The Meridian Star
The Whynot Community home of Nell Goodman was the setting for the November meeting of the Friendship Garden Club.
Kay Smith, club president, welcomed members to the Nov. 3, 2013, meeting, and led them in The Collect.
Devotion and prayer was presented by Edna Earle Tedder, who referenced for scripture John 15:13: “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
"The story is told of a young mother making her way on foot across the hills of South Wales, carrying her child in her arms. The wintry winds were stronger than she anticipated, and her journey took much longer than planned. Eventually, she was overtaken by a blinding blizzard. The woman never reached her destination. When the blizzard subsided, those expecting her arrival searched for her," Tedder said.
"After hours of searching, they finally found her body under a mound of snow. As they shoveled the snow away from her frozen corpse, they were amazed to see that she had removed her outer clothing. When they lifted her body from the ground, they discovered the reason. This brave and self-sacrificing young mother had wrapped her own cloak and scarf around her baby and then huddled over her child. To their great joy, the child was still alive. Years later, that child David Lloyd George became Prime Minister of Great Britain and is regarded as one of England’s great statesmen."
Members were reminded two holidays are celebrated in November. Veteran's Day was Nov. 11 and members were reminded that many people have served and currently serve. Some even sacrifice their lives for the freedoms we enjoy. Members were encouraged to whenever they see veteran to thank them for their service.
Also celebrated in November is Thanksgiving, which is observed the fourth Thursday. Members were reminded to give thanks to God for all the blessings they enjoy.
Smith asked for volunteers to decorate a tree at Merrehope as a service project.
A horticulture report was presented by Karen Scott, who provided informative tips for fall gardens. Scott informed members that buying bulbs at the end of the year can save them money.
After the meeting, lunch was served by hostesses Nell Goodman and Cheryl Shannon. The tables were decorated with Nature’s bounty of gourds and yard ferns.