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Roy E. Schepp

Community Lenten Services

Luncheon will be served after each Wednesday Noon Service for a small donation.

March 27 - 12 Noon First Presbyterian Church Rev. Dr. Rick Hurst

April 3 12 - Noon Calvary Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Doretha Allen

April 10 - 12 Noon St. Richard’s Catholic Church Rev. Tom Durrance

April 18 - 7 pm Elnora Jarrell Worship Center Rev. Harry Zeiders

April 19 - 11 am Calvary Baptist Church (Radio Baptist) Various Pastors and Leaders Hour of Prayer

The offering: we have given two $500 scholarships to seniors in the past. We will contact these two students and if they are still at their schools with passing grades, we will give them another $500 each and any money above $1000.00 we be given to Thomas Family Boots On the Ground Outreach.

“Wake Up Time”

From whom do we collect taxes
When our citizens move away
Yes and what incentive do we use
To encourage them to stay.
 
There is constant talk of tourism
And the Big Role it could play
Then we closed that gate on thousands
When the Pork Festival went astray.
 
Now it would be nice if you got what you wanted
Then we all would join in for a cheer
Yet may I suggest in the mean time
To do something for those that live here.
 
We need to go out of town for good shopping
And to get a good meal as well
Yes that is where I see the most of you
Though you know that I won’t tell.
 
You’re filling up the vacant stores
With things we do not need
Yet what about the recreation
That would be good indeed.
I’m certain there are ways and means
For the problems we have to solve
Still if we don’t take action now
More trouble it will involve.
 
                    Roy E. Schepp

“Do We Need Outside Help”

I found a phone number the other day
but I didn’t know whose it was
well I thought ig over for a minute or two
then I gave it one long buzz.
 
Now I know it rang once or twice
then a knock came to my door
they said they’re from problem solvers
yet had never been here before.
 
They said if you have a problem
first you have got to explain
then they will call people in the know
and they even work in the rain.
 
Well the Council all have telephones
and indeed it is worth a try
why not ask them to call problem solvers
before another year goes by.
 
Well we must not have the skilled labors
that problem solvers so rely
yes or why can they not fix a pothole
somewhere before the third try.
 
The spring is almost upon us
and summer just around the bend
yet our buildings and streets are still messed up
what is the message we send.
 
Now the boarded up buildings with broken windows
has for long been a dreadful sight
if they can’t find a law of who fixes
find the owner before he takes flight.
 
Well thank you tourists for once more stopping here
at least to spend the night
if and when Council calls problem solvers
maybe next year we’ll be rid of the blight.
 
                         Roy E. Schepp

“Pesky Varmints”

A mole has a very hard nose
to help it burrow underground
leaving those ugly ridges
which in our lawns are found.
 
Moles tunnel beneath the surface
searching for grubs and insects too
in a way not too well thought of
but they do it for me and you.
 
They help aerate the soil
which for so long has been packed
leaving their trails everywhere
looking like the dirt was stacked.
 
Then they’ll travel through the freeway
or thru the tunnels if you will
eating grubs and other insects
until they get their fill.
 
Yes they eat the grubs that eat the roots
of the grass seed we have sown
they also eat many of the insects
that chew the leaves from the plants half grown.
 
Now the vole is so much different
in oh so many ways
they will jump around like a kangaroo
and can make you laugh for days.
 
The humor in their presence
won’t last for very long
just take one look at your flower beds
and you’ll wonder what went wrong.
 
Yes voles eat the flower bulbs you plant
leaving open spaces galore
your flower garden won’t shine so bright
unless you plant some more.
 
Now the moles a pest to say the least
but they’re mainly just passing thru
yet the vole will take up residence
and spend many months with you.
 
Under thick mulch beds; or mounds of leaves
they can for long survive
making sure that they are present
when your first spring bulbs arrive.
 
You can catch a vole with a mouse trap
and for the mole , just dig a deep hole
just don’t give up on the first try
it takes patience don’t you know.
 
