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Marine before he was evacuated for medical treatment in critical and unstable condition. Tipton, the mayor of Bloomingdale, describes the bombing as a terrible, terrible tragedy and says Pittman’s actions were “very heroic.” He now realizes he misjudged Pittman, who worked at the movie theater next to the retail furniture store Tipton owns at the Westside Shopping Center before coming to work at the furniture store for three to four weeks. “Patrick is a perfect example of someone who can stand up and shine,” Tipton says. “I didn’t think he would join the Marines and I thought he was too small to make it through basic training. He proves you can’t judge people. I’ve learned to respect him going through different levels.”

When Wayne Tipton heard that Patrick Pittman, Jr., wanted to join the Marines two years ago, he had his doubts he would ever make it, noting his small size, soft-spoken ways and easygoing nature. The Springfield resident certainly didn’t fit the image of a brawny, tough Marine storming the shores of Tripoli. Perhaps that image should be modified. Last month, Pittman, a member of the 2nd Amphibious Assault Alpha Company out of Camp Lejeune, N.C., suffered multiple injuries during a suicide bomb blast in Iraq that killed eight and wounded 17. Despite multiple fractures to his arms and legs and a tremendous loss of blood, the lance corporal crawled to help a wounded

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Pittman follows a family tradition when it comes to serving in the military. His grandfather was retired from the Navy, and his father was in the Marines for eight years, serving during the Gulf War. The senior Pittman says Patrick was inspired to join the Marines after 9-11. “He wanted to do something with his life,” Pittman says. “I told him what he was up against and that he

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tures. But Pa didn't get the Bible, instead he bundled up again and went outside. I couldn't figure it out because we had already done all the chores. I didn't worry about it long though, I was too busy wallowing in self-pity. Soon Pa came back in. It was a cold clear night out and there was ice in his beard. "Come on, Matt," he said. "Bundle up good, it's cold out tonight." I was really upset then. Not only wasn't I getting the rifle for Christmas, now Pa was dragging me out in the cold, and for no earthly reason that I could see. We'd already done all the chores, and I couldn't think of anything else that needed doing, especially not on a night like this. But I knew Pa was not very patient at one

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the greatest joy in life comes from giving, not from receiving. It was Christmas Eve, 1881. I was fifteen years old and feeling like the world had caved in on me because there just hadn't been enough money to buy me the rifle that I'd wanted for Christmas. We did the chores early that night for some reason. I just figured Pa wanted a little extra time so we could read in the Bible. After supper was over I took my boots off and stretched out in front of the fireplace and waited for Pa to get down the old Bible. I was still feeling sorry for myself and, to be honest, I wasn't in much of a mood to read Scrip-

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Pittman faces yet another level – recovery. He’s at the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland in serious but stable condition, according to his father, Patrick Pittman Sr., a patrol officer with the SavannahChatham Metropolitan Police Department and former Marine. The senior Pittman says his son sustained 10 fractures on his right hand and upper arm, multiple fractures on his left hand and arm, a fractured right eye orbital, a broken nose and blown eardrums. Pittman, who spent seven days with his son last month, credits the medical personnel who initially treated the wounded Marine at the scene with saving his life. He says his son recently had his third surgery and is expected to remain in the hospital for another 3 months.

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December already? Where has 2008 gone? ...It’s probably not too early to let you know we’ll be closed for two weeks this year, and won’t be putting a paper out on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. I’ll try to keep reminding you of that as we get closer to the end of the year.

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...We had a pretty good turnout Saturday night for the Lighting of the Christas Tree in Pooler, especially considering the rain that was falling steadily on us. This year’s tree was dedicated to Leo McDonald, who’s helped at every Flying Pig Festival, pitched every tent for every Coffee Break, and missed only one Tree Lighting Ceremony at Joe Baker Park, the one where the tree was dedicated to him! In another day and time, we’d all be living in McDonald, Georgia, 31322. Leo was doing time at Candler Hospital and couldn’t be with us, although he’s home now and back in good health. ...Thanks to those that went and voted Tuesday, and congratulations Saxby Chambliss on your win. Now get things turned around up there and keep government off our backs! ...We had a great Thanksgiving at my house, with a delicious meal, lots of family including all

three grand young’uns, and just a good time. About the only thing I could complain about was the football games on TV. ...Speaking of Football... Congratulations to all you Georgia Tech fans out there. That was an impressive win over Georgia Saturday. ...Have you ever heard the story of Frank Feldman? A man walks out to the street and catches a taxi just going by. He gets into the taxi, and the cabbie says, “Perfect timing. You’re just like Frank.” Passenger: ‘Who?’ Cabbie: “Frank Feldman. He’s a guy who did everything right all the time. Like my coming along when you needed a cab, things happened like that to Frank Feldman every single time.” Passenger: “There are always a few clouds over everybody.” Cabbie: “Not Frank Feldman He was a terrific athlete. He could have won the Grand-Slam at tennis. He could golf with the pros. He sang like an opera baritone and danced like a Broadway star and you should have heard him play the piano. He was an amazing guy.” Passenger: “Sounds like he was something really special.” Cabbie: “There’s more... He had a memory like a computer. He re-

membered everybody’s birthday. He knew all about wine, which foods to order and which fork to eat them with. He could fix anything. Not like me. I change a fuse, and the whole street blacks out. But Frank Feldman, he could do everything right.” Passenger: “Wow, some guy then.” Cabbie: “He always knew the quickest way to go in traffic and avoid traffic jams. Not like me, I always seem to get stuck in them. But Frank, he never made a mistake, and he really knew how to treat a woman and make her feel good. He would never answer her back even if she was in the wrong; and his clothing was always immaculate, shoes highly polished too. He was the perfect man! He never made a mistake. No one could ever measure up to Frank Feldman.” Passenger: “An amazing fellow. How did you meet him?” Cabbie: “Well, I never actually met Frank. He died. I’m married to his dang widow.” ...“When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a manner that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice!” ...Take care this week, stay safe, and in the words of the great Red Skelton, “May God Bless.”

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Pooler Pooler City Council met Monday night, with all members present. Before the Invocation, Mayor Lamb pointed out several members of the community who were ill or family’s who had lost a loved one. Those included the passing of Mrs. Ford, former Mayor Buddy Carter’s grandmother; Mr. Wing Jung, a regular at the Pooler Senior Center; Pastor Otis Hill’s wife, who is home now recuperating from a stroke; and Mr. Leo McDonald, “who normally fills that first seat on the second row at every Council meeting,” who just got out of the hospital. Councilman Allen added City Clerk Maribeth Lindler’s father to the list of those sick and in need of our prayers. In the Finance Report, Councilman Seay explained that the city paid $458,772 from the General Fund, nothing from the hotel/motel tax fund, $255,000 from the Splost account, and $223,662 from the Water and Sewer fund, a total expense for November of $838,427. In the Public Safety Report, Councilman Allen said there were 142 total responses by the Fire Department in November, bringing the year to date total to 1,690. Chief Chan apologized for not having a report from the Police Department, pointing out that his staff had just returned from the long Thanksgiving holiday. In the Streets, Drainage, Parks and Trees Report, Councilman Cowart pointed out various work around town by each department, including hanging the new Christmas lights up and down

