Salem Baptist ChurchLillie Ware
Salem community was a busy place last week. Folks planted gardens and mowed grass, maybe spring is finally here.
We really enjoyed the Hymnsmen singing on Sunday night, they are really good. We had fellowship and food after the singing.
Alda Blankenship died last week. I remember her so well, she was a good friend. When they first moved to this area, they came to church at Salem and she taught Sunday school, then we had a home demonstration club and met in different homes each month. I always loved going to her home and she loved coming to mine. She started painting pictures after she was 60 years old and was a good artist. She painted animals that looked alive.
I remember when she was learning to drive a car, she would tell us crazy things that she did and her husband would fuss at her. She was so much fun. I havent seen her in years as she moved to Virginia to be near her daughter Diane so she could help take care of her. After they left Salem they joined Ringgold First Baptist Church where she also taught Sunday school. I have such fond memories of her.
I had a real good 81st birthday Saturday. Thanks to all who called me and sent cards, I appreciated them.
The mother-daughter Mothers Day banquet is this Friday night at 6 p.m.; Mothers Day is May 13. If you still have your mother, be sure to go with her or at least call her. I still miss my mother.
Daisy Cummings is at home now, pray for her and her family. Billie Whittemore is still sick; he has such a good attitude and is such a nice person.
Where does the time go? I cant believe it is May already.
Ray James of Ringgold was on jury duty last week. I bet he put all of them in jail for life.
My grandson Adam Ware will graduate with a masters degree from the University of Georgia on Saturday, May 12 and my niece Rachel Massengill will graduate with a masters degree from the University of Arizona in Phoenix on May 19.
Janice Watkins had a great birthday on Friday. She was wined and dined and partied by her friends.
My daughter and son-in-law honored me with a birthday party with cake and ice cream on Saturday.
Ray James and Charlotte Dudley honored me on Friday afternoon with a Krystal party for my birthday. I really love those Krystals.
Boynton Baptist ChurchRobbie Rogers
We had a good revival with Dr. J.O. McLeod from St. Augustine as our guest evangelist. We had good crowds and good singing every night. We had one saved Wednesday night. It was Chandler Hill.
We had a covered dish supper Wednesday night. We had beautiful weather for each service.
Our deacon of the week is Mr. Chuck Bilbra. Sunday morning will be as usual with Dr. Keith McLeod preaching. The childrens church is still in the library and Rosewood Assisted Living Bible study was Sunday evening and will be Wednesday at 10.
Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. is Joymakers in the Family Center. Wednesday at 7 p.m. IMB Steve Duvall will give his 2008 Costa Rica Mission Trip.
Make up date for the church directory photographs will be Monday, May 14 from 3-9 p.m.
Our sick are: Anita Gard, Pat Headrick, Jim Boatman, Gladys Anderson, Floyd Goins, Betty Boger, Jean Scoggins, Louise Edwards, Paul Atchley, Paula Swafford, Billie Brite, Ruth Brown, Agnes Bruce, Lucille Williams, Pat Thrash, Ann Carlock, Myrtle Holcomb, Martha Farris, Doc Solomon, Marcell Davis, Newell Epperson Jr., Pete Stephens, Bill Webb, Hildred Levi, Estell Houser and Margaret Mansell.
The first annual Ladies Brunch will be Saturday, May 12 at 11 a.m. in the Family Center. Volunteers will sponsor a table. Bringing their china, flatware, tablecloth, etc. for the brunch. There is going to be a lot of fun for everyone.
Mr. Bill Wilson passed away Wednesday. He is at Heritage Funeral Home on Battlefield Parkway. His visitation was 4-8 on Friday and his funeral was at 1 p.m. Saturday. This is the information I received. We deeply sympathize with the family.
The rain was a blessing as it was getting so dry Thursday. We are so very thankful for it.
Pathway Baptist ChurchNorma Haisten
Our Wednesday service began with uplifting songs by Tiffany McCurdy with Jesus Will Still Be There. Bro. Charles Blevins sang The Unseen Hand.
Bro. Mark spoke from John 14. The message was for all present. We were all hurting yet rejoicing too. Our Martha Reel had gone to be with our Lord, early Wednesday morning.
Bro. Mark said we cannot find strength in our self, but must believe that God knows best. The verses from John 14, gives hope, courage and strength to our hearts; though there is a void left within us. All must. Have and will travel this road of sorrow in loss of family member or friend.
Pray with others and us for Marthas husband; Ron, daughters; Brooke and April in family.
Services for Martha will be Saturday in Ellijay with grave service at 4 p.m. at our church cemetery. Visitation at Logan Funeral Home in Ellijay, Friday night.
Brotherhood breakfast/work session for Saturday has been cancelled. Baby Shower for Chazlen Skinner on April 29, in our Fellowship Hall; from 2-4 p.m.
Frankie and Clovis Simpkins were in service. It was good to see them, after Clovis had been sick for some weeks. Candy Clark had successful surgery and may not be facing more surgery. Thats a blessing. Bro. Marks back pain is much improved. Dorothy Workman is doing well; also. Pray for these and for Mary Brown, Noah Burczyk, Mike Chattin, Emily Frazey, Larry Grimes, Michael Kirby, Lisa Kirby, C. L. Lankford, Ron Long II, Becky McAllister, Doris and Roy Neal, Evelyn & Harold Nelson, Bill Parton, Margie & Leon Schmitt, Myrna Smith, Gracie West, Justin Wilkes, Jane Wilson, other bulletin names, class board names, our military and family. Pray for each other, always.
