Thursday, January 27, 2022

Great Wedding Music

Engagement/Invitation Photo

 Rehearsal Dinner 

Our Parents
~Joy of Man’s Desiring by Jane Sheldon, on organ

~ Ruth (Currier) Lee played John Denver’s Follow Me on her flute -  

~ Janice Danelle Lester McCartney Kelly 
played Morning Has Broken on Violin

~ Dave Tubbs sang: You Fill up My Senses, “Annie’s Song” by John Denver

~ Wedding Song, [God] is Love, sang by Dave Tubbs
We changed the words slightly: If loving is the answer, then whose the giving force? Do you believe in someone that you’ve never seen before? God is love.

~ Daniel Stoops read the love chapter, I Corinthians 13

~ Dave Tubbs sang Communion Song as we took communion, which was a beautiful song, though we now understand is not appropriate in a wedding for just two. It is for the ecclesia, the gathering of the Church body: “This is My Body I give to you”

~Exchange of Rings, Prayer 

Andrae Crouch’s Our Tribute sang by Dave Tubbs and Cindy Smith   

~ The Kiss, Presentation of the Mr. & Mrs. David Seppi

~ My [Our] Tribute played on the organ by Jane Sheldon

~ Music Box Dancer played by Tom Douglass, piano

~ I was sure this was one of our wedding songs, but I don’t see it on the program. Ruth Currier played it on her flute: Carpenter’s-We’ve Only Just Begun,

Monday, August 23, 2021

Anthony Trimino, Christian Governor for California

Dear Pastor Hibbs, 

Although I am not a member of your congregation, I am well aware of your fight to maintain our constitutional rights to assemble and worship our Lord Jesus Christ. You are a leader in our nation standing for these rights and I have deep respect and gratitude for your sacrifice and example.  Thank you!

This week a friend of mine sent the link to your recent message: Comeback California with Larry Elder. I was very excited to listen to this message because of your proven constitutional knowledge, integrity and position as a pastor.  At the conclusion of this message I was deeply saddened.  Please allow me to explain my disheartened response.

Larry is a man of integrity and as he explained in this interview, he has a strong family history of overcoming injustices done to man. He appears to be a very qualified choice for the secular world.  As Christians we are called to have a different perspective.  We are called to have a Biblical worldview.  Across this country believers have had to fight for marriage and family values and the God given rights detailed in the Bible.  Scripture is very clear what marriage and family positions are.

During the message my concern rose when the entire congregation was asked to raise their hands to God in prayer for Larry Elder and his long time girlfriend.  God was asked to bless Larry and his girlfriend in their pursuit to becoming California's governor.  Our future governor will be called on to make decisions concerning marriage and families as well as many other topics.  I believe Larry's personal lifestyle choice shows he does not share Biblical family values.  

"If my people, who are called by my name, humble themselves, pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sins and will heal their land."

Before we can expect God to heal our broken land, we must turn from our wicked ways.  Who we chose as leaders and influencers in our life is a reflection of our core values.  I believe Larry does not share the indisputable family values God has made so clear in Scripture.

There are other candidates who exhibit a biblical worldview.  God always gives a way to come back to him.  None of us is perfect, but living a life of "high handed sin" is not something which believers should overlook.  I am including a link to one candidate who has a strong business history, integrity and biblical core values.  This is not a political statement, I simply wish for you to know there are righteous choices for governor.  I do not believe we need to pick based on popularity or even skill.  I believe if we wish to ask God to heal our land, we MUST pick based on biblical values.  A perfect example of this is when God chose David to slay Goliath.  In God's hand all things are possible.  We must be obedient to God's holy and true word.

I wish no disrespect in this letter, as I have stated, I respect and appreciate you.

May God continue to guide, direct and keep you safe.

In His service,

Maggie Troutman

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Mary (Frances) Bailey Stoops

Mary (Frances) Bailey Stoops was born 100 years ago. The Bailey family got their water from a spring, and hauled it down not too far from the house where they held it in a cistern, something like a small pool.

The Great Depression was not too bad for them since there was very little they needed to buy. The administration paid farmers to shoot their cattle, evidently to create shortages. Seems to be a parallel with the one we are diving into.

Mom made her wedding dress.
One photo of Mother, when she was about 40, shows her hiding behind a very young cypress tree. She was small in her own eyes, like Saul hiding among the baggage when they went to crown him as king. But the good part is, she never became proud. Mother walked with God. Several in the retirement home in Visalia rebuked us for taking her away, when my sister-in-law had her transferred to Fresno.

Mother loved vegetable and flower gardening: roses, irises, black-eyes, green beans, corn, okra... She jarred apricots, so we could enjoy them all year. She blanched corn and headed up her children to help cut it off the cob to freeze for the winter. Mother or Daniel who milked the cow each morning and evening at six. Mother was a faithful neighbor, visiting each of the five homes surrounding us, and sold certain ones a gallon of fresh cow's milk for 30 cents, though she was allergic to it herself. 

One day, Mother was transferring our “Bossie” Guernsey cow up our road toward the highway, when it broke into a run, dragging Mom down the side of the road. Mom was about ten feet behind, holding onto the chain.

Mother faithfully bathed at the end of her life, Mrs. Cole, an old Indian woman who claimed that she was 119-years-old.

