I Gotta Tell This Story

A microcosm of Facebook, miscommunication, and I guess, life

So .. Someone shared a post by Joe’s Barber Shop on Facebook and as I was trolling, I saw it. Immediately I was taken back to my childhood days and infrequent Saturday mornings of visiting “Joe the Barber.” It was in another time, another place, and another “Joe the Barber.”

I shared the post and tagged my two brothers. For, as when one went we all went. Dave immediately replied that he also remembered and that there were some questionable haircuts and experiences, like a bicycle that was stolen in front of the barbershop.

BTW: I had forgotten about that incident. It seems that it was my bike and when my mom found out about it she came racing down to the shop and patrolled the area (Bowling Lane). Eventually she found someone who just happened to know where to locate the bike and for a fee … he did. (I miss the Bird. She always had my back)

Back to my story, A few minutes later the Murphysboro Joe the Barber’s, wife chimed in on Facebook and wanted Dave to know that he certainly could not have had such an experience at this place since Joe had only purchased the business a year and a half ago.

Well, we responded by assuring her that we did not mean any harm to the business nor were we referring to this barbershop. It was just that the name brought back a plethora of memories. (Of course, Dave and I had a good laugh as we texted about this privately.)

However, it all ended nice. I deleted the post on my own. She realized we were not talking about her husband. She messaged me and invited me to go by “Joe’s Barber Shop” and get my haircut, and recount my “Joe the Barber” experiences. I did this morning and got a great cut by Harold who has been cutting hair for 54 years. It’s hard to find a men’s barber shop now a days. I found one in Murphysboro.

We Labor Together With God, Wes

How to Discern An Opportunity

Last week The Ridge Church sponsored a Five Day Club presented by Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) in the community of Gorham. We provided an air-conditioned place at the community center. CEF provided the staff, materials, and an individual from the community provided the nightly snacks. Average attendance for the week was 21 children, ages 5-12, and 2 staff members.

Debbie and I attended the Friday night conclusion of the club. It appeared they had a very good week and the children were very interested and involved in hearing the Bible lesson. Playing “Drip, Drip, Drop” was also a refreshing success.

The community of Gorham has a population of about 300. There is no church in the community although the community has had several in the past. Currently, folks who attend church drive 20 minutes to Murphysboro, or 30 minutes to Carbondale. Some even drive to Pinckneyville. Most do not attend anywhere.

Thursday morning, I am driving through the community to look it over and will meet with some community officials and ascertain the possibility of having some type of block party in the community this September. Further, I wonder whether the folks of The Ridge would provide a weekly after school ministry lasting about an hour for the children this fall. Perhaps the Lord has opened up an opportunity for us to reach this community. I’m not sure.

Further, I wonder whether the folks of The Ridge would provide a weekly after school ministry lasting about an hour for the children this fall. Perhaps the Lord has opened up an opportunity for us to reach this community. I’m not sure.

If you would like more information and be willing to pray with me about this, please let me know. Call or text me at 618.559.7132.

We Labor Together With God, Wes

#CarbondaleEclipse2017

If you have been under a rock and have not heard, allow me to inform you that on August 21st Carbondale is in the path of totality for a Total Solar Eclipse. Observers will see (appx.) 2m 37s of total darkness!

Please note you must use eclipse glasses to safely view the parial phases leading up to the eclipse. We will give away 100 pair on Sunday August 6th.

I viewed the Carbondale eclipse website (www.CarbondaleEclipse.com) and invite you to do the same.

Some of the info I gleaned:

• The August 21, 2017 eclipse will travel 2,500 miles across the United States of America in an estimated 70 mile wide path, beginning its journey in Oregon, crossing 12 states, and ending at the Atlantic Ocean off the shore of South Carolina.

NASA will be streaming the eclipse live from Carbondale, one of the designated sweet spots within the path of totality.

• The last coast-to-coast eclipse occurred 99 years ago in 1918.

• We will host a picnic on The Ridge for any who would like to view the eclipse from this vantage point. (Bring your own picnic)

We Labor Together With God,  Wes

Summer Time Sunday Nights #OnTheRidge2017

Join us for Summer Time Sunday Nights #OnTheRidge2017. The complete Sunday night schedule is found inside, “The Witness”. These activities are informal get togethers designed with fellowship and fun in mind. I hope you feel motivated to invite and bring folks with you.

I want to specifically mention the “Show ‘n’ Tell ‘n’ Watermelon Feast” on August 13th.

1) We will have watermelon. The watermelon is provided.

2) For “Show n Tell” bring something that you enjoy doing, making, and/or learning about, and tell us about it. You may set up a display, have a story to tell, or maybe even show us first hand.

Give us a call at the Church office and let us know what you will be doing and what you will need for your display area. If you would rather not bring anything for Show ‘n’ Tell, no worries come and enjoy looking at what others are doing.

I am looking forward to seeing the many talents of the people of The Ridge Church on display.

This just In: We’ve added “Dips and such” to the August 20th Movie Night. Bring dips, chips, crackers, and/or veggies to share

We Labor Together With God, Wes

#TheRidgeWay

Recently I received a request of an individual in need. While we are unable to meet everyone’s physical need, this one was met quietly by individuals at no cost to the church. Here is the reply.

“Thanks so very much for helping my friend with her air conditioning. I am telling my friends and family of the kindness you and Walnut Street Baptist have shown. (Sorry, I just can’t call it Ridge, kinda like calling the Cardinals the Rams). A special thanks to __________ for delivery and installation!

In our initial conversation I got to recall my days at Walnut Street and when I mentioned Bob Hailey I remembered what a pure soul he was with such a kind and giving heart. I worked with him in the SIU Football Office from 1975 to 1982 and he was the reason I joined Walnut Street back then. I moved to the east coast in 1983 and just recently came back to Southern Illinois.

When you came through for my friend I felt a real warmth and gratitude. Then, a few days later I put two and two together. One cannot say Coach Hailey and “help” in the same sentence and not get action.Bob Hailey’s legacy is alive and well! This is not necessarily why you came through for my friend, but it makes a great story!

My friend is heading for surgery, we hope, in the next few days. She wants to visit, okay, I’ll say it, The Ridge , and thank you personally when she is back on her feet.”

We Labor Together With God,

Wes