Thursday, December 15, 2011
Potts Camp News
Newton home setting for church Christmas party
Remember the reason for the season as you celebrate this year. Christ was born on Christmas. Keep our Lord and Savior in your heart at all times. There is nothing more beautiful than the Christmas carols at this time of the year. Share the peace, joy, and love of Jesus with everyone.
Congratulations to Jon and Jennifer Rowland on their new addition, a daughter, born Dec. 8 in Tupelo. She is welcomed home by Weston, Ben and Kyleigh. Bill and Sue Rowland are the grandparents.
Also, congratulations to Matt and Keri Murphy Beasley on their new daughter, born Dec. 8 in New Albany. Pray for little Emma Grace as she is having some health problems. Joan Gurley is the great-grandmother.
Rev. and Mrs. Don Newton hosted a Christmas party for members of the Potts Camp United Methodist Charge on Saturday night at their home. Members from Cornersville, Bethlehem, and Potts Camp, along with the Newton’s family members, joined together for the food and fellowship. Mitch Stone played the guitar and sang along with the children in attendance. Everyone enjoyed the Christmas music, food, and games.
My daughter, Betty Greer, celebrated her birthday on Sunday and also came to visit with me. I appreciate the prayers on my behalf following the injury of my left arm last week. Also, thanks to everyone who has stopped in to see me while I am recuperating.
Another visitor over the weekend was Lela Hale, a special friend. She came bearing a birthday gift. I will be 93 on Friday.
Other birthdays being celebrated this week are Faye Turpen (Dec. 15), David Fuller (Dec. 20), Dana Gurley Holtzlander (Dec. 17), Carol Lynn Gurley (Dec. 18).
Congratulations to Arthur and Doris Poole on their 47th wedding anniversary, Dec. 20.
Several of the local churches delivered fruit baskets to the shut-ins during the past week. They were very much appreciated. Thanks to those who prepared the baskets and made the deliveries.
This poem was written by Mary Reid and placed in a Bible for her son, Cornelius, as a gift.
To My Dear Boy
When tempted, son, to go astray, pause, pause, my dear child, and turn away, from sin’s alluring form. Go to thy chamber and when there, check in thy mother’s gift, a prayer, a refuge from the storm.
Read my dear boy, believe and live, then not in vain this book I give, to my own darling boy, ‘Twill smooth for thee life’s stormy path, teach thee to shun thy Master’s wrath, and wear His crown of joy.
When grief shall check thy young son’s mirth, to weep that she who gave you birth, has passed into the skies. Then ponder o’er thy mother’s gift. It will thy drooping spirit lift and dry those weeping eyes.
And, as your hands the pages turn, resolve, dear boy, of Christ to learn; Be lowly, meek and mild; Remember she who gave this book may unseen, upon you look, rejoicing in her child.
— Mary Potts Reid 1904 (I found this poem in an old Bible given to me by Warene Reid Oakley before her death many years ago.)
1. Prayer is an open line to heaven; use it often.
2. When you know the saving knowledge of Christ, you want others to know Him, also.
3. Jesus is “the greatest physician,” He is always there to hear our prayers and provide the deliverance we need. David said, “I sought the Lord, and he heard me and delivered me from my fears.” Psalms 34:4.
4. When we open our hearts to the crucified and risen Savior, we are on the only pathway that will bring us home to God.
5. May the mind of Christ my Savior live in me from day to day, by His love and power controlling all I do and say.
6. Love is one of God’s greatest gifts - with a heart full of love there is no room for hate.
Time can never erase memories of the wonderful times we enjoyed attending all-day singings with dinner on the ground held in nearby churches during the 1930s.
Crowds of happy people with lunch baskets arrived daily in wagons, cars and buggies. School only lasted eight months during that time so we were anxious to see our classmates and meet new friends during the good old summertime. The food was delicious – fried chicken, apple pie and iced tea never tasted better. The churches were not air conditioned but the heat didn’t seem to bother us.
Friends who enjoyed these experiences with me were Rosalie Jones, daughter of the Methodist minister, Estelle Martin, Geraldine Alvis, Quinn Holley and many others. Among the girls from Bethlehem were the Cook girls, Warrine and Lurline, and the Goolsby girls, Mattie and Marie.
From Cornersville some of our friends were the Farr girls, Donna Harrison, and the Black girls, Clara and Ida Lou.
One of the most memorable churches of my past is the Old Macedonia Church where my father and his family attended during his childhood. Some of the families who attended homecoming in the old church down through the years were the Gilmers, Floyds, Wrens, Works, Potts, Howells, Cooks, and Dawsons.
Many years ago the old building was replaced by a smaller block church but vandals have damaged it beyond repair.
The Old Macedonia Cemetery is the burial spot of my father’s grandparents, Ferdinand B. Potts and Martha Brady Potts. Ferdinand was born in 1833 and was the oldest son of Colonel Erasmus Ferdinand Potts, first settler of Potts Camp and surrounding community.
Have a good week!
Greenfield will have regular Christmas Day services
Prayer of Confession
God of glory, you sent Jesus among us the Light of the World, to reveal your love for all people. We confess that our sin and pride hide the brightness of your light. We turn away from the poor; we ignore cries for justice; we do not strive for peace. In your mercy, cleanse us of our sin, and baptize us once again with your Spirit that, forgiven and renewed, we may show forth your glory shining in the face of Jesus Christ.
As usual, Rev. W. James delivered an inspiring message at Greenfield Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Dec. 11. His subject was taken from Jeremiah 10:1-5. Consider thou ways.
Deacon Robert Curry served as liturgist.
Two college students, Aisha Lyons from the University of Mississippi and Mardea George from Knoxville, Tenn.; in the youth ministry, did the Advent wreath candle-lighting.
On Wednesday, December 21, after Bible study, we will have a potluck supper.
Christmas Day, we will have regular service at 9 a.m., and on New Year’s Eve, Watch Service will begin at 10 p.m. The public is invited.
Thought for today – Rejoice! Christ has come! Christ is risen. Christ will come again.
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