Potts Camp News
Goolsbys return from vacationing at Disney World
Joan Gurley, Amanda Murphy, and Mary Minor drove to Virginia recently, stopping in Abingdon, Va. to tour the famous Martha Washington Inn and the Barter Theatre. They also took trips to Washington, D.C., and boarded a bus for a tour of the city. One of the highlights of the trip was a visit to Arlington National Cemetery and the changing of the guards. They had lunch at the Ronald Reagan Center and visited some of the Smithsonian exhibits.
The three churches on the Potts Camp Methodist charge, Bethlehem, Cornersville and Potts Camp, enjoyed meeting together on the fifth Sunday of May for dinner and special services and singing at Potts Camp Church. Rev. Don Newton is the pastor of the charge.
Lynn and Martha Goolsby drove their two children, Hanna and Jamie, to Florida to Disney World after Hanna graduated from high school recently. They have returned home after having a wonderful time.
Henry Tutor came home for a few days over the holiday weekend from the VA Hospital in Memphis. His grandsons, William and Alan, brought him to visit me. Please pray for him. We miss him; he has been my neighbor and friend for many years. He is 90 years old.
Congratulations to Chelsea Stanton and Dexter Anderson, who will be married June 12 in the lovely home of Mr. and Mrs. Kerry Hale. A reception will be held after the wedding.
We send our love and sympathy to the family of Robert Lowery in his death.
The Potts Camp School reunion was held June 5. I’m sorry I was unable to attend.
Homecoming was held June 6 at Temperance Hill Baptist Church with a special debt-burning service, Sunday school and lunch. Special singing was held after lunch.
Mitch and Jeanette Stone and Emily, along with other relatives, are looking forward to Holley and her two children coming for a visit soon. We love that family.
You Must Believe
When faith grows dim in the darkest night you must believe God makes things right. When belief is strong and joy surrounds, you must believe God’s goodness abounds. When prayers go up to heaven above, you must believe God responds with love. When it may seem He does not hear, you must believe God’s always near. You must believe God has a plan, of which we are a part but do not understand. You must believe your prayers are heard. You must believe and accept God’s word.
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6.
1. When the curtain falls at the close of the day, there are no reruns in life’s dreams, so live life to its fullest and enjoy every moment.
2. Praise the Lord and thank Him for life and His blessings.
3. Help those in need, be kind and loving and pray for the sick.
4. Make someone happy, and you will be happy, too.
5. Put God first in your life and He will bless you.
6. Christ showed His love by dying for us. We can show our love by living for Him.
7. Sometimes we forget that God is only a prayer away.
8. Love everyone.
An artist sought to paint the most beautiful picture in the world; so he asked a clergyman what he thought was the most beautiful thing in the world. The clergyman said, “Faith, you can find it in all the churches.”
The artist searched further and found a young bride. He asked her the same question. “Love” was the answer. “Without it there can be no beauty.” Going further, he asked a young soldier the same question. “Peace,” he said, “is the most beautiful; war is ugly.”
“Faith, love, peace, how can I paint them?” wondered the artist. Entering his home he saw faith in his children’s eyes, love in the voice of his wife and there was peace that faith and love built. So he painted the most beautiful picture in the world, and when he finished it he called it “Home.”
Happy birthday to a special friend, Mary Jo Whaley on June 11.
Prayer list: Billy Joe Rogers, Pauline Hutchens, Henry Tutor, Diane Clayton, Gussie Davis, Connie Work, Betty Fincher, Charles Henderson, Mary Frances Clayton, Jean McAlexander King, Louise Pruitt, Katie Smithwick, Sank Owen. Pray for our men and women in service, and their families. Pray for those who suffer or have lost loved ones. God answers prayers!
Memories and History
Cornersville, located where several counties meet, was once a horse station for stage coaches. The road 349 from Potts Camp ends there. It passes through another old community, Bethlehem, where two churches are located, Bethlehem Methodist and The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Kent Marett owned a famous store in Cornersville for many years, and there was an old country school nearby until the schools were consolidated in 1930. Miss Dot Marett, sister to Kent, taught there.
Kent died at age 96 in 1972. During the early days, when the roads were bad, he used mules to pull his wagon to the Potts Camp Depot to pick up his supplies. Later, he bought a T model Ford truck for that purpose.
