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@ Thc Mop, roe County Reporter . PASTOR'S CORNER by R d CalJahan The purpose of the National Day of Prayer is to encourage people Of all faiths to pray for our nation and her leaders onq-hursda ; May 3'It is estimated that 35,000 prayer gather- ings will be held across the United States and that 40,000 volunteerswill help. Some celebrities, like Ricky Skaggs the award winning musician, and millions of people will be praying for our country. As you know, our United States was founded on Judaeo-Christian values. As early as 1775 the Con- tinental Congress set aside a time for prayer as our nation was being formed. President Abraham Lincoln called for a day of prayer in 1863 during the Civil War. President Harry Truman signed a bill on April 17, 1952 proclaiming a National Day of Prayer into law. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan amended this law to designate the first Thursday of May each year as the National Day of Prayer. In the United States The National Day of Prayer Committee was formed in 1972. Later, the National Day of Prayer Task Force was organized for the purpose of coordinating events for the National Day of Prayer (NDP). Are there any of you who doubt that our nation needs prayer and Divine interven- tion? I dare say that there are only a few. As NDP meetings are held throughout our land, several areas of concern will be addressed by specific prayers. Allow me to mention some prayer concerns of mine. The first is the problem of crime. Some types of crimes have seen decline, but it seems that the crime rate is increasing over all. I served in the local state prison for nine years as a chaplain and counselor. Since then the inmate population there has almost doubled and has increased by several thousands state wide! One of several factors for this is the decline of the family unit system. Many prisoners come from single parent homes with no father figure. Pray for the inmates, spouses, and their children. Secondly, our country is experiencing the greatest period of political unrest since the 1960's. Our leaders in local, state, and federal governments need prayer. Pray that they will make decisions that are best for the majority of Americans and not just cater to special interest groups. A third point of prayer is for our church- es. Church attendance has gradually de- dined since the late 1950's. The number of professing Christians in national surveys has shown a steady decline also.Churches are splitting over social and biblical issues. Pray that God will bring a great spiritual awakening and unity in all our church groups. Fourthly, pray for peace. Our nation is involved in the longest war'in her history in Afghanistan. There is the threat of war in Syria and North Korea. Especially pray for the men and women serving in the Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy and Coast Guard. Re- member our veterans of all wars who may still be suffering from physical and emotional injuries. Pray for those who have lost tam- fly members or friends serving on active duty. Finally, pray for yourselves and your family. It is so easy to become spiri- tually lazy. We become slack practicing the spiritual disciplines of prayer, Bible study, church attendance, and evangelizing. God loves us and is merciful when we sincerely repent and ask for forgiveness. Pray as David did in Psalm 91, "Search my heart oh God to see if there be any wicked way in me " There are several opportunities in this area to participate in the National Day of Prayer (NDP) on May 3rd. The First Pres- byterian Church in Macon is hosting the NDP with a breakfast at 7 a.m. and a pro- gram to follow. The cost is $7 and tickets may be purchased at the door. Overflow parking will be at Mulberry St. Methodist Church. Forsyth Monroe County will observe the NDP on May 3rd at 12 noon on the court- house square. No cost. You are invited and I hope to see you there. Psalm 33:12 "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord " CoL Rodney Callahan is a retired military chaplain, prison chaplain and hospice chap- lain who lives in Monroe County and con- tinues to serve the community. The Pastor's Corner is sponsored by the Monroe County Ministerial Association, which meets on the second Thursday of each month at 8 a.m. at Pickled Okra, 33 W. Johnston St. on the Square. ! Graicyn Lee~s Media Festival project, entitled "My Experience in Best Buddies," received a Superior rating and v~ill advance to the State Media Festival, which is on May 11. Lee is pictured with Mary Persons media specialist, Lauri English. Fmail church calendar news to Diane GlJdewell at by Monday at 10 a.m. Church information is published free of charge as spa e perm|t$. May 3 National Day of Prayer Monroe County Ministerial Association will sponsor ob- servance of the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 3 at 1 p.m. at the Monroe County Courthouse lawn. May 5 Divine Grace Ministries Divine Grace Ministries will give away gently used clothing to anyone in need on Saturday, May 5 from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Clothing is available in sizes from newborn to adults. The clothing distribution will be at 45 South Jack- son Street, Forsyth (behind Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce.) For more informdtion, call Rosalind Scott at 478-394-0653." First Baptist of High Falls will have a Fish Fry Fundraiser First Baptist Church of High Falls; 4408 High Falls Rd;, will have a Fish Fry Fundraiser on Saturday, May 5 beginning at 6 p.m. Plates will include: fried fish, coleslaw, French fries, hush puppies and a dessert. The cost of a plate is $7 and all proceeds will be used to support