled over.
For more information about TOPS, contact Cathy at (814) 589-7162.
— Enterprise Methodist Church, Pastor Penny Helmbold - Tonight, 6:30, Ash Wednesday service (Sanford). Sunday, 9 a.m., worship; 10:15, Sunday school; 6 p.m., Youth group (parsonage)
— Faith Community Church, Rev. Jerry Drake - Sunday, 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11, worship.
— Pleasantville Community, Rev. Shawn Jacobson - Sunday, 9:30 a.m., Sunday school; 10:45, worship; 4 p.m., Youth Group. Tuesday, 6 p.m., Men and Women’s Bible study.
— Pleasantville Presbyterian - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Blood mobile. Sunday, 9:30, worship with guest speaker Clay Woodring.
— Pleasantville Methodist, Pastor Janet Sill - Tonight, 7, Ash Wednesday service (White Oak). Thursday, 10 a.m., Bible study on “He Chose the Nails” led by Pastor Janet. Sunday, 6:30 a.m., Men of Integrity (Titusville Baptist Church); 9:50, worship; 11, Friendship Circle, “A Call to Accountability.”
— Pleasantville Free Methodist Church, Rev. Chuck Riel - Tonight, 6:30, Worship team; 7:30, Prayer meeting. Sunday, 8 a.m., prayer; 9:45, Sunday school; 11, worship; 12:30 p.m., Small group on “The Rock, the Road and the Rabbi.”
— Pleasantville Independent Baptist, Pastor Richard LaRocque - Tonight, 7, Bible study/prayer meeting. Sunday, 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11, worship.
— Full Gospel, Rev. Ben McCauley - Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Lord’s Extended Hands Store. Sunday, 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 worship.
— Shamburg Christian Church of God, Rev. Fred Frye - Tonight, 6:30, Bible study. Thursday, 7 p.m., Bible school meeting. Sunday, 9:45 a.m., worship; 11:15, Sunday school.
— Grand Valley Methodist Church, Pastor Penny Helmbold - Tonight, 7, Ash Wednesday service (Sanford church). Sunday, 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11, worship; 6 p.m., Youth group (parsonage).
Lenten services begin this week. The Titusville Community Lenten services will be held at noon each Wednesday, at the Titusville Methodist Church. Today’s speaker will be Rev. Tim Maybray of the Titusville Free Methodist Church. After the service, a luncheon will be served in the fellowship hall for a donation and this week’s collection will benefit the Kenya Orphanage.
— An Ash Wednesday service, led by Pastor Penny Helmbold, will be held this evening at 6:30 at the Sanford Methodist Church. White Oak Methodist Church will also have an Ash Wednesday service beginning at 7 and led by Pastor Janet Sill. There service will include communion and the imposition of ashes. Anyone interested is welcome to attend either service.
— Pleasantville Senior Citizens will meet from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday at the Pleasantville Community Church. All seniors are welcome to come for games, fellowship and lunch. Lunch is served at noon for a donation, but reservations must be received by Monday. For more information or to sign up for lunch, contact Ginger Mangel or Leona Burrows.
— The Community Blood Bank will be at the Titusville Presbyterian Church from noon to 5 on Thursday. General requirements are: weigh at least 110 pounds, be in good general health, no tattoos or piercings and be at least 17 years old. All types of blood are needed, and it doesn’t take much time. This month, those who donate are entered to win a gift card and airfare expenses. If you are eligible, take time to donate. We never know who will need it next. Photo I.D. is required.
— The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at the Pleasantville Presbyterian Church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, and basic requirements are about the same. We never know who will need blood next - maybe someone you love. Donating blood is one of the greatest gifts you can give. Take time this week to help someone in need.
— Saturday is February 29 - Leap year day. Those born on that day get to have an actual birthday this year. Each of us can use that extra day to do something special and make the most of it.
— Small game season - squirrel, rabbit, pheasant and quail - ends Saturday. Most hunting is over for awhile, but there are other things to do. Even if you don’t hunt, you can enjoy being outdoors.
— Sunday is the first day of March. The legend states “If March comes in like lion, it will go out like a lamb.” We will have to wait and see just what March brings.
— Men of Integrity will meet at 6:30 a.m., Sunday morning at the Titusville Baptist Church. The group meets once a month at a different church each time and men of all denominations are welcome.
— Pleasantville School will have their Book Fair next week, Monday through Friday. The fair involves more than just books and adults may want to stop and look around too.
— The Shamburg Christian Church of God will have their spring Soup & Pie on Saturday, March 14, in the Family Life Center behind the church. It’s all-the-soup-you-can-eat and there will be a variety to chose from. The meal also includes crackers, rolls, beverage and a slice of pie for dessert. Serving will be from 4:30 to 6:30 and the cost is donation.
Our military list includes Ben Lewis, Shy Lewis, Heather Luchka, Kimberly Miles, Sydney Callahan, Kimberly Savitz, Lucas Savitz, Autumn Kinney, Austin Kinnery, Cody Sterling, David Vroman, Bill Wencil, Trey Tanner, Steve Batko, Jay Bowes, Dalton Burns, Jacob Hart, Josh Jacobson, Ben Nosko and Andrew Moronski.
Glenn Ames has been added to our prayer list. We continue to remember Chandra Brandon, Mary Ann Kopper, Kyle Miller, Bob Morris, Richard Kinney, Mike Firster, Kay Seeley, Paul Thompson, Jerry Potter, Elwin Van Cise, Lloyd Jackson, Martha Thompson, Sue Wagner, Jami Hillman, Audrey Walters and Gary Fratus.
Birthday greetings this week go to Sharon Thompson and Corey Wright on Feb. 27, Melinda Edwards and Faith Francis on Feb. 28, Beth Baker and Mary Balas on Feb. 29, Pam Griffin, Dalton Burns and Alexis Wright on March 1, Donna Hetrick, Tony Wright and Shawn Sliker on March 2, Rick Tucker, Audrey Pearson, Sandy Singleton and Landon Drake Nicols on March 3 and Joey Whitton and Toby Burns on March 4.
Happy anniversary to Cheryl and John Bodamer on Feb. 28 and Amy and Denny Williams on March 1.
May everyone have a wonderful day.
Nancy Mulvin can be reached at (814) 516-3787.