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June 13, 2012 | Volume 11 Issue 11



A Newsletter Publication of First United Methodist Church, Jackson, Tennessee

2012 Annual Conference Reappointments to FUMC Welcome back Sr. Pastor Dan Camp and Associate Pastors, David Hollis and Mary Beth Bernheisel

Kids’ Music Day Camp - MINI FEST 2012

Performance: Friday, June 15, 5:30 PM

June 25-28 9 AM - Noon

Pre K-5th Grade Register at or 422-4002




July 11 6:00-8:00 PM Mays Farm




July 8-15

7th-12th Grades

Sign up at Details on page 9


See page 2 for details


July 15 Youth Sunday





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July 4


Office Closed No Noon Worship

Bill and Lorie White joined FUMC on Sunday, June 10 from another denomination. Bill is president of First Tennessee Bank. They have a daughter, Sarah, who is in college.

Memorials & Honoraria IN LOVING MEMORY OF Bo Blackford (Son of Bobby & Sherry Blackford) Jake & Joan McInnis James & Anne Barker (Capital Improvements) Sue & Hugh Harvey, Jr. (Capital Improvements)

WELCOME NEW STAFF! FUMC welcomes Dorothy Harvey as Summer Youth Intern. Dorothy, a recent graduate of Ole Miss, is familiar to many at FUMC where she has grown up in this church. Having enjoyed and appreciated many of the youth activities she experienced in her earlier years, she is excited about working with FUMC youth as they venture out on mission trips, fun excursions and helping as needed with special events such as the Youth Deli for the Annual Conference. She has a degree in Speech Pathology and will be returning to Ole Miss in the Fall for graduate studies. In case you didn’t know, Dorothy is the daughter of FUMC members Sue and Hugh Harvey and sister to Suzanne.

Lawrence Martin (Brother of Betty Lee Quinn) Jake & Joan McInnis Sandra & Nip McKnight Betsy Cox (Pastors’ Fund) Weston Mosher (Grandson of Paul & Doris Eubanks) Sue & Hugh Harvey, Jr. (Capital Improvements) Jim & Ida Holmes Rebekah Circle (Pastors’ Fund) Dixon Corum (Father-in-law of Phoebe Corum) Bettie Graves Dr. Herbert Lynn Parsons Mr. Edward Fischer, Jr. Craig & Tom Stallings Family (Pastors’ Fund)

Wear your Sombrero for the



Dan & Lane Camp – Thanks for hosting the Methodist Conference Bob & Judy Espey (Youth Missions)

Summer Wednesday Evening Fellowship

July 11 6:00-8:00 PM

Cost: $6 adults, $3 children, $20 family maximum

Effie Mae & Morris Brill, Sr. Anniversary of Wedding June 9, 1934 Morris Brill, Jr. Family


Join in the fun for this year’s

• Piñatas • Games & contests for all ages • Festive music • Fiesta supper

Co-hosted by the Family Life Forum Sunday School class at John and Bobbie Mays Farm Directions: From Jackson, travel Highway 45 South to TN-18. Take 18 South for 8 miles to Medon. Going through Medon, passing Clover Creek Baptist Church on the right, take the first left which is Lowery Road. This becomes Deanburg Road in Chester Co. Travel 4.75 miles to 1790 Deanburg Road. Look for a red mailbox and garden seat on the left.

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FUMC Hospitality At Its Best

Another Annual Conference has been completed and Jackson FUMC did an outstanding job welcoming delegates and visitors for this year’s conference events. There were many people involved in helping to ensure the success of this year’s conference. A heartfelt thank you to the many of you who welcomed, greeted, guided, cooked, cleaned, cooked and cleaned again! We have heard nothing but wonderful comments on the hospitality that simply exuded from everyone who had a part to play in this year’s gathering.

