December 9, 2010
Potts Camp News
Potts Camp Christmas parade set for Saturday
We send our love and sympathy to the large family of a friend, Verla Mae Stanton of Hickory Flat, age 78, in her death on Nov. 30 at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was a member of Bethlehem Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Her sister, Joyce Clayton, is my neighbor and special friend.
December is a wonderful time of year! Let us all rejoice and celebrate the birth of our wonderful Savior, Jesus Christ!
The Potts Camp Christmas Parade will be held Dec. 11. Little Obie fun train will be back that day for the kids to ride.
Police are searching this area for two robbers who broke into places in this area, taking the entire safe with all the money in it. One man lost $1,000, (two stores were robbed).
The recent tornado that hit Monroe County hit near where we lived for many years during the war (in Aberdeen). It hit Becker, where my brother-in-law (my late sister Annie’s husband) lives. We have other relatives in Athens near Becker. (L.D.’s brother, Bobby and Tula Hollingsworth, live there.
I visited my doctor, Nancy Boatwright at Williams Clinic, for a checkup and flu shot on Tuesday. They are really nice. The flu shot did not hurt me or make me sick.
Happy birthday to Jean King on Dec. 7; to Robert King on Dec. 8. Happy birthday to my only daughter, Betty Greer of Cornersville on Dec. 11 and to David Fuller on Dec. 20. On Dec. 16, I will celebrate my 92nd birthday. God has blessed me. I thank Him every day!
Pray for Jimmie Hart in the hospital; his wife is the former Margaret Gurley. Pray for those who have lost their family members. Others to pray for: Henry Tutor, who is not doing well in the nursing home; Diane Clayton, Charles Henderson, Betty Fincher, Jo Ann Potts (back surgery), Doris Goode, Sank Owen, Betty Rose Jones, May and Henry Jarrett, Bobbie and Steve Price, Peggy Ford.
1. Whosoever sees his brother in need and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? 1 John 3:17
2. We are God’s hands on earth. He created us to give help and receive it.
3. The child of God who knows the good tidings of the Gospel does wrong if he fails to pass it on to others.
4. Children who attend Sunday school are blessed; they learn early that they should never be ashamed to live for Jesus.
One of the special songs we sang as a child was “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine.”
A few of our children’s special Sunday school teachers were Mary Ella Greer, Clara Rose Jones and Ruth Powell. They taught over 50 years. Mary Ella Greer also taught us in Potts Camp School (third grade). We love all of them.
A white frame Christian church with a high steeple was located on Church Street near the two-story Boren house about 1930.
One night, the congregation was waiting for the second night of a revival to start. They did not know that behind the church, two of the church members were talking to the evangelist, Dr. Lowdy. They were trying to get him to change the way he was preaching. He refused, so that night, the revival moved into the auditorium of the new Potts Camp School (built in 1925). A large crowd attended every night. Because we live near the school, my parents let me join my friends, the Alvis girls and their parents, and attend the service. The singing was wonderful; I learned many new hymns; one was “When They Ring Those Golden Bells.”
On stage, Dr. Lowdy placed large posters with pictures on them, and he would point to them as he preached.
We had never heard of an atom bomb until then; I sat up and listened as he told that the world would be destroyed if the atom was split. I’ll never forget that sermon. Dr. Lowdy boarded with Lena Boatner while in Potts Camp for three weeks. I attended every service.
During World War II, when two cities in Japan were almost destroyed by the atom bomb, I thought of Dr. Lowdy. Maybe God had sent him to warn the people what terrible things could happen if the atom bomb was used. I wonder if I am the only person in this town who remembers this (I was 12 years old)? I pray that it will never be used again. I believe God sends people to warn us about things. Preachers tell us every week that some day this world will come to an end, so we can be ready.
Did you know?
Say “Merry Christmas” please
When you read this it will be about 16 days until Christmas morning.
I believe that Christmas is my favorite time of the year. I love Thanksgiving with family and the time of reflecting on our blessings, but Christmas has so much for all. It is the time set aside to celebrate the birthday of Jesus. Whether you are a Christian or not, the season can be enjoyed by all.
Our current president stated that America was no longer a Christian nation. He may believe that, but he is so wrong. This country was founded by Christians and they established this great nation for the purpose of freedom of worship and the pursuit of happiness. There are many who wish to diminish the Christian faith and sometimes I think they are winning.
I was in a local restaurant this past week and noticed in their gift shop many Christmas decorations that don’t say anything about Christmas. It is “Happy Holidays” everywhere. There where several items that tempted me but I just cannot hang an ornament or wreath that leaves out Christ. I don’t know when the merchants will get it but it is “Merry Christmas,” not happy holiday. I know they are afraid they will offend someone. I wish everyone who is offended by hearing “Merry Christmas” would wear a black ribbon; I could recognize the sour puss and avoid offending them.
In a 1984 opinion, Chief Justice Warren Burger upheld that the city of Pawtucket, R.I., did not violate the Constitution by displaying a Nativity scene. Noting that presidential orders and proclamations from Congress have designated Christmas as a national holiday in religious terms since 1789, he wrote:
I will be saying “Merry Christmas” and I hope you will not be offended and wish me a “Merry Christmas” too.
Did You Know On
Dec. 8, 1940 – The Chicago Bears defeated the Washington Redskins 73-0, the most lopsided NFL Championship game ever.
Dec. 9, 1907 – Christmas Seals went on sale in Wilmington, Delaware, for the first time.
Dec. 10, 1864 – General William T. Sherman reached Savannah, Georgia, ending his “March to the Sea.”
Dec. 11, 1941 – Germany and Italy declared war on the United States.
Dec. 12, 1870 – Joseph Rainey of South Carolina was sworn in as the first black member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Dec. 13, 1636 – The Massachusetts Bay Colony organized militia units into three regiments, an event the National Guard recognizes as its birthday.
Dec. 14, 1799 – George Washington died at Mt. Vernon, his home in Virginia.
This Week’s Quiz
“Stars and Stripes Forever” is the official march song of America. Who wrote and conducted the song?
What was the name of the first motel to open in the United States?
Who received the first three patents for improved suspenders?
Who wrote “Twas the Night Before Christmas?”
What was the name of the first locomotive to give regular scheduled passenger service? Hint: It was in South Carolina.
Answers to Last Week’s Quiz
Mt. Whitney, CA, is the highest peak in the lower 48 states.
Mt. Marcy, NY, is the highest peak in the Adirondacks.
Mauna Kea, HI, is the world’s tallest mountain peak.
Clingmans Dome, TN/NC, is the highest peak in the Smoky Mountains.
Pikes Peak, CO, inspired Katharine Bates to pen “America the Beautiful.”
E-mail your questions or comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ref: America’s God and Country by William J. Federer, American Patriot by William Bennett and John Cribb
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