Thursday, July 26, 2012
Potts Camp News
Murphys honored on 25th anniversary
Visitors of Madalynne Ash on July 18 were Terri Nichols and son Scott of Austin, Texas. Terri is the daughter-in-law of James Edward and Jean (Simmons) Nichols of Oxford and Scott is their grandson. Also, on Sunday morning Randy and Carla (Nichols) Massey of Oxford visited Madalynne and attended church with her. Carla is the daughter of James Edward and Jean Nichols.
Sandra Martin of Germantown, Tenn., was the guest of Annie Ruth Stone, Pat Goode, and Mitch and Jeanette Stone on July 17. They enjoyed looking at old family photos.
Amanda Murphy, Keri Beasley and Mark Murphy honored their parents, Wade and Lisa (Goolsby) Murphy, with a reception at the Brewer Baptist Church on Sunday, July 22, for their 25th wedding anniversary. Congratulations and may they have another 25 years and more together. They were married at the Hickory Flat Methodist Church on July 18, 1987.
Bill and Sue Rowland attended confirmation service for their grandson, Daniel Smothers, at the Getwell Road United Methodist Church in Olive Branch on Sat., July 21.
Sympathy is extended to Gracie (Rhea) McCallum and family in the loss of her daughter, Brenda; Terry Gill and family of Red Banks in the loss of his wife, Diane; Patrick Courson and family in the loss of his father, Morris Courson of Hickory Flat; Jorja (Swaney) Lynn and family of Holly Springs, in the loss of her husband, Mike.
Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers also go to the families in Aurora, Colorado, following the tragedies at the movie theatre last week. We need to join together in prayer for our nation that God will prevail. In Bro. Don Newton’s message on Sunday he stated, “When we put our trust in Jesus, we can overcome sin.”
Mitch Stone sang a very beautiful special at the First United Methodist Church on Sunday morning, “When He Reached Down His Hand For Me.”
The three churches on the Potts Camp Methodist Charge (Bethlehem, Cornersville, and Potts Camp) will meet together on Sunday, July 29, at 11 a.m. for Fifth Sunday services. Lunch will be served in the fellowship hall after services.
A large crowd was on hand to hear the message from Coach Ron Price at First Baptist Church on Sunday morning.
Happy birthday to Georgia Gurley Cobbs, Aug. 1; Sandler Syms, Aug. 3; and Nancy Germany Lane, Aug. 4.
Prayer requests: Betty Rose Jones, Joan Kelly, David Rooker, Spider Cook, Billie Baum, Lorette Overall, Mike Shaw, Sarah Day, Linda Bumpas, Talmadge and Marie Edwards, Ann Callicutt, John Eckols, Philip Cox, Wayne Greer, Betty Fincher, Daphne Foster, Katie Smithwick, Shirley Dillard, and Polly (Poole) Pratt.
Potts Camp News (From the HOLLY SPRINGS SOUTH, December 9, 1887)
Mr. N. Cawthen and lady are spending a few days here as the guests of his brother. Mr. Cawthen is having a fine mill put up on Tippah. This will be a great benefit to the neighborhood as they have none near here.
We regret to hear that Mr. Bob Gullett was seriously hurt a few days since. He was thrown from his oxcart.
Mrs. Brutten of Texas has been spending a few days here with her daughter, Mrs. Sanders. Her many friends regret to see her leave.
Mrs. H. J. Harrell, who has been in delicate health for sometime, is improving rapidly.
Messers. Carruthers & Sanders have a fine saw mill where they are ready to accommodate their many customers.
Potts Camp is still on a boom. New buildings are going up. They have a very able and accommodating set of merchants.
Mr. J.M. Shedwick and Miss F.M. Stone were married on the 6th. He has won a jewel for a wife while she has won one of Marshall County’s best young men. They had quite a nice reception given them at Mrs. Erhman’s.
