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February7, 2018 a orter Church Calendar E ail church calendar news to Diane Glidewell at by Monday at 12 noon Church information is published free of charge as space permits. i Feb. 7,18 Union Hill Missionary Bapt t has ruth Anniversary Union Hi ' Missionary L otiSt Church, 299 n Hill Dr Forsyth is celebrating its 111th Anniversary. The kickoff will be on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. with Rev. Charles Dumas and the St. Luke A.M.E. Church as special guests. The anniyersary celebration will climax on Sunday; Feb. 18 at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Jarvis Barron Sr. and the Brown Chapel Baptist Church as special guests and at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. Eddie Collier and the Towaliga County Line Baptist Church will be special guests. Everyone is invited. Feb.7,10 Heart Health at Coliseum Medical (enters Coliseum Heart Institute at Coliseum Medical Centers encour- ages Middle Georgians to learn more about their heart health at one of these upcom- ing events in honor of Heart Month. On Thursday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. at Coliseum Medical Centers in Building C, Suite 120, a seminar called 'Live a Heart Healthy Life!' will identify steps to improve heart health. Participants will receive a perfect portion dinner plate. A free heart screening on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 7-10 a.m. in Building C will include a full lipid panel, glu- cose and blood pressure screenings, BMI, and hip to waist ratio. Register for by calling (478) 746-4646 or visiting the "Classes and Events" section of the Coliseum Health System website, www.coliseum- healthsystem,com. Ministerial Association will spon- sor a.Community Ash Wednesday Service on Feb. 14 at Rocky Creek Baptist Church, 225 Rocky Creek Rd Forsyth with a meal at 6 p.m. and service at 7 p.m. A suggested donation is $5 for adults and $2 for children. Please let the church know if you plan to join them for dinner. 478-994-2509. Feb. 14-16 Powerhouse ;llx stolk Church of Promise holds rm@al Powerhouse Apostolic Church of Promise, 3659 Brownlee Read, Forsyth invites everyone to its 4 Weeks of 3 Night Revival. Week 4 of the revival will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 14 and end on Friday, Feb. 16. The revival- ist for Week 4 is the Pastor, Bishop Robert H. Jackson. Services will start each night at 7:30 p.m. Bishop Robert H. Jackson is the pastor. For more information, call Regina at 478-994- 6744. Feb. 16-17 New Providence Baptist presents Marriage Conference New Providence Baptist Church, 2560 Hwy. 41 South, Smarr invites all couples in the community to be part of a Marriage Conference on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16-17. Keith and Nichole Boggs will lead the Conference with four different ses- sions. Sign up before Feb. i for the early-bird price, $35 per couple. All couples who desire to improve their marriage, visit http://www.npbcs- ence for more information or to register. Feb. 11 St. James Baptist has Annual Men's Day The St. James Baptist Church, 110 James St Forsyth and Paster Antonio D. Proctor Sr. will celebrate Annual Men's Day on Sunday, Feb. 11 at 11 a.m. The theme will be "A Place of Progress." The mes- senger will be Dr. John Herring, associate paster of Friendship Baptist Church, College Park. All are invited. Feb. 14 Community Ash Wednesday service Monroe County Feb. 17 8th Annual Chili Cook-off & Dessert Contest First Baptist Church of High Falls, 4408 High Falls Road, will hold its 8th Annual Chili Cook- off & Dessert Contest on Saturday, Feb. 17. All chili and dessert entries need to be at the church by 5 p.m jud "gh g will begin at 6 p.m. Everyone gets to judge the chili and cast a vote for the'n: favorite; it's sure to be a tough choice. Lots of" great food and a fun time in fellowship. Everyone is invited to join in the fun, fellowship and lots of great food. PASTOR'S CORNER by Rev. Susan Hatcher The vine and its branches must nourish each offer W eat do you know about ape vines? I am still arning. I know that the vine feeds the branch, that the vine receives no nutrients or water without the life giving sap from the vine. There has to be that flow. I also know that vinedressers graft new branches into estab- lished vines to help establish new growth, to bring healing to the vine or even to add or create new flavor in the iinait. All are wonderful reasons to graft new vines onto old. Yet the branch has responsibilities to the vine as well. The branch must reach its leaves out the sun for the creation of chlorophyll for its own nutrition and the feeding of the rest of the branches. The branch must pro- duce fruit; if it does not then the vinedresser will eventually cut it off. If a branch becomes sick and nothing revives it, the vinedresser will also cut it off to preserve the life of the rest of the branches. Jesus talks about this in the gos- pel of John, Chapter 15. Paul also talks about the depen- dent responsibility in his letter to the Philippians. Paul says it this way, "Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed--not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence--con- tinue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. " Paul always was a worker, a "tent-make ' by trade (Acts 18). We know that many people, including a woman named Lydia supported his ministry. But Paul also worked his own trade. He had a strong work ethic. We see it in his continual travel to plant and establish new communities of Rev. Susan Hatcher believers (churches). We can see it in his responsibility reflected in all the writing he did along that way that still feeds us today. Paul also knew he had respon- sibilities and that is what we hear in much of his writing, but especially in this text. In it he not only speaks of our obe- dience in our work - all kinds of work, but he assures us that God is working in us to fulfill God's purposes in and through us. This isn't God just telling us "Go here", '2)0 this", for God's purposes to oth- ers and the world, but also God working out our individual purpose. I am not speaking here of our purpose for our lives, but God's purpose for our lives (Jeremiah 