February 25, 2010
Potts Camp News
Remembering Miss America’s visit
Annie Ruth Stone received a call from Dot Brownlee White of Hattiesburg over the weekend. Dot is doing well and enjoys hearing from her Potts Camp friends.
On Friday, Joann Potts of Olive Branch, wife of my late brother, Rev. Charles L. Potts, came to my home for a visit after placing flowers on the grave of her husband in the Potts Camp Cemetery. They have a wonderful family, two sons, one daughter, and grandchildren. I love the family very much. Lindy preached 42 years, serving several churches as pastor throughout Mississippi.
Visiting Mary L. Gurley on Saturday were Pam Gurley of Memphis, Jackie Hart Wilson of Brandon, Margaret Hart, Charles and Jean Gurley, Mitch, Jeanette and Emily Stone, Kym and Jennah Morris, Shade White, Davy and Sandler Syms, Lisa Murphy, Keri Murphy and Logan Beasley.
A Valentine banquet was held by a large crowd from Temperance Hill Baptist Church at the County Inn Two at Ripley on Saturday night, Feb. 13. They really enjoyed it.
A Valentine party was held on Saturday night, Feb. 13 in the Church of Christ fellowship hall with about 50 people attending. A guest speaker gave a 30-minute talk to the large group. The food was delicious. They all had fun!
1. For better or worse, we are the ones Jesus depends on to tell the world about how He lived and died on the cross to save us from our sins!
2. Can He depend on us to strengthen the kingdom of God, just as He depended on those first disciples?
3. Today’s Christians are all He has; and He is depending on us.
By feeding on your blessed word, Dear Lord, I will no longer weak and childish be. As I listen to your Spirit’s voice, may Christlike love and grace be seen in me.
Thoughts For Mothers
I. When you became a mother, you were given a special, unique gift from God. It came straight from heaven, and placed at your heart’s door.
II. It is wonderful that the love we have for our children, God has for us.
III. Our children are watching everything we do; that’s the way they learn.
IV. When we pray, they learn to pray; when you show patience, a seed of patience is implanted in their hearts.
V. When we show honesty over dishonesty, a silent witness is listening with his small ears.
Encourage your children to do their best, hold on to their dreams and behold the hand of God. These things build character and last a lifetime.
John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Thoughts about Jesus
I have no hands but your hands to do my work today. I have no feet but your feet to lead men on the way. I have no tongue but your tongue to tell men how I died. I have no help but your help to bring men to God’s side.
Dear Lord, I pray at the close 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 you find me a credit to you. For Christ’s sake, amen.
Happy birthday to David Alderson on Feb. 22 and to Korrie Stanton on Feb. 23. Happy birthday to Megan Watkins on Feb. 25 and Karlie Pipkin on Feb. 29.
Pray for all who suffer throughout the world, also those who have lost loved ones.
Prayer list: Diane Clayton, Charles Henderson, Linda Thieson, Mary Jarrett, Henry Tutor, Sandy Byrd, Doris Goode, L.D. Ford, Mary Lois Gurley, Lina Mae Rhea, Connie Work, Betty Fincher, Jimmy Hart, Lena Faye Work.
History and Memories
Cheryl Pruitt was the only Miss America that has ever visited Potts Camp.
“It was a miracle, the 27-year-old, blue-eyed, born-again Christian said, as she took her tearful stroll down the runway of Convention Hall, Sept. 1979. She was crowned Miss America 1980.
She was the third Mississippi girl to win that title. Others were Mary Ann Mobley of Brandon, who was the Miss America in 1959, and Linda Lea Mead of Natchez in 1960.
After a car accident at age 11, Cheryl’s leg was badly crushed and was two inches shorter than the other one.
At age 17 at a faith healing Bible meeting in Jackson, she said that she prayed and watched her shortened leg grow normal in a few seconds. “Jesus is the center of my life,” Cheryl Pruitt said. She is a member of the Independent Methodist Church.
Cheryl was reared in the small town of Ackerman and has traveled throughout the South as a gospel singer with her father. She played and sang “Don’t Cry Out Loud” in the pageant. Rev. Glenn Ray, pastor of Potts Camp Methodist Church in the ’80s, was her neighbor and friend during those younger years. He and his wife, Susan, invited Cheryl to come to the new Carl White Memorial Gym in Potts Camp for a concert.
