By Nell Dobbs
“Love is a good thing. Love was something that made God a baby in the arms of Mary. Love made families and friends and homes that blinked with cheery warmth from millions and millions of windows. Love was good.” – From The Foundling by Cardinal Francis Spelling, page 155
God is love. He shows love to all His people and He gives us a desire to love and be loved. From our youth, we all are invited to a “Friendship Banquet” on Sunday night, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Thanks!
Thinking of love has caused me to want to say to all I know – you are special and I love you and am thankful for your loving me and for reading “Happenings” and telling me so.
Thinking of all kinds of love! God’s Love! Love in marriage – 11 years for Preacher Jake and Judy Phillips – they put beautiful flowers in church Sunday – 43 years for our guest preacher and wife, Loy W. and Glenda Reed – and for the years of all the others in church have had.
Very often, my friend, Claire Meyer of Germantown, Wisc., and in Sebring now called and just said what a warm and loving church we are and we pray to be that way all the time! We welcome all as they come and will pray for them.
Ray Pike gave words of encouragement to us and then prayed the offertory prayer. We all stand in the need of prayer. Worship Choir sang “Revelation Song.”
Preacher Reed’s message was from James 4:1-10 that we are to submit ourselves to God, humble ourselves and He will lift us up. Preacher really felt bad. Sunday was “Sanctity of Life Sunday.”
We continue our “Season of Refreshing – Toward a New Start with New Hearts,” collecting filled baby bottles to present to the Madison Pregnancy Center; brotherhood supper/meeting at Pinetta on Jan. 18; “Prayer Walks: Prayers in Motion” to walk around school at Central and Madison County High School (and perhaps Lee) on Sat., Jan. 22; on the Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. at Hopewell, “Ministering to Blended Families,” led by Gary Nichols; SAM Group is collecting many items for Florida Baptist Children’s Home to be delivered Feb. 9.
There are many among us with so many illnesses and problems and we pray God’s Hands upon us as He works His way with us. Amen!
Happenings At Madison First Baptist Church
By Nell Dobbs