The population of Philadelphia has increased by one brand new precious little person.  Hampton Dale Stribling arrived on Tuesday, August 20th, much to the joy and delight of his parents, Tyson and Paige Richardson Stribling.  He weighed 7 pounds and 13 ounces.  His big sister, Campbell, was excited to meet the newest family member She even has a pretty white dress with smocking and the words "Big Sister" in pink. 

     He is surrounded with love from his extended family and their friends.  Hampton's grandparents are Dr. Kent and Mitzi Stribling and Eddie and Penny Cumberland Richardson.  Congratulations!

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Clytee Manning's family gathered together to celebrate her 86th birthday on the evening of August 19.  She looked lovely surrounded by her children, their spouses, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.  A white cake with pink roses and writing commemorated the occasion.

To mark this momentous event, Clytee, Rayford, Jr., Sandra Manning Martin, and all of the grandsons received framed pages from Rayford Manning, Sr.'s Bible.  It was such a thoughtful gift which the family members will cherish and pass on as part of his legacy.  

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Holy Cross Catholic Church held its annual Blessing of the Backpacks during Sunday mass on August 18th.  Father Darnis gave the blessing to all of the children who came up to the altar carrying their backpacks.  Prayers were also offered for the teachers and those who work with our school children.

On August 4, during the morning worship service, First United Methodist Church held its Back to School Backpack Blessing for all of the children and youth.  Teachers were also recognized and blessed. Third graders were each presented a personal study Bible. 

     It is such a great tradition for churches to continue, especially during these sometimes troubling times to help our children feel safer.

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Imagine packing 20,000 sustainable meals in one evening!  First United Methodist Church volunteers did just that. Their annual Rise Against Hunger ministry took place on August 14th in the gym. The motto is Food. Community. Sustainability. It is based upon the words of Luke, 10: 36-37.

Beginning at 5:30 after a free meal for all, the workers put on their red hair nets and began packing sustainable foods to be distributed to the hungry of the world.  This is part of the Anchored Student Ministries of the Methodist Churches in different towns and cities.  The well organized group of volunteers not only packed food, but they also enjoyed fellowship with one another and had fun.  They were packing small miracles for those who never have enough to eat in the form of ready to eat meals. Such an act of true Christian charity!

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The fall semester at most colleges and universities is now in session.  Many weary parents are relieved to finally get their children moved into their residences for the year. Their children are excitedly anticipating another year or, for some, their first year.  It will be such an adventure to explore new avenues of learning and meeting new people.

At Mississippi State University, Amelia Henson and Zoie Henson, Tyler Holland, Tori Henderson, Eve Henderson, Gabi Sparnecht, Andrew Donald, Erin Donald, and Calvin Prince have all moved in and are ready to start classes. Greg Eiland, who will be wearing his #55 jersey again on the Bulldogs football team, has been at State for football practice preparing for the first game.  Amelia Henson has been at band practice with the Maroon Marching Band in the trumpet section.

Grace Dabbs has transferred to Samford University in Birmingham where she has moved into a lovely apartment decorated by her mother, Jenny Dabbs. Courtney McNair is attending the University of Central Arkansas.  Grace Sanders has returned to Bellhaven University in Jackson. Hadley Chalmers has moved to Fort Collins, Colorado, and is looking forward to attending Colorado State University. 

Dominic Eiland is again wearing the East Central Community College's Warriors football uniform and has already been practicing for the first game. Burgin McClellan has returned to Ole Miss for her sophomore year. A new member of the Ole miss student body is Stephen Lombard who is a freshman. Shannon Beckham is in his last year at East Mississippi Community College with plans to attend MSU and major in forestry after he finishes at EMCC.

     Good luck to everyone for a great year!  

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