It was decorated for the event and was filled with friends and admirers of Miss America Cheryl Pruitt. It was wonderful!
Later, she signed autographs for friends at the Potts Camp Methodist parsonage during a reception for her.
We will always remember Cheryl Pruitt’s visit, the only Miss America to visit us.
Did you know?
Madison – war and politics...
We left James Madison last week just after the states ratified the Constitution. We know that Madison was instrumental in the development of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence. Madison was a leader in the House of Representatives and worked closely with George Washington to organize the new federal government. Thomas Jefferson and Madison organized the Democratic-Republican Party in opposition to key policies of the Federalists. Madison, along with Thomas Jefferson secretly co-authored the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions in 1798 to protest the Alien and Sedition Acts.
James Madison wrote to Thomas Jefferson that the “Alien bill proposed by the Senate is a monster that must forever disgrace its parents.” The acts were signed into law by President John Adams. The Alien and Sedition Acts were laws that increased the residency requirement for citizenship from five to fourteen years, authorized the president to imprison or deport aliens considered to be dangerous to the safety of the United States and restrict speech critical of the government.
Negative reaction to the Alien and Sedition Acts contributed to the Democratic-Republican victory in the 1800 elections. Congress repealed the Naturalization Act in 1802 and the other acts were allowed to expire. Madison became the fourth president of the United States, serving from 1809-1817. When Madison took office, the British and French were warring and American ships were often seized and their cargo taken. During the first year of Madison’s administration, the United States prohibited trade with both Britain and France. Congress later directed the president that if either Britain or France would agree to the neutral rights of the United States then trade with the other would be forbidden.
France complied and the result was the War of 1812. During the war the British set fire to the White House and the Capitol. After several defeats by the British and then a few naval and military victories, climaxed by Gen. Andrew Jackson’s triumph at New Orleans, the nation was convinced that the War of 1812 was a success. The Federalists who had opposed the war virtually disappeared as a national party.
James Madison was one of the founding fathers who served the country as its fourth president, its fifth Secretary of State 1801-1809, also served in the U.S. House of Representatives, Virginia’s District 5, 1789-1793 and District 15, 1793-1797. Madison appointed two Supreme Court justices and eleven other federal judges. Two states, Louisiana and Indiana, were admitted to the Union during his presidency.
His legacy includes the naming of many towns, counties, cities and institutions after Madison. Other notable honors are the Madison Square Gardens and Madison Racing. James Madison retired to Montpelier, his tobacco plantation in Virginia in 1817, remaining there until he died on June 28, 1836. He was the last founding father to die. Madison is buried in the Madison Family Cemetery at Montpelier.
Did You Know On
Feb. 17, 1801 – The U.S. House of Representatives broke an electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr and elected Thomas Jefferson as the third president of the United States.
Feb. 18, 1885 – Mark Twain’s novel “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” was published.
Feb. 19, 1945 – The U.S. Marines began its horrible struggle to capture the Pacific island of Iwo Jima.
Feb. 20, 1839 – Congress outlawed dueling in the District of Columbia.
Feb. 21, 1848 – Former president John Quincy Adams suffered a stroke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives and died two days later.
Feb. 22, 1980 – The U.S. hockey team won a stunning victory over the Soviets, 4-3 at Lake Placid, New York.
Feb. 23, 1945 – Five Marines and one Navy Corpsman raised the U.S. Flag atop Mount Suribuchi on Iwo Jima.
This Week’s Quiz
In what city was the Constitutional Convention held?
Madison’s portrait was on which U.S. currency?
How many siblings did James Madison have?
Madison’s wife Dolly owned a bakery. True or false?
When did the “Bill of Rights” go into effect?
Answers to Last Week’s Quiz
Fifty-five delegates attended the Constitution Convention in 1787.
It took nine states to ratify the Constitution.
Delaware was the first state to consent to the Constitution.
North Carolina and Rhode Island were the last two states to consent to the Constitution.
Three men, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay wrote the Federalist Papers. Some historians believe there were other contributors but no physical evidence has been found. Sources: American Almanac, Library of Congress, James Madison Papers, Web Guides.
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