By Nell Dobbs
The Season of Love!!
It is the time of year to especially say, “I love you.” What love the Father showed. He loves all His other children by sending His only Son to the world to offer us His way to live with Them forever and ever where They are. Amen and amen! We are never to be ashamed to say we love Him or His message.
Beautiful red arrangement by Sue Downing saying “I loving memory of her Valentine (Lewis).”
Bern Smith, as always, enlarges on his offertory prayer and that is appreciated. He prayed Psalm 19:14: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.” That caused me to give thanks for our fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Mary Davis, who had us pray that every day at the end of the Lord’s prayer. She was so involved in our church and was teacher of the large Dorcas Sunday School a long time. I give thanks for her and also, Kathy McCollum, our present teacher of Dorcas/Mary Martha – very few in number but filled with God’s Love – and for Debbie Bass before that. We pray God’s tender loving care upon Mildred Bruner, no longer with us but in an assisted living facility in Tallahassee. We also pray for Iduma Smith in Lake Park.
Worship Choir sang “Take Up Your Cross.”
Preacher Law’s message was from many Scriptures using:
V – Victory
A – Abundant Life
L – Love
E – Eternal Life
N – New Life
T – Triumphant
I – Intercessory
N – New Home
E – Everlasting Life in Heaven, world without end.
Ray Pike, chairman of the deacons, also had a wry sense of humor as he announced no need to count votes for Preacher Law as our interim pastor, with all positive votes and we pray God’s richest blessings upon his wife and him as they labor among us and grant him souls for his hire. Amen!
Even though I wasn’t at the Friendship Banquet hosted by our Youth Group Sunday night, it was a most loving well-attended banquet and we give their leaders and them many thanks and much love!!
Thankful for our church’s part in the $2,800 collected by our association for the Pregnancy Center.
Thankful also for everyone who contributed to the Florida Baptist Children’s Home “White Stems” Challenge. All items were greatly appreciated and those who went were impressed the Home.
Our Sunday School lesson used titles form the great preachers of the past as preached thousands of times:
“Payday Someday” – R.G. Lee, 1886-1978
“Turn or Burn” – Charles H. Spurgeon, 1834-1892
“Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” – Jonathan Edwards, 1703-1758
On Saturday night, the 19th, the Association Choir Festival will be held at 6:30 p.m. at New Home Baptist Church.
Death has come among us as Mrs. Karla Rooks, who gave so much to God through her Methodist Church; Nancy Kinsey of Pinetta Methodist; our Sharon Fries and family in the death of her dad, Mr. Arthur Ashton and healing for them.
Pray for the many ill among us: Rusty Newsome; Ansley Rogers, now home and they give thanks; for very, very ill Walter Kirby of Bethany Presbyterian, Kingsport, Tenn., a dear friend of our brother Jimmie and Bonnie; Christine Blanton; Geneva Massey; and on and on the list goes and grows.
An invitation Saturday, the 19th, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., to the Pine Tree Quilters Brunch and Quilt Show at the United Methodist Cooperative Ministries Center. Come share if you can. Thanks.
Happenings At Madison First Baptist Church
By Nell Dobbs