By Nell Dobbs
On this Veteran’s Day, we give thanks that we are favored of God to live in this fair land – highly favored by God. As we studied Romans 13 in Sunday School, we are told we must submit to the governing authorities, for there’s no authority except from God. We are to do what is good. We are to meet our obligations; to pay taxes; pay tolls; give respect to those we owe respect; and honor to those we owe honor. There are 12 on our military list and we need to pray earnestly for them (and all others) and write them as we can. We are to love everybody!
Todd Gordon prayed a touching offertory prayer. Lynne touched us playing “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.” Worship Choir sang “Sinner Saved by Grace.”
Think about BRING! Preacher’s message was from Malachi, Chapter 3, about robbing God by not bringing our tithes into the storehouse. Bring them in and prove God when He said, “I will open the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing that there shall not be room enough to receive it,” We sing “Bringing in the Sheaves.” We think of the four who brought their helpless friend to Jesus by way of the roof.
We are indeed so blessed to have Preacher and Mrs. Law and his timely messages. Night message was from James, his favorite book about counting it all joy when we fall into divers temptations. (I think that was our dad’s favorite verse, which he often quoted. He died in 1981 and is still missed,) The verse doesn’t make sense without the conclusion that “faith worketh patience and patience helps us be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. And I add that if we lack wisdom to ask God and He will give it to all of us liberally!” Amen. “Without upbraiding us.”
Harvest Festival will be tomorrow (the 12th) from noon-3 p.m. A day of fun!
Harvest Day is the 13th as we give thanks for our many blessings and as we share canned goods, as we bring family and friends to Sunday School and church, and as we give a special Harvest Day offering. There will be, as we give a special Harvest Day offering. There will be a special dedication of the Christmas shoeboxes – all 100 plus.
Also, on Nov. 18, there is to be a walk-in baby shower for Lil Sawyer Woodrow, due around Thanksgiving. Parents are Shellie and Joey Smith, and sister, Evie.
Jim and Beth are so excited over two beautiful granddaughters and I’m still rejoicing over our Natalie, who turned 21 on Nov. 9, born to Nita and Kurt (a sister over in the Gulf at the time.) Doctor had told Nita it’d be a boy – and big – not so – four pounds, nine ounces – and a girl.
On Nov. 20, we are to be blessed with a churchwide Thanksgiving meal.
Let us pray for all the ill ones – especially Jimmy Roebuck and Roger McCollum; Timmy Raines (Pat Raines who is missed very much in our church while being thankful she’s in church with Timmy and family); Ansley Rogers, surgery on Nov. 9 at Mayo Clinic; Red Swift, surgery on the 4th; Jean Coleman in Lake Park of Madison; all our nursing home people; all those homebound; my homebound friend, Nancy in Pennsylvania not doing well at all; Lily Grace Premorel; Shawn Burnett; my niece, Virginia Denman very ill in Arizona; and all the many, many others.
Prayers of comfort for all sad ones – the family of Christine Blanton in the loss of a brother-in-law and nephew just a few days apart; the family of Mrs. Driggers; and others.
This year marks the fifth anniversary of Mrs. Willie Clare Copeland’s homegoing. The History Committee has asked that anyone who would like to give a special offering in honor or in memory of a loved one to the 1898 Sanctuary Fund, it would be greatly appreciated.
An aside – she is the reason I’ve been writing “Happenings” since Oct. 12, 1998, except for the time Kristin Finney wrote and wrote so well! Bless her. Bless us all! Amen!