April 15, 2010
Potts Camp News
Pray for friends, family and world peace...
“God is Always Near”
I feel His spirit around me at the dawning of the day. His smile is in the sunshine, when night shadows melt away. I see Him in the noontime, in the blue skies’ sparkling glow, in every tree and flower or the winter’s sparkling snow. I sense His presence near me as the light of day grows dim and all through the midnight hour, I rest safely, trusting Him.
If my people which are called by my name shall humble themselves and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgiven their sins and heal their land. Chronicles 7:14.
1. Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot help but bring some into their own lives as well.
2. Life is God’s gift to you; the way you live is your gift to God. Make it special!
3. Faith makes all things possible. Hope makes all things bright. Love makes all things easy.
Praying in a Well
One day while strolling through valley and dale, I happened to slip down an old open well. I hollered and screamed, but no one heard. No one was aware such a thing had occurred.
I tried to climb out by scaling the side but would always slide back on incoming tide. Then when all efforts failed, I resorted to prayer, hoping the Lord would hear me way down in that well. Then the prayingest prayer I ever did pray came from the bottom of the well that day, and the Lord He did answer. I wasn’t there long till friends had me out and up where I belong. Things don’t happen by accident, I’m sure. Jesus is the way out whatever you endure.
Prayers list: Mary Frances Clayton, Sandy Byrd, Mary and Henry Jarrett, Charles Henderson, Gussie Davis, Henry Tutor, Betty Fincher, Elaine Jarrett, Lena Faye Work, Pauline Hutchens, G.R. Thompson and wife Ruby, Connie and Andy Work. Pray for friends who have lost loved ones. Pray for peace in the entire world.
During World War II, one of the Greers’ warehouses was used as a sewing room to make Army clothes. Later it became the Dixie Theater. On weekends, a man from Memphis would bring out large colored pictures to show on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.
Willa Floyd sold the tickets and Charles Burris, a teenage boy, ran the projector.
One Sunday afternoon, L.D. kept our young children so I could see “Gone With the Wind.” I was late getting there, so the movie had started and it was dark inside. I was looking for a seat when they called my name. I had won the door prize, $10. That made me happy.
Charles bought a motorcycle with part of his money. He passed our house really fast one day. My husband said, “That boy is going to get killed.” That very day, he had a wreck and was killed. It was a sad funeral. My sister and brother-in-law, Lindey and Ann, were his age. Charles had one brother; his parents were our friends. I’ll never forget it.
Correction in last week’s Memories about the Greer families:
Both Lester Greer and Curtis Greer operated the Greer and Greer Store and Warehouse. Also, Eddie Furner, not Turner, was the grandson who came to live with them.
Did you know?
John Adams – a patriot
In my efforts to bring to you some of our heritage by exploring the lives of our Founding Fathers, I have touched on John Adams a goodly amount because he was so involved in the happenings of the period.
Adams was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, on October 30, 1735. He grew up on a family farm, where his father made a comfortable living farming and shoemaking in the village of Braintree, about 15 miles south of Boston. It is said that Adams preferred the farm life but that his father insisted he receive a formal education. He excelled in his studies and entered Harvard College at age 15. After graduation young Adams taught school and studied law in Worchester, Massachusetts. He became known as a fervent patriot and brilliant intellectual.
He served as a delegate from Massachusetts to the Continental Congress between 1774 and 1777, as a diplomat in Europe from 1778 to 1788 and as vice president during the Washington administration. Adams became president in 1797, running against Thomas Jefferson. In those days the person receiving the second largest number of electoral votes became vice president. Wouldn’t that be interesting for today?
Adams married Abigail Smith on October 25, 1764. They had five children, Abigail, John Quincy, Susanna, Charles and Thomas. He was a deeply religious man and governed accordingly.
After reading and researching Adams’ life and the lives of other Founders, it is amazing to me that anyone can deny the involvement of God in the very fibers of this blessed country. We have a couple of (or more) generations who know nothing of our heritage or those who founded this great nation. God has been kicked out of our schools, government buildings and public properties by those who desire it so. There is no charge for that opinion.
Adams was very influential in getting the American States to ratify the Constitution. He wrote a three-volume work entitled, “A Defense of the Constitutions of the Government of the United States.” In his diary entry dated February 22, 1756, Adams wrote:
“Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their only law book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited! Every member would be obliged in conscience, to temperance, frugality, and industry; to justice, kindness and charity towards his fellow men; and to piety, love, and reverence toward Almighty God…What a Eutopia, what a Paradise would this region be.”
Did You Know On
April 14, 1865 – John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C.
April 15, 1807 – Former vice president Aaron Burr was found innocent of treason.
April 16, 1862 – Abraham Lincoln signed a bill ending slavery in Washington, D.C.
April 17, 1492 – Christopher Columbus signed a contract with Spain, giving him a commission to seek a westward route to the Indies.
April 18, 1775 – Paul Revere made his famous ride from Boston to Lexington.
April 19, 1775 – The Revolutionary War began with the battles of Lexington and Concord.
April 20, 1861 – Robert E. Lee resigned his command of the U.S. Army.
This Week’s Quiz
To what political party did John Adams belong?
John Adams was given a nickname. What was it?
John Adams died on July 4, 1826. What friend and famous person died on the same day?
What was John Adams’ religious denomination?
What was John Adams’ height?
Answers to Last Week’s Quiz
Paul Revere was the silversmith that made the print used by Samuel Adams.
The Pony Express began its route between St. Louis and Sacramento.
The 1972 Equal Rights Amendment was not ratified.
John Adams was the lawyer that defended the British soldiers involved in the Boston Massacre.
Samuel Adams was never President of the United States.
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