Thursday, November 16, 2006
Whaleys entertain; rejoice over new baby
JoAnn Potts of Olive Branch had back surgery recently in Memphis; she is the wife of my late brother, Rev. Lindy Potts. We send get well wishes to her.
Robin Clayton of Walnut visited Joel and Joyce Clayton on Saturday night. He played some musical instruments for Joel and sang for him.
On Sunday Rodney and Betty Whaley’s family met in their home. Lori was home from college and Amanda Smith and little Jack Whaley were there, also Stacy and Jonathan Morrison and new baby boy, John Gray. Betty’s mother, Ruby Churchill, was also present.
We send our love and sympathy to the family of Martha Henderson of Oxford in her recent death. She lived at Potts Camp at one time; her father was the late Hayes Henderson. She leaves two brothers.
I. Jesus promised us “I have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly”, John 10:10. We cannot experience a full and abundant life if we are living in fear. When we walk by faith, we can see each day of Christian life as a challenge to be met as one more step to glory!
2. You will never be happy until you learn the secret of how to give yourself away. Someone needs what you have to share; if you are lonely, help someone who is lonely. God sends a special blessing to those who take their eyes off themselves and turn to the needs of others.
3. Prayer: By feeding on your blessed word, Dear Lord, I no longer weak and childish be; as I listen to your Spirit’s voice may Christlike love and grace be seen in me. For Jesus’s sake, amen.
One of my favorite sayings is “May there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.”
You may think one person cannot make a difference, but it will. Put God first in your life.
Make a habit of being kind and showing respect and love to all people, not just your friends.
Help those in need if possible. pray for the sick and sad people, and those in trouble.
A smile goes a long way, most people will smile back.
Make friends with children; they will add happiness to our lives.
Look for the good in people everywhere, and you will find it; there’s some good in everyone.
I expect to pass through life but once, if there is any kindness I can show or any good I can do for any fellow being, let me do it now, because I will not pass this way again.
We send our love and sympathy to the family of Darcie Ivy in her recent death. She leaves her husband, Lacy Ivy; a son, Tommy of Tennessee; a daughter, Debra of Potts Camp; two brothers, Ganus Gadd and Clifton Gadd; and two sisters.
Happy birthday to Virgie Kelly, a friend, on Nov. 13; to Carrie Jewel Taylor on Nov. 15. Happy birthday to my grandson in Starkville, Clark Hollingsworth, on Nov. 22; also to Jason Gurley on Nov. 22 and Tyler Knight on Nov. 25.
A combined birthday dinner was held on Sunday, Nov. 12 at the home of Kerry and Lela Hale to honor their daughter, Haven, whose birthday was Nov. 2, and Lela’s brother, Ervin Smith, whose birthday was Nov. 12. A large group attended.
Please pray for my friend Ann Mann of Memphis, age 81, who suffered a stroke on Friday. She is a patient at St. Francis. She is the sister of Doris Goode and Jerry Vanzant, both of Hickory Flat.
Prayer list: Betty Jewel Smith in a Memphis hospital; she continues to suffer from broken bones after she was attacked; Roy Foote in the VA hospital at Oxford, Joel Clayton, my neighbor; Betty Fincher, Lena Faye Work, Jessie Pipkin, Maxine Potts, Lina Mae Rhea, Ollie Mansel, Martha Ross, Joann Potts, Ella Rea Whaley. Pray for all who suffer and the sad. Several older people and some others are suffering from the shingles. It may not kill you, but it is very painful. I have had it recently. Pray for all who suffer with it.
Very few people remember the Potts Camp white frame Methodist Church built by my grandfather, J.A. Potts, in 1904. It had a tall steeple, a pipe organ, stained glass windows and a kneeling rail. My brothers, James, and I accepted Christ as our Savior there at an early age. In 1926 it was demolished and a two-story brick church was built on the site. Many famous visiting preachers held services for us in the new church. Land for the church and parsonage was given by Mary Potts Reid. At age 11, one morning during the Christmas season, I ran next door to see my grandmother; when I looked out the large window facing the town, I was shocked. Only burning bricks were left of our new church. I asked, “Grandma, what happened to our church?” She asked if we didn’t hear all the noise, bells ringing, cars honking, etc. when the church was burning. I ran home to tell my mother. Bro. Clark was the pastor.
Robert Greer, banker and insurance man, had the church fully insured with the help of the businessmen in town. It was rebuilt in 1930. Sunday school and church services were held in the new Potts Camp School, built in 1925, until the new church was rebuilt.
Bro. Lester James and family moved into the parsonage that year. Because of the depression, people didn’t have much money for the pastor, so they let him teach school. He was a wonderful forestry teacher; he took us on field trips to Eagle Springs and to the cotton gin.
In 1931 my youngest brother, Lindy, was born in May. During the Christmas season that year, the leaders in the church — Mary Ella Greer, Lizzie Boren and others — were planning a Christmas program. They asked Mother if Lindy could be Baby Jesus and she said “Yes, if Dale can be his mother, maybe he won’t cry,” and he didn’t.
Although the church was rebuilt, other things were needed. Each family bought a pew, and they are still being used today after being renovated. Bro. James planned a play that summer, using the youth in our church. We took it to Waterford School, Ashland School and used it twice at our school. We don’t know how much money we made for our church, but we really had a great time that year.
Those were happy days!
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