Thursday, March 31, 2011
Potts Camp News
Congratulations on your retirement – Daphne
Many local residents enjoyed watching the Country Gospel Jubilee on TV Friday night. It was aired from New Albany and Mitch Stone was one of the guest singers. He sang several songs and dedicated some to his mother, Annie Ruth Stone.
Sympathy is extended to the family of Mrs. Jessie Stanton who passed away last week.
Sympathy is also extended to the families of Faye Turpen and Marion Askew in the loss of a nephew last week.
Congratulations to Daphne Foster who recently retired as clerk for the Town of Potts Camp. A reception was held recently at the Town Hall following the February monthly board meeting.
We were sorry to hear of the death of Gale Rhynes, daughter of Margie and Noble Rhynes. She grew up next door to me when she was a child and helped me fill my freezer when my late husband was hospitalized.
Betty Fincher visited her doctor in New Albany on Wednesday. She had hurt her back and is in terrible pain. Get well to her.
Liesa Blond, my granddaughter, a doctor in Austin, Tx., is planning to bring her children to visit us soon. She is the daughter of Betty and David Greer of Cornersville. We are anxious to see them. She sent me some lovely flowers this week.
For better or worse, you and I 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. Can He depend on us to strengthen the kingdom of God just as He depended on those first disciples? Today’s Christians are all He has. Can He depend on us?
O, God, when I have food, help me to remember the hungry! When I have a warm house, help me to remember the homeless! When I am without pain, help me remember those who suffer, and remembering, dear Lord, help me to have concern enough to help by word or deed those who cry out for what we take for granted. For Christ’s sake, amen.
Yea, Though I Walk
Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Matthew 28:20.
Dear Child of God, be not afraid when shadow dark appears, and fearfully you must press on, remember God is near. Although His face you cannot see, for day has turned to night, look up and trust, for you may walk by faith and not by sight.
He will not let you walk alone the darkened valley through. So while you journey, hear His voice, “Come I will walk with you.”
Dear Lord, I pray that the close of each day, you’ll find I’ve helped someone, somehow, someway. 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.
Prayer list: Diane Clayton, Charles Henderson, Henry Tutor, Betty Fincher, G.R. Thompson, Mary Jarrett in Tupelo Hospital, Betty Rose Jones, Sank Owen, Thelma Ford, Bobbie Price.
History and Memories
Many people don’t remember the great depression we had during the early years, when I was a child. There were no jobs, and people were hungry. Many of us wore second-hand dresses handed down from relatives. When President F.D. Roosevelt was elected in the ’30s, we were blessed.
The New Deal included government programs like the CCC Camps for young boys and the WPA for men.
Suddenly our town was filled with strange boys from the Wall Doxey CCC Camp, about on and a half miles from Potts Camp. We visited “open house” at the camp. My dad drove us there in his A Model Ford, where we met the officers and saw the mess hall (dining room). Boys waved at us as we were leaving.
Truck loads of the CCC boys passed as we were going to school in the morning. They played ball on our ball field, behind the Potts Camp School and attended our churches. We were slowly accepting these new boys.
On Halloween, my dad was out of town. He went to St. Louis for a checkup at the Railroad Hospital. Mother gave me an early birthday party while he was out of town. My brothers and sisters helped us decorate with tubs of apples to bob for and tall stalks of greenery in the hall. She sat in the corner and told fortunes.
That was before “trick or treat.” Mother let us go down the street, and she told us to stay together.
My friend, Jerry Alvis, called for me to come and walk with her and Haley, her friend. As I turned to close the door, the black curly-haired boy was beside me. I told her I was going to walk with the curly-haired boy. I had no idea that he would become my future husband in later years (L.D. Hollingsworth). We had three wonderful children. I wish he could have lived to see all our special grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
God has blessed me!
Did you know?
Humor when facing death
It was March 30, 1981, when then President Ronald Reagan had just left a speaking engagement at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., and was walking to his waiting limo when six shots were fired by a deranged man wounding a police officer, a Secret Service Agent and Press Secretary Jim Brady. Another agent shoved Reagan into the limo and the car sped away.
Not until Reagan felt a sharp pain and began coughing up blood did anyone know he had been shot. When the limo arrived at the hospital the president walked into the emergency room and suddenly his legs went limp and he went down.
