October 8, 2009
Potts Camp News
Dedication service held at Winborn UMC
Lynn and Martha Goolsby and children Hannah and Jamie enjoyed the weekend on a trip to see the sights at Branson, Mo.
A Tombigbee Country Magazine special edition arrived. It was a tribute to the founder of the magazine, Clyde T. Wilson, who was 78 when he died suddenly. I knew him as a child. They plan to continue the magazine.
James Gray, who had recent surgery in Oxford, has returned home. He is the son of Donna Marett of Cornersville. Pray for him.
The family of Jimmy Hollingsworth honored him on Saturday, Oct. 3 with a celebration in the home of Jimmy and Martha in Tupelo. (He is my oldest son.)
Attending a dedication service for the newly installed steeple on the Winborn United Methodist Church on Sunday were Annie Ruth Stone, Tommye Ann Goode, Mitch and Jeanette Stone and Mary Minor. The steeple was installed in memory of Mrs. Willie Thomas Wicker from her family. Representing the Wicker family were her son and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Wicker of Texas and his cousin Judge Fred Wicker of Pontotoc. Other out-of-town guests included May Wynn (Collier) Wren of Memphis, John Collier of Arkansas, and Elizabeth (Gholson) Hunsucker of Memphis.
Kathryn Jones Scarborough and husband, Terry, visited Dr. Woodrow Rankin for a week in Starkville while his wife, Jeanette, was in Chicago with their daughter, Lynn. I was glad to see them when they visited me on Wednesday.
Betty Rose Jones fell and broke her right arm. She is at Germantown taking therapy. She needs our prayers.
Kathryn, Frances and Betty Rose are daughters of Rose and the late Harry Jones.
We send our love and sympathy to the family of Dorothy Wilbanks, age 54, in her recent death.
Congratulations to the 10 teachers who were awarded $1,000 each by the “Create Foundation” for “Teachers of Distinction” in the Tupelo area. They were pictured in the “Daily Journal” from Tupelo on Tuesday. Jamie Baker, daughter of Belinda Russell of New Albany (my niece), was in the picture. My late sister, Ann Hill, was her grandmother.
When everything seems hopeless and life is hard to bear, just find a quiet corner and say a little prayer. Ask God to help you and give you strength to see you through the day. He alone can help you, He can pave the way. Believe in Him and trust Him, let Him be your guide. Miraculous things can happen when He is on your side. Once your cross is lifted and you can find that you can hope be sure to thank Almighty God for giving you new hope.
God did not promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow or sun without rain. But God did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears and a light for the way and for all who believe in His kingdom above, He answers their faith with everlasting love.
Dear Lord, I pray at the close of each day you’ll find I’ve helped someone, some how, some way. That I’ve not failed in word or deed to lighten the heart of someone some way. Though my talents be few I pray that you will find me a credit to you.
II Chronicles speaks for itself: “If my people which are called by my name shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face, and turn away from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and forgive their sins and heal their lands.
Times have changed since I was a child; we didn’t have much money but we worshiped God in all the schools and anywhere else we wanted to. (Now it’s against the law.) Even the Christmas cards have changed. They say “Season’s Greetings” instead of “Merry Christmas” (with no manger scene). In our school a local pastor of one of the churches came and spoke to us once a week; we had song books with “God Bless America” and “My Country ‘Tis Of Thee.” When we arrived at school every morning, our coach, who held study hall that period, read several verses of Scripture to us and prayed. The Ten Commandments was printed in the courthouse and other public places. Now it’s against the law.
We pray that our country will never forget God.
Happy birthday to Doris Goode, a special Hickory Flat friend, on Oct. 11; to Beth Potts on Oct. 13; to Bobby Smithwick on Oct. 15; to Iva B. Smith on Oct. 16; and to my younger son, Danny Hollingsworth on Oct. 18; also to Bill Kitchens and Jack Gadd on Oct. 21.
Pray for the sick and those who suffer, also for those who have lost friends and loved ones. Pray for peace in the world. God answers prayers!
Prayer list: Frances Whiteside, who had surgery; Mary Jo McCallum; Mary Lois Gurley; Adelle Hudson; Donna Marett; Robert Hugh King; Connie Work; Diane Clayton; Charles Henderson; Henry Tutor; Mary Jarrett; Inez Jarrett; George Dickey.
Memories and History
Among the most exciting events I remember in 1986 was the “Million Dollar Walk for Humanity” by the Habitat group. They had stopped in Tupelo and New Albany before reaching Potts Camp, then Holly Springs.
The Potts Camp Civic Club was very active at that time (I was a member). We sponsored a resting place for the tired, hungry group of people. At that time, there were no buildings behind the First Baptist Church, so the Potts Camp Civic Club placed tables of food and drink for them under the shade trees there before they arrived.
We enjoyed meeting the friendly people from many states. Millard Fuller had started the “Habitat For Humanity” back in 1976 (10 years before). They stopped in 128 towns during the walk from Georgia to Kansas City. I collected the names of many of them and where they lived. One man gave me a pen with his home state on it.
