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The Brownsville States-Graphic

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Stanton News

Allen News By Gail Barden W. A. and I attended church with Alicia, Andrew, Emily and Claire Sunday. We went especially to hear Emily sing a solo, and she did an excellent job. It is a joy being with them. Mr. Hal Rodgers’ group, Living Truth, will be at Allen Sunday night, August 22, at 6PM. Everyone is welcome, and we will have finger foods afterwards. Our Awana kickoff will be August 29 from 5-7 PM, and it will be water themed. The kids and parents are welcome to come for this night of sign-ups and fun. Darron Byrd will again be cooking tenderloins for Labor Day weekend as a youth fundraiser. If you would like to order one, please let Darron Byrd, Chad Kirk or Shey Lovelace know. They are twenty dollars each and can be picked up from 4-6PM at the church gym Friday, September 3. Please pray for our young people, teachers, administrators and staff, as they begin a new school

year. I hope this will be a great year for all of them. My daughter-in-law Leah was on a business trip to New Jersey last week and met her parents in New York City for a long weekend. They enjoyed some fantastic food and great Broadway shows. What a great way to spend a weekend. Congratulations to Carey and Stephanie Scott on the birth of a new baby boy. James Cason Scott was born June 2, weighing 10 pounds, 1.5 ounces. Big brother Jackson is so happy with his baby brother. Cason and Jackson are the grandchildren of Mr. and Mrs. James Lewis, of Brownsville. Happy Birthday to Ben Davis, Hal Rodgers, Dale Kendrick, Reece Dew, Mark Davis, Darron Byrd, Ann Lytle, Baylee Barden, Carolyn Stephenson and Renee Cox. Happy Anniversary to Brad and Leslie Essary and Jody and Jeanna Lea. We extend our sympathy

to the family of Mrs. Maxine English. She was such a sweet lady and will be missed. Please keep Rita and the rest of this family in your prayers. We are so happy that both Dustin Milton and Welch Hopkins were able to return home this week. Dustin is doing well and glad to be back with his friends and family. Welch has returned to Mississippi for some therapy, but hopes to be back home soon to see everyone. Please continue to pray for them and their families. On our prayer list are Bertie Barden, Elaine McCool, Ronnie Hooper, Fletcher Lewis, John Simmons, Welch Hopkins, Phil Moses, Dustin Milton, Jerry Baggett, Sandy Massey and Carolyn and Jimmy Danley. Our Bible verse for this week is Proverbs 16:9, which states, “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” Have a blessed week.

Uni Un niion Ne New ews ws By Sylessie Ross I spent Sunday afternoon with my grandson Chris who left Tuesday for his college internship in Denmark, Sweden. Grandma had to cook his last home cooked meal before he left for four months. Barbara Bond recently went to Denver, CO on vacation to visit some of her children and now back home to face this extremely hot weather here in the South. Pastor Rickey and Sheila Reed celebrated their 13th anniversary this past Sunday with Bishop Nathaniel Bond and congregation as their special guest with a packed sanctuary. I want to keep my cousin Burnest Bachelor Jr. and wife Sallie in prayer. They lost their daughter last week in a tragic house fire in Jackson. My nieces Connie and Jean came by to visit me Monday. Connie is relocating back home because she recently retired in Chicago. Sick and Shut-in: Walter Frank Chism, Odessa Smith-

Genius, Sherricka Smith, Ida Mae Burton, Pearline “Teen” Bond, Rosie “Sis” Transor, Welch Hopkins, Georgia Hines Williamson, Lula Gardner, Gloria Hunt, Cynthia Bullock Transor, Nellie Lewis, Sammie Hines, Hubert Hines, Shirley Rogers, Iola “Toot” Love, William C. Wilson, Rev. J.H. Fuller, Steve White, Joyce Pirtle, Willie Herman Robinson, Reverend J.V. Carney, Nannie Sue Perry, Pearl Gray, Charles Cole, and Katherine “Madea” Maclin. Thought for the week: “The Joy of The Lord is my Strength” Sometimes we in the church are accused of glossing over the fact that life can be hard. We sometimes tend to give the impression that all you need to do is give your heart to Jesus and all of your problems will be solved, all your bills will be paid, you will have success and prosperity and everything you touch will turn to gold. If you are a Christian, you will have a continual smile on your face and always

be happy. We make all our baskets, we sink all our putts, and we close all our deals. Does that sound like your testimony? I know it doesn’t sound like mine! I think the problem is that we’ve confused joy with happiness. Happiness is dependent on happenings. Jesus wasn’t happy about going to the cross. He prayed the night before “If there is any other way, let this cup pass from me...” But He did have joy in obedience. Hebrews put it this way: “Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross...” There was joy for the Lord Jesus even in the pain and the agony of the cross because He knew the end result of His obedience and sacrifice would be the offer of salvation for you and me. Jesus chose to go through hell for us rather than to go to Heaven without us. Scripture Of The Day: “In Your presence is fullness of joy.” - Psalm 16:11 NASB