It was several years before America realized how close the president came to dying. The assassin’s bullet ricocheted off the limo and pierced Reagan’s side and lodged close to his heart. America, not knowing all the facts, laughed when we learned Reagan’s first words to First Lady Nancy: “Honey, I forgot to duck” (a line borrowed from Jack Dempsey when he lost the heavyweight championship). I remember Reagan’s humor when being rolled into surgery, he said to the doctor – “I hope you are a Republican.” The doctor replied, “today we are all Republicans.”
The president, released from the hospital, returned to the White House and resolved to rededicate himself to his country. He wrote in his diary, “Whatever happens now, I owe my life to God and will try to serve Him in every way I can.”
There have been seven attempts in history on U.S. presidents’ lives. Andrew Jackson, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman (twice), Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan. Four U.S. presidents have been assassinated. They were Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield, William McKinley and John F. Kennedy.
Did You Know On
Mar. 30, 1867 – The U.S. signed an agreement with Russia and purchased Alaska for 7.2 million dollars.
Mar. 31, 1973 – President Nixon awarded John Ford, movie director and producer the Medal of Freedom.
Apr. 1, 1996 – As an April Fools joke the fast-food chain Taco Bell announced it had bought the Liberty Bell and renamed it the Taco Liberty Bell.
Apr. 2, 1917 – President Woodrow Wilson asked for a declaration of war against Germany, America’s entry into WW I.
Apr. 3, 1865 – Union forces captured the Confederate capitol of Richmond, VA.
Apr. 4, 1968 – The Rev. Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis, TN.
Apr. 5, 1614 – Indian princess Pocahontas and Jamestown, VA, colonist John Rolfe were married.
This Week’s Quiz
Who first proposed that Congress commence with prayer every morning?
The Mayflower departed from what port in England when it sailed for America?
Who was the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound?
Who won the first baseball World Series?
Who invented the modern submarine?
Answers to Last Week’s Quiz
The first U.S. physician to perform surgery using ether was Dr. Crawford W. Long.
The man who shot and wounded President Reagan was John W. Hinckley.
Whitcomb Judson patented the “hookless fastener” called a zipper.
The first U.S. national forest was Shoshine, Wyoming.
The pencil with an attached eraser was patented by Hyman Lipman in 1858.
Annual 100 Men in Black program held
Caring for different groups in the church
I Timothy 5:1-4. Rebuke not an elder, but entreat him as a father; and the younger men as brothers. The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity. Honor widows that are widows indeed. But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to show piety at home, and to requite their parent; for that is good and acceptable before God.
Sunday school is being held at Greenfield Presbyter-ian Church Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. The adult class is taught by deacon Robert C. Curry; youth class is taught by Rev. Evelyn C. Elliott and the kindergarten by Bro. Ontario Fitts; followed with regular worship service at 11 a.m. Rev. Evelyn Elliott is in charge of the morning worship service in the absence of our pastor, Rev. Dr. Coker A. George.
Bible study on Wednesday night is at 7 p.m. All the area churches are having services every Sunday.
Greenfield Presbyterian Church’s 16th annual 100 Men in Black program in honor of elder Elcue N. Curry was held Sunday, March 27, at 3 p.m. The theme, was “The steps of a good man are ordered by God.” Psalm 37:23-26.
Order of Service
• Devotional Services Greenfield and visitors.
• Prayer Ontario Fitts, Scripture.
• Marquis Johnson, ministry in song, Greenfield choir; introduction of emcee, deacon Robert Curry; master of ceremony, Rev. Morris Stephens.
• Welcome, Little Joshua Blake and Kamdon Glover; acceptance from Smith Chapel Church, Sis. Bonnie M.
• Ministry of song, Greenfield choir. Occasion, Bro. Jarome George.
• Selection, Wilkins Chapel Choir, offering of offertory prayer. Finance committee.
• A & B selection, Hamilton Chapel choir.
• Introduction of speaker Rev. Evelyn Elliott’ speaker, Rev. Michael James, proud pastor of Smith Chapel Church. Ministry of music Smith Chapel, male chorus.
• Vote of thanks, elder Elcue Curry.
• Closing remarks and benediction, Rev. Michael James, finance committee: Joshua Blake, Haze Walton III, Kamdon Glover and Robert Curry (deacon).
• A repast was served.
Thanks to everyone for making this a great program.
P.S. Other churches wer epresent. Bro. Albert Lay at the organ, little DaShawn Hall on drums, Walton Chapel and Hopewell No. 1.
Many thanks to everyone who supported the women of Greenfield Church on March 19 in their bake sale.
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