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Steve’s Shorts.................................2 Police Reports................................3 Jonah Goldberg Column.....................4

Cal Thomas Column..........................5 Letters to the Editor..........................7 Professional Services.......................9

Celebrations................................. 11 Health & Wellness Directory......... 12-13 Church Directory............................ 16

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A PARTNERSHIP IN EDUCATION Genevieve Rogers spiritnewspapers@gmail.com

The Core Values of the United States Air National Guard teaches “Service before Self, Excellence in all You Do, and Integrity First”. The Maintenance Squadron of the 165th Airlift Wing in Savannah is taking these core values to the students of Sand Hill in hopes of giving them a lesson in responsibility and integrity. The 165th has been active since 1962 and has played a key part in countless missions, including the Global War on Terror. The C-130’s, with a capacity between 20,00025,000 pounds per mission, are flown by the members of the unit who provide cargo support, carrying personnel and equipment around the world and here at home, not only supporting the nation, but the state of Georgia, as well. There are over 200 members of the maintenance squadron of the 165th. The unit consists of eight C-130s, five of which are available to fly on any given day of the week. The partnership with Sand Hill includes a Visions Program for 5th graders and a Class Mentoring Program where members spend one to two days a month in the classroom mentoring students and providing a positive role model. The squadron also takes part in various PTA events, provides supplies and clothes through the “Care Closet” for those who need them, and every Christmas they sponsor families through the “Giving Tree” program to ensure that every child in need has gifts and food. And every year for the past four years, one student from the 5th grade class is selected by their teacher to write an essay on how the Core Values fits into their life. The winner is selected by members of the squadron and receives a $500 savings bond. Master Sgt. James Fox, whose wife teaches at Sand Hill, says that being able to go into the school and talk to the children about what the squadron does and answer questions is one of the best parts of the mentorship. This sentiment is echoed by all of the members of the Maintenance Squadron, including Master Sgt. Darrin Duncan. With over 20 years experience, Sgt. Duncan has been deployed four times in support of Iraqi Freedom and has been stationed everywhere from Kuwait to Afghanistan to Uzbekistan. The Greenville, South Carolina native says that the most important

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thing he’s brought back from every deployment is the sense that “we did something positive and that something positive is coming out of it for the future our children, grandchildren, and their children.”  Sgt. Duncan says that every time he goes to Sand Hill, he’s always met with a  interesting questions about what the 165th is the job he does. He also says that the experience is double-positive, not just for the students, but for those who go out to the school. “The kids are always excited to see us and we provide Christmas gifts and things to needy families there, so it’s a positive influence on us, as well. The kids have made cards for us, which we’ve hung in our office here for everyone to see. The whole group donates toys and food and money for Christmas and there’s a lot of children and families in need in that school, which is

why we started doing this.” Col. Jim Grandy of the 165th says that the sponsorship with Sand Hill gives the members a chance to talk about what they do in the community and overseas,

and it also gives the students a better understanding of why some of their friends’ fathers and mothers have gone away for six, eight, and ___________________________________ Continued on page 2

PASS THE POPCORN Local Scout Troop Raises Money to Treat Troops

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Boy Scout Troop 295 in Guyton is hoping that a few generous souls will help them meet its goal of sending gourmet popcorn to the Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 118 Field Artillery Regiment this holiday season. The Springfield unit of the Georgia National Guard has 106 members, many of whom were a part of Troop 295. Scoutmaster Frank Patterson says that out of those 106, they’ve raised enough money to purchase popcorn tins for 70. He’s hoping, therefore, that a last-minute push and some generous donations will ensure that all members of the Springfield until will receive the popcorn. Patterson notes that Boy Scouts sell popcorn as a fundraiser every year to support the troops. He subsequently came up with the idea of using the donations to purchase popcorn and send it to the local unit. “So far, we’ve raised over $1,400 in donations on top of the $8,500 worth of popcorn sold,” Patterson says. “Our goal is to send send every soldier a commemorative tin. If any group

Boy Scout Troop 295 in Guyton wants to spread a little Christmas cheer by sending tins of popcorn to local servicemen stationed in Afghanistan.

wanted to help us or wanted to see to it that every soldier got one of the tins, we’d love to send some more. All we can do now is send them what we have and let them split it among themselves.” Troop 295 is a blue-ribbon troop and has 57 boys on the charter. It is one of the largest groups in the council, representing 11 counties in the Coastal Empire.

Patterson has been the Troop 295 scoutmaster for the past 15 years. He started the troop 14 years ago, after his oldest son, a Cub Scout at the time, came home crying one day. The youngster was upset because the scoutmaster of the local troop had quit and he didn’t think he would be able to join the Scouts. Patterson promised his son

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ten months at a time. “It really gives us a chance to build a partnership with school kids and we talk about our core values. It’s a great way to build young minds for the future, because core values don’t apply just to military, it also applies to civilians. It broadens their mind and gives them an idea about what is going on around the community.” Milwaukee native TSG Tim Kraus says that his fellow squadron members are the most dedicated crew he’s ever worked with and says that being able to share their experiences with others and helping the kids through the Giving Tree and Care Closet programs is just another perk of the job. He says that he enjoys seeing the faces on the children light up and that the kids seem to love touring the planes the most. The message he’d like to most convey is as long as you do good in school, you can do anything. “You have to give kids purpose in life and show them that everything is possible and that you can do anything. Just look at me. I love coming in and working with the people that I do. We’re serious and we’re professional, but we get along and have a great time together. We’re a big family.” And it’s not just Sand Hill Elementary that the 165th is reaching out to, but also students at Mercer Middle. Thirty-two year old TSG Hank Gibbs III of Savannah works as an aircraft electrician with the 165th,

maintaining all the electrical components and wiring, and environmental systems of the C-130s. In 2007, while deployed in Afghanistan, TSG Gibb was sitting around with other 165th members and they saw some local news that disturbed and concerned them. When he came back home, he decided to go a step further and go for the older kids who were already headed in a direction and let them know that there are better choices after high school, whether it be college or military. “We wanted the middle school students and catch them young and help those who don’t have a positive male figure in their lives.” Last year they went to the school on three separate day and had three separate groups. This year they are doing a one-on-one basis to check on them and their grades and give them some initiatives, focus, and drive. They’ve been able to work with a couple of kids who’ve turned their lives around. “We know that we can’t save everyone and we don’t look to, but if you save that one, it’s a great feeling to know that we’ve helped them change their life around. Most of the kids we’re dealing with, I can relate with. I came from the same environment, so I know what they’re going through and what they’re seeing, but I’m here to show them that there’s a better way. You can take all the routes and you don’t always have to follow the crowd. You can make your own choices and your own decisions and do better things with your life and not settle for nothing.”


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he’d find a new scoutmaster. He was unsuccessful, however, and decided to take the position himself. Fourteen years later, he’s still heading up Troop 295. Patterson says the boys in his troop were excited about raising the money for the popcorn and helping out their local Guard unit, as were local businesses and organizations such as the Pooler, Statesboro, and Rincon Walmarts, the Springfield United Methodist Church and the Masonic Lodge of Guyton. He says that in these tough economic times, it’s endearing to know that people still support their troops. “Our Scouts especially want to thank the people that helped because they wanted to be a part of sending stuff to our kids from Effingham County,”Patterson says. “That’s what made it so special. It means a lot to know that people still have a heart for our soldiers. They’re doing a job that nobody else wants to do. Who wants to leave their family and kids?” He adds that when you “go around and beg for $20 to send a tin to solders and people look at you like you’re crazy,” they should think what it’s for and who it’s gong to and what they do.” Patterson says there is no deadline to order the popcorn, but they are hoping to get 36 more orders in the next couple of weeks so that all 106 soldiers will have one for Christmas. They need approximately $720 to purchase the remaining popcorn tins and they’re hoping that area organizations, churches, or private donations will help them meet their goal. He says that Troop 295 would be “tickled to death” and very proud to know that people would care enough to help out. In addition to the popcorn, the Scouts will also be sending 25 cases of hand warmers so the troops can keep their fingers warm during the cold winter

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Even In Today’s Times... Every Day Is A Thanksgiving By Kaye Shuman Soft and shaken was the voice on the other end of the phone. I had returned a call not knowing whom had called me, but curious as to the particulars: who it was and the purpose of the call. As it turned out, it was a lady whom I have never met, yet our souls have been introduced several times, therefore making us as close as Siamese twins. It was a lady that needed a listening ear, someone emotionally frail, yet strong enough to move a mountain with her own words of encouragement to others. It was a lady that, sad but true, has been caught up in a circumstance that a lot of women (and men) get into and don’t see a way out of. All they can focus on is taking one day at a time, trying their hardest to survive. There are people everywhere that share in this, some are afraid to speak out or seek help, while others turn to other methods to help them escape what’s at hand. These aren’t second rate citizens, they are all children of God that has been made to feel less adequate from one circumstance or another than any human being should feel. They are your neighbors, the woman or man next in line at the grocery store, they are the ones singing in the church choir, they are the professional working class, the blue collar working folks, they are among us each and every day. Today’s society is something that leaves a lot to be desired. It seems to me that people are quicker to judge others more so now than ever before. When in fact, it seems to me that people should be more humble now and appreciative of their own “wealth” than ever before. I am not speaking of wealth in the form of money, but the real wealth in life, a family that is alive and well, clothes on our backs, a job to go to each day, a vehicle to carry them to and from that job, food for their family, and shelter for the family to live in. Maybe the job isn’t a six figure income, the clothes aren’t tailor-made, the vehicle doesn’t sparkle like a new penny, steak and lobster don’t fill the table each evening for dinner, and the humble dwelling isn’t something out of a Better Homes and Garden magazine. However, all in all, there were needs met, and a family full of love and support which is something to be very grateful for. There are people lined up in soup lines across the country, sleeping on park benches, suffering from the weather elements, homeless and without family to turn to. There are people dying each day because of the greediness of the medical profession, unable to afford to be properly cared for by a doctor or someone in that field, or either unable to afford to pay for the prescribed medicine given for an ailment. Many times people suffer with physical pain and endure it because of such greediness. Sure, Doctor So-and-So went to school for numerous years to achieve the status he has. Sure he needs to earn a decent living, but to basically steal hard earned money from the common man is totally uncalled for. The visit to him/her is at most a ten minute session, all the while he is jotting down info in a folder, not really listening or paying attention to the person sitting on the exam table spilling his guts out,in dire need of a solution to the problem at hand. You leave the office after paying the outrageous fee, desperately dreading going to the nearest pharmacy where you know that you are going to get knocked back a few more steps. How on earth can these people justify charging folks the prices that they do and still

