By Nell Dobbs
Songs…”Why Do I Sing About Jesus?” “How Can I Keep from Singing?” “God is Good All the Time.” “Nobody Fills My Heart Like Jesus.” “Wherever He Leads, I’ll Go.” “We’re Marching to Zion.”
Indeed, we are pilgrims in this land and are looking for that City to be with Jesus and all who love Him. We are to rejoice and be glad and sing hymns and songs.
We do not want to follow Jesus afar off; we do not want to deny Him; we do not want to fail to tell of His love, mercy and grace; we do not want to miss Heaven.
Death comes. We pray comfort for our Preacher and Diana in the death of her mother, Mrs. Connie Alvis; and all their family. Marjell always said when you lose your mother, you lost your best friend. He lost his at 62; we lost mine at 88, minus 10 days.
Pray comfort, too, for Eunice (Strickland) Rowell in the death of her only son, Mike, leaving five children; the family of Gerald Haynes in his sudden death (he was indeed a special person and his widow a very special nurse – both friends!); for the family of our friend and neighbor, Jim Newberry. He always cared about everybody.
“A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches!” Proverbs 22:1 Thinking of great women named Geneva: Geneva Bowman, now of Harmony Baptist, wife of Preacher Bob of Pine Grove (long ago); Geneva (Pulliam) Harris, a neighbor and a longtime friend with a lovely family, now in Madison Nursing Home; Geneva Massey of our church, not feeling well at all and asking us to remember her family and her in prayers.
Remember what our hand finds to do, do it with our might, for we shall not pass this way again.
From Archie Strickland as he spoke at Hanson Methodist Church on Sept. 14, 2005:
“If you are planning for a year, sow rice,
If you are planning for a decade, plant trees,
If you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.”
And a Chinese proverb: “If you are planning for death, make sure you accept Jesus in order to live with Him forever.”
Jim is issuing an invitation to join the choir, especially to prepare for the Christmas cantata.
Sunday, Oct. 1, is Sunday School Promotion Sunday and an invitation is made by our new director, Kathy McCollum, to come join a class. We pray for her. She left our Dorcas/Mary Martha Class to do that. We give thanks for her being a very Bible-learned teacher. Before her, Debbie Bass was also a wonderful, giving teacher; and now, Teresa Gallegos led of the Lord to be our teacher. She is teaching for the first time and we’ll all be blessed by her. Thanks to all in every position who love the Lord and give so much of themselves to lead and labor. Thankful Iduma Smith joined us for Sunday School Sunday.
Begin filling Christmas shoeboxes.
There’s nothing like newborn babies. Martha and Jimmy Register rejoice over Luke Grant, born to Christy and Carter Grant on Sept. 14, weighing six pounds, four ounces.
We are very, very thankful for all who worship with us.
Prayers continue for Mike and Tori Woods; W.C. and Frances Copeland; Estelle and George Osborne; Jimmy Roebuck and his daughter, Teresa; Janet and Jeff Bailey; Catherine Maultsby and all those who gave blood; and the many, many other ill ones.
Lord, please help us love You and serve You as we need to – as we love others. Amen.