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Local Churches PASTOR'S CORNER by Rev. Debbie Lefevers Ernail church ca endar news to D ane G idewell at by Monday at 10 a.rn.:Church information is published free of charge as pace permit . Thursday May 2nd is the National Day of Prayer. There will be a gathering on the city square at noon of community leaders, edu- cators, law enforcement, elected officials, members of the military, business owners and church leaders. The National Day of Prayer has a long history that reaches back to 1775 when the first Continental Congress called for the colonies to pray for wisdom as a new na- tion was born. That tradition has continued throughout our history as many presidents have sup- ported and called for prayer for OUr country. As we prepare on this called day of prayer for our national, state and local governments and the citizens of this great country, I am reminded of I Timothy 2-12 which says: "/urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanks- giving be made for all people-- for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness." ion elected officials. 2 on lawn. Every- one is encouraged to take a few minutes out of their day to loin others across the nation God, who is rich in mercy, hears us as we pray for all those in authority and all who live under that authority. Philippians 4:6 dearly instructs us to offer our prayers: "Do not be a'nxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with in prayer. thanksgiving, present your requests to God." May 3 Please join the citizens of Forsyth and Monroe County on May 2nd at noon on the square in town as prayers are offered for every segment of government, our schools, our churches and the leaders we all depend on in our daily lives. Bap has Needs nay Tabernac e Baptist Church will hold Special Needs Friday May 3 at the lake on Thorpe for Rev. Debbie Lefevers is pastor at REV. DEBBIE Christ United Methodist Church, LEFEVERS 417 North Frontage Road, Forsyth. The Pastor's Corner is sponsored by the Monroe County Ministe- rial Association, which meets on the second Thursday of each month at 8:30 a.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 417 N. Frontage Road, Forsyth. Frontage Road in Forsyth, invite everyone to a Chicken-Q on Satuiday, May 4 for oca y famous pit-grilled chicken, Proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity. Rain or shine pickup times are 11:30 a.m.-t p.m. Tickets are available at the church office or from most Christ UMC members. For more information. call 478-994-1232. Christ hold Yard Sale everyone to its Men & Women's Day Program on Sunday, May 5 at 10.30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Rev. Prince H. Morgan III of Mr. Olive Baptist Church Monticello will deliver the message. Salem Methodist Church has Heine- Old Salem Methodist Church on Pea Ridge Road in Monroe County wil celebrate its Annual Homecoming on Sunday, May 5 at 10.30 a.m. Rev. Joe McDanie] of Macon will speak and Banner Creek Bluegrass Band will sing old spirituals for the service. Families will share a picnic lunch on the grounds. The public is invited. For more information or di- rections, co I Larry Finney at 478-474,7339. Christian Men & Women's Sup The Christiar ,~n's Support Group will sponsor a Gospel Singing fund- raiser for Fredaesha aids who needs a lung transplant, on Sunday May 5 at 2:30 p.m. at Mt Sinai C.M.E Church. 218 Garden Circle. Milner Everyone is asked to come support and pray. St. Peter's Rock Baptist celebrates Pastor's St. Peter's Rock Bac)tist Church 10496 Hwy 87. Juliette will celebrate Rev. Theodore Madison Sr.'s PasJof's Anntversary on Sunday, May 5 with Rev, David Blalock of Mt Pleasant Bapt st Church in Barnesville as guest speaker at the 11 a.m worsh p service. For more information contact Ruth Mi~dle- brook'at 478-986-5269. Old Salem Methodist Church on Pea Ridge Road was originally chartered in 1826, just three years after the founding of Monroe County. It thrived and was an important center for worship and community activities until the early 1900's. In the summer of 1926 the descendants of the original members of the church decided to hold a homecoming. The church and its legacy was important to enough fami- lies and individuals that the Annual Homecoming at Old Salem Methodist Church has continued even though the church has been without a pastor or a congregation for at least 50 years. Homecoming this year will be on Sunday, May 5 at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Joe Mc- Daniel of Macon will bring the message. He is a minis- ter at Mabel White Baptist Church and was pastor at Musella Baptist Church for seven years. He is a high school coach, a Georgia Southern graduate and a member of the Willingham Class of 1964. Banner Creek Bluegrass Band will be the featured musicians. Banner Creek will be singing old spiritu- Some families listed in als at the Homecoming, the early rolls were Davis, and the sounds should Evans, Fuller, Hardin, resonate on the surround- Johnson, Mims, Morgan, ing countryside. After the Pritchett, Taylor, Thrash, morning worship service Tyler, Turk, and Walton. everyone is invited to The old building still enjoy dinner on the church stands on a pine-covered grounds. Every family will hill in the southeastern bring a picnic lunch to be part of the county and is shared by all in attendance, kept in good repair. as is the custom. Xhe Annual Homecom- Old Salem Methodist ing still fills the church Church is dosely tied to with as many as a hundred the history of Monroe worshippers from through- County and the surround- out Middle Georgia. The ing area. The families who public is invited to attend had a part in founding this Annual Homecoming church were among the at Old Salem Church on pioneers of this section. Sunday, May 5 at 10:30 Many of the names still a.m. For more information ring a bell as being promi- or directions, call Larry nent in Monroe County. Finney at 478-474-7339. de on Saturday, May 4 from 8 a.m.