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Contents JUNE 2024 GoodNews from the Pastor’s Desk 6 I Wouldn’t Do It That Way by Chris Mullis GoodNews for Travelers 8 What God Has Taught Me Through Traveling by Erin Clay GoodNews Money Matters 10 Generating Income and LTC in Retirement by Rick Hughes GoodNews for Men 12 Out of Our Comfort Zone by Chase Holtzclaw GoodNews for Women 14 The Finish Line by Donna Swann GoodNews for Relationships 18 Building Strong Relationships with Coworkers by Stephanie Daniels GoodNews Cover Story 20 The Spires at Berry College Surrounds Residents with a Unique and Healthy Lifestyle GoodNews for Everyone 22 A Most Significant Object: My Father’s Cane by Candyce Carden GoodNews for Parents 24 I Have What I Need by Kristen West GoodNews for Kids & Dog Lovers 26 Bailey Finds a Home with Hoomans by Denise Shahan GoodNews for Everyone 28 What Will You Leave Behind? by Dr. Alan Hix GoodNews for Everyone 30 A Sprinkle of Hope by Zebbie Brewster GoodNews for your Taste Buds 32 Grilled Peach and Arugula Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette GoodNews Poetry 34 From Pity Party to Praise Party! by Cindy Evans GoodNews Business Spotlight 36 J Supply: The Strongest Link in Your Supply Chain GoodNews for Health & Fitness 38 The Number One Dietary Fountain of Youth by Thomas Morrison 12 20 34

I Wouldn’t Do It That Way

Do the ways of God ever baffle you? Do you wrestle with understanding His ways? Have you ever thought of writing a letter to God to express that? Pastor Chris Mullis composed such a letter to God from a mere mortal’s point of view with both bafflement and awe. Can you relate?

“For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:9 NLT).

Dear God,

I’m writing to give You some helpful advice. You’re probably pretty busy trying to keep track of nearly 8 billion people on Earth, not to mention all the plants and animals, the weather, and all the hosts of Heaven. Perhaps we can cut You some slack if Your plans are a little wacky at times. I mean, You’ve got Your mighty hands full.

I do want to thank You for sending Your Son to Earth to help us out. I mean, we made a pretty big mess of it doing things our way. We’re so selfish down here—always thinking of ourselves and what we want without caring about anyone else. Even our good intentions seem to go wrong most of the time. So, it was really refreshing (and surprising) that Jesus came to save us. I wouldn’t have done it that way. I would have sent Jesus with an army of angels to wipe out humanity, but Jesus brought mercy instead. Crazy! You sure do work in mysterious ways.

them and teach them to obey His commands (see Matthew 28:19-20). And Jesus established the Church to be His mission headquarters to work for everyone’s salvation (see Matthew 16:17-19).

I’m sorry, God, that’s just not a very good plan. I mean, Jesus' original 12 disciples were already pretty dense and stubborn. After 2,000 years, we haven’t gotten much better. People are still dense and stubborn (myself included). We

just aren’t very good at this “unconditional love” and “make disciples” stuff. What were You thinking? Why did You put us in charge of such an important mission? And why the Church? Have you seen how messy churches are?

Even though Jesus was full of love and grace, they arrested and crucified Him. And while He was dying on the cross, He asked You to forgive us. That boggles my mind even more than how He rose from the grave. Who saw that one coming? I guess You did. We sure didn’t.

I’ll admit Your plans for Jesus worked incredibly well in the end. He died and rose so we can be completely forgiven. However, I really don’t see how the rest of Your plan is going to succeed. I mean, Jesus is Your Son, and obviously eternal and divine. Jesus has the power to do anything. Unfortunately, Jesus ascended to Heaven and left the rest up to us.

And that’s why I’m writing. Jesus told His disciples to go into all the world and make more disciples and baptize

I don’t mean to criticize; I mean, You are God and everything. However, I’ve just got to say: I wouldn’t do it that way.

But then, You are God and I am not. So I’ll just ask for a little more faith to trust and obey. I’ll be grateful I’m part of Your crazy plan. And I’ll thank You for giving Your Holy Spirit to guide and empower us. I’ll join with the Church and do my best to do what You ask.


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About The Author Rev. Chris Mullis is an ordained minister of the United Methodist Church with a Masters of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Pastor Chris’s ministry has spanned twenty years and four different churches in Georgia. Chris is currently serving God as the senior pastor of Pleasant Grove Methodist Church located at 2701 Cleveland Hwy in Dalton, GA.
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What God Has Taught Me Through Traveling

Traveling has always been a passion of mine. I remember the first time I went to Walt Disney World with my family when I was around 8 years old. Seeing people from different countries, speaking different languages, and being amazed that they had chosen to travel to Florida for the same reasons my family did made the world seem a little more accessible. Since then, I have wanted to see as much of the world as I can and learn about different cultures.

We often limit ourselves to our own culture. Traveling allows us to learn about how other people live. Living in America, we sometimes forget that our ways and customs are not the same as the rest of the world. Even traveling from state to state, you can see a difference in how people live. While some people have never driven in snow; others have never seen the ocean.

Traveling, for me, is a wonderful way to connect to God. He made this enormous, fantastic world, and I want to see as much of it as possible. When you travel and see how other people live, it gives you a whole new outlook on life.

even their livestock is starving. I have seen how years of oppression have transformed entire civilizations and how they cling to what they can of their culture. I have witnessed the highs and the lows, and I have empathized with them as I learn how they live.

Despite the hardships I've witnessed, I've found that while we come from diverse backgrounds, a shared humanity connects us all. Traveling has become more than just a hobby or a leisure activity for me. It has become a continuous pursuit of knowledge and self-discovery. Every destination I visit leaves a unique mark on my life, shaping me as a person and bringing me closer to God. I pray for each trip I take. I pray for safety and guidance in every situation I encounter. To me, prayer is talking to and listening to God. I intentionally take time to listen to God's guidance when I am preparing to travel. These verses bring comfort and encouragement as I travel:

“The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged” (Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV).

Traveling, no matter where I am, reminds me that God is a constant in all things. He created this world and everyone in it, and His hand is still at work throughout it. When I return home, I am different than when I set out. I have experienced new and amazing things that I will never forget. I have also seen the hardships of the world, where people don't have enough to eat, and

“The Lord will keep you from all harm—He will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore” (Psalm 121:7-8 NIV).

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School teachers at Calvary
lived my whole life
and I created the travel blog When In Rome, Georgia. About The Author 8 // June 2024
My name is Erin Clay and I am a wife, mom, and stepmom.
My husband and I are Sunday
Baptist Church. I’ve
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AGenerating Income and LTC in Retirement

Money Matters

Rick Hughes with and Jamie Climer

Driven by a passion to educate, inform and prepare future retirees, Mr. Hughes founded Hughes Retirement Group in 2007. His main interest is helping his clients in reducing their taxes.

s retirement planning becomes increasingly vital in today's economic landscape, the importance of securing a stable income stream in addition to SS has never been greater. Couple that with a fear of LongTerm Care costs, and retirees are left with some very big gap concerns. One way to bridge this gap is a Fixed Indexed Annuity (FIA) with an income rider and LTC enhanced benefit rider. Let’s look at an example of how the benefits of an FIA could help and how it works.

