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iv" t ; PAGE 6-A HOGANSVILLE HERALD - THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 2013 ii c'.,~ ~'t f .~, 2,. :.'21 ~, ) !: t /, ;!: i:ilil A birthday celebration in honor ofGet-well wishes are extended to Hubert Beasley of Grantville was held Minister Tony Halls, who underwent at his sisters home, Miriam Joy Smith, emergency surgery on last Sunday, on last Saturday, March 16. March 17 at Well Star Hospital in Also, abirthday celebration in mem- Douglasville. ory of Myrtice Daniel of Grantville was A very special happy birthday to held at the homesite. Ronnie Burston on March 21. It was given by her children andRemember that we love you. From grandchildren on last Sunday, March Rosalyn, Sierra and Kya Burston. 17. March relatives and friends enjoyed Birthday greetings.go to: Thomas this joyous occasion. Arnold, Mrs. Mary Nell Black, Kya Mrs. Agnes Colton of St. Marks is Burston, KenylanKamarioEllis, Alfred a patient at United Post Acute Home Freeman, LaMarcus Evans, Doris T. in Greenville. We wish her a speedy Godfrey, Taurus Gamble, Milton Jones, recovery. Shannon E. Lawson, Clarence Hines, Our deepest sympathy goes out toLeroy Moses, Anthony Lewis Portress, the family of Rev. Samuel Poole of Jr., Gerald Jabaley, Martha A. Reeves, Greenville in his death. He graduated Keith Rutledge, Rev. Johnny Frank from Greenville Consolidated High Stanley, Bennie Sewell, MichaelTaylor, School in 1968. He is just away.Linda W. Alexander, Deacon Harold Happy anniversary wishes go out Smith, Missy Woodard and Cedric to: RonnieandRosalynBurstonontheir Woods. 15th on March 21; Kenneth and New GenerationKick-Offcelebra- LaSandra Hardaway on their 17th on tion for the new ministry and the pro- March 23;Frank and Bernice Jimpson gram is targeting age group 18-35 to on their 32rd on March 20 to Timmy come and see the new generation what and Rachel McGruder on their 25th on is all about at the Zion Hill Missionary March 25. We wish them many more. Baptist Church, Luthersville on Saturday, March 23 at 6 p.m. with guest speaker, Minister Lincoln Anderson. The public is invited. Rev. E.L. Jimerson is the pastor. Olive Branch Cemetery Association will have a meeting on Saturday March 23 at 11 a.m. at Bethlehem Baptist Church, St. Marks. All family members are asked to attend. Rev. Lucy Stanley is the president. 2013 Combined Community last seven words of Christ will be hosted by New Mount Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Luthersville on Friday, March 29 at 7 p.m. Everyone is invit- ed. Rev. E.A. Stephens is the pastor. John Wesley United Methodist Church, Grantville invites everyone to its 141st Church Anniversary on Sunday, March 24th at 11 a.m. with Pastor John Tompkins. There will be a meeting at Golden Corral Restaurant, 605 Bullsboro Dr, Newnan on Saturday, March 23 from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. for the class of 1971 Greenville High School. See or contact Virginia L. Hill, President at (706) 672- 4243. At first glance some the 5th day of Holy Week. are to become servants of for reflection on the mean- might assume there has been others in like manner, ing of the life of Jesus. a calendar malfunction. THE TITLE "Maundy" On March 28, Ebenezer The service will close Did something go wrong comes from the Latin word Presbyterian in Hogansville with an open communion with the regular Thursday MANDATUM, which is the will hold a special Maundy experience for all. we have each week? first word in the phrase of Thursday Communion The public is invited to The answer is both YES John 13:34 that says "A new Service at 7 p.m. come and join the members and NO! commandment I give unto This service will focus of the Ebenezer congrega- Yes-- there are still only you, that ye love on another; on thelast hours of Jesus and tion in this special worship 7 days in Holy Week, but as I have loved you". his disciples before the cru- experience. NO--this is most definitely These words lead into the cifixion. For more information go not a regular Thursday. famousactionofJesuswash- The service will use to www.ebenezerpc.org, or In the Christian Church ing the feet of his disciples music and reading to leadcaU the church office at (706) Maundy Thursday refers toand letting them know they participants to a quiet time 637-6686. Highland Baptist Church will haveent "He's Alive." an Easter Sunrise Service at 7:15 a.m. This is a beautiful musical and we behind the Church Fellowship Hall. would love for you to join us. We're Everyone is invited to join us as we sure you receive a blessing. celebrate the Risen SaVor. .... : Our ehildreil s Ministm will have At 11 a.m., our choir, under the anEasterEggHuntonSaturday, March direction of Ginger Stephens, willpres- 30, at 1 p.m. at the Church. All chil- dren are invited. We will not have Sunday School or Evening Worship Services on Easter. Highland Baptist Church is locat- ed at 409 Askew Avenue. For more information, please call the office at (706) 637-4217. We Sell All Types of Tires 