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I9 31 )l'S lv' :30 August l4, 20T9 PASTOR'S CORNER by Father Theophan Buck en I got home from church last Sunday, I read the news and found out about the second mass shooting in that short period. To tell you the truth, the frequency of these sorts of tragedies has numbed me to a point where I am no longer shocked. Culturally, we are all inundat- ed with a never—ending stream of tragic news from faraway places. After saying a quick prayer, my secondary reaction was to begin to think about the typical political narrative that would develop surrounding these catastrophes. Culturally we have developed a ritual response to shocking news, especially natural disas- ters and violent crimes. We hear tragic news and the political Right and the Left make a small attempt to tactftu acknowledge the tragedy and then within a few moments or days move on to assign blame to the other party’s ideas and values. The perpetrators of these crimes are made famous, and we seem content to consume eVery titillating detail offered to us by our consumer-driven media. Concerned Christians may gather to- gether and pray or hold vigils. “Thoughts and prayers” are offered on social media platforms, and we all wait, quietly know- ing that in a few weeks these faraway disasters will disappear from our national consciousness only to appear again either in the next shooting or in the upcoming sports—like season of presidential politics. As a Christian, it is easy to get lost in our culture and to be so lost as to adopt the worldly response as though it is God- inspired. Have you ever found yourself arguing politics after a natural disaster or school shooting? The world believes that the only way to solve the problems of the human heart is through new and im- proved policies. Certain policies may indeed be needed, and certain people may need to advocate for policy change. However, Christians should recognize that there are deeper ‘ issues, issues rooted in the fallenness of the heart that lead to these tragic events. Each mass shooting is only a symptom of a larger sickness that is rooted in our collec— tive culture which we all participate in on some level. l Rev. Theophan Buck In this light, what might the Christian response to these sorts of tragedies look like? One possibility is to look to Our Lord Jesus Christ for a pattern. Jesus was sinless; yet He took on the sins of the world which means He was willing to be held respon- sible for sins He had no part in. When He was on the Cross He even went so far as to not accuse His en— ' emies and even to ask that God forgive them. It is notable that Jesus disappointed many people by not raining down fire on his enemies and not being the \ political messiah they desired. Unlike Jesus, we are not sin— less, so whether we like it or not we contribute to the collective sickness of the world. We are the ones responsible for our culture. We may never be the actual person who pulls the trigger but underneath the. surface, we hold many of the same dispositions that lead to these sorts of crimes. Contemplate these questions. Are there any ideologies in my life that I put above loving God, loving my neighbor, and lov- ing my enemies? Do I ever objectify people or dehumanize anyone? When I encounter people, do I see the image of God in them regardless of who they are and where they are from? Am I ever selfish? The shootings are a symptom of a larger cultural sickness which we all participate in. There is no sense in assigning blame unless we are willing to take responsibility for our part. If Christians want our society to be moved in a Godly direction it will require us to take responsibility for our sins. The policies we are so heated about are no substitute for the transformation of heart that happens when we repent for our sins and the sins of our nation. May God comfort those who lost friends and family in these recent tragedies and may He protect us all from reaping what we have sown. ' Father Theophan Buck is the rector of St. Innocent Orthodox Christian Church, 7301 Rivoli Rd. in Bolingbroke. The Pastoris Corner is sponsored by the Monroe County Ministerial Association, which meets on the second Thursday of each month at 8:30 am. at Christ United Methodist Church, 417 N. Frontage Road, Forsyth. .1. “mm a...» p rter Page 3D alum CALENDAR Email church calendar news to Diane Glidewell at news©rnymcnnet by Monddy at T TO a.m. Church information is published free of charge as spaco permits. ’ B We" are: responsible for Our Culture has Revwal Brown Chapel Baptist Church, 1660 