          Roy E. Schepp

"Be My Valentine"

It seems like I have waited forever
for this special day to come
I have some words to say to you
and I'm sure that you have some.
 
We've known each other for so long
yet time has went swiftly by
I've seen you smile with pure delight
and have also seen you cry.
 
Yes life goes on with our without
us making special plans
it's best that we some patience show
and the rest leave in God's hands.
 
I've loved you from the very start
and more and more each day
it seems that you do feel the same
for you sure do act that way.
 
You are quite special in my life
and with you I love to share
I'm sure that you know but I will remind
that I do truly care.
 
Yet I still have one question
for this sweet love of mine
tell me darling you'll say yes
and be my Valentine!
 
                    Roy E. Schepp

“A Wealth Unknown”

For many years I traveled
far across the USA
stopping for a week, a month
yet sometimes just a day.
 
I’ve seen majestic mountains
and valleys rich below
yes no where that I ever went
God’s greatness didn’t show.
 
The beauty of the meadows
with flowers along the brook
now to appreciate creation
all one has to do is look.
 
Nature provides a wealth unknown
with butterflies, birds and bees
it can make one of true conviction
fall humbly to their knees.
 
Take the time for to enjoy
it’s there for all to share
walking thru the fields and woodlands
or just breathing mountain air.
 
The value it is priceless
so give thanks to God above
yes all this beauty was created
while showing us His love.
 
                              Roy E. Schepp

"Time to Change"

Whatever happened to the many days
that constitute a year
I know some are surely missing
for soon a new ones here.
 
I put away my resolutions list
a good long while ago
now just where I did put it
I really do not know.
 
Now I started many things for sure
and I finished one or two
yet guessing now what was on the list
I don’t think that I could do.
 
I’m told this is a good thing
but you have to do it right
yes and for me I think it would be best
to hold the list in one hand quite tight.
 
Well there is no cause to worry
for these things won’t go away
I only hope after my travel and hunting
that I’ll find me another free day.
 
Happy New Year to one and all.
 
                         Roy E. Schepp

“A Christmas Story”

Many listen for the sleigh bells
That in a far off distance ring
Yet others shout Hosanna’s
For the new born Savior King.
 
Now Christmas day is celebrated
In many a varied way
For the Christian it’s quite religious
But with non-believers, just a holiday.
 
The Wise Men traveled to Bethlehem
Just guided by a star
They were bearing gifts for the Baby Jesus
Which all brought from afar.
 
Today most rely on Santa Claus
And his reindeer overhead
The principal is much the same
But they’re store bought gifts instead.
 
Yes the stores put out their welcome mat
Two months before Christmas day
Trying to help us fill our shopping list
In a most beneficial way.
 
We all help them with their efforts
For the needs are much abused
In the corner of room number three you’ll find
Some toys that haven’t been used.
 
Just throw away the want list
And to all little children bring
Clothes that will keep them all warm
Until the first breath of spring.
 
On Christmas Eve, fill up all the stockings
So all is ready for Christmas morn
Yes and while opening presents take time to remind
That today the Christ Child was born.
 
Roy E. Schepp

“I Found Snow”

Snow flurries were just everywhere
as far as one could see
I thought my prayers were answered
and a white Christmas it would be.
 
I had just finished polishing my skis
for they thought we’d get a heap
yes and skiing is so much more fun
when the snow is really deep.
 
Many don’t realize how great it is
going down a big steep hill
just knowing there is always a chance
you could take quite a spill.
 
Well then it stopped coming down
the reason I don’t know
yet while it fluttered from the sky
one did see quite a show.
 
Yes my skiing it was ended
long before I found a hill
I guess living in the Southland
has put my chances close to nil.
 
Still I called my older sister in Wisconsin
sometime the very next day
I let her know little brother had found some snow
over a thousand miles away!
 
                         Roy E. Schepp

“Give it a Try”

Christmas soon will be here
and just so we don’t regret
think of all the many presents
that for our family get.
 
Yes add that puzzle book for Tommy
and a doll for his sister Sue
perhaps you’ll realize at least this year
that all their other gifts will do.
 