208 Johnson Street Hogansville, Georgia 706-637-8623 Claude A, McKibben & Sons Funeral Home HUBBARD & SPINKSDowntown H0gans e 706-637-6544 COME 8t SEE WHAT PROGRAMS ARE AVAILABLE IN YOUR COMMU N ITY! Parts . Sen 1115 E. Main St. Phone: Hogansville, GA30230 (706) 637-6379 e Phil Waldrop 300 Main Street Hogansville, Geor a 706-637-8683 : Rev. Aaron McCollough Columnist "He's a heck of a guy," is what his friend said, except he didn't use the word "heck" a d,we were in church to boot! Let me tell you the story. !: d I WAS pREACHING revlvai-i ervmes recently, a gen- tleman w.alked in and sat in th ight back corner of the church. At first glance you c0ui i tell that he had not been raised in church, nor was he red,Comfortable being there. He was seated in a chair with' e.back literally against the back wall. He couldn't have gotten iiibre isolated in the sanc- tuary ff he tried. He was a lifelong friend of the pastor. The pastor had been working with him and witnessing to him about Jesus for quite some time. He had invested a lot of time, effort, and prayer into him. And just the fact that he was at church that Sunday morning was a major victory. As I preached Sunday morning, it was abundantly evi- dent to me that he was wrestling with God. God had him hemmed-upI After the service he came to me and said some- thing to the effect of, "Your sermon got to me this morning" and he left. I WAS PLEASED to see him eturn Sunday night. He went right back to his corner. The Spirit of God fell in an awesome way during that Sunday night service. As the altar call was winding down, I felt impressed of the Lord to sim- ply brag on the pastor and his wife a little. As I finished what I had to say and started to return to my seat, to my sur- prise, he stood up and began to speak. He said, "I second everything you've said about the preacher." Then he said it, "I think he's a 'heck' of a guy!" - Again, he didn't say heck! But although he didn't use appropri- ate English, I've never heard a more genuine expression of love. He immediately knew he did- n't express himself the right way. He dropped his head in embar- rassment and said something to the effect of, "Well, I'm sorry I didn't use the right words. I don't have a good vocabulary and I don't know how to talk. But I wanted everybody to know how much I love the preacher." I am proud to be able to say that after the benediction the majority of the church made their way to this man. Nobody scold- ed him. Nobody belittled him, They just loved on him. And as he departed he again told me, "Your sermon got to me." MUCH TO MY JOY, he came back Monday night and assumed his seat in the corner. The Spirit of God fell again, Again the battle raged. As he left he looked at me and said, "You almost got me tonight." I simply told him, "Don't wait too late!" The scenario repeated itself Tuesday night. He and God did battle again. Again he told me, "You almost got me tonight," We chiesda w :the 9i f:6f the revival servaces. He was back in his corner. He and God battled again. BUT THIS TIME the ending would be different. We did- n't make it very far into the altar call portion of the service when he surrendered the battle to God. He broke like a #2 pencil and started making his way to the altar. I looked at the pastor and said, "There you go!" And he knelt in the altar with him and led his friend to faith in Jesus Christ. I spoke with the pastor the next morning and he told me, "He said tell you that you cracked a tough nut last night!" But of course, I didn't do anything. It was the Lord! I SAID all that to ask this: What would have happened to that man's eternal soul if some self-righteous brother or sis- ter had taken it upon themselves to school him in proper eti- quette when speaking in the church? He would probably be still lost and on his way to a devil's hell today. I'm glad they didn't hold a lost, hell-bound sin- ner to Christian standards. They had enough of the grace of God about them to let a sinner be a sinner and let God do the fixing! Yes, there is acceptable and unacceptable conduct, but I think there just may be a lesson in there somewhere for us good Christian brothers and sisters. And for the record - I think he is a heck of a guy! Aaron McCollough is an area missionary with the area Baptist Association which serves Hards, Meriwel#er and Troup counlJes. He is a resident of Hogansville. ByANDYKOBER The final Lenten Luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, Mar. 27. Sponsored by Hogansville First United Methodist Church and the Hogansville Pilot Club, the special luncheons have been held at noon each Wednesday. A $5 donation is requested per luncheon and any inter- ested person is welcome to attend. This Wednesday the menu features baked ham and the Rev. Terry Rainwater of Highland Baptist Church will be the guest speaker. For more information contact Hogansville First United Methodist Church or the Hogans 921e Pilot Club. ur Email: news @ star-mercu ry. com Fax: (706) 846-2206 Deadline is 2 p.m. Tuesday For more information call 846-31 88