Neighbors, John Whittington, Sr. and Mrs. Cole, also it was Mr. or Mrs. Myers, I don’t recall which, who prayed with mother, to receive Christ as their savior, when their life came to an end.

Sometimes people gave us used clothing. Once, when Mother was out, I put on a pair of short-shorts and a matching sleeveless top that did not cover my abdomen. When Mother spotted me, I was down the street attempting to sell orders for imprinted Christmas cards. Boy, was I in trouble!

Here Samuel and I are with Grandma Bailey, Mom's mother.

During my years in college and beyond, Mother’s words never left me. I knew in each circumstance, just what Mom would say: “I wouldn’t want to be in their place on the Judgement Day...   Marry in haste, repent at leisure... Babies would not take so much of our time if we did not spend so much time looking at them... Necessity is the mother of invention... A stitch in time saves nine... A willful waste makes a woeful want... Esther Lee, as sweet as she can be... Notice that all the food on the table, we have either raised [beef, milk] or [garden] grown.”

Mother encouraged me when there were heartbreaks, “If you are not the right one for him, then he is not the right one for you.” Or, cautioned me, “Esther, I don’t think he is the right one for you.” When David asked Dad if he could marry me, Mother said, “I’m so happy for you.”

And it was Mother, who pressed us in 1982 with urgency that we listen to Focus on the Family. There we learned from Raymond & Dorothy Moore that homeschooling gives more interaction with adults, therefore the possible making of kings. 

Here are our first five children with Mom & Dad, their grandparents.

Mother’s favorite chapter in the Bible, Psalm 103, is also mine: “His kingdom rules over all.”
Here is Mother with six of her seven grown children.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Dave Seppi

David's Father, Dave Seppi was born on this day 7-17-1917
Dave was born July 17, 1917 in Sunnyside, Utah, to Max and Aurelia Seppi, the only son after three daughters. He was only three pounds at birth and not knowing if he would live, his parents named him Dave with no middle name. Dave grew up in the mining camps where his father, Max, worked. Dave was the only one of his family to finish high school. His sisters left school to earn money for the family while their father was sick with (miners) Black Lung.
Around age 13, Dave Seppi, began working at Labouri’s service station, in Helper UT, where he learned mechanics. During a trip to California he got a job at a service station, later, as crane operator for American Forge Co.,
He met Betty Hagerty, a young nurse from South Dakota, in Oakland. They were married September 1, 1946.
Dave drove a commuter bus for Key Systems till he was drafted into the army. He was chosen as a cook at Beal Air Force Base in Marysville. After the war, Dave tested for the California Highway Patrol while driving for Key Systems. Dave and Betty’s first baby, David Robert, was born in 1947 in Berkeley, The Seppi family moved to Bakersfield California where Dave patrolled the grapevine. In Bakersfield the Seppi’s were blessed with Lance Richard, 1950, John Leonard 1951, and Mary Jane 1952. Dave was promoted in the CHP to Sgt. and moved the family to Sacramento. When promoted to Lieutenant, he moved to Jackson CA, where he helped build their home where he lived until Christmas Day 2005. After retiring, Dave served 16 years on the irrigation board for Amador County.
Dave was known for his warm greetings, Italian cooking, art, woodcarvings, gardening, golfing, hunting, fishing, woodworking.
Son of an Austrian immigrant coal miner...

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Edgerton Defends Desecrated Confederate Monument

Here's a dynamic black man defending a Confederate monument.
American patriot H.K. Edgerton stood beside the destroyed remnants of the “Silent Sam” Confederate statue in Chapel Hill, North Carolina Wednesday with a Confederate flag to protest the destruction of Southern American history.
Edgerton, the former Asheville, N.C. chapter president of the NAACP, delivered an eloquent defense of the statue, which was torn down in an Antifa riot in which the University of North Carolina was clearly complicit. Edgerton explained how the Confederate military was integrated and spoke of the numerous black heroes who fought and gave their lives at war — black heroes who used to be honored by Silent Sam, but are honored no longer due to Antifa’s criminal actions.

Watch this brave man’s history lesson, which UNC students could learn something from:

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Betrothed: Victor & Cassie

Jen, Cassie, Nadia (Lance & Megan's daughter), Victor
Dec. 26, 2017

Cassie with her mother, Jen, on Dec. 27, 2017

Victor and Verity (Cassie's sister) Feb. 15

First Fight Feb. 18

Cassie & Victor in Washington Feb. 22

Victor Playing Ticket to Ride with Cassie's Family

Victor & Cassie
Children Wanting to see what Cassie is Watching

Betrothed 5-23-2018

Increase on the Watch

Victor and Cassie, May 24, 2018

Great Catch, June 3

Celebrating Regina's Birthday

Victor & Cassie
 Jackson, Esther, Paul
Jodavid, Casey, Jackson, Adam
Honoring the Lord's Day and Celebrating Regina's Birthday

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Ginger for Osteoarthritis

A quarter- to a half-teaspoon a day of powdered ginger can be as pain-relieving as ibuprofen, without the risk of damage to your intestinal lining. Click the image below to watch the video:
We use fresh ginger, but ginger essential oil is effective as well.