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Hwy 80 to make the city look festive. “There were no flooding problems with the recent heavy rains, so the ditches must be draining properly,” he said. Mayor Lamb added that the city’s crews did a great job getting Joe Baker Park ready for the Christmas Tree Lighting that was held Saturday night. “We had a really good turnout,” he said, “especially considering the rain we had!” In the Recreation Report, Councilman Royal pointed out that basketball practice begins this week, and the city had over 200 kids sign up this year, another increase in participation. And in the Building and Zoning Report, Councilwoman Benton said there were five new single family permits issued, bringing the year to date total to 174. In Old Business, Mr. Aaron Stewart had asked to be put on the agenda so he could continue his complaint about stray dogs in his neighborhood off North Newton Street; his request for speed bumps to slow traffic down on North Newton near Symons Street; and the pothole on Hwy 80 near Newton Street. Mayor Lamb said he thought most of those items had been addressed. The State DOT is responsible for the work on Hwy 80, and he thought that pothole had been patched. Regarding speed bumps, the Mayor deferred to Chief Chan, who said they had monitored traffic there and speed bumps simply weren’t warranted. Mr. Stewart said he hadn’t had a lot of problems with the stray dogs in his neighborhood since bringing it up several Council meetings ago, until this past Monday morning, when he found a “little present” left in his yard by one of the strays, “or maybe by a small horse!” The Mayor and Chief Chan told him it would be best for him to contact Animal Control about stray dogs in the neighborhood. In New Business, Council tabled action on a zoning map amendment to move 46.5 acres

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from R-1A to a PUD in the Jabot Tract PUD Master Plan until the letter of credit could be approved by the City Attorney. Council tehn approved preliminary construction plans for the H.H. Hunt multi-family development in Savannah Quarters. This will consist of 280 units. Council approve an alcoholic beverage license for Rosa Campbell of LIPS Pizza. This will not include Sunday Sales. Council also approved an alcoholic beverage license for Mih B. Pham at the Lemongrass Grill, where the old Fettucini’s restaurant was located off Benton Blvd. across from Home Depot. This will include Sunday sales. The restaurant is planning to open in January, and will feature Vietnamese cuisine. Next, Council approved the appointment of Michelle McNeely as the city’s new Finance Officer. Councilman Seay noted that “We searched a long time to find the right person for this job. I was impressed with her the first time I met her, and I’m still impressed with her. Council then voted to approve the appointment of Craig Brewer to the PUD Review Board. Councilwoman Benton said “Mr. Brewer has a surveying background and will certainly be an asset to our Board.” Finally, Council voted to approve on first reading the proposed 2009 City Budget of $10,436,200 and the Water and Sewer Budget of $6,734,500. The budget includes a 3.5% cost of living raise for all city employees. Last year’s budget was $9,900,000 for the General Fund and $7,300,000 for the Water and Sewer Fund. Mayor Lamb thanked Ms. Connie Ellis for her hard work on pulling the budget together. Every member of Council joined the Mayor in recognizing her hard work. Councilman Seay said “She rescued us!” Councilman Cowart said that he’s the only one on Council who’s served under three different Mayors, and “this was by far the smoothest budget process we’ve ever had!” Councilman Wall agreed with Cowart, and added that the new budget includes new equipment for the Parks and Trees department, as well as new employees to operate that equipement, and a new fire truck as well. Council meets on the first and third Monday of every month at City Hall at 6pm. The next meeting will be Monday, December 15th, and the public is encouraged to attend.

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BUSINESS BRIEFS Imaging & Radiology Department at Effingham Hospital Accredited with High Level of Excellence in Mammography

Effingham Hospital in Springfield, Georgia has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in Mammography as the result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR is a national organization serving more than 32,000 diagnostic and interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, and nuclear medicine and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive healthcare services. Mammography at Effingham Hospital is performed to screen healthy women for signs

of breast cancer. It is also used to follow up on findings from screenings or to evaluate a woman who has symptoms of a breast disease. Mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early. Mammography is offered in Effingham County in the Radiology Department at Effingham Hospital as well as at Effingham Hospital Imaging Center at 110 Goshen Road Hwy 21 – Rincon, GA. For more information concerning High Density Mammography, please call 8261400. Effingham Hospital Imaging & Radiology Team continues to strive for higher levels of imaging excellence by providing access and delivery of quality imaging services and care to the people.

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ing Christmas carols. Everyone joined in when he started singing “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer!” There was coffee, hot chocolate, hot cider and cookies for refreshment, all supplied by the Pooler Crossroads Visitor’s Center. Ann Smith of the Visitor’s Center announced before the tree lighting that this year’s tree was dedicated to long time Pooler resident Leo McDonald, who was unable to attend as he was in the hospital. “Leo’s never

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continued from page 1 --------------------------------------might not come back. He said he was going to be a Marine and serve his country in Iraq and, if need be, would give his life for his country.” Pittman joined the Marines in 2006 and arrived in Iraq three months ago, armed with some advice from his father, who was in Beirut in 1983 when two truck bombs exploded at the airport military barracks, killing several hundred Marines. “I told him to keep focused, be aware of his surroundings and wear his personal protective equipment (body armor),” his father says. “Wearing that body armor at the time of the bombing saved his life. He finally listened to what I said.” On Nov. 8th, Pittman was manning a checkpoint in the town of Ramadi with several Marines and Iraqi police officers. He was scanning the irises of people before they passed through the checkpoint when,

POLICE REPORTS driving with no driver’s license, and laying drag. • A woman filed another report after her neighbor, again, was caught throwing sticks at her barking dogs in her backyard. • Officers responded to a residence for a report of a disorderly person, and met with a woman who was very disrespectful and loud with them. She told them she had woken up the offender because he wanted to take a shower, but upon waking him, the man became angry and began cursing her. She wanted him removed from the home. The Officers tried to explain that they couldn’t legally make him move out since he lived there. The woman replied that the man was leaving one way or the other, and the Officers could leave too if they didn’t like it! The Officers spoke with the man, who was very calm and cooperative. He agreed to leave for the evening to keep the peace. • An Officer noticed the silver Dodge Neon that turned off Hwy 80 into a residential area around 2:45am. The driver was having a hard time maintaining his lane of travel, weaving all over the roadway. After turning onto several side streets, the Officer finally made a traffic stop. The man at first said he was trying to find his way back to I-16, and a few minutes later told him he was on his way to Waffle House to get something to eat. He was arrested for DUI. • Just before 3am, an Officer was running radar on I-16 and clocked an eastbound Ellabell woman at 105mph. He pulled out with his emergency and wig-wag lights on, and, though it took some time, the woman finally pulled over. Immediately she told him she was on her way to the hospital and that her son had just died. The Officer couldn’t avoid noticing the odor of alcohol on the woman’s breath as she spoke.

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according to his father, a car drove up and a man stepped out. Moments later, the man, who was wearing a “suicide vest,” simultaineously  detonated the bomb pack on himself as well as a bomb in the car. The exploding bombs, which contained nails and ball-bearings, killed eight Iraqi policemen and citizens and wounded Pittman and fellow Marine Marc Olsen. Pittman was transported to a medical facility in Ramadi before being flown to a hospital in Germany and, later, to Bethesda Naval Hospital. Pittman describes his son as a very caring and concerned person who “walks softly but carries a big stick.” He recalls how the junior Pittman went hunting with his grandfather and ended up feeding a deer instead of shooting it. That compassion, he notes, also was evident when his son said he wanted to follow his father’s example and become a paramedic. “Patrick wanted to be part of life and help people,” Pittman says. “He wanted to be my partner.”

