Household grows for VBS
I have really been outnumbered the past few nights.
There have been 12 girls at the house, plus me.
Nine of those are teenagers from the Siwell Road Church of Christ in Jackson. They’re part of a group of 27 people who are assisting our church with Vacation Bible School this week (through Wednesday). The other three are wife Pam, and daughters Emma and Erin.
Close to Nowhere
Mitford fans ‘come home’
• All the Mitford fans have gone home, but they sure made an impact on Holly Springs this past weekend!
And I have to say, they sure are a cheerful, happy bunch of people.
Most of them arrived as strangers to each other, at least in person. They’ve corresponded on their message board for years, but seeing a picture of someone and typing them notes sometimes daily, is just not the same as actually getting a huge smile and a big hug.
The Lord does indeed work in mysterious ways
What an economic time it is. Fortunately, few people are talking about a depression anymore. That sort of Chicken Little talk was dangerous nonsense. That being said, we are indeed in the middle of the Great Recession.
Letters To The Editor
Thanks for the help!:
Thank you so much for sending us the delightful teenagers to help at the museum this past Monday.
We were sitting there waiting for them to come and all of a sudden it was like a blitz of teenagers everywhere. Each and every one of them was so pleasant and willing and eager to help. It is refreshing and a blessing to be around young people like that whose only attitude is pleasant.
They pitched in and performed what would be equal to 300 hours of work. They performed tasks that none of us could do.
The children were from the Holly Springs Church of Christ and the Siwell Road Church of Christ in Jackson. They wanted to do something useful in a community and they chose this community. I asked the Lord for help and He sent this blitz to help. It was the answer to prayers.
At the museum, we urgently need help and without help, the museum will not be open for years as I, and my workers, can’t do it.
We have been blessed by volunteer help who have gotten us this far. We had three volunteer teenagers from Chicago, government workers, prisoners and lots of paid help. The museum will probably be open next April, if we work really hard.
The museum is an outstanding asset to the community.
Lois Swanee Shipp
On Wednesday, 8 July, my mailbox contained a solicitation for a contribution from Planned Parenthood. I suspect that most of the residents of Marshall County also received similar soliciations. I will not be contributing to Planned Parenthood. If my fellow citizens think the organization worthy of a contribution, it is their right to send them some money. I would like, however, to make sure that people know exactly what they will be supporting with their contributions.
The soliciation came in the form of a brochure outlining the work of Planned Parenthood. It states that 9,000 Mid-South minors become pregnant each year, and that more than half decide to continue their pregnancies. That means that nearly 4,500 of those minors abort their children; and I suspect that very few of those who decided to keep their babies have done so at the urgings of Planned Parenthood.
Since the Roe v. Wade decision, over 50 million children have been aborted. Approximately 20 percent of the annual abortion toll occurs in the clinics of Planned Parenthood; and those abortions provide at least one third of Planned Parenthood’s $345 million annual clinic income. This information was taken from a “Weekly Standard” article printed in the 22 October 2007 edition of the magazine. That article may be read at weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/014/223livny.asp.
Another part of the soliciation admonishes the reader to “Support honest sex ed in public schools.” I personally have some misgivings about sex education in public schools. I know that opinions vary on this subject. I also know that people vary in their understanding of what sex education entails; and surely what is taught in these classes will vary from school district to school district. I think however, that anyone considering supporting Planned Parenthood with their hard earned money should know what Planned Parenthood thinks sex education should entail.
The book “It’s Perfectly Normal” has been endorsed by Planned Parenthood for sex education in the public schools. The book’s cover states that is appropriate for children 10 and above. A visit to the following website will allow you to read four pages from the book: http://www.prolifewaco.org/documents/Normal4pages.pdf. (explicit photos).
The four-page excerpt should be enough for you to decide whether or not you agree that it is appropriate for your 10-year-old child. The illustrations are particularly illustrative. On the Barnes & Noble site there is a reader review of this book. I cannot vouch for the authenticity of this review. My first thought was that it must be a fake; but fake or true, it may very well give an accurate picture of the effects of public school sex education. I offer it here for those who do not wish to trouble themselves with looking it up:
For those who might be wavering on whether or not to send a contribution to Planned Parenthood, I suggest a visit to their teen-talk website: plannedparenthood.org/teen-talk/
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