The Potts Camp Civic Club was active for many years. We always had interesting guest speakers; some of them showed films as they talked. We met at the Memorial Museum most of the time. The Museum, built by Dallas King and his wife, Louise, was a wonderful place; it was built in memory of Mr. King’s brother, C.C. King, who was killed in a flight accident during World War II. C.C. was my classmate. He made us all laugh.
Dallas was a special friend of our family; he would come to our home with my brother, James, on Saturday night to hear “The Grand Ole Opry” on a battery radio (before we had lights). He was a grammar school principal later (across the street). Our children enjoyed his “magic acts” after school.
He met Louise when he was attending Ole Miss and visiting a friend in the hospital. Louise was his nurse.
When our town celebrated its 100th birthday in 1988, Dallas King was the grand marshal. Louise rode beside him in the big limousine following the bands and go-carts. Then the line of floats passed our house. After Mr. King died, the Memorial Museum closed.
Those were happy days!
North Marshall News
October is Ministry Appreciation Month
When I think about those who preach the Gospel or serve in ministry I am reminded of a Scripture found in Romans 10:15, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring glad tidings of good things.” Today I am paying tribute to all the pastors and others who serve in ministry of the Gospel of Christ. I will do so by concentrating on my own pastor.
Dr. Chuck Herring was born and raised in Saltillo. Pastor attended school in Saltillo and graduated high school at Saltillo High. He played baseball and football while in high school. After high school he attended and graduated with a B.A. in education from Mississippi State University at Starkville. Pastor Chuck also earned his master’s in education from MSU at Starkville. He began his teaching and football coaching career at Starkville Jr. High and later at Columbus High School as an assistant coach. Pastor Chuck also was head coach and athletic director at Saltillo High School.
As busy as a coach can be, Pastor Chuck was also very active in his church. He was asked to speak to his church on a Wednesday evening and through this exposure and other invitations to speak, his desire to preach the Gospel grew to a point of decision in his life. I asked Pastor how he knew for sure he was to preach. He said he had prayed and discussed with his wife about his desire to preach. The point of his prayer was that God would also confirm to his wife that it was God who was calling. After much prayer his wife confirmed to him that she was also ready to go as God leads. Trusting God, Pastor soon resigned his teaching and coaching positions, packed the family and off to New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary they went. Space will not allow me to go into the details of a young family on a very tight budget moving and attending school full time while providing for the family. Pastor Chuck said God was faithful and provided all their needs.
After graduation from seminary, with his MD in hand, he began his ministry at Mullins Station Baptist Church, Memphis, Tenn., for eight and a half years. He also has served as pastor at Richland Baptist in Richland for eight years. Pastor Chuck presently serves at First Baptist Church Collierville, Tenn. He has been at FBC for six and a half years. The church has about 2,800 members with about 1,700 active on a given Sunday.
I asked Pastor Chuck what he sees as the most important issue concerning the church and the family in today’s world. He responded without hesitation with these words. “Truth, the truth of God’s Word being compromised in the pulpits of America and around the world. Two plus two no longer equals four. Man is sacrificing absolute truth.”
Pastor Chuck is married to Darlene Sanderson Herring. They have a daughter Heather and a son Zack. Heather is married to Vic Shivers. Heather and Vic have two children, Cade, age 4, and Aynsley, age 18 months.
When you see your pastor(s) or minister(s) be sure and say thanks for sacrifices they have and are making. Show appreciation for the work they do. You know it is a 24/7 job. The stress and heavy burdens are enormous. Pray for the pastor and the family’s health, for the pastor’s study time and for their physical protection.
Did You Know On
Oct. 7, 2001 – U.S. troops launched Operation Enduring Freedom, the campaign to destroy terrorist training camps in Afghanistan.
Oct. 8, 1860 – A telegraph line between Los Angeles and San Francisco was opened.
Oct. 9, 1876 – Alexander Graham Bell, in Boston, and Thomas Watson, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, held the first telephone conversation over the outdoor wires.
Oct. 10, 1845 – the U.S. Naval Academy opened in Annapolis, Maryland, with 36 students.
Oct. 11, 1968 – Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission, launched carrying astronauts, Wally Schirra, Donn Eisele, and Walter Cunningham.
Oct. 12, 1492 – Christopher Columbus, landed at San Salvador, today’s Bahamas.
Oct. 13, 1903 – The Boston Americans beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0 to win the first World Series, prevailing five games to three.
This Week’s Quiz
Who said; “The God that holds you over the pit of Hell, much as one holds a spider, or some loathsome insect, over the fire, abhors you, and is dreadfully provoked.” He also said: “Christ has flung the door of mercy wide open, and stands in the door calling.”
What and when was the “Great Awakening?”
Answers to Last Week’s Quiz
Willis H. Carrier invented air conditioning.
Orville and Wilbur Wright invented the airplane.
Thomas Edison invented the incandescent lamp.
Elias Howe invented the sewing machine.
Martin Cooper invented the cell phone.
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