Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Day 90 - Longview TX - Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

We had a nice surprise yesterday when we stopped in Avinger at C&J's shop for fresh produce, which always includes the to-die-for tomatoes.  I also got some frozen blueberries that are fresher than the ones in my freezer.  But that is not the surprise.

Cindy told us about the upcoming Heritage Sunday to be held at the Avinger Methodist Church, which is their 'homecoming' for current and former members, guests and everyone.  

Since we have been traveling and did not get our invitation, we were glad to learn of it.  

Today we attend services there.  We sing hymns from their Heavenly Highways hymnbook which has an interesting collection of songs, one of which is "Precious Memories" from Stamps-Baxter Music & Printing co.  We learn that the books were a gift to the church by Martha Ball in memory of her husband Pete, because it had been his favorite book over time.

All hymns are written using shaped notes, and each word is painstakingly placed beneath the note that is to be sung.  Long words are squeezed so as not to take up more than their allotted space (and stay beneath their note) and short words that are sung with more than one note are hyphenated to stretch under both notes.  

Gosh, I have not seen that in years!

Sis Owens told a bit of history of the church, from her perspective, having grown up in the church and attending until just a few years ago when she moved to Hallsville TX.  It is nice to hear of the nurturing and fellowship that has gone on before my time of residence there.
Bud Poole, Sis Owens, Dorothy Poole

At lunch following, we visit with several friends that we know from our days of living in Avinger at the Blueberry Farm.   Nice to see on the dessert table that Nancy Walker is carrying on the tradition of her mother, Martha's, blueberry pie. 

It is good to renew acquaintances and good to be home.

A blessed day!

Willie of Walldog, Willie and Jake

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