By Nell Dobbs
Our Sunday School lesson was “Be Different.” God’s heart is sad and always has been for the world and for the nations. As followers of Christ, we are to have a prospective life like God’s and live unlike the world. He gives definite rules for living by giving God His portion and by giving willingly to the poor who will always be among us!
Our guests were Dr. and Mrs. Floyd of Baptist College of Florida in Graceville, twenty years as minister of music, twenty years as pastor. He told of “Mama Ruth” of Boston, Ga., whose favorite scripture was Psalm 13 and it took him 35 years to understand why. His message was very touching and he closed by using the last verse, 6, as he sang unto the Lord who has dealt bountifully with him. “I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free, For His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.” That was our mother’s favorite song though she never sang. Our dad was the one who played piano and sang every verse of every song and had everybody who came to see us sing and sing every verse of every song.
As I called Oad for the words of “His Eye Is On the Sparrow,” he said, “Let me tell you what happened today. Someone called me. He had left an accordion at Flint Institute of Music and wondered if I wanted it. Of course. When I went to pick it up, there was a stack of music on it and on top was ‘I Wouldn’t Take Nothin’ for My Journey Now.’” That was one of Daddy’s favorites. Oad is always thoughtful and giving. He sent Nita a beautiful congratulatory arrangement as manager of Cosmo Prof in Stockbridge, Ga.
Preacher Floyd mentioned there is even a degree in Aviation because so many fields can be reached only by planes. Our niece, Libby Dixon (Devin’s wife) is on a two week medical missionary trip to the Philippines and the news is bad – quakes there. Prayers for all the world and for them.
Beautiful flowers were placed in the church by Jean McWilliams in loving memory of Buddy’s parents, Clayton and Selma McWilliams and Jean’s mother, Edna Phillips. As we think of them, we indeed have many “Precious Memories.”
Lee Gordon blessed us with his offertory prayer. Worship Choir blessed us with singing “Your Grace Still Amazes Me” and that is so true. I was happy. Natalie, our granddaughter, was home for the weekend and in church with Angie and me.
Many enjoyed Sunday night’s Super Bowl – the game, the fellowship and the BBQ cook-off.
There is a men’s Bible study group for six weeks, taught by Bill Brown and Jim Carey on David Platt’s book, Radical, on Monday nights from 7-8 p.m.
The Ark Singers were at our church Wednesday night, Feb. 8, at 6:30 p.m. and our prayers are with them as they spread the gospel around the world.
The youth group is hosting the Friendship Banquet, Feb. 12, at 6 .m.
The Associated WMU Rally will be held at Macedonia on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 10 a.m.
We’ll pray for the many ill ones.. Melvin Agner – shoulder surgery on Monday; Ruby Lee was very ill with bronchitis; Rudy Hamrick in Madison Hospital; Robbie Beasley on a special mission; Iva Lee Davis, sister of Dorothy Hubble and Geneva Massey; for Calvin Eddins, brother of Dorothy and Geneva; for Tommy Greene and family in his illness; for strength for the Bill Johnson family; and for Preacher and Mrs. Law as he returns Feb. 12 to preach for us.
Help us know God knows all about us and loves us! Amen.