29:11) "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Yes! God has plans for us, for you and for me whether we understand that or not. Good plans! And yet, we have responsibilities too Even growing up at home with our parents and others, we learn that we have responsibilities to the household. We used to call them chores. On Saturday, we all had to help with cleaning the house. We all at least had to bring our laundry to the laundry room. We had to keep our rooms clean and as we grew older and matured, mum and dad required more from each of us. We really don't know how blessed we are in all that until we have to move out on our own and pay bills, deal with the landlord or mortgage company, buy diapers, feed babies and all the rest that goes with being an adult. And so it is in our faith life too, and those responsibilities don't end at retire- ment - just ask a retired person Still, Paul and John remind us that we do not work alone. God is with us. In fact, the psalmist tells us that we do our best work when we work with God. "TJnless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain" (Psalm 127:1). In Luke 14, Jesus talks about not only the work, but con- sidering that cost before we start so that we do not start something without having all the resources to complete the job so that we do not labor in vain. That's very important. I think of a house that I drive past fairly regularly that j was started and never finished I don't know its story, but it still stands to remind me to always count the cost and to lean on the master builder. Someone once shared this say- ing with me; I believe it has Puritan origins: %Vork as if it all depends on you, yet pray that it all depends on God:" Paul spoke about his work and God's purposes for that work in this way, "To this end I strenu- ously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me." As we go about our lives here, let us all strive for our best, not just for ourselves, that would bear very limited, short-lived fruit for no branch lives only for itself. Let us live lives that feed into the whole that gives life to all. Peace and Grace, [All Bible quotations used are from the New International Version (NIV).] Rev. Susan Hatcher is pastor at Christ United Methodist Church, 417 N. Frontage Rd Forsyth. The Pastor's Corner is sponsored by the Monroe County Ministerial Association, which meets on the third Thursday of each month at 8 a.m. at Pickled Okra, at the corner of Jackson and Johnston Streets on the Square. I to are experience with unions, ]ue William ' Billy" Powell, a Billy then served on an ammu- beloved resident of Monroe nition ship during the Formosa County, will speak to the Blue crisis. Bridge Society meeting on After the Navy, Billy went to Monday, Feb. 12. Billy work for Bellsouth and will discuss and enter- became active with the tain questions regarding Communication Workers the role of labor unions of America and served and his experience wit- many positions with nessing the explosion that Union, to include of the first hydrogen President of CWA Local bomb. 3204 from 1972-81. He Billy served in the U. Billy Powellserved as VP of AFL/CIO S. Navy from 1952-1955. from 1972-79. He served two tours in He was inducted into the Korea. HIS specialty was salvage Labor Hall of Fame in 1994. Billy and demolition and he served on served as Governor Zell Miller's the USS Mendor in the South Senate Doorkeeper from 1981-83. Pacific. There he laid the instru- Billy served on the Board of the ments for hydrogen testing and Labor Management Conference witnessed the blast at Bikini for four years and is still an active Island Atol in March 1954. Thus, participant. To honor Billy for Billy joined the elite class of veter- his role, the Labor Management ans called the "Atomic Veterans." Conference named an annual golf tournament on Jekyll Island, 'The W. R. 'Billy' Powell Golf Tournament." Billy has long been involved in many civic and charity endeavors. In 1985 Billy helped organize the Georgia Special Olympics; he has hosted many charity golf tourna- ments throughout Georgia. Billy retired to High Falls in 1984 and has made many contri- butions to this community, includ- ing his tireless clean-up efforts after the Great Flood of 1994. Wzth Billy's leadership, members of the High Falls commtmity built the American Legion Post 303, which has since been donated to Monroe County for a community center. The meeting, held at the Presbyterian Church Parish House, will start at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend. !!iiii i;iii!i! !i;ii;i i iii,;iiiiiiiiil BLACK HISTORY MONTH 60 S/Jackson St. Boarding Bathing Medical Management Wellness & Preventive After Hrs. & Emergency Forsyth, GA 478-994-4986 !iiiii] : !ii] Lee Smith Mon - Fri 10 to 7 Unless Playing Golf FREEMAN FUNERAL HoME A name that can be trusted for funeral and burial arrangements In recognition of Black History Month, Jerry C. Pennamon provided some notable accomplishments by black citizens of Culloden. Melvin James was the first black mayor of Culloden. He was elected on May 24, 2016 and took office the next day to serve out the term of Steve Eller, who died in office. James was elected to Culloden city council on Nov. 5, 2015 and took office in January. He and Ozzie Pennamon tied as the top vote getters in that elec- tion. David Pennamon Jr. (now deceased) was the first black city councilman of Culloden. He was also the first black member of Monroe County Board of Education and the first black citizen to own a convenience store in Culloden. He served as a deacon at St. Phi]lip A.M.E. Church in Culloden for 62 years. Ozzie Pennamon, the son of David Pennamon Jr was the second black councilman in Culloden; he held the office for 35 years, until Dec. 31, 2016. Osie Lee Pennamon, brother of David Pennamon Jr was Melvin James a deacon at Orange Grove Baptist Church in Culloden for 57 years and never missed a Sunday. He also served as chairman of deacons. Jerry Pennamon is the son of Osie Lee Pennamon and his wife of 66 years, Rosa Bell. He is the first blind gospel artist to write and record a CD at Orange Grove Baptist. He sings and plays keyboard and is proud of the history of Culloden and the parts black citizens have played in it. Jerry Pennamon