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Take a stroll with Jesus

Mickey Starling reporter3@greenepublishing.com Most Madison County natives are familiar with the 29-year tradition known as Founder’s Day, which recently took place at Hickory Grove United Methodist Church. The rich history, great food and fun that takes place here has definitely become an anticipated event. Due to some recent additions across the road from the sanctuary, the church now has some attractions that can be enjoyed all year. The church has added several comfortable metal benches that have been placed along the nature walk’s 250 yard scenic trail. This is a…

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Childhood reflections with a touch of grace: Finding beauty in the beast

I was in the last stages of childhood when I took my first job at a drug store. Even though the pay was laughable, I enjoyed meeting people, but some people were easier to meet than others. There was this one lady, well into her 80s, who frequented our establishment pretty often and always challenged our patience. She would proudly march into the store, dressed nicely and wearing enough makeup to make a clown jealous. Her appearance was of utmost importance to her, probably the product of having been a…

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Childhood reflections with a touch of grace: When hyperventilating takes you higher

Public speaking did not come naturally or easily to me. In fact, I would have preferred to have avoided it altogether. God had other plans. While in high school, I spoke for the first time at a youth-led revival at my church. The thought of standing in front of a large congregation and saying anything was slightly unnerving. I could barely eat for three days before speaking and when I was finally standing behind the pulpit, I was shaking like a leaf. After wading through what felt like tremors beneath…

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Reaching kids with one shoebox of love at a time

Mickey Starling reporter3@greenepublishing.com It’s that time of year again. This is your opportunity to bless kids all over the world with Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes filled with love, toys and supplies that send the message of God’s love for them. Shoe boxes are available at your local church or at Norris Cafe, in Madison. Participants can go online to samaritanspurse.org for information on what items are best for filling a shoe box. Beginning Monday, Nov. 18, and continuing through Monday, Nov. 25, completed boxes may be dropped off at the…

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