be able to go to bed at night and sleep peacefully is beyond me. Being one of the millions labeled as “uninsured”, it really cuts against the grain knowing that there is no end in sight. We choke to death on the whole medical picture, praying that the cure all written on the prescription pad will indeed keep us from that scene for another six months or so, or until again, the pain is so unbearable that you just give in and surrender. Some of you are probably saying “well, get insurance, lady”. That’s another story in itself. Being self-employed makes the vultures in the insurance field able to jack the prices up as high as they deem necessary. Especially being if you have had any “pre-existing” problems, you aren’t on the height/weight chart, (I don’t think they have changed that since Moby Dick was a minnow), or if your Great Grandpa on your Mama’s side died thirty years prior to your birth of cancer. These things prevent us Mom and Pop’s of America from living a life of medical freedom like other walks of life do. Then there are the people in today’s society that have a problem dealing with their fellow man who doesn’t seem adequate in being able to function outwardly as society thinks they should. Depression, (or the “D” word as I refer to it), is something that is in everyone’s life, regardless as to how much we try and mask it. No one ever has a perfect day, there are always obstacles that get in the way, our plans that were so perfectly laid out goes to the wayside for some reason or another, many instances that causes us to not feel up to par. Even the rich, they too have some form of issue that they contend with on a daily basis, so it isn’t always an issue with financial burdens that causes us to refer to the “D” word. We see our family and friends in many different forms, we rejoice with them on special occasions, we mourn with them on the notso-happy ones. However, no one knows what really is going on in that person’s mind after they are back to their humble abode, and secure in their own surroundings. No one knows what their home life is like, whether they are like a drowning man searching for a straw, hurting deep within from loneliness, longing for family members to be an active part in their lives. Perhaps they are like a prisoner in their own home, being held captive by a spouse or significant other for no apparent reason other than pure meanness. These folks are human, they need support and love from their family, if nothing more than a simple phone call or a little card to say hello. They need to know that they are loved, that they are wanted and need to be treated with the uptmost kindness and consideration. The “D” word has caused the pharmaceutical companies to become billion dollar industries. As soon as a person is diagnosed with the smallest amount of “D”, immediately they are given prescripts to make them “feel normal”, when in most cases a little bit of love and compassion would be the best cure-all ever! I realize that in some situations there are chemical imbalances that aren’t “love curable” and medications are definitely needed. However, if we would pay closer attention to those that are not feeling up to par, spend quality time with them from time to time, I am betting that the drug companies would see a big decrease in sales. Recently I witnessed first hand with a loved one how those that suffer from “D” are treated at medical facilities. After giving the front desk clerk all of the necessary information, we were ushered to a little room where we sat for four hours waiting for the ER doctor to come and give his assessment. Of course we weren’t treated as a heart attack or stroke victim would have been, we didn’t expect that. However, being as there was no blood visible upon our arrival, nor a need for a respirator, we were made to stay inside a little cubicle until the doctor came around. By this time, we were both feeling anxious beyond words, ready to leave the rat race of the hospital and put the entire nights experience behind us. We talked on the way home how sad (it is) that when one doesn’t go to the ER with noticeable prob-

lems how they get put “on the back burner”. “D” is an illness, and those in the medical field, family members and friends should be aware of the causes, symptoms and ultimately, the solution to the problem. And that, my friend, isn’t always in a medicinal form such as a shot, pill or liquid. Society also has a big issue with folks that don’t fit the other “standard”. The standard I am referring to is the stature of people, whether it be their height, their weight or if they walk with a limp. I have often wondered why people cannot see the true inner being of someone and not judge them merely by their outside characteristics. Often these same people that are critical beyond belief have physical problems and most definitely don’t fit the criteria of “Mr. Atlas or Miss America”. However, they are quick to judge a fellow human being by their size, their disabilities, or for being in their golden years when indeed they need to sweep around their own door steps first. They are quick to tell all the fat jokes and make gestures such as pointing and laughing, making mockery of the person that is minding his/ her own business when seen at a restaurant eating, a bowling alley, or even at a church function. What they don’t realize is how idiotic it makes them look, and how God feels by them acting the way they are. Maybe they don’t care, simple minds are just that, simple minds. I, myself ,being a lifelong member of “the larger than life club”, have heard and seen it all. I have watched these people make mockery of others, including my own self and wondered what really makes them tick in that pea brain they have occupying their head. I have seen them watch as a stout (that word!) person bends and tries to pick something up from the sidewalk they dropped. I think in their simple mind, they are awaiting a heart attack to unfold in front of them, and when it doesn’t, disappointment is shown all over their face. Actually, instead of it being pie on their face, it should be a look of shame, shame that they didn’t at least offer to help the person in despair, whether it be someone bigger, handicapped or an elderly person. Details don’t matter at that point, it all boils down to common courtesy. Oh, but wait! That also seems to be a thing of the past! If today you are seemingly fighting a battle, whether it be a job loss, lack of money that you used to have jingling in your pocket, the car squeaks when you are driving it, your jeans that fit you many moons ago are now too tight or just out of style, you are blessed. If you feel “D” because it seems like no matter how hard you try to get ahead it just don’t seem as tho it’s happening, be thankful. You are well, you are able to see and read, you are living in the greatest land of all, the United States of America, and above all of this, you are loved. You are loved by many, even the ones that you haven’t had the opportunity to cross paths with. But more important than these folks, you are loved by God. And, with Him on our side, why sweat the small stuff? As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I reflect back on so many things in my life. I am thankful for each and every little mountain I continue to climb. Life’s lessons has made me a stronger person. I am thankful for my family, each of whom I cherish with all my heart, my great abundance of friends that makes me smile even when my chips are down. I am thankful for my squeaky car, my job that gives me headaches at times, the humble abode that I call home, my sound mind and aging body that aches from time to time, and just for being able to get up each morning and conduct myself as need be on a daily basis in this great land of ours. How very blessed I am for the great abundance of necessities that God provides for me! I can never thank Him enough! I wish each of you a very special Thanksgiving. May you have an abundance of love and peace, with family and friends to share it with. May your table be filled with food, lots of laughter and remembrance that you are loved.

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Ricon can’t compete with New York City when it comes to restaurants and theaters, but it is able to get the jump on the Big Apple when it comes to a visit by Santa Claus. While Santa is part of the Macy’s Day Parade on Thanksgiving morning, he comes to Rincon on the Saturday “before” Thanksgiving. Santa will be part of the Rincon Lions Christmas Parade, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 21. The parade will start at Macomber Park at 10 a.m., head down Lexington Street and turn right on Fourth Street. It will continue south on Hwy. 21 and finish up at 9th Street. The parade is expected to last around

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town tradition” that allows him to get out and mingle. “I enjoy meeting with the people,” he says. He offers a simple explanation as to the “early” date of the parade. “We’ve always done it before Thanksgiving,” Fries says. This year’s grand marshal is Valdee C. Exley, a longtime Rincon resident and World War II veteran who flew on B-24s in Europe and earned two Bronze Stars. Nearly 70 years later, he’ll settle for slightly slower speeds and a lower altitude as he rides in the lead car of the parade - a Mustang convertible. “It’s a great honor for me,” says the 88-year-old Exley. “I enjoy the people.” Exley adds he’s kind of a quiet fellow and not used to a lot of attention. For at least part of one day, he might find it difficult to escape that attention. Regardless of his vantage point, Exley has seen his share of hometown parades in his lifetime. “It brings back some memories, it sure does,” Exley says. Held in conjunction with the parade will be the Dickens Festival, sponsoreed by the First Baptist Church of Rincon and featuring a number of food and arts & crafts booths.

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been four lift station repairs and two grinder pump calls. In Recreation, Councilman Royal said tumbling classes are continuing, and Saturday classes are available. Basketball registration ends on November 20th. In Building and Zoning, Councilwoman Benton said there had been 3 new single family permits issued, bringing the year to date total to 134. Mayor Lamb then recognized newly elected State Rep. Anne Purcell. She let everyone know that she would be taking the oath of office on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 29th, at 3pm in the banquet room of the Holiday Inn Express on Hwy 21 in Port Wentworth. She reminded Council and those present that she would really like to hear from her constituents and get their input. Mayor Lamb then recognized Shannon Black and David Burke, the newly elected Council members who were in attendance, as well as Charles Archer who ran for Mayor. In New Business, Council voted to approve a 3’ rear setback variance to build a beautiful new sunroom on the back of the residence at 164 Village Lake Drive. Next, Council voted to subdivide a lot into two lots beside the new bowling alley for future business growth. Council also voted to approve the final subdivision plat for Towne Park, Phase 1, Block D. These are the townhomes back behind the shopping center and hotel behind Hardee’s just off I-95.

Council next approved preliminary construction plans for Somersby Subdivision, Phase II. It was noted that sidewalks on Pine Barren Road will have to be put in when the construction hits the halfway mark. Next, Council voted to spend $1,875 from the Tree Fund to refurbish the sign in front of City Hall. City Manager Robbie Byrd said the Tree Fund will get a big boost when Mitsubshi begins construction, and money will then be allocated to add a digital sign so that Ms. Jackie Carver doesn’t have to keep putting letters up on the old sign. Finally, Council had discussion on the new Charter High School. The school will be called West Chatham Preparatory School. It will be paperless, all computer driven with no books. Each child will move at his or her own pace. Parents will be required to be involved, and they will not tolerate misbehaviour by the students. Currently, they are planning on building at Godley Station, in the shopping center where Towne Lake Dental Group is located, west of Pearle Vision and GeoVista off the Pooler Parkway. That will require rezoning of the PUD, which should pass through Council easily. The school is planning to open in September, 2010. Pooler City Council meets on the first and third Monday of each month at 6pm at City Hall. The public is encouraged to attend and see how they’re spending your tax dollars.

