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October 30, 2019 Reporter Page 7C x PASTOR'S CORNER by Pastor Chris Fuller regress is when we move for- ward, and it can happen person- ally, as a community or na- tion. Regress is when we move backward. We all want progress and we all don't want to regress. Sometimes everyone benefits and other times one person's progress is another's regress. Complicating all this, some people prefer for nothing to ever change, and some people even prefer going back to the way things were. A church was decid- ing whether to have a chandelier installed. A man stood up and said, "I object! My grandpa was saved by the piano, my dad was saved by the piano, and I was saved by Pastor Chris the piano! I don't even know if there's anyone in the church who knows how to play the thing!" Some people oppose change even if they don't know what they are talking about. The pharisees in the Bible saw Jesus and his new way of understanding God as a threat. The Catholic church saw the translation of the Bible into the King James Version as a threat to their Latin Vulgate Version. The British saw America's independence as a threat of lost revenue. Most people reading this article will agree that Jesus' ministry, the KJV, and the founding of America were good changes, but at the times these changes were happening, some people saw progress and others, regress.Which side would you take? If you say you'd go against the dominant religious and power authorities of the time, the possi- bility of any of us being that courageous is unlikely. And yet, some people were and are that courageous. Christians over the centuries have been instrumental in fighting against slavery, injustice, in- equality, oppression and more. And they were persecuted for their opinions and ministries. What's troubling to me is that some people fear any change because it might lead to changes they do not like. While many people agree that there are problems in the world which need ad- I dressing, the dazzling array of opinions leads to the paralysis of analysis and the preference for no changes. There's one change that's particularly troubling these days, and it's time for Christians to, once again, be coura- geous. Romans 1:20 says in part, "Ever since the creation of the world, his invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what he has made." Adam was instructed by God to care for creation. As Chris- tians, we are responsible for caring for God's creation, and our country is not changing fast enough. America's current response to climate change is dangerous for our way of life Fuller and future. Increasing heat will affect health, agriculture, and water availability. In short, we are regressing. Even if you are not religious, a recent military report on the changing climate said that "recurrent flooding, drought, and wildfires are the primary concerns at the 79 installations:' Those concerns are in addition to a major government report by scientists at the Department of Defense, NASA, and many other agencies, that climate change will have a devastating effect on our economy and society. So, whether you are a Christian, a pa- triot, or just love your grandchildren, I hope you will pray about your response to this threat. You can plant trees, consume less, waste less, eat less meat, sun dry your clothes, demand climate solutions from candidates and more! Former president Dwight Eisenhower said in his State of the Union address, "Unless we progress, we regress:' Let's pray for progress! Rev. Chris Fuller is the pastor of Russellville Baptist Church, 111 Russellville Rd Forsyth. The Pastor's Corner is sponsored by the Monroe County Ministerial 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. Email church calendar news to Diane Ghdewell at news@mymcr.net by Monday at 10 a.m. Church information is published free of charge as space permits. Oct. 30 ing and a petting zoo. The Methodist Church, 500 Ma~lald Bapt~ ik11.$ festival is free and everyone Bass Road, Macon will host AnnuaITrunk 0r Treat is welcome, the Fifth Annual Food Truck Fest on Sunday, Nov, 3 from On Wednesday, Oct. 30, Maynard Baptist, 1195 Juhette St. James l~ptist holl~12-6 p.m. Contemporary and traditional worship services Road, will host a Trunk or Trunk RTre~ are at 11 a.m. There will be Treat on the church grounds St. James Be ~tist Church 1t0 eight food trucks serving from 6-8 p.m. James Street Forsyth will host entrees and snacks as well its Trunk R Treat on Thursday, as "dessert" food trucks and Fall Festk l at Mt.Zion Oct 31 from 5:30-7 p.m. a kids' zonewith inflatables, games crafts and more. At- Baptist Nov. 2 tendees are encouraged to Mount Zion Baptist Church, First Baptist of High bring a canned food item to 7015 Rivoh Road, Bohngbroke donate to Macon