Just make a list of the take aways
that they can do without
then think of all the disaster victims
in and around about.
 
Yes many people all around us
were waiting for Christmas too
yet the perils of a lifetime struck
and there was nothing they could do.
 
Now we cannot change what happened
but now so many will have none
unless we do the right thing
and from Tommy’s and Sue’s list take back one.
 
Explain to them the reasoning
and the most will understand
yes and you will feel better too
for lending all a hand.
 
                                  Roy E. Schepp

"Give Thanks"

Be thankful for your blessings
As you count them one by one
It will be quite off believe me
If you find that you have none.
 
Some have many, some have less
Though I feel you'll find it true
You have things for to be thankful
That you mighe never knew.
 
You have the freedom for to travel
And peace which does protect
There are friends and neighbors down the street
That treat you with respect.
 
Being rich or poor doesn't determine
The quality of ones life
It's the love of your children and grandchildren
Your husband or your wife.
 
There are times that you will hunger
And others your cup will overflow
Thank the lord that you're still living
For the ending se don't know.
 
Take the time on this Thanksgiving
For to do a quick review
Find the thanks in the life you're living
And may God bless all of you.
 
-Roy E. Schepp

“We Don’t Know”

Yes we know not the condition
of our relatives and friends
a sneeky peek at hear say
is where our knowledge ends.
 
I saw a friend the other day
I had not seen for a while
when I told him of my problems
all he did was smile.
 
Yes it seemed that in our time away
he encountered much of the same
the only thing different I do recall
was the doctors and hospital name.
 
You see the most have problems
as the days of life go on
so be careful before you start singing
that feel sorry for me song.
 
I’ve seen this more and more since then
so more cautious I try to be
yes the person who might look quite well
could be hurting more than me.
 
Now looks can be deceiving
so be careful what you might say
yet it seems to me it is quite safe
to part with “have a nice day.”

Roy E. Schepp

“Just a Housewife”

I think there’s an illusion
in today’s status quo
whereby a college degree
depicts what you know.
 
You see I am a housewife
just simple and plain
I’ve no shingle to hang
embossed with my name.
 
My job though rewarding
starts early each day
I help two of my children
for school get away.
 
Then my next step is breakfast
for that husband of mine
yes he needs my assistance
to reach work on time.
 
Now that everyone’s gone
I can take a short break
then a cry from the nursery
means the babys awake.
 
A quick change is needed
and then some powder to dry
then I refill her bottle
and it’s sleepy time bye.
 
Now it’s off to the kid’s room
to make up their bed
then I out clothes in the washer
and do the dishes I dred.
 
Well it’s lunchtime already
and have the baby to feed
then I make out my list
for the groceries we need.
 
I then get out the stroller
for they say it is wise
to push the baby to market
for your exercise.
 
The shopping all finished
and put the baby to bed
yes and I made shacks for the children
with their favorite spred.
 
Now soon after I’ve vacuumed
and dusted once m ore
the children from school
come through the front door.
 
The sound of their voices
I knew the baby would wake
so outside I sent them
and put on the steak.
 
It was later than usual
when my husband arrived
yet thanks to the snacks
the children survived.
 
Now dinner is all finished
so the dishes I’ll stack
knowing tomorrow at seven
I’m sure to be back.
 
Yes I’m an occupation Housewife
though I’ll make it quite clear
I’m not just a housewife
but a Household Engineer!
 
                    Roy E. Schepp

"What Parade"

Lots of peanuts and wrapped candy
did away with our big parade
there was nothing that showed to be creative
like when those big beautiful floats were made.
 
I think I saw enough cars and trucks
to fill up most parking lots
yes and I saw children hanging on to tailgates
in far too many spots.
 
We used to have some bands that played
and marchers that could march
the uniforms that most did wear
needed a bit more starch.
 
What used to be a tribute
to the peanut farmers for whom we care
has turned into an election line
with politician cars everywhere.
 
I think a feasibility study is in order
to see which way you’re going
if this is a tribute to our farmers
you have a funny way of showing.
 