It’s been a difficult year for the Pittman family. Besides almost having his son die, Pittman lost his father, mother-in-law and sister-in-law. He says the grace of God has helped his family get through a difficult year. “He deserves all the credit,” Pittman says. “I put my son in the hands of the Lord and that’s where he remains. All we’re asking for is good thoughts and prayers.” Befitting the steely sense of purpose and “big stick” that hides behind a quiet demeanor and unimposing size, Pittman has vowed not to let his injuries keep him down. “He told me the insurgent will not ruin his life,” Pittman says. “When General Amos, the Marines assistant commandant, presented him with his Purple Heart, Patrick told him he wishes he could go back and be with his unit in Iraq. Patrick’s my hero; he’s also a hero in the eyes of President Bush, who will meet with him and several other Marines wounded in Iraq, Tuesday at the White House. Pittman says his son might

After she failed her field sobriety tests, she was placed under arrest for DUI. While walking her to the patrol car, the woman tried to pull away from the Officer, then told him “I hope you have children and that they all die!” At the Police Department, the Officer allowed the woman to step out and smoke a cigarette. She told him then that she didn’t have a child that had just passed away, she was just mad about getting pulled over. She was soon taken to jail. (What a mean spirited woman!)

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not have the use of his right arm, yet he plans on going into law enforcement. His work with the military isn’t done, however. Calling on his own experiences, Pittman hopes to join the Marine liaison that works with the families of injured Marines. “He wants to be a blessing and encouragement to other folks,” his father says. “He’s encouraging parents to tell their sons to

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continued from page 1 --------------------------------------dragging one's feet when he'd told them to do something, so I got up and put my boots back on and got my cap, coat, and mittens. Ma gave me a mysterious smile as I opened the door to leave the house. Something was up, but I didn't know what. Outside, I became even more dismayed. There in front of the house was the work team, already hitched to the big sled. Whatever it was we were going to do wasn't going to be a short, quick, little job. I could tell. We never hitched up this sled unless we were going to haul a big load. Pa was already up on the seat, reins in hand. I reluctantly climbed up beside him. The cold was already biting at me. I wasn't happy. When I was on, Pa pulled the sled around the house and stopped in front of the woodshed. He got off and I followed. "I think we'll put on the high sideboards," he said. "Here, help me." The high sideboards! It had been a bigger job than I wanted to do with just the low sideboards on, but whatever it was we were going to do would be a lot bigger with the high sideboards on. After we had exchanged the sideboards, Pa went into the woodshed and came out with an armload of wood---the wood I'd spent all summer hauling down from the mountain, and then all Fall sawing into blocks and splitting. What was he doing? Finally I said something. "Pa," I asked, "what are you doing?" You been by the Widow Jensen's lately?" he asked. The Widow Jensen lived about two miles down the road. Her husband had died a year or so before and left her with three children, the oldest being eight. Sure, I'd been by, but so what? "Yeah," I said, "Why?" "I rode by just today," Pa said. "Little Jakey was out digging around in the woodpile trying to find a few chips. They're out of wood, Matt." That was all he said and then he turned and went back into the woodshed for another armload of wood. I followed him. We loaded the sled so high that I began to wonder if the horses would be able to pull it. Finally, Pa called a halt to our loading, then we went to the

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smoke house and Pa took down a big ham and a side of bacon. He handed them to me and told me to put them in the sled and wait. When he returned he was carrying a sack of flour over his right shoulder and a smaller sack of something in his left hand. "What's in the little sack?" I asked. "Shoes. They're out of shoes. Little Jakey just had gunny sacks wrapped around his feet when he was out in the woodpile this morning. I got the children a little candy too. It just wouldn't be Christmas without a little candy." We rode the two miles to Widow Jensen's pretty much in silence. I tried to think through what Pa was doing. We didn't have much by worldly standards. Of course, we did have a big woodpile, though most of what was left now was still in the form of logs that I would have to saw into blocks and split before we could use it. We also had meat and flour, so we could spare that, but I knew we didn't have any money, so why was Pa buying them shoes and candy? Really, why was he doing any of this? Widow Jensen had closer neighbors than us; it shouldn't have been our concern. We came in from the blind side of the Jensen house and unloaded the wood as quietly as possible, then we took the meat and flour and shoes to the door. We knocked. The door opened a crack and a timid voice said, "Who is it?" "Lucas Miles, Ma'am, and my son, Matt. Could we come in for a bit?" Widow Jensen opened the door and let us in. She had a blanket wrapped around her shoulders. The children were wrapped in another and were sitting in front of the fireplace by a very small fire that hardly gave off any heat at all. Widow Jensen fumbled with a match and finally lit the lamp. "We brought you a few things, Ma'am," Pa said and set down the sack of flour. I put the meat on the table. Then Pa handed her the sack that had the shoes in it. She opened it hesitantly and took the shoes out one pair at a time. There was a pair for her and one for each of the children---sturdy shoes, the best, shoes that would last. I watched her carefully. She bit her lower lip to keep it from trembling and then tears filled her eyes and started running

down her cheeks. She looked up at Pa like she wanted to say something, but it wouldn't come out. "We brought a load of wood too, Ma'am," Pa said. He turned to me and said, "Matt, go bring in enough to last awhile. Let's get that fire up to size and heat this place up." I wasn't the same person when I went back out to bring in the wood. I had a big lump in my throat and as much as I hate to admit it, there were tears in my eyes too. In my mind I kept seeing those three kids huddled around the fireplace and their mother standing there with tears running down her cheeks with so much gratitude in her heart that she couldn't speak. My heart swelled within me and a joy that I'd never known before, filled my soul. I had given at Christmas many times before, but never when it had made so much difference. I could see we were literally saving the lives of these people. I soon had the fire blazing and everyone's spirits soared. The kids started giggling when Pa handed them each a piece of candy and Widow Jensen looked on with a smile that probably hadn't crossed her face for a long time. She finally turned to us. "God bless you," she said. "I know the Lord has sent you. The children and I have been praying that he would send one of his angels to spare us." In spite of myself, the lump returned to my throat and the tears welled up in my eyes again. I'd never thought of Pa in those exact terms before, but after Widow Jensen mentioned it I could see that it was probably true. I was sure that a better man than Pa had never walked the earth. I started remembering all the times he had gone out of his way for Ma and me, and many others. The list seemed endless as I thought on it. Pa insisted that everyone try on the shoes before we left. I was amazed when they all fit and I wondered how he had known what sizes to get. Then I guessed that if he was on an errand for the Lord that the Lord would make sure he got the right sizes. Tears were running down Widow Jensen's face again when we stood up to leave. Pa took each of the kids in his big arms and gave them a hug. They clung to him and didn't want us to go. I could see that they missed their Pa, and I was glad that I still had

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ed three occassions where the driver crossed the centerline. As he approached the driver, the driver began filling his mouth with crackers, trying to hide the odor of alcohol, but only smelling like a beer on a Ritz. The Hinesville man was soon on his way to jail for DUI • How scary would this be... A Deputy was dispatched to a Courthouse Road residence to check on the smell of smoke inside the home, which had been struck by lightning just above the front door. Damage was observed to the inner and outer portions of the door, and the home phone and a cellular phone were damaged by the bolt. • A Deputy was southbound on Hwy 21 when she came up on a blue Chevy Silverado driven by an Ellabell woman. The woman was driving 5mph below the speed limit in the left hand lane, so the Deputy made a traffic stop. The woman’s license returned with an open warrant from Chatham County, and she was taken into custody. • A woman told Deputies she stopped by a friend’s house on the way home, and while there, lost all memory of what happened until the next morning. That’s when she learned

that she’d written and cashed a check for $200, but now only had $100 of it left. (What’s that sound like to ya’ll?) • A Springfield man told Deputies about a message left on his MySpace page from his ex-girlfriend, another mean red-headed woman, this one from Ellabell. The message said “I’ve got a nine and if I see you again, I’m going to put two in your head!” (I’m guessing that means she’ll have a seven then.) • A Garden City man told Deputies he was driving the company van to locate a residence where he was supposed to install a new satellite receiver, but he accidentally turned down the wrong driveway. The apparent property owner must not have liked that, because he chased the man down in a black pickup, forcing him into the tree line where he damaged the passenger side of the company van. (I’m guessing that’s the Comcast representative’s house!) • Employees arrived at the Effingham County landfill on Courthouse Road and found that the office and the scales office had been broken into, along with a company truck. The man said two black money boxes were missing, but they had _____________________________________ Continued on Page A12


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GUEST EDITORIAL The Spirit welcomes guest editorials from our readers, in response to previously published stories, or on matters of concerns to our communities.