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Weekly Opportunities

Sunday, June 17 9:00 AM First Awakening Service 10:00 AM Sunday School 11:00 AM Traditional Service 12:05 PM VBS Leader Training 5:00 PM Water and the Word - “Current” Youth

Monday, June 18 12:15 PM Silent Prayer Time 1:30 PM Staff Meeting 4:00 PM Foundation Officers Meeting 5:30 PM Sr. Olympic Basketball Tuesday, June 19 7:00 AM Men’s Weekly Bible Study 10:00 AM Zumba 1:00 PM Summer Fun Day - Preschool 1:00 PM “Current” trip to the Memphis Zoo 6:00 PM Stephen Ministry Continuing Education Meeting 6:30 PM Foundation Meeting Wednesday, June 20 6:00 PM First Awakening Band Rehearsal Thursday, June 21 10:00 AM Zumba 5:30 PM Sr. Olympic Basketball Friday, June 22 9:00 AM Middle School Mission Trip Saturday, June 23 9:00 AM Middle School Mission Trip Departs 4:30 PM Room in the Inn Sunday, June 24 9:00 AM First Awakening Service 10:00 AM Sunday School 11:00 AM Traditional Service 12:05 PM VBS Leader Training 5:00 PM Water and the Word - “Current” Youth Monday, June 25 9:00 AM Vacation Bible School 9:00 AM Middle School Mission Trip 10:00 AM “Current” Mission Monday 12:15 PM Silent Prayer Time 1:30 PM Staff Meeting 5:30 PM Sr. Olympic Basketball 6:00 PM SPRC Meeting Tuesday, June 26 7:00 AM United Methodist Men Meeting and Breakfast 9:00 AM Vacation Bible School 10:00 AM Zumba Wednseday, June 27 9:00 AM Vacation Bible School 6:00 PM First Awakening Band Rehearsal Thursday, June 28 9:00 AM Vacation Bible School 10:00 AM Zumba 5:30 PM Sr. Olympic Basketball Friday, June 29 7:00 AM “Current” Youth trip to St. Louis

Women’s Ministries Designing Women: Fashioning Our Lives After God’s Heart

August 25 9:00 AM-1:00 PM Clayton Hall Cost: $25 Lunch included

Rachel Held Evans

Award-winning Christian author, popular blogger and speaker

Reserve your seat at or 731.422.4002

Back by popular demand!

Moms On Mondays

No reservations necessary Bring a friend!

July 2-Aug 27 • 10:00 a.m.-Noon

Bring your children to play in the church gym and enjoy the company of other MOMs!

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FUMC Kids’ News Proverbs 22:6 - Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.

Summer Fun Day - Preschool - June 19 Preschoolers, bring your parents for a fun day at the park! June 19th @ Conger Park • 10 a.m.-Noon Bring a Picnic Lunch!

Upcoming Fun Days in July: July 10th- K/1st Swimming @ the Sullivans House 3pm-5pm July 19th- 2nd/3rd Generals Game. Meet @ Pringles Park, 6:30pm July 24th- 4th/5th Safari Park. Meet @ Church at 10:00am VBS - Are you a volunteer? Training Days: June 17th and 24th

Noon • Clayton Hall Conference Room

Attendance is needed at only one. You will receive an update on Safe Sanctuaries and your Volunteer Packets.

Adult Opportunities Contact Pam Jaco,, 422-4002


Congratulations to Jeremy and Julia Lester on the birth of their son Jonah Daniel Lester, born Wednesday, June 6, 2012. Sympathy is extended to: • Paul and Doris Eubanks in the death of their grandson Weston Mosher in Atlanta. • Peggy Taylor and Beth Henry in the death of their daughter and sister Kathie McIver on June 3, 2012 in Nashville, TN. • The family of Bo Blackford in his recent death. • Debbie Tremper in the June 3, 2012 death of her husband Bob. • Steve and Cindy Spring in the death of their daughter Jill Spring Hanks on June 9, 2012.

Take a break from the heat and walk away renewed and refreshed!