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Youth from Greenfield Presbyterian attend Youth Leadership Conference in Memphis
God, help us to be mindful that sometimes it is not enough to think good thoughts to see that things go right. Sometimes in your name and by your spirit, a little organization could help get things done better – and for the better. We pray for those in positions of service in our justice systems. When we see justice done and good promoted, help us to applaud. When we see justice perverted and good reduced to “What’s in it for me?” give us courage to speak out and work for your justice and good. Amen.
Rev. Dr. Terrlyn Lisa Curry-Avery and her daughters, Ruby and Teala Avery of Griswold, Conn., arrived here on Friday, July 13, to visit her mother Elmira Curry and other family members. They participated in many activities during their visit. Dr. Avery offered the opening prayer for the Ida B. Wells banquet on Saturday night, July 14, and her daughters “The Avery Sisters” did a praise dance. Dr. Avery attended Trinity Presbyterian Church in West Point, with her sister, Evelyn Elliott, pastor, on Sunday, July 15, where she was their morning speaker. Dr. Avery is pastor of Elmont Presbyterian Church in Long Island.
On Sunday, July 15, Ruby and Teala Avery visited Greenfield Presbyterian Church and we were favored with a praise dance by them.
After being involved in various activities, Dr. Avery returned home on Friday, July 20, and her daughters will return home on Tuesday, July 24.
The National Black Presbyterian Caucus held its Youth Leadership Development Conference last week in Memphis, Tenn., at the University of Memphis. Youth and adults came from Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. The first night of the conference opened with the group attending Buntyn Presbyterian Church. The speaker for this occasion was Pastor Brian Henderson of Parkway Garden United Presbyterian Church. His message was “You Are Next,” telling the youth that they are next in line to be the leaders of tomorrow. They are the next to become the deacons, elders, preachers, and trustees of the church and to help build up God’s kingdom.
With the overall theme: “I Am The Light Of The World,” as the focus, youth were given directions on how they are to be a light in darkness and they are the light that shines in darkness but some will not understand (John 1:5). According to Teala, one of the young attendees, Bible Study was awesome and she enjoyed the knowledge she gained at the conference. Her chaperon stated – she found her studying her Bible once they made it back to their room. With so much to see and do, this conference gave our youth at Greenfield an opportunity to communicate with young African Americans from all walks of life. An important event when coming from a small congregation such as ours, it was well worth the time and effort it took to help them get there.
Youth attending the conference from Greenfield Presbyterian Church were Marquis Johnson, Ashleigh Johnson, Alexandria Blake, Joshua Blake and Kamdron Glover. Their cousins, Ruby Avery and Teala Avery, members of Elmont Presbyterian Church in Long Island, NY, and their daughters Deon and Rev. Dr. Terrlyn Lisa Curry-Avery attended with them. Our youth had a great time, the girls sang with the choir and after devotion they attended two two-hour workshops each day. The theme was “I Am The Light Of The World.” (John 8:12). They participated in various outdoor activities. Saturday was an off campus day from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., followed by a banquet at 7 p.m. and a dance at 9 p.m. Pastor Evelyn Elliott, a member of Greenfield congregation was the chaperone.
Our pastor’s wife and youth Sunday School teacher, Gail B. Lyons, surprised them with a visit. She spent time with them, which they enjoyed very much.
Our youth returned on Sunday in time to attend Sunday school and worship service. Pastor Evelyn Elliott was accompanied to her church, Trinity Presbyterian, by her grandson Kamdon Glover and her nieces Ruby and Teala Avery.
The Waterford Community is in sympathy with the family of Mary Helen Burke, who passed away on Thursday, July 19, in Las Vegas, NV. She was the daughter of the late Zadie Bowens. Also the Jones-Williams family, Ural Williams, husband of Mattie Jones Williams (son of the late Rev. Jasper Williams, pastor of Lane Avenue Baptist Church in Memphis) passed way on Thursday in St. Louis, Mo.
You are always welcome at Greenfield Presbyterian Church, Waterford. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m.; worship service at 11 a.m.; and Bible class every Wednesday night at 7 p.m. The pastor is W. James Lyons.
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