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July 25, 2018 Page 7C PASTOR'S CORNER by Rev. Rick w,Une 24 was my first Sunday as pas- tor of Forsyth First United Methodist Church, and in short weeks I've learned a lot. Theres a lot more to of course, but this brief month Of introduction has been enough to make me truly grateful for the community and church where I now live and serve. One of my happy discoveries about Forsyth First is its heart for mis- sions. About the time I arrived, an adult mission team was just getting back from a week of work. Shortly afterward a large group of youth and adult leaders left for North Carolina. A mission trip is a great way to serve beyond ourselves, to proclaim the gospel through actions as well as words; and to open ourselves to experi- ences and lessons that shape us REV. RICK for living as disciples of Jesus. Years ago I was an adult leader of a youth mission team doing work through the Appalachia Service Project (ASP). Our team, along with mission teams from other churches around the country, spent a week repairing homes in the mountains of West Virginia. To add interest and value to the work we were doing, our ASP directors initiated a contest to see which team could collect the most trash from the side of the road while com- ing and going from the work site each day. The youth on my team latched onto this challenge and were eager to win. Every day, for the first three days, we stopped and gathered all the trash we could. We were usually the last team to re- turn at the end of the day, the last team to get to the showers, and the last team to get in line for the evening meal. And each day some other team managed to gather more bags of trash, receiving everyone's attention and appreciation during the program that By Diane Glidewell news@mymcr.net Forsyth police will no longer issue parking tickets on Sundays after this news- paper reported on several church members given cita- tions in recent months. On July 16 councilman Chris Hewett proposed that the city not enforce its park- ing regulations from 6 p.m. on Friday through 6 a.m. Monday of each week and refund any fines collected for parking violations. His proposal Was in response to complaints the city has received from citizens who got parking tickets while attending church in down- town Forsyth. night. We were doing a lot of extra work, it seemed, sacrificing our comforts and get- ting recognized by no one. On the fourth day, we gathered about the same number of trash bags as before but happened upon a blue plastic swimming pool, half buried in the vines and brush. "How many bags of trash would this be worth?" we wondered. "1hree? Six?" We loaded it on the truck. At supper that evening we were told that, once again, another team had gathered more trash that day. My team found the nearest director and exploded. "How is that possible? Who could collect enough trash to equal a swimming pool?" Every youth on the team was talking at once. The director listened. When we finally quieted down, she looked at us and very calmly said, "I want you to tell me something. Why are we doing this?" With that question the storm of our disappointment and anger was suddenly stilled. The director didn't need to tell us the answer because we all knew. We were doing this to help the community we were in. We were doing this to help the people we had come to serve. What we accom- plished together was more important than the recognition any individual team might, or might not, receive. Our director, wise beyond her years, had put our hearts at peace. iR porter Rev. Rick Maeser is pastor of Forsyth United Methodist Church, 68 West Johnston Street. The Pastor's Corner is sponsored by the Monroe County Minhte- rial 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. Hewett said that he asked other communities and that none enforce parking restrictions on weekends. Mayor Eric Wilson said that it was too broad to include all parking viola- tions because some park- ing rules, like blocking fire hydrants, are safety issues. He said that people shop- ping at Cirde of Care on Saturdays park on both sides of Adams Street so that a fire truck would not be able to pass through the street. Wilson also noted that people who park in fire lanes, like at Ingles, are creating a safety hazard by vi,olatin parking laws. I dent think we should tell police not to enforce the law" said councilman John Howard. "[If we do that] we're doing the officer and judge job. You create preju- dice. Im not comfortable with suspending the laws for the entire weekend." Hewett amended his motion to suspend enforce- ment of parking laws only from 6 a.m.