Upon your initial investment into the account, you will receive a 7% bonus. This is added to your actual account value at investment. With the goal being to generate a lifetime income, you will receive a 26% bonus on your Income Benefit Base. Let’s think of this as “funny money.” This value only relates to the value your income benefit is tied to, not the amount of your actual contract value. Each year that income is deferred, up to 10 years, this Income Benefit Base will receive a 7.25% roll up. The annual income payout amount will depend on your age at the time you start distributions as a percentage of your Benefit Base or “funny money” balance. If you should need LTC and can no longer perform 2 of the 5 activities of daily living, your income amount will double for up to 5 years to cover that cost. Once the LTC is no longer needed or meets the 5-year payout, whichever comes first, the payments revert to the original amount for the life of the contract owner or spouse if a joint option has been elected. Also, if you were to pass during the life of the contract, your stated beneficiaries would receive the remaining value of the account. There is a cost associated with the income rider

fee that varies by company and product, but on average is around 1.25%.

The above benefit is available without the risk of losing your initial investment, less any withdrawals. As opposed to Variable Annuities, FIAs provide initial investment premium protection. You have the option to invest in a fixed account, which fluctuates by company and product, or you can invest in Interest Crediting Options that are tied to market indices. These options allow for some market gain participation, depending on the index. Some offer a Cap Rate, which is stated % of the earnings that you would retain. Other options allow for a stated participation rate in the market gains of the contract. These can be monthly and/or annual point-to-point options. FIAs offer a balance between security and growth potential, making them an attractive option for risk averse investors looking to participate in market gains without bearing the full brunt of market downturns.

Choosing the right annuity requires careful consideration of your goals, risk tolerance, and time horizon. HRG would be happy to discuss the vast options in the annuity world to determine if one fits into Your Retirement Playbook™ as we develop your game plan and coach you through your retirement season.

NOTE: Investment advisory services offered through Brookstone Capital Management, LLC (BCM), a registered investment advisor. BCM and Hughes Retirement Group are independent of each other. Insurance products and services are not offered through BCM but are offered and sold through individually licensed and appointed agents. Index or fixed annuities are not designed for short-term investments and may be subject to caps, restrictions, fees, and surrender charges as described in the annuity contract. Guarantees are backed by the financial strength and claims paying ability of the issuer. Please refer to our firm brochure, ADV 2A Item 4, for additional information. Any bonuses mentioned may be subject to additional restrictions and regulations based on the offering annuity company. You may not receive the bonuses if the contract is fully surrendered, if traditional annuitization payments are taken, and if the policy is partially surrendered, it could result in a partial loss of bonuses. Because these are bonus annuities, they may include higher surrender charges, longer surrender charge periods, lower caps, higher spreads, or other restrictions that are not included in similar annuities that don't offer a bonus feature.

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Out of Our Comfort Zone

Ioften wonder if we have lost sight of our connection to this beautiful planet God made. We find ourselves sheltering in our homes more so now than ever. We have built walls and put the things we love inside of them to keep them safe. We use our time for the devices we so hold dear to us. We think they give us comfort and keep us connected to others. We fail to realize the very things we believe keep us connected are the very things that disconnect us from real world experiences and real relationships. We have put things before people and hidden away in our safe space leaning on the very chains that keep us from a joyful life.

Why do we do these things to ourselves knowing the outcome will not benefit the longevity of our lives? It is proven if we go outside into the sun, we receive so many benefits. It is proven that if we go and walk on the ground without our shoes and socks, our bodies receive great benefits. That must be where the term ‘grounded’ comes from, because when we go out and enjoy this world God made, we get so much more out of life, and it is proven to make us feel happier. Our homes can be wonderful places of love and peace. Our things can bring us laughter and entertainment. It is easy to become unbalanced in life when we continue a pattern that does not work. We find ourselves repeating the same things we do not enjoy.

can glorify God no matter where you are, but it works a lot better when we go out into this world. God calls us to be bold not shy, to be overcomers not complacent. For your life to change you must start the change in you. We give too much time to the very things that keep us captive. Give your time to God and your chains will fall off.

When we shift our perspective, it can take our life to the next level. Take for instance, if you were to say, “why do I have to go into work today?” this puts your mind in a defensive mode. Now if you change your perspective and

How do we break this cycle? Well, here it is: if you always do what you always did, you will get what you have always got. I was told this more times than I can count by a good friend of mine. I took these very words to heart and started living my life like I had never lived it before. Doing things differently can be challenging but stepping out in faith is never easy. God wants us to step outside of these walls we put around us and live this life. Sure, you

say, “I get to go to work today,” this simple shift in your thinking will motivate your entire thought process. Let’s take this life and make it better for us and those around us.

Step out in faith and start self-motivating your thoughts. Let us step away from our mind numbing devices and find life again.

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About The Author
Chase Holtzclaw has three wonderful
kids. God
Chase’s life by showing him He has a better way. Chase prays that he can show his children how to love God above everything and
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The Finish Line

Iam not a runner. Never have been, never will be. My husband, however, likes to run. A few months ago, I accompanied him to a race. I stood on the town levee, and from that view, I could see the beginning of the race, including the finish line.

As the shot fired, the runners began. It was intriguing to see the wide variety of participants. Some appeared to be as old as 75 while others were so young they were pushed in a stroller by a running parent. I saw male and female, thin and heavy, athletic and nonathletic.

I thought about Hebrews 12:1 ESV. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”

Life’s Race

Race is the ancient Greek word agona, which can mean contest or struggle. As I watched the runners approaching the finish line, it was interesting to see how different each runner's race was ending. I thought about how the race was like life.

Everyone’s life is so different. God has set a race before each of us. We must run our race. Sometimes the struggles we face along the path are of our own doing. Other times, they are sent from or allowed by God to strengthen our faith.

“Life isn’t fair” is a common comment. Perhaps truer are the words, “Life is not the same for everyone.” We each have our battles. For some, battles are large: disease, divorce, and death. For others, battles are small. Some have few battles throughout life, and others seem to be plagued by them.

As I watched the people approaching the end, I thought what if this were the “real” finish line? After all, life is a race, which has an end. I imagined that the giant finishing banner was the gate to heaven. And these participants were finishing “the race set before them.” (see Hebrews 12:1) A Breeze

For some, the race seemed so easy. As they passed me for the last 20 yards, they breezed by, not even out of breath. Life seemed pretty easy for them. The Struggles

Others struggled. One teenager lost his breakfast as he neared the end. But he never broke stride. He was determined to be the best he could be, even at a price. Steadfast, he was going to finish life strong.

