April 16, 2009
Potts Camp News
Rowland home setting for Easter dinner
Easter Sunday Church Services for Potts Camp United Methodist Church were held at Cornersville United Methodist Church (after breakfast was served.) Other churches on the charge are Potts Camp Church and Bethlehem United Methodist Church. Rev. Don Newton is pastor of the charge.
Mary Minor delivered lovely Easter baskets from Potts Camp Methodist Church to many people in this area.
Several members of Jamie Smith’s former class at Potts Camp School, including Mary Minor, James Gray and Katherine Greer Sundstrom, visited him in his home at Byhalia recently. We send get well wishes to him.
Pray for Gladys Rhynes, wife of Orville Rhynes, who fell recently and broke her hip.
A late birthday dinner was held for Connie Work, who is at home from Tupelo Hospital. She was brought to her home on Saturday by her brother, Tony and Tammie Fincher from Memphis. Others attending were their mother, Betty Fincher, and Andy Work, Connie’s husband.
Willie Thomas Wicker, age 99, a friend of the past, died at Christophers Nursing Home in Holly Springs last week. We send love and sympathy to her family, two sons and their families. She was a former Potts Camp School teacher. Another son, Dr. Ralph Wicker, a classmate of Jimmy, my son, died many years ago.
The large family of Mary Lois Gurley celebrated Easter with dinner and an egg hunt at the home of her daughter, Sue and Bill Rowland.
“I am the resurrection and the life, He who believeth in me, though he dies, shall live.” John 11:25
Jesus is depending on us to tell the world how He lived and died on the cross to save us from our sins! Can He depend on us to strengthen the Kingdom of God as He depended on those first disciples? Today’s Christians are all He has. He is depending on us! For thousands of years He has used people like you and me. Why should He change now?
O, God you see what’s in my heart. There’s nothing hid from you, so let me live the kind of life that’s filled with love for thee. For Christ’s sake, amen.
Have you heard the Story of the Jelly Beans? The black ones are a symbol of our sinful heart, cold and hard, not a good start. The red ones are for the blood He shed for you and me. The white ones are for us washed white as snow, by the blood of Jesus, do you know? The green ones mean growth for our clean heart, so we can tell others of Jesus, that’s a good start. The yellow ones would be for the streets of gold, like the ones in Heaven, as the Revelation is told. The purple one is for the robes He wore, when the sins on the cross He bore. So the next time you see a bag of jelly beans, you will know what the colors mean. We always see jelly beans at Easter, but do you know the reason? Jesus bled, died and rose for our sinful souls. We should give Him our lives to mold.
Say a special prayer for all our men and women in service everywhere. Without them our country would be in a bad shape. Pray for our leaders, that they will make the right decisions.
Pray for all the sick and suffering people, all of those who have lost loved ones and those who have lost their jobs.
A fire in an apartment building in New Albany caused the death of the 23-month-old granddaughter of Rev. and Mrs. Don Newton, pastor of Potts Camp United Methodist Church. We send love and sympathy to the family.
Prayer list: Gladys Rynes, Connie Work, Mary Jarrett, Jamie Smith, Diane Clayton, Jeanette Dunning, Betty Fincher, Henry Tutor, Angie Elks, Robert Hugh King, Bobbie Clayton.
Memories and History
We were very excited back in 1980 when Miss America Cheryl Pruitt came to visit our town! She was the first and only Miss America to visit here. Cheryl grew up in Ackerman and was a longtime friend of our Methodist pastor, Rev. Glenn Ray and wife, Susan.
As an 11-year-old child, Cheryl was badly injured in a car accident. It left with her a crushed leg, a cracked back and stitches on her face and body. After having surgery, she was left with one leg shorter than the other one. At age 16, she attended a faith healing service in Jackson, where her strong faith and prayer caused her leg to grow back to normal. After that day she began to travel and witness for the Lord.
In the Miss America contest, she had a double talent; she played the piano and sang “I’ll Cry Out Loud.”
Rev. and Mrs. Glenn Ray invited Cheryl to come to Potts Camp and hold a concert. It was held in the new “Carl Houston White Gym” with a large crowd attending. Later Cheryl signed autographs at the new Potts Camp Methodist parsonage when refreshments were served.
We will never forget Cheryl Pruitt, Miss America for 1980, the only one to visit our town.
Rev. and Mrs. Glenn Ray were also special people.
Lavora Blake plans anniversary celebration
Card of Thanks
To all churches, businesses, individuals, healthcare facilities, funeral directors, friends and ministers, words cannot express our sincere thanks to all of you for the beautiful sprays, cards, food, prayers, monetary gifts and words of comfort during our difficult time.
Friends like you all have been such a blessing during this time and we truly appreciate the support in the loss of Vanessa A. Curry. Parents, Elcue and Elmira Curry; daughter, Yazmine, nine siblings and relatives.
The Two Greatest Commandments
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: love your neighbor as yourself. All the love and the prophets hang on these two commandments. St. Matthew 22.
Do you have a church home? Ask yourself that question. Sunday school and worship services are held at most churches every Sunday. You are welcome to attend the church of your choice.
On Friday, April 17 Lavora will be celebrating 25 years of business. A special event will be held at 11:30 a.m. Door prizes will be given with a special drawing at 5 p.m. One of the drawings consists of a barbecue dinner for four from B’s Hickory Smoked BBQ. You may register anytime for the drawing.
On Saturday night, April 18 please join our family and the community of Greenfield Presbyterian Church as we continue to celebrate Vanessa’s life and raise money to help support her cause at 7 p.m.
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