November 26, 2009
Potts Camp News
First Baptist Church of Potts Camp delivers fruit baskets to shut-ins
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Let us remember to give thanks every day for all of our blessings.
Joyce Clayton recently attended the Master’s Quartet Homecoming singing in Booneville with her daughter and son-in-law, Merion and David Hunsucker of Ashland.
Thanks to First Baptist Church in Potts Camp for the delicious baskets of fruit they delivered to shut-ins for Thanksgiving.
Connie Work and her three-year-old granddaughter, Anna Rose Work, drove to Byhalia Clinic on Thursday where the child’s mother, Amanda, works. They received their swine flu shot. Betty Fincher also went with them.
A special Thanksgiving lunch was served at the Potts Camp School cafeteria on Thursday, Nov. 19 with a large attendance.
The first grade students of Mary Reid School presented a wonderful Thanksgiving program, “A Time For Thanks,” at the high school auditorium on Thursday, Nov. 19, for a large attendance of family, faculty members, and friends. Music teacher is Casey Cappleman. Pat Kennedy is the principal. Teachers are Tanya Snow and Wendy Moore. Assistants are Kristi Reid and Melissa Haney.
Congratulations to friends, Justin Craine of New Albany and Brandi Washington, of Pontotoc on their wedding, Sat., Nov. 21 at Calvary United Methodist Church in New Albany at 2 p.m. Justin is the son of Terry and Karen Craine of New Albany and the grandson of a special friend, Doris Goode of Hickory Flat.
Mary Minor, Katherine Sundstrom and Wanda Holbrook drove to Tupelo on Thursday where they shopped and visited Mrs. Sarah Doxey Greer at Rosewood Nursing Home.
The Bible tells us “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23. The good news is that God demonstrated His own love for us, “in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us!” Others may not like the way we look, but God looks on our hearts. Others think we are a bother because we are growing old, but God loves us to the end.
Take up thy cross and follow me, We hear the blessed Savior call. How can I make a lesser sacrifice when Jesus gave His all!
Children who learn about Jesus and His love are blessed. They learn early never to be ashamed to live for Jesus. A song children love is, “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine, shine, shine.” Amen
I Carry A Cross In My Pocket
I carry a cross in my pocket, a simple reminder to me,
Prayer List: Mary Jo McCallum, Diane Clayton, Linda Theisen, Mary Lois Gurley, Charles Henderson, Lina Mae Rhea, Henry Tutor, Sandy Byrd, Betty Fincher, Connie Work, Lena Faye Work, Robert Hugh King, Mary Jarrett, Betty W. Wilson Ash.
Potts Camp’s 100th Birthday
In 1988 the town of Potts Camp celebrated its 100th birthday. It was very exciting! Rev. Jim Smith, pastor of Potts Camp Methodist Church, and the Potts Camp Civic Club planned the celebration.
One year later in 1989 the First United Methodist Church of Potts Camp was 100 years old. We celebrated that day also.
Mary Potts Reid, only daughter of the first Potts Camp settler in this area, gave land for the right-of-way so a depot could be built here and called “Potts Camp” in memory of her dad. The Frisco railroad would come this way. She also gave land for churches and schools for both races. Land for a parsonage for Potts Camp Methodist was also included. Bishop Robert Morgan, a relative of Flick Ash, was present to deliver the sermon that day, along with district superintendent Bob Whiteside. Many former pastors also took part with memories and prayers.
My youngest brother, Rev. Charles “Lindy” Potts ,gave the history of our church.
Other churches on the Potts Camp Charge are Bethlehem and Corner-sville. They attended the celebration also.
Many useful gifts were given to our church that day. A church directory containing pictures of members of the three churches was made. A photo of each of the three churches on the charge was on the back of the book. Many members are deceased today.
Earlier, a concert was given at Potts Camp Methodist Church on a lovely Hammond organ given by the Greer families in memory of their mother, Cordelia Greer. Faye V. Peel and Miss Eugenia Eason, Potts Camp music teachers, played beautiful music that day.
The First Baptist Church joined us that 100th birthday and many former members from several towns and states came as well. Lunch was served in the fellowship hall (I helped serve it!).
It was a happy day!
Did you know?
I am thankful for...
Being born in a small town where neighbors were extra parents, I am thankful that if I misbehaved, my parents would know about it before I got home. I am thankful for Mother’s call or Dad’s whistle that summoned me home.
I am thankful for my experiences of farm life. I am thankful for family, friends, freedom, liberty, my church, my pastor, my job, men and women who have served and are serving in the branches of the military, firemen and police officers. I am thankful for teachers who read the Bible to their students at the beginning of the school day. I am thankful for school teachers who sang songs of faith and taught morals by example.
I am thankful that if a kid had a pocket knife it was for whittling or trading. I am thankful that we have the freedom to pray that all the things we have enjoyed would somehow return to us once again. I pray that all of you have a wonderful day of Thanksgiving with your loved ones and that you are able to feast and celebrate this special day in happiness and peace.
I want to share with you this prayer abridged from George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789.
May we all unite in rendering unto God our sincere and humble thanks,
For His kind care and protection of the people of this country,
For the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have enjoyed,
For the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness,
For the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge, and in general for all the great and various favors which He hath been pleased to confer upon us.
And may we also unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him,
To pardon our national and other transgressions,
To enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually,
To render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a government of wise, just, and constitutional laws discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed,
To protect and guide all nations and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord,
To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science,
And generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.
Did You Know On
Nov. 25, 1920 – In Philadelphia, Gimbels Department Store began what is now the oldest Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Nov. 26, 1789 – George Washington proclaimed this day a national day of thanksgiving.
Nov. 27, 1924 – The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was held in New York.
Nov. 28, 1925 – The Grand Ole Opry made its radio debut on WSM in Nashville, Tenn.
Nov. 29, 1853 – Harriet Tubman was engaged in a mission to rescue nine slaves from Maryland and conduct them north to Canada.
Nov. 30, 1943 – The United States, Great Britain and Russia agreed on the invasion of Europe, named Operation Overlord.
Dec. 1, 1862 – Abraham Lincoln reminded the nation that America is the “last best hope of earth.”
This Week’s Quiz
How was John Brown executed and why?
What is the highest peak in the U.S. Rocky Mountains?
Who are the four presidents who have their images carved into Mt. Rushmore?
Name the first Western movie released in 1903.
What is the name of America’s official march song and who wrote it?
Answers to Last Week’s Quiz
Twenty-nine of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence attended seminary.
John Witherspoon was a Presbyterian minister.
Andrew Jackson was the first president to ride a train while in office.
Dwight Eisenhower was the first president to fly in a helicopter.
Benjamin Harrison was the first president to have electricity in the White House.
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