November 19, 2009
Potts Camp News
Congratulations to Justin and Julie Elliott
Correction: Old Huntersville School burned recently, not Marrett’s store.
Rev. Jewell Babb, age 85, Methodist pastor, died Nov. 11. We send sympathy to his family.
Tammy and Tony Fincher of Memphis, Tenn. visited his mother, Betty, recently.
Ralph Bridges, age 72, died over the weekend. We send sympathy to his family.
We are thankful that Mary Gadd is improving after a long sickness.
There will be a revival at Winborn Church.
Congratulations to Julie and Justin Elliott on the birth of their first child, a boy, born on Nov. 10, named Tucker Thomas Elliott. He weighed seven pounds, three ounces and is 20 inches long. Proud grandparents of the infant are Cary and Joann Mayer of Potts Camp and W.J. and Mildred Elliott of Ashland.
Pray for a friend, Linda Thieson, who is a patient in the hospital at Holly Springs.
Also pray for another friend, Diane Clayton, who is very ill and has been to New Albany Hospital twice for tests and treatment.
Jesus said, “Because I live, ye shall live also.” John 14:19.
1. If Jesus’s resurrection is astonishing to us today, just think of the people of His time, those who had talked to Him and walked with Him!
2. Christ still lives! But many of us act like He is still in the grave. It is better to look beyond the empty grave to the One who can fill us with the power of the resurrection!
The Savior is waiting to save you and cleanse every sin stain away. By faith we can know full forgiveness, and be a new creature today.
3. Happiness is something you can have for a day, but you may never keep it, if you forget to give it away!
1. Dear Lord, open our eyes and ears for those who cry for mercy all around us. Let our hands and voice be gentle as we encounter those who need your healing and your love. For Christ’s sake, amen.
2. The words you choose can make a difference in someone’s life.
3. “Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” Proverbs 16:24.
Christ showed His love for us by dying for us. We should show our love for Him, by living for Him.
4. Give Him first place in your life.
Happy birthday to special friends Virgie Kelly and Shania Stanton on Nov. 13, and to Carrie Jewell Taylor on Nov. 15. Happy birthday to Clark Grayson Hollingsworth, son of Danny and Elizabeth Hollingsworth of Morristown, Tenn.
On Thursday, students, teachers and parents enjoyed a trip to Tupelo where they were excited with the presentation of Disney On Ice – Finding Nemo at the BancorpSouth Center. Following the musical, they went to Ballard Park for a sack lunch.
Recent visitors of Mary L. Gurley were her sister-in-law Mary Elizabeth Nelson of Olive Branch, and Mr. and Mrs. Larry Butterworth of Jonesboro, Ark.
The Potts Camp Fun Day on Saturday was well attended and enjoyed by everyone. There were rides on a small scale train named Little Obie, as well as other fun activities for the children. Thanks to Mayor Ricky Lesure and the board of aldermen for hosting this first-ever event. Also thanks to the local businesses for their support. It was a very exciting time for everyone. Also, reports were that the food was delicious.
Pray for the sad and lonely, and those who have lost loved ones, and our service men and women.
Prayer list: Mary Lois Gurley, Diane Clayton, Robert Hugh King, Henry Tutor, Charles Henderson, Diane Clayton, Betty W. Wilson Ash, Mary Jarrett, Betty Fincher, Gillon Holmes, Linda Thieson, Connie Work, Mary Jo McCallum, Sandy Byrd.
We are thankful that others who have been sick are feeling much better, including Lela Hale. She and her husband, Terry Hale, visited my daughter, Betty, and me on Sunday at my home.
Betty Wayne Wilson Ash has returned home in Potts Camp after her illness. We are thankful she is doing much better.
1. The Bible tells us “You shall love your neighbor as yourself; love does no harm to a neighbor, therefore love is fulfillment of the law.” Romans 13:9-10.
The antidote to the poison of gossip is love. When we are tempted to pass along a negative word, even though it is true, we should seek God’s help in putting a stop to gossip and speak a word of love and kindness.
God is love and He wants us to love each other.
2. Jesus calls “come home.” You are never too far away or too far gone to come back to the Father’s love. He stands waiting, just as the father of the prodigal son did. “When he was a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion.” Luke 15:20. “He rejoiced that his son was no longer lost.” Luke 15:22.
3. Don’t put off until tomorrow the loving words you can say today. You can live without loving, but you cannot love without giving.