Folks... We Got Trouble In River City! By Ruth Lee I believe that was a line from the show 76 trombones, and it is apropos for our present situation with Effingham’s Treutlen House that sits close the banks of the Savannah River. The trouble in short is: the funding for the marvelous home for boys built 1999. The home was built somewhat at the behest of the state, as there was a need for homes for young boys, who had behavior difficulties that could not be well managed in the usual foster home. There was state funding for such facilities and a need for such placements locally and across the state. So what has happening? It sounds familiar to those who have been involved with government agencies, they changed their mind! And, unfortunately, we would not agree that their present judgment is sound, financially or more than that in the best interest of the boys that can benefit greatly from a placement in Treutlen House. I spent 25 years in the business, Department of Family & Children Services, of trying to find the best available care for children coming from troubled families. It is was privilege to work on the initial Treutlen House board and worked to see that this home was built, because we thought, and the state powers that be thought, that this was the best way to provide not only a good and proper placement but also a place to start these young boys on the right path to becoming young men who would take their place in our society and be productive citizens. What’s happened? First, the state is cutting the funding (20%), adding more regulations and requirements, and have let it be known that they do not intend to utilize group home placements, but rather the plan is to place the boys that would be candidates for these homes, in family foster care. From my experience in the foster care business, I question that proposal. What about Treutlen House? As you may know, it is at Ebenezer and was built on the history that the first orphanage in the U.S. was at Ebenezer and the first elected Governor of Georgia, John Adam Treutlen, was reared and educated in that orphanage. The home is a non-profit corporation and is under the direction of board of directors of local citizens. Mose Mock is the current chairman of the Treutlen House Board. Treutlen House was built with funds contributed by Effingham citizens, primarily. The home has no indebtedness from the building. But it takes a lot of funding to manage and meet the state guidelines, even at the reduction, and there in is the problem. Has this home met the criteria set out – helping boys become better citizens and with a hope for being good adult citizens.

The record indicates it has. Why are children selected for this type of placement? Behavior difficulties that need professional help and a strong management in the home circumstances to help them achieve. Examples for such placements: 1)- an autistic child, who now speaks and does well in the home and in school, 2)- boys who were failing and are now honor roll students, 3- a place where siblings do not have to be separated because there is room for all. Then there is the aspect of emergency placement when other options are not available. So, what is the plan? According to Mose Mock, the board chair, their first goal is to meet the financial crisis. They are raising money! There is an anonymous donor who has pledged to match

dollar for dollar $50,000, if it can be raised by the end of December. The work has been underway for a week or so and they are seeking contributions for citizens, organizations, churches, fund raisers. It is daunting task to raise $50,000 in contributions in this short period. They believe that they can do it..., so do I. (See side bar for information on making contributions and more information about Treutlen House, operation and needs.) Then there is the work to get on with the work of assuring the use of this facility for the young boys in our society who need what Treutlen House has to offer. The board does not have any plans for addressing this with state government right now, they are too busy trying to raise $50,000. They haven’t asked me

to do this but I’m going to make a suggestion. Call your legislators about this and more than that let’s write letters to Gov. Sonny Purdue (State Capital, Atlanta, Ga.) and tell him that he is wrong, if this is the way he wants to save money in tight budget times. Meeting the budget should not be done on the backs of, and the deletion of services to, these young boys (and girls in other homes across the state that are being affected). There must be other things that can be cut that do not have such an impact on our children. They are in the circumstances of needing this kind care through no fault of their own. Yes, folks there is “trouble in River City,” our own Treutlen House at Ebenezer. We can conquer this trouble if put our minds and hearts to this valuable asset and assure that it continues to be a bright star of hope for young boys who need the help and guidance that can be found at this facility. Governor, you and other state officials, should probably take a page from John Adam Treutlen’s

book. When he was governor, he mortgaged his private lands and paid the state’s debts! Treutlen House is a locally owned facility, managed by a Board of Directors: Chairman, Mose Mock; Marshall Reiser, Treasurer; Connie Bazemore, Secretary; other members include: Rebecca Boston, Richard Kessler, Martha Zeigler, Beth Helmly, Karen Marx, Joyce Ann Tuten, Ray Zittrouer. The vision: Through Christian nurture, education, love, counsel, and prayer, the Treutlen House will lead young people to wholeness in spirit, mind, and body so that they may be productive to themselves, their community and this world. Phone: 912-754-9797 Address: 131 Old Augusta Road Central, Rincon, Ga. 31326 e-mail: treutlenhouse@aol.com Treutlen House is an incorporated non-profit, contributions are tax deductible.

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Chatham Middle School students had the opportunity to participate in the Special Olympics Winter Games. Hannah Allen, William Crepaux, Tina McGee, Anjali McNeal-Sampson, Aja Reid, and Ashley Reid all competed in the bowling tournament. The students’ teacher, Ms. Ivory Graham, exclaimed, “We had a wonderful and exciting time! My students felt accomplished and showed their ribbons to everyone.”   William Crepaux earned a first place ribbon, Ashley Reid, Hannah Allen, and Tina McGee earned second place finishes, while Aja Reid and Anjali McNeal-Sampson scored third place.

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POLICE REPORTS nothing in them when the theft occurred. (What idiot goes to the landfill office to steal? I mean, wouldn’t you have better luck at a bank, or somewhere where they keep lots of money?!!) • A young man walked into one of the area’s cellular phone stores and wanted some minutes added to his phone. Another young man was there, and recognized that the man was holding his phone, which went missing about three weeks earlier. The first man told him he’d paid $30 for the phone, and he could have it back.... for $30. Deputies are subpoenaing the calls made on the phone.

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a local fast food business where a man wearing red pants and a white shirt was refusing to leave. (I’m guessing there weren’t eight tiny reindeer parked outside!) He hadn’t bought anything, only tried to bum a cup of coffee from the manager. When he noticed the manager calling Police, he voluntarily left. The Officer arrived and spotted the man now going into another fast food business right next door. The man ignored the Officer’s questions and presence until he finally told him he couldn’t just go into local businesses asking for free stuff and being disorderly. The man told him he was leaving and started to walk off, but kept talking loudly, and then dropped a few “F” bombs on the Officer and his fellow backup Officers. He was then arrested for disorderly conduct. When he struggled with the Officers trying to handcuff him, he was tased and immediately

became more compliant. (My favorite part...) • An Officer made a traffic stop on a white Chevy Monte Carlo when the tag came back with an expired registration. The young man handed over his learner’s li_____________________________________ Continued on Page A13

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POLICE REPORTS cense, and so did his passenger. A quick check with dispatch revealed that the driver was wanted out of Chatham County, and he was arrested and taken to jail. • An Officer was behind a Chevy Impala on Dean Forest Road near I-16. A check of the tag revealed the registration on the car was suspended and the

this horrific event. There is nothing in this investigation that causes us to believe that anyone else is in harms way, details of the case have been kept confidential as with all cases of this magnitude. I feel that releasing details may undermine the integrity of the investigation, due to its complexity. I have complete faith in the investigators and agents who are working diligently to complete a thorough investigation and bring forward the individual(s)

involved; they have been trained to accomplish just that. Our hearts and prayers go out to the Heidt family, especially during this time of year. I am in constant contact with members of the family and will remain so until this investigation is completed and the person(s) involved is brought to justice. Thank you for your time and patience, may your holiday season be joyful and safe.

