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Volume LXV No.3 www.frenchcamp.org FALL 2020 In this Issue: Longing for Home
Creating Healthy Homes
Family Fun Experiences
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French Camp Academy, a Christ-centered home and school, exists to serve young people and families for the glory of God.
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Longing for Home By Erin Ulerich
No matter where a student comes from, or what lies in their background, they have one thing in common: they want to be accepted, known, and loved. There is a hunger, even behind the most carefully guarded child, a glimmer of hope that they will find it at French Camp Academy. If we are being honest, isn’t the longing to be fully accepted, fully loved, and fully known the cry of every human heart? When we find a place where that happens, we call it home. We are all longing for home. We long for home because God created us to experience these very things through relationship with Him. In a very real sense, He is our home. Communicating this to our students, many of whom are mad at God because life has not gone as they had planned, is a real challenge. He is the last place many want to turn, but He uses this longing to lead them to Himself. Many students come to FCA weary and worn out from looking to the world to satisfy this longing to be fully known and loved. As Meredith McDaniel describes in her book, In Want and Plenty, “In the in between space this side of heaven, we live
in a world that offers so much and yet so little in its ability to fulfill our deepest cravings.” Though they are exhausted from looking to the world to fulfill this craving, they don’t know where else to look. And that’s when something beautiful can happen. In His timing, God brings students and staff to FCA to intersect stories, creating a new story that is farther reaching than we can even imagine. “And beyond your story and my story is God’s greater narrative that undergirds our daily efforts as we long for home and for something beyond what we see on the surface.” (Meredith McDaniel) In this intersection, we have the honor of reflecting “home” to our students by reflecting the nature of God in the ins and outs of daily life. We trust Him in the middle of uncertain times. We ask for His help. We praise Him even when things turn out differently than we planned. While they are on campus, it is easy for our students to think that trusting and following God only applies to life here. But during this time in our world, when they are feeling uneasy and fearful, the encouragement of FCA staff are steady, brave words based on the assurance of God’s character and steadfast love. These dear ones are close to our hearts, and we pray that God would continue to guide them in finding home—being accepted, known, and loved—in Christ. We pray they will see that He is the only place this longing can be fulfilled. v Erin and her husband, Stephen, have called FCA home for 15 years, and have seen God work in the lives of many students.
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The President’s Perspective: Lessons from the Chicken Coop I have raised chickens most of my life. Even growing up in Gulfport, I was able to have chickens in the backyard. When Rebecca and I moved to French Camp, I knew it would be a great place to raise our children as well as chickens! One winter weekend when Holman and Dabney were elementary age, Rebecca and I were out of town. Our pastor and his wife were kind enough to keep an eye on them, which in turn, meant checking on the chickens. On one very cold afternoon, Pastor Alex accompanied Dabney on her normal visit to the chicken coop using the same routine that Dabney had performed daily—gather the eggs, check the feed and water, and be very sure to lock the door behind you as you leave. Well, Dabney did just that. What she did not realize is that her companion, Pastor Alex, was still in the coop admiring the hens. He was locked in the coop! Dabney never looked back as she scampered inside out of the cold. After some failed attempts to open the latch with his pocketknife, Alex finally resorted to knocking out a side wall board to finally escape his death of cold. I’m sure the hens were wondering what in the world this big rooster was doing! I have spoken with several people during uncertain days. Many of us feel as if we are trapped in the chicken coop and ready for our release! It sheds light on the term “flying the coop,” don’t you think? Being away from our friends, family, and our normal routines is very hard. It is easy for us to feel alone at times. The apostle Paul found himself in some very tight places during his life. He was ridiculed, beaten, wrongly imprisoned, shipwrecked, and made fun of for his bald head. We are thankful for the many promises that His children can cling to in the Bible. A few weeks ago during our staff orientation, Peter Reid reminded us of some of those great promises. Take a minute to read these. As I read these promises, I am reminded that my expectations of what God should do for me and how He should do it, rarely line up. This list is a good way for us to not focus on the circumstances we find ourselves in. We need to focus on Him! Instead of focusing on what we are missing, let’s make it a practice to be thankful for what we do have. Mainly Him—Jesus! All of us at French Camp are grateful COVID-19 did not visit us this summer. We pray for all of those who have been adversely affected in so many ways by the viruses’ destructive
path. In what ways can you encourage another person who may feel they have been left alone in the coop? A card, a note, or a 5-minute phone call can be all it takes to let someone know they are not alone. Maybe you could remind them of God’s promises and that our Heavenly Father is a constant source of help in our time of need! Dear friend, know that you are loved by God, and that He is not unaware of your needs. His heart is for you. He is our defender and protector—and one day He will make all things new! Until that day comes, let us continue to encourage one another with the Hope that only He can give. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.— Psalm 34:18 ESV
My Wishes and His Promises “God sent His Son not to fulfill my wishes, but His promises.” —D. Bonhoeffer God has promised me His eternal life, but not a long life.
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God has promised me perfect health on the new earth, but not on this earth. God has promised me His comfort, but not a life without pain. God has promised me His righteousness, but not righteous people. God has promised me His home in heaven, but not a house on earth. God has promised me His wedding feast, but not a spouse. God has promised me His joy, but not a life without sorrow. God has promised me His justice, but not human justice. God has promised me His power, but not a life without weakness. God has promised me His sufficiency, but not a life with no needs. God has promised me His wisdom, but not a life without questions. God has promised me His guidance, but not a life without confusion.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES Sharkey Burke..................................Brandon Scott Castleman..................... Ocean Springs Dave Fair............................................ Oxford Glenn Galey, Secretary............... Hattiesburg Toxey Hall III..................................... Canton G. Carey Hauenstein........................... Laurel Carson Hughes, Vice Chairman........ Jackson Scott Kiewit........................................ Laurel Lee Lampton..................................... Jackson John Lynch................................. Brookhaven Chuck McBride................................Madison Brooks Mosley.................................. Jackson Tommy Peaster, Vice Chairman............ Flora Hugh Potts, Jr., Chairman.............Kosciusko
God has promised me His victory, but not a life without conflict. God has promised me His presence, but not a life without loneliness. God has promised me His vengeance, but not a life without forgiving. God has promised me His grace, but not a life without repentance. God has promised me His blessing, but not a life without obedience. God has promised me His reward, but not a life without a race. God has promised me His love, but not a life without rejection. God has promised me His peace, but not a life without turmoil. God has promised me His faithfulness, but not a life without faith.
—Peter Reid (Jan. 2020)
French Camp Academy, a Christcentered home and school, exists to serve young people and families for the glory of God.
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A Family’s Legacy
Guarantee it by being a Cornerstone Community Partner
Sam and Margie Gibbs decided to take a long road trip in 2002 exploring the Southeast. After they set off from their home in Texas, as God’s good providence would have it, they meandered their way up the Natchez Trace Parkway where they stumbled upon French Camp Academy.
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There they were welcomed, enjoyed French Camp Academy’s Bed & Breakfast Inn, and sampled the delicious menu of its Council House Café. The capstone experience for Sam and Margie that made all the difference at Mile Marker 181 was learning about the work God was doing in the hearts and minds of young people through the ministry of French Camp Academy.
