Thursday, February 10, 2005

Holly Springs News
By Henderson Milan

Rev. Lewis Wortham celebrates 100th birthday recently

The Rev. Lewis Daniel Wortham celebrated his 100th birthday January 15, 2005 in Memphis. A booklet was printed. A Mississippi Industrial College graduate wrote a tribute to Rev. Wortham and she was Mrs. Essie Pollion Lockett, and other tributes were written. Celebrating 100 years kept by the grace of God. Pictures were displayed in the booklet of years 1984, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2005. On the program, five churches made expressions: Memphis’ mayor was on the program and Shelby County Mayor was on the program. Presentation was made. Rev. Wortham has nieces living in Holly Springs. We hope he will have many more birthdays.

John Jackson, Ellis Morgan Reaves and son of Detroit, Mich., came for the funeral of the late Roosevelt Harris recently.

We wish to congratulate Marcus Lynn Naylor of Chattanooga, Tenn., who was a member of the graduating class at Mississippi State University Dec. 10, 2004.

The Church Growth Seminar that was held at Hopewell No. 1 Saturday, Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. was enjoyed by all. Theme: Stewardship. Order of Service: Call to worship, Pastor James. Devotion led by Pastor Curtis Hubbard. Welcome: Deacon Ben Cole II, Hopewell No. 1. Acceptance, Standing Ovation. Solo, Sis. Sandra Woods, Hopewell No. 1. Introduction of the Dr. Dwight Quinn. He spoke from I Peter. Offering solo Sis. Marshaha Gale Finley Union Valley. Pastor James introduced the speaker, Dr. John W. Crittle, pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church in Memphis. His subject “Leaders, What Do You Want?” It was well explained. Remarks by Pastor James. Benediction, Dr. Crittle.

February is Black History Month. Many elementary schools, high schools, colleges, universities and fraternal organizations will have some kind of celebrations during the month.

Worship service was held at Hopewell No. 1 the fifth Sunday, 10:45 a.m. with Pastor James calling to worship. Devotional Service led by the deacons, music provided by the choir. Responsive Reading from St. Mark 10:35-45. Announcements by Curressia Walton. Pastoral Remarks, benevolence, tithes and offering received by the ushers and church officials. Deacon Michael Crittle gave the sick report. The Mayor Rev. Andre’ DeBerry conducted altar call. Non-members present were Mike Hubbard of Providence Baptist Church. Sis. Oberia Mosley of Chulahoma Church. Hymn of the morning was “Amazing Grace.” Pastor James’ Scripture came from a portion of Ephesians, subject “Bringing Us Together.” The clerk gave the financial report. Remarks by Mayor DeBerry, benediction by Pastor James.

Marshall County Baptist Association’s quarterly worship and praise experience was the fifth Sunday held at the Baptist Association Building, 3 p.m. Occasion, 50 States program with vice-moderator Green in charge. Devotion was led by the Associate Deacons. Greetings, Sis. Rhonda Bowen. Beautiful music was provided by HSMC music choir. Beverly Phillips made the announcements. Presentation of States by churches. Sis. Lauran James made remarks. Pastor Keith Pendilin introduced the speaker; Rev. Archie Bowen, of Hearn Grove Baptist Church, brought a powerful sermon, enjoyed by all. Closing remarks by Sis. Annie Spight.

Congress Pastor Arthur Fitchpatrick, moderator. Closing prayer vice-moderator and benediction.

Worship service was held at Samuel Church fifth Sunday 11 a.m. Music was provided by the senior choir, sermon by Pastor Joseph Davis. Benediction by Pastor Davis.

Four national Baptist conventions met in Nashville, Tenn., recently.

Hope to see you next week.

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