vehicle had no insurance. The Officer activated his emergency lights, and the driver pulled over on Sunshine Avenue. He then tried to flee on foot, which was pretty stupid considering the Officer was still in his patrol car and caught him easily! With the man laying on the ground, the Officer noticed the bag of marijuana laying on the ground beside him. Since the ground was wet from recent rains, and the bag was not wet, the Officer realized the driver had dropped it while running. He was taken

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was unbalanced as he walked, how his eyes were glazed, his speech slurred and slow. He asked the man to take a field sobriety test and he agreed. And failed. On the heel to toe walk the line test, you’re supposed to count each step. This guy took his first step and proudly proclaimed “TWO!” On the one legged stand test, the man raised his arms to maintain his balance, which is a failure on the _____________________________________ Continued on Page A19


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POLICE REPORTS test. More importantly, as hard as the man was trying to keep his balance, he never managed to get his foot off the ground! He soon admitted he’d had a little bit of alcohol with his energy drinks earlier. He was arrested for DUI.

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• Officers were conducting a safety checkpoint on North Lexington Avenue and Talmadge Drive. Just a little after noon, a white Cadillac DeVille pulled up, and the driver didn’t stop. He did look over at the Officer who was yelling for him to stop, but he just slowed down as he rolled through. He pulled over a short distance down Talmadge Drive, and told the Officer he didn’t have a driver’s license. The man was asked out of his car, and for a mmoment, Officers could tell he was thinking about just running. At the same time, the man kept putting his hand in his pants pocket despite the Officers’ instructions not to do so. He was soon arrested for possession of marijuana and driving

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• Two brothers told Police that around 1am, a man approached them outside their home in the trailer park, pulled a gun on them and threatened to “blow your brains out if you don’t give me everything you have.” The men laid down on the ground and surrendered their wallets and cash to the man. The man then took off running east through the neighborhood. • Officers were dispatched to another home in the trailer park around 10pm after a drunk showed up on a resident’s porch. The family of course wouldn’t let this stranger in their home, and the man proceeded to fall off the steps and then walk away. Officers found him laying down next to a tree, and ended up taking him to jail for public drunk charges. • An Officer was southbound on Pooler Parkway in the afternoon when he noticed the white Tahoe entering the Parkway from Hwy 80 at a high rate of speed. He clocked the SUV at 72mph in the 50mph zone and made a traffic stop. The Guyton man was arrested for open container and driving while suspended.

(What makes people with suspended licenses want to speed so much???) • At 2:30am, an Officer stopped a silver Camaro on Hwy 80 westbound for swerving in his lane and for having an expired tag. When he asked the driver for his license, the man fumbled around trying to find it. The Officer noticed the heavy odor of alcohol about the man. When the Savannah failed his field sobriety test, he was taken to jail for DUI. • An Officer responded, along with Pooler Fire and Rescue, to a residence where a man had tried to jump start his 2001 Chevrolet Impala. His motor had exploded, and the top half of the engine had visible damage while the internal part most likely had major damage. • An Officer was westbound on Hwy 80 when he noticed the blue Ford Expedition turn east on the highway without stopping for the stop sign at Pine Barren Road. He turned around and made a traffic stop, and the woman was taken to jail for driving while unlicensed. • Copper thieves hit another home under construction in Hamilton Grove subdivision. _____________________________________ Continued on Page A20

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POLICE REPORTS They stole the section of wire that feeds power to the home, estimated to cost about $100. • A Perry, Ga. woman was waiting in line to check out at WalMart when she suddenly lost consciousness and fell to the ground, striking the back of her head. She was taken to Candler

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PORT WENTWORTH: Mr. William S. “Billy” Gnann, 88. died November 25, 2008, at St. Joseph’s Hospital. He was a native of Clyo and was a long time resident of Port Wentworth. He was a member of the Port Wentworth First Baptist Church for 62 years, where he was a Deacon, and usher and a greeter. He was also a member of the W. S. Gnann Sunday School Class. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army where he was a Military Policeman. He received several medals and was in the Battle of the Bulge and participated in the Normady Invasion. He was active in Port Wentworth civic affairs, including being a member of the Lions Club for 54 years. In the Lions Club, he never missed a meeting having attended 1296 straight meetings. He held every office including Vice President and President and was entered in the Hall of Fame in 2004. He was Port Wentworth Lions Club Man of the Year for 1974, 1991, 1994, 1995, and 1996. He was the Port Wentworth Man of the Year in 1990 and the Port Wentworth Citizen of the year in 1992. He was a Master Mason for 50 years. He was recognized for outstanding support by the West Chatham Softball League in 1997, and for outstanding service to the Port Wentworth Elementary School in 2007. He was Grand Marshall for the Port Wentworth Stand Up For America in 1995. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Pansy B. Gnann of Port Wentworth, children, Durwood (Debbie) Gnann of Whitesburg, Ga, and Marsha (Delray) Carlee of Pooler; grandchildren, Melissa (Jake) Cordle of Douglasville, Laura (Jeff) Schillinger of Douglasville, Cody Carlee of Pooler, Drs. Jason (Lyndsey) Powers of Milan, TN, Trent (Laura) Carlee of Newnan, great grandchildren, Ansley

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Garden City: Mrs. Janice Howe Gordon, 46, died, November 24, 2008, at Candler Hospital. She was a graduate of Savannah High School, and was a homemaker. She was predeceased by her father, Bill Howe. She is survived by husband, Richard Gordon, her children, Richard Darrell Gordon, Jr., Jessica Christina Gordon, and Megan Nicole Gordon, three grandchildren, Chrystian, Jade and Caleb Gordon, her mother Ivy Howe, a brother, Anthony Howe, and a sister, Nancy Howe. Memorial services were held at 7 P.M. Tuesday at the Thomas C. Strickland and Sons Funeral Home in Pooler. Friends may sign the online register book at www. stricklandandsonsfuneralhome. Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Homes, West Chatham _____________________________________ Continued on Page A23

The Plan of the Master Weaver Our lives are but fine weavings That God and we prepare, Each life becomes a fabric planned And fashioned in His care... We may not always see just how The weavings intertwine, But we trust the Master’s hand And follow His design, For He can view the pattern Upon the upper side, While we must look from underneath And Trust in Him to guide.

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Guyton: Mrs. W. S. Boatright, 86, died November 25, 2008, at Hospice Savannah. She was a native of Tennille, Georgia, and was a homemaker. She was predeceased by her husband, W. S. Boatright. She is survived by two daughters, Gladys (Byron) Sikes of Guyton and Dianne Boatright of Guyton; and seven step-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 10 A.M. Saturday in the chapel of Thomas C. Strickland and Sons

Funeral Home in Pooler. Burial was in Hillcrest Abbey West, Friends may sign the online register book at www. stricklandandsonsfuneralhome. com Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Homes, West Chatham Chapel, was in charge of all arrangements.

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and Sarah Cordle and Mattie and Gavin Carlee; two sisters, Mary Edwards of Clyo and Lois Thomas of Springfield; and several nieces and nephews. Services were held at 11 A.M. Friday at the First Baptist Church of Port Wentworth. Burial was at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens. No flowers please. You may instead send contributions to the Port Wentworth Lions Club or the Memorial Fund at Port Wentworth First Baptist Church. Friends may sign the online register book at www. stricklandandsonsfuneralhome. com Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Homes, West Chatham Chapel, was in charge of all arrangements.

