Thursday, May 26, 2011
Potts Camp News
Potts Camp School Reunion June 4
Congratulations to the Potts Camp graduates on Saturday morning, May 21. It was a happy day!
On Saturday night, Joyce Clayton and friends drove to the Baptist Church in Byhalia to a singing by the McKameys from Clinton, Tenn.
The annual Potts Camp School Reunion is just around the corner. This is going to be a very great year for the reunion. Make plans to attend on Saturday, June 4, starting at 10 a.m. There will be a catered meal at noon with an assortment of homemade desserts.
Construction workers are busy running fibre optic cable from Potts Camp High School to Mary Reid School to connect computers between the two facilities. The schools will be up to date with modern technology. Congratulations.
Tony Fincher of Memphis, Tenn., visited his mother, Betty Fincher, and sister, Connie Work, on Saturday. A tree had fallen and burst in her yard, so he spent time sawing and cleaning it up for her.
We are happy about friend Tammie Bowen’s gift shop in the building across the railroad tracks.
My son, Jimmie, called from Tupelo on Tuesday. They had some big celebration going on there last week.
Happy birthday to Fred Whaley on May 24.
Happy wedding anniversary to Jack and Pebble Gadd on May 26. Happy birthday to Jean Thompson on May 28 and to my niece, Belinda Russell in New Albany, on May 29.
Get well to Jimmy Hart at home; to Henry Tutor in Ripley veterans’ home; to Charles Henderson, who is sick at home; to others — Diane Clayton; Joann Potts of Olive Branch (my sister-in-law); Betty Rose Jones of Memphis, Tenn.; Sank Owen, Amory. All others who are sick or have lost their loved ones. Pray for Bob Hollingsworth (my brother-in-law) of Aberdeen, who is recuperating nicely after a light stroke.
The Old Railroad Station
I see the old railroad station, its platform filled with carts, where once friends and neighbors stood, expectant joy in their heart. It seems I hear the laughter that filled the waiting room, I could almost see the bright faces still shining in the gloom. How many joyous greetings there? How many sad farewells were muffled in the hiss of steam or clamor of the bells?
All too many institutions such as there are fading fast, the modern innovations are blotting out the past. But Memory still gives to me a welcome invitation to journey to a bygone day when I see an old railroad station.
We rode the trains free of charge when I was a child so we would go to Memphis Zoo and Fairgrounds, also to Tupelo to visit relatives and other places free.
God Bless You
It’s a little prayer, “God Bless You!” But it means so much today. It means may angels guard you and His sunshine light your way. God’s love surround you, peace unfold, never to depart. It’s a little prayer, “God Bless You,” and it comes right from the heart.
God did not promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, or sun without rain. But God did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and a light for the way, and for all who believe in His kingdom above, He answers their faith with everlasting love.
When the curtain falls at the close of the day, there are no reruns in life’s drama, so live life to the fullest and enjoy every moment.
1. Praise the Lord and thank Him for life and for every blessing.
2. Help those in need, be kind and loving and pray for the sick and lonely.
3. Put God first in your life, and He will bless you.
4. Make someone happy, and you will be happy too.
5. Music is a special gift from God; singing hymns can lead us closer to God.
6. It is encouraging to know that every child of God has equal access to the throne of Grace.
7. Salvation is the first step in a journey of a lifetime.
The psalmist said, “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him in truth.” Psalms 114:18.
Our relationship with God will grow stagnant if we don’t talk with Him, grow in our knowledge of Him and increase our love for Him.
Did you know?
They paid the ultimate price
The last Monday in May is Memorial Day, a day set aside to remember those who have given their lives in military service.
Originally it was called Decoration Day and began after the Civil War. Various towns began to decorate soldiers’ graves with flowers and flags. Observances began in Waterloo, New York, Columbus, Mississippi, Richmond, Virginia, and several other places.
On May 30, 1868, Maj. Gen. John A. Logan proclaimed it a day to honor the dead. General James Garfield (later the 20th U.S. president) gave a speech at Arlington National Cemetery in remembrance of fallen soldiers, saying that “for love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.” Afterward 5,000 people helped decorate the graves of more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers.
Over the years, the day became an occasion to remember the dead in all American wars, and came to be known as Memorial Day.
May 26, according to tradition, is “Flags-in Day.” Soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry will place small flags before more than 250,000 grave stones at Arlington National Cemetery. They will then begin a 24-hour patrol assuring that each flag remains standing throughout the weekend. The president or vice-president will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the cemetery. Americans should fly their flags at half-staff until noon on Memorial Day and then raise it to the top. At 3 p.m. local time all Americans are asked to pause for a moment of remembrance.
Since the Revolutionary War through present-day over 1,300,000 soldiers have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
This Week’s Question
What is the inscription written on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier?
Answer to Last Week’s Question
She was a schoolteacher who risked her life in war and was called “The Angel of the Battlefield.” She nursed the wounded and helped mark the graves of thousands of soldiers. Her organization was present at the Johnstown Flood of 1889, the explosion of the USS Maine and the Great Galveston Hurricane. We see her work and famous symbol almost daily. Who is she?
Answer: Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross.
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Walton Chapel hosts homecoming Sunday
O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works. Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.
The 24th annual Calendar Drive/Youth Day was held at Greenfield Presbyterian on Sunday, May 22, at 3 p.m. Theme, “The Bridging Generation Gap.” Psalm 71:17:24.
The program was as follows:
Devotional services, Greenfield and visitors; prayer, Ortaris Fitts. Scripture, Ashleigh Johnson; ministry in song, Greenfield choir. Introduction of MC, deacon Robert Curry. Master of Ceremony/narrator, Larry Garrett and minister Urillie Lyous. Welcome, Alexandri Blake, acceptance visitor, ministry of song, Greenfield youth. Reporting, January, Elmira Curry; February, Terrlyn Blake and Armie Jean Foster; March, Evelyn Elliott; April, Robert Curry; May, June, Marquis Johnson; July, Ashleigh; August, Ontario Fitts; September, Lavora C. Blake; October, Mardea George; November, Nmele George; December, Jonnie Anderson.
Introduction of speaker, Rev. Evelyn Elliott; Selection, Bethel Church choir; speaker, Rev. Anthony Burton, Bethel Presbyterian, Memphis, Tenn. Music, Bethel Youth Choir and Min. Delois Moore. Vote of thanks, Rev. E. Elliott in the absence of Catina Newsom.
Announcements, remarks, benediction, chairperson, Lavora C. Blake. Finance committee, Joshua Blake, Kamdon Glover, Haze Walton III, Ontoria Fitts, deacon Robert Curry. Thanks to everyone for making our program a success!
Homecoming is at Walton Chapel Sunday, May 29.
The public is invited. Old members are invited to come back home
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