Winter is moving on!

By Ralphine Major They seem to blend in with the winter landscape of barren trees and fields that were once full of green grass. I first spotted them around Thanksgiving walking awkwardly on the grounds as they searched for something to eat. Nine wild turkeys can be seen almost daily as they make their rounds. […]

Come Celebrate with The Sharps!

Come Celebrate with The Sharps!

By Ralphine Major She was a schoolteacher; he was a scoutmaster. “Their contributions to our families, our churches, and in our community have been selfless on their part and rewarding to our community,” Becky Calfee said. She is referring to Betty and Clayton Sharp, an outstanding couple of the Gibbs Community. Betty taught at Gibbs […]

Welcome 2017!

By Ralphine Major “ . . . but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,” Philippians 3:13 (New American Standard). Paul’s words in his letter to the Philippians always come to mind at this time of year. The window of time between Christmas Day and New Year’s […]

A Valued Christmas Gift

By Rahpine Major It was two or three days before Christmas when he got the gift.  Wayne, my brother, tells me it was his favorite Christmas present that year—a German shepherd pup.  His coat was a beautiful gray with black tips.  He was playful.  When Wayne and his friends were sledding, he would often run […]

Charlie’s Unexpected Blessing

Charlie’s Unexpected Blessing

By Ralphine Major “I was totally surprised when I got my orders and found out I was going to Salzburg, Austria. I had to look on a map to see where it was located!” he said. “That was the beginning of a beautiful journey of a lifetime,” he added. Charlie Lovell was drafted into the […]

Where’s Rudolph?

By Ralphine Major The look on her face was one of pain and distress. Her hands clutched her stomach. We thought she was ill. Many years ago, mother and I had nursery duty during worship service. The group of three-year-old children looked adorable in their Christmas outfits and eyes full of wonderment. The class had […]

Historic WIldfires

By Ralphine Major It is a place loved by people all over the world. Nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains is Gatlinburg, a resort where millions go to hike, shop, or just enjoy the beauty of the mountains. For several days, the Sevier County area has been in the headline news of the national media […]

Giving the Gift of Memories

By Ralphine Major They are considered some of the most treasured pieces of our lives.  Whenever a disaster strikes, they are the one thing we hope to retrieve.  Family photos.  A talented and independent mission group called “Crosslight” is helping to provide those precious pictures for many families who might not otherwise be able to […]

Thanksgiving in our hearts

By Ralphine Major It is the day set aside to feast with family and give thanks.  Pilgrims, pumpkin pie, and a platter of turkey can easily be overshadowed by the upcoming festivities of Christmas.  But, it is so important to take time from our hectic schedules and recognize the blessings from our Creator. Our country […]

Voting and Veterans

By Ralphine Major As I pen this column, two major events of the week weigh on my mind—voting and veterans.  It is quite interesting to note how closely the two are related. Americans have just elected a new president to lead our country for the next four years.  It is the civic duty of every […]

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