Mr. Marett’s father, Capt. E.J. Marett, served in the State of Mississippi Legislature in the early days and helped write the present constitution. He served in the Army during the Civil War and was captured. He was sent to the prison camp on Johnson Island in the Mississippi River. When the war ended, he returned home. He surveyed all the land in this area.
Kent sold everything in his store! Mr. Nelms was one of his helpers.
I remember visiting his store many years ago. He sold shoes, coats, dresses, cloth by the yard, pants, shirts and groceries of every kind. He had an old-time cheese slicer, platform scales and a large bell used by his sister, Dot Marett, in the old school. On the walls there were old large calendars and pictures. A large stove to heat the store sat in the middle of a large box of dirt and men sat around it chewing tobacco. The Maretts had three sons. Fred and Miller attended school at Holly Springs. E.J. was our football hero. He attended Potts Camp. Now the old store is used for storage.
Potts Camp Methodist Church has three churches on its charge with the same pastor. Cornersville is one of them. Cornersville Baptist is also located there. We used to attend singings there.
Did you know?
Thomas Jefferson – deist or not?
I have been off the subject of our Founding Fathers for the past two-three weeks so I will get back to it today.
We were researching some history on Thomas Jefferson and who he really was. As said earlier some historians will tell you that Jefferson was a deist, a person who believes that God created the heavens and the earth but takes no part in its functioning. A belief in God based on natural religion only – independent of any revelation or prophets. Wikipedia also lists George Washington, John Locke, Ben Franklin, James Madison and Thomas Paine as deist.
I will give you some historical facts and quotes from these men and you can decide for yourself. Jefferson drafted in the Declaration of Independence these words, “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude for our intentions…and for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.” Shortly after Jefferson signed the Declaration of Independence a committee was appointed to draft a seal for the newly united states which would express the spirit for this new nation.
Thomas Jefferson proposed – the children of Israel in the wilderness, led by a cloud by day, and a pillar of fire by night. While serving as the third president, Jefferson chaired the school board for the District of Columbia, where he authored the first plan of education adopted by the city of Washington, which used the Bible and Isaac Watts’ Hymnal as the principle books to teach reading to students. In 1816 Jefferson wrote in his own handwriting “a wee book” for his personal study, entitled: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth.” In 1904 the 57th Congress, in an effort to restrain unethical behavior, voted: that there be printed and bound, by photolithographic process, with an introduction of not to exceed 25 pages, to be prepared by Dr. Cyrus Adler, librarian of the Smithsonian Institution, for the use of Congress, 9,000 copies of Thomas Jefferson’s “Morals of Jesus of Nazareth,” as the same appears in the National Museum; 3,000 copies for the use of the Senate and 6,000 copies for the use of the House.
In a letter to James Madison, Jefferson in referencing the Declaration of Independence said; “I pray God that these principles may be eternal and close the prayer with my affectionate wishes for yourself of long life, health and happiness. These are quotes among hundreds Jefferson penned. Since a deist doesn’t believe that God is involved in our affairs, and if Jefferson was a deist why did he ask for God’s protection and His help, and why would he use the Bible as a textbook? You decide.
Ref: Wikipedia, America’s God and Country, Patriots Almanac
Did You Know On
June 9, 1934 – Donald Fauntleroy Duck made his first film appearance.
June 10, 1692 – Bridget Bishop, the first colonist to be tried in the Salem witch trials was hanged.
June 11, 1776 – A committee was appointed by the U.S. Congress to draft the Declaration of Independence.
June 12, 1987 – Ronald Reagan challenged Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall!”
June 13, 1805 – The Lewis and Clark Expedition reached the Great Falls of the Missouri River.
June 14, 1777 – Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the national flag.
June 15, 1775 – Congress placed George Washington as head of the Continental Army.
This Week’s Quiz
Who wrote the Bill of Rights?
Who was the first American to walk in space?
What famous pioneer opened the Wilderness Road through the Cumberland Gap?
What auto company produced the Model T?
What was the name of Clyde Barrow’s partner?
Answers To Last Week’s Quiz
Atlu and Kiske in the Aleutians are the two American islands that Japan invaded and occupied during WW II.
George Washington signed the first act of Congress.
The answer is false. Andrew Jackson killed Charles Dickinson in a duel.
Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross.
The answer is false. Clyde Barrow was killed by federal officers in Louisiana.
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