Outreach. will have a Fail Festival on Falls has Fall Festival and many of our food trucks Wednesday, Oct. 30 from Fist Baptist Church of High will also donate a percent- 5-7 p.m. There will be games Falls 4408 High Falls Road. candy, hot dogs and hay- invites everyone to its Annua rides. All are invited. Fall Festival on Saturday, Nov. 2 from 1-4 p.m. There Union Hill Missionary Baptist celebrates Pastoral Anniversary Union Hill Missionary Baptist Churchl 299 Union Hill Dr Forsyfh invites everyone to the celebration of Pastor Rev. Rufus J. Whatley's 26th Pas- toral Anniversary The kickoff service will be Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. with Rev. Kelvin Washington of Stone Creek Baptist Church of Dry Branch wil oe lots of fun things to do from cake walks to face painting, games galore cornhole and bounce nouse raffles and a counrry store. nayrides, and hot dogs. Everyone s invited to come for an afternoon of fun! Oct. 31 Mt. Zion Baptist has Ladies Luncheon & Flower Arranging Mt Zion Baptist Church 7015 Rivoli Rd Bolingbro~e will have a Ladies Luncheon and Flower Arranging on BothanyBaptist hosts Saturday Nov. 2 from 12 noon -2 p.m. The evenr is Trunk-or-Treat free but RSVP by Oct. 30 to Bethany Baptist Church, 365 the church office ar 478- Pea Ridge Rd Bohngbroke 994-0838. will host a trunk-or-treat event on Thursday, Oct. 31 Judah Ministry presents from 6-8 p.m. There will be games, prizes, candy, face 'Something Got a Hold painting, free food and tons of Me' of fun for everyone! Get your Judah Ministry will present picture made with the 'Magic "Something Got a Hold of Mirron' For more information, Me," written and directed call (478) 974-0002. The by Minister Lesia Atwater, church is hosting a backpack on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 7 drive for the foster kids of p.m. at the Cathedral of Monroe County DFCS that Faith Family Praise Center night and will be collecting International, 150 Powerhouse donations of: stuffed animals, Road, Forsyth Tickets are $12 flashlights with batteries, note- for adults, $5 for children books and colored pencils, ages 4-10. For more informa- tion, call Min. Lesia Atwater FirstBaptist of Forsyth at 478-954-7400 or Kotecia has Fall Festival Harris at 478-973-b165. First Baptist of Forsyth, 95 West Morse Street, will hold a Community Fall Festival on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. There will be inflatables, games, food, music, hayrides, face paint- NOV. ,3 age. Parking will be available in the upper deck using the Howard Community Club entrance: attendants will be' on hand to direct parking as we as provide shuttle service. For more information. visit www.facebook.coml MarthaBowmanUMC Rodty Mount UMC has Men's Day Program Rocky Mount United Method- ist Church 1387 Highway 41 South. Barnesvitle will have a Men's Day Program on Sunday Nov 3 at 11 a.m. The speaker wilt be Pastor Clarence E Thrower J~ Union Hill Baptist celebrates Pastor's Anniversary Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church invites everyone to celebrate Pastor Rev. Rufus J. Whafley's 2bth Anniversary on Sunday, Nov, 3. Rev. David Blalock of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church BarnesviiJe will deliver the regular church service message at 10.30 a.m. The anniversary will climax at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. Arthur L, Gordon of Greater New Bethel Baptist Church Macon and Jordan Stream Baptist Church of Toombsboro. Dinner will be served. Nov. 9 St. James Baptist has Tail te/Fall St. James Baptist Church, 110 James St, Forsyth will hold its Martha Bowman UMC Tailgate/Fall Festival onS~i F Annual Food Truckurday, 9 from p.m. Egew0ne is invited f~ 0 Martha Bowman United day of fun, food, games ~d entertainment. Taraija Mccauley of Culloden was named to Ken- nesaw State University's Dean's List for the Summer 2019 semester. Students named to the Dean's List were enrolled in at least 9 credit hours of courses and earned a grade point aver- age of at least a 3.5. A leader in innovative teaching and learn- ing, Kennesaw State University MONROE IN is one of the 50 largest public James Warren of Forsyth the challenge:' To be selected, a as demonstrated by participa- institutions in the country, was among those honored, cadet must be in the upper half tion and achievement in cam- "We are extremely proud ofof the academic class, the upper pus, civic and military activities. On Sept. 29 the University the accomplishments of ourthird of the ROTC class, and The cadets and their families of North Georgia's (UNG) cadets and especially our DMS- the upper third of UNG's Order were honored Sept. 28 during Boar's Head Brigade held the designated cadets;' said Col. of Merit List, established by the the annual DMS Banquet. The 