“Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.”
King Jehoshaphat received word that a large army was coming against Judah to do battle, and he was afraid. They didn’t have the power and wisdom to defeat their foes, but they did have God. The king proclaimed a fast throughout the land, gathered the people together and asked for God’s help. The Lord reminded Jehoshaphat that He was in charge, not the king, and that gave the people the hope they needed. God told the king what he and the people needed to do, and the king listened. He told the people, “Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established” and they won the battle. They didn’t have everything their enemies had, but they had God and that was enough.
A wise Bible teacher stated, “Sooner or later God will bring self-sufficient people to the place where they have no resource but Him: no strength, no answers, nothing but Him. Without God’s help, they’re sunk.”
The teacher told about a man in despair who went to a pastor and said, “My life is really in bad shape.” “How bad?” the pastor asked. The man buried his head in his hands and moaned, “I’ll tell you how bad — all I’ve got left is God.”
The pastor smiled and said, “I’m happy to assure you that a person with nothing left but God has more than enough for great victory!”
Are you in despair? Everyone feels that way at times. It may be personal, work related or the situation in our country. It doesn’t matter what the problem is. The people of Judah looked to God for help and put their hope in Him, and He answered. God will do the same for us if we let Him in, even if you feel you have nothing.
“When God is all you’ve got, you’ve got more than enough.”
— Debbie and Paul Thompson’s youngest daughter, Lindsey, graduated from Titusville High School in June. A graduation party for Lindsey was held Saturday, July 18, at the home of her grandparents, Martha and Paul Thompson. Debbie and her daughters, Aimee, Amanda and Kristen, prepared chicken, beans, sausage cheese, taco salad and pretzel salad, and Lindsey’s Aunt Sue made macaroni salad. There were also hot dogs, pepperoni, chips and dip and a cake make by Lindsey’s grandmother, Martha. Her cousin, Lauren, decorated the cake, which included two pictures of Lindsey, one when she was young and one when she graduated. The frosting roses were made by Martha, Sue and Barb.
Those attending enjoyed volleyball, corn hole, Yahtzee and other games. There was much fun, laughter and visiting, It was a gorgeous day with a cool breeze. Lindsey thanks all those who came and wished her “good luck in the future.” May God bless Lindsey as she begins this new phase of her life.
— Faith Community Church had Vacation Bible School last week with eight children enrolled. The theme was “Blessings,” and each evening there was a Bible story, songs and crafts. The crafts included: tie-dyed T-shirts with the word “Blessed,” paper place mats that listed things that had “blessed” them, painted ceramic crosses and a foam cross that said “God Bless America.” Those present were divided into three groups and each group colored a mural. The program was Friday evening and the children sang some of the songs they had learned: “God Bless the USA,” “10,000 Reasons,” “Jesus in the Morning,” “Let Everything God Made Say Thank You,” “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands,” “Deep and Wide” and “God Made Me.” Bert Drake was the director and Jenny Tucker helped.
After the program, everyone was invited to the pavilion for “Sundaes on Friday.” The church had supplied the ice cream and each family brought a topping so each one could have an ice cream sundae.
— Sunday’s weather changed many outdoor worship services to inside. The Shamburg Christian Church of God has been having services at their pavilion, but this week, Sunday worship was held in the Family Life Center, where people could spread out. Pastor Fred Frye was away, so Jimmy Stewart gave the message. He had prayer, then led the congregation in singing “The Light of the World is Jesus” and “Be Thou My Vision.” Jimmy began his message with the verse from Proverbs 29:18, “Where there is no vision, the people perish ...” The Hebrew word for vision referred to prophecy, not sight. It is an illumination, seeing what it is God wants us to see and knowing what He wants us to do. He quoted Helen Keller, who said, “The only thing worse than not having sight, is having sight and no vision.” Helen Keller had vision. At the close of his message, there was a time of sharing and Jimmy ended the service with prayer. The congregation thanks Jimmy for filling in for Pastor Fred.
Pleasantville TOPS met Thursday evening at the Pleasantville Community Church with seven weigh-ins. There were two KOPS and five TOPS, with Cathy as the top loser.
The challenge is: Watch your portions. The positive thought was: “Did you eat fried foods?”
Cathy’s menu was chosen, Loretta won the 25-cent fund and 50/50 rolled over.
TOPS will have weigh-ins from 5:30-6 p.m., Thursday at the Pleasantville Community Church and the meeting will begin at 6. For more information, contact Cathy at (814) 589-7162.
— Pleasantville Senior Citizens will meet from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday at the Pleasantville Community Church and all area seniors are welcome. Take time to stop and visit, play games and have fun. Lunch is served at noon, but reservations must be made by Monday. If you have any questions or would like to make a reservation for dinner, contact Martha Sparks or Leona Burrows.
— We’re back to “the old days” and drive-in movies. On Friday, “Playing with Fire” will be shown outside at the Ed Myer Complex in Titusville. Those attending should bring their own blankets and/or chairs. Social distancing will be observed with no more than 200 attending, and it’s first come, first serve. The movie will start at about 9 p.m., but people will be admitted beginning about 7:30. Have a family night and enjoy the movie.
— Pleasantville Community Church’s “Hilltop Hallelujah!” will be held Saturday at the pavilion behind the Pleasantville Fire Hall. Local musicians will be sharing contemporary, country gospel and praise and worship music. The event will begin at 11 a.m. and continue throughout the day, with picnic foods available. There is no charge and the public is welcome. Those attending may want to bring a lawn chair and sunscreen. For more information, phone the Pleasantville Community Church.
