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August 21, 2019 Page 3B JRe orter Spotlight on Local Churches F PASTOR'S CORNER by Rev. Pamela Johnston I in Email church calendar news to D ane G dewelt at ngwS@mymcr, net by Mb~9 at 10 a.m. Church informatien is published f '.c,f .~:!( 21 are welcomed. Day s and Gods C "r ch o Christ ! ti junction with Circle of Care, "God uses whatever is usable in a life, both to speak and to act, and those who insist on fireworks in the sky may miss the electricity that sparks the human heart." --Barbara Brown Taylor, "Leaving Church: Sharpie across the box tops. It seemed these couples were doing life so much better than we were, and I was starting to regret asking for their help. But thenI realized that everyone was Aug. 21. 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 A Memoir of Faith" Trecently helped a pastor friend of mine chuckled about some of the times we had tion, contactCircle of Care , " at (478)=994-4939. |move. If you ve ever loaded a U-Haul gone camping together and wondered |on a summer day in " whether our toddlers would Aug. 21-23 JL. Georgia, then you know end up attending the same GI'0 bll I one thing: you might survive schools or dating, if we still without a hand truck, but not a water bottle! Four of us were there, and we took turns lifting furni- ture, awkwardly re-arranging ourselves to fit through doorways, and carefully trek- king up and down the ramp dozens of times. Or was it hundreds? As the truck grew tidier and the house grew in a good mood, forming assembly linesonbeing: a recipient of this to get the boxes out the front door. We once,a-month food distribu- knew each other then. No one was taking notes about the state of my house or my marriage or my parenting. I thought of Jesus' words in Matthew, chapter 6: "but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves Johnston do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" My home did not consist of the contents of those boxes, but rather of the years my spouse and I had shared as best friends, the truths we had worked to teach our children, and the hope we had in our promise to hold each other up when things got tough. Likewise, our friend- ships were not dependent on whether our d&or was up to par, or how enviable our jobs or Christmas card pictures were. Instead, these people shared a history with us, albeit short, of things both good and not so good, of triumphs and disap- pointments. We were drawn together as friends because of our faith, our need for a place to belong, our assurance that we'd be liked--better yet, loved no matter what our differences were. That day, amid the Rev. Pamela emptier, I turned my attention to boxes in the living room, most of them filled with books, small electronics (I thought we were the only family with 7 remote controls!), and old photo albums from post-college daysl It felt good to help my friends in such. : a physical way, especially since our lives had not crossed paths nearly enough the past few years due to our busy schedules. The experience took me back to the last time I moved, many years ago. Our new house was only two miles away, but we needed help since our relatives lived in other cities and we had a 2- and 4-year-old at the time. Our church friends offered to help, showing up one Saturday with the promise of pizza and cold iced tea afterward as a thank-you. I remember feeling embarrassed that we weren't more organized when they arrived: we had run out of boxes the night before and just couldn't get every- thing ready. Also, as we loaded the truck, it seemed like the dust bunnies behind bookshelves and dressers were multiply- ing. What kind of homemaker was I, anyway? Definitely not one who had my act together. It felt like our soft underbelly was exposed to these people whom we'd only known a fewyears, and our life was reduced to random piles of stuff, which I was struggling to name as I drug the Aug, 25 First Baptist of High Falls has 46th nine people met in the yard :of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Mitchegs home on Ruby Road. Cel: ebrate 46 years of PralSlng 25. Min|ster Lesia Atwater, will deliver title message. Ev- Augi 25;,29"30 eryone is invited. Breakfast Zj~llll Hill will be .~erved ~ ~ Jullette, will ha,;e its last Sunday in August lunch on Aug, 25 afier 11 a,m. worship service. Bring a Road. Culloden will cel- ebrate Homecoming on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 2 p,m, with Rev. John Chetham Aug. 27 Our Lord on Sunday, Aug. 25, The Homecoming war- 1".0. Sams of Tussanaw. ship service will begin at 11 Wednesday the speaker wilt a.m. and the guest speaker " be Rev. Danny Robinson of dust and beside an upturned bug in the corner, church happened: we gathered in F6rscth will celebrate Home- Aug 25 at 2:30 a spirit of love and support for each other, coming on Sunday, Aug, Rickey Wright and P eas- 25. Sunday School beg ns ant Grove Baptist Church and in return, God filled my heart with peace. Rev. Pamela loh ton ispastor of a.m wi Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 1671" provided by the church. All Dames Ferry Road, Forsyth. The Pastor's Corner is sponsored by the Monroe County Ministerial Association, which meets on the second Thursday of each month at &30 a.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 417 N. Frontage Road, Forsyth. i Mary Persons FBLA members trav- eled to San Antonio this summer for the National Leadership Conference. Mary Persons was represented by Mason Baker, Jason Hickman, Anokhi Pat& laylen Prescott, and Seth Walker in competitions and other conference activities. Mason and Jason were recognized for completing their Americalevel Business Achievement Award. Anokhi was recog- nized for the Community Service Award for her 500-plus hours of community ser- vice, and Seth placed 9th in the nation in Database Design and Management. FBLA anticipates another great year in 2019-20, and plans to represent MP and Georgia FBLA in Salt Lake City, Utah next June. The next FBLA meeting will be Wednes- day, Aug. 28 at 3:05 in the Mary Persons media center. It will be an informative meeting with current members and the officer team, Hbmea)ming 83 South, Rocky Creek Baptist Church everyone to its Homecom- 225 Rocky Creek Road,mg Anniversary on ,es fighting Gleam Cleaning Pros has been offering free interior house cleaning since 2012 for women with cancer. They have now taken this service a step further by offering free power washing to any household suffering with cancer. Monroe County depu- ties charged a Mize Street man with traf- ficking meth and pos- session of other drugs after finding 28 grams of meth at the junkyard where the man lived. Deputies raided a junk- yard off of Mize Street where James Allen, right, lived and found the meth plus ecstasy, heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana. Allen was charged with Trafficking Meth, Possession of MDMA (Ecstasy), Possession of Heroin, Possession of Cocaine, Pos- session of Crack Cocaine and Marijuana with Intent to Sell. Sheriff Brad Freeman said Allen lived in a camper by the junkyard. Syringes, at right, were also found. (Photos/MCSO) services, nvtes everyone to ceb McArthur e q-his new benevolent service is for wom- en, men and children. Go to the Gleam Cleaning Pros website at glearndeaning- and fill out the form to apply for this free service, or call 478-994-0515. 9 ee Lee Smith 994-1666 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 Boarding Bathing Medical Management Wellness & Preventive After Hrs, & Emergency 60 S. Jackson St. Forsyth, GA 478-994-4986 Voted 20i4 Beet Veterinarian !~ readers of the Report "Servicing Each Family With Equal Respect" ,1