Some had the look of pure agony as they pushed themselves forward. Life had been a struggle–right to the very end. They were clearly in pain. Some were limping. Some were barely breathing. Life had been physically demanding. Others came across holding hands and supporting each other. Life had been full of family. Some participants had fans along the sidelines yelling encouragement, clapping, or holding up signs. They were friends for life. Others were clearly on their own. Life had been lonely for them. Some little ones crossed over in a stroller. Life had been cut short. While others walked across, wrinkled and grayed. Life had been long.

On the Other Side

As people crossed over the line, they were met with joy, shouts, and pats on the back. No matter how they got there and no matter what condition, they finished the race set before them. God wants us to run the race and to finish it right, striving to reach spiritual maturity. Whatever obstacles are on your course, keep your eyes focused on Jesus and keep running the race. The heavenly finish line has great rewards!

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Donna Swann is a second-grade teacher in Rome, Georgia. She attends Grace Faith Bible Study where her husband Jack is the pastor. She coauthors a Christian blog, Smorgasbord of Sisterhood, with her cousin. The
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Rome Church Directory

African Methodist Episcopal

Bethel AME Church

22 Nichols Rd Rome, Ga 30161


St. James AME Zion Church

3 Maxwell Lane Rome, GA 30165


Summer Hill AME Church

1981 Kingston Hwy NE Rome, Ga 30161



St. Andrew’s Anglican Church 42 Ash Street Rome, Ga 30161



First Apostolic Church of Rome 3213 Cave Spring Rd Rome, Ga 30161


Assembly of God

Redemption Church

105 Broadus Road NE Rome, Ga 30161



Antioch Baptist Church

4526 Big Texas Valley Rome, Ga 30165


Armuchee Baptist Church

6648 Big Texas Valley Rd NW Rome, Ga 30165


Berean Baptist Church

8 Skyline Dr Rome, Ga 30161


Blue Pond Baptist Church

1291 Morrison Campground Rome, Ga 30161


Bryant Chapel Baptist Church 24 Shady Lane Rome, Ga 30161


Bush Arbor Baptist Church

3290 Black Bluff Rd Rome, Ga. 30161


Calhoun Avenue Baptist Church 1021 Calhoun Ave Rome, Ga 30161


Calvary Baptist Church 101 Broadus Rd NE Rome, Ga 30161


Cedar Creek Baptist Church 5440 Black Buff Rd Rome, Ga 30161


Cedar Valley Baptist Church 3024 Cedartown Hwy SW Rome, Ga 30161


Community Chapel Baptist Church

3733 Black Bluff Rd Rome, Ga 30161


Desoto Park Baptist Church

1107 Cave Spring Rd. Rome, Ga 30161


Dykes Creek Baptist Church

3181 Kingston Hwy NE

Rome Ga, 30161


East Rome Baptist Church

601 Cedar Ave Rome, Ga 30161


East View Baptist Church

901 Kingston Ave Rome, Ga 30161


Eden Valley Baptist Church

348 Eden Valley Rd Rome, Ga 30161


Emmanuel Baptist Church 1414 Old Dalton Rd Rome, Ga 30165


Enon Baptist Church

3105 Turkey Mountain Rome, Ga 30161


Fairview Baptist Church 2348 Old Cedartown Hwy SE Lindale, Ga 30147

Fellowship Rome Baptist Church

314 Burnett Ferry Rd Rome, Ga 30165


First Baptist Church 100 E 4th Ave Rome, Ga 30161


Flatrock Baptist Church

848 Cunningham Rd SW Rome, Ga 30161


Flint Hill Baptist Church 3578 Wax Rd SE, Aragon, GA 30104


Friendship Baptist Church 2283 Calhoun Rd NE Rome, Ga 30161


Garden Lakes Baptist Church 2200 Redmond Cir Rome, Ga 30165


Greater Mount Calvary Baptist

445 East 14th St Rome, Ga 30161


Hill Crest Baptist Church

2202 N Broad St Rome, Ga 30161


Hollywood Baptist Church 112 Lombardy Way Rome, Ga 30161


In Focus Baptist Church 12 N Hughes Rome, Ga 30165


Lakeview Baptist Church 80 Salem Dr Rome, Ga 30165


Lovejoy Baptist Church 436 Branham Ave Rome, Ga 30171


McFall Baptist Church

3011 Rockmart Rd SE Rome, Ga 30161


Mount Alto Church

1915 Huffaker Rd NW Rome, Ga 30165


Mount Carmel Baptist Church E 20th St Rome, Ga 30161


Mount Olive Baptist Church 17 E Pennington Rome, Ga 30161


New Antioch Baptist Church 4553 Calhoun Rd NE Rome, Ga 30161


New Bethel Baptist Church Weathington Dr Rome, Ga 30161

706, 291-8939

New Canaan Baptist Church 3 Excelsior St Rome, Ga 30165


New Hope Baptist Church Hwy 156 Rome, Ga


New Hope Baptist Church 399 Moran Lake Rd Rome, Ga 30161


North Broad Baptist Church

1309 N Broad St Rome, Ga 30161


Northwood Missionary Baptist 4076 Calhoun Rd NE Rome, Ga 30161

Park Ave Baptist Church 531 Park Ave SE Lindale, GA 30147

Parkview Baptist Church 4 Wesley Drive Rome, Ga 30165


PisGah Baptist Church Alabama Rd Rome, Ga 30161


Pleasant Hope Baptist Church 5935 Rockmart Road SE Silver Creek, Ga


Pleasant Grove Baptist Church

500 N Division St Rome, Ga 30165


Pleasant Valley North Baptist 735 Old Summerville Road NW Rome, GA 30165


Pleasant Valley South Baptist 702 Pleasant Valley Rd SE Silver Creek, Ga 30173


Providence Baptist Church 17 Burnett Ferry Road SW Rome, Ga 30165


Riverside Baptist Church 48 Ash Street Rome, Ga 30161


State Line Baptist Church 8536 Black Bluff Road Cave Spring, Ga 30124


Saint Paul Baptist Church Pleasant Valley Rd Rome, Ga 30161


Second Avenue Baptist 823 E 2nd Ave Rome, Ga 30161


Shannon First Baptist Church 400 Fourth Street, PO Box 997, Shannon, GA 30172

Sherwood Forest Baptist Church

1 Goodman Rd Rome, Ga 30161


Shorter Avenue Baptist Church

1410 Shorter Ave Rome, Ga 30165


South Broad Baptist Church 508 South Broad St Rome, Ga 30161

Spring Creek Baptist Church

2636 Chulio Rd SE Rome, Ga 30161


Springfield Baptist Church 113 Smith St Rome, Ga 30161


Thankful Baptist Church 935 Spider Webb Dr Rome, Ga 30161


Three Rivers Church 2960 New Calhoun Highway NE Rome, Ga


