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• A Rincon man got lucky when someone obtained his credit card number and got it encoded on a fake credit card. Two men tried using it at a store in Indiana, and they swiped the fake card at least three times, but the transaction was declined. • From the law offices of Dewey, Cheatham, and Howe... a woman contacted Police and told them she’d paid a lawyer $2500 in May and another $2000 in July as a retainer fee to represent her son at his trial. The lawyer did not show up for her son’s court appearance in October and is unable to be contacted. The Officer could only tell her this was a civil matter, and she probably needed to talk to a lawyer.


• I’ve always heard that WalMart sends people out to different stores to price check different items, just to make sure that they’re a tad cheaper than everybody else in town. Well, with that in mind... A supervisor at WalMart overheard two employees arguing. As she approached them to find out what the problem was, one of them, who was not on the clock, left the store. The other one then explained that they’d been to K-Mart earlier in the week, and once they returned to her car, she realized her co-worker had shoplifted several items from the K-Mart. She explained that she called K-Mart and advised them of the theft. That was just a short time before her co-worker made the threats to kill her. The Officer then felt obliged to walk the employee to her car, where the co-worker was waiting for her. That woman told the Officer that she’d left a pair of pants inside the woman’s car, and needed to get them. The original woman told the Officer those were a pair of pants the woman had stolen from K-Mart. “Nuh-uh! I bought them pants!” the woman shouted. The Officer then asked for the receipt, which ___________________________________ Continued on page 3

Steve’s Shorts.................................2 Police Reports................................3 Gifts for Him...................................6

Gifts for Her...................................7 Dining Guide................................ 10 Celebrations................................. 11

Health & Wellness Directory......... 12-13 City Council Reports....................... 13 Professional Services..................... 13

Vol. 10, Issue No. 21 Obituaries............................... 14-15 Church Directory............................ 16 Fruits of the Vine........................... 17

A NEW AND LARGER KITCHEN Second Harvest Facility will Address Growing Need By Stephen Prudhomme

If there isn’t enough room in the kitchen to prepare a meal, the typical response is to dispatch those deemed dispensable to the process. In Savannah, at the community level, the response is to build a new and larger kitchen. Tuesday morning, America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new community kitchen, which will be located behind its offices off East President Street. The ceremony came a bit late, as workmen have already erected much of the outside structure. The new facility is being built at a cost of $1.6 million, funded through The Recipe for Hope campaign that has thus far brought in $800,000. It is scheduled to open in March and will replace the community kitchen that has been housed in the Richard Arnold School for Adult Education. When the Savannah Chatham School system announced plans to build a new school at the education center site, Second Harvest looked for an alternate place that could house its kitchen. When that search proved unsuccessful, the decision was made to build a new facility. With the new kitchen, Second Harvest will double its current output and prepare some 5,000 meals daily for at-risk youngsters through its Kids Café program. Preparing the meals will be participants in the organization’s Community Kitchen Program. Following a nine-week course focusing on life skills that will be held in a classroom inside the new building, these individuals will spend the next nine weeks preparing daily meals for the schoolage children identified as at risk for hunger. “They start giving back to the community before they go about improving their own lives,” explains Karen Franklin, director of development & marketing. “It helps break the cycle of poverty.” This year, 51 individuals between the ages of 16 and 50 graduated from the Community Kitchen Program. With more than 100 people graduating from the program each year, notes Executive Director Mary Jane Crouch, Coastal Georgia will become a stronger community, both economically and socially. She adds that for many of the individuals, their graduation marks the first time in their lives they have a

true sense of accomplishment. “It’s wonderful to see the smiles on their faces when the graduate,” Crouch says. “They’re just so happy to finish the program and move on to become productive members of society.” Second Harvest serves 21 counties in Coastal Georgia and works with 300 partner agencies, which distribute the food throughout the various communities. Second Harvest receives food from area grocery stores, food drives and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). While many nonprofit groups have struggled during these difficult economic times, Franklin notes that donations to Second Harvest have remained “level” from last year. She adds, however, there’s been a 26 percent increase in the number of people asking for assistance.

Mary Jane Crouch, executive director of Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia, is breaking new ground with a community kitchen that will serve daily meals to some 5,000 at-risk youngsters. “We’re seeing more families and first-time people,” Franklin says. “There are people who have

lost their jobs or homes who need help when it comes to getting food.”