— Due to the pandemic, Titusville’s Oil Fest was cancelled, but there will be fireworks this weekend. The event will be held at dusk on Saturday at Carter Field. Anyone who would like to make a donation to the fireworks can go through GoFundMe or call the Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce at (814) 827-2941.
— Titusville has continued their Monday night concerts. “Concertante,” a seven-piece ensemble, will perform at 7 on Aug. 10. There is no charge, but bring your own chair or blanket and follow the distance rules. Enjoy the concert.
— The Second Harvest Mobile Food Pantry will be at the pavilion behind the Pleasantville Fire Hall on Wednesday, Aug. 19. There is no charge for the food boxes, but preregistration is necessary. Second Harvest is open to all ages in the Pleasantville area who meet income requirements. For more information or to register, phone the Pleasantville Methodist Church at (814) 589-7385. If no one answers, leave a message and someone will return your call.
— Relay for Life, which raises money for the American Cancer Society, was cancelled this year due to the coronavirus. Even though it was understandable, all those involved were disappointed to have the event cancelled, so they decided to do something to keep the relay spirit alive. A Drive-Thru Luminaria, the only Relay function in the Titusville area this year, will be held Aug. 22. It is an opportunity to honor or remember those touched by cancer.
The event will be held that Saturday evening from 7-10, at Burgess Park. Just follow the route of the Christmas light display. The ceremony will begin at 8. Names of those honored will be on a screen with continuous scrolling. Bags will be placed along the drive through the park and bags spelling out “HOPE” will be lit on the hill. Survivors are asked to honk their horn and be provided with a small memento. The public can stay in their car and drive through, walk the route or bring a chair and sit in the grass.
Would you like to have a luminaria in someone’s memory? You can order online at relay for life.org/patitusville. If you would like to have a paper form, you can download the form from the website and print it or contact Sue, at email@example.com or (814) 589-1434. If you use paper forms, contact Sue so labels can be made for the luminaria bags. You can also donate at Burgess Park the day of the event. Sales will begin at 6 p.m.
Everyone is encouraged to participate. If you have questions or need more information, contact Sue.
— So many events have been cancelled and people are looking forward to getting out and going somewhere, but remember that the pandemic is still present. Keep a safe distance between people, refrain from hugging or even shaking hands and wear a mask. A mask isn’t comfortable and may present problems, but if it helps keep you or someone else from getting sick, isn’t it worth it? Enjoy the remainder of the summer, but be careful.
Area churches are having worship services, but they are not necessarily the traditional worship service. Precautions are still being taken and many are following the guidelines and trying to keep people safe. If you have questions, check with the church to see what they are doing and when. Also, if you have any needs, contact the church or the minister.
— Enterprise Methodist, Pastor Penny Helmbold. Sunday, 9 a.m., worship.
— Faith Community Church, Rev. Jerry Drake. Wednesday, 6 p.m. Bible study on Revelation. Sunday, 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11, worship.
— Pleasantville Community Church, Rev. Shawn Jacobson. Tonight, 6, men’s and women’s Bible study. Sunday, 11 a.m., worship.
— Pleasantville Presbyterian. Sunday, 11 a.m., worship with guest speaker Rev. Rick Cepris.
— Pleasantville Methodist Church, Pastor Janet Sill. Sunday, 9:50 a.m., worship.
— Pleasantville Free Methodist, Rev. Chuck Riel. Sunday, 11 a.m., worship (drive-in or inside).
— Pleasantville Independent Baptist, Pastor Richard LaRocque. Sunday, 11 a.m., worship.
— Full Gospel, Pastor Dave McCauley. Sunday, 11 a.m., worship (inside).
— Shamburg Christian Church of God, Rev. Fred Frye. Sunday, 9:45 a.m., worship (pavilion).
— Grand Valley Methodist, Pastor Penny Helmbold. Wednesday, 6 p.m., Bible study. Sunday, 11 a.m., worship.
Our military list includes Steve Batko, Jay Bowes, Dalton Burns, Sidney Callahan, Jacob Hart, Josh Jacobson, Autumn Kinney, Austin Kinney, Ben Lewis, Shy Lewis, Heather Luchka, Kimberly Miles, Kimberly Savitz, Lucas Savitz, Andrew Moronski, Ben Nosko, Cody Sterling, Trey Tanner, David Vroman, Bill Wencil and all those serving in the military at this time.
It’s election time and we hear all kinds of things. Pray for the candidates. Pray for our leaders, that they will learn to work together for what is best for our country. Our prayer list includes Lanny Pollard, Millie Weber, Paul Thompson, Lloyd Jackson, Jami Hillman, Lenora Wencil, Chandra Brandon, Mary Ann Kopper, Bob Morris, Richard Kinney, Mike Firster, Kay Seeley, Elwin Van Cise, Martha Thompson, Sue Wagner, Audrey Walters, Gary Fratus and all those with coronavirus.
Birthday greeting go to Chandra Brandon, Deb Uber, Diane L. Miller and Becky Myers on Aug. 5; Tammy Drake, Caitlin Tucker and Marie Swogger on Aug. 6; Kellie Wright, Beth Francis, Zachary Fratus and Kris Hulsier on Aug. 7; Aleisha Jackson and Karl Lewis on Aug. 9 and Barb Zahner; Quinn Shreve and Tim Green on Aug. 10.
Happy anniversary to Sylvia and Scott Wright on Aug. 11. May everyone have a great day.
Nancy Mulvin can be reached at (814) 516-3787.