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I~illlii~llllllli~li illHIIIIIllIlllHilllIllliHlliillllIIIIIiiiiIIIIIl The Monroe County Reporter April 18, 2018 PASTOR'S CORNER by Father Theophan Buck I" r' here are multitudes of differ- Ient types of Christian churches Ithroughout Monroe County. Most of our churches have rain- istries which seek to help our surrounding society in some way. Some communities focus on serving, clothing, sheltering Or feeding the poor. Other churches minister in prisons or work with inner city youth. Most commu- nities equip their congregations to be good earthly and Heavenly citizens. In general, Christians have always been a force for good in societ. In noting all of the good things that Christian churches do in our area and around the country; one could generalize that Christianity itself is about doing good things. It may be hard to believe, but the truth is that the Christian faith is not about doing good works. It is true that followers of Christ will FATHER THEOPHAN BUCK do good works as the natural fruit of the living Christian faith. However, the goal in following Christ is not about doing good works. There is a pressure in modern Christi- anity to justify our existence by creating "helpful" ministries. Many well-inten- tioned ministries are completely founded on the egos of a few persons or on a few people who are driven by their incessant need to feel helpful. When I have &dined to give certain per- sons in need charity, I have been accused of not being a good Christian. A prison chaplain once told me that many church group volunteers were motivated to preach in prison because it improved their webs re or resume. Read the first part of Matthew 6 and ask yourself, is there charitable action that my parish is doing secretly? Jesus is always our example of how the Christian faith Should be lived. Jesus was surrounded by a sea of human need. He healed many, cast out many demons, and worked on the hearts of the Jewish au- thorities, In the synagogue, Jesus described His ministry using Isaiah's words that the Spirit anointed Him to "preach the gospel to the poor to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and re- covery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord." The works and wonders that Jesus did were the evidence of His Messiahship. "The same works that I do, bear witness of Me that the Father hath sent Me" (John 5:36) However, there were a lot of works and wonders that Jesus did not do. He did not heal everyone, he did not raise all the dead, he did not cure world poverty, he did not liberate the Israelites from Roman dominance, and he did not cast out all demons. Our Lord could have cured these besetting problems quick- ly and easily, but He didn't. What was Jesus's motiva- tion for helping some and not others? In John 5:19 He tells us, "Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner." In John 12:49 He states, "For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a com- man& what I should say and what I should speak." Jesus's primary motivation for healing, teaching, working mirades, and rebuking the religious authorities of His time was always obedience to His Heav- enly Father. Christians are not called to be indiscrim- inate do-gooders who make everyone feel better. We don't imitate Christ when we indiscriminately work for the betterment of society. We truly follow Christ when we prayerfully look to God to guide us in ev- ery word and deed. The task of a Christian is to be obedient to the direction of the Holy Spirit in all of our words and works. The truth is that without God's blessing, even our goodness is not truly good. Rev. Theophan Buck is the rector of St. In- nocent Orthodox Christian Church, 7301 RivOli Road, Bolingbroke.-The Pastor's Corner is sponsored by the Monroe County Ministerial Association, which meets on the second Thursday of each month at 8 a.m. at The Pickled Okra, 33 W. Johnston St. on the Square. Pictured, left to right: (back) DAR members Phyllis Jackson, Tina Parks, Becky Patton, Haleigh Herring, Denise Herring, Echo Burrell, Virginia Funderburke, Barbara Howell, Amanda Garnett, Myrna Findlay, Lynn Stokes: (front) Essay winners Alanna Wood, Emma Mcleod, Lew Story 0 By Amanda Gamett The Lt. James Monroe Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution honored the winners of the DAR Historical Essay Contest at a patriotic recep- tion in the Conley Build- ing on March 27. Monroe County Middle School students competed in an American History essay contest for fifth through eighth grade. The winners of the essay contest are Lew Story-eighth grade; Emma Mcleod-seventh grade; and Manna Wood, sixth grade. For the DAR Essay contest, students are invited to submit essays through their school or homeschool program. One student is selected from each grade level as the chapter win- ners. They are judged on his- torical accurac originality, adherence to topic, organi- zation of material, interest, spelling, grammar, punc- tuation and neatness. The title of the essay this year was: "World War i: Remembering the War to End All Wars". Each win- ner received a certificate, a monetary award, and an Easter goody bag. The students were presented with Certificates of Aca- demic Excellence from the Ocmulgee Chapter SAR. The DAR thanks local res- taurants Jonah's, Minori's, and Subway for their gener- ous donations of gift cards to the students for their academic achievement. Email church calendar news to Diane Glidewell at news@mymcr.net by Monday at lO a.m. Church information is published free of charge as space permits. April 19-22 Powerhouse Apestelk Church has Appreciation Services Powerhouse Apostol- ic Church of Promise, 3659 Brownie Road, Forsyth invites everyone to the Appreciation Services for its Pastor, Bishop Robert H. Jackson, and First Lady, Josephine Jackson, on, April 19 at 8 p.m April 20 at 7:30 p.m April 21 at 2:30 p.m. and April 22 at 4 p.m. April 21 Shiloh Baptist WMU has Annual Lady Que Shiloh Baptist Baptist Church Women's Missionary Union will have its Annual Lady Que on Saturday, April 21 .from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Forsyth Train Depot on Adams Street. It will feature pulled pork, chips, slaw and pound