Police Reports

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site. A man sent him two checks, each for $4,150, which was too much money. Of course, the man wanted him to cash the checks and send his lawyer in the United Kingdom a money order for the difference. The man instead turned the checks over to the Officer. • I rode past this one last Wednesday night... Officers responded to a man lying in the grass beside South Rogers Street. He and his girlfriend had gotten into an argument, so he jumped on his bicycle and pedalled away. Due to his highly intoxicated state, he lost control of the bike and fell. They transported him to a local hotel to sleep it off. • Around 2:30am, Officers found a man standing in front of Wendy’s. The man said he was waiting on

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on his way to jail for DUI. • A Guyton man was stopped when he tried walking out the store with $310 worth of merchandise unpaid for. The items were lying under his jacket in his buggy, and he tried convincing them he thought he’d paid for everything. He was arrested for felony shoplifting. • An Officer met a Bloomingdale Officer on the side of westbound I-16 where a man had pulled over. He’d obviously been in some type of altercation and had a visible in-

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his girl friend to finish deliverin newspapers at the Gate Station and come and pick him up. When asked why he didn’t just wait for her at the Gate Station, the man explained that he’d just got out of jail a few days ago for shoplifting at the Gate Station and didn’t think it would be smart to be caught around there. • An Ellabell woman filed a report with Police, saying she’d let a man take her 2000 Kia Sephia to repair her CV joints. The man’s name is Roger and he lives in Bloomingdale, but nobody’s seen him in the last couple of days. (Maybe he’ll see this and return your car...) • The Guyton shoplifter returned to the store just a couple of days after getting arrested. They now have him on video purchasing a DVD while bagging a DVD player and a Sonora Reel, a total value of around $90. A warrant was issued by the local judge. (File that one under They’ll Never Learn...) • Police responded to a Pooler residence where a woman told them her GMC Envoy had just been stolen from her driveway. After learning that no one else had a key to the SUV, and that she was two months behind on her payments, the Officer had Port Wentworth Police check with the dealership there that had sold her the car. Of course, he found that they had repossessed it. (Yep, they’ll come take it away when you don’t make the payments...) • An Officer responded to a domestic dispute that began when a woman returned home from spending some time with her family. She explained that she’d gone shopping in Savannah, and when she came outside, her vehicle was missing. She believes her husband followed her into town and took her car. The Officer explained that if the theft occurred in Savannah, she would need to file the report with the Savannah Police. According to her husband, he hadn’t seen his wife since October 30th, and then only for about twenty minutes before she called the Police. They were advised to not speak to each other for the rest of the night if they were both going to stay in the residence.

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• At midnight, an Officer clocked a silver Subaru at 89mph in the 70mph zone of I-16 and made a traffic stop. The Statesboro woman had a hard time locating her insurance card, passing over it three times before the Officer pointed it out to her. She admitted she’d had a little wine with dinner, and then

Happy Birthday Erik Enjoy your Day, Brenda and Drew submitted to a field sobriety test. The Officer asked her if Mickey Mouse was a dog or a cat, and she failed. The Officer located the open bottle of wine in her car, and the coffee cup with wine in it. She was taken to jail for DUI after blowing a .140. • At 9pm, another Officer was running radar on I-16 and clocked a westbound Camry at 85mph. The Camry had been passing another car when he got it on radar. He pulled out to make a traffic stop, and the driver pulled back into the right hand lane and slowed down. When he pulled over and learned he’d been stopped for speeding, he immediately denied it, claiming he was only driving 79 or 80mph. The Officer asked if he’d like him to verify his radar was working correctly. About that time, the man’s girlfriend in the passenger seat piped up and said her boyfriend had the right to see the radar. The Officer explained that it would be dangerous to have him stand beside his patrol car on a busy interstate highway, and that by law, he only had to perform the test, not have the offender view it. Neither the man nor the woman believed that, claiming a lawyer had told them they had the right to see it. The Officer finally had to remove the man from the car so he could talk with him due to his big-mouthed girlfriend. She then leaned out her window and began video recording the Officer. Once again, she began shouting at the Officer, hindering his ability to have a conversation with the driver. He’d finally had enough, and arrested the woman on obstruction charges. It should be noted that her boyfriend told her several times to just do what the Officer said. She was transported to jail. Not sure if the boyfriend bothered to pick her up or not. • Officers have put the clamp down on disorderly persons in Bloomingdale. Thank you! ...A woman called to report a disorderly person at her home and she needed Officers to come remove him from her property. They arrived and found a man sitting on the front porch. They asked him about the situation, and he acted like he didn’t know what they were talking about. They told him to remain outside while they spoke with the lady inside, and the young man told them he didn’t have to do what they said. BAM! He was arrested on the spot and carted off to jail on disorderly conduct charges. He turned out to be the woman’s grandson and he’d brought two of his friends to her house. She didn’t want the friends just wondering around her home, and when she told him they had to leave, he got mad and began cursing her. (Put him on the chain gang! Young punk talking to his grandmomma like that...) • Officers responded to another residence where a woman was having problems with her 19 year old son. She told them they were

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arguing about the boy’s behaviour, adding that he was trying to be better but still refused to behave. The Officers questioned the son, but he refused to even respond to them. Suddenly he became loud, shouting at his mother and the Officers, and they slapped the cuffs on him and hauled his butt to jail for disorderly conduct. (Let him sit in that cell and count the concrete blocks in the wall for a day or two, see if he can’t manage to control his temper a little better the next time!) • Around 3:30pm, an Officer was southbound on Bloomingdale Road when he saw a northbound car at a high rate of speed passing another vehicle on the bridge over I-16. The Officer turned around and got the driver stopped near Pine Barren Road. When dispatch advised that the car had no insurance, the car was towed from the scene. The Savannah man was allowed to call a friend to come pick him up. •  Officers responded to a Bloomingdale residence around 2:30pm. A man walked them out to his Dodge Dakota pickup and showed them where someone had sprayed red paint on his hood, fender, and windshield. (There’s another child that needed a lot more tail whuppin’s growing up!)

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someone playing their car stereo too loud. The Mustang was pulling out as they arrived, and an Officer made a traffic stop north on Hwy 21 in the parking lot of an apartment complex. He obtained ID’s from everyone in the car, including two brothers in the back seat. (As in “My brother Darryl and my other brother Darryl...”) Turned out that Darryl #1 was wanted by the Hinesville Police, and he was taken into custody. At that point, Darryl #2 got out and began cussing and yelling loudly. The Officer pulled his taser and ordered the man to get back into the car. The man replied “Ya’ll better get some more of ya’ll cause it’s gonna take more than ya’ll two,” setting a new record for using the word “ya’ll” the most times in one sentence. About that time, his cell phone rang, and soon the Officer heard him say “I know Momma... I just like scaring ‘em! You can pick me up at jail!” Another Officer arrived and they placed the driver in handcuffs as well as Darryl #2. But the driver became cooperative at that point, so he wasn’t charged and was released. Darryl #1 was taken to jail to be held for the Hinesville Police to pick up. Darryl #2 was charged with disorderly conduct and obstruction and was placed in the cell next to his brother. • Shortly before 6am, Officers responded to a report of a drunk begging people for money at a convenience store at Hwy 21 and I-95. They found the man’s Crossfire

parked between two semi trucks in the parking lot with the lights still on. The drunk was now stumbling back across Hwy 21 towards them. He blurted out “I haven’t had that much to drink... I’m just trying to find my keys!” The Officer patted him down and found his keys in his jacket pocket. He then asked the Florida man if that was his Crossfire in the parking lot. The man replied that it was his ex-girlfriend’s car and that they’d just broken up. He was soon arrested for public intoxication. The Officer called the man’s ex in Florida, and she asked to make sure that it wasn’t turned over to old boy once he got out of jail. The Officer included that note with the tow form and had the car removed.

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• Around 5pm, Officers were running radar on Hwy 80 and clocked an eastbound Cadillac SUV at 73mph in the 45mph zone. One Officer took off after the Caddy while the other continued checking the radar. Soon, the Cadillac came passing back by westbound. The Officer then got into his patrol car, caught up with the driver, and got her stopped across from the funeral home. The woman had a hard time standing up as she told them she was trying to find her way back to the airport. She blew a .233 and was taken to jail for DUI. • An Officer stopped a black Honda Accord on Dean Forest Road for having windows tinted too dark. He walked up to the driver’s window, and the driver rolled the window down. When he did, the marijuana smoke billowed out like a smokestack at International Paper. When the Officer found two baggies of marijuana, one containing several

Just as telling, Obama insists that the decision to move Mohammed to civilian court was entirely Holder’s. This is deceptive nonsense. Even if technically true, the choice to let Holder make the decision was the real decision. The commander in chief opted to hand off jurisdiction over enemy combatants to the cops. He can’t duck that responsibility by saying it wasn’t his call. But there’s a more immediate problem. This won’t be a show trial, strictly speaking. But it will be a trial for show. Prominent defenders of the decision insist that this trial is at least partly to benefit America’s image around the world. That’s a laudable goal -- and another example of why this is not a mere law-enforcement issue. But I’m dubious that will be the result. Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) defended the administration Sunday on Fox News, echoing suggestions from the White House that even if the accused are acquitted on a technicality, they won’t be released. They would go back to the legal purgatory known as “preventive detention.” That is the right policy; these are dangerous men, after all. But it is an affront to civilian jurisprudence. Under military law, preventive detention is a well-established norm. Under civilian law, it’s an affront. Throw into the equation that these men weren’t read their rights, were interrogated in a manner that is illegal in civilian courts, are being tried with little if any possibility of an impartial jury -- and the fact that Holder all but insists they’ll be convicted -- and it all adds up to a farce. Moreover, the administration has not abolished military tribunals. Holder is sending the al-Qaida suspects in the attack on the destroyer Cole to one. Hence, enemies who attack us abroad are treated like enemy combatants with fewer rights, while terrorists who managed to kill civilians here

Jonah Goldberg at home are treated like American citizens. That is perverse. If history is a guide, this trial will unavoidably come at a cost in terms of leaked intelligence and propaganda victories for our enemies. Obama’s defenders don’t believe it. “Does anyone think,” asks Joshua Micah Marshall, a prominent liberal blogger, that the “Nuremberg trials ... advanced (the defendants’) causes?” Obama himself invoked the Nuremberg trials during the presidential campaign. “Part of what made us different was even after these Nazis had performed atrocities,” he explained, “we still gave them a day in court, and that taught the entire world about who we are but also the basic principles of rule of law.” Such arguments are revealing on at least two counts. First, the Nuremberg trials were military tribunals -- it was understood that the Nazis were not mere criminals. Second, they took place after we had won the war against Nazi Germany. We could afford such a spectacle because the Nazi cause was dead. Meanwhile, the war on terror lives. Just don’t tell that to Barack Obama. (You can write to Jonah Goldberg in care of this newspaper or by e-mail at JonahsColumn@aol.com.)