                             Roy E. Schepp

"Good Ole Grandma"

Has anyone asked Grandma
well you all know that you should
yes if anyone will help you
you know that Grandma would.
 
Yes Grandmas they are everywhere
to guide us through each day
if they are ever needed
they are only a step away.
 
You sometimes wonder who’s in charge
of the house that you live in
well if you bet on Grandma
you most likely will win.
 
Now Grandmas give out lots of love
but they like some in return
yes if you don’t do your part
in a short time you will learn.
 
They say Grandmas don’t have favorites
so they will treat all just the same
yet Grandma will work around this
and give each one her special time.
 
Now hos come Grandmas still awake
when we have all gone to bed
it proves the fact she in is charge
just like before I said!
 
                    Roy E. Schepp

"Just Two More Miles'

Yes if just two more miles
of flowers we would plant
I'm sure the city could apply
for an agriculture grant.
 
We then could have open conventions
to be held here every year
just by supplying Pretzels and Peanuts
along with cold Virginia beer.
 
The schools could have; Name the Flower Field Trips
and see who gets the most right
Award them with a passing grade maybe
or no homework for that night.
 
Yes you can not stop to enjoy them
for a lot of traffic is in the way
still if they put them all around the bowling alley
they could have a huge display.
 
Well they certainly do have ample help
and have lowered the unemployment I've found
yet since they borrowed some from the trash detail
our waste is blowing all around.
 
                    Roy E. Schepp

"The Nature Walk"

I looked down from the hilltop
to the valley far below
just to watch the bubbling water
of the stream which did there flow.
 
Now I couldn't see the fish or turtles
though I knew that they were there
yet when you're enjoying nature
you don't need to sicht to care.
 
Yes I am a true nature lover
and do enjoy whate're I see
a walk through the fields and forest
can give a piece of mind to me.
 
A nature walk can do wonders
clense stressful thoughts from mind
yes and the aderenaline keeps flowing
from not knowing what you'll see.
 
One does not have to hurry
it's better to take time and enjoy
now this info is from experience
of when yet a little boy.
 
Now just put it in your schedule
take the time for to explore
I assure you if you once attempt
your want will be for more.
 
                    Roy E. Schepp

"Just Wait"

Yes wait is known by Everyone
no matter what the age
it's not a profound movement
but really just a stage.
 
We all wait to see the doctor
and for our favorite T. V. show
It does rarely mean forever
yet for now we cannot go.
 
The world becomes a standstill
as we while away the time
to anticipate how things will be
is like watching a mime.
 
To wait puts everything on hold
all thoughts and hopes or dreams
yet some waiting helps improve
but that's just how it seems.
 
Waiting's played a stellar part
in our life throuought the years
sometimes it brought joy and excitement
thought other times brought tears.
 
Yes hurry up and wait ole friend
there is nothing else to do
just remember if I must wait in line
it's only right you do!
 
         Roy E. Schepp

"Look Up"

Do you look up towards the heavens
after you do solemnly pray
well that is where the rain comes from
and it's always been that way.
 
Yes it's not the weather channel
where they play their guessing game
that decides just who will soon get wet
while others remain the same.
 
Now the farmers are quite patient
immensely more than I could be
they know what's needed to suatain their crops
yet can only wait and see.
 
Each year is very much the same
and their hours never end
the sunshine most is ample
still the rain the Lord must send.
 
Now the farmer tils the soil
and then does plant the seed
in hopes the crops will flourish
for our big world to feed.
 
Yes so say a prayer for a farmer
you need not know his name
the efforts of his toil each day
is not a simple game.
 
                    Roy E. Schepp

"There Must Be Some Mistake"

We are rated third in City Planning
and fourth for a business to build
this is a lot like when I go hunting
I saw five; but none were killed.
 
Our schools are rated very low
and the teacher's pay is lower yet
we talk constant of improvements
but how many do we get.
 
Just look at our entertainment
I mean past the city park
you can't rely on it alone
for half the year it's dark.
 