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House parents, teachers, program helpers, and all of us at FCA want Returning to Texas after a long, memorable trip, they remembered you to know how much we appreciate your desire to help young people their French Camp experience and began giving faithfully every year to grow. support its mission. Years later, after their homegoing, French Camp Academy learned that Sam and Margie left a bequest in their wills. Along with providing for their own children, the Gibbs left a legacy benefitting deserving young people at French Camp Academy. A bequest to French Camp Academy may be the right option for you, too. If you would like to receive a complimentary guide to planning your estate, please email Lance Ragsdale at email@example.com. Better yet, plan a trip to travel to French Camp Academy and discover the treasure that Sam and Margie found. v
Remembered always! Hugh Long and Khristi Rogers Coach Hugh Long, married to Martha, a house parent for many years, cross country and track and field coach, and teacher, served the mission of French Camp Academy for 42 years. His eternal homegoing was on July 11, 2020. Coach Long will always be remembered for his faithful testimony of God’s grace in his life and willingness to share his love of Christ
with others. The trophy case at FCA reflects the achievements accumulated from years of encouraging his young athletes to excel and do their very best.
Khristi Rogers, married to Ralph and daughter of Hugh Long, served as an FCA house parent, athletic coach, and teacher. Khristi’s eternal homegoing was on July 28, 2020. She touched many lives including the life of Terry Mosley, an FCA dorm student (pictured below with Bruce Hosket, VP of Student Life). “Mrs. Rogers rescued me from the swimming pool years ago when I was a boy here.” Terry said that he was very grateful for his time at French Camp living in Moriah Home. He had reconnected last year with Mrs. Rogers talking with her once to twice a month. Terry and many others will miss the sweet influence Khristi had on their lives. v
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Creating Healthy Homes With the outbreak of COVID-19, protecting our FCA Family took a different focus. Fortunately, we had a unique opportunity to make initial adjustments during our summer session in our Home Life Department. Over fifty students were housed on campus for the summer session without any illness due largely to these changes. There have been significant adjustments in the residential homes on campus. Each student enjoys a private room, most meals are cooked in the home, and activities as a family group have become an unexpected blessing. Bruce Hosket, Vice President of Student Life, says, “ … simplifying our activities, eating meals in the homes, spending more time with your family unit, and having less distractions have all turned out to be a blessing for our house parents and residential students.” House parents are enjoying the chance to build deeper relationships with their family group as our young people prepare to return to the classroom. We give praise to God for using this time to build relationships, create bonds, and create a safe place for these young people. Please pray God’s protection over the FCA Family as we all continue to navigate these difficult times. v And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.—Romans 8:28
“From living in the dorm, I learned people come together in time of strife and no one is perfect”. —FCA Student, Class of 2020
Board Member: Dr. Scott Castleman Scott Castleman was elected to the French dained Teaching Elder in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Camp Academy Board of Trustees in April 2020. Dr. Castleman has served as senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Ocean Springs since 2009. He understands the love of Christ and After graduating from Belhaven University in has personally experienced His mercy and grace, which makes him a 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies, natural fit to serve on the Board of French Camp Academy. He has a he earned a Master of Divinity from Princeton heart for young people to experience God’s love, mercy, and grace. He Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry and his wife, Rebecca, have a daughter (Tyler) and two sons (Ebenezer degree from Reformed Theological Seminary. Dr. Castleman is an or- and Tate). v
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Another Eagle Scout has Landed! Julian Grant Kay, a 2020 graduate of French Camp Academy, and a 2020 FCA Hall of Fame inductee, recently completed all of the requirements for the rank of Eagle Scout as well as a sufficient number of Merit Badges to earn a Bronze and Gold Palm, finishing out his scouting career with 32 total Merit Badges. There are 21 required Merit Badges for Eagle Scout.
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French Camp Academy has received $2,288.16 through the Amazon Smile Program as of May 2020! Thanks for your generosity! v
Making Your List Checking It Twice
It’s time to order Christmas Honor Bread from FCA for friends and family. Get your list to us by November 1 and we will guarantee delivery before Christmas. Your minimum contribution of $25 per loaf to FCA is a triple blessing—for you, the recipient, and for FCA. Julian attended French Camp Academy for four years and was financially sponsored by a group from St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral of Jackson collectively called “Team Julian.” While at FCA, Julian was a member of Scout Troop 109. This fall, Julian will be attending Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, with the plan to major in Architecture. Founded in 1855, Berea College is a “work for tuition based” university that provides free education in exchange for employment on campus in some capacity.
Mail or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) your list as soon as you can. Make your donation, marked for purchase of Christmas Honor Bread. We will take care of the rest. Call us if you have any questions: (662) 547-6482. v
Congratulations Julian on this significant milestone in your life. We are so proud of you and look forward to watching you continue to succeed! v
Please call Lance at (662) 547-6482 to let us know if you can help out with any of these: • Dry erase boards, kinetic sand, art supplies for Counseling Center • Truck for Home Department • Large back-up generator for WFCA radio tower • Legal pads, notebooks, printing paper, gel pens, ink pens, pencils, noise reduction ear-muffs or ear buds for Student Homes
French Camp Academy admits students of any race, color, national, or ethnic origin.
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Calling All Church Families! Considering how your partnership with French Camp could become more meaningful? French Camp Academy wants to be a resource for your church family, too. Encourage your pastor and church staff to view a special section on our website created just for churches at frenchcamp.org/ churches. There they will learn about ways FCA can come along side your church family. FCA staff are eager to speak, share, host, and pray for your church. Your pastor and others can begin a conversation about how FCA may be able to encourage your current outreach to youth and their families. You can also view a video encouraging your church to become even more involved with gospel ministry to young people. Urge your church family to explore French Camp Academy. v
How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.— Psalm 133:1
French Camp Harvest Festival Cancelled The 2020 French Camp Harvest Festival scheduled for October 10 has been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions for large group gatherings in Mississippi. This year would have been its 70th year but we will pick back up and celebrate 70 years of coming together as a community at Harvest Festival 2021. v Let us all do our part in reducing the spread of COVID-19!
70th Annual French Camp Harvest Festival
October 9, 2021
French Camp Community Club
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Family Fun Experiences How do you have fun with your family? Many people growing up remember backyard games, throwing the ball with dad, making homemade ice cream, playing board games, or jumping through a sprinkler to stay cool. At French Camp Academy we get creative with the resources God has given us. Student homes soaked up the summer fun by doing activities together on the FCA campus. Splashing around in the swimming pool, helping dorm-dad flame up the grill, gazing at fireworks lighting up the night sky, roasting s’mores over a fire at a camp site, climbing up a rock wall in the horse arena, learning how to play 9 square in the air, spike ball, corn hole, and octaball, to name a few. An invaluable part of life learned in every healthy home is enjoying wholesome fun. Young people living at FCA are learning how to do this every day. With the video games and smart phones away, laughter rings across campus as the fun abounds. Children and teenagers are engaging and interacting in ways that will shape them and provide memories they can pass along to their families one day. v
Many of us remember enjoying family meals in childhood. It was the one meal during the day when we could come together to talk about life and the happenings of the day over a good home-cooked meal. Mom and dad reminded us about the necessity of manners, good conversation, and being thankful for God’s bounty. At French Camp Academy, we know that enjoying family meals together has lots of benefits. The relationships formed over meals are invaluable. Research seems to suggest that kids who enjoy family meals up to three times a week have better grades at school and physical health. Tonight, as you sit down to enjoy a meal with your family, pray for the house parents at French Camp Academy. Every evening around 5:00 p.m., you can count on them leading their family of children or teenagers in prayer, good food, and meaningful fellowship. Perhaps you have a favorite family recipe that you would like to share with French Camp house parents. Take a moment to write it out and send it to French Camp Academy, One Fine Place, French Camp, MS, 39745. We would love to share your family memory with those who are beginning new traditions with the young people within our care. v
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Summer Enrichment Snaps!