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Let Us Remember...

Melba Lois Townsend Harden Melba Lois Townsend Harden, 78, of Savannah, died Friday, Nov. 13, 2009 at Hospice House. She was born in Robeson County, N.C., and moved to Savannah in 1974 from Fairmont, N.C. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur D. Harden, her parents, Gussie Owens and Floyd Aaron Townsend, and a son, Ronald Douglas Harden. She was a member of Chapel By the Sea Baptist Church at Tybee Island, Ga. She is survived by 2 sons, Stanley Raymond Harden, and Stewart Harden (Paula), both of Savannah, Ga; a daughter, Stephanie Mizelle (Michael) of San Francisco, California; 7 grandchildren, and 2 great- grandchildren, and one on the way. Funeral services were held Monday morning in the Chapel of Fairhaven Funeral Home, with Dr. David Laughner officiating. Interment was in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens. Remembrances: Hospice Savannah, Inc., 1352 Eisenhower Drive, Savannah, Ga 31406. Fairhaven Funeral Home handled arrangements. Annette Hale Annette Hale, 68, of Pooler, Ga. died Thursday November, 12, 2009 at St. Joseph’s Hospital after a short illness with family and friends around her. She was born in Jacksonville, Fl. She was a loving Mother, grandmother, known as “GaGa,” and a friend to all. She was preceded in death by her Mother, Emma Hale, and father, James Hale; son, Captain Edward

Jason Korn, and brother, Kenneth Anthony Hale. She is survived by 2 sons, Lance Hale and Michael O’Berry, both of Savannah, Ga.; 2 daughters, Alexis Holt (Farron) of Bowman, S.C. and Tammy O’Berry of Statesboro, Ga.; 1 brother, James Hale; 5 grandchildren, John Herdman, John Austin O’Berry, Cody Edenfield, Sabra Bates and Stephanie O’Berry; several nieces and nephews and 3 stepgrandchildren. Contributions may be made to Commander Warrior Transition Battalion C Company Bldg. 330 45 Hospital Court Fort Gordon, Ga. 30905. A Memorial Service was held Monday afternoon in the chapel of Fairhaven Funeral Home, with Rev. Stacy Hill officiating. Fairhaven Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Polly Vaughan Polly Vaughan, 81, of Guyton, passed away peacefully on Tuesday November 10, 2009 at Savannah Specialty Care, with her loving family at her bedside, under the care of Island Hospice. She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Rev. Vernon T. Vaughan, Jr. Polly was born in Millen, Ga. and raised in Jacksonville, FL. She was a graduate of Lee High School and was retired from the Waycross Board of Education as a secretary at the Crawford Street Elementary School. She and her husband were residents of Waycross, Ga. for over 32 years and was a member of Woodlawn Baptist Church. She is survived by two daughters and son-in-law; Melody Vaughan of Charleston, SC, Melissa & Ted Jones of Guyton, Ga.; two grandchildren, Heidi Vaughan Minchew and her husband Perry of Charleston, SC, Catherine Jones of Guyton, GA.; two greatgrandchildren, Bade & Kessler

Minchew of Charleston, SC. The funeral service was held last Friday morning at Woodlawn Baptist Church, with Rev. Gary Johnson officiating. Burial was in Hillcrest Abbey West Cemetery. Memorial Contribution: Woodlawn Baptist Church Building Fund. Fairhaven Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Lynn Marie JoVan Lynn Marie JoVan, 38, died Friday, November 6, 2009 at her residence. Mrs. JoVan was born in Houston, Texas but lived in Rincon for a number of years. She was a pharmacy technician at CVS Pharmacy and attended St. Boniface Catholic Church. Survivors include her husband, Robert John JoVan of Rincon; two sons, Edward and Cody JoVan of Rincon; her parents, Harry and Rosemary Hughes of Bloomingdale; three sisters, Samantha Mocklow of Bloomingdale, Kelly Miles of Rincon and Megan Livingston of Rhode Island; and two brothers, Harry and David Hughes, both of Bloomingdale. Memorial services were held Sunday afternoon at the Ben Wages Chapel of Riggs Funeral Home. Riggs Funeral Home handled arrangements. Merle Lynn Hamilton Merle Lynn Hamilton, 45, passed away November 11, 2009. Survivors include her two sons, Dusty and Keith Hamilton of Bloomingdale; sister, Kay Dennis of Faulkville; three brothers, Eric, Danny and Van Zipperer, all of Guyton; three nieces, April Cavalier, Erica Zipperer and Taylor Zipperer; two nephews, Ralph Zipperer and Dylan Walker; her previous husband, Dan Hamilton; mother-in-law, Susie Hamilton;

daughter-in-law, Joann Teique; sister-in-law, Brandi Zipperer; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins. Graveside services were held Monday afternoon at North Salem Baptist Church cemetery. Riggs Funeral Home handled arrangements. Carollyn Orpha MacDonald Carollyn Orpha MacDonald, 75, died November 14, 2009 at Candler Hospital. Mrs. MacDonald was born in New York and lived in Rincon for a number of years. She was a homemaker and a Protestant. She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Earl MacDonald. Survivors include two sons, Jim MacDonald of Sarasota, FL and Richard MacDonald of Rincon; two daughters, Cindy Barker of Rincon and Gail Spires of Oregon; nine grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be held Friday, November 20 at 12:30pm at Beaufort National Cemetery. Riggs Funeral Home handled arrangements. Eugene Glenn Walters Eugene Glenn Walters, 58, died November 13, 2009 at Memorial Health. Mr. Walters was born in Michigan and lived in Guyton for a number of years. He was a member of Gethsemane Baptist Church and worked for Gulfstream Aerospace. Survivors include two sons, Dustin and Christian Walters of New Smyrna Beach, FL; three sisters, Kim Smith (Ron) of Michigan, Tammy Fox (Glenn) of California, and Michelle Holiday of Michigan; three brothers, Eric Walters (Shelley) of California, Lee Walters (Tammy), and Donnie Walters, all three of Michigan; his father, Donald Walters of Michigan; and his grandmother, Jane Walters of Michigan.

Memorial services will be held Sunday, November 22 at 3pm from the Ben Wages Chapel of Riggs Funeral Home. Riggs Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Lyle John Otto “Wrench” Lyle John Otto, “Wrench,”30, died November 10, 2009 in Springfield from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Lyle was born in Oregon, but lived in Savannah for a number of years. He was a US Army veteran, having served two tours in Iraq. He was a wheeled vehicle mechanic and a member of the USA Military Veterans Motorcycle Club in Savannah. A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 21 at 4pm from the Ben Wages Chapel of Riggs Funeral Home. Riggs Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Charles Isaac Jones Charles Isaac Jones, 73, passed away on Wednesday Nov. 11, 2009 under the care of Hospice Savannah. Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Katie Marchant and Virgil M. Jones, Sr., his wife, Nancy Carolyn Lewis Jones, and 2 brothers, Virgil M. Jones, Jr. & Bobby Lee Jones. He is survived by a son, Timothy Charles Jones; daughter Tia Jones Fountain; 4 brothers, William C. Jones, Jack C. Jones, Freddie M. Jones, and Larry L. Jones; and 2 grandchildren. Graveside Services were held Tuesday afternoon at Greenwich Cemetery. Fairhaven Funeral Home handled arrangements.

2 Chronicles 7:14

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When we were in Texarkana last week, there were signs in people’s yards that said, “ America, prayer is our only hope” with 2 Chron. 7:14 underneath. We certainly need God’s help! I have no idea who started this, but I certainly agree with it. I heard a preacher on TV tonight that said if will pray for our nation that things will turn around. After a day of contemplation and soul searching, I have decided to reach out to my friends and relatives and ask you to do something that has been troubling me for a long time. Our nation is/has been on the slippery slope for a long time. If you look around you will find corruption, greed, moral decay, and a steady move away from the things that made us great. The principles upon which this nation was founded are no longer our backbone. However, we can reverse this trend. 2 Chron. 7:14. In God’s word he states,”If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” I am convinced that we must pray for our nation and its leaders and ask for forgiveness. So I ask you to join me in this plea to our Lord. Let me just add a quote from Ronald Reagan... “If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” I truly believe this is why the United States of America is in the shape we are in today. Most people have forgotten that we are one nation under God! Let us as Christians stand up and remind people of this. ~ Have a blessed day!

