“There is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” 

Solomon reminded people that true friends will stand by you “through thick and thin.” Solomon’s father, David, had a true friend in Jonathan, who risked his own life for David. Some people see friendship in different ways.

Roberta was a patient-education coordinator at a large hospital and was involved with people who wanted to quit smoking. It isn’t easy to stop smoking, but quitting is the best thing a smoker can do for his/her present and future health. It is more difficult than some things, because smoking is not just a physical addiction, but a psychological one, as well. 

Today, there are pills, patches, and different forms of nicotine-replacement therapy that help with the physical addiction, but the psychological bondage is different.

One patient explained to Roberta, “Giving up cigarettes is like saying goodbye to my best friend. The friend who was there for me when my daughter got cancer, the one who calmed my nerves when they were downsizing at the plant. I’d be hard pressed to name a person who’s done all that for me.”

Roberta wondered if the man would stick to the program. She knew he wanted to quit, but he had given good reasons not to, and she was concerned. However, two weeks later, the man walked into the waiting room and announced, “I’m a nonsmoker! I haven’t smoked a lick in 15 days. Prayer and the patch — that’s how I did it. A double-barreled approach.”

Roberta thanked God for the man’s victory and practical insight. Over the years, there have been many medical advances, and those ideas all come from God. God has given us many of the tools we need to be healthier. When those tools are combined with prayer, the power doubles. Plus, the many blessings from the new “best friend” will be far greater.

Prayer and the patch. It is a winning combination.

Thursday is the Great American Smoke-Out, sponsored by the American Cancer Society. This annual event is held the third Thursday of every November. Many people talk about quitting, but never get around to doing it. Let Thursday be the day and quit, one day at a time. Don’t say, “I can’t,” because you can, if you really want to. You’ll not only feel better, you’ll be giving a great gift to those who love you. They want you around for a long time. Let this be the beginning of a new life.

Recent events

We’ve had some crazy weather and an extended fall. Many times, this area has had snow in October, but not this year. Some places had a few flurries here and there, but Friday was the first real snow in this area. It was white and it was cold, and if you travelled north, you probably ran into some swirling snow. Even the weather forecasters are not saying anything definite, but it sounds like a cold winter. Be prepared.

The Rev. David Heckman, pastor of Grand Valley Methodist Church, was recently discharged from the hospital; and on Sunday, his wife, Jeanne, gave the message. Jeanne is a lay minister and fills in at churches as needed. After the service, many in the congregation went to the fellowship hall for a Thanksgiving dinner. There was a smoked turkey, a roasted turkey and everything needed for the holiday dinner. Everyone enjoyed the food and fellowship. When everyone was done eating, there was still plenty of food, so meals were delivered to several shut-ins. It was a good day of “thanksgiving.”

I’ve often said how good it is to get together with old friends. The other day, I saw a girl I hadn’t seen since second grade. Neither of us would have recognized the other and we both have different last names, but we were at the same place at the right time. I had wondered what happened to her, but anyone I had asked didn’t know. We only had a few minutes together, but it was really nice.

Pleasantville TOPS

Pleasantville TOPS met Thursday evening, at Pleasantville Community Church, with 11 weigh-ins. There were four KOPS and seven TOPS, with Linda as the TOP loser and Janet as the KOP.

The challenges are: “Do something nice for yourself each day, and drink your milk.” 

The positive thought is: “Did you exercise five times this week?”

Barb’s menu was drawn, Barb won the 25-cent fund, and 50/50 rolled over.

TOPS will have weigh-in, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., on Thursday, at the church, and the meeting will begin at 6:30. Anyone interested is welcome to attend.

Church schedules

— Enterprise United Methodist Church, Pastor Penny HeImbold — Sunday, 9 a.m., worship; 10:15, ’tween and adult Sunday school. Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., Bible study on Psalm 23, led by Pastor Penny.

— Faith Community Church, the Rev. Jerry Drake — Tonight, 7, Bible study. Saturday, pie delivery. Sunday, 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11, worship.

— Pleasantville Community Church, the Rev. Shawn Jacobson — Saturday, 11 a.m., “Ladies Alive.” Sunday, 9:30 a.m., Sunday school; 10:45, worship with children’s church and nursery available.

— Pleasantville Presbyterian, the Rev. Jamie Fowler — Saturday, 9 a.m., bloodmobile. Sunday, 9:30 a.m., worship with toddler time; 6 p.m., Confirmation class.