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Honor gifts show appreciation to a living person–such as teachers, pastors, parents, etc., while helping students at FCA. To make an Honor Gift, you may use the form/envelope provided, designating the type of gift you are making. The honoree will be notified of your thoughtfulness. Amounts of gifts are never divulged.
April BARTON, NANCY FALL, Purvis, MS Mr. W. A. Payne BRETT, BENNETT AND CAROL, New Orleans, LA Mr. and Mrs. Joel T. Mague BYRD, GLEN AND JO ANN, Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Blaine CHANDLER, DREW AND GAYLE, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Blaine CHICK-FIL-A EMPLOYEES, Flowood, MS Ms. Judy West EIDSON, CORA B., Jackson, MS Ms. Linda E. Chase HAMILTON, JERRY AND MELODY, Vardaman, MS Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Blaine HOLMES, JONATHAN, Eupora, MS Mr. and Mrs. Glen H. Naramore ITEN, SUE, Lafayette, CO Mr. and Dr. Larry W. Littlejohn JORDAN, PEGGY, Brandon, MS Ms. Sue S. Nowell MARTIN, MR. AND MRS. W. C., Oxford, MS Mrs. Rachel C. Martin MAXEY, LINDSEY, Nashville, TN Mrs. Annie K. Melton MEGGINSON, GRAY, Tupelo, MS Mrs. Marian Fay Maloney MOBLEY, WILLIAM A. Ms. Medora Neale MYERS, MR. AND MRS. DAVID, McKinney, TX Mrs. Dorothy Davis Miley & Louise Miley Griffing PATTON, GEORGE AND CAROL, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Blaine RAMMING, CINDY, Stephenville, TX Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Tadlock
ROBINSON, ASHLEY SMITH, North Augusta, SC Mr. Joey Clingan SALLEY, REED, Cleveland, MS Mrs. Athena B. Davies SMITH, RIVERS, Amory, MS Mr. and Mrs. Joseph L. McCoy SOUTHERN EYE CENTER, Hattiesburg, MS Anonymous STANFORD, REV. AND MRS. BILL, Clinton, MS Mr. and Mrs. Bennie R. Nutt THORNTON, KELLY, Corinth, MS Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Coleman TRUSSELL, DONNA BREELAND, Jackson, MS Mrs. Lynn Broomfield
ALLEN, ANNA JEAN, Louisville, MS Mr. and Mrs. Hubert E. Hunter BARLOW, GLEN AND DEBBIE, French Camp, MS Mr. and Mrs. Harold Barlow BARLOW, SCOTT, TONYA, KADE, HOLT AND KNOX, French Camp, MS Mr. and Mrs. Harold Barlow BOYD, HELEN, Louisville, MS Mr. and Mrs. W. Terrell Bell CHILDS, JOSEPH H., Hattiesburg, MS Anonymous COCKRELL, JOHN ROBERT AND PEGGY, French Camp, MS Mr. Charles A. Rich COX, DENNIS AND CINDY, French Camp, MS Ms. Rose M. McQuay DAVIS, CHARLENE, Burlington, NC Mrs. Dorothy Davis Miley & Louise Miley Griffing DAVIS, LISA, Madison, MS Mrs. Dorothy Davis Miley & Louise Miley Griffing
ELLISON, LYNDOL BELL, Ethel, MS Mrs. Polly Hope B. Allen GRANBERRY, JACKIE, Raymond, MS Mrs. Dorothy Davis Miley & Louise Miley Griffing GRANTHAM, NAN, Fulshear, TX Mrs. Dorothy Davis Miley & Louise Miley Griffing HARPER, MARY IDA, French Camp, MS Ms. Monica McCrory HAWK, TOM AND LINDA, Flora, MS Mr. and Mrs. Bennie R. Nutt HOLBROOK, JOHN, Winfield, AL Mr. Joey Clingan HOLT, DANNY, Kosciusko, MS Ms. Sue S. Nowell KIMBROUGH, NANCY STONE, Coffeeville, MS Mr. and Mrs. John E. Kimbrough IV LEVY, JR., MRS. NATHAN, West Hartford, CT Mrs. Dorothy Davis Miley & Louise Miley Griffing MYERS, MRS. TOM, Ridgeland, MS Mrs. Dorothy Davis Miley & Louise Miley Griffing OLIVER, MR. AND MRS. OWEN, Kosciusko, MS Mr. Doug and Mrs. Nancy King OWEN, GWEN, Clinton, MS Mrs. Dorothy Davis Miley & Louise Miley Griffing PALMERTREE, PHILLIP, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. William F. Lacey PHILLIPS, MARY FAITH, French Camp, MS Ms. Rose M. McQuay PRICE, MR. AND MRS. HANK Ms. Monica McCrory SCHLOSSER, ADELE, Statesville, NC Art and Travel Advisors STEVENS, BENNIE, French Camp, MS Ms. Monica McCrory STEVENS, REBECCA, French Camp, MS Ms. Monica McCrory SWAFFORD, MRS. DON, The Villages, FL Mrs. Dorothy Davis Miley & Louise Miley Griffing
THOMPSON, RANDY, Tuscumbia, AL Mr. and Mrs. William F. Lacey TILLOTSON, BARBARA MOSS, Vicksburg, MS Mr. and Mrs. Richard V. Tillotson TURNER, WILLIAM ENIS, Madison, MS Mr. and Mrs. Richard B. Flynt VAN ARSDELL, SOPHIA, Urbana, IL Mrs. Dorothy Davis Miley & Louise Miley Griffing WALKER, JUDY, Utica, MS Mrs. Dorothy Davis Miley & Louise Miley Griffing
ALLEN, ANNA JEAN, Louisville, MS Mr. and Mrs. Walter L. Allen ASHE, JAMES AND RONDA, Pearl, MS Mrs. Lynn Broomfield BAKER, JR., RALPH P., Chapin, SC Mrs. Susie W. Moran BLACKBURN, DOUG AND ALEXIS, Richmond, KY Mr. Samuel Clemons BRASWELL, ANDY AND JANIE, Itta Bena, MS Mr. and Dr. Larry W. Littlejohn CATES, MR. AND MRS. DENNIS, French Camp, MS Rev. James Breland GAY, MR. AND MRS. JACK, Petal, MS Mrs. Frances K. Stringer HARTMAN, ED, Jackson, MS Dr. and Mrs. William Franklin Sneed KEMP, SAMUEL C., Corinth, MS Mrs. Jodi McNeese KILPATRICK, LAMAR, Florence, MS Mrs. Annie K. Melton LACEY, DUDLEY, Dallas, TX Mrs. Kimberly Gott Judin LITTLEJOHN, LARRY, French Camp, MS Rev. James Breland
LONG, HUGH AND MARTHA, Holly Springs, MS Mr. and Mrs. Jerry B. Inmon MAKAMSON, SUE, Morgan City, MS Mr. and Dr. Larry W. Littlejohn MARTIN, MR. AND MRS. J. R., Hernando, MS Mrs. Rachel C. Martin MITLRONIS, MARIE BROWN, Lorman, MS Mr. Samuel Clemons MONTGOMERY, CHARLIE AND MARGARET, Greenwood, MS Mr. and Dr. Larry W. Littlejohn MULLEN, GLENN AND MARTHA, Morgan City, MS Mr. and Dr. Larry W. Littlejohn NEWMAN, STEVE, Groveport, OH Mr. and Mrs. James Rollin Lander, Jr. PEASTER, THOMAS G., Flora, MS Dr. and Mrs. Kiper Nelson PHILLIPS, MARY FAITH, French Camp, MS Mrs. Betty Yount POHORELSKY, LEIGH, Lake Charles, LA Mr. Samuel Clemons QUICK, MIKE, Canton, MS Ms. Sue S. Nowell SMITH, DON AND MIDGE, Weir, MS Mr. and Mrs. John Andy Hall Mr. Larry Bennett STRAIN, POLLY, Greenwood, MS Mr. and Dr. Larry W. Littlejohn TANNER, MR. AND MRS. CHARLES, Bowie, MD Mrs. Marie B. Love TOWNSEND, REV. AND MRS. LANE, Kosciusko, MS Mrs. Lynn Broomfield WALKER, WAYNE AND KAY, Itta Bena, MS Mr. and Dr. Larry W. Littlejohn WHITAKER, LETA JANE MOODY, Sherman, TX Mr. Tate Thomas Mr. and Mrs. Terry Matlock
