Thursday, July 31, 2014
Potts Camp News
Welcome Vivian Kyle Shaw
“Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.” Matthew 18:4-5.
Congratulations to Mark Shaw and Jamie Janette Byrd on their wedding, Friday, July 25, in Hot Springs, Ark. She was a beautiful bride, and he a handsome groom. They are wished many years of happiness together.
Congratulations, also, to Kevin and Lori Shaw on the arrival of a daughter, Vivian Kyle, who was born July 21 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in New Albany. The new arrival weighed seven pounds and six ounces and was 20 and one-quarter inches long at birth. She is being welcomed into the family by sisters, Avery Grace, Mary Claire, and Addie Lynn Shaw, along with a host of other family members.
Bro. Steve and Pat Wilson, along with her brother and sister, Phil Snider and Rose, and Judy Spears hosted a 90th birthday celebration for their mother, Delsie Snider in Dresden, Tenn. Over 140 people attended this dinner and event. All 10 grandchildren from California, Louisiana, Illinois and Tennessee attended, along with 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. Those attending from this area were Bro. Jon and Sara Vazquez, Ellie and Kate, and Joanna Murphy.
Bro. Steve and Pat Wilson attended the National Jr. Bible Quizzing Tournament of the UPCI in Branson, Mo., this past week. There were over 1,200 contestants and their granddaughter and grandson, Sydney and Symon McDonald won first place over 69 junior teams from across North America. They represented California. Sydney also made “All-Tournament” team and was chosen by all the coaches as Quizzer of the Year.
Visitors of Madalynne Ash for church on Sunday, July 20, were Randy Massey of Oxford, his 11-year old son, Dane, and friend, Zack. They enjoyed many activities during the week, including a practice session on the Ole Miss campus, a trip to New Orleans, horseback riding, and fishing. Randy is the son-in-law of Madalynne’s sister and brother-in-law, Jean and James Edward Nichols, also of Oxford.
The Marshall County Genealogical Society met Saturday morning, July 26, at 10:30 a.m. in the meeting room of the Marshall County Library. The program was presented by Bobby Mitchell who talked about the Peter McQueen family.
Breakfast guests of Jean and Robert King on Wednesday of last week were her granddaughter Anna Scott and husband Kevin Scott of Hattiesburg. The young couple also spent time with other relatives while in town.
Visitor of Robert and Jean King and other family members last week was her daughter Paula Smith of Wesson.
Rev. Don Newton, pastor of Potts Camp United Methodist Charge, will begin teaching a 36-week study on the Discipleship Bible Program. The first class will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, at Cornersville United Methodist Church. Everyone is urged to attend.
Jack and Linda Clayton of Paducah, Ky., spent Saturday night with Joyce Clayton and then attended homecoming at Potts Camp Church of Christ on Sunday morning. They also visited with his siblings, Ralph and Roger Clayton and Jo Ann Mayer, and their families.
The Postal Service held a public meeting on Monday evening, July 21, in the gym of First Baptist Church in town to answer questions and provide additional information about the POST Plan and changes regarding our local post office. An area representative, along with our local postmaster and the Holly Springs postmaster, were in attendance to share results of the recent survey and to field questions. The initial date for the changes to be implemented has been changed from Sept. 30, 2014, until Jan. 9, 2015, unless our local postmaster secures another position prior to that date. When changes are in place, Potts Camp will no longer have a full-time postmaster, and will be under the Holly Springs Postal Service. Hours will be reduced, thus reducing the salary and benefits of the postmaster, causing the town to have a part-time employee instead of a full-time. The good news is that we will not lose our post office, but the bad news is that we will no longer have a full-time postmaster. The new window hours as the time changes are implemented will be as follows: Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday window hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
The Master’s Quartet will be the featured singing group at Winborn United Methodist Church on Saturday, Aug. 9, starting at 5 p.m. An open mike session will be held and a meal will be served afterwards.
The following group took a one-day road trip last Friday: John Nelson, David Fuller, Margaret Hart, and I. Our first stop was to see the unique and historic artifacts hidden away in the Oren Dunn Museum at their latest exhibit, “Secrets of the Store Room.” There were some very old items in this exhibit, along with many more historical items throughout the many rooms in the museum, as well as the old buildings, equipment, etc. outside. We enjoyed the trip very much and plan to make a return trip one day. Next, we drove to Johnnie’s Drive-In for lunch and ice cream. Here we met two men from London and Scotland who were in town making a film on the life of Elvis as a child.
