By Margie Ward, Columnist
One thing we can say last week was a beautiful week even though we had good days with clouds and snow beginning to fall along with sleet on Tuesday afternoon.
Everyone packed the grocery stores stocking up on those much needed supplies that would be needed for the days ahead. We worked on Monday and Tuesday.
After we got home we got a call later in the afternoon telling us Morgan County Schools would be closed on Wednesday and Thursday due to weather conditions.
Wednesday morning the road, yard, pastures and neighbor’s housetops were all covered with snow I said only God could cause this to happen, it was beautiful, very little traffic passing. Thursday still the same it looked like a picture out of some magazine, still not much traffic, and snow not melting much either. We were blessed with no power outages the whole time.
On Thursday afternoon late we got another call telling us Morgan County Schools would be closed on Friday for students. Our here the main road was passable but I was told the secondary roads could cause problems. At this time I want to say thank you to Dr. Bennett Superintendent and others for the job they do looking out for students, faculty and staff during winter storms and all through the year.
Thanks again. Sunday morning attendance was good missed the members that were out for one reason or another, pray all will be back soon. We did have visitors; they always add blessings to our service by their presence. We invite anyone that does not have a regular church home to come and be with us. Bro. Ron had the opening prayer and welcomed everyone to the service.
The Call to Worship was “Open Mine Eyes.” The choir special was “Praise to the Lord.” Other special music “Blessed Assurance” by Jonathan Swann, James Butler and Pastor Ron. Bro. Ron continued message in Jonah, “Prayer for repentance,” Jonah 1: 17- 2 chapter.
The Lord had prepared a big fish (whale) to swallow up Jonah, as we already know Jonah was inside the fish three days and nights, there was a storm. God had gotten Jonah’s attention and God knows how to get our attention today. God can use nature, weather and circumstances in His time and way to get our attention.
He wants to speak to us through His still small voice. Jonah prayed, he acknowledged his present situation physically in distress, fainting in mind. Jonah acknowledged his personal sin of disobedience. Jonah let his will get between him and God knowing being disobedient is a sin and anything done out of God’s will is idolatry, idols can’t pray or speak, they are man made images representing the gods.
God wants a relationship with us. Jonah acknowledged his personal sacrifice, God using circumstances to get to Jonah. Jonah said I will never worship anyone but you. I can never thank you enough for all you have done. God can and will turn any situation around.
Flowers in the sanctuary Sunday were in memory of Christopher James Janson and in honor or Abigail Faith Janson and Aaron Arthur Preston Janson and their birthdays. Sunday night at 6 p.m. attendance was good. Bro. Ron continued leading a discussion on “Develop a strategy on church growth” using scripture from Habakkuk 2. Friday night Ronald Atkinson, James Harold and Ellen Smith and Margie Ward were among those visiting with the family and friends of Ethel Atkinson at A. E. Carter Funeral Home.
James Harold and Ellen Smith and Margie Ward visited Florine Ward at Chaplinwood Nursing Home Sunday afternoon. The Morgan County Baptist Association Senior Adult Banquet will be held Saturday evening, Feb. 22 at Gibbs Memorial Baptist Church at 6:30 p.m. Please bring a covered dish and bring a friend.