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On a bright "Fourth of July" week-end Sunday morning, Peachtree folks gathered at the church for worship. Sanctuary flowers were an arrangement of red, white and blue flowers given by David and Rosemary Bryant. The adult choir sang "America the Beautiful" under the direction of the pastor.

Pastor Whitehouse gave the children's sermon about the American flag and the significance of the colors; the strips; the stars. He talked about the 'Pledge of Allegiance'.

The sermon of the day was titled "Face the Truth", based on Genesis 44-45. In this continuing study of Joseph, many lessons are to be learned. One of the truths from this scripture is that knowing and telling the truth about oneself is hard. But it is the first step in being set free.

Peachtree's own, Faye Vick performed at the Fourth of July Celebration in Castalia on Saturday. She sang seven songs in the Variety Show. They were well received Diane and Jamie Bunn visited with Diane's sister, Della May and Della's daughter, Connie, in Charleston last week-end. They had a delightful time basking in the sun by the pool. They left Frank at home to baby-sit their pet dog.

Marta Whitehouse recently traveled with her sister and other ladies on a trip 'Out West'. She wrote some notes about their trip. They were so interesting that I decided to share them in this column. Here they are, verbatim:

"On June 17, I left for an adventure of a lifetime. As I flew over the Rockies, I saw some snow; deep red canyons; flat mesas and flat ribbons of rivers winding their way among them all.

I first visited 'Zion's National Park' and biked through water to experience "the narrows".

'Bryce Canyon' was next, where I tried to bike several paths, but was slowed down because of the altitude and 100*+ temperatures. That night I sat on top of one of the mountains and watched the space station and satellites pass overhead, in a star-studded sky.

'Antelope Canyon' was the next stop, with colors so vivid and brilliant that I had to pinch myself to believe what I was seeing.

Next, I mounted a mule to travel down to the bottom of the 'Grand Canyon' and back up the next day. An unforgettable way to experience the 'Grand Canyon'.

The mystical town of 'Sedona' was the last stop. The red rock and canyons were unbelievable.

On June 25, I flew back to North Carolina where everything was so green and beautiful. I marveled at the magnificence of the creation of this earth by God. There was not a moment of the trip that I didn't have a hymn or a Bible verse playing in my head. God is so good. He is such a 'Great Creator'." [Written by Marta Whitehouse.]

Happy birthday to Mary Jane May, July 10; Sue Griffin, July 12; Daniel Overton, July 12; Derrick Pittman, July 13!

Enjoy the bountiful harvest of sweet corn and watermelon!

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