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April ALLEN, DEBBIE Ms. Jennifer Collins APPLEWHITE, MARY BETH, Dallas, TX Mr. and Mrs. James B. Applewhite BAIRD, JR., JAMES MCKENZIE, Brandon, MS Mrs. Joyce J. Long Mrs. Viola McCullough Mr. and Mrs. Hobson Waits Mr. and Mrs. James Duncan II BANE, DAVID EARL, Florence, MS Mrs. Linda Pepper Mr. and Mrs. Chris Bane BANE, SR., DAVID EARL, Louisville, MS Mr. and Mrs. Ricky L. Bane Mrs. Rebecca T. Giffin Mrs. Lynne M. Garner Mr. and Mrs. Darryl H. Parkes Mrs. Virginia Hathorn BELL, BETTY FOLEY, Starkville, MS Mr. and Mrs. Ray Millard Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Carson III Mr. and Mrs. David W. Rector Mrs. Ellen Drane Mauldin BELL, VERLIN AND SUDIE, Cordova, TN Mr. Marvin L. Bell BENNETT, CHARLOTTE, Winona, MS Mr. Larry Bennett BLACK, BOBBY L., Louisville, MS Mrs. Anne B. Harpole BLACKWELL, BILL, Escatawpa, MS Mrs. Kim Blackwell Mrs. Maxine Nelson Turner BLAINE, JERRY, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. John E. Shaw Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Blaine Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Jenkins Mr. and Mrs. Owen Oliver BOONE, GEORGE, Hattiesburg, MS Mr. and Mrs. James Duncan II BRANDON, ADA AND CHOPPY, Gulfport, MS Mr. and Mrs. William D. Hays
BRIGGS, KATHLEEN, Nesbit, GA Mr. and Mrs. John E. Fondren, Jr. BROCK, HENRY DONALD, Greenwood, MS Tannehill, Carmean & McKenzie, PLLC BURGE, FLETCHER Mrs. Adielaide B. Chapman BURGE, JOHN Mrs. Adielaide B. Chapman BURNETT, JERRY Ms. Stacy Burnett BURNEY, HELEN FLOYD Mr. and Mrs. Billy C. Floyd BYRD, BERTHA CLEO Rev. John M. Magee Mary Rebecca Magee Connie Keyser Jan Vander Schaaf Nancy Vander Schaaf Hailey Vander Schaaf Katelyn Vander Schaaf Julia Vander Schaaf CADE, BETH, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. Lewis S. Freedman CALK, ANN ELIZABETH JONES, Atlanta, GA Mrs. Nora Deen Link Maloy CANNON, W. C., Starkville, MS Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Morgan CARLTON, DIANE FRENCH, Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. Mabry W. Linn CARROLL, AUDREY Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Kemp CATLEDGE, ROBERT CHARLES, Jackson, MS Ms. Jo Ann R. Culpepper Mr. and Mrs. Jim Finger CHATHAM, JR., GERALD, Hernando, MS Mrs. Beth Jenkins COGGINS, HUBERT AND SADIE Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Record COSTELLO, TAYLOR Dr. and Mrs. Alfred P. Chestnut CROOK, JAMES W., Ocean Springs, MS Mrs. Bruce Crook DAVIS, MELVIN, Oxford, MS Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Howell
DIXON, MIKE Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Kemp DUGAN, BOB, Brandon, MS Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Anderson ELLIOTT, FANNIE,Oxford, MS Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Smith FORBES, JUDITH CHLOE, Ridgeland, MS Ms. Rose Kyle GARY, MRS. MALOY Mr. and Mrs. Ernest D. Delashmet GORDON, WAYNE, Louisville, MS Mrs. Virginia Hathorn HALL, WILLIAM NELSON, Meridian, MS Mrs. Mary Ann Bonney Riley D & E Construction Mrs. Syble Majure Mr. and Mrs. Franklin D. Stroud Mr. and Mrs. Randy Morgan Mrs. Randall C. Robinson Mr. and Mrs. Maurice F. Kahlmus, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. C. Jerome Kittrell Ms. Shirley Stephenson Mr. Thurman Paynter Mr. and Mrs. Andy Dowdle Dr. and Mrs. Don S. Davis Mr. and Mrs. Duncan Chalk Dr. and Mrs. Hank Singley Dr. and Mrs. Robert E. Badwey Mr. William Lincoln Hall Ms. Nancy Dowling Mrs. Katherine W. Eppes Dr. and Mrs. Dave A. Russell Mr. and Mrs. Eric P. Krodel Mr. and Mrs. Bertrand L. Zeller Mr. and Mrs. James R. Purnell Mrs. Ann Riley Dennis Mr. and Mrs. Denton Graham Braswell Dr. and Mrs. Dale A. Touchstone Mr. and Mrs. Neely Mallory Mr. Paul Roberts, Jr. HODGES, WAYNE Mrs. Betty Sue Polk HOLLAND, PAUL D., Grenada, MS Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Allen
HOVAS, JERRY AND HELEN, Greenwood, MS Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Kilgore HOVAS, JERRY, Greenwood, MS Miss Glenda Louise Black HUGHES, MARTHA Mr. and Mrs. Dewitt Jerome Wall III JACKSON, JOHN FENWICK, Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. Ramon J. Jackson JENKINS, SWEP Mrs. Beth Jenkins JONES, BERNARD BRYAN, Tchula, MS Mrs. Nora Deen Link Maloy JONES, KEVIN Mr. and Mrs. Douglas H. Vinzant KENNARD, THOMAS BOSWELL, Starkville, MS Mrs. Amy Tuck Mr. and Mrs. Sammy McDavid Mr. William H. McGee Mr. and Mrs. Larry Box Ms. Susan Herrington Mr. Larry W. Jones Ms. Wynelle H. Sciple Mrs. Sharon Fanning-Otis Mr. Thomas C. Kennard Mr. and Mrs. W. Gaddis Hunt Mr. and Mrs. Victor L. Zitta Mr. and Mrs. Everett S. Tomlinson, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph O. Mobley Mr. Andrew Gaston Mr. and Mrs. Davis Miller Mr. and Mrs. Sid L. Salter KUNATH, OTTO, Golconda, IL Mrs. Elizabeth M. Mitchell LINK, MINNA DEEN JONES, Yazoo City, MS Mrs. Nora Deen Link Maloy LOFTIS, JR., JOHN L., Conyers, GA Mr. John L. Loftis Sr. LONG, RAYMOND, Yazoo City, MS Lonnie and Patsy Graeber MAMA MEDINA Anonymous MARKERT, LINDA, Baton Rouge, LA Mr. and Mrs. William F. Lacey MCBRIDE, BENNIE
