By Nell Dobbs
“Walking on the Water.” Sunday’s message from Matthew 14:22. Jesus constrained His disciples to get into a ship and go before Him to the other side. Meanwhile, He went up into a mountain alone to pray. A storm came up and the ship was tossed about for the wind was contrary and they were afraid and could not believe they saw Jesus walking on the water. And, as usual, Peter said, “Let me walk on the water!” Jesus said, “Come.” Peter got out of the ship and walked on the water until he was scared and called for Jesus to save him and He did but said Peter didn’t have much faith.
Beautiful flowers were placed in church in loving memory of Eunice Priest Clark by her family. She was indeed a loving, gentle, genteel lady of faith and is missed much still.
Geoff Hill welcomed Preacher Law and drum player Tommy. We are glad for him – and for his family to be in church. In Jim’s (and Beth’s) absence, Geoff led the music Lynne’s offertory, “The Longer I Serve Him, the Sweeter He Grows” was really appreciated. That song was Mrs. Audrey Woods’ favorite song.
Preacher Law said that he was always good in math and that as he looked over the congregation, if each one brought one next week we’d have twice as many; therefore, he urged each one to visit or invite one person who has been in our church and also one person who never has been in our church. God surely led me to pick up an old book without a cover (so I don’t know the author) called Storm Signals and find on page 266: “We cannot tell what may be, in the gracious providence of God, the means of bringing you to decision. He that used an angel’s hand with Lot can use a well-timed observation with you. Therefore, I urge all Christian people that they use every opportunity, and study to season their conversation with grace. Sow beside all waters, for you know not which may prosper, this or that.” A saying is “Here a little; there a little” and they went to get out of the boat when the ship was in a little bit of a gale, and they leave the Church of God just when their help is most wanted.”
Family night was a “Covered Dish Fellowship.”
Coming up March 9-April 18 is “40 Days of Prayer” as each church prays to know and do what God has in store for us. Our 24-hour period is March 21, 15 minutes each.
A Missions Fair and Rally will be held March 13, from 5-6:30 p.m. Dr. Jerry Rankin will be the speaker.
Beautiful colors of spring – dogwoods, pears, lilies of the valley, Bradford pears, whites, daffodils, running vines, forsythia yellow; Japanese magnolias – purple, some white.
Many are ill among us – Buddy McWilliams in Madison hospital and now Lois Wainright; Christine Blanton; Pearl Raines having a procedure in South Georgia; Ansley Rogers and her family; Cindy (and Vernon) Howard; Suzanne Peavy improving somewhat; Justin Davis’ mother and dad; Gail Spurlock with acute bronchitis; Sadie Barfield’s mother, Vada Yoder; Pine Tree Quilter friend, Sarah Fraytag in South Georgia and another quilter, Jeannette Mitchell, who lost her husband, Mitch, on Saturday night at the VA Hospital in Gainesville; Bettie, Marjell’s youngest sister, very ill now in Shands Gainesville and also Shands Starke the past month; Ernest Kinsey; Geoff Hill’s mother; Gina Rutherford’s mother; and all the others. Thankful Hettie Selman’s pacemaker only needed a new battery.
Pray comfort for all the sad ones: the Wendy Jackson family – very sad because of an accident that took her life; the Steve Harrelson family of Lee in his death; and the Reuben Brown family in the death of his son – cousin of Billy Rutherford and nephew of his mother, Mrs. Rosa, and his aunt, Julia Kelley – a wonderful member of our Dorcas Sunday class, with other family members.
As believers, we do not know what the future holds, but we do know our hope is in God who redeemed us in Christ and we can trust Him that He is working in the course of human events for our good and for His Glory. Amen!