Wednesday Noon Worship Service

with Holy Communion in the Sanctuary Singing • Scripture Reflection

No Noon Worship July 4 (church closed)

Greeters Greeters for Sunday, June 17 Bill Hetzler, Heath Rabun, Pete & Nancy McLemore, Bill & Becky Baxter, Linda Seely, Daryll & Jenny McGuire, Bruce Maley, Steve Mischke, Ernest Lawrence Greeters for Sunday, June 24 Bas & Amy van Buuren, Bill & Jan Hetzler, Jeff & Joyce Speight, Missy Harrell, Roger & Rebecca Smith, Hunter & Suzanne Welles, Denise Stuart Greeters for Sunday, July 1 Bill & Jan Hetzler, Scott & Rhonda Murray, Alan & Betsy Dement, Les Jaco, Alan & Molly Rheney, Carolyn Vaughan, John Mays, Emmett Barker Greeters for Sunday, July 8 John & Carolyn Yarbrough, Chris & Pam Carothers, Roger & Kelly Murray, Georgia Whitten, Ryan & Molly Roy, Jev Vaughan, Jim Matthews, Greg Milam If you are unable to greet, please find a replacement.

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Weekly Opportunities

Saturday, June 30 No Church Events Scheduled

Sunday, July 1 9:00 AM

9:00 AM 10:00 AM 11:00 AM 11:00 AM

Monday, July 2 9:00 AM 12:15 PM 1:30 PM 5:30 PM

Communion First Awakening Service Sunday School Communion Traditional Service Mom’s on Mondays Silent Prayer Time Staff Meeting Sr. Olympic Basketball

Tuesday, July 3 7:00 AM Men’s Weekly Bible Study 10:00 AM Zumba Wednesday, July 4 All Day 4th of July Holiday - Church Offices Closed Thursday, July 5 10:00 AM Zumba 5:30 PM Sr. Olympic Basketball Friday, July 6 6:00 PM Let’s Do Dinner - Besso’s in Henderson Saturday, July 7 No Church Events Scheduled July 8-15 Youth Week Sunday, July 8 9:00 AM First Awakening Service 10:00 AM Sunday School 11:00 AM Traditional Service Monday, July 9 9:00 AM 12:15 PM 1:30 PM 5:30 PM 6:30 PM

Mom’s on Mondays Silent Prayer Time Staff Meeting Sr. Olympic Basketball Women’s Ministry Committee Mtg.

Tuesday, July 10 7:00 AM Men’s Weekly Bible Study 10:00 AM Zumba 1:00 PM Summer Fun Day Kindergarten/1st Grade Wednesday, July 11 5:00 PM SWEF - Big Event 6:00 PM First Awakening Band Rehearsal Thursday, July 12 9:00 AM Adult Council Retreat 10:00 AM Zumba 5:30 PM Sr. Olympic Basketball Friday, July 13 11:00 AM Grandmother’s LAP Saturday, July 14 No Church Events Scheduled

Getting Acquainted With Our Members by Bobbie Mays

When Joe Nip McKnight was born, December 4, 1933, his dad said it cost him a “cow and two calves.” Widely grinning, Joe Nip told me, “he sold ‘em for $17, exactly the amount of the hospital bill!” Growing up and living in Bemis where he attended Bemis Elementary, was in the day and time when this delightful, thriving community was operated by the Bemis Cotton Mill. The company owned everything…all the houses, the post office building, the grocery store, hardware store and even provided part of the funding for the new high school when Nip was in the 6th grade. One of his fondest memories is Mrs. Margaret Hudson McGill, his sixth grade teacher, who taught him honesty, trustworthiness and forgiveness. A few years later, she became and still is, one of his very best friends. An only child, most of his summers were spent with his dad and two aunts at their farm in Malesus where Joe Nip’s favorite past time was basketball. They had a dirt basketball court where he would practice shooting as a four year old. He was no stranger to the sport as his dad, Nip, had played basketball at UT Martin setting the scoring record in 1927. Recalling many week day nights, after his dad had worked all day and sometimes into the evenings as the Bemis Postmaster, he would get Joe Nip up in the wee hours of the morning. From 1-2 a.m. they would play basketball at the Bemis YMCA Gym. Through sheer determination and together with his dad’s gift of coaching, athleticism, and hard work, Joe Nip’s skills continued to improve each year in high school. During his senior year, he led the state in scoring. Joe Nip had offers to play ball at several colleges but he chose Memphis State. His reason? He had met the coach and knew they traveled to many states including Hawaii to play “away” games. Joe Nip had always wanted to travel so this sounded too good to be true! He made the traveling squad as a starter his freshman year and in his sophomore year, he became co-captain. He played lots of games in several states and yes, he did get to go to Hawaii. While telling me about his basketball career, he paused, glancing over at Sandra, who was sitting near him on the sofa. Breaking