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Kemp MCBRIDE, JIMMY, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. William F. Lacey MCCLENDON, KATIE ROSE Ms. Elizabeth M. Dial MCCULLOUCH, SHELIA Mr. John McCullouch MCMINN, SAMMY, Sturgis, MS Ms. Dixie H. McMinn MCMULLAN, MART, Flowood, MS Lonnie and Patsy Graeber MERCHANT, HULDAH Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Beggerly MORROW, WILLIAM, Sevierville, TN Mr. and Mrs. Alton Taylor MORSE, SAM V., Madison, MS Mrs. Nannette V. Alford MOTT, JR., NORMAN ALBERT, Jackson, MS Mrs. Margaret R. Hull MR. BOGGAN, Benton, MS Mrs. Dorothy Hilton NACHBAR, DON, Corinth, MS Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Kemp NEWELL, GEORGE A. Mr. and Mrs. James Larry Payne PATTERSON, GENE, Corinth, MS Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Kemp PHILLIPS, MARILYN Anonymous PICKENS, JR., JACK, Vicksburg, MS Mr. and Mrs. Bennie R. Nutt POWELL, CONNIE Mr. and Mrs. Larry J. Bleakney, Jr. PURVIS, MR. AND MRS. O. J. Mrs. Joan P. Head RECORD, BILL AND EDNA Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Record RHODES, PEGGY Mrs. Faye T. Allbritton RICH, ELLA ROSE THORNTON, French Camp, MS Mr. Charles A. Rich RIVES, MIKE Mr. Homer Dudley Collins ROSS, ANNA ELISABETH, Isola, MS
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Moriah Home Renovation
Built in the 1950s, Moriah Home was ready for a facelift. Thanks to the generosity of some special people, construction is well underway. Plans include adding a full kitchen and office area, reconfiguring the house parents’ apartment, and adding a front porch entrance into an enlarged living area for the boys. At the end of the hallway, a new communal bathroom will be added as well as a guest room and laundry room. v
Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on the rock. The rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house. Yet it didn’t collapse, because its foundation was on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and doesn’t act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, the rivers rose, the winds blew and pounded that house, and it collapsed. And its collapse was great. — Matthew 7:24-27
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Mr. Emmitt Fred Ross SCHAUB, NANCY CAROL MECKLIN, Madison, MS Mr. Tommy F. Taylor SEASE, SUZANNE, Brandon, MS Mrs. Betty Jean Slade SEAY, LESLEA Mr. and Mrs. Frank Reid SHOEMAKER, W. C., Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. Clyde V. Williams STARLING, JR., HENRY W., Madison, MS Ms. Marie Dugan STEEN, SUSIE Mr. and Mrs. David Smith STEVENS, JOANNE, Forest, MS Mr. W. H. Stevens TATE, WILLIAM HENRY, Oxford, MS Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Smith THOMPSON, PAULINE, Tuscumbia, MS Mr. and Mrs. William F. Lacey TOLBERT, WALTER H., Cleveland, MS Mr. and Mrs. George Kuykendall VIRDEN, RONNY, Jackson, MS Mrs. Nannette V. Alford WEST, LOUISE, Tupelo, MS Ms. Louise W. West WILLIAMS, NANCY ANN, Corinth, MS Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Kemp WILLIFORD, THOMAS OWEN, Brookhaven, MS Mrs. Joyce J. Long WILSON, LARRY Dr. and Mrs. W. Wayne Curles YATES, BONNIE SUE HOLT, Conroe, TX Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Yates YOUNG, BARBARA, Germantown, TN Mrs. Peggy B. Cannada
ALDERMAN, JANE Mr. and Mrs. Al Ray ALLEN, BEVERLY OWENS Mrs. Mildred Severance Stevenson ARDREY, JIM, Rock Hill, SC Mrs. Athena B. Davies ARRINGTON, GAIL, Oxford, MS Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey E. Hartley BAILEY, WEST, Winona, MS Mr. Doug and Mrs. Nancy King BAIRD, JR., JAMES MCKENZIE, Brandon, MS Mr. and Mrs. L. Graham Hughes Mrs. Jane Baird Mr. and Mrs. William N. Whitwer BANE, SR., DAVID EARL, Louisville, MS Dr. David A. Chandler Mr. and Mrs. Hubert E. Hunter BARBER, BILL, Clinton, MS Mrs. Ann Marie Loveless BATTE, THAINE LEE Mr. and Mrs. Charlie F. Attaway BEACH, GLORIA Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Bond BELL, BETTY FOLEY, Starkville, MS Ms. Mary Jo Hill Mr. and Mrs. W. Gaddis Hunt BERRY, CHARLES, Tunica, MS Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Gookin BOSTWICK, DOUGLAS L., Mandeville, LA Mrs. Judy Bostwick BRACY, VERILLIAN O., Canton, MS Mrs. Laura Leathers BRANNING, JAMES WELTON, Ridgeland, MS Mr. Jack R. Branning, Sr. BRANTLEY, JERRY, Grand Bay, AL Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Presley BREWER, JERRY Mr. Julian B. Watson, Jr. BROWN, MAUDE, Greenville, AL Mrs. Jane Estes BROWN, ROSEL SEIPP, Harlem, GA Mr. Edward L. Brown BYARS, JOHN A., Maben, MS Ms. Dorothy C. Erwin CASE, GROVER, Philadelphia, MS Lonnie and Patsy Graeber CATLEDGE, ROBERT CHARLES, Jackson, MS Dr. and Mrs. G. Crawley Stubblefield Mrs. Nancy H. McClure Ms. Irene M. Vantrease Mrs. Jeane P. Lancaster Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm N. Cockerham Mr. and Mrs. John Robert Meek CHATHAM, JR., GERALD, Hernando, MS Mrs. Beth Jenkins CHILDS, CARY CHARLES, Ripley, MS Mr. J. Thomas Littlejohn COLEMAN, JR., EARLE, Carpenter, MS Mr. and Mrs. Richard Coleman CORDER, MARILYN MILLS, Hurricane, WV Mr. and Mrs. Billy C. Floyd COSGROVE, BRITTANY
French Camp TODAY • FALL 2020 • 13 Dr. H. Duane Stokes DAVIS, SONDRA BRADDY, Oxford, MS Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey E. Hartley Buddy and Barbara Chain DEAN, DAVID, Knoxville, TN Mrs. Carolyn Chain Shumake DUNN, CHARLOTTE, Winona, MS Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Blaine FARRISH, MARTHA, Yazoo City, MS Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Peaster FONDREN, BILLY, Coila, MS Mrs. Carol Jean Robertson FORRESTER, IRVING, Richland, MS Mrs. Polly Hope B. Allen FROST, PEGGY C., Lexington, MS Ms. Doris T. Ellison and Sarah Mr. Julian B. Watson Jr. Mrs. Mary Jane Ellison FURTICK, JIM, Tupelo, MS The Graeber Family and William & Peron Graeber FUSELIER, EVELINE Mr. and Mrs. Dale Brooks GARRETT, THOMAS, Greenwood, MS Mrs. Christine W. Garrett GIBSON, PAT, Mantee, MS Col. and Mrs. William B. Hill GRAHAM, ROBERT Mr. Doug and Mrs. Nancy King HALL, MARY Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Porter HALL, WILLIAM NELSON, Meridian, MS Mr. and Mrs. John M. Mayfield Mrs. Deanna Wilbourn HARJES, MR. AND MRS. H. J. Mrs. Jean M. Taylor HARRIS, JR., PAUL DAY Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Bond