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Thursday, January 6, 2011

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By Vicki Williams Our Thought for the Week as published in the Upper Room Devotional is by Dick Ryley of New York. “Each of us may be the first Christian that others meet.” Each and every one of us has been asked the question, “Are you a Christian?” at some point in our life. Did you know once you take the name Christian as part of your identity that everything you say, do, and are, can testify as to what you believe. Your actions throughout your daily activities can either be positive or negative. Being a Christian is an awesome responsibility but it is also a great privilege to be able to talk about your faith to people who need and want a relationship with Christ. I pray my actions each day help to share the great news of God’s saving love with others and that I also share this great news by my words and by my deeds. I have been writing this column for two years now and I have truly enjoyed keeping you informed about what’s going on in Hillville. I have met several people through this column and

have had lots of compliments from the readers of this column. I would like to say “Thank You” to everyone who reads and supports this column. Even though there was a threat of bad weather on New Year’s Eve, approximately thirty of the Mt. Pleasant UMC congregation enjoyed a BBQ dinner in the fellowship hall. This is an annual event at Mt. Pleasant. Travis and I attended and what a great way to end the year by spending it with the church family. There was great food and most of all, great fellowship was had by all who attended. The Scratch and Dig at the Hillville Community Center is still up and going. I’m sure Ms. Opal Watson can fix you up with whatever your need may be. She is receiving lots of donations of items since the holidays are over. For more information, call 2549295. A very special happy birthday wish to our greatniece Gracie Williams of Dyersburg who celebrated her 2nd birthday on Tuesday, January 4.

Happy birthday wishes this week to Carolyn Morris, Greg Freels, Alyssa Allen, Christina German, Heather Benard, Megan Henley, Chuck Austin, Willie Sue Jeter, Billy Campbell, and Bailey Munsey. Prayer requests for James Lewis, Sandra Goodman, Herbert Hayes, Carol Wilson, Leah Scallions, Mary Scallions, Enid Powell, Kate Jordan, Darlene Rossen, Fletcher Lewis, Dorothy Bruce, Earline Benard, Shirley Morgan, Kirk Boullion, Carol and Jordan Bruce, Rex Norville, the military, the nation, and the community. Please continue to keep the family of Mrs. Billie Fletcher in your thoughts and prayers. Mrs. Billie was once very active in the Mt. Pleasant Church. The community would like to extend sympathy to the families of Mrs. Ella Mathias and Mrs. Minnie Winberry, in the loss of their loved ones. If you have news to share, please call me at 772-1885 after 5:00 pm. Till next week, God Bless.

Crestview News Welcome, welcome Mrs. Mable Brasher to our facility and hope she will enjoy her stay with us. Thank you, volunteers, for coming last week: First Assembly of God Church, Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church, Mrs. Mark Barkens, Community Temple of the Living Church Ladies, and the Bingo Ladies. Thank you to Mrs. Dora Mann for the delicious bananas she gave to our patients. We appreciate her thoughtfulness.

Our sympathy goes to the families of Mrs. Mamie Dell Parks, Mr. Raymond Leavy, and Mr. William Wilson: they will truly be missed. Our New Year’s Eve celebration was enjoyed by all. We had music, horns, hats, beads, etc.: everything to make this a grand celebration. We enjoyed a variety of soft cookies and sparkling grape juice. Everyone was joining in by shouting Happy New Year! It was a fun event enjoyed by all.

On January 11, we will have an Elvis musical by Brian Lee Howell at 2:00 pm. Our patients always enjoy seeing him perform. We would like to invite everyone to come and enjoy this musical. Thought for the week: No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him. 1 Corinthians 2:9. I believe God has great things in store for us in 2011.

Stanton News

By Betty Scott The New Year is here and I hope everyone has a safe and happy 2011. If you were celebrating the New Year last Friday night you were experiencing a downpour. Everyone I talked to was staying home because of the weather. Diann Williams, Lucille Matlock, Ricky and Betty Scott did get to enjoy Veranda’s special rib-eye steak dinner before the rains came through. This month we have some very special birthdays. Patricia Herron 1-5; Wade Howard 1-14; Ricky Scott 1-15; Emily Herron 1-16; twins Karen Strong and Sharon King

1-25; and Danny Lovell 1-27. Happy birthday, y’all! Congratulations to Patricia Herron on winning the best crock-pot recipe contest at the Brownsville Radio Station and also to Brenda Lea on winning the best dessert recipe. Michael Climer, son of Mark and Linda Climer, had back surgery at Jackson General Hospital and is doing fine. He will be going through rehab now. I didn’t want to start off the year with bad news, but Terri Knight lost her mother, Peggy Church, last Saturday. Mrs. Church has been sick for several months and Terri has been staying

Sugar Creek

with her in Memphis. Our sympathy goes to Terri and her family. We are also saddened by the death of Howard Sargent who passed away Sunday at Crestview. Howard had recently suffered a heart attack and was taking rehab at Crestview. Phillip Greenway will be having a stint put in his heart on Jan. 16, so we hope he has a good recovery. Thought for the week: The nicest place to be is in someone’s THOUGHTS! The safest place to be is in someone’s PRAYERS! And the best place to be is in GOD’S HANDS!

