Thursday, August 30, 2007
Hanna Goolsby honored on birthday
Happy birthday to Hanna Goolsby on her 15th birthday, Aug. 27. Her parents are Lynn and Martha Goolsby. Her brother, Jamie, and her grandmother, Joyce Clayton, honored her with a dinner in New Albany on Sunday. Hanna is a Potts Camp cheerleader this year.
Mary Jo McCallum enjoyed having her son, Col. Earl McCallum and wife visit for a week.
We ask for special prayers for our two friends, Diane Clayton, who is in Union County Hospital with blood clots in her legs and lungs; and Connie Work, who had foot surgery in Oxford on Friday.
We send our love and sympathy to the family of Charles Churchill in his sudden death.
Donna Marett has returned home in Cornersville after spending two weeks with her son, James and Thomas Ann Gray of Hickory Flat.
I called my friend, Marjorie Clifton, and her husband, Henry Clifton, answered me. We are thankful that he is feeling better as his broken bones heal.
A special pastor, Rev. Chuck Fowler, who was pastor of First Baptist Church of Potts Camp in the ’80s, has retired in Potts Camp. Rev. and Mrs. Fowler have a lovely new house here. My granddaughter, Vickie Winter of Nashville, Tenn., married a relative of Bro. Fowler. They asked him to check on me during this hot weather. I enjoyed a visit with him on my front porch late one afternoon recently. He prayed a special prayer for me. We welcome them back.
Betty Lee Maxey’s sister came for her on Wednesday to drive her to a Memphis hospital for surgery. Say a special prayer for her!
Bro. Steve and Pat Wilson have been out of state frequently lately. Bro. Steve preached a camp in Olla, La. for a week and ministered at the General Conference in New Brunswick, Canada for a week. They have also visited their daughter and family, Jon and Stephanie McDonald, Sydney and Symon in Eureka, Calif., and Johnathan and Carla Deans in Alexandria, La.
Tim Wilson suffered a heart attack last week and had heart bypass surgery at Baptist East in Memphis. He is back home and recovering well.
Guest minister at Bethlehem Church of the Lord Jesus Christ this past weekend was Bro. Nathan Thornton of Monroe, La. He ministered in a special youth service on Friday night and then Sunday and Sunday evening at the scheduled services.
1. “Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
2. God loans us precious children to love and enjoy until they grow up. He expects us to teach them, watch over them and keep them from harm; He also expects us to set a good example for them.
3. Telling them that God is watching over them, and taking them to Sunday school and church services are things they will never forget; also teach them to say a bedtime prayer, and saying the blessing before meals are important.
4. The first poem we learned as a child was: Jesus loves the little children; all the children of the world; red and yellow, black and white; they are precious in His sight; Jesus loves the little children of the world.
5. In this world filled with sin, children need all the help we can give them, and teaching them about God’s love is the best way.
Happy birthday to Don Randolph on Aug. 26; to my friend Betty Fincher; and to Tom Dickey on Aug. 30. He is the son of friends Dorothy and George Dickey.
Prayer list: Lina Mae Rhea, Martha Ross, Jean Derryberry, Adelle Hudson, Donna Marett, Ann Mann, Lena Fay Work, Melanie Epperson, Juanita Howell, Jessie Pipkin, Ella Rea Whaley, Mary Jo McCallum, Jean and Joe McCallum, Betty Fincher, Connie Work. Pray for those who have lost loved ones and for those who suffer. Pray for our country and the soldiers fighting for us. Pray for and help those who have lost their homes in two fires lately and help them if you can. Pray for peace.
Memories of the ’30s
One morning, during the cold month of December in 1929, I ran over to my grandparents’ house; they had moved next door. When I glanced out the window, I almost fainted; only smoking bricks were standing where our Methodist church once stood. I said, “Grandma, what happened?” She said, “You mean that your family didn’t hear all the cars honking and bells ringing last night when the church burned?” I ran home to tell my mother. We didn’t have a fire department at that time; thank goodness, Robert Greer, banker and insurance man, had the church fully insured, with the help from other businessmen in town.
Until the church could be rebuilt, we attended church services and Sunday school in the new Potts Camp School, built in 1925, after the two-story school burned in 1924. I started to school in 1924 in the two-story building.
Rev. Lester James became the new pastor of the church in 1930; he had a large family; Rosalie and I were friends.
Although the church was rebuilt and fully paid for, almost like the first one, it was empty. Every family bought a pew; they have been renovated and padded, and are still being used. The Greer family donated an organ in memory of their mother, and years later, the Lamar Days donated a new piano. Chairs, tables and other items were needed, so Bro. James planned a play for the younger people in the church to learn, and used it to make some money. We had a wonderful time that summer taking our play to other schools, Waterford and Ashland, after presenting it at our school twice. I don’t know how much money we made for the church, but we had a good time. Bro. James was so understanding; he taught us forestry in the eighth grade and took us on interesting field trips. I loved that family!
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