Trinity Baptist Church 1728 Calhoun Rd NE Rome, Ga 30161


Turner Chapel Baptist Church 756 Turner Chapel Rd Rome, Ga 30161


Unity Baptist Church 2261 Pleasant Valley Rd Rome, Ga 30161


West End Baptist Church 107 Mississippi Dr Rome, Ga 30165


West Rome Baptist Church 914 Shorter Ave Rome, Ga 30165


Wilkerson Road Baptist Church

Wilkerson Rd Rome, Ga 30161

Woodlawn Baptist Church 1649 Cartersville Hwy SE Rome, Ga 30161


Word & Way Baptist Church New Rocketmart Rd Rome, Ga 30161



Saint Mary Catholic Church 911 N Broad St Rome, Ga 30161


Christian & Missionary Alliance

Missionary Alliance 306 Coker Dr Rome, Ga 20165


Church of Christ

Church of Christ 108 E Callahan St Rome, Ga 30161


Lindale Church of Christ

3035 Maple Road

Lindale, Ga 30147


Oak Hill Church of Christ

1500 Martha Berry Hwy Rome, Ga 20165


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Rome Church of Christ 121 Primrose Road Rome, Ga 30161


Church of God

Armuchee Church of God

4974 Martha Berry Hwy Rome, Ga 30165


Church of God of Prophecy 94 Huffaker Rd. Rome, GA 30165


Lindale Church of God

585 Park Ave

Lindale, Ga 30147


New Life Church of God

210 E 18th St Rome, Ga 30161


New Hope Overcoming Church of God

200 Nixon Ave Rome, Ga 30161


North Rome Church of God 1929 N Broad St Rome, Ga 30161


Rome AOH Church of God

504 Decatur St Rome, Ga 30165


West Rome Church of God UA 2827 Alabama Hwy Rome, Ga 30165


Church of God in Christ

Great Joy Church of God in Christ 60 Shorter Industrial Blvd Rome, Ga 30161


Disciples of Christ

First Christian Church

209 E. Second Ave, Rome, Ga 30161


Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church 101 E 4th Ave Rome, Ga 30161



Rome Foursquare Church

308 Reservoir St NE Rome, Ga 30161

Full Gospel

Christ Gospel Church 619 Chulio Rd SE Rome, Ga 30161


Independent Bible

Grace Bible Church 614 Dalton Rd NE Rome, Ga 30165


Cornerstone Church

324 Mathis Dr Rome, Ga 30165

Ministerios El Vino Nuevo

4216 Alabama Hwy NW

Rome, Ga 30165


Renovation Church

13 Redmond Ct. Rome, Ga 30165


Latter-day Saints

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

3300 Garden Lakes Pkwy Rome, Ga 30165



Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

3000 Garden Lakes Blvd

Rome, Ga 30165



GracePoint Rome

43 Chateau Court Rome, Ga 30161

Holsey Sinai CME Church

1233 Martin L King Rome, Ga 30161


Lindsay Chapel UMC

9 College Park Dr SW Rome, Ga 30161

Livingston UMC

21 E Lakeshore Dr SE Rome, Ga 30161

Metropolitan UMC

700 Broad St Rome, Ga 30161


Mt Pleasant UMC

4782 Alabama Hwy Rome, Ga 30165


New Bethel Methodist Church

Reeceburg Rd Rome, Ga 30161


North Rome UMC


Oostanaula UMC

74 Battey Farm Rd Rome, Ga 30161


Rome First UMC

202 E 3rd Ave Rome, Ga 30161


Rush Chapel UMC

1225 Rush Chapel Rd Rome, Ga 30161


Scott Chapel UMC

3 Chambers St NE Rome, Ga 30161

Second Avenue UMC

801 E Second Ave SW Rome, GA 30161

Silver Creek UMC

36 Reeceburg Rd SE Silver Creek, GA 30173


South Broad UMC

546 S Broad St

Rome, Ga 30161


Trinity By The River, Global Methodist

606 Turner McCall Blvd SW Rome, Ga 30165


Wesley Chapel UMC

9 College Park Dr SW Rome, Ga 30161

West Rome UMC

1003 Shorter Ave

PO Box 2247 Rome, GA 30164



Congregation Hallelu HaShem

1869 Floyd Springs Rd NE, Armuchee, GA 3105



Rome First Church of the Nazarene 20 Glenda Dr Rome, Ga 30165



Access Church

1905 Calhoun Rd

Rome, Ga 30161


Beech Creek Church

2972 Alabama Hwy, Rome, Ga 30165


Christian Church at Rome 2417 Shorter Ave Rome, GA 30165


Glorious New Jerusalem Church 537 W 12th St Rome, Ga 30165


Glory Tabernacle Church

300 Watson St Rome, Ga 30165


Gospel Harvester Church

1246 Cartersville Hwy SE Rome, Ga 30161


Greater Refuge Ministries 1604 North Broad St Rome, GA 30161


Legacy Church 524 Avenue A SW Rome, GA 30165

LIFE Church of Rome 19 John Davenport Drive Rome GA 30165


Lighthouse Church of Rome Lighthouse Dr SE Rome, Ga 30161


New and Living Way Bible Church 59 Dykes Creek Rd Rome, Ga 30161


Northside Church

75 N. Floyd Park Rd. Rome, Ga 30165


Rally Up International Ministries

2460 Shorter Avenue Rome, Ga 30165


Shannon Community Church

600 First Street Shannon, GA 30172


Solid Holy Rock Deliverance Tabernacle

700 Kingston Ave Rome, Ga 30161


The Church at Rome 1649 Cartersville Hwy SE Rome, Ga 30161


Trinity United Christian Church 6 Deer Run Trail Rome, Ga 30165


We The Church 1818 Kingston Hwy Rome, Ga 30161

Words of Faith Tabernacle 3134 Rockmart Rd Rome, Ga 30161



All Saints Church 615 Cleveland Ave Rome, Ga 30165



Cannon Temple Holiness Church 308 Porter St Rome, Ga 20161


Christ Temple Holiness Church 1321 Martin L King Rome, Ga 30161


Victory Temple Of Joy 118 Williamson St. Rome, Ga 30165



First Presbyterian Church EPC 101 E 3rd Ave Rome, Ga 30161


Seven Hills Fellowship 530 Broad Street Rome, GA 30161


Silver Creek Presbyterian Church 6 Old Rockmart Road Silver Creek, Ga 30173


Westminster Presbyterian Church 1941 Shorter Ave Rome, Ga 30165


Seventh-Day Adventist

Rome Bethany Seventh-Day Adventist Church 307 E 14th St SW Rome, Ga 30161


Seventh-Day Adventist Church 2526 Cedartown Hwy SW Rome, Ga 30161


Cave Spring Church Directory

Cave Spring Church of God

19 Mill Street

Cave Spring, GA 30124


Grace Fellowship Baptist Church

6635 Blacks Bluff Rd SW

Cave Spring Ga 30124


Live Oak Baptist Church

5506 GA-100

Cave Spring, GA 30124


The Empty Tomb

5630 Fosters Mill Rd SW

Cave Spring, GA 30124

Rehoboth Missionary Baptist

6 Rehoboth Rd SW

Cave Spring, GA 30124


First Baptist Church 4 Old Cedartown Rd.