Retirement Center News By Shirley Tucker, Activity Director

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his mother, “Bo” Pope is already missing him. They had several good scrabble games although I’m not sure who ended up the champion. I think “Bo” claimed to be, but John hinted that she cheated, which I didn’t believe for a minute, so I’m not sure. Pastor Phillip Cook, the new pastor of First United Methodist Church, brought our message Sunday and all the residents were happy to have him. We played a lively game of charades Friday and as usual it was hilarious seeing what folks came up with. Martha Jane Williams “The Saints Go Marching In” was one for the books. She couldn’t find a soul to point to that would make us think of a “saint.” I thought maybe she’d point to me, but she said she was trying to find a “saint” not a “haint.” Arline Boisvert trying to portray “The Old Grey Mare” was another doozy. The winner of guessing the most song titles correctly was Dorothy Morris. Had a great group that

By Debbie Sterbinsky The election is over, but we still have signs in Stanton. If you were running for office and had a sign in Stanton you have not yet removed, please come pick them up. A wise woman once told me it comes in three’s and as long as I’ve been here, she has been totally correct. We lost three Stantonians last week, Gail Roberson, Milton Carnell Pepper, and Maxine Hicks English. Our thoughts and prayers are with all these families. If you missed the Commercial Appeal yesterday, our very own Richard Turner and the Stanton Cannery were featured on the front page of the Food Section. Our Cannery gets a lot of attention and everyone loves it, but it badly needs renovation (which is coming). The renovation paperwork has been out of our hands for several months, and is slowly awaiting its turn for processing at the USDA office. Also our dearly loved Ms. Karen Salvaggio at the Stanton Health Clinic was injured last weekend in an accident. Reports are that she is ok, just banged up

pretty badly. Keep her in your prayers! The Mt. Zion MB Church will be having their Annual Homecoming this Sunday at 3 PM with special guests Reverend Basil Brook and the Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church from Cordova. Please come and help them celebrate their homecoming! Also Mt. Zion begins their revival next week, Monday - Wednesday at 7 PM each night. Speakers will be Evangelist Teresa Middlebrooks and Reverend J.A.Adams, pastor of Hamilton Grove Baptist Church from Arlington and St. Stephens Baptist Church in Memphis. The J.B. Moore Community Center at Dancyville will be holding an auction this Saturday, August 14 from 10 AM until everything is sold. For more information call Beverly Martin at 548-6114. Stanton has many talented individuals who rarely receive recognition, mostly by choice. There are some great people in this town who are content operating in the background just making things happen. We have one individual who recently received an

honor for his efforts in Haywood County. I have not expanded or praised him in my column because I know he does not like being rewarded for what he does. However, after speaking to his wife and obtaining permission, I will now mention that our own Frank Fawcett who was recently among Haywood County’s “Best of the Best” as “Mr. Haywood County”, is indeed worthy of this award. Frank is not only my neighbor and close friend, but also serves on the Stanton Planning Commission as well as the Stanton Town Board as an Alderman where he continues to do an outstanding job for our community in Stanton. 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

Bethel - Belle Eagle News By Betty Scott Carl Perkins Telethon will be August 15, so volunteers from our Brownsville Exchange Club will be on stage from 4-5 PM presenting checks and making phone calls to people in our community. So watch the show and please give. Our Center helps many children in our community. Lucille Matlock and daughters, Dianne Williams and Linda Lipscomb spent a few days in Hot Springs, AR last week. School has started back and I am sure some took advantage of the tax-free weekend last weekend. Jacklyn Sorrell and Kimberly Scott took a whole day of shopping in Jackson.

Dustin Sorrell, Jacklyn Sorrell and Andrew Scott and Jesse Scott spent the last weekend of summer vacation with grandparents, Ricky and Betty Scott. Rhonda Parks celebrated her birthday with 19 family members last Saturday at the home of Kenneth and Bettye Sargent. Sunday afternoon Bettye attended a baby shower for Lori Crafton Cherry in Whiteville. Ricky and Betty Scott attended a baby shower last Sunday for Hollie Harwell in the home of Jim and Dana Coulston. Hollie is due Aug. 27 and this will make me a greatgrandmother. I’m too young for this!!! James Earl White is home

now and getting better each day. Debbie Greenway’s father, Richard Mason, underwent aneurysm surgery and is home and also doing great. Gaylon Herron had pneumonia in February and has since had a chronic cough that would not get better. He went to the doctor in Memphis last week to get treatment for mold in his lungs. We welcome Daniel Thornton home from Iraq. He arrived home the week after Tabernacle Campmeeting was over. We are glad you are home and thank you for your service. Thought for the week: All that’s necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.

