Sunday, at Island Baptist Church, we heard a nice presentation from Rachel and Rena Curry about their recent mission trip to Uganda. The sisters explained how this mission blessed them, as well as the hundreds of Ugandans who were fitted with wheelchairs, walkers, crutches and canes during this mission, giving them mobility for the first time in their lives. I can't forget to mention that all the missionaries from Island Methodist Church just returned over the weekend from their mission trip to Puerto Rico. While there they built a house for a lady who lost her previous home two years ago in the hurricane that devastated the island. What a blessing to her, and to all those whose lives were touched by your mission. Welcome back to Island! I'm very proud of all of our Island missionaries. God called, and you answered the call!

Mae's Place already had a soft opening, with a lot of rave reviews. The Grand Opening is scheduled for Tuesday, June 4. Be sure and check Mae's Place located on 431, across from the old Island School.

The Rhythm & Rods event at the McLean County Library, Livermore, is June 6 (tonight) from 6 p.m.to 8 p.m. Bring a lawn chair, as they'll have Hill Street blocked off for the show. The band, made up of McLean County guys, will be Hygh Lyfe. Friends of the Library will have loaded baked potatoes and other items for sale. Hope to see you there.

Vacation Bible School events start this Sunday, June 9, with a Kickoff starting at 5 p.m. Bring your kids for inflatables, food and fun! Ages for VBS are 4-year-olds through children who've just completed 5th grade. VBS sessions will be June 10-13 from 9 a.m. till noon, and Family Commencement night on June 13 starts at 6 p.m. Island Baptist Church welcomes your child to this free event. This year's theme is "In the Wild: Amazing Encounters with Jesus." Each day kids will learn about Jesus, as well as make crafts, play fun games, enjoy tasty snacks, sing cool songs, and learn about missions. For more details, please call 270-486-3816 or 270-499-2644.

On Monday, June 10, at 6 p.m., McLean County's Family Research Center will have a speaker. These events only happen 4 times a year, so come and check it out. The speaker is photographer Tom Carr, who will discuss how to preserve photos, and he'll also show some old, damaged photos that he has repaired. Some munches will also be provided. The location is the building just left of the Dollar General store, at the stoplight in Calhoun.

The Island Community Development Association will meet Tuesday, June 11, at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. If interested in joining the ICDA, please come out to the meeting.

The next GHOH Fish Fry will be Friday of next week, June 14, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. For only $10, get an all-you-can-eat fish or chicken strip meal with all the fixins. You'll get a great meal, and help out McLean County's food pantry at the same time. You can eat there, or get it to go. The location is 205 W. Main St., Island.

Reminiscing 30 years ago (June 8, 1989) -- Dawn Harvey was selected to succeed graduating Marcia Everly as field commander of the marching Cougar Band. Harvey is the 15-year-old daughter of Charles and Gay Harvey of Island, and will be a sophomore in the fall. Island Methodist Church singers, the Gospel Servants, rendered a program of singing entertainment at the Methodist Church in Harned, KY. The group consists of Shelia Free, Tab Cook, Eddie Nevitt, Dana Tapp and Joann Everly. They and their families enjoyed the fellowship with the members of Harned Methodist Church. Mr. & Mrs. David Crowe and Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Taylor and their families have returned home from Myrtle Beach, where they enjoyed a week of vacation.

And 45 years ago (June 6, 1974) -- Mr. & Mrs. J.D. Hardison entertained with a fish supper Thursday evening honoring the Rev. Wayne Lyle and family, who have moved to a new assignment. We welcome the new UMC pastor, the Rev. John Poteet, who comes to Island from Glasgow, KY. There was a Bond Burning Service at the Baptist Church Sunday, May 26. The Rev. Lloyd Johnson and the Rev. Don Bratcher were the guest speakers. The Rev. Mr. Johnson was the pastor when the building of the church began in 1968. The Rev. Mr. Bratcher is the pastor of the Mission in Buttonsberry.

"So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." -- 1 Corinthians 10:31. I hope everyone has a great week!

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