October 22, 2009
Potts Camp News
Rev. Don Newton, Methodist pastor, visits in community
The Christian Community Fall Festival was held on Saturday, Oct. 10 at Temperance Hill Baptist Church with a crowd attending. They enjoyed visiting singers The Delta Blues from Oxford and P.J. Scott’s Jug Band from Olive Branch. The food was delicious and the children enjoyed the playground rides.
Joyce Clayton’s sister-in-law, Betty Smith, and her daughter, Teresa Rogers of Olive Branch, visited Joyce on Saturday afternoon.
Congratulations to the winners in the recent beauty contest at Potts Camp School.
Rev. Don Newton, Potts Camp Methodist pastor for the three churches on the Potts Camp charge — Cornersville, Bethlehem and Potts Camp — visited shut-ins and others in the area on Saturday. I always enjoy his visits and prayers for me. We all love him.
Molly Byers of Big Sandy, Tenn., a special friend since her childhood, visited many friends and relatives in the Cornersville area, where she grew up, last weekend. She is a school teacher. We love Molly!
We are thankful that Connie Work received a good report on her feet recently, when she visited her doctor in Oxford. Get well wishes to her.
Thoughts for the day
1. Matthew 25:35 says “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”
O, God, when I have food help me to remember the hungry; when I have work, help me to remember the jobless; when I have a warm home, help me to remember the homeless; when I am not in pain, help me to remember those who suffer; and remembering, help me to have compassion and love enough to help by word or deed to those who cry out for what we take for granted. For Christ’s sake, amen.
“Love” is the message Jesus Christ brought to the world, and without love we can never be like Him!
Sometimes, Christians are criticized for having a “feel good” religion, but the rewards are well worth the risk.
I Corinthians 13:1-3 says, “Though I speak with the tongues of men and angels, and have not love, I am become as sounding brass and a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith so I could move all mountains and have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned and have not love, it profitith me nothing.
God is love.
Pray for the sick and those who suffer, also pray for people who have lost loved ones. Pray for those without work with families to feed and clothe, and for those away from home, in service to our country. May God bless all of those and others who need our prayers. Pray for peace.
We were saddened by the death of a dear friend, Donna Marett of Cornersville. We send love and sympathy to her son, James Gray, and other family members.
Prayer list: Diane Clayton, Adelle Hudson, Mary Jo McCallum, Charles Henderson, Henry Tutor, Mary Lois Gurley, Connie Work, Mary Jarrett, Robert Hugh King, Mona K. Dickey, Lina Mae Rhea, Lena Faye Work, Betty Fincher, Rev. Don Newton and family and Inez Jarrett.
Memories and History
Several years ago, we had a terrible ice storm in this area. Trees had fallen near our home, and knocked down our power lines, and we had no lights.
I wondered how I would ever get my yard and parking lot cleaned up, so the lights could be connected to my home.
One morning I looked out the window and saw our Methodist pastor, Ray Daniel, drive up in his pickup with his power saw and start to work on the fallen trees. Others joined him, including the Potts Camp School principal and janitor. Before long, I had my lights back on. They refused to take any money. I’ll never forget those who helped me that day!
That summer our church was having a revival; the visiting evangelist was at Flick’s Place one day. He saw a large group of women who were stranded on the road and someone had brought them there to eat lunch. After reading the women’s name tag, “North Alabama Conference, United Methodist Women,” the evangelist called Pastor Ray Daniel for his help.
Bro. Daniel turned on the air conditioner in the Potts Camp Methodist Church, then brought several loads of them to the church. They were at the end of a long trip from Memphis to Birmingham when their bus broke down. Some of them went upstairs to the sanctuary and began playing the piano and singing hymns. The others followed them. Rev. Ray Daniel saw to their needs all afternoon and made a talk to them. They almost had a revival of their own. At 5:30, a bus from Birmingham arrived to take the women home. People from our church were arriving for supper and the revival in our church.
One of the Alabama women sent this message to the Methodist Advocate:
“I just wanted the bishop to know that in Potts Camp, MS, there is a man of God who found strangers on the road, took them in and cared for them. Then he sent them on their way with the sure knowledge that through God’s grace, all was right with this world.
“We will never forget Rev. Ray Daniel and the Potts Camp Methodist Church in Mississippi.”
North Marshall News
Going down memory lane in the attic
Sweetwater Farms neighbors held their annual yard sale this past weekend. It looked like the rain would cause a cancellation but it ended in time and all had good results in selling some of the extras collected over time.
It is fun to go around the neighborhood and see what you can find. The effort made to gather items for the sale stirred my wife’s ambitions for me to clean out the attic. I have to admit I sort of enjoy the process.
Well, we did not get to the attic in time for the sale but we did start on the attic the following week. The problem with cleaning out old stuff that was saved for some reason (presently unknown) is memories. We started with items that were obviously going to Goodwill and/or the trash bin. I opened a box of pictures and wondered, why do you keep pictures of people when you cannot remember who they are? So you can see that some decisions were easy. My wife moved on to boxes that were sealed and filled with contents unknown.
Well it wasn’t long before we found the children’s bronzed shoes, handmade crafts created by their tiny little hands, trophies, and other items that were saved because you just cannot throw away such treasures. We soon discovered where we stored all those grandchildren Christmas ornaments. Then my wife found the box that contained swords, cutouts, and many items needed to “pretend” when playing as a child. I still carry scars from the sword fights with the grandson. I never won a single sword fight.
So when you can get in the mood or desire to go down memory lane, go up to the attic or to the closet and open a few boxes. It really is fun and the memories are forever.
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Did You Know On
Oct. 21, 1797 – The Navy frigate “USS Constitution” was launched in Boston.
Oct. 22, 1962 – President Kennedy announced the blockade of Cuba.
Oct. 23, 1824 – John Stevens completed the first U.S. steam locomotive to pull a train on a track.
Oct. 24, 1901 – A 63-year-old schoolteacher, Anna Edson Taylor, became the first daredevil to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel.
Oct. 25, 1940 – Benjamin O. Davis became the first black general in the U.S. Army.
Oct. 26. 1881 – The Earp brothers and “Doc” Holliday confronted the Clanton gang in the famous shootout at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona.
Oct. 27, 1904 – The first rapid transit subway opened in New York City.
This Week’s Quiz
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The first black Supreme Court Justice was Thurgood Marshall.
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