2019 Distinguished Military Joshua D. Wright, professor professor of military science. DMS Review and Banquet were Students (DMS) Review, con- of military science. "We chal- Additionally, cadets are cho- part of the fourth annual Boar's ducted annually to honor senior lenged the Corps to excel in sen on the basis of interest and Head Brigade-Corps Alumni ROTC cadets who have excelled their academics, physical fitness, aptitude for military service and Weekend, which brought academically and as leaders, and military and leadership outstanding qualities of leader- together current and former training, and the Corps rose to ship and high moral character cadets. Continued from Page 5C every day. Pete Gelber then spoke as the owner of Barrington Dairies. He said he began working with a dairy farm- er in New York many years ago and moved to Macon County with him to buy dairies out of bankruptcy. He now has 12,000 cows, had $60 million in receipts this year and produces 16-17 percent of the milk in Georgia. "It is a joyous environ- ment for employees. They make $43,000 per year for an employee in good stand- ing,' said Gelber. He said Barrington Dairies helps employees buy houses, pro- vides health insurance and days offend a $50 bonus each check for being on time and on the job every day. He said only 17 percent of his American employees opt for the on-time bonus; they picked a 25-cent per hour raise over a $1 per hour bonus for being on time every day. "The work ethic of im- migrants is superior to Americans" said Gelber. "We work on a low margin. We produce superior milk, butwe need 24/7 cow care" Gelber said he had three employees without high school educations who made over $100,000 last year, and two of them were DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). He said he has a labor force of 150, with 60 people who only do milking. He said his workforce is about 50 percent Latino, 20 percent African American, 10 per- cent Asian and 20 percent 'rednecks" He said the Americans won't show up, especially on weekends. Gelber said Georgia's dairy industry has to com- pete with the world; even though milk consumption is down, consumption of dairy products, such as cheese, was greater in the U.S. last year than in the preceding 64 years. Gelber said what he wants the government to do is to make DACA children legal, increase border security, give drivers licenses and work cards to immigrants who are working legally, have immigrants who are not legal and the employers who hire them pay fines. "We need quality workers. We're between a rock and a hard place" said Gelber. "We have a $10 million expansion now, and our number one worry is labor. We're taking a gamble:' When asked if he has tried working with De- partment of Labor to find workers, Gelber said, "It's pretty much a joke. They are overweight, chronically unemployed. Obama obvi- ously never ran a business:' Asked how many hours per week the dairy workers usually work, Gelber said inside workers are about 48 hours per week and outside workers are about 60 hours per week When Wilkinson asked for public comments before the dose of the senate committee meeting, Julia Asherman of Rag & Frass Farm in Twiggs County spoke as representative of the Middle Georgia Young Farmers Coalition. "Farming is hard, and labor is a limiting factor," said Asherman. "Small farms can't be mechanized. There are not a lot of incen- tives for farm work, and it's stigmatized." She said one answer farmers in her community have found is an informal apprenticeship. Those who are interested receive room & board, a small stipend and a chance to learn by doing. Asherman said that she has had appren- tices from throughout the country come to her farm in Jeffersonville. Going to school to learn means debt, which is something a young farmer doesn't want when starting a farm business. "We need career develop- ment that doesn't involve debt, and we need oppor- tunities for rural develop- ment" she said. Asherman said she grew up in the Boston area, went to college in Chicago and then came to Middle Geor- gia to farm in 2009. She likes the land and the long growing season in Georgia. She said farm work involves a lot of skills and most of them can't be learned in a classroom. "With the aging farm population, we need to teach young farmers and set them up to succeed" Asherman did not explain how she feels immigrants should fit into the farm labor picture. Committee members asked her about what brought her to Geor- gia but did not ask how she finds workers for her farm other than apprentices. ee Itairc FREEMAN FUNERAL HOME ] Lee Smith A A naraethatcanbetr.stedbrf.neralandburlalarrangements .Boarding. Bathing Medical Management I 99'; 1666 26 Brentw00d lace. 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