out into this huge smile, emphatically, he announced that all this “basketball stuff” though was not the number one thing going on in his life! Returning to his college years, “One morning at breakfast, I noticed this table of giggling girls nearby.” There was an especially cute one, named Sandra, who caught my attention, and she, too, was laughing right along with the others. (If you know Joe Nip, can’t you just see and hear him trying to talk to all those girls?) Noticing they kept staring at my shoes, it soon became obvious what the laughter was all about. I had no socks on…and that was when it was not cool!” Their first date was soon after that but it would be several years before they would reconnect. Following Joe Nip’s sophomore year, he transferred to UT Martin so he could finish his degree more timely, still play ball, graduate and get on with his life. His basketball career ended on a high note, one that made his dad proud! His father had the highest scoring record, keeping it for twenty-seven years until his son, Joe Nip surpassed it in 1954! Both were inducted into the Sports Halls of Fame at UT Martin and at Madison County. After graduation, Joe Nip taught at Southside High School for two years. For the next sixteen years, he worked at Martin-Marietta Ammunition in Milan, TN, as the production superintendent and it was during those years that he began thinking about politics. It was in the mid-‘60s. Realizing that South Jackson, the area in which he was raised, had no representation on boards or commissions, he began seeing a need for both leadership and a voice on various issues. His passion to help problem solve, to improve and strengthen the community and beyond Jackson grew immensely. Helping to start a Junior Chamber of Commerce, Joe Nip became its first charter President. He also

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became instrumental in keeping Pinson School from closing. Successfully running in his first election, he won the position of Squire. That title later changed to County Commissioner for which he was elected for eight more years. In the Spring of 1986, he set his sights on running for State Senator and in November of that year, Joe Nip was elected, going on to serve for two four-year terms. A couple of highlights (and there were others) of his senate career were two bills. The first one that he initiated and sponsored and that passed, was for a tax on every insurance policy. This was to be used in a reserve fund if an insurance company failed, whereby policy holders could get their money back. Another bill, which also passed, concerned the shortage of physicians in the Jackson area. Through much study, research and in talking to medical professionals, he realized how this might be alleviated. With the additional educational training requirements for nurses who chose to become Nurse Practioners, he envisioned that a NP could care for patients in a way that would complement physicians. Six months later, physicians began hiring them. Joe Nip’s philosophy is “if you study and research, you can get things accomplished.” In 1988, he served as the Chairman of the Transportation Division. Through numerous, in-depth meetings with Commissioners from Mississippi, Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee, in a collaborative effort, four lane highways such as Highway 45 East and West were constructed. His passion for helping others continued even after his years in the Senate. Earlier, it was mentioned how Sandra and Joe Nip first met. How about those inbetween years? After he transferred to UT Martin, the two went their separate ways. She continued her education at Memphis State, reflecting fondly on those “happy years.” One of three children, Sandra was born in Milburn, a small town in western KY. Her dad was an educator and school superintendent and her mother, FUMC member Amy Maddox (who just celebrated her 99th birthday on June 5th!) was a school teacher. Sandra’s family moved quite a bit throughout her early years but Union City, TN, was where she lived the longest and graduated from high school. Going