Cave Spring, GA 30124


Cave Spring UMC

30 Alabama Street

Cave Spring, GA 30124


Jackson Chapel UMC

301 Jackson Chapel Rd

Cave Spring, GA 30125


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Building Strong Relationships with Coworkers

Starting a new job can be intimidating. The flood of new information, names, and policies can overwhelm even the most seasoned professional. However, amidst this whirlwind, there lies an opportunity to cultivate meaningful connections with coworkers. The Bible gives us timeless wisdom on the importance of friendliness in building relationships.

Proverbs 18:24 NKJV reminds us, “A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” This verse emphasizes the assertive role we must take in fostering friendships. Simply put, to have friends, we must show ourselves friendly. This can be as simple as greeting colleagues with a smile, remembering their names, and offering assistance whenever possible. By providing warmth and approachability, we create an environment conducive to healthy relationships.

Furthermore, Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NKJV speaks to the strength found in companionship: “Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up.” These verses underscore the importance of camaraderie in the workplace. When we cultivate friendships with our coworkers, we enhance our experiences and create a support network for times of need.

Trying to build relationships with coworkers can cause additional challenges in today's increasingly remote work environments. However, it is not impossible. It simply requires extra effort and creativity. Leveraging technology, such as scheduling Zoom meetings instead of relying solely on emails, can facilitate more meaningful interactions. Incorporating icebreaker questions into these virtual gatherings can help break down barriers and foster genuine connections. I use these methods in my workplace and have found them beneficial. I have good relationships with my coworkers; some are good friends. Additionally, attending company retreats provides an invaluable opportunity to deepen relationships. By actively participating and being willing to share about ourselves while listening to others, we demonstrate our investment in building rapport with coworkers. It is okay to be okay with being a lone wolf, but you may find that letting your guard down can open the door to positive experiences with coworkers.

Listening is a key to relationships and this skill especially makes an impact in the workplace. Active listening is a skill that’s

not widely experienced these days, although it can be much welcomed and needed. It’s refreshing to share thoughts about ideas or improvements without interruption. Even pausing a moment when someone has shared an idea can be a refreshing moment that emphasizes respect and builds relationships.

While cultivating relationships with coworkers may require effort, the rewards are immeasurable. Remember to set up healthy boundaries and always be professional while at the same time letting your guard down just a bit. As we heed the biblical wisdom to be friendly and embrace opportunities for connection, we not only enrich our work experiences but also lay the foundation for lasting friendships.

Here are other Scriptures that can apply to relationships in the workplace:

● Hebrews 10:24 NIV “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”

● Colossians 3:23 NKJV “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.”

● Proverbs 27:17 NKJV “As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.”

Prayer is always a sound option for any situation. James 1:5 NKJV reminds us, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” When we ask for wisdom regarding relationships with coworkers, the Lord will guide us to success.

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The Spires at Berry College Surrounds Residents with a Unique and Healthy Lifestyle

The Spires at Berry College offers its residents everything imaginable in a senior living community – spacious apartment homes and cottages; elegant dining rooms in which delicious, chef-prepared meals are served; and a state-ofthe-art fitness center highlighting an indoor heated, saltwater pool. But it also offers something most seniors have never even considered for their retirement – the chance to rekindle the spirit of learning and community with a more seasoned perspective.

At The Spires, residents have access to a vibrant intellectual playground where the joy of learning thrives without the pressure of grades or exams. Whether sitting in on classes, attending fine arts performances, or going to sporting events, residents can become fully immersed in the vitality of Berry College. The Spires’ Executive Director Laurie Steber sees firsthand how this intergenerational connection is beneficial not only for residents of The Spires, but also for the college students who become involved at the community.

“As much as it’s good for our residents to be part of campus, it’s also good for the students to be around older people as well,” Steber says. “They are learning and seeing firsthand how active and fulfilling life can be in retirement.”

And life at The Spires is active indeed, with modern amenities and stylish spaces working together to create an exceptional senior experience. From fitness classes and wellness programs to housekeeping and home maintenance, The Spires offers a wealth of community services, resident benefits, and onsite programs. The health and wellness focused community makes it highly convenient for residents to stay active and maintain their independence.

Residents Mike and Alice Pittman have taken part in many of the community’s programs with the goal of improving their health and longevity. “I work out in the gym with a trainer three times a week and have found that to be most rewarding,” Alice says.

Steber sees firsthand the positive effects of the community’s holistic approach to aging. “Our classes are the best way to stay independent, get stronger, and maintain your mobility. Our residents stay young longer by living here,” she says. Residents also tend to stay motivated while surrounded by others focused on healthy living. “It’s more like having fun with your friends and less like a workout – residents are in it together.” Other fun fitness options include pickleball, dance classes, table tennis, and walking groups.


At The Spires, eating well is considered an essential part of living well – so no detail has been overlooked when it comes to the exceptional dining experience at the senior living community. “You can cook if you want to, or you can eat three meals a day downstairs. The food is excellent with a lot of variety,” Mike says.

The Spires is sprawled over a 48-acre site on the banks of Eagle Lake, where residents can look out upon breathtaking views, the serenity of nature, and beautiful wooded walking paths right in their backyard. But nothing brings as much peace as having a full range of quality healthcare available onsite – in addition to the community’s 170 independent living residences, the community’s health services center, Magnolia Place, includes assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing, and short-term rehabilitation.

As a visionary Life Plan Community, The Spires allows residents to proactively make decisions about their future and alleviates the unexpected costs of future care if ever needed. The Pittmans feel secure in their choice to move to the community sooner rather than later. Not only were they able to take advantage of the real estate market, but they now have a plan in place that protects against life’s “what-ifs.”

“We had already been through the difficult process of losing our parents – cleaning out houses and taking care of everything that was involved,” Mike says. “We’ve told our children that we are taking care of all of this now, so they won’t have to worry about it.”

Without the worry of future care, residents can take part in community programming as well as countless resident-led activities. Groups frequently gather to play bridge, Rummikub, Mah Jong, and hand and foot. Residents are also involved in a variety of clubs and committees – everything from Veterans Club and Resident Council to Coffee Club and Dining Committee. The community also offers volunteer opportunities and nondenominational worship services. No matter how residents choose to spend their time, every day at The Spires brings new opportunities for fun, activity, and enjoyment.

As Steber puts it, “When you add what we have to offer here, plus what Berry College has to offer next door, plus how amazing Rome is as a city – there’s truly always something to do. Residents often tell me there’s too much to do, and they can’t decide!”

And there’s no shortage of exploring to be done around The Spires – set on 27,000 acres of majestic woodlands, mountain trails, and wilderness populated with a remarkable range of wildlife (including the world-famous Berry College eagles). Plus, the community is situated in perfect proximity to Rome’s downtown shopping and dining, and it is minutes away from Northwest Georgia’s highest quality healthcare centers and providers.