Now we can get another quickie
or perhaps an antique store
yet if you want tourists to come in
believe me you need more.
 
You still have room for the bowling alley
which really is over due
yes something exciting for the tourist
so they kon't just keep passing through.
 
It seems our present leaders
do not care about a change
yes it may take the next election
for some thoughts to be rearranged.
 
                                              Roy E. Schepp

"Far North and Back"

The miles seemed guite endless
as I traveled in my car
yes eleven hundred and still counting
is well and deed quite far.
 
I went to visit with family
and also some close friends
now for this I  may be too old
but the want it never ends.
 
Now all seemed in the best of health
if you should consider age
yet I can't dwell upon this
for I'm on the same page.
 
Well these trips are now less frequent
and my doctor will intercede
he not only wants a reason for
but sometimes great must b e the need.
 
Spending time wisiting with family
is that how it should be
now up rhere they are quite close
but down here theres just me.
 
The next one is in the planning
yet I'm sure it is quite far off
yes I must build up my strength a bit
and somehow loose this cough!
 
Roy E. Schepp
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"Ode to the Fathers"

Now some will call him Father
while others call him Dad
still some call by his first name
but wish they never had.
 
Yea a father is an elite position
and should be treated with respect
in the same thought all the fathers
should never show neglect.
 
A father witll get the credit
for the children he helped bear
still a fathers not a gather
if when needed, he's not there.
 
The duties of a father
can make a list from here to there
yet the most improtant aspect
is for raising the chores to share.
 
In the home life a father is needed
around the campfire so to speak
solving problems before they materialize
and ever reach their peak
 
Now if in the aforementioned
youcome close in any way
yor are definetly a father
so please enjoy your special day.
 
Roy E. Schepp

"Our Flag"

She's held proudly front and center
as the marching band comes down the street
yes and we feast our eues upon her
at every athletic feat.
 
Her presence depicts honor
and brings glory to the meek
in the present and past ages
of the freedom that we seek.
 
From atop the highest flagpole
with the stars and stripes unfurlled
we have made a declaration
to have peace throughout the world.
 
Our flags flown over our nation
through os so many wars
letting our foes know we're united
with all our military corps.
 
Some contend she is Old Glory
others may the Stars and Stripes
yet in essence it spells freedom
we enjoy all days and nights.
 
Let her colors fly forever
yes the red, the white and ble
sho respect when in her presence
it is the tight thing to do!
 
Roy E. Schepp

"Memorial Day"

It's a day set aside for remembering
those who before and after have went
fighting for the need of our country
wherever they might be sent.
 
Men and women, young and old
It mattered not you see
a highly trained military military
trying to keep us free.
 
They have fought in strange surroundings
and many lives have been lost
now some were only wounded
but for us, still paid the cost.
 
One can't feel pain or anguish
these men and women all went through
yet we can honor them for what they did
for the freedom of me and you.
 
We can hold in our hearts the memories
of thousands that have died
yes and pray for the many wounded
who lost comarades by their side.
 
Now war is never over
and battle never won
the loss of the lives ere will remain
long after the fighting's done.
 
Roy E. Schepp

"We Can Do It!"

Yes, lets all protest together
about our sad and dreary life
just forget about the children,
faithful husband; and gracious wife.
 
Don't remember your friends and neighbors
though the numbrs do increase
fighting battles in some foreign land
so we may live in peace.
 
Yes and what about that one that took the job
you didn't want to do
he is still working steadily
and that could have been you.
 
I think we've convinced our leaders
and those who one day will do the same
our students will graduate with honors
if we only change the schools name.
 
With this one we have a problem
for history you do not change
the good, the bad or the ugly
you can only rearrange.
 
Give our protest money to the teachers
that should make up a good raise
yes nd if they can teach the students how to use a pencil
offer them some extra praise.
 
Roy E.Schepp

"Ma-Ma Said"

When Ma-Ma said; we listened
for wisdom was her game
this showed up in our livelyhood
when adults we bacame.
 
