Happenings At Madison First Baptist ChurchFeb 23rd, 2012 | By Submitted | Category: Church
By Nell Dobbs
We are to love the Lord our God with all our hearts and souls in order that we might live. Death will come to us all unless Jesus comes first.
The service for Rosalie Russell in the 1898 Sanctuary on the 15th was very touching as the four family members who spoke caused us to smile and be joyous. Niece Rosemary Clark Stiefell told of growing up with her and of her taking credit for her becoming a famous artist. Nephew Harry Rotter told of her special love and support for him. Son-in-law Steve told of her loving him in spite of him being a Yankee from New York and how Ann and he had looked forward to many years together as she’d moved to Sarasota only a month before, but that was not to be. Son Van told of how her faced showed such happiness the last time he’d seen her Thursday. He’d never opened her Bible until after she died and found all the verses she had marked – with the date and her concerns and near the end, wondering what God’s purpose was for her life.
Our hearts are sad about Tommy Greene, who was indeed one of a kind and we pray comfort for his family and many friends. Amen!
Sad with our Hospice worker, Cheryl Register, and her family in the death of her dad, Mr. Mixon, two weeks ago. She preached his funeral. Her mother at Madison Nursing center not well.
Peggy Drummond is very ill at Shands and we pray for her and her family and all the many very ill ones.
Bless W.C. and Frances Copeland and their being in church. Ruby Lee is still ill.
You know I say over and over Dad used to sing the first three of us and the last three of us to sleep. Our favorite was “The Little Gypsy Boy.”
Hearing Preacher Law preach Sunday morning from Philippians about a caring church and how that is not always so. When they lived in Ocala years ago, only one man in their church ever talked to him about why he didn’t go to church for seven years. A Psalm says, “No man cared for my soul.” The song says, “Tell it again, ‘til none can say of the children of man, No one ever the story has told. Tell it again. Tell it again.”
Sunday night in business meeting, it was brought up at Preacher Gabriel Keel, 34, of Louisiana will preach for us on March 11 and will be voted on the 18th and that his heart’s desire is to visit. Amen! And may he be blessed and may we all, too.
Special thanks to everyone who came and supported the Pine Tree Quilters Quilt Show and Brunch on the 18th and made it the success it was! Thanks.