Brownwood News • Margie Ward
Brownwood’s Homecoming Sunday fills church with members, visitors alike; Emma Vaughn baptised Sunday, too!
On this Homecoming Sunday our church was nearly full of members and visitors; some were there for the Baptism of Emma Vaughn. We are thankful each one came, visited our church today for whatever the reason we know you were led by God to come. We pray you received a blessing and will come again and worship with us soon. Some members were back to see them back with us again. Our former pastors with us for this day were Rev. and Mrs. James Ashe of Bishop and Rev. and Mrs. Hoyt Johnson of Monroe, always good to see them again and we wish them well. Special music before the Baptism for Emma Vaughn was “Two Little Feet” by Peggy Harper and Christy Brown. Another special before the message was “The Old Rugged Cross made the Difference,” by Adele Shiver. Brother Ron’s message, “Greatest Verse in the Bible,” John 3: 16. This one verse can save the whole world. The greatest person for God the greatest reason or purpose. So loved, the greatest vision. The world, the greatest love, He gave His only begotten son, the greatest invitation. That whosoever the greatest response –Believeth in Him, the greatest rescue shall not perish. The greatest possession – Have Eternal Life.
Following the morning service the Homecoming meal of barbecue and stew, friend chicken, many covered dishes of vegetables casseroles, salads, too many to name, desserts, tea and lemonade were enjoyed by all that attended. After the meal the memorial service was held in the sanctuary. A good attendance was present for this remembering their loved ones buried in the Brownwood Cemetery. Rev. James Ashe was in charge of this service. He was the pastor at Brownwood from 1960 – 70 and knew most of the people from back then, it was good to hear him talk about times back then.
The beautiful flowers were placed in the church today by Janice Cronic, her brothers and sisters in memory of Raymond and Lizzie Mae Harper; Debra Harper and family in memory of Michael Harper, Fred Stovall, Modell and Percy Harper.
Thursday night around 50 men from the Morgan County Baptist Association attended the Brotherhood Meeting at Brownwood Baptist Church.
Operation Christmas Child items for August are school supplies, as always remember items need to fit in a regular size shoe box. Thanks!
Next Saturday, Aug. 11 the Brownwood Women’s Ministry meeting will be held at Brownwood Community Building, 10 a.m. - noon. All ladies are invited please bring brunch food or finger food.
Rev. and Mrs. Hoyt Johnson visited James and Peggy Harper Sunday afternoon.
On Monday my granddaughter Rebekah Wood and I had a day out. We enjoyed shopping, sightseeing and of course having lunch together. This was part of her 18th birthday gift.
Glad to report Betty Bailey is home after having reconstructive knee surgery at St. Mary’s and several weeks of therapy at Morgan Memorial TCU.
Great or Small
We cannot all be famous
Or be listed in “Who’s Who,”
But every person, great or small,
Has important work to do.
For seldom do we realize
The importance of small deeds,
Or to what degree of greatness
Unnoticed kindness leads.
For it’s not the big celebrity
In a world of fame and praise,
But it’s doing unpretentiously
In an undistinguished way.
The work that God assigned to us,
Unimportant as it seems,
That makes our task outstanding,
And brings reality to dreams.
So do not sit and idly wish
For wider, new dimensions
Where you can put into practice,
Your many good intentions.
But at the spot God placed you
Begin at once to do,
Little things to brighten up
The lives surrounding you.
If everybody brightened up
The spot where they’re standing,
By being more considerate,
And a little less demanding
This dark old world would very soon
Eclipse the evening star,
If everybody brightened up
The corner where they are!
Printed in the August 9, 2012