our mission projects. Come for a delicious meal and a great time of fellowship. Christ UMC Men have of Cork at the 2 p.m. worship Chicken-Que service. For more information Christ UMC Men of Christ contact Ruth Middlebrook at United Methodist Church, 417 (478) 986-5269 North Frontage Rd Forsyth invite everyone to a Chicken- Slxky Mount UMC Q on Saturday, May 5 br Women's Day Celebra- some hp-smacking pit-grilled t~ chicken. Rain or shine, pickup Rocky Mount United Method- times are from 11:30 a.m. ist Church, 1387 Highway 41 until 1 p.m. Purchase tickets South, Barnesvflle, will have now (availab'le at the church its Women's Day Celebration office or from most Christ on Sunday, May 6 at 2 p.m. UMC members) to reserve a The guest speaker will be Rev. meal or upon arrival based Angela Wootsen of Williams on availability. The cost of Chapel CME Church, Jet- one meal is $10. For more fersonville. information, call 478-994- 1232 or email ChristUnited@ Union Hill Miui~- ary Baptist has Men & Women's Day Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church invites everyone to its Men & Women's Day Program on Sunday, May 6t at t0:30 a.m. Rev. Prince H. Morgan III of Mt. Olive Baptist Church of Monticello will deliver the message. Christ UMC Women have Annual Yard Sale United Methodist Women of Christ United Methodist Church, 417 North Frontage Rd Forsyth will sponsor the annual indoor yard sale on Saturday, May 5. Come rain or shine! Doors open at 8 a.m. until 12 noon. For more information, call 478-994- 1232, or email ChristUnited@ Outlook.corn. May 6 Mt. Airy Baptist has 117th anniversary Mr. Airy Baptist Church, Highway 83 N, Forsyth will be celebrating its 117th church anniversary May 6 at 1:30 Maynard Baptist hosts p.m. The speaker will be Rev. Henry D. Leonard Sr pastor Women's Conference of the Wrights Grove Baptist Maynard Baptist Church, 1195 Church of Forsyth. All sur- Juliette Rd, Forsyth, will host a rounding churches are invited. Women's Conference prayer retreat, "May Day: Hear and Be Heard," on Saturday, May St. Peter's Rock Baptist 5 from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. There celebrates Pastor's 27th is no charge to attend, andAnniversary lunch is provided. Childcare St. Peter's Rock Baptist is available upon request. Church, 10496 Hwy 87, Ju- Come hear how one church heffe will celebrate Rev. Theo- has been transformed by the dote Madison's 27th Pastor power of intentional prayen Anniversary on Sunday, May Register online at May- 6 with special guest speak- nardBC.comevents or call ers Rev. Rick Madison of Mt. 478-994-2120 by April 28. Gilgal Baptist Church at 11 a.m. and Rev. James Smith of Mr. Pleasant Baptist Church May 12 Wrights Grove has Mother's Day Prayer Breakfast Thinking of something special to do for your mother or mother figure for Mother's Day? Wrights Grove Prayer Ministry, 3056 Old Atlanta Highway, Forsyth will host a Mother's Day Prayer Break- fast on Saturday, May 12 at 10 a.m. Theme: "The Power of a Praying Mother." Pastor Cathy Dargan of the Buffalo Circuit of Sparta will be the messenger. Donations: $8. Contact Minister Jenise Watts. New Providence Baptist has Car & Truck Show for Missklm The New Providence Baptist Church Car & Truck Show for Missions will be at the Monroe County Recreation Department on Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. It is $25 to register vehicles online or on the day of the event. Annual Homecoming at Old Salem Methodist Church is Sunday It is time for the Annual Homecoming at Salem Methodist Church on Pea Ridge Road in Monroe County. Persons from all parts of Middle Georgia will pour into the old building for a worship service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 6. Rev. Joe McDaniel will bring the message. He is a minister at Mabel White Baptist Church and was pastor at Musella Baptist Church for seven years. He is a high school coach, a Georgia Southern gradu- ate and a member of the Willingham Class of 1964. The service will be fol- lowed by a basket lunch, after which the congre- gation will return for a memorial service and singing. Every family will bring a picnic lunch to be shared by all in atten- dance, as is the custom. Old Salem Methodist Church is closely tied to the history of Monroe County and the sur- rounding area. Salem Methodist Church was Old Salem Church began in 1826. Although it has not had a regular congre- gation for over 50 years, many of those associated with it enjoy meeting for homecoming each May. originally chartered in 1826, just three years after the founding of the county. After thriving for about three-quarters of a century, the church ceased its active existence in the early part of this century. In the summer of 1926, the descendants of the original members of the church decided to hold a homecoming: This was the begin- ning of a custom that has grown in importance each year. Although this church has been without a pastor and without a congrega- tion for about 50 years, it will be attended by some 100 persons on Sunday morning, May 6. The families who had a part in fotinding this church were among the pioneers of this section. Many of the names still ring a bell as being promi- nent in Monroe County. Some families listed in the early rolls were Davis, Evans, Fuller, Hardin, Johnson, Minas, Morgan, Pritchett, Taylor, Thrash, Tyler, Turk, and Walton. The old building still stands on a pine-covered hill in the southeastern part of the county and is kept in good repair. The public is invited to attend Annual Homecoming at Old Salem Church on Sunday, May 6 at 10:30 a.m. For more informa- tion or directions, call Larry Finney at 478-474- 7339. e e. 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