Ponder Tram- ‘ mell Rd, Juliette invites every- one to a threevnight revival beginning on Monday. Aug. 0 iii-Wednesday, AugM at 7:30 pm. nightly. Come any night. St. Paul‘Missionary Baptisthas , Homecomi &_Revival Rev. Rufus What ey and St. Paul Missionary Baptist , Church invite everyone to- worship and praise the Lord On Sunday. Aug. ll at the Annual Homecoming Day Service starting at “:30 ' am. Rev. Rufus Whatley will deliver the message. Revival will be Monday- Wednesday. Aug. 1244 ,with services starting at 7:30 pm nightly. Rev. Christopher D. O‘Bryont of 'Rehoboth Bible Church in Albany will'ybe the guest minister. Coleman Clark A.M.E. has Homecoming ‘ Revival ‘ Coleman Clark African Methodist {Episcopal Church, (>380 Hwy 42 North, Forsyth will have Homecoming service on Sunday, Aug. ll at T2 pm. with Pastor Katrina Talton delivering the mes— sage. The 3-night Revival will begin: Monday, Aug. l2 at pm. — Pastor Cathy lDarganl Harper-and Buffalo Circuit Lwillb‘e the speaker; Tuesday, - Aug. l3 at pm. Pastor Jeremy Head and Piney Grove Baptist Church of Senola will be the speaker; Wednesday Aug, M at pm — Bishop James Smith and C3 Church will be the speaker. Aug. M-lb. l8 White Chapel Am. has Revivalo Homecoming White. Chapel .M.E. Church, 2370 Old Highway ll, Round Oak will have Annual Revival and Home- coming Aug. TA-lo at 7:30 pm. nightly. The: Homecoming service will be Sunday, Aug. l8 at 2:30 pm. Rev. Jada Sims and Parker‘s Chapel 'A.M.E. Church will be guests. For revival, on Wednesday, the speaker Will be Rev. Quinton Maddox of Mt. Zion AME. Church, Jackson; on Thursday the speaker will ‘ be Rev. Nathaniel Brown of Mt. Xian Circuit, Forsyth; . at New Friendship Baptist v Homecoming ‘ Aug. T8 at 2:30 pm. Pastor I be Rev. Preston Campbell of Maddox Chapel Baptist, Hillsboro. For more informa« tion, call 478980-4281. ‘ Aug. 18 Pastor's Instaan ' Service forAnthony Stewart The Pastor's lnstallation Service for Anthony Stewart Church, Gray will be on' Sunday. Aug. T8 at 3 p.m.l’at 4025 Gray Highway, Gray. Stewart ls‘the son of Jimmy J Stewart and Lucille Wash- ington of Forsyth. For more information, call 478-994- 8596). Aug. l8-ZT Greater Friendship Baptist has Revwal The Greater Friendship - Baptist Church, 3242 Dames Ferry Road, Juliette invites everyone to its annual home~ coming and revival services. Homecoming services will be Sunday, Aug. 18 at ll am. Pastor David Blalock and the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church of Barnes- ville will be guests. Revival services will be Monday, Aug. lQ-Weclnesday, Aug. 2T. . beginning at pm. nightly. Pastor Anthony Corbett and the Lundy Chapel Baptist Church will be guests. Aug. 18-22 Tessie Hall Baptist has Homecoming & Revwal TeSSi’e Hall Baptist Church. 320 Boxankle Road, Forsyth. will celebrate Homecoming on Sunday, Aug. 18 at ll am. Pastor TO. Sams will deliver . the message. Dinner‘will be served. Revival will begin at ‘ 7:30 pm. on Tuesday, Aug. 20, and will end on Thursday. Aug. 22 The guest speaker for Revival will be Rev. Rufus Whatley of Union Hill Mis- sionary Baptist Church, St. Paul Baptist Church of For- ‘ syth, Pleasant Grove Baptist ‘ Church of Bolingbroke and New Macedonia Baptist Church of Culloden. All are welcome, Au,g.l8'23 ‘ , Orange Grove Baptist hasHomecoming& » Revival “ Orange Grove Bap- tist Church, Highway Culloden will celebrate Homecoming o'n Sunday. Baptist Church, Griffin will 3 be the guest. Paétor Lonnie B. Fletcher Will bring the ‘ ' i morning message at it aim. Revival for the week ‘will fol- A low Monday, Aug. lQ-Friday. .: Aug. 23 at 7:30 p.m.ynightly with varioUs speakers tor the . Week. 7 ‘ A0925 a FirstBaptistof '» ' ; ~ nighralishasaath! ' Homecoming- .. ‘ First BaptisiChurch of High -; Falls-Was founded August 26, lQ73 when nine people met in the front yard of Mr. and . Mrs. J. T. Mitchell’s home on‘ V , Ruby Road. Celebrate 46 L years of Praising our Lord ». L on Sunday, Aug. 25. The Homecoming worship serviCe will begin at ll am. and the guest speaker is Georgia Baptist Associational Mission~ ary Dave Nelson. A covered dish meal will be shared in ‘ the Fellowship Hall imme- 'diately following Worship Service. RodtyCreekBaptisthas v Homecoming Rocky Creek Baptist Church, 225 Rocky CreekVRood, Forv ‘ syth will celebrate, Homecom- ing on Sunday, Aug. 25. Sum day School begins at 10 am. and Homecoming Service ‘ begins at’ll a.m., followed by a lunch provided by the church. All are welcomed. TessieHall'BSptist‘ ' Fellowship Serviceisat * - Tessie Hall Baptist Church. I Fello'WShip Sunday Service time has been changed to 8:30 