Thursday, March 22, 2007
Bridal shower honors Megan Hill
Thanks to principal Ken Basil and the wonderful teachers in our school! Potts Camp School was chosen first place in Marshall County. Many graduates of Potts Camp School have gone on to serve as doctors, lawyers, teachers in schools and colleges, people elected to help operate the county, and also the state, preachers and others.
Pray for Charles Clifton, who had recent bypass surgery in Tupelo. We hope he will be better soon.
Joyce Clayton visited her brother, Wayne Smith, who is not feeling well, in Southaven one day last week.
Holy Week services will be held at Cornersville UMC on Sunday and Monday, 7 p.m. and at the Bethlehem UMC Church on Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 p.m and then at Potts Camp UMC Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited. Don Newton is pastor.
We send our love and sympathy to the family of David White of Ripley in his recent death. His brother, the late Carl White, was one of our favorite coaches.
Two families, Wynn and Martha Goolsby and children Hannah and Jamie, Jeff and Teresa Byrd, Nick and Brittany have returned from a cruise to Cozumel, Mexico.
Special prayers for June Peterson Shumaker, who entered Tupelo Cancer Center Monday for treatment. June is the daughter of Hazel Foote.
The Profile 2007 in The South Reporter was wonderful! Our county is really special! No other county in our state has a rich history like Marshall County.
Last week the children had spring break. We hope they had a happy, safe week!
Congratulations to Megan Hill of Hickory Flat and Sammy Ford, who will be married on March 25 at 5 p.m. in Flat Rock Baptist Church.
A bridal shower was held for Megan Hill, bride-elect of Sammy Ford, on March 18 at the home of Jackie Ford.
Several members of the family of George and Dorothy Dickey visited them last weekend. They are Pat Dickey, Tom Dickey and family and Joe Dickey and family. Riley Dickey, teenage daughter of Joe Dickey, has recently joined the U.S. Armed Forces. She will be leaving soon for training. Good luck to her.
Last weekend I enjoyed members of my family visiting in my home. On Saturday, Danny and Elizabeth Hollingsworth and sons, Luke, Clark and Jake, of Starkville stopped by enroute home from Memphis. On Saturday, my oldest son, Jimmy and Martha Hollingsworth of Tupelo visited me; then later Betty Greer, my daughter, came; she always brings me some delicious food. We called my sister, Ann P. Hill of Aberdeen.
We send our love and sympathy to the family of William Churchill in his recent death. They were neighbors of ours when our children were growing up. His mother, Nannie Churchill helped me and my family with health problems over the years. We loved the entire family.
Congratulations to Jean Shaw Whaley and family on the birth of her first grandchild, a boy. He was born March 4 to Zachery and Leslie Grubbs; he weighed nine pounds, one ounce and was named John Abston Grubbs. Laura Davis is his proud grandmother.
I. Abundant life! That is what we are all looking for; yet how sad, we often look in the wrong place.
There is only one source of abundant life; it is Jesus; His purpose in coming to earth and dying on the cross was to give man what he could not find on his own.
II. Jesus came to give; He came to give light to those in darkness, to set at liberty those who are captive, to give abundant life to all who believe on His name.
He is truly the life sharing Christ!
III. Jesus gave Himself for us; only as we are willing to give ourselves for Him, to serve and be like Him, do we discover abundant life.
Lessons I’ve Learned
1. Love is a great investment, no matter who you give it to, it returns great dividends.
2. If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn.
3. If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight.
4. If a child lives with praise, he learns to appreciate.
5. If a child lives with security, he learns to have faith.
6. If a child lives with approval, he will learn to like himself.
7. If a child lives with acceptance and friendship he learns to find love in the world.
8. Teach your children about God’s love when they are small. Say the blessings at the table before each meal, and teach them to pray before they go to sleep at night. Let them know that God is watching over them.
Happy birthday to young David Greer March 20, to Charles Henderson and Jeremy Humphrey on March 28. Happy wedding anniversary to Bill and Terri Kitchens on March 28. Happy birthday to Julie Mayer, daughter of Carey and Joann Mayer on March 29.
Happy birthday to Nathan Carl Blond, a college student, on March 23. He is the son of my granddaughter, Liesa.
Happy birthday to Frances Shaw Aycock on march 23, to Megan Wilson on March 24, and to Cindy Passons on March 25.
Prayer: say special prayers for sick friends in nursing homes in New Albany, Holly Springs and Ashland. Pray for those who are sad after a death in the family, also hospitals and our county. The list is too long to list them all.
Correction — I should have added Freddie Johnson of Holly Springs to my list of Colonel Potts’ descendants. He is the son of a very special cousin, the late Pearl Johnson. I’ve visited Freddie and wife Connie with Pearl many times over the years until her death.
When I was a child, a white frame, Christian church with a steeple was located near the two-story Boren house on Church St. It was similar to the one my grandfather, J.A. Potts, built in 1904 for the Potts Camp Methodist Church on the present site.
One summer, the new Christian church was filled with people on the second night of a revival waiting for services to begin. They didn’t know that behind the church two of their leaders, Mr. Hamilton and Mr. Mintz, were talking to Dr. Lowdy, the evangelist, about changing his way of preaching. Dr. Lowdy refused to change, so the revival was moved that night to the auditorium of the new Potts Camp School, built in 1925. If they had not changed the revival to the school, I would never have been able to attend the services with my friend, Gerry Alvis and her parents.
The singing was wonderful! People attended from Potts Camp, Winborn, Bethlehem, Temperance Hill and other places nearby. Dr. Lowdy used the stage to display several posters; he would point to them as he preached; I didn’t understand what he was saying until he told about the atom bomb. He said if it was split, the world would be destroyed. That’s when I began to listen to what he said. The revival lasted two or three weeks; Dr. Lowdy was boarding with Mrs. Lena Boatner, soon after Dr. Boatner died. I was about 12 years old.
Later when the atom bombs were dropped on two cities in Japan during World War II, I thought of Dr. Lowdy. I believe God sent him mnay years ago to warn the people what could happen, but they didn’t listen. He sends preachers and evangelists today to warn people about the end of time, when Jesus will appear, but life goes on for the people and many are not ready for His return. Prayer is important. God is in control.
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