4. In Matthew 25:34, Jesus was teaching about His return. He said that we would be rewarded for giving of ourself to others in His name.
Prayer of St. Francis (one of my favorites)
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
Memories and History
Over the years our family have been blessed with many guardian angels. One special one was Christine Kirk, a neighbor in our town.
When World War II started, Jimmy was a small child. My husband L.D.’s job in forest service was terminated, so he went back to Aberdeen to look for work. Jimmy didn’t like my dad’s strict rules, so when Mrs. Kirk asked us to stay with them for two nights, we did it. Her husband was a salesman and away from home all the week. We really enjoyed staying with Christine and her children, about five of them. She was so jolly, we all had fun.
In later years after we moved back to Potts Camp, the Kirks had built “Kirk’s Cabins” about a mile from Potts Camp on Hwy 78. L.D. had his first heart attack. Jimmy had started preaching at his first church. I called him and Martha to come and take us to the hospital. Betty and Danny were our younger children. Once again, Christine Kirk called for me to leave the children at their home. The Kirks had twin girl about Betty’s age (Norma and Nina Kirk). We left them there a week and she was really good to them. She wouldn’t take a dime from us. I did make some Christmas pillows for her children but she paid for the cloth. I’ll never forget her; she was really my guardian angel, twice.
A sad thing happened to Abe and Christine Kirk’s family. Some children were playing near the water tank near downtown one day. A bad storm came up suddenly and a light wire fell on Ralph Kirk. Mrs. Franklin, who lived nearby, grabbed a pillow and pulled the wire off Ralph’s body, but he was badly burned. He lived several years but died suddenly in his late 20s. It was a sad time for us all.
I loved Christine Kirk and also Mrs. Franklin. I’ll never forget them.
North Marshall News
Thanksgiving is an American tradition
The United States of America has a long tradition of thanking God for His blessings. In 1541 Spanish explorer Francisco De Coronado and his men conducted a service of thanksgiving for the food and water they found along the Palo Duro Canyon in the Texas Panhandle.
In 1564 French Huguenot colonists settled in the area of Jacksonville, Florida, and “sang a psalm of Thanksgiving unto God.”
In 1607, when the Jamestown colonists arrived in Virginia, they immediately erected a wooden cross and gave thanks for their safe passage across the ocean.
In 1619, English colonists at Berkeley Hundred in Virginia decreed that the day of their arrival, December 4, “shall be yearly and perpetually kept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God.”
In the autumn of 1621, the Pilgrims at Plymouth, Massachusetts, held a feast to celebrate the harvest and thank the Lord for his goodness – the feast we now remember as the “first Thanksgiving.”
In 1777, during the Revolutionary War, the Continental Congress designated December 18 of that year a day “for solemn thanksgiving and praise” for the Patriot army’s victory at Saratoga – the first national day of thanksgiving.
In 1789 President George Washington proclaimed November 26 to be a day thanksgiving for God’s blessings and for the new United States Constitution.
It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that the country got a regular national Thanksgiving Day. Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November “a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father.” Succeeding presidents followed Lincoln’s example. In 1941, Congress passed a law officially declaring the fourth Thursday in November as America’s Thanksgiving Day.
Source: American Patriots Almanac.
Did You Know On
Nov. 18, 1872 – Susan B. Anthony was arrested for trying to vote in the presidential election earlier in the month.
Nov. 19 – Astronauts Charles Conrad and Alan Bean made the second landing on the moon.
Nov. 20, 1789 – New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights.
Nov. 21, 1980 – Millions of viewers tuned into “Dallas” to find out who shot J.R.
Nov. 22, 1963 – John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, TX.
Nov. 23, 1945 – WW II food rationing ended in the United States.
Nov. 24, 1963 – Jack Ruby fatally shot Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy.
This Week’s Quiz
Of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence 29 had something in common. What was it?
What was John Witherspoon’s, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, occupation?
Who was the first president to ride a train while in office?
Who was the first president to fly in a helicopter?
Who was the first president to have electricity in the White House?
Answers to Last Week’s Quiz
General Douglas MacArthur when he returned to the Philippines in WW II.
James Madison was known as the Chief Architect of the U.S. Constitution.
Capt. Nathaniel Palmer was the first American to sight Antarctica.
Steamboat Willie was the first Mickey Mouse cartoon with sound.
Navy beat Army 24-0 in the two institutions’ first football game.
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