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November 27, 2019 Spotlight on Local Shu PASTOR'S CORNER by Rev. Pam Johnston Where you stand often determines what you see “Contemplation goes beyond concepts and apprehends God not as a separate object but as the Reality within our real— ity, the Being our being, the life of our life.” ——Thomas Merton, The New Man on won’t find an adult who likes parades more than ' I do. No matter what season, the buzz along the sidewalk as families wait, children craning their necks in search of what might be coming, excites me every time. Maybe it’s the vendors push— ing their overloaded carts of toys and popcorn along, or the deep, quick rhythm of the bass drum pounding from some- where far off around the block But mostly, I think what draws me is the permission to set aside a busy schedule, sit with people I love and wait for something good to happen. Parents will go to great lengths so their children can see, worming through the crowd ahead of tall people for a good spot on the corner, dads hoisting their little ones up on their shoulders as the baton twirlers or firetrucks arrive. A good vantage spot makes all the difference. My first year serving as a minister in MOnroe County brought the welcome surprise that Forsyth has an annual Christ- mas parade on the square and our church would be building a float for it._As we gath- ered'in the evenings painting and stringing lights, I worked beside someone who told me‘ about her neighbor, a cynical person who had faced adversity during the past year and failed to see how God.could help his family. It’s all a bunch of false advertis— ing, he claimed, that this God of yours makes things great if you only believe in him. My congregant did not know how to respond to the person, a non-believer and yet a friend who wondered why a loving God would allow people to suffer. I had no answer for her. The fact is that sometimes even ministers struggle to un- derstand how God’s universe works, and why both good and bad, joy and pain visit all people. Often the only way to speak into Rev. Pamela Johnston sorrow or difficulty when others feel over- whelmed is to offer our presence: an abid— ing promise that we are there for the long haul, just as God is with us. Knowing that promise first-hand—ethat we are made by a divine creator who loves us individually and offers us grace—has been the greatest gift of my life. But it does not take away all the challenges of life on this earth! I am reminded of the story - of two people walking on the road to Emmaus in Luke 24. Jesus joins them on the road, and they have a great discus— sion as they walk along. The pair had heard of Jesus and knew of all the events leading up to his crucifixion. They had even heard that he was somehow alive now, three days after his death. Could it be true? Like many of us, they know, and yet they do not know. The events in Jerusalem make a cool story, yes. But what relevance does it have for them? Later in the day when they share a meal with Jesus, their eyes are opened to the truth. His presence with them, his blessing over the bread, the beginnings of a relationship: these are the things that allow them to see differently Viewing through a lens of faith does not shield us from horrible things in the world. Disease, violence and broken relationships are results of our humanity. But just like the child at a parade who moves to the front of the crowd, we have a different per— spective. We are assured of a benevolence that is greater than anything human, and it fills us with hope. We can’t help but share that loVe with other people, even when the best is still far away, or the light is hard to find. The truth is simple and yet life- changing: where you stand makes all the difference. And there’s room for everyone to see. Rev. Pamela Johnston is pastor of Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 1671 Dames Ferry Road, Forsyth. The Pastor’s Corner is sponsored by the Monroe County Ministerial Association, which meets the second Thursday of each month at 8:30 am. at Christ United Methodist Church, 417 N. Frontage Road, Forsyth. Tomlinson Continued from J C campaign, including reducing the $1 bil- lion deficit, and has engineered