It is amazing to me that June and July have both flown by, but at least we can be relieved that A.C. Moore and Michael’s are prepared for Halloween and Thanksgiving. I was quite surprised on my last visit to these stores. I was not, and still am not, ready to see jack o’ lanterns, ghosts and bats in the stores. To me, it is summer until Sept. 23. My calendar agrees with me.

Our horse, Prince Jade, has decided to be adventurous. One morning Gray saw him following a neighbor up the road. She said when she woke up, he was looking in the window at her. He then followed Gray into the pasture to be fed. Apparently when grandson Carter went to visit Prince Jade on a recent visit, he failed to secure the gate properly. Later the same day, Prince Jade escaped again and visited a different neighbor. He was having a good time running through people’s yards and did not care to go back to the pasture. Finally, thanks to the efforts of several of our wonderful neighbors, he was persuaded to go into our next door neighbor’s paddock. Gray discovered that all the wind and rain had done quite a number on our electric fence, so he spent a lot of time this week getting it back into good operating order.

Pickles are ready

This is a great time to find grape leaf pickles and many other canned goods at the Country Store. New items are always being added, including vintage handkerchiefs and beautiful earrings made from fishing lures. Come by and check out the merchandise. The Country Store is open from 10 to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Local Lions club member receives honor

Welcome Lions Club wishes to congratulate Welcome Lion President Michelle Gregory. She received the Most Outstanding Zone Chairman for the district for 2017-18. For her outstanding service to the district,Gregory also received the Ben Q Foreman Award which is "Lion of the Year" for the district. This is the top award for the district. Welcome Lions are currently working on the 2019 birthday calendar. Members will be checking to see if there are any additions or changes to last year's calendar.

Ice cream social planned

Beulah United Church of Christ's Music & Worship Committee will host an ice cream social at 5 p.m. Sunday . Gospel music will be provided by New Salem from 6 to 7 p.m. A one day VBS Camp will be hosted by the Christian Education Committee from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug.18, for children ages 3-11. The camp theme is "Gone Fishing!" To register your child, please contact the church office at (336) 731-4575 or email the church at beulahuccinfo@gmail.com. Both the ice cream social and VBS Camp will be held in the fellowship hall. The church is located at 2828 Arnold Road.

Church plans time at the pool

Center UMC is asking all kids from kindergarten through fifth grade to participate in the end of summer water day from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Welcome Swim Club and will feature lots of free food and fun. Call or text Angie Leonard at (336) 250-7033 if you plan to participate.

Pickin’ and Grinnin’ at Center UMC will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 30 in the Christian fellowship center. A hot dog supper will be available beginning at 6 p.m. This month the offering will be given to the Workshop of Davidson. The community is invited to attend.

Sundae social set at First Baptist

First Baptist Church in Welcome with host a Sundae Social for rising 6th graders and their parents. All rising 6th graders and their parents are invited for this event which will be held at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 22. This will be a time to meet the current youth, youth council, Sunday school and life group teachers and to receive updates on the search for a new youth pastor. The seniors at First Baptist will leave on Aug. 26 at 12:30 p.m. to travel to Salisbury for lunch at Palermo’s Italian Restaurant. They will return around 2:30 p.m. On Sept. 18, the seniors will travel to Danville, Va., to tour God’s Pit Crew. This is a faith-based crisis relief agency. After lunch, the seniors will stop at WoodWick Candle Outlet before heading home.

First Baptist will host a back to school pool party from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 26. The party will be held at the Welcome Swim Club.

Sign up for 5K walk

This is Pilgrim Reformed's last call for participants in the 5-k run/walk tomorrow, which will benefit the Workshop of Davidson. Registration is from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m., and the race starts at 8 a.m. If you cannot run or walk, come out and support those who are participating. "Pilgrim" ham biscuits will be available for breakfast.

To report news of Welcome, call Marilyn Hagaman, call (336) 731-7877 or at ericakn1@yahoo.com.