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The Church Bulletin Board • Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Springfield, will host a Community Thanksgiving Service at 6:30pm on Sunday, November 22nd. Father Lefavi from St. Patrick’s Church, Pooler will be preaching. Refreshments served afterwards. • Angel Haven Outreach Ministry, located at 409 South Laurel Street in Springfield, will be serving Thanksgiving Meals with all the Trimmings Free of Charge to the Effingham County and surrounding Communities on Tuesday, November 24th, from 5pm to 7pm. Please come in the entrance that has the HangOut sign over the door. If you would like to volunteer to help serve the meals to the community or if you would like to donate a turkey or ham, please contact us at 407-0071. • BREAKFAST WITH SANTA Join Santa Claus for breakfast at 8:30am on Saturday, December 5th at the Rincon United Methodist Church Family Life Center, 810 Fort Howard Rd. This 4th annual celebration emphasizes the true meaning of Christmas while getting everyone into a festive mood. Enjoy pancakes, bacon, sausage, juice, milk and muffins, and then the kids will have a chance to sit on Santa’s lap. Be sure to bring your camera! Tickets are $6 (10 and up), $3 (ages 3-9), free for tots under 3. Tickets should be purchased in advance by December 3rd from church members or the church office (call 826-5796). Eight tickets will reserve a table. • Rincon First Christian Presents: LOVE IS BORN, A Drive-Thru Nativity experience with CD narration from the comfort of your own car. DECEMBER 5 & 6, Saturday & Sunday 6 - 8 PM. Enter from Chimney Road then Elm Road to begin the drive-thru at the field of Rincon First Christian Church, 5835 Highway 21 South, Rincon, 826-2224. www.rinconfirstchristian.com. • Mr. Errol A. Roach, Ed. S. and the Sound of Joy School of Music cordially invites you to its Fall Recital featuring Student of Voice on Monday, November 23rd at 7:01pm in the main sanctuary of Second African Baptist Church, 123 Houston Street – Pastor C. McGill Brown, host minister. Students will perform sacred, spirituals and gospel pieces. There is no admission fee. A reception will immediately follow the recital. For more information or inquiries about vocal lessons, please call 912-2013589. • 5th Anniversary Black Tie Gala for Presiding Elder Neal and Reverend Debbie Grant Neal In recognition and appreciation of Presiding Elder R. Nathaniel Neal’s fifth anniversary as Presiding Elder of the Savannah District, the Savannah District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church invites you to a “Black Tie Gala” for Elder Neal and Reverend Debbie Grant Neal on Saturday, December 5th, at 6pm – 9pm at the Bethlehem Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 1008 May Street, Savannah,

GA. The tickets are $35 per person, $60 per couple and $300 per table. Please contact Rev. Donna Baker at 843-338-6841 or email to revdonnabaker@aolcom for information and tickets. To God be the Glory for the great things He has done. • Grace Unlimited is accepting donations of canned goods, nonperishable items, and more for Thanksgiving feasts for needy families. If you are in need of any assistance, let us know how we can help. Call Diane at Grace Unlimited, 826-3337 or visit us at 317 South Columbia Avenue, Rincon. • Trinity Chapel United Methodist Church will be having a Southern Gospel Sing on Saturday, November 21, featuring Higher Praise of McRae, Georgia, from 6pm to 8pm. Trinity Chapel UMC is located at 10th and Butler on Tybee Island. For more information, call 912-7866377. A Love Offering will be collected. • Richmond Hill United Methodist Church’s legendary Bar-B-Q scheduled for Saturday, November 21st, celebrating its 58th year! The Richmond Hill United Methodist Church is having their legendary Bar-B-Q, Bazaar and Silent Auction on Saturday, Nov. 21st, 10am – 5pm at the Richmond Hill United Methodist Church, 9050 Ford Ave. The event is free and open to the public. Celebrating 58 years, this once a year event has grown into a legendary day of serving some of the best Bar-B-Q in the area including hams, Boston Butts, ribs, chopped ham, potato salad, apples and more. The daylong event also includes entertainment, fellowship, and even a chance to do some holiday shopping with our bazaar featuring handmade items and a silent auction consisting of donated items from merchants and individuals in Richmond Hill and the surrounding area. Meal tickets and pre-orders of hams, quarts of potato salad and apples are available for advanced purchase. Order forms can be found at rhumc.com and e-mailed to rhumc@coastalnow.net, faxed to 756-4610 or mailed to RHUMC at P.O. Box 1480, Richmond Hill, Ga. 31324. Order forms may also be dropped off at the church office. Chopped ham will be available by the pound and BBQ sauce by the quart and gallon on the day of the auction. All pre-ordered whole hams must to be picked up by 3pm the day of the event. The day’s schedule includes: Bulk Sales, 10am – 5pm Silent Auction, 10am – 2pm Bazaar, 10am – 2pm Dining and Take Out, 10am – 5pm And if you are looking for a new beginning in a contemporary worship context, you are invited to join us for “8:56 REJOICE” worship service in the Fellowship Hall at 8:56am. This service features today’s music and the unchanging gospel of Christ. Along with the pastors, musicians from the church will provide leadership

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Bloomingdale Alpha United Methodist Church 5 East Hwy 80 • 748-4062 Pastor Anna Kelley Ash Street Baptist Church 310 Ash Street • 748-0902 Rev. Carlton Wiley

United House of Prayer For All People 4107 6th Street • 966-5522 Elder Samuel Ransom

Pineora Baptist Church 131 Elkins Street • 772-3044 Pineora (Corner of Ga. 17) Pastor: Bobby Braswell, Jr.

Oakland Missionary Baptist 187 Burkhalter Rd. • 236-3439 Pastor Jerry Wright

Countryside Baptist Church 1201 Noel C. Conaway Rd. Pastor Terry A. Wilson Sand Hill Baptist 1931 Sand Hill Rd. • 728-3681 Rev. Royce Hendry

Bloomingdale Alliance Church 501 West Hwy 80 • 748-6351 Rev. Ken Otto

Alpha & Omega Ministries 4906 Pineland Dr. Pastor James P. Witherspoon

Church of the Nazarene 1116 East Hwy 80 • 748-9128 Pastor: David Horne

Palm Grove Primitive Baptist 2207 Shaw Avenue • 964-2080 Elder James W. Kicklighter

South Effingham Community Church 289 Harley Road • 728-3810 www.southeffingham.com Pastor: Steve Canfield

Journey Church Meeting at Bloomingdale Elementary, Sunday mornings at 10:30am Pastor Larry D. Wilson 224-6453

Everlasting Life Christian Church 614 Hwy. 80W • 964-6003 Rev. Van Marie Green, Pastor

Zion Lutheran Hwy 30 at Ga. Hwy 17 Marlow • 728-3430 Pastor Barbara Koch

First Baptist Church of Bloomingdale Cherry Street • 748-4017 Rev. Darrell Bailey New Life Sanctuary 1410 Pine Barren Road • 988-3598 Pastor Bryan M. Smith Liberty Pentacostal Church Little Neck Road Life Springs Worship Center 1105 E. Hwy. 80 330-0740 Pastor Julie Stanley Piney Grove Baptist Church Hwy 80 • 748-5966 Pastor Belizaire Joseph South Newington Baptist 462 John Carter Road • 748-4831 Pastor Nathaniel Steve McCoy St. John Divine Baptist Hwy 80 Rev. Alphonso Piper

Trinity Church of God 2202 Hwy. 80 • 964-8770 Frank Gupton Oak Grove Missionary Baptist 4617 Louisville Road • 964-2683 Mt. Olivet Baptist Church 4285 Ogeechee Rd. • 234-1979 Pastor Robert L. Miley Silk Hope Baptist Church 18 Tower Dr • 233-8424 Interim Pastor: David Wainwright Woodlawn Baptist 407 Talmadge Ave. • 964-8676 Gary Johnson, Pastor

Garden City Central Baptist Church 4010 Old Louisville Rd. 965-0752 Rev. Kenny Harrelson Count It All Joy Ministries Highway 17 Michael Tucker Wilder Memorial Baptist 1 Gamble Road Rev. Tom Keller Wildwood United Methodist Garrard Avenue Pastor Lloyd Dees Chapel in the Garden Presbyterian Church Daren Russell 93 Main Street • 964-5734

West Chatham Baptist Church South Rogers Street Rev. David Stanford MorningStar Baptist Church 131 Canal Street (off Pooler Parkway) Pastor Tom Byerly Savannah First Seventh Day Adventist 50 Godley Way • Pooler • 748-5977 Rev. Mark Pioutrowski Gateway Community Church Now meeting at the YMCA on Pooler Parkway • 220-1074 Pastor Matt Hearn www.gatewaysavannah.com Church of Christ in Pooler Meets at Quality Inn (behind Burger King on Governor Treutlen Drive/I-95) Services: 10AM-Bible Class 11AM-Worship Service Every Sunday Contact 912-966-2071 The Church at Godley Station (Meeting Sundays at 9am behind Home Depot on Pooler Pkwy) Pastor Earnie Pirkle Assoc. Pastor: Steve Dees 220-4440

Guyton/Marlow Faith Ministries International 51 Central Blvd. (Hwy. 17) 772-4849 Pastor, Bruce Meyers Pine Street Baptist 118 Lynn Bonds Avenue Pastor: Chris Roberson

Pooler Beth-El Alliance Church Quacco Road Rev. Michael Owens

Port Wentworth Bonnybridge Baptist Church 811 Bonnybridge Rd. • 964-0553 Dr. Dan Hall, Pastor

The Fountain Church International 131 Canal Street, Suite B • 704-1462 Sunday: 8AM and 11 AM, Wednesday’s POWER HOUR @ 7PM Pastor Joseph Clinton

Open Door Ministries at Joel’s Place 13 North Coastal Hwy. at Bonnybridge Rd. • 964-5001 Pastor Neil Bush

New Life Covenant Church 1105 E. Hwy. 80 • 220-5244 Rev. Rodney A. Sprauve

Pineora Holy Church of God 460 McLaws Rd. • 232-6100 Pastor Ronnie Miles

Abundant Life Community Church (ELCA) www.AbundantLifePooler.com Sunday School 9:23 AM Weekly Worship - Sundays at 10:30 AM 119 Canal St. Suite 105 Just off the Pooler Parkway near Cancun Mexican Restaurant Pastor Seth Bridger 856-6871

Faith Baptist Church 1951 Hwy 119 South • Guyton Dr. Calvin Bradley, Pastor 772-5269 www.fbcguyton.org

Christ Presbyterian Church Coffee, Welcome with Worship at 10:00 a.m. 1743 Quacco Road • 925-6441 Rev. Ed Ayers • 713-1276