devas- tating tariff wars on Georgia farmers. He failed in getting emergency assistance to Georgia farmers after Hurricane Michael, and a year later many have still not been able to re—build. ' Larry Evans asked Tomlinson her position on privatizing Veterans Ad- ministration services. She said she is ‘ against privatization because it opens up profiteering. She said partnerships with private industry can be good, but there are some where government must take the lead and one of those is insuring a continuum of care for ’service members and veterans. “It doesn’t end with the mission or the service to honor veterans. We have to pay for it on the backside, too,” she said. “You can’t love our veterans and hate the government they stand for,” she said. “Perdue has failed us.” Another question was whether she supported investigating immigration detention centers in Georgia. Tomlinson said she supports inspecting all centers, but it is more important to get a handle on immigration, which would reduce the need for detention centers. “We’ve cut aid to South and Central America. People always run to hope and light. We need a system that adjudicates fairly and quickly,” she said. “It’s never been illegal to seek asylum. The Presi- dent is changing the system daily.” Eddie Shepherd asked Tomlinson her opinion on Medicare for all. She said she does not support Medicare for all but supports reimbursements to doctors becoming realistic, to 100 percent of llllllli’iiitiilliilisiiElEiSliliiiiiiiliillllléllilliilllilliii ‘ costs, and supports expanding the 1990’s program to pay off doctors’ educational debts if they will locate in underserved areas. She said her policy paper. on health care is available for anyone to read. Evans 'asked about the current ad- ministration’s efforts to phase out the Workforce Development Act, which he ‘ said benefits the community. Tomlinson said Central and South Georgia workers depend on training to get jobs. “You can point to people who have had their lives changed,” she said. “Even if you don’t want to be compassionate, do it in your own best interest [for eco- nomic development] .” Marilyn Langford thanked Tomlinson for coming to Forsyth. She said Tomlin- son was asked to be at a fundraiser on her behalf in Athens at the same time but said that she had already committed to speak in Forsyth. “She said her word is her bond, and now we know what we can expect from her,” said Langford. The Blue Bridge Society recognized some of the outstanding veterans in Monroe County: Glover Stuart served in the US. Army in the Korean War, earning a Purple Heart. He is retired from IBEW and has worked for people in Monroe County in Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, Lions Club, American Legion Post and many other groups, including chairing the Monroe County Democrat- ic Party from 1955 until'about 2017. Bud Queen, George Langford, Billy Powell, Larry Evans, Truett Goodwin, Martin Presley, Rhett McMurray and others were honored for their service in various military branches and at differ- ent times of need in the US. Lee Smith 994-1666 Mon Fri 10 to 7 ...Unless Playing Golf ee s Haircutting VB Reporter Page 3C munch CALENDAR. , Email church calendar news to Diane Glidewell at by Monday at 10 am. Church information is published free of charge as space permits. Nov. 28 ’ Forsyth UMC 27th Annual manksgiving Meal For the 27th year Forsyth United Methodist Church will host those in need in the community for a Thanksgiving meal on Thursday, Nov. 28 at T2 noon. Special guests will be children from the Methodist Children's Home in Macon. Volunteers will also deliver meals to the home bound, disabled and those who are otherwise unable to provide for themselves. Many volunteers are needed both in the days betore and on Thanksgiving Day to make it happen, including cooks, serve ers, delivery drivers and those ’who will pray. Call Forsyth UMC at 478-994-5706 to volunteer. Those in need may sign up at Forsyth UMC or Circle of Core. St. Peter’s Rock Baptist Thanksgth service St. Peter‘s Rock aptist Church, 10496 Hwy. 87, Juliette invites everyone to its Thanksgiving Day worship service on Thursday, Nov. 28 at 8 am. The guest speaker will be Rev. John Corner of Springhill Baptist Church