Westside News By Mary W. Lewis

Sugar Creek Had a big time this week when Peggy Staggs brought several ladies from the Senior Center to Sugar Creek and put on a lovely Fashion Show for our residents. It was certainly different and innovative. One of the dresses was a “print” dress made out of the States Graphic. There was a “tea” dress with tea bags all over it. There was a “sack” dress made out of two trash sacks trimmed with lace. There was also a lovely “dinner” dress made with napkins, plates and silverware hanging from it, just in case there was nothing to eat with at the dinner. Had a birthday luncheon with cake and ice cream for our July birthday folks. We wished Gail Steele, Mary Ann Halbrook, Dorothy Morris and Irlene Clement all a wonderful birthday. “Miss” Irlene also had a big family birthday party thanks to her daughter, Eula Douglass, who surprised her with another cake and lots of family here. John Windrow left to go back to Hawaii and

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went to the Brownsville Baptist Church dinner theater. Barbara McGary, Lyde Hamilton, Joan Lanphere, Grace Mulligan, Irlene Clement, Frances Blalock, Ella Mae Mathis, Jessie Howell, Brooke Evans, Nancy Goodwin, Diane Hooper and I were the group. Peggy Staggs and Gail Chapman also went with us. It would have been another wonderful time if it hadn’t been for the fact that they decided to have a hula contest with audience participation and guess who they dragged to the stage, kicking, screaming and hollering – yep, moi! My competition was that darling Becky Haynes – who could beat her? NOT moi! All my times in Hawaii were for naught. She beat me handily - she was so good I even voted for her. The Sugar Creek bunch did say I did a “good job”. I think I heard someone add, “of making a fool of yourself.” How rude! Come see us – too hot to rock.

Whether or not we like our leaders or their laws that they legislate, we need to look in the Bible, Romans 13:1-7, to remind ourselves of how we speak about them. I Peter 2:13-18 says “submit ourselves to our government rulers and honor the king, (equivalent to our President and staff,) as long as it does not override God’ s ruling commandments and precepts He has given to us.” Brother Goad pointed out a good example last week when he was speaking in our Summer Series mid-week service, in Titus 3:1, “that we should be subject to principalities and powers, etc.” Doesn’t this include each one of us? Dewayne and Rita Shappley were in Humboldt last week for the funeral of Brother Shappley’s mother. They are longtime missionaries in Puerto Rico. Rita is a sister of Martha Frye, and all the sisters enjoyed visiting together while Rita was here. Pearl Gordon is home from knee replacement and rehab in Jackson. Mrs. Hazel Mooneyham, mother of Emily Sweeney, has been moved to Bells Nursing Home. Remember Margaret Covington, who takes radiation several times a week.

G.C. McFarland, resident at Crestview Healthcare, passed away Sunday. Our sympathy is extended to nieces, Cindy and Becky. His brother was the late Franklin McFarland. Shirley Smothers, wife of Darrell, had outpatient surgery last week. She is the sister-in-law of Mike Smothers and Clay Barcroft. Sympathy goes to Rena King Boyd in the death of her daughter-in-law, the wife of David King. Bro. Dana Baldwin, who preaches in Memphis and teaches at FHU, spoke Wednesday evening at Summer Series. To our shut-ins: we pray for you and miss you lots. You are not forgotten. Sunday, our group from Westside visited and sang with the residents at Crestview and Sugarcreek. It was very enjoyable. The church had 20 members there and a large number of the residents were able to participate also. Emily Miller brought by a

big sack of soda pop tabs Sunday. Her niece, Denise and girls, had saved them before moving, and passed them on to Emily’s sister in Millington, Dot Sitch. We thank each of these ladies. Albert Jackson also came up with a big bunch. Kumesha Perry is happy to get these to pass to the Shriners on behalf of her son, Wodie. We need everyone’s help and many thanks! The twins, Ebony and Evan Luster, who attend Appling Middle School in Memphis, parents are Almeda Cannon Luster and Brother Nelson Luster, who preaches at Hatchie Street Church of Christ in Covington, were featured in “Two Great Kids” in a Memphis newspaper recently. The article gave details of their accomplishments so far in school. In addition to these, they are both Bible Bowl Winners. Almeda, who graduated Haywood High, teaches in Memphis. Their granddad was Jesse Cannon Sr. of Stanton.

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