Spring has officially arrived, and along with it is a mixture of weather. We are loving those sunny 70-degree days, but then the cooler 50s sure make you appreciate the warmer days.

As March draws to an end this week, April arrives, and, hopefully, our warm temperatures will be here to stay, but I did notice on the weather app that we are expecting a couple below-freezing mornings later this week. We will just have to wait and see what Mother Nature send us.

Our community was saddened this past week with the sudden passing of Terry Hutcherson. He was outside doing what he loved to do, landscaping, when he collapsed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Kathy; daughter, Jackie/Stephen from Fort Myers, Florida, and the rest of his family and friends. A memorial service honoring him and his life will be in a few months.

We are glad to hear that Tori Aul and Carol Crews are both recovering well from their surgeries. Continued prayers for complete recovery.

We are sending happy birthday wishes to several from the past couple weeks — Hope Pearcy, Aiden and Eva Forthman, Ann Burton, Kevin Burton, Carsyn Peldo and special 90th birthday wishes to my mom, June Staton.

Happy March anniversary wishes are sent to Justin and Juscenda Hunerkoch and Dwight and Lerenda Travis.

Don’t forget this coming Saturday will be our annual Easter egg hunt at the FLC. The afternoon starts at 1 p.m with a light lunch for everyone, followed by hunt outside according to ages. Everyone is welcome.

Our Easter sunrise services will be Sunday at 6:30 a.m. at the pavilion. Everyone is welcome to join us. Morning services begin at 11 in the FLC.

Wishing everyone a great week. It sounds like we will have a great weekend for Easter. I have a poem to share with you entitled, “An Easter Prayer.”

An Easter PrayerBy Helen Steiner Rice

God, give us eyes to see

the beauty of the Spring,

And to behold Your majesty

in every living thing —

And may we see in lacy leaves

and every budding flower

The Hand that rules the universe

with gentleness and power —

And may this Easter grandeur

that Spring lavishly imparts

Awaken faded flowers of faith

lying dormant in our hearts,

And give us ears to hear, dear God,

the Springtime song of birds

With messages more meaningful

than man’s often empty words

Telling harried human beings

who are lost in dark despair —

‘Be like us and do not worry

for God has you in His care.’

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