Elam Egypt Baptist Church Paul Moore, Pastor 2166 Egypt Ardmore Rd • 754-5060 Rev. Peter Vermeulen

The Sycamore at West Chatham Meeting in homes on Wednesdays Pastor Ric Smith • 596-4725

New Vision Pentecostal Church, 2355 Hwy 119 • 772-4417 Pastor: Charles Bazemore

United Methodist Church Ga. Hwy 17 • Marlow Rev. Peter Vermeulen Hwy. 30 Church of Christ 1952 Noel C. Conaway Rd. 728-3819 John W. Wright, Jr. Guyton Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 301 Pine Street 772-3478 Bethesda United Methodist 3608 Midland Road • 728-3332 Pastor Matt Waldron Guyton United Methodist 401 Church Street • 772-5099 Rev. Rick Holt First Baptist of Marlow 2229 Central Ave. • 772-7438 Pastor Daniel Alexander (Minister of Gospel)

Lighthouse Baptist Church 106 Pipemakers Circle • 748-1164 Pastor: Dr. Van Power New Birth Savannah Meeting at West Chatham Middle School Gym 800 Pine Barren Road • 233-6755 Pastor: Kenneth K. Law New Life Sanctuary 1410 Pine Barren Road Pastor J. S. Hartman • 572-6001 Heavenbound Baptist Church 1014 Quacco Road • 921-1500 Rev. Gene Alderman First Presbyterian Church Pooler (PCA) 329 Hwy. 80 East • 330-9415 John Fender, Pastor Faith Bible Baptist Church 5137 Old Louisville Rd. • 964-7655 Dale Mathis, Pastor Crossroads Worship Center Hwy. 80 at N. Rogers St. • 547-5101 Rev. Joe Hubbard

Bible Connection Ministries 410 S. Coastal Hwy. • 965-1101 Pastor: Alex Grant, Jr. First Baptist Church of Port Wentworth Hwy 25 • 964-5811 Rev. John Ashworth Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Hwy 25 • 964-0219 Father Michael J. Kavanaugh North Salem Baptist 955 Hwy 30 • 964-7933 Pastor Phil Hudson Port Wentworth Alliance Church 222 Cantyre Street • 964-4495 Pastor John Smith Faith Foundation C.O.G.I.C. 7 Cantyre Street • 964-0019 Pastor, Elder Earl Williams, Jr. Port Wentworth Baptist 231 Grange Rd • 964-0762 Real Life Christian Fellowship 841 Crossgate Rd. Pastor Paul L. Taylor, Jr. Port Wentworth United Methodist 201 Turnberry Street • 964-4210 Pastor: Tom Edwards Rincon Effingham Baptist Church 1007 North Columbia Ave. 826-3794 Pastor: Tom Davis

Church of Christ 4506 Augusta Rd. • 964-6443

Safe Haven Church/ Mission Central (Hwy 17), Guyton Pastor: Emmett Patterson

Risen Saviour Lutheran 1755 Quacco Road • Pooler Worship: 10AM Pastor James Borgwardt

Living Faith Church of God 3789 Noel C. Conway Rd. Rev. Sean Faircloth 728-8811

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church 1285 Pine Barren West • 748-6016 Sunday Worship 10:30am Rev. Dr. Robert LeFavi, Vicar

House of Prayer of Rincon Fort Howard Road in Rincon Services: Sunday 11 AM & 6:30 PM 826-2570 Pastor: Mildred Lake

Garden City Primitive Baptist 126 Smith Ave. • 964-5014 Pastor: Elder Hugh Thompson Jasper Springs Baptist Church 62 Smith Ave. • 964-6864 Pastor: Rev. Johnny Bowen Garden City United Methodist Church 62 Varnadoe Ave. • 964-5780 Rev. Dan Pegram Elohim Christian Fellowship 309 Main Street, Suite F Pastor Leroy R. Kirkland III 966-5005 Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 41 Main Street • 964-1649 Rev. David Rasmussen

Faith Presbyterian 2000 Lexington Avenue 826-6880 Rev. Mary Beene www.faithpcusa.com First Baptist of Rincon 201 E. 6th St. • 826-5536 Dr. Bob Rogers New Life Worship Center 5509 McCall Road • 826-3832 Pastor Paul Flippo First Christian 826-2224 Minister Steve Parker Goodwill Missionary Baptist Church Blandford Rd. • 826-5259 Rev. Jonah E. Jerman Goshen Road Baptist 1323 Goshen Rd. • 826-1826 Rev. Frank Hodges Grace Community Church 1094 Goshen Rd. • 826-4204 Pastor Wesley Corbitt Marantha Assembly of God 454 Weisenbaker Rd. • 826-5234 Rev. Mike Beck

Liberty Christian Fellowship Church 302 Church Street • 772-5522 John Tanner, Pastor Royal Temple Holiness Church 409 Samuel Small Dr. - 772-3498 Elder Verdie Banner New Providence Baptist Eric Palmburg 772-3590 New Hope Christian Church 2420 Courthouse Rd. • 772-4499 Rev. Brad Proudfoot Trinity Faith International Church 776 Kolic Helmey Road Pastor: Kaye Bell

First Baptist Church of Pooler 204 W. Hwy 80 • 748-7521 Sunday School: 10:45am Morning Service: 9:30am Evening: 6pm Wednesday Service: 6:45pm Rev. Otis Hill Rothwell Baptist Church 216 Rothwell Street • 748-7593 Rev. Devin Bell South Valley Baptist Church Rev. Barry Jackson Pine Barren Road • 748-0279 Reaching For Souls Located in the All American Glass Shopping Center on Hwy. 80 478-494-0893 Pastors: Stanly & Angela Abraham

Cornerstone Baptist Church Lexington Avenue Sunday: 10:45am • Wednesday: 7pm 754-9650 Pastor Duane Logsdon Centerpoint Church Meeting at Effingham YMCA 1224 Patriot Drive Pastors David Rhoads & Mike Bassett 826-5521 Acts III Global Church 604 Goshen Road • 826-2981 Pastor, Al Usher Church of the Harvest 434 Weisenbaker Rd. • 826-6461 Rev. Brunson

Northside Baptist Hwy 21N • 826-5346 Rev. Mike Jones Rincon Church of God Hwy 21, Rincon Pastor: DeWayne Merritt Rincon Baptist Temple 305 Weisenbaker Rd. • 826-5818 Pastor: Bro. Joe Springer Rincon Church of Christ 306 E. 4th St. • 826-5440 Rincon United Methodist 107 Savannah Ave. • 826-5796 Sr. Pastor: Rev. Larry Bird Journey Community Church 5938 Ga. Highway 21 South Pastor Michael Bassett 754-9444 St. John’s Lutheran Hwy 21 at 7th St. • 826-5411 Springfield Agape Assembly of God 703 First St. Ext. • 754-6354 Pastor: Shane Holcombe New Testament Fellowship UPC 307 South Laurel St. • 754-9782 Pastor: Walter Thomas Bethel Lutheran ELCA 1984 Hwy 21N • 754-6561 Rev. Shelley Nelson-Bridger Holy Samaritan Apostolic Church of the Living God 148 Rawls Drive Pastor Isiah Brehler, Sr. 754-4234 First Baptist of Springfield 1435 Hwy 119N • 754-3443 Rev. Jeff Rollins

Holy Trinity Lutheran 303 S. Laurel St. • 754-3353 Rev. Joe Copeck Jerusalem Lutheran 2966 Ebenezer Rd. • 754-3915 Rev. Elanor Russey Laurel Hill Lutheran 530 Laurel Hill Rd. • 754-6718 Rev. David Hendrix New Bethel Pentecostal 2402 Old Dixie Hwy • 754-1509 Darrel Childress, Pastor New Hope Apostolic 525 Ardmore Oaky Rd. • 754-4079 Mount Hope Missionary Baptist 5083 Mount Hope Road 772-3280 Pastor Leonard Lemon, Sr. Angel Haven Outreach Ministry 409 S. Laurel Street 407-0071 Pastors Carl and Leslie Canoy St. Boniface Catholic Church 1952 Hwy 21S • 754-7473 Mass: Saturday, 5:00 p.m. Sunday, 8:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. Father Wes Lamb

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Union Springs AME Union Springs Church Rd. • 7549460 Fellowship Bible Church 841 Old Dixie Hwy. • 754-9645 Pastor Robert Quarterman First United Pentecostal Church 1735 Grove Point Rd • 927-0569 Rev. David A. Hodge Southwest Chatham Amazing Grace Baptist Church 5790 Ogeechee Road • 858-4362 Pastor: George Barron Southwest Baptist 831 Little Neck Road • 925-0699 Dr. Robert B. Peacock, Pastor Chevis Oaks Baptist Church 102 Sylvania Rd. at Chevis Rd. 925-3852 Rev. Eric R. Carpenter Bethel New Testament Christian Church 1295 Little Neck Road • 412-4995 Pastor D.M. Nelson New Vision Baptist Church 2417 Louis Mills Blvd. 236-4841 Pastor Gary Bradham Savannah Holy Church of God 707 Little Neck Road • 920-0042 Pastor: Rev. Ryan Ralston

Gethsemane Baptist 1102 N. Maple St. 754-7530

Macedonia Baptist Church Central (Hwy 17), Guyton Pastor: Delmons White

First Baptist Church of Garden City 35 Nelson Ave. • 964-0355 Rev. Ken Sharpe

Turkey Branch United Methodist Turkey Branch Rd. • 754-0053 Madison Morgan – New Pastor

St. Luke’s Episcopal 155 Goshen Rd. 826-3332 Worship Service, 9:00 am Sunday School, 10:30 am Rev Dr. Bob LeFavi

Fairlawn Baptist Church 4719 Augusta Road • 964-4371 Rev. Harold Edwards, Sr., Pastor

Fellowship Assembly of God 5224 Augusta Rd. • 964-4243 Pastor Gary Smith

Ephesus Reformed Baptist 826-4598 • Pastor Steve Thomas

Abundant Life Church 1541 Highway 21 South • 754-3148 Pastor Don Burkhalter

Calvary Assembly of God 1007 West Hwy 80 • 748-5847 Daniel Webber, Pastor

Dean Forest Baptist Church 1524 Dean Forest Road 964-7369 Rev. Larry Strickland www.deanforestbaptist.org

Thomas Chapel AME Savannah Town Rd. • 754-1233

Jehovah Shammah Assembly of God 432 Blandford Rd. • 826-2173 Pastor Jackie Gordon

Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Association Education Center Central (Hwy 17) & Simmons Rd.

Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness 4869 Louisville Road • 964-1210

Bryant Temple W. 6th St. • 826-2896

Northside Church of God 273 Church Row • 754-4801 Pastor Reginald Anderson, Sr.

New Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church 130 Giles Avenue • Rincon • 826-2431 Solomon J. Roberts, Sr. - Pastor

Clifton Baptist Church 100 Big Hill Rd. • 964-2335 Rev. Oddie Luckett

Springfield United Methodist 209 Cleveland St. Rev. Ben Martin

St. Mary’s Holiness Church 205 Stokes Ave • Rincon • 826-4525 Bishop Billy Scott

Living Hope Community Fellowship 5008 Augusta Rd. • Garden City (Hwy. 21 next to Dairy Queen) 965-0406 Pastor Joyce C. Hall

St. Mathews Baptist 218 Wallace Dr. • 754-3143

Abercorn Baptist Baker Hill Rd. • 826-4213

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Mizpah United Methodist Church Clyo Kildare Rd • 754-1563 Pastor: Jose Velasquez

It’s Harvest Time Church 409 W. Hwy. 80 • Pooler 748-1560 Sundays at 11am Pastors Greg & Donna Van Gorp

Goshen United Methodist Church Hwy. 21 at Goshen Rd • 826-6088 Pastor Devin Schultz

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Effingham International Worship Center Marlow Learning Center • 748-7308 Pastor Eddie Tomberlin

Corinth Baptist Church 290 Corinth Church Rd. 754-0032 • Shawnee Pastor Jeff Self

Eden Baptist Church 435 Dogwood Way • 748-2373 Rev. Jonah E. German

Powers Baptist Eden • 748-6288 Travis Cowart, Sr.

Parkway Church of Christ 4360 Ogeechee Rd. • 234-4040 Clay Johnson

“The Lighthouse” of Effingham County meeting at Rincon YMCA 1224 Patriot Drive 856-0428 Roland Dann, Pastor

Faulkville Baptist Church Hwy 80 • 748-7332 Pastor Albert Hill

Zion Fair Missionary Baptist 4123 First Street • 964-1322 Ronald Smalls

Firm Foundation Baptist Church 937 Mixon Road • 865-4505 Dr. Bernard D. Carter

Clyo United Methodist Church Railroad St. at 3rd. Ave. Pastor Al Fernandez

Church of Christ Hwy 80

United Methodist Church Meldrim Pastor: Rick Holt

Bloomingdale Fellowship Church of God of Prophecy 1501 E. Hwy. 80 • 748-2181 Pastor: Mark Minter

Silver Hill United Methodist Church Silver Hill Church Rd. Pastor Al Fernandez

Solid Rock Baptist Church 5th Street • Meldrim Pastor: Greg McAlister

Woodlawn United Methodist 2502 Hwy 80 • 964-0787 Sanford Brown

Westside Christian Church Hwy 80 • 748-0309 Pastor Leonard Daughtery

Berea Southern Methodist Church 2872 Noel Conaway Road (GA 30 near Kolic Helmy Rd), Guyton

Meldrim/Eden/Faulkville Meldrim First Baptist 748-5220 James Carlisle – Pastor

Trinity United Methodist Church Corner of North Newton St. & Benton Drive • 748-4141 Pre-School, 748-4410 Pastor: Randy B. Nease

Quacco Baptist Church 215 Quacco Road • 925-3885 Pastor Barry Minsky Southside Assembly of God 401 Tibet Avenue Rev. Jack Moon Ft. Argyle Gospel Fellowship 909 Ft. Argyle Road (Hwy. 204) Pastors Robert and Renea Jordan 748-4339 Holy Church of God Little Neck Road Savannah Christian Church 55 Al Henderson Blvd. Pastor Cam Huxford Bethel Missionary Baptist 5863 Ogeechee Rd • 927-8044 Rev. Jerome Baker Coastal Christian Center 6073 Ogeechee Rd • 925-3166  Ron and Rosie Chambers Holy Church Of God 707 Little Neck Rd • 920-0042 Rev. Ryan Ralston New Mount Olive Baptist 835 Chevis Rd. • 920-1133 New Testament Missionary Outreach 102 Waynesboro Rd • 927-6368   Southside Church Of God 50 Henderson Blvd • 927-4408 Pastor John A. Reyes Spring Hill Baptist 44 Carol Way 925-7523 Shiloh Missionary Baptist Fort Argyle Road • 927-3169 Rev. Nathaniel Bowles North Bryan County Abundant Life Church of God 119 Wildwood Church Road Pembroke • 653-3696 Gethsemane Baptist Church 1275 Old Thorn Pond Road 660-3708 Pastor: Lonnie Oglesby Olive Branch Baptist Church Olive Branch Road - Ellabell Pastor Clent Sullens (912)858-3216 Northside Independence Baptist Church 458 W. E. Smith Road • Pembroke Pastor Jeff Spencer • 653-3088 www.nsbcpembroke.com Gospel Baptist Church 5126 Wilma Edwards Rd. 690-1066 Pastor John Whitaker www.gospelbaptist.net Ellabell United Methodist Church 3079 Hwy. 204 • Pembroke Pastor: Rodney Body 858-2534 Christ Baptist Church 3580 Wilma Edwards Road Ellabell • 858-2724 Interim Pastor: Travis Cowart, Jr. Faith Harvest Sanctuary 1237 Bill Futch Road • Ellabell Tony Hewitt 858-5446, church Gospel Baptist Church 5126 Wilma Edwards Road Ellabell • 690-1066 Pastor John Whitaker Ellabell First Baptist Church 3425 Hwy. 204W • 826-5003 Pastor Keith Perdue Pembroke United Methodist 102 College Street 653-2220 Rev. Ricky Bishop Bread of Life Holiness Church #119 Cypress Bay Loop Road Pembroke (912) 858-3161 Prophet Walter Wright, pastor Church of Christ Hwy 204 • Ellabell Min. Joseph Holloway, Jr. 858-3283 First Baptist Church of Blitchton 5204 Hwy. 80E • Blitchton Rev. Darnell Barner • 858-3274


Fruits Vine of the

SHOWING PLENTY OF COMMUNITY DRIVE Rincon Church Helps the Needy Locally and Abroad By Stephen Prudhomme Whether it’s at home or abroad, the First Baptist Church of Rincon is helping those in need during the holiday season. Hundreds of gift-wrapped boxes in the sanctuary and a multitude of food items in the welcome room reflect that giving spirit. The wrapped packages are shoe boxes filled with toys and assorted other items that will be sent to needy children around the world as part of the annual Operation Christmas Child drive started by Franklin Graham. This year, for the first time, parishioners were given the option of purchasing a shoe box that would be packaged by one of the youth groups, rather than doing it on their own. On Nov. 8, the youth group members used their Sunday school time to “make” gift boxes, the culmination of a six-week fundraising campaign. Their efforts, along with competition among various youth groups at the church and the generosity of parishioners during difficult economic times, helped First Baptist surpass its goal of 225 shoe boxes. Dr. Bill Gammon, associate pastor of education, says some people go “hog-wild” with boxes and fill them to the hilt. Along with toys, they send educational items, T-shirts and sex-appropriate games. Last year, the shoe boxes were sent to India. This year, Gammon isn’t sure where they will be sent, yet he knows they will make a difference, regardless of their final destination. “The children sent letters saying how special it was to receive the boxes,” Gammon says. “That’s pretty neat.” First Baptist is taking the drive one step further by sending a team to Atlanta next month to help load the shoe boxes collected from churches throughout the Southeast on a plane that will deliver them to some needy children in a foreign land, further evidence that the parishioners of First Baptist Church of Rincon “really care,” according to Gammon. “They go that 10th, 15th and 20th step to make a difference,” he notes. They don’t limit their contributions to shoe boxes. This Saturday, the church will hold its annual Thanksgiving food drive in conjunction with Rincon’s Christmas parade. One hundred fifty local families will receive a coupon to purchase a turkey, milk and eggs at Kroger, along with non-perishable food items donated by members of the congregation. They were selected, based on need, by the Department of Family and Children’s Services, local churches and others in the community. Gammon says the food drive has evolved over the years, starting with recipients coming to the church for a home-cooked meal. “They said they’d kinda like to be a home,” he notes.

Members of Moms on Missions and the Sonshine Sisters checked their shoe boxes twice as they prepared them for shipping Monday evening.

MY ANSWER By Billy Graham Q: The hard economic times haven’t hit me like they have most people, but I’m getting tired of churches and organizations begging me for money because they say their income is way down. After all, I’ve got to think of my own future in case things get worse. Am I just being selfish? -- Z.A.

A: Only you can answer that question -- but I hope you’ll face it honestly, because your answer will say much about what’s really important to you. It also may point you to an even deeper (and more serious) question: What place does God really have in your life? You see, our pocketbooks are somewhat like a thermometer that registers just how selfish or unselfish we really are. If we’re selfish, it means we’re putting ourselves and our desires ahead of the needs of others -even those who are suffering. If we’re generous, however, it indicates we care about others and their needs, and we want to help them. The Bible says, “A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor” (Proverbs 22:9). The Bible also commands us “to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share” (1 Timothy 6:18). Have you ever stopped and thanked God for giving you a job during these difficult times? More than that, have you ever opened your heart to receive the greatest gift any person can ever receive -- the gift of God’s own Son, Jesus Christ? Do so today. Then ask God to show you how you can help others, both by your giving and by volunteering. Almost every church and mission agency and homeless shelter I know of is hurting financially today, and they need your assistance.

