As we continue being bathed in what is clearly summery weather, folks have not been lost on the recreational value of the Susquehanna River. With temperatures and humidity rising, so is the number of cars, boats, fishermen and waders along the ever-widening riverbed. As a cautionary note, however, we encourage everyone to pick up any litter as they leave this scenic area clean for others.

Here’s something you might want to check out this weekend- Center Moreland United Methodist Church is having a Free Community Drive-thru Meal (wimpie, chips, watermelon) on Creamery Road this Saturday, Aug. 1 from 4 to 6 p.m. or until gone. Come early. Maximum is four dinners per car.

And here’s another food opportunity for you to mark on your calendar: Lake Winola United Methodist Church will have a Drive-thru Chicken BBQ on Aug. 22 at the church from 2 p.m. until sold out. No pre-sale tickets. Dinners are $10 each, and the money raised will support the Lower Wyoming County Food Pantry.

Speaking of Lake Winola UMC, I took the opportunity this past Sunday to attend its drive-in worship service, a necessary change due to the pandemic restrictions set by federal, state and church guidelines. Pastor Nick McMichaels and helpers do a wonderful job of connecting with worshippers assembled in their cars around a trailer with podium, cross and speakers that easily project clear sound to everyone. Piano music accompaniment from within the church enables everyone to sing along, allowing this aspect of worship to be very similar to an indoor service. Passing of the peace, however, is impossible, due to the need for social distancing, no hugging, handshaking or even elbow contacting. Instead, everyone just honks their horns! Ah, American ingenuity! Time of service is 9:15 a.m., early enough to beat the mid-day heat, and the service is brief.

On a much more somber note, however, I regret to report the unexpected death of James Shaw of Abilene, Texas, formerly of Harding. A memorial service for James, 42, son of Bob and Karen Shaw, will be held at Harding Church of Christ, this Thursday, July 30, at 11 a.m. Calling hours are from 10 to 11 a.m. Masks are required, and all CDC and state guidelines will be followed. Sincere condolences are extended to James’ family and friends.

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