Thursday, June 29, 2006
Ethan Humphries celebrates fourth birthday on two separate family gatherings
Jack Clayton and family from Kentucky stopped for a visit with his dad, Joel Clayton, for several hours before driving to the coast to spend a few days. Joel continues to be on the sick list; pray for him. He and his family have been good neighbors for many years. His wife, Joyce, is a special friend.
Four-year-old Ethan, son of Colette and Jeremy Humphries, celebrated his birthday twice on June 21. First, at the home of his dad’s family, the Humphries; then at the home of Bernice Young, Colette’s mother. Charles Henderson and grandson Corey, special friends, joined in the celebration, also J.T., brother of Ethan.
Jean Derryberry is a patient in New Albany Hospital after having surgery on her foot. Get well wishes to her.
Connie Work enjoyed a trip to Florida with her friend, Nancy Greer, and family from El Dorado, Ark. last week. She rode through Disney World in a wheelchair (she has a sore foot).
The family of Carey and Joann Mayer spent Father’s Day with them. They were Casey, Keith, Chad and Julie.
I. As a child of God, we are called to be alert to the needs of the lonely, sick, disabled, homeless and grieving, or anyone who needs a listening ear.
Prayer: Lord create in me a clean heart, so I can be fully free to follow you. For Christ’s sake, Amen.
II. Jesus, our Saviour is always with us; because of Him we can be kind, even toward those who mistreat us. As we love, trust and depend on Him, He will give us strength to do the impossible.
III. Live so that others will want to know your Saviour. Christ is the greatest gift known to man!
IV. Take time to pray; it is the greatest power known to men.
V. Only God Knows
I do not know what lies ahead
VI. Weary and tired of life’s full
A Father’s Day gathering was held on Saturday, June 7 at the home of T.M. and Annie Ruth Stone. A large crowd attended.
Ordination to Christian ministry for Anna Paulette Teel will be held on Sunday, July 9 at Bella Vista Community Church in Bella Vista, Ark. Her mother, Paulette Whaley Teel, grew up in Potts Camp. Her grandparents were the late Mr. and Mrs. Paul Whaley of Potts Camp. The T.M. Stones are her relatives.
Happy birthday to Juanita Howell on June 26, to Kristy Hudspeth on June 28, to Zach Winter on June 29 and Lindsey Winter on June 30. Zach and Lindsey are my great-grandchildren who live in Nashville, Tenn. Happy birthday to a special friend, Annie Ruth Stone, on June 30.
We are sorry that Kenny and Gale Work lost their home in a recent fire.
Other cousins who met in Rome, Ga. with Jewel and JB Work were James and Linda Johnson, Charles and Elaine Johnson and Waller and Brenda Johnson.
Prayer list: Jean Derryberry, Betty Fincher, Connie Work, Roy Foote, Hazel Foote, Evan Watts, Willie Thomas Wicker, Ollie Mansel, Donna Marett, Joyce Clayton, Lena Fay Work, Lucille Hutchens, Dorothy Forester, Mary Jo McCallum, Jessie Pipkin, Lois and Jack Holland, Adelle Hudson, Shirley Vance, Jerry Work, Ella Rea Whaley. Pray for all who are sad and those who suffer. Pray for the men and women fighting for us and leaders of our country.
Many of you will remember Rev. Frank Wilson, pastor of Bethlehem Church of the Lord Jesus Christ for 45 years (he preached for 60 years). Barbara Lemons wrote a book about Rev. Wilson entitled “Giant of a Man.”
A clipping from The Daily Journal in 1993 told of his retirement that year, and how his son, Rev. Steve Wilson, would become pastor of the church. I have many friend who are members of the church. In 1935, the young preacher (Rev. Frank Wilson) met his wife, Lillian Cox; she was among his converts in Tupelo at the old fish hatchery where he was holding a revival.
Joanne was the first of 10 children born to the couple.
With a rigged travel trailer, which was pulled behind their car, and a tent rolled up and strapped to the fenders, the couple hit the evangelistic road. In 1940 Rev. Frank Wilson was elected pastor of a church in Atlanta, Ga. and he never stopped serving as a pastor of other churches.
Over the years the Bethlehem Church of the Lord Jesus Christ has grown larger; they also have a school and ball team.
I remember when you couldn’t buy chickens in the stores. Mother and I bought dressed fryers every weekend from Rev. Frank Wilson; he was a friendly man. Every Christmas Eve, he called friends to wish us all a Merry Christmas.
Many people enjoyed attending singings there; four of the Wilson boys had a quartet and sold records. One of his daughters, Becky, was our postmaster at one time. We all loved her. Rev. Frank is deceased. His wife, Mrs. Lillian Wilson, is in her 90s; she lives near the church with her daughter. Everyone loves her.
Bro. Steve Wilson and wife Pat are special; they deliver large fruit baskets every Christmas. I look forward to seeing them.
One Christmas in the early ’90s, I was home alone. Betty and David had gone to San Antonio, Tx., to visit their daughter and family. I was going to Tupelo to stay with Jimmy and Martha and family, but the pipes busted and they had not gas to cook or heat with and the roads were too bad to travel. Bro. Steve and a friend drove up with food and fruit in a basket. I’ll never forget that. They were the only people I saw that day!
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