Thursday, January 20, 2005

Holly Springs News
By Henderson Milan

M.L. Rayford home setting for New Year’s breakfast

A New Year’s breakfast was served in the home of Mr. and Mrs. M.L. Rayford New Year’s Day.

The Rev. Gifton Jones, pastor of Jerusalem Baptist Church will be our guest at Hopewell No. 1 the fourth Sunday in January from Memphis. Pastor Cheairs and St. Paul Baptist Church Byhalia will be at Hopewell No. 1 the first Sunday afternoon in February. The public is invited to attend both services.

Elder Parker will deliver the morning sermon the third Sunday in January.

Genetha Smith celebrated her birthday Jan. 10.

Church Growth Seminar will be held at Hopewell No. 1 Saturday 29, 10 a.m. Dr. John W. Crittle, pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church Memphis will be the speaker.

Henderson Milan is recovering at home, after undergoing left eye surgery Dec. 16 at Rayner Clinic in Oxford and having a stroke in his right eye. Those who made telephone calls to him at Rayner Clinic were Hopewell Baptist Church, pastor Leroy James, Rev. Curtis Hubbard, attorney Ben Cole II, Deacon Melvin DeBerry, Sisters Ivion Mae Crittle, Iola Rayford, Lillian Wheeler, Georgia Bagley, Obertia Jones. Those who provided services Ben Cole II, Melvin DeBerry, Mrs. Laverne Jones and son, Hubbard and the Ford sisters. Many others offered help. I wish to thank everyone. May God bless all of you.

Marshall County Retired Education Personnel will meet Friday, Feb. 11, 1 p.m. in the Public Library with president Laverne Jones presiding. We will have our Black History and honored day. Three people will be honored.

Marshall County Baptist Association Board will meet Saturday, Jan. 15, 10 a.m. at the Baptist Association Building. Pastor Arthur Fitchpatrick, moderator.

The three sons and six daughters of the late Clabon and Martha Jackson made their annual New Year telephone call Jan. 1, 2005. The conference was based in Atlanta, Ga., Mr. and Mrs. Margaret Reaves were first to ring, incoming from Villa Park, Ill., followed by John Jackson, Pollie Reaves Peter, Detroit, Mich., hailed from Rochester, N.Y., while Joyce Lee Ivery joined the group from Oakland, Calif., and Martha Jean Street, our niece who was standing in for her late father Clabon Eugene, who is deceased. She was from Detroit, Mich. Andrew Jackson wished us a happy New Year from Oak Park, Mich. Genetha Smith and Mary Milan called in from Holly Springs. The meeting was opened by reading Scripture from the second Psalm, was closed with a prayer by Maxine Reaves, who frequently thanked God, making our 15th New Year connection, even though we were hundreds of miles from each other. We heard their voices as though we were in the same room. Praise God for the technologist.

Heroines of Jericho Court No. 14 met Saturday, Jan. 8 at the Public Library.

Worship service was held at Hopewell No. 1 Sunday, Jan. 9, 10:45 a.m. with Pastor James calling to worship. Devotional Service led by the deacons. Music was provided by the choir. Deacon Ben Cole II led in Responsive Reading from I John 1:1-5. Sis. Tina Zinn made the announcements. Pastoral remarks. Benevolent, tithes and offerings were received by the ushers and church officials. Deacon Michael Crittle gave the sick report. Prayer from the pulpit. Sis. Alberta Griffin recognized non-members from St. Paul Baptist Church, Olive Branch, and a member from Strawberry. Hymn of the morning was “Amazing Grace.” Pastor James’ Scripture was taken from Ephesian 1:3, 7 and 14, subject “What God Has Done For You?” Mrs. Willie B. Cornelious celebrated her birthday with most of her children present when Pastor James presented her with a cake. Financial report was made by the clerk, remarks were made by Minister Regina Hardy. Closed by singing “Reach Out and Touch Somebody’s Hand.”