am. on Sunday, Aug. 25, Minister Lesia Atwater will. deliver the message. \ ., Everyone isinvited. Breakfast ‘ will be served. ‘ Aug 25-28 'PineGrovecmafitias f Homecommg &Revivat Pine GroveC.M.E. Church, ‘ SSA-Pine Grove Church Road, Culloden will celebrate Homecoming on Sunday; ; Aug. 25 at ‘2 pm: with Rev. \ John Chetham as speaker. \ Revival will be Monday» Wednesday, Augie-28 at 7:30 pm. nightly. On Mon~ day, thé‘speaker will be Rev. David Blalock of Pleasant , Grove Church in Barnesville. A On Tuesday the speaker» . will be Rev. TO. Sams of: \ Tussahaw. Wednesday the speaker. will be Rev. Danny with Mayor Reichert,” said Jackson Mayor Kay Pippin. the Clean Air Coalition. It C _ d f 2 D “We can make the south was discussed that adding onlmue rom side of the metro very educational institutions , special. We have almost a along the corridor to the any “Ppaa on the Con' blank canvas.” website, such as, Gordon, ammo“ undPrW‘W at the Pippin added that it is Mercer, Macon State and P75 and “.6 Interchange important for communi- ' Central Georgia Technical 3“ {Viacom FOWIer sald . ties along the corridor to College, would be an assct m? because.mat prolect ‘5 find an identity arid market as the site promotes quality bemg done In Phases and it. Presently it is too easy to of life. Shomd mt affect the mmk travel the corridor and not A mission statement of lanes‘ .d th know when you go from “Plan, Promote, Partner” 1 POW]? sal e one community to the next was suggested by Tapley anes Will Embably he m and not recognize any— and generally accepted as .south 0f mghway 155 thing unique about them. expressing the mission of m MCD9nouglll Henry. The I—75 Corridor the group. The western and .County 15 lockmg at bufld' Coalition has developed a eastern borders of focus mg a new Intercgange at website with the assistance were loosely defined as 313%??? §°axHesfud ofthe Middle Georgia Highways 41 and 23. 1 . 15 ev ogmg a :ginu' Regional Commission, Pippin said there is a anon mOdel o .the U . and Laura Mathis of the state freight and logistics along the 38lmfle Fomdor R.C. discussed the work on study underway that will that Should be avaflable the website and presented have an impact on the I—75 “Thin the “PH few Weeks' a contract for its mainte- Central Corridor. Reichert The goal ls to “Rho? ofi nance. Middle Georgia said that plans for MARTA some ofithe WCks’ Said R.C. was asked to develop to expand to Lovejoy in Fowler' We may take Off the website by Monroe Clayton County, which one lane flier???“ merge County and Forsyth, is roughly 10 miles from the other la,“ which are members of the Griflin, will affect links in Backrto Ideas fqr the ‘ RC, and did the work at the area. Committees were 1'25 central QPmdor’ no cost to the I-75 Corri- named to gather informa— Reldlert. My com'. d‘or Coalition. tion on these developing Inth ’5 Mlddle Georgla‘ Mathis said Middle changes and to suggest a ‘ l want to Brevent sprawh Georgia R.C. will provide specific project for Ross’ mstead lets do Smart administrative support for students. The next I-75 grow to mf‘kiour area the Coalition like itdoes Central Corridor Coalition amcuve' for three other regional meeting is Thursday, Sept. Im on the same page- Organizations, including 19. on Friday, the speaker will Greg Tyler of Macedonia Robinson of Thomaston. , , Birthdays Anniversaries Aug. 14 Jared Cox Aug. John Patterson Autumn Martin Mr. 8: Mrs. Steve Aug Rogers Kenley Morris Lloyd Strickland Aug. Charles Dumas Dale Tyson Caitlyn Onstott Dr. Clell Morris Aug. 18 Grace Woods Aug. David 8. Cheryl Robert 8. Mitzi Wil- Herndon liams Greg 8: Gwen Music Aug, 21 Chuck Williams Aug. Calaeb Sikes Judy M’ackey Elmo Remick This week's birthdays and anniversaries are courtesy of Forsyth Lions Club calendar. To have your name added to the calendar, contact Virginia Remick at 994-5426. Children's birthday notices through age l2 and birth announcements are published free of charge for the community. Email Diane Glidewell at with information and picture. High schOol artists asked to design Forsythia-Festival logo It’s time for the annual Forsythia Fes- ‘ tival logo contest.The Festival wants original submissions for the 2020 festival logo from Monroe County high school students—-public, private or home school students. All submitted work must be original and not based on any pre-existing design. Submissions can be turned in to Saman— tha Trevitt at Mary Persons or sent to the Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce at 10 West Chambers Street, Forsyth, GA 31029. 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