HARRISON, EMMA LEE, Tupelo, MS Mr. Richard L. Harrison HEAD, LYNN AYERS Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth E. Head Ms. Carol Lumsden Ms. Teresa L. Boozer HEAD, MARILYN, Starkville, MS Mr. and Mrs. Larry J. Bleakney, Jr. HEINZ, JAMES, Cordova, TN Mr. and Mrs. David A. Craig HERZOG, MARK Mr. and Mrs. Herbert R. Branch HOBBS, JANIS MORETON, Brookhaven, MS Ms. Helen Carr, Callie and Julie HOYLE, BETTY SUE HOUGH, Greenville, MS Mr. Wendell P. Hoyle JENKINS, SWEP Mrs. Kristine E. Owen Mrs. Beth Jenkins JONES, III, ROBERT EMMETT, Florence, AL Mrs. Susan Francis JONES, JANIE Mr. and Mrs. Michael Coley JONES, SARA THOMAS FEILD, Kosciusko, MS Mrs. Nora Deen Link Maloy JONES, SARA VIRGINIA, Tchula, MS Mrs. Nora Deen Link Maloy KENNARD, THOMAS BOSWELL, Starkville, MS Dr. and Mrs. James E. Long KIMBRO, LAURA, Memphis, TN The Graeber Family and William & Peron Graeber LACEY, HELEN, Bryan, TX Mr. and Mrs. William F. Lacey LEDBETTER, JOSEPHINE, Yazoo City, MS Lonnie and Patsy Graeber Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Bond LINK, MINNA DEEN JONES, Yazoo City, MS Mrs. Nora Deen Link Maloy LOW, RUSSELL M., Madison, MS Mrs. Dane M. Watkins Mrs. Nancy R. McCain Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey Haynes Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Caldwell MCATEE, MILLICENT BUNN, Lexington, KY Mrs. Margaret Graeber Clark The Graeber Family and William & Peron Graeber MERIC, ANN, New Orleans, LA Mrs. Catherine N. Hester MOORE, DON PAIGE, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. Al Ray Mr. and Mrs. Owen Oliver MOORE, LYNETTE, Forest, MS Mr. and Mrs. Larry J. Bleakney, Jr. MORAN, ALDEN R., Diamondhead, MS Mr. and Mrs. Dewitt Jerome Wall III MORGAN, CHARLIE Mr. and Mrs. Larry Otis MYERS, MARTY, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Thornton Mr. and Mrs. Owen Oliver OAKES, JUDY B., Memphis, TN Mrs. Geri Graeber Pitts OSWALT, ERNEST, Ackerman, MS
Mr. Hugh Banks Weaver and Judy Mr. and Mrs. David W. Carr PARKER, HAROLD, Carthage, MS Mr. and Mrs. James D. Ellington PEACOCK, PATRICIA Dr. and Mrs. Tom Dewey PEE, JR., JOHNNY NORMAN, French Camp, MS Mrs. Mary Frances Rivers Bove PERRY, JULIA G., Jackson, MS Ms. Edith L. Perry PETILOS, SALVADOR, Marks, MS The Graeber Family and William & Peron Graeber POPE, JANE OWEN LUCAS, Kosciusko, MS Mr. Doug and Mrs. Nancy King POWERS, ERIKA PILLOW, Hawesville, KY Mr. and Mrs. Barry Stout REYNOLDS, HATTIE MAE BATES Southern Ag Services, Inc. RICHARDS, EDWARD A., Bristol, TN Mrs. Judy Bostwick ROULHAC, III, GEORGE ERWIN, Greenville, MS Mr. and Mrs. John L. Turner III SHOOK, PATSY Mrs. Christine W. Garrett SKINNER, J. T., Gasden, AL Mrs. Karen Blaine Wright SNEED, CHUN, Gulfport, MS Mrs. Patricia McLaughlin Knowles SPRAGUE, JEAN, Pensacola, FL Mrs. Virginia C. Steadman STARLING, JR., HENRY W., Madison, MS Mr. Sam Cousley and Tris STARNS, SARA MELTON, West, MS Mr. Lamar Taylor STEVENS, JOANNE, Forest, MS Mr. W. H. Stevens SULLIVAN, CAROLYN, Starkville, MS Dr. and Mrs. James E. Long SULLIVAN, RONNIE, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. Owen Oliver TAYLOR, SANDRA HOLMAN, Grenada, MS Mr. and Mrs. William L. Overton THOMPSON, DR. AND MRS. BILLY Mr. and Mrs. William A. Thompson III THORNHILL, JOANN, Greenwood, MS Southern Ag Services, Inc. THORNTON, JENNY SMITH, Houston, MS Mrs. Marsha Jane Kenneth Mr. and Mrs. P. F. Hyde THORNTON, VIRGINIA BELL SMITH Dr. and Mrs. Joe G. Peeler Mr. and Mrs. James L. Cummins Mrs. Mary Jo Anderson Col. and Mrs. William B. Hill TOLBERT, WALTER HARRY Dr. and Mrs. Daniel D. McKee TURNER, CHARLES MONROE, Moss Point, MS Mrs. Maxine Nelson Turner TURNER, HUGH ELLA, Madison, MS Mr. and Mrs. Richard B. Flynt VINZANT, MARIE, Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. Julian B. Williamson WADE, BETTY, Yazoo City, MS Mrs. Grace Hull WARREN, RENE THOMAS, French Camp, MS Mr. and Mrs. James Ralph Pace WEATHERS, IRMA Mr. J. Thomas Littlejohn WILCHER, MICHAEL, Carthage, MS Mr. and Mrs. James D. Ellington WILLIFORD, THOMAS OWEN, Brookhaven, MS Mr. and Mrs. L. Graham Hughes WISE, MR. AND MRS. WILFORD C., Picayune, MS Mr. and Mrs. Larry M. Weeks WOODS, THOMAS LAMAR, Byhalia, MS Southern Ag Services, Inc. WRIGHT, JANET, Crystal Springs, MS Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Pitts Mrs. Grace Turman YATES, BONNIE SUE HOLT, Conroe, TX Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Yates
ALLEN, SUE, Philadelphia, MS Dr. H. Duane Stokes ANDERSON, GRAYSON W., Houston, TX Mrs. Speight W. Anderson ARNEY, JOE, Starkville, MS Mrs. Lou Wallace ARTMAN, ELEANOR Cramac Plantation Homeowners Association, Inc. BAILEY, HOMA Mr. and Mrs. William Frank Tutor BAIRD, JR., JAMES MCKENZIE, Brandon, MS Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Jakab Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert R. McSpadden, Jr. BANE, SR., DAVID EARL, Louisville, MS Mrs. Judy Thomas BARRON, ANNA, Starkville, MS