Come and share Jesus with us. Our Sunday school is at 10 a.m., for all ages and morning service at 11 a.m. Wednesday, supper at 6 PM; service 7 PM. Sunday night Teen Church in the Fellowship Hall with Bro. Matthew Harris. Nursery provided for all services.
This column has an early deadline, as Catoosa News is installing new equipment. I will not have another column for you until after the May 6th service.
Good Thought: Death separates us for a time; Christ will reunite us forever.
North Whitfield BaptistMargie Stringer
Our news had to be in a day early so I had to throw it together pretty fast on a short notice.
Bro. Johnny Nix came by and preached for us last Wednesday night. He is one of our missionaries with the Rock of Ages prison ministry and they do such a good work.
Our sympathy goes out to the family and friends of Buster Fox Sr. He was preceded in death by his wife, Judy.
Also, Paul Holloway passed away on Tuesday following an illness.
Gregg Headrick is still in the Memorial Hospital and is facing surgery later. Charles Blair is still in the hospital and really needs prayers.
Charles Barnes came home on Wednesday after being in the hospital over two weeks. He is still a very sick man so pray for him.
Continue praying for Gordon Flowers, Mamie and Onice Young, Ray and Clemmie Greeson, Ruth Cummings, Edna Allen, Charles and Kathryn Defore, Jimmy Defore, Jean Doyal, Kenneth McAllister, Edna Fowler, Mac Key, Jessie and Irene Wright, Judy Kilby and so many more.
We were glad to have Steve Norman at church in both services last Sunday with his family. Pray for him he has a lot of health problems too.
Continue praying for Mildred Farrow, she has really had a rough time.
Thought for the week: Keep me safe until the storm passes by.
Westside Missionary BaptistCynthia Thomason
This will be a short write up this week. Well, I just want to praise the Lord for a wonderful three days of revival with Walter Hare. On Monday he preached in Psalm 13:1-6. On Tuesday, he preached in II Timothy 1:1-7. On Wednesday, he preached in Joshua 3:1-17 and every night that he preached the altar was full.
I thank God for our church and what we stand for, and thats the word of God. The Lord knows what we need and when we need it. If you havent got a home church to go to, then Bro. Larry Morgan would like to invite you to come out and enjoy the blessings at Westside Baptist Church. Our Sunday school starts at 10 a.m.; worship service at 11 a.m.; evening service starts at 5:45 p.m. for prayer room and service starts at 6 p.m.
The Lord has really blessed us at Westside; we have seen souls saved, rededications and baptisms. The Lord has got so much in store for us at Westside Baptist, if we as a whole will let the Lord have his will and way. Thank God for the spiritual services that we have been having. Have you taken the time to just thank the Lord for his many blessings that he has bestowed upon you today? Have you said thank you, Lord, for your family, your home, your health, your church? I cant tell you enough how much that Im blessed and so thankful! Pray for me that I will always do what the Lord will have me to do.
Till next week, may God bless each and every one of you all!
Battlefield Church of FaithLinda Grizzle
My new name
As I heard Pastor Scotts message the other day I sat and listened as my mind traveled through my past. Tears filled my eyes and my throat became dry and straining to control the flood of emotions trying to bust free. Sitting on the pew I was overcome with sadness then pure joy for I realized what my new name was. See before my name was that of abused daughter, lost child and bitter woman. I never knew what love was nor did I believe I was loveable. How could anyone ever love me? A girls first impression of men comes from her earthly father. When he fails to shower her with praise and love it can start a downward spiral of abusive relationships because that is all she knows and has learned. I used to sit and wonder what was so terrible about me that I could not have that true unconditional love. My life had hit the bottomless pit of self-destruction where all hopes or dreams were gone. But something deep within me knew there was something more that I was searching for and trying my best to get that fulfillment from other people and other things. My life depended on finding the secret. I cried out to God in desperation and He touched my life. I laugh now as I remember how simple it really was just to pray and share my heart. I can stand before all today rejoicing over my new name. See its not a name that neither lifts me above everyone else nor is built on pride or accomplishments it is so much more than that. Such a beautiful and peaceful name it gives me a home and a Father that loves me unconditionally. Oh you may dismiss such a name because you have success or been blessed with a good upbringing but for me it is a priceless name and no greater name could I have received that to simply be called Daughter.
I am a Daughter of Christ. Saved by love and mercy and lifted above all the circumstances of my life, set free to dance and laugh as a little girl again in my heart. Oh the passion that flows like a river for me to receive and to give to others is a true gift from God. I pray that everyone would truly know the comfort, excitement of one day standing before our Father and knowing that He loved us even when we were unlovable. That He held us in his hands when we thought were all alone. And he stood us back on our feet. Keep seeking the secret to peace, this abounding joy by seeking His face. Not your neighbors nor the pastors but the Father. He holds the answers to lifes questions. He will speak your new name. What will that name be for you? As for me I am a daughter.
We invite you to join us Sunday at 11 at the corner of Three Notch Road and Highway 41 at 5 Goose Lane, Ringgold, Ga. 30736. Call Pastor Jim Smith (706) 937-PRAY. Battlefield Church of Faith.
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