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Port Wentworth - Mrs. Mozelle Jarriel DuBose, 88 entered into eternal rest on Thursday, November 27, 2008 at Hospice Savannah Mozelle was the daughter of Remer and Frances Jarriel of Lyons, GA, and lived in Port Wentworth since 1955. For 53 years, Mozelle was one of God’s faithful servants at Port Wentworth United Methodist Church. The life she lived was her testimony to everyone who knew her. She was an active member of the United Methodist Women and the Kate Hester Sunday School Class. Her husband of 60 years B.W. DuBose and a son Brion W. DuBose preceded Mozelle in death. She leaves behind to treasure her memory a son, Kenneth L. DuBose and wife Alice, daughters, Linda Delane Ausley and husband Sam, Debby D. Carter and husband, Jim all of Savannah; sister, Tince O’Neal of Augusta; four grandchilden, David Ausley, Jeff Carter, Jennifer Nease, and Kendal Carter; one great-grandson, Cason Collins; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Monday at Port Wentworth United Methodist Church. Interment was in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens. Remembrances may be given to Hospice Savannah Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 13190, Savannah, GA 31416, Port Wentworth United Methodist Church, 201 Turnberry St., Port Wentworth, GA 31407, or a charity of your choice. Friends may sign the online register book at www. stricklandandsonsfuneralhome. com Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Homes, West Chatham Chapel, was in charge of all

arrangements.

Wing G. Jung Jr.

Wing G. Jung Jr., age 65, passed away November 28, 2008 at Savannah Hospice. Wing is survived by his loving wife Faye and children Stephen, David and Kayren. Funeral Services were held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, December 1, 2008 at the Pooler Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1200 King George Blvd. Savannah, GA. Officiate, Bishop of the Ward Mark Lowther. Contributions may be made to the Hospice of Savannah P.O. Box 13190 Savannah, GA 31416-0190 or the Alzheimer’s Association 201 Television Cir Savannah, GA, 31406 Fairhaven Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangements.

Mrs. Myrtice Saxon (Granny Saxon)

Bloomingdale-Mrs. Myrtice Saxon, 96, died on Saturday, November 29, 2008 at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Mrs. Saxon was born on March 29, 1912 in Evans County and lived in Candler County until 1974 when she moved to Bloomingdale. She was a longtime member of the Evergreen Baptist Church before moving her membership to the First Baptist Church of Bloomingdale. She was a homemaker and was preceded in death by her husband, Quinn Saxon, a son, Bobby Saxon and a daughter, Irene Hall. She is survived by her daughter, Syble (Henry) Brown of Pearland, TX; three sons, Clark (Geraldine) Saxon of Bloomingdale, GA, Billy (Rose) Saxon of Wallingford, CT and Olliff (Joan) Saxon of Bunnell, FL; two sisters, Lucille Todd of Claxton, GA and Melrose Jones of Metter, GA; three brothers, Jack and Edward Tucker of Claxton, GA and Johnny Tucker of Bloomingdale, GA; fourteen grandchildren, twenty-three

great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. The funeral to celebrate Mrs. Saxon’s life was held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, December 2, 2008 in the chapel of the funeral home. Rev. Ronny Saxon and Rev. Darrel Bailey officiated. The active pallbearers were her greatgrandsons, Zack Saxon, Quinn Saxon, Johnathan Shuman, Daniel Jones, Jed Cox and John Clegg. Honorary Pallbearers were members of the Fidelis Sunday School Class of the First Baptist Church of Bloomingdale. The graveside service was at Evergreen Cemetery in Candler County. Friends may sign the online register book at www. stricklandandsonsfuneralhome. com Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Homes, West Chatham Chapel, was in charge of all arrangements.

by Linda Ellis Read by Father Patrick OBrien at the funeral services for Lt. Col. Gregory Muller

I read of a reverend who stood to speak at the funeral of his friend. He referred to the dates on her tombstone from the beginning...to the end. He noted that first came the date of her birth and spoke of the following date with tears, but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years. For that dash represents all the time that she spent alive on earth… and now only those who loved her know what that little line is worth. For it matters not, how much we own; the cars… the house… the cash. What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.

Ernest Clifton Rahn

Rincon - Ernest Clifton Rahn, 85, died Wednesday, December 3, 2008 at Lakeview Manor Retirement Home. The Effingham county native was a member of Springfield United Methodist Church. He retired from GA Forestry and was a farmer. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank C. Rahn and Lila Shearouse Rahn, wife, Norma Boyles Rahn, and daughter, Melanie Rahn Catterton. Survivors include his grandson, Charles Bradford “Chuck” Layton, II (Heather) of Rincon; 2 great-grandchildren, Harley & Will; sister, Charlotte Pittman of Springfield. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday in the chapel. Interment will follow in Springfield Cemetery Annex. Remebrances may be given to Springfield United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 237, Springfield, GA 31329. Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Homes, Effingham Chapel, was in charge of all arrangements.

So think about this long and hard… are there things you’d like to change? For you never know how much time is left. (You could be at “dash mid-range.”) If we could just slow down enough to consider what’s true and real, and always try to understand the way other people feel. And be less quick to anger, and show appreciation more and love the people in our lives like we’ve never loved before. If we treat each other with respect, and more often wear a smile… remembering that this special dash might only last a little while. So, when your eulogy’s being read with your life’s actions to rehash... would you be proud of the things they say about how you spent your dash?

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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 Bloomingdale Alliance Church 501 West Hwy 80 • 748-6351 Rev. Ken Otto Church of the Nazarene 1116 East Hwy 80 • 748-9128 Pastor: David Horne First Baptist Church of Bloomingdale Cherry Street • 748-4017 Rev. Darrell Bailey Covenant Believers Center Word of Faith 5912 S. Hwy. 21 • 330-0943 Pastor L. D. Monroe 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 Westside Christian Church Hwy 80 • 748-0309 Pastor Leonard Daughtery Bloomingdale Fellowship Church of God of Prophecy 1501 E. Hwy. 80 • 748-2181 Pastor: Mark Minter Bulloch County Oak Grove Baptist Church 2285 Oak Grove Church Road Portal • 865-5174 Pastor Robert Jacobs

Firm Foundation Baptist Church 937 Mixon Road • 865-4505 Dr. Bernard D. Carter Effingham International Worship Center 2836 Hwy 80 • 748-7308 Pastor Eddie Tomberlin Berea Southern Methodist Church 2872 Noel Conaway Road (GA 30 near Kolic Helmy Rd), Guyton

Living Hope Community Fellowship 5800 Augusta Rd. (Hwy. 21 next to Dairy Queen) 965-0406 Pastor Joyce C. Hall

Fairlawn Baptist Church 4719 Augusta Road • 964-4371 Rev. Harold Edwards, Sr., Pastor Church of Christ 4506 Augusta Rd. • 964-6443 Clifton Baptist Church 100 Big Hill Rd. • 964-2335 Rev. Oddie Luckett Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness 4869 Louisville Road • 964-1210 Dean Forest Baptist Church 1524 Dean Forest Road 964-7369 Rev. Larry Strickland www.deanforestbaptist.org

Fellowship Assembly of God 5224 Augusta Rd. • 964-4243 Pastor Gary Smith First Baptist Church of Garden City 35 Nelson Ave. • 964-0355 Rev. Ken Sharpe 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

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 Rev. Steve Taylor 772-3590

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New Hope Christian Church 2420 Courthouse Rd. • 772-4499 Rev. Brad Proudfoot Trinity Faith International Church 776 Kolic Helmey Road Pastor: Kaye Bell

Guyton/Marlow Faith Ministries International 51 Central Blvd. (Hwy. 17) 772-4849 Pastor, Bruce Meyers

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Pine Street Baptist 118 Lynn Bonds Avenue Pastor: Chris Roberson

Countryside Baptist Church 1201 Noel C. Conaway Rd. Pastor Terry A. Wilson

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

Sand Hill Baptist 1931 Sand Hill Rd. • 728-3681 Rev. Royce Hendry

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

South Effingham Community Church 289 Harley Road • 728-3810 www.southeffingham.com Dr. Charles G. Cooper, Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Chapel in the Garden Presbyterian Church Daren Russell 93 Main Street • 964-5734

Woodlawn Baptist 407 Talmadge Ave. • 964-8676 Gary Johnson, Pastor

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

Wildwood United Methodist Garrard Avenue Rev. Rick Bishop

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

“Beat the Christmas rush, come to church this sunday!”