Ms. Wynelle H. Sciple BENNETT, CHARLES Southern Ag Services, Inc. BERRY, JIMMIE, Tunica, MS Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Gookin BIGGERS, MARY NELL WRAY, Barry, TX Dr. and Mrs. Tom Dewey Mrs. Christine W. Garrett BLACKWELL, WENDELL Ms. Margaret Vicki Kinsey BRITT, LATTRA, Grenada, MS Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Hayward, Jr. BROCK, HENRY DONALD, Greenwood, MS Mr. Hunter Cade, Jr. BUFORD, T. C., Glendora, MS Mr. and Mrs. John H. Barnes BURGE, JOHN Mr. Phillip Mink BURKES, WAYNE O. Mr. and Mrs. Jacky G. Dorsey BYRD, WILMA, Corinth, MS Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Kemp CADE, BETH, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. Lewis S. Freedman CAGLE, ANITA MCDOWELL Miss Linda Loftis CANNON, W. C., Starkville, MS New Hope Baptist Church CARSON, THOMAS GORDON, Kosciusko, MS Mrs. Jo Ann Carson CAUTHEN, DIANE, Florence, MS Mrs. Mary-Vela Caston CHATHAM, JR., GERALD, Hernando, MS Mrs. Beth Jenkins CLARK, DOUGLAS E., Tupelo, MS Dr. and Mrs. James A. Megehee CLARK, NEVA LOVE SLOAN, French Camp, MS Mr. and Mrs. Dewitt C. Carmichael, Jr. COGGINS, HUBERT AND SADIE Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Record CONRAD, CAROLINE JENNINGS, Memphis, TN Ms. Jessica Lancaster COOK, SHELBA ANN Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Stone Mr. and Mrs. Jim Stone Mr. and Mrs. William Walker CORLEY, JOYCE, North Augusta, SC Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Weil, Jr. COSTA, MAZEPPA K., Honolulu, HI Mrs. Betty T. Thompson CROOK, HUBERT GARLAND, Bismarck, ND Mr. Jeff Weispfenning CURTIS, ABNER, Winona, MS Miss Bobbye C. Curtis DANIELS, RYAN Ms. Anne G. Kealhofer DAVIS, KATHLEEN MANN, Starkville, MS Ms. Lillian Weeks Mrs. Mary Kathryn Herrington Mr. and Mrs. Hugh B. Long DEAS, MILDRED F., Theodore, AL Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Deas EAVES, AUDREY HELEN TUCKER Rev. Doug Herring ELMGREN, DAVID AND VIRGINIA Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Seyl ELY, BARBARA Mr. Charles Cobb FORD, ARCHIE CREW, Philadelphia, MS Dr. H. Duane Stokes FOSTER, ROBERT, Corinth, MS Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Kemp FOX, III, CARL, Yazoo City, MS Mr. Michael Lysons and Gill Mr. and Mrs. Mark J. Windham Mrs. Joyce J. Long Mr. and Mrs. Edward H. Williford Mr. and Mrs. Haden Hughes Mrs. Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. O’Ferrall, Jr. Mrs. Marlene Liddell Mrs. Nancy Bowling Parker Ms. Jacqueline Cooperman Mr. Michael Guthrie Mr. Albert Cano FROST, PEGGY, Lexington, MS Mrs. Beverly B. Bennett FUTVOYE, PATRICIA, Ridgeland, MS Mr. and Mrs. Mabry W. Linn GENNIN, FRANK, Poplarville, MS Lonnie and Patsy Graeber GRAHAM, HAROLD DOUGLAS, McCool, MS Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Blaine GRAHAM, III, THOMAS F. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Graham GREEN, NANCY LONG SEAWRIGHT, Kosciusko, MS Ms. Charla K. Grace HALL, WILLIAM NELSON, Meridian, MS Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. Carruth HASTINGS, RAY, Madison, MS
Dr. Tommy Foster HEBLON, GERI Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Dick Delashmet HOBBS, JANIS MORETON, Brookhaven, MS Mr. and Mrs. John H. Barnes HOLLIMAN, MRS., Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. James Turner HORNE, BILLIE B. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth T. Horne HUDDLESTON, SONDRA, Greenville, MS Mr. and Mrs. John Terry Gibbs HUGHES, LYTTLE PRESTON, Santa Clara, UT Mrs. Hope C. Ellis JENKINS, SWEP Mrs. Beth Jenkins JOHNSON, BILLY KEITH, Louisville, MS Rev. Doug Herring JOHNSON, JERRY W., Yazoo City, MS Mrs. Faye T. Allbritton JOHNSTON, IMO DONALD Connor Rentals LLC JONES, III, ROBERT EMMETT, Florence, AL Ms. Ellen Ayers Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. Jones Mrs. Jana Jones Shultz Mr. and Mrs. Braxton W. Ashe JONES, JACKIE Calvary Baptist Church JORDAN, SUSAN CROWDER, Vernon, AL Mr. John Jordan KELLY, MARILYN Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth E. Manis KING, MARY FRANCES, Clinton, MS Mr. and Mrs. David Sherer LASTER, HAYDEN, French Camp, MS Mr. and Mrs. Joseph L. Hall LAUDERDALE, DAVID, Philadelphia, MS Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Peaster LINK, WILLIAM MARTIN, Bentonia, MS Mrs. Nora Deen Link Maloy LOVE, DAVID LEO, Raymond, MS Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Charles Tanner LUKE, MARCELLINE, Preston, MS Dr. H. Duane Stokes MADDEN, MARILYN S., Madison, MS Mrs. Mary E. Langford MANGUM, JR., J. W. (PETE), Hattiesburg, MS Mrs. Anita R. Hearon MARTIN, INDA, Poplarville, MS Mr. Charles R. Whittington MCBRIDE, JOYCE, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. John E. Shaw MCCAIN, JOAN, Amory, MS Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Gene Cooper Rev. Donald McCain MCGUIRE, RUTH PORTER, Crystal Springs, MS Mr. and Mrs. Don B. Hinton MCMASTER, SR., RONALD CLARK, Yazoo City, MS A Divison of M & G Enterprises, Inc. Engineering Service Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Patterson Mr. and Mrs. R. Buck Coats Henry, Barbour, DeCell & Bridgforth, LTD Advanced Engineering Resources, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. John F. Phillips III Stark’s Family Restaurant Ms. Sheila Sanders Mr. and Mrs. Tom C. Woodard Mrs. Faye T. Allbritton Mr. and Mrs. John Clifford Harrison Mr. Curt Scoville Mr. and Mrs. Louis B. Gideon MCMINN, SAMMY E., Sturgis, MS Ms. Dixie H. McMinn MINK, PAUL Mr. Phillip Mink MITCHELL, DOUGLAS MARK Mr. and Mrs. James Sanders MITCHELL, STUART, Jackson, MS Ms. Mary Lou Young MITCHELL, SUE, Louisville, MS Mrs. Jane Estes MOBLEY, CAROL F., Starkville, MS Dr. and Mrs. James E. Long MULLAN, AL, Flora, MS Mr. and Mrs. James D. Ellington O’BRIANT, EDWIN Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth T. Horne PEACOCK, PATSY M., Greenwood, MS Mr. and Mrs. Eugene A. Stansel, Jr. PEARSON, LOUISE, Carthage, MS Forest Grove Pres. WIC, PCA Mr. and Mrs. Brad Gomillion PEEL, JAMES MICHAEL Mrs. Lela Norris PERRY, SR., GEORGE C. Ms. Edith L. Perry PIGUE, RUTH GAYLE Miss Linda Loftis PITTS, BESS, Cerro Gordo, TN
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Mrs. Ann Porter Miller PRENDERGAST, SHANNON Mr. and Mrs. Patrick F. Prendergast RAWLINGS, JR., PHILLIP OULD, Montgomery, AL Mr. and Mrs. Randy White RAWORTH, JR., GEORGE E., Terry, MS Mrs. Patsy H. Raworth RECORD, BILL AND EDNA Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Record RESTER, ROBERT Mrs. Mary Woods RHYNE, CLARABEL Mrs. Edith M. Aldridge RICHARDS, SR., MR. AND MRS. WAYNE M. Mr. Wayne M. Richards Jr.