off to college was the first time she had been on her own. She remembers well her dad encouraging her to get a degree in something that would allow her to support herself. Graduating with a math major, she immediately began teaching junior high math in Memphis. Being a teacher was exciting…she loved it! But she also yearned to explore other adventures outside of TN. Drawn to the ocean and beach, she moved to Miami, Florida, where she could enjoy the best of both worlds…”teaching and beaching!” One day, while giving a standardized exam to her students, she began thinking about Joe Nip and wrote him a letter. It had been five years or longer since they had seen one another. When he received her surprise letter, his response was, “Are you coming home for Christmas?” On July 22, Sandra and Joe Nip will be celebrating their 52nd anniversary! After their marriage, she taught school in Fulton, KY, while Joe Nip was coaching at Martin High School. They had a baby son, Buddy, followed just seventeen months later by the birth of daughter, Meg. While Sandra missed her teaching, she knew she wanted to be a stay-at-home mom. “Nothing I could have done would have been more rewarding than parenting my two children.” For two years the family lived in Florida where Joe Nip was hired to be a basketball coach at West Hollywood. Another opportunity arose for Joe Nip to further his education at Memphis State so they returned to Memphis where he earned an MA degree. Once Buddy and Meg were both in college, Sandra also went back to school earning her Masters degree in counseling, and teaching at Jackson State Community College. Laughing, she said, “with Nip in the legislature, someone needed a real job!” She continued at JSCC until her retirement. All their lives both Joe Nip and Sandra have felt strongly the importance of their church and faith. Sandra grew up with a strong Methodist background influenced especially by her mom and steeped in tradition. Joe Nip was raised Baptist but he had joined a Methodist church even before they married. As a side note from an earlier conversation, Joe Nip mentioned, “on the McKnight side, our grandkids, Madison and Maddox, ( children of Buddy and Janna McKnight,) are 7th generation Madison Countians.” Chuckling and with a twinkle in her eye, Sandra chimed

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in, “on my side of the family, our two grandchildren are 7th generation Methodists!” While living in Malesus, Sandra had attended some small group Bible studies led by Rev. Mo Waller, associate pastor of FUMC. She saw how this Church offered so many caring ministries, knowing someday they would be making their home in Jackson and this would become their church home. In 1988, they joined FUMC and readily became involved. To name a few, for Sandra; the Invitation to Presence Bible Study, Stephen Ministry, Board of Trustees, mentoring acolyte scripture readers and Religion for Life Sunday School class. For Joe Nip; serving as part of the “kitchen crew” for WEF, President of the Laura Russell Tri Mu Sunday School class, past Sunday School teacher and usher. Their lives remain full. They play golf and enjoy traveling adventures with their family and friends. From personal witness, they are true ambassadors for Christ and for FUMC. When my husband, John and I moved to TN, we were anxious to find a church home. The first Sunday we visited First United Methodist Church, we walked into the sanctuary, not knowing anyone and sat in the vacant pew in front of the McKnights. Instantly, they warmly greeted us and introduced themselves. As the worship service began, Joe Nip gently reached over John’s shoulder, and whispered in his ear, the name of the person speaking from the pulpit, while pointing out the listing in the bulletin which we were reading. They invited us back to church. We had lunch together. We worshiped together on more Sundays and soon friendships were formed for which our own faith journeys were strengthened because they cared. They took time to get to know us; to invite us; to share about classes, events, programs and ministries they thought might be of interest to us and to be our sponsors. Sandra and Joe Nip know what it means to be FUMC members. They also know how being a part of this congregation can open new, enriching, inspiring, faith- building opportunities. Helping others has been their life. Serving Christ has been the foundation for their lives.

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It’s a Sizzlin’

Come learn and grow! Coffee and muffins! Mezzanine DVD Viewing 10:10 - 10:50 a.m. Discussion time afterward

The next issue of the First Edition Newsletter will be July 11.

If you have news to share, please send to by July 9.

Dr. Joan Evans Hartman, former member of FUMC shares stories about growing up in a preacher’s house in her latest book, Amen and His Family. Her father, the late Dr. William S. Evans, was a United Methodist minister who served churches for 43 years in West TN and Western KY. Anyone interested is invited to her book signing June 20 at Aeneas from 1-3 p.m.

Stephen Ministry Continuing Education Event

Does your class teacher need a break? Not in a regular Sunday School Class? Anyone interested is invited to join the Disciple Sunday School Class for this new and exciting Series! Lessons from Andy Stanley’s series “Destinations” plus “Five Things God Uses to Grow Your Faith” will be presented each week through August 12th.

College Life Class Sundays at 10:00 AM Room 107

Communion Servers Needed

We need members committed to serving Holy Communion during worship services and/or as an outreach to those who cannot regularly attend services. This is a simple but meaningful way to serve at FUMC. If interested, please contact Tricia Odom or David Hollis at 422-4002.