Remembering The Day That Lives In Infamy By Ashley Engleford

It is December 7, 1941, just before eight in the morning. You are a 21-year-old Marine who is driving back to your camp following a 48hour liberty. Out of nowhere foreign airplanes fill the vast blue sky. Bam! Suddenly you see a cloud of smoke followed by the heaviest barrage of artillery fire and bombs you have ever seen and heard. You have no idea what is going on. Your camp is just ahead but the road is blocked. You and your buddies jump out and make it on foot. People are running everywhere. Finally, fellow Marines tell you it’s the Japanese. This is the account of James M. Sellers, the only Pearl Harbor survivor still residing in Savannah. Sellers helped work his daddy’s farm alongside his brothers until the age of 19. When he told his father he was leaving,”he began to cry,” Sellers said. It was then, in 1939, that he and a friend decided to hitchhike all the way from Baxley to Savannah to join the Marines. The same day he walked into the recruiter’s office he was on a bus bound for boot camp on Hilton Head. To commemorate this day and honor those who were lost at the attack on Pearl Harbor, a ceremony was held at The Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, where Sellers and others told their stories. The event was hosted by the Fleet Reserve Association J.J. Burke Branch 215 and

James Sellers of Savannah shared some of his memories of the attack at Pearl Harbor during ceremonies at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum last week. The event also included the Navy’s Two Bell Ceremony and a 21-gun salute. the Savannah Council of the Navy League. Guest speaker Capt. Kent Flowers of the Savannah State NROTC, who was born post 1941, stated, “Even though I wasn’t alive then, I stand here on the shoulders of those who were and it was because of these ordinary men and women who performed with extraordinary courage that we all enjoy life today and live in a country of prosperity like no other.” He also stated that for the U.S., Pearl Harbor was what “fueled a determination to go on” and encouraged soldiers to “fight relentlessly.” Guests were greeted by the Naval Sea Cadets and patriotic songs filled

the air, thanks to the Benedictine Cadet Chorus. The traditional Navy Two Bell Ceremony was performed to remember fallen shipmates. Taps and the Vietnam honors ceremony, complete with a 21-gun salute, were also performed and there was even a reading of Voice From the Arizona. Dubbed by then President Franklin Roosevelt as “the day that will live in infamy,” Pearl Harbor was a defining moment in our history and its effects can still be felt today. The Mighty Eighth Museum, Fleet Reserve Association, and Savannah Council of the Navy League did a remarkable job at paying homage to those who lost their lives on Dec.7, 1941.

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Did I hear correctly that we had a tornado in Bloomingdale Wednesday? Hope everyone’s okay! ...Some people ask the secret of our long marriage. We take time to go to a restaurant two times a week. A little candlelight, dinner, soft music and dancing. She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays. ...I’m impressed with some of the programs they’re coming up with over at the Mighty 8th Air Force Museum. I particularly thought the Christmas on the Homefront idea was a good one, with the graceful appearance of Rosie the Riveter! Hope you’ll enjoy Ashley’s front page story on that. Also, the Second Harvest Food Bank has long been a favorite cause of mine, and I’m grateful to our Editor Stephen Prudhomme for getting that story covered as our secondary story on the front page. ...Well, the Savannah Morning News launched their new product, The Neighbor, Wednesday. I picked up one of their sales flyers from one of my advertisers, and I’ve got to question a little bit of their math. They claim they’ll distribute their neighbor to 4,200 subscribers in West Chatham County, and deliver another 3,300 copies, I guess through racks and countertops. Then they make a leap of faith, and ask their potential advertisers to jump with them, and claim that translates into 17,250 weekly readers. I do

T alkin’ O ut Of T urn • I’m so old that whenever I eat out, they make me pay up front. • If all the world is a stage, where is the audience sitting? • Atheism is a non-prophet organization.

