December 17, 2009
Potts Camp News
Joyce Clayton honored with surprise birthday party
A combined Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner was held at Cornersville Baptist Church last Sunday, with many people attending. William and Molly Byers and two grandsons, Chaynnes and Nathan from Big Sandy, Tenn., and others enjoyed seeing friends and relatives there.
Joyce Clayton was honored with a surprise birthday party on Sunday at Temperance Hill Baptist Church fellowship building. A large crowd attended the event. The party was given by her family, Merion and David Hunsucker of Ashland and Lynn and Martha Goolsby of Potts Camp; other relatives attended. She received many surprises.
Joyce Clayton and her sister, Verla Mae Stanton, drove to Macedonia Cemetery and other places to place flowers on their parents’ and grandparents’ graves.
Tony and Tammie Fincher of Memphis visited his mother, Betty Fincher, during the weekend; also his sister, Connie and Andy Work, and others. Everyone enjoyed their three-year-old granddaughter, Anna Rose Work. She is a pretty little girl.
On Thursday night, Mary Minor and others from the Potts Camp Methodist Church delivered fruit baskets to the shut-ins. We thank them.
Members of Temperance Hill Baptist Church attended a Christmas party at Sherman Church on Friday night.
Dear Lord, I pray at the end of each day you’ll find I’ve helped someone, somehow, some way. That I’ve not failed in word or deed to lighten the heart of someone in need; though my talents be few, I pray that you will find me a credit to you. For Christ’s sake, amen.
While reading in the Bible to a large group of people on an island, a missionary told about how a wonderful Savior died to save us from our sins. A man walked up to him and asked, “Do you know the man in the book?” The missionary, a young man, said, “Yes, I’m thankful that I know the wonderful Jesus Christ as my personal savior. He was born on Christmas Day!”
Happy birthday to David Fuller on Dec. 20 and Mary Lois Gurley on Dec. 23; to Candy Potts on Dec. 23.
Pray for all the sick people, those who are sad after losing loved ones, also those without jobs.
Pray for James Potts; Linda Thieson in Trinity Nursing Home, who hopes to come home soon; Charles Henderson; Sandy Byrd; Lina Mae Rhea; Gussie Davis; Henry Tutor; Lena Faye Work; Brenda Owen; Connie Work; Betty Fincher. Pray for the service men away from home and their families who miss them.
Memories and History
Sometimes I long for the simple Christmas we enjoyed long ago, when we shopped from a Sears Roebuck catalogue, and hung our stockings around the fireplace. Mother started baking cakes with four layers (she cooked on a wood stove). We didn’t cut the cake until that week; she stored them away. We cut a piece of one of them for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve.
One night, Santa put the fireworks too near the fireplace; the Roman candles fell into the hot ashes and started shooting over the house. Daddy jumped out of bed and held them up the chimney, and we ran outside in the cold to see them shoot out the chimney above the house.
The next year, James, my older brother, chopped down a pretty cedar tree, and we placed it in the hall. We made decorations for it. That’s where Santa put the toys next year.
Did you know?
December...a busy time
Whether it is the Advent or events that crowd our minds and schedules, somehow December always seems to be short on time.
So I want to take a few moments of your time to get your mind off the hurry scurry of your day. There are many things we have and do experience in the month of December. Presently we are experiencing a slow economy and high unemployment. We are facing terrorists who want to kill us. Our sons, daughters, brothers, sisters and spouses are at war in foreign lands. Some families have given the ultimate sacrifice through the loss of loved ones. Many will be visiting loved ones by traveling long distances. Some will be separated from friends and family for the first time.
Even though we have these losses and separations, we still are the most blessed people and nation that the world has ever known. We have freedom of worship, liberty, right to own property, free speech and men and women who have and are now standing up for us that we can keep these blessings.
Here are some things to think about. During the month of December 1944 and the Battle of the Bulge, the Germans demanded that our troops holding the town of Bastogne surrender. General McAuliffe sent a message to the Germans that simply said “Nuts.” These brave American men held on for freedom sake. It was Christmas Eve 1776 that the Patriots, while freezing from the cold, sick and hungry using rags for shoes, crossed the Delaware in the night. Through their sacrifice, the enemy fell in defeat. North Platte, Nebraska on Christmas Day, 1941, began serving American GIs who passed through their town on their way to war. The town’s folks served the troops as they passed through via the railroad until they returned home. In April of 1946 the North Platte Canteen was closed having served over 6 million GIs.
There are many more things that have taken place in December, but none that has affected mankind more than the birth of Jesus Christ. Wait a minute, isn’t that why I am in such a rush? Think about it.
Did You Know On
Dec. 16, 1972 – The Miami Dolphins became the first NFL team to go undefeated, winning Super Bowl VII
Dec. 17, 1903 – Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first successful motorized airplane flights.
Dec. 18, 1932 – The Chicago Bears defeated the Portsmouth Spartans 9-0 in the first ever NFL playoff game, which was held indoors due to a blizzard.
Dec. 19, 1871 – Mark Twain received the first of three patents for improved suspenders.
Dec. 20, 1606 – The Jamestown settlers set sail from England to Virginia.
Dec. 21, 1937 – “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” premiered in Los Angeles.
Dec. 22, 1882 – The first ever electric Christmas tree lights where displayed in New York City in the home of Edward Johnson, an assistant to Thomas Edison.
This Week’s Quiz
What was the name of the second successful English settlement in America?
On December 16, 1773, the Colonists held a party in Boston. What is the name of that party?
How many amendments were there to the original Bill of Rights?
Who was first to publish “Poor Richard’s Almanac?”
Who had the first patent for a coffee percolator?
Answers to Last Week’s Quiz
One state was named for a U.S. President - Washington
Texas gets its name from the Indian word “tejas” meaning “friends.”
Tenn. was named for the Cherokee village “Tanase”
Virginia was named for Queen Elizabeth I, of England.
Utah was named for the “Ute” tribe meaning “people of the mountains.”
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