By Ben Gurglebop
The movie, “Miracle,” tells the true story of a United States ice hockey team heading for the 1980 Olympics. The coach, Herb Brooks, was responsible for selecting the players for that team. When he gave his assistant coach, Craig Patrick, a list of names, Patrick was surprised.
“You’re missing some of the best players,” he told Brooks.
Brooks responded, “I’m not looking for the best players, Craig — just the right ones.”
Brooks knew that individual talent would take the team only so far. More important than talent was a willingness to fit into a style of selfless play. The priority needed to be team success, not individual glory.
Paul also wrote about spiritual gifts to the Corinthians, “The manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all.” When each person uses the skills given by God, God’s purposes are accomplished and God gets the glory. In God’s service, it’s not about being the best or the most talented. It’s about being the right people — the ones God “set … in the body” to do his work.
Sympathy goes to the family of Audre’ Nelson, who died last Tuesday. Audre’ and her husband, the Rev. Jim Nelson, served in several churches, retiring from Pleasantville Community Church. Audre’ organized the live nativity that was held every December at Community Church for several years. She was also known for her musical talent.
Sympathy also goes to the family of Herb Hasbrouck, who died Sunday morning. Herb and his family lived on the Titusville/Enterprise Road and were well-known in the area. Many people have done business with the company he started, Hasbrouck Sand and Gravel.
May God give peace and comfort to the families of Audre’ and Herb.
Pleasantville native visits,
meets with Sylvania retirees
Former Pleasantville resident Shirley Pierce spent last week in Pleasantville with her aunt, Jean Beck. While in the area, she visited with other relatives and friends and attended the GTE Sylvania retirement dinner. Shirley worked at Sylvania for several years. She left early Sunday morning for her home in Tennessee.
has strange encounter on trip
Carol McFadden, of Plummer, (the earring lady) recently returned home after visiting relatives in Illinois. She had some problems during the trip out and back, but said, “God is so good.” When she first left this area, she was seated next to a young woman and Carol thought it would be a long trip. Then, the lady started talking and they were both going to the same place. When they arrived, the young lady helped Carol make her connections, and they had a pleasant flight, despite the weather.
When Carol was getting was ready to return to Pennsylvania, she discovered there was’t enough time for her to get from the bus to the train. She started talking to a guy who claimed he knew Chicago’s mayor and even some of the politicians in the White House. Carol said “If you know the mayor, you call and tell him to make sure I don’t miss my train.” The man left but came back and handed her a card with his name and number and said, “I’ve called the mayor.”
To herself, Carol thought, “Sure you have.” However, when the bus stopped in Chicago, two men in uniform met her and got her to the station. She was even early and they stayed with her until she was on the train. She said she hadn’t believed the guy but only God could have planned for those people to be there at that time and provide the help she needed.
Pleasantville TOPS only had a weigh-in last Thursday, with 15 present and a total weight loss of 14 pounds and seven turtles (weight stayed the same). There were four KOPS and 11 TOPS, with Barb as the top loser. The challenges and positive thought remain the same: “Don’t let stress turn into eating; and, eat a salad each day; and, “Drink a glass of water before each meal.”
TOPS will have a weigh-in from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, at Pleasantville Community Church; and, the meeting will begin at 6:30. Awards will be presented, and there will be a Chinese auction. Anyone interested is welcome to attend.
— Enterprise United Methodist Church, Pastor Daniel J. Mealy — Sunday, 9 a.m. worship; 10:15 a.m. Sunday school.
— Faith Community Church, the Rev. Jerry Drake — Today, 7 p.m Bible study. Sunday, “Bring a Friend Day,” 10 a.m. Sunday school; 11 a.m. worship.
— Pleasantville Community, the Rev. Shawn Jacobson — Today, 6:30 p.m. prayer and praise with Pastor Shawn and recycle disciples club; 7:30 p.m. COA meeting. Saturday, 7:30 a.m. men with vision (Coal Oil Johnny’s). Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Sunday school; 10:45 a.m. worship with nursery attendants Judy Abrams and Carole Weber; 6 p.m. service with Debbie Miller from Love INC.
— Pleasantville Presbyterian, the Rev. Susan Speakman — Today, 6:45 p.m. Southwods worship and Bible study. Sunday, 10 a.m. worship with nursery available and ushers Gwen and Ernie Winter.
— Pleasantville United Methodist, the Rev. Don Russell — Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Sunday school; 10:45 a.m. worship with acolyte Natalie Klingler, nursery available and ushers John Paulich, Judy Paulich and Colleen Paulich. Tuesday, 10 a.m. Bible study on 1 Corinthians.
— Pleasantville Free Methodist, the Rev. Chuck Reil — Today, 6:30 p.m. prayer meeting. Sunday, 8 a.m.prayer time; 9:45 a.m. Sunday school; 11 a.m. worship.
— Full Gospel, the Rev. Robert Rossman — Today, 7 p.m. Bible study. Friday, 7 p.m. service at Corry church. Sunday, 9:45 a.m. Sunday school; 11 a.m. worship; 7 p.m. service.
— Shamburg Christian Church of God, Rev. Shawn Johnson — Today, 6:30 p.m. Bible study and youth group led by Scott and Louise Cramer. Sunday, 9:45 a.m. worship with greeters Shirley Daley and Kara Foote, ushers Dan Sliker and Frank Jaco and children’s church with leader Jan Cangelo and youth assistant Kara Foote; 11 a.m. Sunday school.