Reminder: Vacation Bible School, Cornersville United Methodist Church, Saturday, Aug. 2, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Theme: “Light of the World.” Participants will make a small pottery lamp like the Israelites used, have Bible study and other activities.
I want to send a special Happy Birthday wish to my brother, Mitchell Gurley, as today is his special day. Wishes for many more to come!
Happy Birthday to the following: Mitchell Gurley and Leland Passons (July 31), Bonnie Clifton and Georgia Gurley Cobbs (Aug. 1), Mildred Alderson Bowen, Sandler Syms, and Marie Robinson White (Aug. 3), Nancy Lane (Aug. 4), Billy Edlin and Jody Edwards (Aug. 5), Bill Rowland (Aug. 6), and Betty Scott (Aug. 7).
Wedding anniversary wishes are sent to Ray and Bonnie Clifton on Aug. 7.
Prayer list: Gayle Ash, John and Betty Bowen, Linda Bumpas, Madeline Clifton, Joann G. Cox, Coy DeBerry, Jody Edwards, Talmadge and Marie Edwards, Jim Gilliam, Randy Gresham, Gale Goode, Jennifer Harris, Linda Jones, Terri Kitchens, Troy and Lucille Leopard, Robert Luther, Jean King, Elizabeth Morris, Junior Overall, Joe and Irene Pipkin, Joann Potts, Gladys Rhynes, Larry Robbins, Margie Simmons, Billy Smith, Richard Smothers, Faye and Pam Sparks, James and Della Rose Williams.
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A journey of faith: Mortgage Burning Service
“And David said to his son Solomon, Be strong and of good courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord Godwill be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord.”
I Chronicles 28:20, (NKJV)
Throughout its 116 years Greenfield Presbyterian stood as a beacon of hope and faith in the small town of Waterford. When their recently renovated church burned in 1994, the congregation was dwindling down due to the young educators moving into the large and metropolitan cities to secure jobs and start new lives.
Nevertheless, the congregation looked to God, the author and finisher of their faith, and secured a loan to rebuild an assembly for God.
With fewer than 40 members strong and even fewer active members, the church became an example of the mighty work of God through faith and perseverance, even with a small congregation.
Devarieste Curry said, “You are the embodiment of the Scripture – ‘Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I will be also,’” Matthew 18:20. Thus, because of its steadfastness and dedication, Greenfield Presbyterian succeeded in paying off its mortgage with dedicated members and encouragement from the community.
Therefore, we are bound to thank God for all the support and love shown on Sunday, July 20, at the Mortgage Burning Service. We especially thank our guest speaker, Rev. Don L. Wilson for the wonderful message and Rev. Warren Booker for providing us with music. Likewise, we offer thanks to God for each and every one of you – the Honorable Mayor Buck, who brought us greetings from the City of Holly Springs; Olga Noah, who brought us greetings from Westminister Presbyterian Church (a former member of Greenfield Church) St. Louis, Mo.; Rev. Leona Harris, the acceptance, Trinity Presbyterian Church Choir, West Point; Rev. Bill Connolly and Bethel Presbyterian Church, Olive Branch; Fairview Presbyterian Church, Olive Branch; New Life Presbyterian Church, College Park, Ga.; Bethel Presbyterian Church, Memphis, Tenn.; Byhalia First Presbyterian Church; friends from Asbury UM Church, Holly Springs; Brown MB Church, Southaven; Chulahoma MB Church, Chulahoma; Finley Grove MB Church, Holly Springs; Hudsonville CME Church, Lamar; Pastor Saulsberry and New Fellowship Church, Southaven; Dr. Bessie Tables, New Hope MB Church, Laws Hill; Springhill MB Church, Waterford; St. Matthews MB Church, Southaven; Walton Chapel CME, Waterford; and the elders and members of Greenfield Church.
With humility and thanksgiving to God, Pastor W. James Lyons, the elders and members of Greenfield Presbyterian Church say thank you for your participation. We gratefully appreciate the sincere generosity and willingness of our members, churches, businesses, organizations and friends of the congregation in providing sufficient gifts and prayers that helped to make this mortgage burning service a reality.
Pastor Lyons closed the services with a powerful charge to the congregation reminding us of God’s goodness and the plans that are laid out for Greenfield. Once he charged the church to continue in faith, we proceeded outside for the burning of the mortgage, then we gathered in the fellowship hall for a wonderful feast.
To God be the glory!
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