cake. Tickets are $8 each. Call Elizabeth at 478-342-4866 for more information and tickets! Rocky Creek Baptist has yard sale Rocky Creek Baptist Church is holding a yard sale at the Forsyth Depot on Saturday, April 21 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. All proceeds will go to the Build- ing and Grounds Fund for repairs and improvements. April 22 invite everyone to its 152nd Church Anniversary Celebra- tion on Sunday, April 22 at 2:30 p.m. Pastor Neisha Davis of St. Mary's A.M.E. Church will be the guest speaker. There will be enjoyment, praise, worship and fellow- ship. St. Philllp AJ .E. celebrates Pastor & First Lady's 1Oth Anniversary St. Philhp A.M.E. Church in Culloden will celebrate the Pastor and First Lady's lOth Anniversary on Sunday, April 22 at 11:30 a.m. The speaker ,will be Bishop LaDamiun Rain s, Pastor of Shekinah Glory Everlasting Ministries in Barnesville. All are invited to celebrate this special day for our Pastor and First Lady, Rev. Michael Davis and Sister Andrea Davis. 478-885-2510 April 22-23 Dames Ferry Baptist has Sunday lunch, hosts Kimball Assoc. Brother- hood Dames Ferry Baptist Church, 208 Old Dames Ferry Rd, Juliet're, will have its fourth Sunday lunch on Sunday, April 22 after the morning service. Come worship, then enjoy fellowship over lunch. On Monday, April 23 Dames Ferry Baptist will host the Kimball Association Brother- hood Meeting at 7p.m. A meal will be provided before the meeting. April 29 Pine Grove CJ .E. celebrates Missionary Anniversary Pine Grove C.M.E. Church of Culloden will celebrate its Missionary Anniversary on Sunday, April 29 at 11 a.m. Rev. Jarvis Barron of Brown's Chapel Baptist Church of Juhette will be the guest speaker. Everyone is invited. St. Paul Missionary Baptist honors Rev. Reid Rock Springs in Forsytlh The St. Paul Missionary has Worship & Fellow- Baptist Church family invites ship Sunday everyone to celebrate an Rock Springs Church, 1278 appreciation program in Juhette Road, Forsyth will honor of Assistant Pastor Rev. have Worship, Fellowship & Barbara Reid for 20 years of Fun on Sunday, April 29. The service on Sunday, April 22 11 a.m. worship service will at 2 p.m. The guest speaker be followed by a covered will be Rev. David Blalock dish luncheon with a time along with Mr. Pleasant of fellowship and singing Baptist Church family from afterwards. Bring a covered Barnesville as special guest, dish (with something in it) and St. Paul Baptist Church is your best singing voice or located at 591 Elbert Jackson instrument. St. James Baptist Road, Forsyth. Rev. Rufus J. celebrates 152nd Whatley, pastor. May 5 Anniversary Piney Grove Baptist hasMaynard Baptist hosts St James Baptist Church,Pastor's Anniversary Women's Conference 110 James St Forsyth will The Piney Grove BaptistMaynard Baptist Church, celebrate its 152nd Church Church family, 98 Joe Cham- 1195 Juhette Rd Forsyth, will Anniversary on Sunda,/, April bers Rd Forsyth, invites other host a Women's Conference 22. Worship begins at 11 a.m. pastors and church families prayer retreat, "May Day: The guest speaker will be Dr. Hear and Be Heard," on Sat- to share in the celebration of Ankoma Anderson of Welfare Rev. Robert Walker Irs 7th An- urday, May 5 from 9:30 a.m.- Baptist Church, Belton, S.C. niversary on Sunday, April 22 3 p.m. There is no charge to Lunch will be provided, at 2:30 p.m. Guests will be attend, and lunch is provided. Rev. Respress and Welcome Childcare is available upon Parker's Chapel A.M.E. Grove Baptist Church ofrequest. Come hear how one celebrates 152nd Anni- Griffin. church has been transformed versary by the power of intentional Rev. Clinton Brown and the prayer. Register online at members of Parker's Cha- MaynardBC.com/events or pel A.M.E. Church, 5744 call 478-994-2120 by April Highway 83 South, Culloden, 28. By Diane Glidewell news@mymcr.nef The Annual Hubbard Alumni Cel- ebration is a highlight of each Spring in Monroe County, the Hubbard Mumni Banquet is a high point of the Celebra- tion and the keynote speaker at the banquet is always highly anticipated. The speaker for 2018 is no exception. It will be Georgia Supreme Court Justice Robert Benham. Benham is currently the longest serving member of the Supreme Court of Georgia, having been appointed in December 1989, won statewide election in July !990 and having been re-elected every six years since. He became Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court in 1995, elected by his peers, and held that position until 2001. He was the first Afrcan-Amefican to serve on the Court in its more than 140-year histo . Benham is a lifelong resident of Georgia, born in Cartersville. He earned a Bachelor's degree in political science from Tuskegee University in 1967, his Ju- ris Doctorate from University of Georgia' in 1970 and his Master of Law from the University of Virginia in 1989. He was the second African American graduate of the UGA school of law. He was in pri- vate practice for 15 years before entering the judiciary. During his tenure as Chief Justice, the American Bar Association Journal listed the Supreme Court of Georgia as one of the most progressive in the nation. Benham was named one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians for six years in Georgia Trend Magazine and as one of the 100 Most Influential Blacks in America for three years by Ebony Maga- zine. He has served on numerous social, civic, professional, fraternal and business organization boards and has garnered numerous awards. Benham was instrumental in creating Georgia's Indigent Defense Program and in creating Georgia's first Drug Courts. The State Bar of Georgia Community Service Award is named after Benham as is the first Law Camp for high school students. He has served as chairman of the Coosa Valley Area Planning and Devel- opment Commission, Barrow County Development Authority and is the Geor- gia Supreme Court liaison for the Fulton County Business Court. Benham is a Mason, Shriner and Elk. He is a member of the Deacons Board of the Greater Mr. Olive Baptist Church. He and his wife, Nell, have two sons and four grandchil- dren. He enjoys woodworking, including making toys and music boxes. 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