December 18, 2008
Potts Camp News
Potts Camp Church of Christ delivers fruit baskets in community
Sunday, Dec. 6 was the first day of Advent in many churches to prepare for the coming of the Christ child. A wreath with five candles and a large middle one was placed on or near the altar. Every Sunday this month a short devotional will be given by a member or family of the church and a candle will be lighted. On Christmas Day, all the candles in the circle are blown out, and the large white one in the center is lighted. It is a lovely service.
We were saddened by the death of a friend, Jean Bernice Young, recently. We send our love and sympathy to her daughter, Collette Young, and other family members.
Salem Baptist Church members sang lovely Christmas hymns in and around our town. I thank them for remembering me.
Thanks to the Potts Camp Church of Christ, who delivered delicious fruit and candy to many of us.
Congratulations to Karen Green, teacher, coach and director at Potts Camp School. She is being honored with an athletic State Award of Merit by the National Interscholastic Administration Association. She will receive the award Jan. 15, 16, 2009 in Vicksburg. We are proud of our friend, Karen Green.
Joyce Clayton joined a group from Flat Rock Church to attend a Christmas program and singing at the Bollinger Family Theater in Bruce.
Mary Minor and her niece, Haley, visited friends on Saturday. They drove out on upper Gurley Road to visit George and Dorothy Dickey and came to see me. Haley is a pretty teenage girl, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Gurley.
We extend love and sympathy to the family of Thomas Wayne Cook of Hickory Flat, in his recent death.
The little Drummer Boy was sad. He had no gift for Baby Jesus. Then he thought, “I can play my drum for Him.” So he played with all his heart with love. Baby Jesus smiled at him, which shows that the greatest gift at Christmas is love.
Children learn what they live, teaching good habits is no easy task; character is developed over the years. When you show patience, a seed of patience is planted into your child, when you take a stand for fairness, a silent witness is listening with trusting little ears. When you choose honesty or take a stand for friendship, he remembers it. Encourage your children to do their best, hold fast to their dreams and behold the hand of God in their lives.
Rules of life
1. Find your own particular talent and use it for the Lord.
2. Be honest in all you do and say.
3. Live with enthusiasm and don’t let your possessions possess you.
4. Don’t worry about problems; ask God to help with them.
Happy birthday to David Fuller, Dec. 20; Mary Lois Gurley, Dec. 23; Jamie Elizabeth Pannell, a great niece, Dec. 26; Candy Potts, Dec. 28; Brittany Griffen, a great-granddaughter, Dec. 31; Pebble Gadd, daughter of Annie Ruth Stone, Dec. 31.
Prayer list: Get well to the sick and sad people: Robert Hugh King, Diane Clayton, Lina Mae Rhea, Henry Tutor, Lena Fay Work, Connie Work, Betty Fincher, Mary Jo Whaley, Donna Marett. Pray for our men in service, those who have lost loved ones recently and those who suffer.
Sometimes I think of the simple Christmas long ago when I was a child. We hung our stockings around the fireplace and shopped in a Sears Christmas Catalog. I would follow my older brother, James, to a wooded area to chop down a Christmas tree. We decorated it with bright red and silver homemade bells and balls. One night Santa put the Roman candles too near the fireplace; in the night they fell over into the ashes and started shooting. My dad jumped out of bed and held them up the chimney. We ran outside in the cold and watched them shoot out over the house top. What a pretty sight!
My younger brother, Charles Lindy Potts, was born in 1931, the year our Methodist Church was rebuilt; the other one burned in 1929.
Some of the church leaders, Mary Ella Greer, Lena Miller, Lizzie Boren and others planned a Christmas program.
They asked my parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Potts if Lindy could be Baby Jesus in the program. They said “Yes, if Dale can be his mother. She cares for him sometimes at home.” I didn’t realize as a girl, age 13, what an honor it was to be Mary, mother of Jesus. (He didn’t cry.) I remember that special program. (My older brother, James, was the king in it.)
At age 20, Lindy became a Methodist minister; his first church was Hickory Flat charge (four churches). Joann Bready played the piano for him. They fell in love and they married on my birthday, Dec. 16. He died many years ago after preaching in towns all over Mississippi 42 years. I still miss him.
90th Birthday Reception
The South Reporter will be honoring Mrs. Dale Hollingsworth on the occasion of her 90th birthday with a reception at the Potts Camp School Cafeteria on Friday, Dec. 19 from 4 to 6 p.m. Along with South Reporter staff, hostesses will be Betty Greer and Mary Minor.
Everyone is cordially invited to attend, or if you would like to send a card, mail to Mrs. Dale Hollingsworth, P.O. Box 125, Potts Camp, MS 38659. Her birthday is on Dec. 16.
This will be a special occasion. Mrs. Dale has been a community correspondent for The South Reporter for 26 years.
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