-12 noon. A.M.E. will have Youth Day Celebration St. Philip AM, E. Church n Culloden will have a Youth Day Celebration on Sunday, May 5 at 11 30 am. The theme is "Won't He Do It"! The soeaker will be Jaquahn Penny- man. May 5 Mt. Aky Baptist celebrates !18th an- May 11 ntversary New Providence Baptist Church pres- Mt. Airy Baptist Church, Highway 83 North. ents Car & Truck Show & More Forsyth will celebrate its 118th Church An- New Providence Baotist Church will host a nIversary on Sunday, May 5 at 11 a.m. The Car & Truck Show for Missions at Monroe speaker wilt be Rev. Nathan Gordon, pastor Co. Rec. Dept on Saturday, May 1t; 9 of Mt. Airy Baptist Church a.m.- 2 p.m. Proceeds go to help us be the hands and feet of Christ to children in Haiti. llSth an- North Forsyth 118th An- niversary on Sunday, May 5 at 11 a.m. The speaker will be Rev. Nathan Gordon pastor of Mr. Airy Baptist Church. All surrounding churches are invited Grace Fellowddp Baptist has Family & Doy Rev, Willie J. Colbert and the Grace Fel- lowshIp Baptist Church, 186 College Drive, Barnesvilte will celebrate Family & Friends Pastor McArthur Childs and the Mt Gilead Baptist Church family, 2703 Boxankle Rd. Forsyth will celebrate the church's 140th an- niversa on Sunday, May 5 at 11 a.m. Hill Baptist holds Men & Wand's Day Union Hill Missionary Bapf st Church invites Kentucky and Monroe Coun- 1 be a Market Place with local tournamenr, door prizes, trophies and food, including Chick-Fil- A sandwiches. The fee for local vendors Is $25. Registration for cornhole teams of two is $20. Vehicles may ae registered online at or on the'day of the event for $25 May 15 Food Bank Distribution Christ United Methodist Church along with other local churches and in conjunction with Circle of Care will distribute food pack- ages provided by the Mgcon Food Bank on Wednesday, May 15, To volunteer to help unload the truck and/or assemble and distribute food, show up at 10 a m at ChriSt UMC, 417 North Frontage Road, Forsyth next to the Farm Bureau). For information on being a recipient of this once-a-month food distribution; contact Circle of Care at (478)- 994-4939. May 18 of God Women Ministry has prayer breakfast The Friends of God Women Ministry wi, have a prayer breakfast at 9 a.rn on Satur- day, May 18 at Tessie Hall Baptist Church. 320 Boxankle Road Forsyth Pastor Jarvis Barrion of Brown Choael Church will bring the message. All women ministry ~nembers are invited to come weanng their women ministry shirts, church shirts or religious T- shirts. The cost of the breakfast is SZ By Diane Glidewell After an hour and 20 minutes of discussion be- hind dosed doors, Monroe County Board of Education approved hiring teachers and other personnel for the 2019- 20 school year at a called meeting on April 24. Votes induded the approval of returning teachers and other school employees recom- mended by principals. The board moved Miles Benson from Monroe County Middle School Band ins teacher to Mary Persons Band Director to replace Eric Thompson, who resigned to move out of state. Benson, a graduate of Mary Persons, is in his first year with Monroe County Schools. "I have had a wonder- ful year so far;' he told the board. "Thank you for this opportunity. I'm happy to be back home:' New hires were Me- lissa Borders, teacher at K.B. Sutton Elementary; Justen Chambers, teacher at Monroe County Middle School; Leah Haygood and Catherine Johnson, teach- ers at Hubbard Elementary; Amy Morgan, paraprofes- sional at T.G. Scott Elemen- tary and Laurie Pippin, teacher at Monroe County Achievement Center. Pippin is the wife of board member Smart Pippin. Her hiring was approved on a separate vote, and her husband abstained from that vote. Resignations accepted were Brandi Burgess, teacher at Hubbard Elementary; Caitlin Greene, teacher at K.B. Sutton Elementary; Georgette Tarpley, school nutrition program manager at Hubbard Elementary and Kyandria Zellner, teacher at Monroe County Middle School. T.G. Scott Elemen- tary custodian Helen Allen retired effective May 31. On approval of retuming personnel, board chairman Nolen Howard abstained from the vote on his daugh- ter, Holly Hamlin, counselor at Mary Persons, and son-in- law, Barron Hamlin, teacher at Hubbard Elementar Board vice chairman J.E Ev- ans abstained from the vote on Dwain Evans, teacher at Mary Persons. Board member Priscilla Doster abstained from all votes on personnel. When asked why she abstained, she would only sa) "I just didn't want to vote for or against:' When asked whether she would have cast a vote if each name had been considered separately, Doster said she probably would have abstained on all votes. Since all seven board members were present and no negative votes were cast, all votes were either five or six in favor with one or two abstaining. Newest board member Greg Head had abstained from votes on personnel since taking his seat on the board in January, explaining that he did not feel he knew enough about the school system's hiring process. However, he cast affirma- tive votes on the person- nel actions at the April 24 meeting. The school system had a work session on its hiring process for board members in March. Also school board attorney Cory Kirby of Harben, Harfley & See BOC Page 5C C H U R C H P A G E M A D E P 0 S S I B L E B Y T H E S E S P 0 N S 0 R S : "Servicing Each Family W/tl7 Equal Respect" 1 9 Lee Smith Mon - Fri 10 to 7 Unless Playing Golf FREEMAN FUNERAL HOME A name that can be trusted for funeral and burial arrangements Brentwood Place Forsyth 994-6483" 994-6576 1:3oarding Bathing Medical Management Wellness & Preventive After Hrs, & Emergency 60 S. Jackson St. Forsyth, GA 478-994-4986 Voted 2014 Best Veterinarian by readers of the Reporter