— Grand Valley United Methodist, the Rev. Ralph Culp — Sunday, 10 a.m. Sunday school; 11 a.m. worship.
The road between Enterprise and Pleasantville is closed while the bridge is being replaced. To get to, or from, Pleasantville from Enterprise, one can go up Fieldmore Hill from Titusville, go out the Tidioute/Enterprise Road and turn toward Neilltown, or use one of the side roads. The side roads are not always recommended in the winter, but, this time of year, they can be beautiful and interesting.
Many areas are involved in Crime Watch, but even if you aren’t officially part of that safety organization, it is always good to keep an eye on your neighborhood. For many years, even vandals respected churches and cemeteries and left them alone, but, now, even those places are not safe. If something doesn’t seem right, if you see people where they should not be, if there is any reason for suspicion, call someone.
The Warren County Fair began yesterday and will continue through Saturday, at the fairgrounds in Pittsfield. There will be carnival rides, musical entertainment, livestock, a variety of displays and lots to eat.
Titusville’s Oil Festival will be held Friday and Saturday. The Titusville High School all-class reunion will be held Friday evening. Saturday, there will a craft show, 5K run/walk and special activities for children. Jungle Terry’s Traveling Zoo will be at Oil Creek Family Campground, with animal guests Ziggy and Eyeore. There will be a parade on Saturday and the celebration will end with fireworks.
Those who signed up are reminded that the Pleasantville Salvation Army Back to School sale will be this Saturday, at Pleasantville Methodist Church. For more information, contact Cindy Benner.
Saturday is also the beginning of Tionesta’s Indian Festival. There’s a carnival, sports competitions, entertainment, crafts and much more. There is a lot to do before summer is over so make plans and have fun.
Independent Baptist Church, in Pleasantville, will have vacation Bible school next week. There will be classes for children ages 5 to 12, from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The Newton Dinner Club will meet at 1 Thursday, Aug. 16, at Double D’s, in Garland.
Enterprise Area All-School reunion will be held Sunday afternoon, Aug. 26, at the Grant August Pavilion behind the Pleasantville Firehall. Anyone who ever attended any school in Southwest Township or taught at one of those schools is encouraged to attend. It’s a great time to get together with old classmates and re-new friendships.
The Pleasantville Ladies Auxiliary will have an antique show from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the fire hall. Lunch will be available. The group also appreciates all who donated prizes for their silent auction or helped with the festival in any way. Everyone working together helped make it a success.
Pleasantville Free Methodist Church will be having evangelistic services Sept. 9-12. Evangelist Eddie Phillips, from Michigan, will lead the Sunday morning service and have a service at 6:30 each evening. Host Pastor Chuck Riel invites the public to attend.
Our military list includes Justin Plemmons, Dale Slye, Jeb Sterling, Bill Wencil, Jay Bowes, John Wright, Cody Sterling, Kelly Heliker, Aaron Heliker, Samantha Lewis, Jeff Lewis, Chad Milo, Sandra Crawford, Sabrina Crawford, Ben Nosko, Chad Sterling, Heather Luchka, Barry Dilley, Jared Burt, Brody Lohr, Casey Root, Steven Batko, Jake Barnes, Kimberly Miles, Daylon Burt, Reese Cook and Ben Lewis.
The Rev. Robert Rossman is home after spending several days at UPMC, in Seneca. The Rev. Jerry Drake is added to our prayer list and we continue to remember Jerry Potter, Diane Van Cise, Bill Boyle, Martha Thompson, Barb Curtis, Richard Seeley, Tanner Abrams, Don Sager, Lauren Kemp, Elwin Van Cise, Penny Jackson, Edith Potter, Paul Thompson, Logan Riddle, Kyle Miller, Krystal Riddle, the Rev. Tom Cangelo, Patty Carson, James Snyder, Pastor David Wells, Ardell Jones, Aric Yochum, Elaine Fox, Richard Fenstermaker, Florence Richards, June Wright, Pat Knupp, Margie Ames, George Yochum, Kay Seeley, Chris Sterling, Gary Fratus, Vergil McCauley, Kathy Zdarko, Sherry Heeter, Barb Burt, Bev Baker, Mark Baker, Stella Hoovler, Tim Wescoat, Janet Smith, Helen Dean, Rick Jackson, Alan McGeary, Margaret Rober, Bonnie Gifford, Linda Wagner, Brady Ledebur, Audrey Walters, Margaret Eslager, Dawnette Pollard, Chandra Brandon, Margaret Ruby, Kayla Walters, Kenny Tucker and Bob Morris.
Birthday greetings this week go to Aleisha Jackson, on Aug. 9; Tom Gibson and Quinn Shreve, on Aug. 10; Connie Nichols, Freda Heliker and Jami Hillman, on Aug. 12; Katey Wright and Jackie Lane, on Aug. 13; Kelly McGarvie, on Aug. 14; and Alicia Boyle, Lannie Hetrick, Ken Loney, Jami Atkins and Justin Sheely, on Aug. 15.
Happy anniversary to Sylvia and Scott Wright, on Aug. 11.
May everyone have a wonderful day.
Sunday Prayers (Photo credit: Steven Leith)