Retirement Center News

By Shirley Tucker, Activity Director Here we are back from the land of the “Big Snows” (aka Colorado) and we did not see one flake of the white stuff until our plane was taking off to come home and then it started. That was an answer to prayer if there ever was one. We were so sad to get home and find that two of our sweetest residents had passed away. Our hearts and love go out to the families of Billie Fletcher and also Ella Mae Mathis. What pleasure and inspiration both these ladies were to all of us here at Sugar Creek. They each had a minor disability here, but are new creatures in their heavenly homes. Mrs. Billie is walking unhindered the streets of gold, while Mrs. Ella Mae is seeing in wide-eyed wonder all the sights around her plus the most beautiful sight of all – the face of Jesus. What a glorious day for them both! Want to thank David and Nancy Smith for their faithfulness in sharing their

Christmas Eve with the residents of Sugar Creek. They continue to come and read the Christmas story from Luke and sing as they have for the past ten years. What a blessing they continue to be. It wouldn’t be Christmas without them. Our residents had lots of visitors over the holidays too. Jottye Newman had about seven different groups and won the prize for being the most popular. John and Jean Carrico were among them. John Windrow probably came the farthest to see his mother, “Bo” Pope. He flew in from Honolulu where he teaches. He took Bo out for lunch a few times while he was here. I think they played lots of scrabble – they usually do. I don’t know who wins the most – John claims his mother cheats, but surely not! Frances Jones has had lots of company over Christmas too from the Church of Christ in Somerville. Cathy

Stanz was here to see her along with several of her other friends. Had a great game of fruit bingo before the end of the year. The residents always like plenty of fruit. Also had a nice New Years Eve get together with sparkling cider and snacks. Did any of you make a New Year’s Resolution? Mine is to have more things going on out here – although not today! The residents are just now recuperating from the month of December. Thank you to each of you, your choirs, etc. who came and entertained us with your beautiful music, your Christmas baskets and your visits. You make us feel very special and we need that. Now we’re getting ready for our Postcard Contest. It will be the month of February this year so be getting your postcards ready. Come see us.

By Debbie Sterbinsky Last week I was informed the family of Sherman Woodland, who passed away recently, was overwhelmed by the response and support of our community and surrounding area. Stantonians tend to be that way; when the time comes, they gather together and step up to the plate. From what I was told, the Woodland family feels extremely blessed for all the friends and family who surrounded them with love during their time of need. We also lost another Stantonian last week, Mrs. Minnie (Marcus) Winberry. Services were held this week for Mrs. Winberry. Please keep her family in your prayers. We continue with our 2010 recap…….We had many visitors here at the Stanton Welcome Center/ Library; at least one of them was from Atlanta. Then we were surprised when a group we had met at the African American West Star Conference in Jackson came by to check us out! April 29 - Mother Nature was not kind to Stanton over the past weekend. Trees and

power lines were blown down across roads as many of our residents dealt with rising water due to badly needed ditch work. May - Sigh…..more water, and lots of it! Stanton was under water last weekend along with what sounds like most of West Tennessee. As many of you know, Mt. Zion has stepped out to help the community with many things, the latest serving as a shelter to those displaced by flooding. The church has helped with several community projects. Pastor Timothy Bowers of Mt. Zion offered a prayer to comfort those hit by flooding. Regardless, we managed to have our “Walk For The Cure” here in Stanton on May 8th. Plus, our Relay for Life went well in Brownsville, until the storms came in. We had some great BBQ cooked up by Willie James Brooks and his crew who also cooked for us after our “Walk For The Cure”. Shirley had her homemade ice cream plus we had Richard’s soup and jellies from the Stanton Cannery. “Women Making a Difference” provided our

water for both the “Walk for the Cure” and our booth at the Relay Finale. May 27 - A sad time in Stanton…we made it a little over two years at the Stanton Welcome Center/Library before thieves broke in and took two of our computers, the TV monitor and DVD player for our old picture video. Saturday, June 5th, The Barnett family celebrated their 39th Annual Homecoming. The following week, Saturday June 12, was the Stanton Homecoming. The Historic Dancyville United Methodist Church had a special fifth Sunday Service on May 30, 2010 in conjunction with Spring Hill and Stanton UMC. Residents, and former residents of Stanton, you may mail Stanton news to me at P.O. Box 181, Stanton, TN 38069, reach me at the Stanton Welcome Center/ Library at 731-548-2564, or e-mail me at: Proftster@aol. com. Please put “Stanton News” in the subject line. Together we will look at the past, look toward the future, and report current events.

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By Gail Barden It is hard to believe that we are already in the year 2011. I remember when that seemed so far away. I hope that everyone has a great year. I have a very special birthday to celebrate this week. My wonderful grandson, Julian, is eleven years old as of January 5. This is certainly a good indication of how quickly time passes! Happy Birthday, Julian, and I know you will have a

special day. Also having a birthday this week is my sweet sister, Patsy. Happy Birthday to you, Patsy!! Happy Birthday wishes, as well, to Connie Hendrix. We extend our sincere sympathy to the families of Mrs. Ella Mae Mathis and Mrs. Billie Fletcher. They were such sweet ladies and they will be missed. Also, continue to remember Herb Hayes and

family in the loss of his sister, Martha Ann. On our prayer list are James Lewis, Mabel Williams, Bobby Hooper, Martha Crutcher, Jimmy and Carolyn Danley, Jerry Baggett and Steve White. Our Bible verse for this week is Psalm 46:10, which states, “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Have a great week.

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