— Pleasantville Methodist, Pastor Janet Sill — Thursday, 10 a.m., Bible study on Revelation, led by Pastor Janet. Sunday, 9:50 a.m., worship; 11, Friendship Circle, “God’s Urgent Call.”

— Pleasantville Free Methodist, the Rev. Chuck Riel — Tonight, 6:30, worship team; 7:15, prayer meeting. Sunday, 8 a.m., prayer; 9:45, Sunday school; 11, worship; after service, Thanksgiving dinner (Thomas Hall.)

— Full Gospel, the Rev. Ben McCauley — Tonight, 6, Bible study. Thursday, 6 p.m., DOL. Sunday, 9:45 a.m., Sunday school; 11, worship; after service, Thanksgiving dinner.

— Shamburg Christian Church of God, Pastor Fred Frye — Tonight, 6:30, Bible study on “Bitterness,” led by Jimmy Stewart. Sunday, 9:45 a.m., worship with guest speaker Lonny Wolford, ushers Roger Fulton and Bob Sterner and nursery attendant Marsha Jones; 11:15, Sunday school. Tuesday, 7 p.m., men’s Bible study (Stewart residence).

— Grand Valley United Methodist, the Rev. David Heckman — Sunday, 10 a.m., worship; 11, Sunday school.

Upcoming events

— The Second Harvest Mobile Food Pantry will be at the Pleasantville fire hall today. Those who pre-registered may pick up their food boxes, from noon to 1:30 p.m., and proof of residency is required. Second Harvest is sponsored by Pleasantville Methodist Church.

— Bear season begins Saturday and will continue through Nov. 22. There are bears in this area, and hunters and anyone walking in fields or through the woods should be careful. Good luck to the hunters.

— The Red Cross bloodmobile will be at Pleasantville Presbyterian Chapel, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Saturday. Blood is needed and the requirements are: Be in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be 16 years of age or older. Anyone eligible is encouraged to donate and help save a life. The next one to need blood could be someone you know.

— Faith Community Church appreciates all those who ordered pies. The pies can be picked up after 10 a.m., on Saturday.

— The Pleasantville Ministerium has scheduled the community Thanksgiving service for Nov. 22, at Pleasantville Free Methodist Church. The service will begin at 7 p.m., and instead of one speaker, different people will speak briefly about “thanksgiving.” This is a great time for people to come together and give thanks. Host Pastor Chuck Riel invites people from all denominations to attend.

— Next week is Thanksgiving. What are you thankful for this year? A group of people were recently asked that question, and most of the answers involved husband/wife, children/family, work and “my church.” Other responses were more specific:

“My little sister, my wife, and our coming baby.”

“To be up and moving around.”

“Christian fellowship.”

“Good News Club at schools.”

“Kids that love God.”

“Turtles.”

“Everything.”

“Answers to prayer.”

“Veterans.”

While you are rushing around to get ready for the holidays, take time to stop and think about why you should be thankful. There are probably a lot of things that you would like to have, but don’t concentrate on those. Think about what you do have and “count your blessings.”

Military list

Our military list includes Kimberly Miles, Heather Luchka, Samantha Lewis, Kimberly Savitz, Lucas Savitz, Autumn Kinney, Austin Kinney, Bill Wencil, David Vroman, Jay Bowes, Cody Sterling, Jacob Hart, Steven Batko, and Ben Nosko.

Prayer list

Our prayer list includes Paul Thompson, the Rev. David Heckman, Dick Jones, Jerry Potter, Harold Silvis, Mike Peterson, Kyle Miller, Jeff Fowler, Pat Reynolds, Jami Hillman, Martha Thompson, Matthew Sullivan, Bob Lieder, Krystal Riddle, Sue Wagner, Gale Sullivan, Willard Steadman, Jeremy Brandon, Ryan Riddle, Aiden Jackson, Tom Shriver, Bonnie Wagner, Kay Seeley, Richard Kinney, Gary Fratus, and Audrey Walters.

Celebrations

Happy birthday to Hanah Jackson and Jesse Hulsizer on Nov. 16; Barry Dilley on Nov. 17; Lori Crawford and Bill Locke on Nov. 18; Betty Wells on Nov. 19; Renee Dunkle and Andrew Locke on Nov. 20; Harriet Jackson, Judy Guerra, and Cathy Firster on Nov. 21; and Alan Ongley and Faith Thompson on Nov. 22.

Happy anniversary to Sue and Steve Beck on Nov. 18; and Elaine and Charlie Fox on Nov. 19. 

May everyone have a wonderful day.

Mulvin can be reached at (814) 516-3787.

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