Thursday, June 20, 2013
Busy week of activities
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about coming together. Thanks for the kind comments.
That unity was on display at some various events recently in Marshall County.
My busy week began with a gospel meeting. It was a countywide effort coordinated by the three churches of Christ – Holly Springs, Hernando Road and Potts Camp.
It was wonderful four nights – Sunday through Wednesday.
Everything was great – from the preaching, to the singing, to the fellowship, to the food (a potluck meal on Wednesday before service).
People came from various communities across the county and beyond to unite in worship. That type of unity is, without a doubt, the type we need the most.
Its success, I think, was largely judged on the “staying around” after the services. It was as if no one wanted to leave.
The conversation and the smiles and the laughter were contagious.
All were in agreement - “let’s do it again.”
Friday night, I had camera in hand as I attended the annual Marshall County Relay for Life, this year held at the fairgrounds on Highway 7 North.
This has long been a great example of folks from our various communities in Marshall County working together for a common cause – the fight against cancer. There’s not a better example of teamwork on display in Marshall County.
A lot of good people put a lot of hard work into the Relay for Life – year around. They’re as dedicated as dedicated can get.
To those, we owe a huge “thank you.”
I liked the move to the fairgrounds, and I talked to some members of the Relay for Life committee Monday who wanted to make sure the newspaper thanked the fairgrounds board members for use of the facility and all of their assistance.
Once again, it was great to see people coming together for a common cause. The enthusiasm is contagious.
Then Saturday night, I carried my daughter Erin to the Byhalia Festival, sponsored by the Lions Club.
Kerry Reid and Ronnie Day assisted with photos, and I spent a good bit of my time just walking around, talking to folks and observing the fun.
The crowd kept growing and growing and growing.
There was not an empty seat for the rodeo, coordinated by Jerry Bolden and his dedicated crew. People were trying to find the best place to stand so they could get a good view of the action – from barrel racing to bucking bulls.
I left about 9 p.m., but there were still plenty of folks coming in.
The carnival, as always, is popular among the children. Erin purchased one of the arm bands and rode and rode and rode.
I bought a chance on a swimming pool and have been waiting on a phone call but haven’t gotten it yet. Surely there was a mistake in the drawing.
Once again, this event comes about due to weeks and weeks of preparation. It happens and it succeeds because of dedicated people giving back to their community – all year long.
These are just a few examples of unity. I know there are many more across our county. They all make me feel good.
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