By Nell Dobbs
What a blessing to think about all the special items to fill a Christmas shoebox to reach our goal of 100 and to imagine the joy of each boy or girl who receives one wherever he or she is in the world.
Thanks to all who contributed to and prayed for the Maguire State Mission Work as we exceeded our goal of $1,000.
Prayers for Mrs. Rachel Reichman as an invitation is extended to all to come and share in celebrating her 100th birthday on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 2-4 p.m. at her home. How she has been blessed as she blesses others and has such a special place in so many hearts. Our Nita claimed Kirby and her as her wonderful grandparents. Nell and they even went to Norfolk for Nita’s wedding on June 30, 1990. Happy 100th, dear one!
Prayers for the family of Jim Newberry; the family of Mrs. McHargue; and the family of Gerald Haynes; and all other families who are sad.
Preacher Manning Hicks, with his usual wit and humor, caused us to have merry hearts, which is better from that of medicine. Really, his message was from Luke 19 about a very short man, Zaccheus, who wanted to see Jesus. The way was created as he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree. (Preacher said this was the only instance when Jesus was looked down upon).) When Jesus was passing, He called his name and told him to come down, for He was going to go to his house. We’d sing about him, and Marjell would change it to “You come down for I’m going to your house for tea!” He knew his name, called him by name, and will give him a new name in Heaven. He’ll do the same for us if we ask Him to – for He wants to. Sad that in today’s world, one’s identity can be stolen and caused damage. Zaccheus wanted to right his wrong and even restore four times what he’d taken.
A special friend to all of us Agners was Dr. William Harrington of Gainesville and Scotland, who came and caused Barbara Memorial Church of the Nazarene to come into being over 50 years ago. He was a short man and said he expected to gain stature in Heaven. How he could preach and touch our hearts. Another small man was Dr. John G. McCall, who could stir hearts. His family and he always came to church when they came home and what prayers he prayed and what messages he preached! Preacher Hicks was saved under him at Midway Baptist when he was young!
When we hear great messages, we wish everyone could hear them.
Pray for the many ill ones – Geneva Massey and their brother, Calvin Eddins; Mrs. Pearlie Thompson; Al Spurlock and what lies ahead for him; for Mike Woods for a miracle for him (for them); and for Charlie Wynn.
Beautiful fall flowers were provided by Sue Quick and family in “loving memory of Charlie Quick!” A busy and wonderful weekend.
Come-Back-to-Raiford-Day Saturday, Marjell’s favorite time! Sara Dene and Rhett came home and Lil Jess and they and I went and were blessed. The boys heard a donkey and then saw him, a white one (I’m still talking about DONKEYS). Raiford is a special place for me, too, as I began teaching there in 1952 – sixth grade – had his niece, Barbara but didn’t meet Marjell till two years later.
Then Sunday, at 1 p.m., lots of us Agners and Pulliams met at Jan’s and Sam’s Music Hall and enjoyed talking, eating, remembering. Thanks to all involved!
May our lives reveal that “Jesus has touched us and made me whole.” Amen!