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

Wilder Memorial Baptist 1 Gamble Road Rev. Tom Keller

Silk Hope Baptist Church 18 Tower Dr • 233-8424 Rev. Donnie Brannen

Silk Hope United Methodist 5212 Silk Hope Rd. • 447-5282

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

Count It All Joy Ministries Highway 17 Michael Tucker

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

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

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

Garden City Central Baptist Church 4010 Old Louisville Rd. 965-0752 Rev. Kenny Harrelson

Mt. Olivet Baptist Church 4285 Ogeechee Rd. • 234-1979 Pastor Robert L. Miley

Solid Rock Baptist Church 5th Street • Meldrim Pastor Eddie Deas Fountain of Life 2836 Hwy. 80 • Faulkville • 704-1462 Pastor Joseph Clinton

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. William A. (Chip) Strickland

Trinity Church of God 2202 Hwy. 80 • 964-8770 Frank Gupton

First Baptist of Marlow 2229 Central Ave. • 772-7438 Pastor Daniel Alexander (Minister of Gospel)

Oak Grove Missionary Baptist 4617 Louisville Road • 964-2683

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

Church of Christ Hwy 80 Faulkville Baptist Church Hwy 80 • 748-7332 Pastor Albert Hill Eden Baptist Church 435 Dogwood Way • 748-2373 Rev. Jonah E. German United Methodist Church Meldrim Rev. Peter Vermeulen Powers Baptist Eden • 748-6288 Travis Cowart, Sr.

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Abundant Life Community Church (ELCA) 119 Canal St. Suite 104 Just off the Pooler Parkway near Cancun Mexican Restaurant Weekly Worship - Sundays at 10 AM www.AbundantLifePooler.com Pastor Seth Bridger 856-6871 Christ Presbyterian Church Coffee, Welcome with Worship at 10:00 a.m. 1743 Quacco Road • 925-6441 Rev. Ed Ayers • 713-1276 www.ChristPC.net The Sycamore at West Chatham Meeting in homes on Wednesdays Pastor Ric Smith 596-4725 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 North Rogers Street Rev. Joe Hubbard 547-5101 New Harvest Internation Ministries Governor Truetlen Blvd - Pooler (Inside Quality Inn) Pastors: Ken & Shannon Terrell (912) 844-8365 Calvary Assembly of God 1007 West Hwy 80 • 748-5847 Daniel Webber, Pastor Risen Saviour Lutheran 1755 Quacco Road • Pooler Worship: 10AM Pastor James Borgwardt Holy Angels Episcopal Church 1265 Pine Barren Road • 748-6016 Bishop Henry Loutitt First Baptist Church of Pooler Hwy 80 • 748-7521 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 Trinity United Methodist Church Corner of North Newton St. & Benton Drive • 748-4141 Pre-School, 748-4410 Pastor: Randy B. Nease It’s Harvest Time Church 409 W. Hwy. 80 • Pooler 748-1560 Sundays at 11am Pastors Greg & Donna Van Gorp 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


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SPIRIT CHURCH DIRECTORY

Pooler 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 Port Wentworth Bonnybridge Baptist Church 811 Bonnybridge Rd. • 964-0553 Dr. Dan Hall, Pastor Open Door Ministries at Joel’s Place 13 North Coastal Hwy. at Bonnybridge Rd. • 964-5001 Pastor Neil Bush Bible Connection Ministries 410 S. Coastal Hwy. • 965-1101 Pastor: Alex Grant, Jr. First Baptist Church of Pt.Wentworth Pastor: Sam Self Hwy 25 • 964-5811 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: Grable Page Rincon Effingham Baptist Church 1007 North Columbia Ave. 826-3794 Pastor: Tom Davis Jehovah Shammah Pentacostal Church 432 Blandford Rd. • 826-2173 Pastor Jackie Gordon St. Luke’s Episcopal 155 Goshen Rd. 826-3332 Worship Service, 9:00 am Sunday School, 10:30 am Rev Dr. Bob LeFavi New Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church 130 Giles Avenue • Rincon 826-2431 Solomon J. Roberts, Sr. - Pastor Living Faith Church of God 3789 Noel C. Conway Rd. Rev. Sean Faircloth 728-8811 House of Prayer of Rincon Fort Howard Road in Rincon Services: Sunday 11 AM & 6:30 PM 826-2570 Pastor: Mildred Lake Cornerstone Baptist Church Lexington Avenue Sunday: 10:45am • Wednesday: 7pm 754-9650 Pastor Duane Logsdon Centerpoint Churct 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 Goshen United Methodist Church Hwy. 21 at Goshen Rd 826-6088 Pastor Ricky Rushing Abercorn Baptist Baker Hill Rd. • 826-4213

Bryant Temple W. 6th St. • 826-2896

Ephesus Reformed Baptist 826-4598 • Pastor Steve Thomas Faith Presbyterian 2000 Lexington Avenue 826-6880 Rev. Mary Beene www.faith.presbychurch.net 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

Gethsemane Baptist 1102 N. Maple St. 754-7530

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. Freedom Christian Center 409 S. Laurel Street Pastor: Cynthia Streeter Sundays@11AM • Wednesdays@6PM www.FCCSpringfield.org 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 St. Mathews Baptist 218 Wallace Dr. • 754-3143

Northside Baptist Hwy 21N • 826-5346 Rev. Mike Jones

Springfield United Methodist 209 Cleveland St. Rev. Ben Martin

Rincon Church of God Hwy 21, Rincon Pastor: DeWayne Merritt

Thomas Chapel AME Savannah Town Rd. • 754-1233

Rincon Baptist Temple 305 Weisenbaker Rd. • 826-5818 Rev. Ron Hand 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 Northside Church of God 273 Church Row • 754-4801 Pastor Reginald Anderson, Sr. Life Baptist Church 1541 Highway 21 South 754-3148 Pastor Charles Powell

Turkey Branch United Methodist Turkey Branch Rd. • 754-0053 Madison Morgan – New Pastor Union Springs AME Union Springs Church Rd. • 754-9460 Fellowship Bible Church 841 Old Dixie Hwy. • 754-9645 Pastor Robert Quarterman Savannah Church of Christ of Savannah 11808 Middle Ground Road 925-1719 • 925-2458 Southwest Community Church Now meeting at Jacob G. Smith Elementary School Pastor Dusty Reynolds

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 Chatham Parkway Baptist 1950 Chatham Pkwy. • 644-7447 Pastor Van Power 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 Douglas & Glenda Lane 748-4339

Southwest Baptist 831 Little Neck Road • 925-0699 Dr. Robert B. Peacock, Pastor

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Daniel Baptist Daniel Siding Rd. • 756-3637 Alfred Banks First Baptist of Richmond Hill Hwy 144 • 756-2196 Rev. Keith Joseph St. Anne’s Catholic Hwy 144 • 756-3338 Fr. Joseph Smith Coastal Community Christian 10770 Ford Ave. • 756-3455 Rev. Mark Snaveley Richmond Hill Church of Christ Hwy 144 • 756-4970

