The attendance on Sunday morning was good for worship service with several visitors present. We are always glad to have them as they come each week. We also had some members back after being out for a while. We hope everyone was blessed by coming and will have a better week. Ronald Atkinson, deacon of the week, opened the service with prayer. James Butler sang the call to worship, “We bring sacrifice of praise.” Bro. Ron recognized all graduates present. John Grubbs, Abigail Moss and Chris Stewart each received a gift. Also Chelsey Collins who is graduating from college and could not be with us but her parents were present to accept her gift.
We as a church family to all of these wish them the very best as they face new challenges in the real world in the days ahead. The choir special was, “Blessed be the name medley.” Bro. Ron’s message, “Principles for students and church,” II Timothy 1: 7, 3: 14-17. These seven principles Bro. Ron presented came from NAVIGATORS: 1. Intimacy with Christ. Spent time in the Word, this is God speaking to us; spending time in prayer this is us talking to God. 2. Fidelity in the Spiritual Disciplines. Prayer, Bible study and worship; 3. A Biblical Perspective on the Circumstances of Life. We need to see from God’s point of view the crowd will lead the wrong way, easy to drift if not grounded in Him. 4. A Teachable Spirit, Humility and Obedient Spirit. Be submissive to God, learn with eagerness, have obedient spirit is season of life; humility is when all of life is about putting your trust in God. 5. A Clear Sense of Personal Purpose, set spiritual goals, be more like Christ, glorify Him. 6. Relationship with resourceful people. 6.
Let others encourage you; you can be an encourager, make Christian friends. 7. Invest in the lives of others. Be willing to invest life in someone else, serve Christ by serving others. God has a plan and purpose for all of us. Sunday night at 6 p.m. we had our regularly quarterly conference. Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. a Memorial Service was held at Brownwood for Paul Austin the church was full with family and friends. Rev. Rick Smith and Rev. Ron Swann were officiating ministers. After the service a meal was held in the Family Life Center for family and friends.
Our Christian sympathy continues to be with his family. The Senior Adult Banquet of the Association was held Saturday night at Buckhead Baptist Church with 33 members and four visitors attending. The churches represented were Centennial, Brownwood, Buckhead, Gibbs Memorial, New Hope and Rutledge. The music entertainment was provided by Freddie and Kay Rachels, Gene and Eva Vaught from Sparta and Siloam. Thursday night Julie Phillips, Margie Ward, Sonny, Mary, Rebekah and Zach Wood attended the violin recital of Rachel Wood at Summit Church of Madison. Eight students participated. Jerry Studdard visited Ann Harrison Thursday morning.
Conner Harper spent Friday night with Ann Harrison. Margie Ward visited Ernest Ward Monday afternoon. Julie Phillips visited Laynette and Doyle Wood in Athens Friday after a doctor’s appointment. Margie Ward visited Carrie Knight Wednesday afternoon. Ethel Lytton and Ann Harrison were among those attending the violin recital Thursday night at Summit Church in Madison. Janice Cronic, Kathy Hensley and Kim Lowe enjoyed lunch with Ann Harrison Sunday. Raymond and Joan Gilbert visited Ann Harrison Sunday afternoon.