After traveling abroad or venturing throughout downtown Rome, residents are happy to return home to their comfortable residences and the new traditions they’ve created among friends. At Eagle’s Landing, the pub at The Spires, residents from all different backgrounds and experiences come together each evening with their chairs gathered in a circle to visit and enjoy each other’s company.

“It’s been nicknamed the “Circle of Friends,” and you get to sit with somebody new and have a good conversation with them,” Alice says. “The people are unbelievably kind and it’s almost hard to describe how wonderful the people are – from all different walks of life and all different places from all over the country.”

The residents of The Spires are truly as unique as the concept that it was created upon. And their genuine friendships truly set this senior living community apart as something extraordinary –yet residents feel instantly at home once they’re here.

According to Steber, “It’s very much like coming to college, where you’re immediately bonded to a whole new group of friends. The friendships are amazing to watch, and it makes for such a beautiful space for residents to live in. I wouldn’t even say we’re a community, I’d say we’re a family.”

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A Most Significant Object: My Father’s Cane

A Most Significant Surprise

Climbing out of the car at my dad’s house one summer day, I saw him sitting under the old oak tree, whittling. In his eighties, he spent hours sitting in an old glider placed in the shade of the tree on land he’d coaxed fresh fruits and vegetables from for years.

I’d never paid much attention to his ancient hobby before, but his hands held a large piece of bark-stripped wood.

“What are you making?” I asked.

“A cane to help me hobble around,” he replied in his good-natured way.

I sat down across from him to watch. I had no idea my daddy knew how to make a cane! He answered my questions as he patiently shaved strips of wood to the ground with his pocket knife. My father was many things, but this was the first time I viewed him as an artist. His medium was a reclaimed pine branch he found in the woods behind his house. Pine because it’s a soft wood with a relatively straight grain.

Carving a cane is slow, painstaking work. I learned dad had already cured the wood for several weeks to make it stronger. On subsequent visits, I monitored his progress until finally, he reached the final step of treating his cane with a walnut oil-based stain. The cane is not fancy, but my dad was not a fancy man. No intricate carving graces its handle, but to me, the cane is exquisite. It so much represents the essence of my daddy.

A Most Significant Object

When he passed away at age 96, this cane was the one object I took from his house. It hangs in my closet in remembrance of him. Smooth to the touch, the gorgeous grain of the wood shows through the stain, and a few knots add to its beauty.

A Most Significant Realization

A favorite assignment of my first-year composition students was to write about a significant object and what made it so. I introduced the project by telling them about my dad’s cane.

My students wrote about a variety of things, but they all had one common denominator: each served as a bridge to a significant person in their lives.

This realization led one student to quip, “It’s not the objects in life that matter, it’s the people.”

Sometimes we wonder how significant we are to those in our lives. Do we matter? Do we make a difference?

Rest assured, the answers to these questions are more than likely yes. But if ever in doubt, please know how significant you are in God’s eyes.

A Most Significant Promise

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:29-31 ASV).

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I Have What I Need

Having raised four children, it was a question I often asked as they were heading out the door, “Do you have everything you need?”

Whether they were leaving for a mission trip, a sleepover, or just going to work for a few hours, my maternal heart wanted to do one quick, last-minute check to ensure they weren’t leaving anything necessary behind. I asked because I cared about them and loved them and wanted to do everything in my power to send them on their way with anything essential.

that are necessary to sustain life – food, water, clothing, shelter, and the like.

But David is going even deeper than that. David, the shepherd boy turned king who wrote Psalm 23, is testifying boldly that God provides everything pertaining to his natural and spiritual welfare.

God was his rest and comfort always (vs. 2).

God nourished him during spiritual dry spells and provided clarity, vision, and wisdom (vs. 3).

God was his peace during the darkest of moments (vs. 4).

Psalm 23 opens by touching on this very topic of need. Not in question form, either, like I did as a parent, but rather a statement of fact – powerful and sure.

“The Lord is my shepherd; I have what I need” (vs. 1 CSB).

Ponder that for a moment. Let the truth of those last five words take root in your heart. If God is your shepherd, you have what you need. Period. The end. Right now, tomorrow, the day after that, and beyond.

We could call it a day right there and go home, but let’s take just a minute to unpack what kind of need David is talking about exactly. Generally speaking, when we talk about needs, we’re referring to essentials, aren’t we? Things

God provided bountifully in the face of adversity and spiritual warfare (vs. 5).

God was his promise, both now and in the future, of abundant and everlasting life (vs. 6).

How often do we walk in that bold assurance? Today, are we able to say with such confidence that we have all we need because God is our shepherd?

Whether we have been able to say that or not, the good news is that our Shepherd wants this to be our testimony. Regardless of our weaknesses, blind spots, and frequent tendencies to doubt. Remember, the man who penned this Psalm was a man marred with his own shortcomings, failures, and sins – just like us – yet God still called him “…a man after His own heart” (I Samuel 13:14).

If David was able to walk in this bold confidence, then certainly we are able to, as well! It’s not a matter of being perfect. It’s a matter of trusting our God.

Pastor Larry Osborne says it beautifully, “The Shepherd meets His sheep where they are and not where they should be.”

I pray that this incredible truth would be your prayer and confession of faith today, my friend, “Thank you, God, for being my shepherd. Because You are, I have all that I need!”

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Bailey Finds a Home with Hoomans

This excerpt is from a piece originally titled “Wet Noses and Watering Roses” that won 2nd place in the Young Readers’ Fiction category at the 2023 SWA Conference Writing Competition.

Idon’t remember much about my earlier life, but I clearly remember the day I was adopted! I had been in my new place for only one night’s sleep (or attempt to sleep) when I saw a big, tan truck pull up. Dogs were barking all around me; however, I stayed quiet, hoping for no chaos. The man and woman who got out of the truck looked happy and friendly, as they walked toward me in the sunshine. Imagine my amazement when the woman called out my name! “Hi, Bailey!” she called. I looked around to see if she was speaking to someone else but she was looking directly at me. I stood, curiously wondering how to respond. They disappeared through the doorway to the main building. My heart sank as I learned not to get my hopes up. Suddenly, they appeared in the yard by my place and the smiling woman gently said my name again, “Hello there, Bailey!” The director was with this friendly couple as they walked across the yard to my doorway. My face must have revealed my joy in seeing these friendly folks because they began remarking how cute I was! I demurred to them, not wanting to appear overanxious, aggressive, or assuming. I shouldn’t have worried about that at all. As the smiling woman approached, she calmly stroked the top of my head and behind my ears. I couldn’t help it, but my tail began to wag like crazy.

I didn’t understand a lot of people-talk then; but I heard the man say something about “home.” The director started to lead me through the outside door. The hoomans came outside and opened the back door to their truck. I love to ride so I hopped right in!