in luliette. For more information contact Ruth Middlebrook at 478-986-5269. ' Nov. 30 Eastluliette Baptist ' holds’Raisethe Roof’ Festival East Juliette Baptist Church, l83 JH Aldridge Dn, Juliette, will hold a “Raise the Roof" Festival on Saturday, Nov. 30 tram ll am. to 5 pm, Ac- tivities will include a bounce house, games for children, Cake Walk, bonfire, silent auction, face painting and T- shirt sale. There will be a gos- pel singing, and there will be a special guest minister (ll-5 pm.) There will be barbecue, Brunswick stew, hamburgers and hot dogs available. Bring a lawn chair and enioy a tun day helping East Juliette Baptist's root fund. Dec. 1 ‘ StPaulAMEhas. , Annual momma Saint Paul AME. Church, 57l Rumble Road, Smarr invites everyone to its An— nual Choir Anniversary on Sunday, Dec. l at 2:30 pm. to tellowship and celebrate another year of God’s Grace and Mercy, Church chairs are invited to render an A&B selection. Dec. 8 St. James Baptist has Family &’Friends Day St. James Baptist Church, llO James Street, Forsyth will have Family Friends Day on 9 Sunday, Dec, 8 at ll am. The theme is “Restoration through Christ". Rev. Antonio Proctor Sr. is pastor; Dyssie High will deliver the message. Rocky Mount UMC has 134th anniversary Rocky Mount United eth- odist Church,l387 Highway All South, Barnesville will celebrate its l34th Church Anniversary on Sunday, Dec. l at 2 pm. The guest speaker will be Rev. Antonio Proctor of St. James Baptist Church at Forsyth. Birthdays Anniversaries Nov. 27 Caroline ling Dec.2 Dec.4 Julie Stuart Ernie Strickland Brooke Hadden Mr. 8. Mrs. Benny NOV. Mr. Mrs. William Hannah Wheeler Bosiick Armaya Smith F. Merritt David J. Dunn Malachi Ham David Kristal Nov. Anita Mathis Dec. 3 Dunn Kim Davis TFYSTY“ H°VeY Kyle Daniel John Ham - 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. ' CALENDAR Continued from T C presentation at the Indian Springs Amphitheater and the seasonal Lighting ol the Village at Indian Springs at 5:30 pm, These events are free. For tickets or more inlormation, contact DianeGlidewell at 478-993-1104. Dec. 8 Tour of Forsyth’s Historical Bladr Churches The Classic Social Club lnc. Forsyth will host a Tour of Historical Black Churches of Forsyth on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 pm. The tour will include St. Luke AME, St. James Baptist Church, Union Hill Baptist and V Kynette United Methodist with The Older American Council as the final stop lor refreshments and more history. Experience the birth of Christ through history, dance, and speech. A $l5 donation/pro- ceeds will benefit the Classic Scholarship Fund. Tickets are available at the door or see members Barbara King, Angela Banks, Juanita Hogan, Angela Chambliss, Mildred O'Neal, Cassandra Ogle- tree, Wanda Freeman or Lisa Walker. Pictured, left to right, are Debra Moore, MCRTA President Eula Brown, Mayor Eric Wilson, MCRTA Vice President Leila Bass, Roberta Hogan. (Photo/Diane Glidewell) City proclaims Retired Educators Day Nov. 3 Mayor Eric Wilson presented a proc— lamation to the members of Monroe County Retired Educators Association (MCRTA) at their November meeting declaring Nov. 3 to be ‘Retired Educators Day’ in Forsyth. The proclamation on behalf of mayor. and council said that it was following the lead of Georgia’s gov- ernor in honoring the more than 130,000 retired educators in Georgia, over 29,000 of whom are members of the Georgia Retired Educators Association. , The proclamation notes the countless hours of volunteer service retired educa- tors give to their communities and the ment. contributions “for the betterment of hu- CHUICH PAGE MADE POSSIBLE BY THESE SPONSORS: I FREEMAN FUNERAL HOME A name that can be trusted for funeral and burial arrangements 26 Brentwood Place - Forsyth 994’6483 ' 994—6576 “Servicing 536/] Family Wit/i Equa/ Respect" tit .5... , m Dr. Brandon Pinson 60 5. Jackson St. - Forsyth. GA - 478-994-4986 Voted 2014 Best Veterinarian b readers of the Re rte: man lives and for society” that they have made both before and after their retire- Wilson said that he taught 7th—12th graders in a private school for a year and the experience gave him a great respect for teachers. 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