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I read a new book last week... the math and come up with 7,500 copies of the paper. Somehow they’ve come out with the first issue of a brand new publication, half distributed in a subscriber based paper and half distributed some other way, and they already know that each paper will be read by 2.3 people each week. Just to get apples to apples with them, that would mean The Spirit is read by 29,325 people every week. Like Momma always said, “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.” Keep that in mind before you spend those ad dollars with them. ...Kudos to Ms. Beverly Waters on the wonderful job she’s doing decorating the gazebo on Rogers Street at Westbound Hwy 80 in Pooler. With help from her grandson, she has created seasonal sturdy wooden decorations that can be used for many, many years in the future. ...I was asked to pass this one along... Richard T. Turner Masonic Lodge # 116 is hosting their Annual Christmas Food Drive. We are collecting the following items to place in food baskets (each basket contains): Frozen 10 – 12 turkey, green beans, corn, sweet peas, cranberry sauce, macaroni & cheese, flour, rice, chicken broth, grits, yams/sweet potatoes, stuffing, jiffy cornbread mix, mashed potatoes. You can help us with this project by picking up some of these items while you shop or by purchasing the items that are already at the register. THANK YOU for supporting our cause and the needy in our area. We will be giving away the baskets for the needy in West Chatham and Effingham Counties. We are striving to help as many families as we can during these trying economic times. If you know of a family who could use a basket please see one of our members at the front of the store. Donations can be made at the Piggly Wiggly on Highway 80 in Pooler and will be taken through December 18th, for additional donations you may call Ben at 748-3567. ...Looks like there’s plenty going on this weekend as well. A Toy Run in Garden City on Saturday, plus the historic Civil War Re-enactment at the Ogeechee Canal on Hwy 204, the

35th Annual Tour of Homes in Downtown Savannah on Saturday and Sunday, the Holiday Open House at one of my favorite places to visit, the Savannah Botanical Garden on Eisenhower Drive, and a beautiful Christmas Concert this Sunday at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in downtown Savannah. Lots to get out and enjoy in our area this weekend, so go out and make the best of it! ...Things I learned while reading about other things... • In Shelbyville, Tennessee, a woman was riding a white horse wearing a red coat during the Christmas Parade. She was intoxicated, and passed out, missing the stop signal. She was later found slumped over on the horse outside a local motel. Police had to catch her twice to keep her from falling. She was arrested for public intoxication. • A 36 year old Wisconsin man has been sentenced to a year in jail after his last DUI arrest. He was stopped after an Officer saw him hit a pole at a gas station. Once arrested and placed in the rear seat of the patrol car for the ride to jail, the man urinated on the back of the Officer’s head on the way to jail. Even his defense attorney thought his sentence was appropriate and hoped it would help him come to terms with his alcoholism. • A 22 year old man in Lancaster, Pennsylvania was found by Police asleep and slumped over in his moving buggy in Amish country. The Officers were alerted when the horse began straddling the centerline at a walking pace. The man blew a .18, and was arrested for DUI. In a buggy. ...Thanks for supporting our advertisers! They make publication of your free community newspaper possible. Please pass along any story ideas you have, and don’t forget to send us pictures of your pet, and a picture of yourself holding our paper while you’re off on vacation! ...“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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Police Reports

the driver straddle the centerline in the eastbound lanes, then cross into the turning lane. The Officer smelled the alcohol on the man’s breath, and he soon admitted he’d had two or three beers several hours earlier. He then got into an argument with an assisting Officer over whether he could smoke a cigarette or not. Before you knew it, the young man took off running up the railroad tracks and into the woods. A K-9 was brought to the scene, but the man couldn’t be located. His Tahoe was towed to be held until he turns himself in. • Officers responded to a neighborhood for a burglary in progress call. They noticed the broken front window on the second story, and how it was pushed in so that someone could gain access to the home. Turned out to be the seventeen year old son trying to get back inside Dad’s house. • A store manager stopped the Pooler woman as she tried to leave the store after shoving several grocery items inside her purse. She admitted to shoplifting the $91 worth of items, and was taken to jail with a $1300 bond. • A man told Police he was in the restroom in the restaurant when he began to unroll some toilet paper. When he did that, the stall wall fell over on his head, knocking his head into the opposite wall. He told the Officer he was okay, but wanted a report because he planned on seeing a doctor and getting it checked out on his own. (Sounds like he needed someone to spare a square...) • An Officer stopped a Savannah man after clocking him at 85mph in the 65mph zone of I-95 northbound. The man handed over his military ID card and explained that his license was through the state of Tennessee. A check with dispatch revealed the man’s license was through the state of Georgia, and it was suspended. He went to jail. • An Officer responded around 6:30pm to a report of an intoxicated man at a convenience store. He found the drunk sitting in front of the front door and