Richmond Hill Presbyterian Hwy 144 • 756-2339 Pastor: Rev. David A. Long, III

Bethel Missionary Baptist 5863 Ogeechee Rd • 927-8044 Rev. Jerome Baker

Richmond Hill United Methodist Hwy 144 at Carter Rd. 756-2190 Pastor William A. Strickland

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

Shiloh Missionary Baptist Fort Argyle Road • 927-3169 Rev. Nathaniel Bowles

Southwest Chatham Amazing Grace Baptist Church 5790 Ogeechee Road • 858-4362 Pastor: George Barron

Corinth Baptist 19536 Hwy 144 • 727-2617 Gary Quinney

Savannah Christian Church 55 Al Henderson Blvd. Pastor Cam Huxford

Word of Faith & Truth Ministries 2427 Abercorn Street • 398-7630 Pastors Mike and Erma Taylor

First United Pentecostal Church 1735 Grove Point Rd • 927-0569 Rev. David A. Hodge

Bryan Neck Missionary Baptist 727-2163 Pete Broxton

St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Hwy 144 • 727-2650 Pastor Clark Hubbard

Spring Hill Baptist 44 Carol Way 925-7523

Georgetown Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints 1200 King George Blvd. 927-4146

Bethel Missionary Baptist Hwy 17 • 756-3324 Pastor: Rev. Jerome Baker

Holy Church of God Little Neck Road

First Southern Methodist Church of Savannah 1821 Montgomery Cross Road (across from Lake Mayer)

The Cross Road Baptist Church 8510 Middleground Road 925-0571 Rev. Chip Morgan

Richmond Hill Full Gospel Church Hwy. 17 South Pastor Riley Nelson

Richmond Hill Calvary Holy Church of God 8933 Spruce St. • 756-3509 Spirit of Peace Lutheran Church Bryan Chapel (10512 Ford Ave.) 727-5608 • Sundays at 10:00 Pastor Gary Soop Trinity Baptist Church 1805 Cartertown Rd. • 756-6699 Rev. Chris Howard Richmond Hill Assembly of God Meeting at Plums Restaurant Sundays, 10:30 a.m. Pastor Daniel Haun, 920-6264 Calvary Baptist 756-2702 Eugene Brown Canaan Baptist 756-3533

Our Father, (and what a privilege it is that, as Christians and Children of God, we can call you Father), Which art in heaven, (where, as believers in the death and resurrection of your son Jesus Christ, we'll join you one day), Hallowed be thy name (the name above all names), Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven (and help me Lord, to be an instrument of your will). Give us this day our daily bread (we are grateful, Lord, that you meet our every need). And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil (for the Evil One is always after those that are drawing closer to you, Lord), for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever, Amen.

New Praise Community Church 7220 Hwy 17 • Richmond Hill (2.7 miles South of I-95) Rev. James Hahn 756-2688 North Bryan County Abundant Life Church of God 119 Wildwood Church Road Pembroke • 653-3696 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 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


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Your Spiritual Guide At the Foot of the Cross A Story You Haven't Heard A little girl broke a treasured vase and cried, “Oh, mom, I’m sorry. Please forgive me.” “I know you’re sorry,” said the mother. “I forgive you. Don’t cry anymore.” Sweeping up the pieces, the mother threw them into the waste basket. But the little girl picked them up and came sobbing, “Mom, I’m so very, very sorry!” “Destroy those pieces,” said the mother. “I forgive you. Don’t cry anymore.” As with the mother, so with our heavenly Father. Guilt is removed with confession and cleansing. The Bible says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Angel Tree, our Prison Fellowship program for prisoners' children, is one of the great unheralded volunteer outreaches in America. Over the Christmas holidays these past few weeks, approximately 100,000 volunteers delivered Angel Tree gifts to more than 525,000 children of inmates. You didn't read about this in the newspapers, nor would I expect that you should. It's not really that newsworthy that Christians help people in need. But there are two of our volunteers, who delivered forty presents, that I think you should have read about but didn't. For reasons best known to themselves, the media ignored the fact that two of the volunteers were President and Mrs. George Bush. And they delivered gifts to forty inner-city kids in a church basement three days before Christmas. President and Mrs. Bush

arrived at three-o'clock, Monday, December 22, 2003, at the Shiloh Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia. Now, presidents don't move anywhere without a great deal of fuss. The police were out, the roads blocked, and Secret Service were roaming around the church. And when the president arrived, he was accompanied not only by his own team, but also by a pool of reporters, forty or so members of the press. For ten minutes they popped their flashbulbs, scribbled their notes, and then were ushered out. I remember from my days with President Nixon what photo opportunities are: Get the picture and leave. So I thought the Bushes would shortly depart, but they didn't. They stayed long after the cameras were gone to greet every child, to have their picture taken with them, their mothers, and their grandmothers, to talk with

them, and to ask questions. Though the press didn't report it, I noticed that both the president and Mrs. Bush talked to the Hispanic children in Spanish. Just before the president left, I introduced him to Al Lawrence, a member of our staff. I told the president that I had met Al more than twenty years ago in a prison. Jesus had got hold of Al's life, and he's been working for us ever since. Then I told the president that Al's son was now a freshman at Yale. At that point the president stopped, exclaimed, "We're both Yale parents," and threw his arms around Al Lawrence-an African-American ex-offender being embraced by the president of the United States in a church basement. The ground is indeed level at the foot of the cross. I tell you this story because it's a wonderful Christmas story, and you probably haven't heard it. With all those reporters who crowded into that basement, the visit resulted in almost universal media silence. I suppose there are many explanations for this, but I'll offer mine. The president is a Christian who really cares for "the least of these," who does this

not for photo ops, but because he's genuine. That is something that his detractors in the media simply can't handle. Conservatives caring for the poor? Never. It dashes the stereotypes. But surely Christians ought to be rejoicing that the most powerful man in the world and his wife, a couple of days before Christmas, had a wonderful visit with the most powerless people in our society. After all, that echoes the Christmas message, doesn't it? The most powerful came to be with the least powerful to give us hope. This was written and published by Charles Colson the founder of Prison Fellowship. Colson was a figure in the Nixon administration and served time in prison for his role in the Watergate scandal and that spiraled into the historic resignation of Richard Nixon. Colson's imprisonment led to his becoming a Christian and founding Prison Fellowship. Each year, Prison Fellowship sponsors "Angel Tree," an effort that gives Christmas gifts to tens of thousands of the children of prison inmates.

Healing The Hearing

During services, a preacher has an altar call for anyone in the congregation with a particular problem. A man stands up and says he is worried about his hearing. The preacher calls the man to the altar, sticks one finger in the man's ear and places his hand on the man's head. The preacher prays fervently for a few minutes. Afterwards, he asks the man, "Is your hearing any better?" The man replies, "I don't know. The hearing ain't till Wednesday."

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The Church Bulletin Board • First Baptist Church of Blitchton will present a Christmas musical program “Christmas Presence” on Saturday, December 13th at 6 p.m. A sweets and treats celebration will follow the program with a “special visitor” for the children. Everyone’s welcome to join in! FBC Blitchton, 5204 Highway 80, in Blitchton. Church phone 858-3274. • Community outreach event: Educating the public on resources and organizations offering assistance for those unjustly arrested and criminalized by courts. Also talks on community awareness (community safety). Saturday December 6, 2008 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm; Location: The Church of the Harvest Ministries, 434 Weisenbaker Road, Rincon GA. (912) 772-5984 • The Music Ministry of Pine Street Baptist Church under the direction of Tom Pharis will present ‘Once Upon A Holy Night’, a multi-media Christmas musical

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