The nice man and woman were already in the front seat and talked excitedly to each other and to me! We were going “home,” the lady said as she looked at me in the back seat. I was so excited that I reached up with my front paw to stroke the lady’s face, unaware that my claws would scratch her. She didn’t get mad at me because she knew I didn’t mean

to hurt her. Instead, she stroked my head and ears again as I smiled my thanks to them both. The truck went backward, then started forward on our journey down the road while the shelter disappeared behind us. That’s how my hoomans changed my life forever that day.

I’ve been told by a lot of my Mamma and Daddy’s friends and family that I hit the lottery when they found me. I don’t know what that means, exactly, but I love Mamma and Daddy and my home so much!

I have strutted through the house each time I have returned from the groomer’s as I showed off my new kerchief and handsome self to my parents. I love being my hoomans’ well-behaved boy and getting praised, rewarded, and loved when I am good. They tell me I’m the best boy in the whole wide world - who knows, maybe I’m a hooman now, too!

Although I had no idea what “hitting the lottery” meant, I was one lucky boy when my hoomans found me ten years ago. I think Mamma and Daddy may feel the same way!

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Denise, a writer, and her husband, Jim, along with their yellow labrador retriever, Bailey, live in LaFayette GA. The Shahans are active members of LaFayette First Baptist Church. At 71 years young, Denise recently graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree.
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for Everyone What Will You Leave Behind?

The Greek hero Achilles is the focal character in the movie Troy (2004). As the story moves to the tragic conclusion of the fall of Troy, Achilles’ actions are all driven by the desire for his name to live forever. Retired presidents build libraries in the hopes of establishing their legacies. Philanthropists donate large sums of money to ensure buildings bear their name. Have you spent much time thinking about what you might leave behind?

Leaving a legacy of faith is not merely about one’s belief system, but it is a way of life that is meant to be shared and passed on to future generations. By living a faithful life, Christians become living testimonies of the power of their faith, serving as inspiration and guidance to those around them. As the Apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Corinthians, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1 NIV).

1 John 3:18 NIV states, “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” Christians can leave a profound legacy of faith by actively demonstrating love and compassion in their daily interactions. The parable of the Good Samaritan emphasizes the importance of showing love and mercy to others, regardless of their background or circumstances. By loving in this way, believers can inspire others to embrace their faith and follow in their footsteps.

As Christians, we have a responsibility to pass on our faith to succeeding generations. We can have this impact in many ways, such as family discussions, mentoring, teaching Sunday school, or modeling how to share our faith with others. Deuteronomy 6:6-7 NIV underscores the importance of this task: “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.“ By passing on our faith, Christians ensure that their beliefs continue to shape the lives of others long after we are gone.

When we involve our families in the life of a local church, our children can see that supporting the work of

Christ through the church is a part of the DNA of what it means to be a Christian. Using the metaphor of the body as a picture of the church, the Apostle Paul wrote: “From him [Christ], the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work” (Ephesians 4:16 NIV).

A dear lady in our Sunday School class was recently killed in an automobile accident. She was a person who was involved in a number of ministries within our church as well as the local Baptist association. She was not just involved, but she was key player in those ministries. As we celebrated her life, we realized that she made a lasting impact for Christ on every life she touched. What a legacy!

I am reminded of an anonymous poem I learned in elementary school.

You’ve each been given a bag of tools, A formless block, and a book of rules, And each must make, ere life has flown, A stumbling block or a stepping stone.

May we all strive to be the kind of stepping stone our friend was.

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served churches as a pastor, been involved in mission trips to Africa, Canada, and
and participated in archaeological excavations in Israel for several years. 28 // June
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for Everyone A Sprinkle of Hope

Iremember (and it does not seem so long ago) that I would encourage myself at work by putting sticky notes up to look at. The sticky notes contained words of encouragement that I also hoped would help anyone else reading them. In my helping profession, there were times that I could not help. But I hoped that folks left my office with a bit of hope in their hearts. I see each day that just sharing the load one may be carrying helps to give hope.

I remember writing on one of my notes “Never, never, never give up.“ That quote was taken from Winston Churchill. I added my own thought to say “Give it up to God.” Thank God that He is strong when I am weak and doesn’t the Bible say that nothing is too hard for God?

Look at Jeremiah 32:1718 KJV. It reads, “Ah Lord God! Behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee: Thou showest loving kindness unto thousands, and recompensest the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them: the Great, the Mighty God, the Lord of hosts, is His name.” In verses 26 and 27, the Lord speaks again, “Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah, saying, ‘Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?’”

found. I want to personally testify that God does know where we are at all times. His love has sustained me through all things.

I was just at the dentist this week and overheard a conversation about the lady just trying to make an appointment with the receptionist. It seemed her life was so full being a caretaker for so many people needing her care that it was hard to work just one more thing into her schedule. I wanted to get up and give this complete stranger a hug as it sure looked like she needed one. I could not do that but I could give her the next best thing: a smile! You never really know what a person is going through in their life. When you can, share all the smiles that you can as your day is coming when someone else’s kind smile will give you hope also!

In my Bible reading this week, this scripture in Proverbs has crossed my path more than once. I love what it says!

Proverbs 16:20 KJV reads, “He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD happy is he.”

The devil would want us to think in times of discouragement that God has forgotten about us. The enemy would have us believe that we have fallen down into that ditch or pit and that God is nowhere to be

I hope that today you will be encouraged with that sprinkle of hope, just like my thirsty mum was after being watered. Thank God in a sometimes dry and parched world that He gives us His hope and His strength to make it through.

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Zebbie Brewster resides in Summerville, Georgia. She is an active member at Perennial Springs Baptist Church.


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Grilled Peach and Arugula Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

This Grilled Peach and Arugula Salad is a feast for the senses. The sweetness of the grilled peaches, the peppery arugula, and the tangy feta cheese come together in a symphony of flavors that perfectly captures the essence of early summer.

When the sun begins to warm the air and nature bursts into vibrant hues, early summer brings a bounty of fresh produce and an opportunity to savor the season’s flavors. This recipe captures the essence of June with its bright and refreshing ingredients, creating a dish that not only delights the taste buds but also celebrates the abundance of the season with a perfect blend of sweet and savory.

Gather your loved ones, set a table in the warm evening breeze, and indulge in this delectable creation that honors the vibrant spirit of June. Cheers to the joys of the season!


For the Salad:

• 4 ripe peaches, halved and pitted

• 6 cups fresh arugula

• 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

• 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled

• 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

For the Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette:

• 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

• 2 tablespoons honey

• 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

• Salt and pepper to taste


• Preheat the grill: Brush the peach halves with a bit of olive oil and grill them over medium heat for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until grill marks appear. Remove and let them cool.

• Prepare the vinaigrette: In a small bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar, honey, and olive oil until well combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

• Assemble the salad: On a large platter, arrange the fresh arugula. Top it with grilled peaches, cherry tomatoes, crumbled feta cheese, and chopped basil.

