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The Clarendon Press, July 4, 1973) Page 4 m ,,,oz Lawro,,o'00 A Moment for Meditation (Editors Note: Mrs. Lawrence and Rev. Lawrence are doing mission work in Spokane, Washington. Mrs. Lawrence plans to write a column once each month." Rev. Lawrence is the former pastor of The First Baptist Church here.) "JesusChrist, the sameYesterday, today and forever." Heb. 13:8. The writer of Hebrews could Just as well have added, "Jesus Christ the same yesterclay,today,forever and EVERYWHERE." Here in the Northwest, Spokane, Washington, in particular, both Christians and non-Christians respond when the topic is Jesus Christ. But unless you are in your own select denominational group, when the emphasis shifts to a par- ticular church, the interest declines immediately. Unless there is a special church ministry under discussion. The Micro-Mission, where my husband serves as interim pastor, has a Vacation Bible School scheduled next week. Because the Mission is small and relatively unknown, we have been doing door-to-door canvassing to find the children who might enjoy coming to it. When we ring a doorbell and are fortunate enough to get an answer, the woman's face is closed and expressionless. But when we explain, "We're hunting children to invite to Bible school," her face breaks into a smile and her attitude changes. She quickly tells us whether she has children and whether there are others nearby. The same thing happens when we saunter through one of the parks in the area. The park attendants are most cordial after we explaln our reason for talking with the groups of children. The chlldren themselves present varying degrees of knowledge about Bible schools. Some have already at- tended one this year. Some have attended a school some- time, somewhere else. Others have heard of Bible schools but have never gone to one. The last two groups are the most interesting to us, It will be a challenge to direct children who have little or no experience with Bible schools. 2Wfls is one of the bonuses of retirement. There are other rewards of retirement too, like living in a summer resort area, yet having all the conveniences of the city. Our trailer sits Just a block from a main tho- roughfare) but so deep in the pines and so near a mountain, I surprised a doe taking her afternoon stroll the other day. This only happened once, but it happened. Thus far the climate Is almost ideal. Daytime tempera- tures range mostly 7G-85 with about one day each week reaching 90 degrees. But each night requires a quilt for covering. The residents smile and say, "Walt till winter. That's the nicest time." That may be so. We visited the aki mountain close to Spokane which has five slopes, one of which is lighted for night skiing. But even in the ski lodge we saw men who listened intently to our group's discussion of responses to Jesus Christ inthe Northwest. Our waitress also shared that she attends church in town when she is able. We still find the language barrier humorous. The first month we talked twice as much as normal--repeating what we had just said in order to be understood! Although the natives say our Texas drawl is slow as molasses, the first answer we get to _asta'tement is, "Parlo me? )' On the other hand we hav our difficulties too. V'e have learned to watch throats instead of lips out here. Their German and Swedish backgrounds give them a gutteral tone. But when we dis- cuss Jesus Christ, words are not as important as attitude and concern. We realize we are outsiders. Our speech betrays, and it will take the common bond of Jesus Christ to co-ordinate Southern Baptists with the Christians here in the Northwest. Spokane has several different Baptist groups. been here since the establishment of the city. Baptists have been here only 20 years.The still small, and Spokauites are just now beginning to we are not a religious Ku Klux Klan. So when we people here, we have learned not to say, "We are Baptists from Texas." Rather, we casually ,,Wel retired people." Then they ask us what we did tirement, what part of the South we come from, and why chose Washington for retirement. We take it from After all, it is just a sentence or so to our topic: Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever" and I add EVERYWHERE. Classifieds What is a little bank in Hedley doing competing with larger banks in Clarendon, Amarillo, etc...?? in$ Just Fine, Thank you! ,mlm' re you getti .: your oney's worth LIGHTNING STRUCK this tree on the Donley County Courthouse lawn Friday night) and left a pretty good mark. The wind storm did damage to several trees in the area. (Press Photo by Will Lowe) Clarendon receives rain 're bankin A wind and rain storm hit Clarendon Friday uight about you ,. m., dropping a half inch of ralnonClarendonand nearly an inch of rain at Greenbelt Lake. The storm also did some damage to trees, blowing limbs off and knocking the trees out of shape. at SECURITY STATE BANK in Hedley endon, and ,4.64 inches for the year. Rainfall i sahead y/T/./ of usual for the year. ThHWe:er'm'uch m'r'er r'ainecropsarearyana tm szy_ is needed by area farmers. __Y4 7"'/EP Ourlnterest 5% lit 5 0/0 I![ 5 % )o o)), x.__ program.., Welcome Rodeo Visitor , less than a year, lIB i year or longer, J 2 year s o r more, 4 $5 000 or more $10,000 or more Come By and Look a t Our G reat Only bank in this area Selection of New COMPOUNDING INTEREST gAILY. All savings insured to $20,000 by FDIC S CURITY STATE BANK Hedley, Texas  O/., e. 'o,w Phone 856-3611 and Used Cars PALMER MOTOR CO (