By Margie Ward
Sunday worship attendance was good, could have been better. Some were out due to sickness, work etc. We had several visitors, thank you for coming. Our visitors always add so much to our service hope you were blessed and encouraged by being with us and will come anytime to any of our services you will be welcome.
The beautiful flowers in the sanctuary Sunday were placed by the Harper family in memory of their brother Ray Harper.
Our special music today was by James and Caitlin Butler.
Bro. Ron’s message, “A Letter from Jeremiah,” Jer. 29: 1-15. Jeremiah wrote them a letter from Jerusalem to the Jewish elders and priest, prophets and all people. The letter said: The Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel sends this message to all the captives he has exiled to Babylon from Jerusalem. He told them to build homes and plan to live there, plant vineyards and gardens for food, marry and have children and grandchildren, multiply, work for peace and prosperity of Babylon and you will have peace. Pray for welfare of others. It’s amazing what prayer can do. God said, “Don’t listen to false prophets, I have not sent them. But I do say this, after 70 years accomplished at Babylon I will come to you and do good things. For I know the thoughts I have for you, all good and not evil. You will have a future with hope. We all need to remember where our blessings come from and when we pray God will listen. God says when we search for Him with all our heart we will find Him.
Sunday night at 6 p.m. Bro. Ron finished the series of messages on the Book of James.
Ozell Moss’ brother Glen Dotson passed away during the week. Funeral service was held Saturday, July 13 in Thompson. Our sympathy goes out to his family during this time. Our prayers are with you; seek God for courage, hope, love and peace for the days ahead.
Items for July Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes are miscellaneous, flash lights, batteries, stickers, balloons, sunglasses and color books. Thanks for helping.
Margie Ward visited Ernest Ward Monday morning.
Monday afternoon Margie Ward visited Tommie and Norma Shatterly.
Glad to report Carrie Knight got the cast off her arm this past week. I visited with her on Wednesday afternoon.
My sister Laurene Hopkins celebrated her 92nd birthday Friday, July 12 at the Varsity in Athens, her favorite place. Those helping her celebrate were Ronnie and Vesta Ann Hopkins, Alice Cheatham, Margie Ward, Christy Caughy, Harley, Jett, Carson Ann and Sadie Courtney.
Visitation was held for Ray Harper at the family farm on Knight Road Saturday, July 13 at 10 a.m. Many friends and family were in attendance.
Graveside service for Ray Harper was held at Brownwood Cemetery at 11 a.m. Rev. Ron Swann and Rev. Gary Pritchett were officiating ministers. Ronald Atkinson sang “Amazing Grace.” A large crowd was in attendance.
Brownwood’s Women’s Ministry, along with family and friends provided a meal for all who wanted to attend after the graveside service at the Family Farm Red Barn on Knight Road. A good attendance came for this.
Again our sympathy goes out to the Harper Family. We love you and pray you will trust God for all your needs.
Mark your calendar for August Events – Thursday, Aug. 1 Morgan County Baptist Association Brotherhood meets at Rutledge Baptist Church at 7 p.m. executive Committee meets at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 4 Brownwood Baptist will have homecoming with a covered dish meal after the morning worship.
Saturday morning, Aug. 10 Brownwood Women’s Ministry will meet at 10 a.m. at the Brownwood Community Building. Bring brunch food.
The Morgan County Baptist Association Senior Adult Banquet will be held at Antioch Baptist Church, August 17 at 6:30 p.m. Please bring a covered dish.
A white lie soon gets tanned from exposure.
A good memory is needed once you have lied.
No one has enough money to be a successful liar.
A whispered lie is just as bad as one published.
Little white lies always lead to a case of the blues.
People who do a lot of kneeling do not do much lying.
“They say” is often proved to be a great liar.
A lie may take care of the present but it has no future.
Some people stretch the truth; others mutilate it.
Those who cook up stories usually find themselves in hot water.
It isn’t right to lie even about the devil.
An excuse is a skin of reason stretched over a lie.
Sin has many tools but a lie is a handle that fits them all.
Pray for all in authority.