- 10 p.m. on Sundays and not to refund fines already paid. Laws regarding fire hydrants and fire lanes will continue to be enforced every day. The mo- tion passed unanimously A Forsyth police officer recommended that signs about the change be placed where parking on Sundays is an issue, around churches. Along with free food, drinks (by Aug. 8) a picnic meal with and entertainment, there will ticket purchase for $10 from Continued from 6C be local vendors and school Yahola Creek Restaurant, which supplies T-shirts are available is officially opening in August. Family, Waffle House, The Mc- for $10 For more informa- Choose from gourmet chicken Dowell Family and all friends tion, contact Vanessa Walker, salad or grilled chicken caesar that are helping. Amber Evans, Angela Robinson, wrap with chips, pasta, pickle, Bridge~ Middleton, Shakeya brownie and soda or water. It Genel~tt~ Writers to Biggs or Chimere Walker.will be a night to laugh, dance meet at Conley Building and have some fun. For more Generations Writers will hold Aug. 11 information, call Diane at 478- its first meeting at its new Paris Dancers musical 993-1104. location, the Conley Building, variety show at Indian 126 E. Johnston St Forsyth on Siennas Aml~hJtl~mter. Sept. 1 Saturday, Aug. 4 at 1 p.m. All The Paris Dancers, a "senior High Falls State Park who are interested in writing, moments" comedy troupe, will Tnkdhlon early entry reading and/or meeting inter- entertain at the Indian Springs The High Falls State Park Triath- esting people are invited Amphitheater on Saturday, Ion (3 mi. trail run, 14 mi. road Aug. 11. Doors open at 6:30 bike and 1 mi. lake paddle) Many Blessings in a p.m show starts at 8 p.m. will be Saturday, Sept. 22 at B~kbag honors Kip Tickets are $10 each. Only 8 a.m. Entry is $50 plus $15 if Evans 500 will be sold, with all seat- you need to rent a kayak. Entry "Many Blessings in a Bookbag," ing under the covered portion increases to $70 on Sept. 1 honoring James "Kip" Evans Jr. of the amphitheater (no tables) and registration ends Sept 19. will be Saturday, Aug. 4 from Proceeds benefit Butts County Email Joe Reed at ipreed57@ 1-4 p.m. at Kynette Park. It Historical Society's Old Flovilla gmail.com for an entry form or will feature DJ Go Getta and Schoolhouse Dinner Theater stop by High Falls State Park, the Dancing DOlls of Macon. prelect. You can pre-order 76 High Falls Park Dr Jackson, GA 30233 to register. 0 EmaJl church calendar news to Diane Glidewell at 10 a.m. Church information is published free July 23-27 Mt. Pleasant Baptist has Revival Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, 863 Piedmont Rd Barnesville will celebrate its Revival Services from Monday-Friday, July 23-27 at 7:30 p.m. each evening. On Monday Rev. T.O. Sams and Tessie Hall Baptist Church of Forsyth will be guests On Tuesday Rev. E Blackmon and Shady Grove Baptist Church of Thomaston and True Believers of Molena will be guests. On Wednesday Rev. Goggian and Mt. Moriah Baptist Church of Griffin will be guests. On Thursday Rev. C. Holmes and New Hope Baptist Church of Atlanta will be guests. On Friday Rev. Jimmy Lyons and the East Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, Barnesville and Friendship in Thomaston will be guests. Everyone is invited at news@mymcr.net, by Monday of charge as pace permit . Gearing up for Life's Big Garner' Refreshments will be provided. Call 478-294-9661. Aug. 1-3, 5 New Macedonia Missionary Baptist has Homecoming & Revival New Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, 1510 Oxford Road, Culloden will hold its Annual Homecoming & Revival Celebration Wednesday-Friday, Aug. 1-3 and Sunday, Aug. 5. The revivalist will be Rev. L.J. London. The homecoming Sunday service will be Aug. 5 at 1 p.m. with Rev. Jerry Lightening of New Grace Baptist Church as the guest speaker. July 25-27 Abundant Life has VBS Abundant Life Church, 962 Juhette Road, Forsyth will have Vacation Bible School Wednesday-Friday, July 25-27 from 6-8:30 p.m. nightly. The theme will be "ALF Draft " Come loin God's team! There will be classes for K-5th grade New Providence Baptist host peaker from Creation Ministrie Spring Hill Baptist has Revival Dr. Jonathan Sarfati, Creation Ministries Spring Hill Baptist Church and Lead Servant International Scientist and Author, will speak J.W. Corner, 50 E. Redding Road, Juhette invite at New Providence Baptist Church, 2560 everyone to Revival Services from Wednes- Highway 41 South, Smarr on Sunday, Aug. 5 day-Friday, July 25-27 at 7:30 p.m. nightly .at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. on the topic of De- with Pastor Jennifer L. Corner, Executive Pastor of House of Hope Atlanta, as Revivalist. sign; Deluge & Dilemma. Are you ready with Wednesday is Church T-shirt night, answers about evolution? July 28 Abundant Life has Back-to-School Book Bag Bash Abundant Life Church, 962 Juhette Road, For- syth will offer fun activities, including a water- slide and inflatables and free backpacks with school supplies, at a Back-to-School Bookbag Bash on Saturday, July 28 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Be sure to bring a bathing suit and towel! St. Peter's Reck Baptist has P.U.S.H. Day K.E.NT. Ministries will meet on Saturday, July 28 at 12 p.m. for the 3rd annual RU.SH. Day at St. Peter's Rock Baptist Church, 10496 Hwy 87, Juhette. This is a ministry to uplift and encourage the youth and to spread the gospel and assist those in need. Everyone is welcome. July 29 First Baptist of High Falls has wor- ship & fellowship at the Lake First Baptist Church of High Falls' Fourth An- nual Community Worship Service at the Lake will be Sunday, July 29th. It will be in the enclosed AIR-CONDITIONED Group Shelter in the "Day Use Area" of High Falls State Park. Morning Worship will begin at 11 a.m. A covered dish