• Drizzle with vinaigrette: Just before serving, drizzle the honey balsamic vinaigrette over the salad. Toss gently to ensure every bite is coated with the delightful dressing.

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From Pity Party to Praise Party!

I had been down, in the dark, but God brought His light!

I had been in the wrong but Jesus’ blood made me right!

I was feeling broken but God brought His healing touch! The enemy had come to steal but Jesus has restored much!

I was having a pity party and not helping anyone but now I’m having a praise party and hope everyone can come!

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Cindy Evans is a published poet living in the greater Atlanta area. When she’s not writing, you may find her at a Christian movie, attending a church activity, or volunteering at the local faith-based hospice office.
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J Supply: The Strongest Link in Your Supply Chain

55 years and counting

Since 1969, J Supply has been honored to be your valueadded distributor of industrial, safety, and janitorial supplies serving Northeast Alabama and Northwest Georgia. You can find just about anything you need to keep your facility operating. They’ll get it to you on their fleet of trucks, shipped from their warehouses, or even shipped directly from their ever-expanding network of manufacturers.

Why is this company named J Supply? Five Rome businessmen thought they had a better way of serving manufacturing customers. Each had the letter J in their name (John Self, J. Byron Reeves, Joel Jones, Jerry Hubbard, and John Hine). When they pooled their resources to acquire inventory, J Supply was born.

Sales specialist David Boylan explains, “Their original vision and our focus on customer service has been what has kept us alive on this roller coaster over 55 years. Our logo is a 5-tooth agricultural chain feed-out sprocket, with each tooth representing one of the 5 J’s. It reflects our “can-do” work ethic and ingenuity in serving customers in our region. The original team went out to the customers on Saturday morning, took orders, and delivered products on that same Saturday afternoon, thereby doing what the competition wasn’t willing to do which was to provide exceptional and timely service.”

The Strongest Link in Your Supply Chain

With 33 employees, 2 branch locations, and a combination of 15 outside and inside sales representatives, you’ll find the excellent and thorough service you’d expect from a family-owned company with time-honored values. Whether you visit them in their Rome, Georgia, or Anniston, Alabama warehouses or shop jsupply.com, each day you’ll find them carrying out their mission by providing exceptional service to customers, team members, and communities while upholding their motto: “The Strongest Link in your Supply Chain.”

Have you heard about their latest addition? J Supply Hydraulics offers hydraulic hoses and supplies, including custom hoses, adapters, quick disconnects, and repairs, led by Hydraulic Specialist Tim Arrington with over 20 years of experience. When the new hydraulics division launched, it provided the “while-youwait” ability to build hydraulic hoses in-house. They service almost any brand, while specializing in Kuriyama and Alfagomma hose and fittings, for construction, agricultural equipment, municipal, industrial, and mining sectors.

Customer Focused Customers are central and valued with J Supply. For more information about products and services, contact a sales representative by telephone or email. In Alabama, call (256) 236-5160. In Georgia, call (706) 235-3321. See www. jsupply.com for email addresses or see photos and more descriptions or follow us on social media Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter(X).

Mr. Boylan adds, “You’ll speak to a real human being when you do business with us. For those few times when the phones are busy, you’ll dial “0”, but rest assured, somebody will speak with you right away.”

What’s Ahead?

What’s ahead for a 55-year-old company? Can you expect the same time-honored values coupled with current trends and technology? Absolutely! Current J Supply President (since 2001), Freeman Robbins assures customers, “While we still do business the old-fashioned way – using outside sales and service representatives who are solutions providers to our customers, supported by inside sales reps for research and pricing support – we are constantly expanding our digital footprint and adapting to the market by using e-commerce, industrial vending, vendormanaged inventory, and vendor supported, direct-ship to customer solutions.

Our hydraulic division brings new customer contacts who also have needs for industrial, safety, and janitorial supplies. Our electrical experience (under the industrial division) lends itself well to the burgeoning electric vehicle, battery, and solar manufacturing sectors.”

This 55-year-old company was launched with the concept of providing excellent customer service. And they say, “Why stop now?” Contact J Supply today!

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The Number One Dietary Fountain of Youth

“Beans, beans, they’re good for your heart…” So goes the theme to a popular children’s song and joke—but little did we know how true that chorus would turn out to be. Beans and other legumes like lentils may be the most important dietary predictor of survival in older people all over the globe! In 2004, the “Food Habits in Later Life” study was undertaken amongst five different groups from Japan, Sweden, Greece, and Australia. Of all the food factors examined, only one was associated with longer life in every group—their legume intake. For every 20 gram increase (about two tbsp.) in daily intake there was an 8% reduction in mortality. This caused nutritional researcher, Dr. Michael Greger to quip, “… if a can of beans is 250 grams and you get 8% lower mortality for every 20 grams, maybe if you eat a can a day you’ll live forever? Let’s find out!”

The Blue Zones

Around the same time the research above was published, Dan Buettner teamed up with National Geographic and the world’s best longevity researchers to identify places around the world where people live measurably longer and healthier. They identified five specific areas that they called “Blue Zones” where they found that people reach age 100 at rates 10 times greater than here in the United States! Amongst the dietary factors that these people had in common was a great reliance on a rich array of vegetables and fresh fruits, with meat eaten only on rare occasions. The cornerstone of these long-lived peoples is beans with the favorites including fava, black, soy, and lentils. In fact, so strong is the research behind the health benefits of beans, researchers in Taiwan published a paper in 2012 titled, “A bean-free diet increases the risk of all-cause mortality among Taiwanese women.” So if you want to live long, eat beans, and if you

want to increase your risk of metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart disease, and the like eat bean-free.

They’re Good for Your Heart

Beans have megawatt nutritional power and provide truly amazing disease protection. Their low caloric density with plenty of protein, fiber, minerals, antioxidants, and other phytochemicals give them strong anti-diabetic and antiobesity effects. They also lower cardiovascular risk by lowering cholesterol, lowering inflammation, and blood pressure. One study, for example, showed that those without legumes in their diet may be at quadruple the risk of suffering high blood pressure! Legumes such as chickpeas have been used to treat high blood pressure and diabetes for thousands of years. Another study showed that simply adding two servings a day of lentils, chickpeas, or beans cut cholesterol levels so much that many participants moved below the range where statin drugs are prescribed!

The Bottom Line

Beans and other legumes are truly superfoods. We avoid them to our own hurt.

Nevertheless, if you are not accustomed to eating beans regularly, I encourage you to take it slowly, starting with about one to two tablespoons a day and building up from there after a few weeks. This will give your body a chance to build up its good bacteria and avoid painful bloating or excess gas. Dried and canned beans are virtually equivalent in nutrition, so go with what you prefer or is most convenient. Beans are the basis of a seemingly endless variety of dishes, limited only by your imagination or cookbooks. So start working them in your weekly meal plans. You will be paid back many-fold in improved health.

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