By Nell Dobbs
Time changes. Times change. Time changed last weekend. We sing “Change and decay in all around I see. Then Who changeth not abide with me.” God sometimes changes what He intended. Plans changed for us last weekend in that our prospective Preacher Gabriel Krell and family could not come as planned because his wife’s grandmother had died Friday morning, March 9.
Now their plans are to be with us Thursday at 6 p.m. for pizza in the Fellowship Hall. On Saturday, there’s to be an ice cream social at 1 p.m. Then at 7 p.m., there’s to be a Young Adult Cookout at the home of Nathan and Amy Kendrick. At morning church, Preacher Krell will preach and then there will be a covered dish lunch followed by a question and answer time. At 6 p.m., we’ll have our business meeting and will vote on calling him to be our preacher.
We are so blessed to be in such a wonderful, loving caring church where God’s love is felt and known and shown. It’s great to see everyone there. Bless us one and all. We began services by singing “God is Good All the Time.” Then we welcomed each other and afterward sang “Nobody Fills My Heart Like Jesus.”
We are happy for choir members and for Jeannette Mitchell and Kara joining the choir, and Billy Washington, Deacon of the Week, praying earnestly for our church. The Worship Choir sang “Glorious Day.” It was wonderful to see Lee and Glenda Gordon and family in church and the beautiful flowers in memory of their loved one June Gordon.
Geoff Hill blessed us as he used only one verse, Matthew11: 28, at his message, where Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” Somehow, he manages to touch us all. He said the devil will make us wonder what we’re saying and doing; he’ll make us judge others and criticize them; and he will try to make sure we never read the Bible! It is our duty to read the Bible and know it and reward is eternal rest!
We are blessed that Brian and Julia Townsend and their Zachary and Braxton came into our church last Sunday (my apology for failing to mention them last week.)
What a message as many of us saw the movie “Courageous” Sunday night, stressing the importance of fathers in a family as well as each person living a life for God.
Continued earnest prayers for our many very ill ones – Preacher Jake Phillips in South Georgia; Preacher Law at home; Peggy Drummond at Shands Cancer Center with at least an expected month longer; and congratulations to Al and her as they are celebrating 50 years of marriage! Amen! Jimmy Roebuck at Madison; to Rudy Hamrick, down south; to our sister Sue, very ill with first-ever earache; Will Rutherford not doing well at all; and a host of others.
Jesus was unique. Each of us is “one of a king.” Mary was troubled at what Gabriel told her about Jesus’ birth. The shepherds were “sore afraid” (terrified) at what they heard the angels say or sing but went in haste to find that baby! Many we do the same. Make haste to live for Him.
Bless all newborn babies. Bless Lil Lester as he has joined Mary Jane and Christina and Lester Helton and grandparents and great-grandparents. Amen!