luncheon will follow the worship service and the afternoon will be filled with games and activities for all ages. Please loin us for a Great Day of Worship and Fellow- ship. For more information, call 478-994- 1653. Aug. 5 MI. Zion UMC has Homecoming Sunday Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 40 Rumble Road, Forsyth will have Homecoming Sunday on Aug. 5. Special worship time will Me 10:30 a.m. There will be no Sunday school. The guest pastor will be Rev. Claire Yoder. Fel- lowship Lunch will follow the worship service. BBQ, chicken and tea will be provided. Bring your favorite side dish to share. Aug. 5-8 Mt. Airy Baptist has Homecoming & Revival Mt. Airy Baptist Church, 3147 Georgia Highway 83, Forsyth will have its Annual Homecoming on Sunday, Aug. 5. Pastor Rev. Nathan Gordon will bring the message at the morning worship service at 11 a.m. Dinner will be served. Revival services will be Monday- Wednesday, Aug. 6-8 at 7:30 p.m. nightly. The speaker will be Rev. Demonstray Head of Faith Tabernacle.First Deliverance Holiness Church of Jackson. All surrounding churches are invited. Aug. 5, 8-10 Hanson Hickman A.M.E. has Home- coming & Revival Hanson Hickman AM.E, 60 Moreland Ave Forsyth will celebrate Homecoming Sunday on Aug: 5 at 11 a.m. Revival services are Wednesday-Friday, Aug. 8-10 at 7:30 p.m. nightly. Rev. Johnny Sanders and the St. James and Turner Chapel A.M.E. Churches of Gray will be special guests. Everyone is invited. Aug. 5-8 Midway Baptist has Homecoming & Revival Midway Baptist Church, 2088 Midway Church Road, Smarr invites everyone to An- nual Homecoming and Revival services.The homecoming message on Sunday, Aug. 5 will be brought by Pastor Paul Watts St. at the regular 11 a.m. service. Revival services will be Monday-Wednesday, Aug. 6-8 at 7:30 p.m. nightly. Pastor R.J. Whatley, pastor of the Union Hill Missionary Baptistl St. Paul Baptist, Macedonia Baptist and Pleasant Grove Bap- tist Churches of Forsyth, will be the speaker for the week. Union Hill Missionary Baptist has Family & Friends Day Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church invites everyone to its Family & Friends Day Program on Sunday, July 29 at 2:30 p.m. Rev. Kendrick K. Mack Sn of White Springs Baptist Church, Rocky Mount UMC has Homecoming Lizella, will deliver the message. The public is & Revival invited. Rocky Mount United Methodist Church, 1387 Highway 41 South, Barnesville will have Reck Springs Church-Forsyth has a Homecoming Celebration at 11 a.m. on covered dish luncheon Sunday, Aug. 5. The speakeE will be Pastor Rock Springs Church-Forsyth will have a Clarence Thrower, Jr. Annual Revival will tel- covered dish luncheon immediately following low Monday-Wednesday, Aug. 6-8 at 7:30 the 11 a.m. service on Sunday, July 29. The p.m. nightly. The Revival speaker will be Rev. Church will provide meats & drinks. Bring a Henry D. Leonard of Wrights Grove Baptist covered dish (with something in it) and loin us Church, Forsyth. for a time of worship and fellowship. Sunday School begins at 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome! Aug. 5, 8-10 Grace Fellowship Baptist has Home- coming & Revival Rev. Willie James Colbert and the Grace Fellowship Baptist Church, 186 College St Barnesville invite everyone to Annual Home- coming and Revival services. HOmecoming will be Sunday, Aug. 5 at 11 a.m. Pastor Samuel Chester and the Cerease Independent Church family will bring the message. Pastor Colbert will preach at 1:30 p.m. Dinner will be served. Revival begins Wednesday, Aug. 8 with Rev. Daniel Driver and Shiloh Baptist Church and continues Thursday and Friday, Aug. 9-10, with Rev. Deric Dumas and the Greater Lizzieboro Baptist Church Family. Services begin at 7:30 p.m. nightly. Divine Grace Ministries helps fami- lies with school supplies Divine Grace Ministries of Forsyth, 45 South Jackson Street, will help provide school sup- plies and book bags for families in need on Sunday, July 29. Families with school age children who need assistance are asked to call Rosalind Scott at 478-394-0653 as soon as possible. Gently-used clothes of all sizes will also be available. St. Peter's Rock Baptist holds Dea- con & Deaconess Anniversary St. Peter's Rock Baptist Church, 10496 Hwy 87, Juhette will celebrate its Deacon and Deaconess Anniversary on Sunday, July 29 at 2:30 p.m. Rev. Katrina S. Talton of Cole- man Clark A.M.E. Church will be the guest speaker. Everyone is invited to come and cel- ebrate with us. For more information, contact Ruth Middlebrook at 478-986-5269. July 30-31 New Macedonia Missionary Baptist has VBS New Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, 1510 Oxford Road, Culloden will have Vaca- tion Bible School Monday and Tuesday, July 30-31 at 6 p.m. The theme is "Game On! Aug. 19 The Martins will perform at Reck Springs Church Popular multi-Dove Award winning Christian recording artist The Martins will be at the Rock Springs Church, 219 Rock Springs Road, Milner on Sunday, Aug. 19 featured during the 8:30 a.m 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. services. Siblings Judy, Joyce and Jonathan Martin have en- joyed countless radio hits and performances nationwide. 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