She was always there to protect us
and keep us from all harm
yes and many were the day
I fell asleep on Mother's arm.
 
Now Ma-Ma fixed the food for everyone
from sunrise til sunset
she then washed clothes and cleaned each room
though her work wasn't finished yet.
 
No Ma-Ma still had to read a story
and show us games to play
when we went to be all were quite tired
yet for Ma-Ma just another day.
 
Yes show your love for Ma-Ma
and all the things that she did do
don't stop with a one day "Mother's Day"
why not make it two.
 
Roy E. Schepp

"G. G. Hunter"

to all you out there with a pet
I ask that you listen up
it matters not if it's a kitten
or a pup.
 
They will not live forever
though at times this may seem
yes in all reality
this is but a dream.
 
Now they are a great companion
and all will return your love
yet don't forget what's written
in the paragraph above.
 
Well I had a cat named G. G.
and I thought she would forever be
now it seems the Lord did need her
a little more than me.
 
The Vet told me there was nothing else
that for her he could do
so I took her home and held on my lap
repeating that my love was true.
 
She look up like she understood
and snuggled in real tight
well the one I was counting on forever
did pass away that night.
 
Well for all the love I gave her
I got it back two-fold
yes and I learned about forever
before I got to old.
 
Roy E. Schepp

"Squirrel Hunting 101"

I think it was last Tuesday
or somewhere there avout
my feelings toward my squirrel guide
were giving me some doubt.
 
Now they run across the highway
and will leap from tree to teree
yet where my guides been taking me
none of this I see.
 
Once in a while he'll get one
and his bounty he will share
still it always makes me wonder
how long that it was there.
 
I will admit his rate is low
compared to others I have tried
yet why is it where e're we go
from me they seem to hide.
 
Now my guides a better shooter
Than I will ever be
still when he gets my age on
how much we all shall see.
 
I do not want to loose him
for he is a long time friend
yet if he wants to get his fee
this drought had better end.
 
Roy E. Schepp

"Be My Valentine"

It seems that I have waited
For ever for this day to come
I have some words to say to you
And I'm sure that you have some.
 
We've been together for so long
Yet the times went swiftly bye
I've seen you smile with pure delight
And have also seen you cry.
 
Yes life goes on with or without
Us making special plans
It's best that we some patience show
And the rest leave in God's hands.
 
I've loved you from the very start
And more and more each day
It seems like you do feel the same
For you sure do act that way.
 
You are quite special in my life
And with you I love to share
I'm sure you know, but I will remind
That I do truly care.
 
Yet I still have one questin
For this sweet love of mine
Tell me darling you'll say yes
And be my Valentine.
 
Roy E. Schepp

"Happy New Year"

The New Year is upon us
and due for to unfold
yet do not get your wishes too high
at least I have been told.
 
Yes wishes do for many
to extend their hopeful ways
still you'll find for the most of us
it works the same with rainy days.
 
Now I made a list of things to do
for the year the just went by
well I searched everywhere but couldn't find
and even my cat does not know why.
 
Yet one needs to put a limit
on things you plan to do
that way you'll feell much better
if you acomplish but a few.
 
Yes review your need to do list
and with caution please take heed
you've listed many things to do
of which you do not need.
 
Now don't put off for tomorrow
things you should do today
yet make time in your schedule
to pelax, enjoy and play.
 
I close out with a great big wish
for one and all of you
may you find peace and love in you hearts
this entire new year through.
 
Roy E. Schepp

“Where Did They Go?’

Where did all the colors go
One used to wear with pride
You used to see them everywhere
In the stands on either side.
 
The uniforms now on the field
Do no longer represent
True colors of your alma-mater
No matter where you went.
 
Yes it used to spur your ego
When you knew from where they came
They had beat you good for many years
But lately you’ve won some.
 
Now you let them see your colors
Which you proudly do display
Hoping when the game is through
A win might come your way.
 
Well who has changed the color code
I know no one asked me
When something serves so very many
Why can’t they let it be?
 
Roy E. Schepp

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