ROBY, SR., JOHNNY AND WILLIE, Oklahoma City, OK Mr. and Mrs. Keith Geary ROGERS, ROBERT W. Dr. and Mrs. George Bates SALMON, CAROLYN ALFORD Mr. and Mrs. John H. Barnes SEYL, GENE AND BERTHA Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Seyl SHAW, PAUL B., Austin, TX Mrs. Mildred Severance Stevenson SMITH, ELIZABETH HASKINS, Higden, AR Mr. and Mrs. John H. Barnes SMITH, JEAN BOTT Mr. and Mrs. Johnny A. Belk SMITH, RUTH SOMERS, Brandon, MS
Mr. Richard L. Harrison STARNS, SARA Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Jakab STEVENS, JOANNE, Forest, MS Mr. W. H. Stevens SULLIVAN, MARY MESCAL Rev. Doug Herring TEAGUE, BRADY Mr. and Mrs. David A. Craig TEMPLETON, MAE DELL Mr. Bert James Nail TOMPKINS, BODEAN AND BEA Ms. Barbara L. Flowers TREMBLEY, VIRGINIA Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth E. Manis
TRUESDALE, MARY RUTH, Decatur, MS Forest Grove Pres. WIC, PCA TURNER, CHARLES MONROE, Moss Point, MS Mrs. Kim Blackwell Vicki and Kerry Tirman Ms. Stacie Buckley Mrs. Maxine Nelson Turner TYLER, VIVIAN TURNER, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. James Toby Tyler VANCE, STEVE Rev. Doug Herring VICKERY, HARRY, Jackson, MS Mrs. Betty Jean Slade Mr. and Mrs. John Terry Gibbs VIRDEN, HARRIS, Jackson, MS
Carolyn and Russ Akers Retire
Dr. and Mrs. Elbert J. Day Mrs. Grace Hull WEEKS, LARRY A. AND NORMA W. Mr. and Mrs. Larry M. Weeks WHITE, TOMMY Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Jakab WILLIAMS, LORING S. Mr. and Mrs. David V. Williams WINCKELMANN, RAINER OTTO, Hanford, CA Mrs. Elizabeth M. Mitchell WOOD, LYNN Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Kemp YATES, BONNIE SUE HOLT, Conroe, TX Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Yates
New House Parents
Called to serve as house parents 30 years ago, Carolyn and Russ Akers were looking to live out their faith focused on rebuilding the lives of young people. And that is just what they found at French Camp Academy, a home for them to build relationships with teenage girls. Equipped with a Christian education background, for three decades they spoke and lived the love of Christ to hundreds of young ladies. As house parents, not only did the Akers exemplify Christ-like characteristics daily but were well known for going the “extra mile” in doing fun activities with the girls. Their passion for their mission is evident as they continued to serve with joy while Russ battled Parkinson’s disease. Not limited to Buchanan Home, Russ served in the FCA Maintenance Department, the horse program, volunteered with the French Camp Volunteer Fire Department, and pastored Marvin Hill Methodist Church. Though Carolyn’s primary responsibilities were focused on the girls in their home, she also served as a teacher in the FCA academic program, taught Sunday school, Bible studies, and both were known to be stars in FCA drama productions. Though Carolyn and Russ are stepping out of the Home Department, Carolyn will continue to work in the Counseling Center where she can assist in the day-to-day responsibilities of French Camp counselors. Russ, on the other hand, will find plenty of things to keep him busy, enjoying the great outdoors, and reading good books. French Camp Academy is thankful for the ministry of Russ and Carolyn Akers and the impact they have made on countless young women over the past 30 years. v
Forrest and Stephanie Marx met at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO and married in 2018. In May of 2020, Forrest graduated with a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Religion and Cultures, and Stephanie graduated with a Master of Divinity. Both wanted to be equipped to live alongside people in a way that points to God’s redeeming and restoring work in Christ. Before seminary, Forrest studied Youth Ministry and was on the wrestling team at Northwestern College in Iowa. Stephanie studied Spanish and English at the University of Connecticut, and she interned with a college ministry in Savannah, GA. They are excited about the call to serve students at French Camp Academy, and they are daily seeing more of their need to trust the Lord’s guidance and provision. In their downtime, they are enjoying hiking around the beautiful campus and spending time with their new puppy, Luna. v
I am writing these things to you, hoping to come to you before long; but in case I am delayed, I write so that you will know how one ought to conduct himself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth. —1 Timothy 3:14-15
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Camp of the Rising Son Summer Update Although COVID-19 regulations prevented CRS from hosting its traditional summer camp on its beautiful lakefront campus, summer fun continued! The CRS Leadership Team created a “Camp at Home” experience for camper families. Each child received a care package in the mail that included a letter, t-shirt, Bible study booklet, snack, sticker, bookmark, camp bingo challenge, and glow stick. The campers were invited to follow along with the worship and Bible study videos created by the Leadership Team, as well as the memory verse challenge, all posted to the website. Each week the family received a Camp at Home newsletter with the week’s theme, daily dress up ideas, fun challenges, a classic camp recipe, an art contest, a fun song of the week, memory verse challenge, and cabin clean-up check list. All the content was posted on-line and shared at no cost for every camp-craving family. The feedback was tremendous! CRS parents stated how much fun their campers had watching the videos and trying the activities at home. The kids were all excited to receive their package in the mail and felt the camp love.
Full-time CRS staff were glad to play a role in offering student activities for French Camp Academy’s modified summer enrichment program. Each day CRS hosted students swimming and boating in the lake, playing games and Frisbee golf, and enjoying the ropes course’s climbing wall and zip lines. Residential students and staff were also able to safely enjoy the lake and the pool each evening. To celebrate a successful and healthy summer, the students were treated to a July 4th fireworks display over Lake Ann. v
Bed & Breakfast
Children of God Pottery
Council House Restaurant
Double Blessings Thrift Shop
Log Cabin Gift Shop
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Rainwater Observatory and Your Church
Rainwater Observatory was full of activity in the spring and summer renovating exterior buildings, landscaping, and refurbishing telescopes in preparation for your church group to enjoy a day or night out. Respecting COVID-19 regulations, Rainwater is now scheduling appointments with groups who are interested in learning more about astronomy and viewing the heavens. There are many presentations from which to choose that are sure to pique interest in your church group. Log-on to rainwaterobservatory.org to learn more about the variety of topics available to your church group. Call Edwin Faughn at 662-5477283 to learn more and book your next church field trip. v
Rainwater Observatory Selected to Receive Hubble Space Telescope 30th Anniversary Banner! Rainwater Observatory was recently selected by NASA to receive a stunning full color banner featuring a spectacular new celestial portrait nicknamed the, “Cosmic Reef,” taken by the Hubble Space Telescope! This giant 5.5ft x 7.5ft banner was created and released by NASA to commemorate Hubble’s incredible 30 years of operation. There was a very limited number of these awarded and after a rigorous selection process, Rainwater was one of only 74 facilities across 50 states and the only one here in Mississippi to receive this banner! It is a major addition to our exhibit-lecture hall! v
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News from French Camp Academy, Camp of the Rising Son, Rainwater Observatory, WFCA FM 108 and French Camp Historic Village.
Published on Sep 4, 2020
News from French Camp Academy, Camp of the Rising Son, Rainwater Observatory, WFCA FM 108 and French Camp Historic Village.