(Send your queries to “My Answer,” c/o Billy Graham, P.O. Box 1270, Charlotte, N.C., 28201; call 1-(877) 2-GRAHAM, or visit the Web site for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association: www.billygraham.org.)

The Gift of Love

First Baptist Church of Rincon’s turkey helped promote this year’s Thanksgiving food drive and, unlike some of his brethren, will be back next year. The second year, meals were delivered to the Rincon police station and area gas stations. Finally, they came up with the present arrangement. Helping to remind people of the food drive is a giant inflatable turkey in back of the church. “The kids love it,” Gammon says. “They’ll be sorry when we take it down.” Gammon notes with pride that 7,365 items, including money, have been collected for this year’s food drive. “It’s staggering,” he says. “It’s amazing. We have list of people we pray for on Wednesday nights who have lost their jobs, but they still try and help others.” Just as they’ll travel next month to Atlanta to help load shoe boxes, a team of parishioners will head to New Orleans in April or May, the fourth or fifth team from the church, to rebuild homes in areas ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. It’s part of a $10,000 annual

budget that goes toward benevolent causes. “Locally and around the world, we have a rare window to helping others,” Gammon says. “It all starts at home. They still want to make a difference.” Keri Morgan was one of two dozen or so women from the church preparing the shoe boxes for shipment Monday night. A member of the Sonshine Sisters, she says she’s doing her part to improve someone’s quality of life and reduce the holiday stress. “We tend to take Christmas for granted,” Morgan says. “In other countries, they don’t always have the means or opportunity to buy gifts. It’s nice we can share that with them.” Fellow Sonshine Sisters member Christina Glendye echoes similar sentiments. “I enjoy helping out in the community and giving back,” Glendye explains.

PAUSE FOR A MOMENT

Do your best then to embrace each moment as it comes. Celebrate each and every one of them as a gift from God. Cherish the moments of love you give and the moments of joy you share. Learn from your moments of pain and grow from your moments of failure. Most of all, though, take the time to pause for a moment right now and give thanks to God for your life and all the moments of happiness it has brought you. Life may be momentary but the love it gives you lasts forever. By Joe Mazzella and passed along by www.christianvoices.org.

Do you ever wish that life came with a pause button? Do you ever wish that you could just take a moment from your life and stay there forever? I was remembering a moment like that from my own life recently. It was the night I brought my newborn, baby son home from the hospital. My son was 3 weeks late in arriving and my wife needed an emergency Caesarian section to bring him into the world. She was still in a lot of pain and sleeping when I heard him wake up during the night. Gently I picked him up and carried him into the living room so my wife could sleep. Rocking him in my arms I told him how much I loved him and how I would always be there for him no matter what. Then I saw his sweet eyes gazing up at me and the smallest of smiles form on his lips. It was a moment of pure joy that I wished would never end. Over the next 21 years I watched my son grow into a wonderful young

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man. In spite of having to deal with Autism he has still spread more joy, shared more love, and shined more light than I could ever hope to. He has brightened up every room he has ever walked into and he has filled my life with so many happy moments. My only regret is that I let far too many of them go by without cherishing them as I should have. Still, no matter how much we may wish it life doesn’t come with a rewind or a pause button and can only be lived moment by moment.

NEED PRAYER, DELIVERANCE OR HEALING? Through the Lord, Jesus Christ, we are here for all those in need of Prayer. Send prayer requests to:

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Love is the most important gift we’ll give during our lifetime. More than a one-time extravagance, it’s genuine, ongoing assurance we express through our words and actions. There are many priceless gifts that find their roots in love. Forgiveness. Trust. Friendship. Kindness. Sacrifice. Each one is a vital piece of a beautiful whole. I read a story that described love in a simple yet moving way. A group of elementary students were asked to honor a teacher who had passed away by drawing a picture of something that reminded them of her. One young boy finished his work of art quickly. When asked why he colored the entire page red, he explained, “I wanted to draw a picture of her heart-but it was too big for the paper.” What a wonderful way to be remembered. By giving unconditional love to others we begin to understand how deeply God loves us. It’s a gift that doesn’t always align with our emotions, energy, or time. We love others because God loves us so graciously. Merit isn’t an issue with God, nor should it be with us. We should give

Prayer of the Week... Lord, I worship you and give you the glory due your name. I worship you in the beauty of your holiness. When I praise you, you bring my life into alignment with your purposes. Help me to sing your praises even when I wake up troubled in the night. Even when my soul is heavy and I don’t feel like singing at all, put a song in my heart that rises out of me and releases my fear. Give me your words that I may keep singing my praise to you.

love so generously that it becomes a part of who we are and a reflection of Who we serve. Above all, we need to love the people God brings into our lives. Love is a gift God gives to us in infinite measure so that our hearts can enjoy an endless supply. Let’s tap into it. Let’s lavish it on others. Let’s fill our words and define our actions with it - and as we do our hearts will reap God’s abundance. He’ll always give more than we can fathom and more than we can possibly give away. And though it appears to be packaged in heart-shaped boxes and glass vases as we celebrate Valentine’s Day, love will always find its purest expression through words and deeds - as our heavenly Father exemplified through His gift of Jesus Christ. He loved us completely and expressed it openly. We’ll discover extraordinary blessings on the path of His example. I John 3:1 How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him. By Riva G. Sahhar and passed along by www.christianvoices.org.


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Police Reports

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• Around 6:30am, a Deputy was eastbound on I-16 when he noticed the westbound maroon Nissan Pathfinder partially on the shoulder of the interestate. The Deputy turned around in the median and began to pursue the Nissan, noting that the driver was swerving in the lane and nearly hitting the other westbound vehicles. He got the Warner Robins man stopped, and the man was arrested for DUI after blowing a .250. • Just after midnight, a Deputy followed a black Toyota pickup down Toni Branch Road. The driver was weaving on and over the fog line. As he crossed Hwy 30 onto Pevey Road, he crossed onto the wrong side of the road, nearly crashing into the ditch. The Deputy made a traffic stop, and the man explained that he had to go pick his drunk wife up from the bar. The Deputy called their daughter to come get the man’s wife while he was taken to jail for DUI. • Around 8pm, a Deputy was dispatched to I-95 where a Glynn County Deputy stopped an intoxi-

cated driver who had driven off the road and got stuck in the mud. The man presented the Deputy with his Florida license and said he hadn’t had anything to drink. A few minutes later, he said he’d only had two drinks as he explained he and his wife had gotten into an argument at their Florida home and he was going back home to West Virginia. The Deputy noted that the left rear tire on the man’s truck was shredded. The man said he’d stopped to get something to eat, then got back on the interstate southbound instead of northbound and was trying to find a spot to cut across the median and go back northbound. Instead he went jailbound, arrested for DUI.

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• At 10pm, a Deputy observed a white Pontiac Grand Prix turning onto Hwy 21 and driving in an erratic manner. The driver crossed the centerline several times and the Deputy made a traffic stop. The driver got out of the car and staggered back to the patrol car, attempted to open the back door and get in. The Deputy could smell the alcohol on the man, and could tell that he was obviously intoxicated. He put him in cuffs and had him sit in the back seat. He then looked inside the man’s car and noticed the open beer on the floorboard in

front of the driver’s seat. He went back to the driver and began to read him the Implied Consent notice when the man interrupted, saying “You don’t need to read that! I’m drunk as #@%%... take my @$$ to jail!” The Deputy then asked the man for a copy of his license, and the man replied “My license was suspended four years ago.” So he was taken to jail and blew a .249. Concerned that he may be suffering from alcohol poisoning, he was taken to the hospital to be checked first. • At 1am, a Deputy was pulling onto I-16 from Old River Road and noticed the tag light was missing on a purple Suzuki in front of him. He made a traffic stop, and the man handed over his California ID card. A check with dispatch revealed that the man’s California license was suspended, and he was also wanted by Toombs County Deputies. He was arrested for driving while suspended. • At 1:20am, a Deputy spotted a Cadillac Seville pulling out of a portion of land on Goshen Road where no homes were located. Suspicious, he signalled for the car to stop, and the driver pulled over at a residence in a nearby subdivision. The Deputy walked up and the driver indicated that his window wouldn’t roll down. The Deputy told him to open his door, and when he did, he was overwhelmed by the odor

of cologne, as if the man had been gargling with Old Spice! He was soon taken to jail for DUI Underage. • Deputies responded to a Guyton residence where parents said they didn’t want to file juvenile charges against their children, but they wanted Deputies to talk with them. The boys had obtained a bottle of an alcoholic beverage and had stashed it at another friend’s house. They were planning on getting it after they got out of church until their parents found out. • A Meldrim woman told Deputies she’d been hit by a deer on Meldrim Road. When she arrived at work, she found the passenger side door was dented the entire length of her 2008 Dodge Charger. Her husband advised her to contact Deputies and get a report for insurance purposes. • Deputies responded to a domestic dispute between two sisters. One sister complained that she was tired of her other sister living off her Mom and being disrespectful. The other sister explained that she was living with Mom after going through a divorce with two children. The Deputy then found out that sister #1 was wanted by the College Park Police with a statewide extradition notice. She was taken into custody. • Around 10:30pm, Deputies responded to a Clyo residence where

a man told them a woman was upset because he wouldn’t allow her to take his vehicle back to Savannah. She had wrecked the vehicle earlier that day, and admitted she was under the influence when she did that. By now, the woman was more upset and demanding that the Deputies give her a ride to Savannah. She was allowed to try calling people on the phone to come and pick her up, but each call would end up with her cussing someone out. After failing to get a ride home, she requested EMS so that they could give her a ride to Memorial where she would just check herself out. When EMS refused this nonsense, she began cursing everybody in the house. After several warnings, she was arrested for disorderly conduct and taken to jail. (Where she shoulda been in the first place!) • A woman called Deputies and told them that a young man was not supposed to be at her house anymore. When she told him to leave, he walked out and dumped her trash can in her front yard. • A Deputy was traveling along Mock Road when he was passed by a truck in the opposite direction. The Deputy looked in his rear view mirror to see what was in the bed of the pickup that appeared to be about to fly out, and while he was

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