Jones Grove was host to Marshall County Singing Union Sunday, 3 p.m. Bro. Terry Kilpatrick, president.

Hopewell No. 1 members having a birthday in January: Marcus Crittle, 1; Cora Walton, 6; Annie B. Grier, 7; Willie B. Cornelious, 9; Ivion Mae Crittle, 13; Lamedra Payne, 13; Truely Payne, 16; Japavian Boga, 21; Rev. Curtis Hubbard, 23; Ben Cole II, 25; Thomas Shell, 25; Estelle Faulkner, 30; and Dr. John W. Crittle, 31. The congregation sang “Happy Birthday” to all of them.

Saturday, Jan. 8, 11 a.m. at the public library. Rituals were performed and dues were collected.

General Baptist Missionary Society of Samuel Chapel Church will meet Saturday, Jan. 22, 10 a.m. Meditation will be taught and will close with the Baptist Missionary Pledge.

Those who attended the New Year’s breakfast in the home of Mr. and Mrs. M.L. Rayford were Bobby Spears, Maude Spears, Iola Rayford, Rose Clayton, Courtney Rayford, Katie Phillips, Evelyn Matthews, Odorff Matthews, Deborah Miller, Mike Miller, Marche’ Phillips, Jayla Dorse, Emmitt Jones, Beverly Jones, Terry Phillips, Mario Miller, La Jay Ellis, D’Andre’ Rayford, Christian Rayford, Anthony Jones, Jeremy Miller, Jamal Phillips, Freeman Phillips Sr., Oma Rayford, Mamie Phillips, Bobbie J. Phillips, Tia Willett, Twana Rayford, Barius Rayford, Jerry Clayton, Keosha Jones, Krisalyn Jones, Tiesha Rayford, Felecia Rayford, Paulette Shorter, Dewayne Phillips, Jerry L. Phillips, Linda Spears, M.L. Rayford, Erin Shorter, Trinity Shorter, Jarvis Spears, Freeman Phillips, Dr. U.S. Terry Faulkner, Janora Rayford and Marketa Totten. The menu was corn, rice, homemade bread, deer sausage, bacon, sliced fat back, chicken and gravy, eggs, coffee and orange juice. Everyone had a good time.

Judy Ann Street of Union Valley Community made a brief visit to Tarkio Place Saturday morning, Jan. 8.

Worship service was held at Samuel Chapel Church Sunday, Jan. 9, 11 a.m. with Pastor Davis calling to worship. Scripture, Deacon Taester Baird, Psalm 55:1-7. Devotion, congregation statement was read. Selection, senior choir soloist John Henry Spencer. Announcements, Lizzi Logan. Samuel Chapel Bible class will resume Wednesday night. Our prayer list: Sis. Rosie, who just returned from the hospital. Pastoral prayer. Selection, choir. “Open My Mouth to the Lord.” Offering received by the ushers and officers, and blessed by Pastor Davis. Selection, choir soloist Laura Strickland. Hymn of the morning was “Amazing Grace.” Pastor Davis read Scripture from Proverbs 1:30, subject: “We must be wise.” Benediction, Pastor Davis. Non-members present were Wanda Bills and children. Musicians: Donald Thompson, keyboard; Robert Tallie Sr., guitar, and Robert Tallie Jr., drums.

Joe Willie Batts was ordained a deacon Sunday afternoon. Chapel Program, call to worship. Procession. Selection, Samuel Chapel Choir. Devotion, Mother Board and Deacon Ministry. Welcome/occasion, Daisy Stinson.

Selection, Samuel Chapel. John Bostic introduced the mistress of ceremony, Ruth Fortenberry. Pastor Davis introduced Rev. Algee Terry, pastor Skippe Spanish, St. Paul Baptist Church. Selection, St. Paul Choir. Ordination discussed by Robert Tallie Sr. Communion discussed by Spencer Richard. Words of thanks, Joe Willie Batts.

We hope to see you next week.

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