A new DVD-based study: Andy Stanley’s

“Faith, Hope, and Luck: Discover What You Can Expect from God.” All students and recent graduates are invited. Questions? Contact David Hollis at or 422-4002

Tuesday, June 19th 6:00-8:00 p.m. Genesis Classroom This will be a special event celebrating the newly commissioned Stephen Ministers and thanking all others for their continued service. All those involved in Stephen Ministry are strongly encouraged to attend. I will be leading a lesson called "Follow Me."

News from the Soup Kitchen July 9-14 is our week to serve in the kitchen.

Rebekah Circle Meeting June 18 CANCELLED

Help fill the shifts... sign up in Disciple Hall.

Upcoming RIFA Service Sundays Upper Room Class Genesis Class

June 17 July 15

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Youth News & Events

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June Mission Focus

June Mission Chest Needs (for boys ages 12-17): white t-shirts white socks athletic shorts tennis shoes underwear/boxers (sizes 9, 10, 11, 12)

Jump into June! June 3—Water and the Word at the Maxwell’s house (307 Shadowridge) from 5:00-7:00pm. June 4-5—Youth Deli at Annual Conference. Help serve lunch at Annual Conference from 11:30am-1:30pm. Proceeds go to Youth Missions. Call Andrew to let him know if you’ll be participating. June 8-9—Holiday (Leave church at 7:00 7:30amp.m. on the 8th and Move in will be World Sunday, July 8 at return to church at 11:00am on the 9th). Cost is $35 plus money for 14 two Return from final trip in the evening Saturday, July meals. Sign up on the church website or with Andrew by June 3.

These items may be placed in the Mission Chests through the end of June.

July Mission Focus

Recovery Center July Mission Chest Needs Deadlines

disposable razors shaving cream June 10 and 17—Water and the Word. Time and place TBA. June 3—Deadline to sign tooth paste up for Holiday World trip tooth brushes June 18—Mission Monday. Meet Andrew at church at 10:00am. Wear on June 8-9. Signdeodorant up your work clothes and be prepared to sweat. You’ll be back at the online or with Andrew. shampoo

June Youth Events church by 1:00pm

These items may be placed in the June 25-28—Vacation Bible School. Call Andrew if you want to volun- June 10—Deadline to Chests through the end sign upMission for Weekend in teer. 9:00-noon each day. of July.

St. Louis trip on June 29June 29-30—Weekend in St. Louis (Leave church at 7:00am on the 29th 30. Sign up online or and return to church at 10:00pm on the 30th). Cost is $50 plus money with Andrew. SIMPLE SILENCE

for four meals. We’ll go to Six Flags, see a Cards game, and do some mission work. Sign up on the church website or with Andrew by June 10. Handy men or women are needed to lead teams of teenagers during Youth Week on July 9-12. Want to help? The youth will be working in homes that require painting, light construction, cleaning, etc. from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Monday through Thursday. If interested, please contact Andrew Kirk, 422-4002 or or Mary Beth Bernheisel,


Mondays, 12:15-1:00 p.m. Prayer Chapel Gather with others for a short reading from Scripture followed by group silence and ending with the Lord’s Prayer.

Questions? Contact Andrea Woods

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Sunday Morning Worship First Awakening Contemporary Worship Service Clayton Hall • 8:55 a.m.

Sunday June 17 Sunday June 24 Sunday July 1 Sunday July 8

Sunday School 10:00 a.m.

Traditional Worship Service Sanctuary • 11:00 a.m.

“Redeeming the Time” Dan Camp, preaching • Scripture: Mark 6:30-32

“Only Human” David Hollis, preaching • Scripture: Psalm 9:9-20

“Guilt: What Good is it Really?” Mary Beth Bernheisel, preaching • Scripture: Romans 8:1-11

“Epic Fail” David Hollis, preaching • Scripture: Mark 6:1-13

The flowers on the altar June 17 are placed in loving memory of George A. Smith, Bettye Fox Smith and Suzanne Hopfer by Jack A. Smith and Family. NON-PROFIT ORG. U.S. POSTAGE

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