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the woman couldn’t produce. He then explained that she wouldn’t be getting the britches back unless she went to civil court and the judge ruled in her favor. (I think he should have locked her tail up for shoplifting, call it a different kind of blue light special!) • Counterfeit $50 bills are going around now... don’t be caught holding one! The manager of a pizza business turned in a counterfeit $50. As best he could tell, it was turned in by a caller named “John” who got his pizza delivered to the pool house at a local apartment complex. His phone number was no longer in service. • The thing I find most interesting in the shoplifting reports are the items stolen... a Springfield woman was arrested for shoplifting when she tried walking out without paying for $38.34 worth of various stickers and foam letters. • And like a good neighbor... a man was watching from across the street when a young man decided to grab the loose change inside a Nissan Frontier. The neighbor followed the man and called the Police, describing him and saying he was inside a local convenience store. The Officer questioned the young man about it, and the man said the victim was a friend of his and he’d only grabbed some loose change from the truck. The Officer drove him back to the residence. The victim said he’d met the guy once, maybe twice, but that he had no reason or permission to be going inside his truck. The man was taken to jail on entering an auto charge. • An Officer was responding to the Enmark station just off I-95 at Hwy 80 where a man was said to be bothering customers as they entered and exited the store. As the Officer arrived, he found that the man had driven off in a gold Tahoe. He soon spotted the Tahoe at Old Dean Forest Road and made a traffic stop after seeing

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Christmas brought hope and home to troops fighting in World War II, just as it has in every other war. There are numerous accounts of troops from different countries finding creative ways to celebrate the holidays. Some soldiers would cook a special meal, while others would decorate a tree, even if it wasn’t a traditional one. There are even stories of soldiers caroling. If fortunate enough, receiving a care package from home was the best gift of all. Stateside, the majority of food and other supplies were going into the war effort. This left very little back home. In trying to ensure everyone got their fair share, the government began rationing numer-

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The first thing the youngsters did was decorate cookies, and they learned about the rationing of sugar and other food items due to the shortages around the world. They seemed surprised to learn that, back then, getting a cookie was a big deal. The most well-liked activity they took part in was making a traditional English cracker (not the edible kind). An English cracker appears to be an over-sized piece of candy at first glance. It is simply made of a toilet paper roll, filled with paper tidbits, candy, and small toys which is then wrapped in pretty paper and twisted at each end. The families also got to string popcorn and cranberries to decorate their trees. Rosie told the children the trees were thrown outside after Christmas as food for the birds and squirrels. The last craft was taking Christmas cards from years past, then cutting and pasting, thus creating “new” cards. This taught the youngsters how little was wasted during the war. Thies said the event allows the youngsters to get out of the house and they get to do something together. She also noted that the children get to “make a mess here (at the museum) instead of at home,” a definite plus for the parents. The event was from 10-2, and by noon 35 youngsters had passed through. What a wonderful life it would be if we could get back to a simpler life, where getting a cookie was a big deal!

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•  A local hotel has taken out a warrant for the arrest of a former employee who used a credit card to pay for a room for her family members recently. She’s signed her name to the credit card receipt, but the credit card was in her husband’s name. She had him dispute the charge with the credit card company, which then refused to make the payment good to the hotel. The hotel is now out just over $300. • A Savannah woman will be arrested soon after she walked off from her job at WalMart after she was confronted about voiding out almost $600 in merchandise purchases at her register.

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and when he got up and looked outside, the truck was already gone. He was also crying. Thankfully the first man was able to write down the tag number on the Silverado. The Officer traced it to a Savannah man, who told him that was his son’s truck. He promised he’d have him meet with the Officer the next morning. (And we’ve all heard since then that the young licensed hunter was simply charged with discharging a firearm within city limits. Should never be allowed to hold a gun ever again, much less go hunting! Might bag somebody’s pet duck! Hey! I’ve got some goldfish in my pond off the back porch... wanna try your luck

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One of the great frustrations of the libertarian-minded right is how Republicans got stuck being “the party of big business.” The quotation marks around the term are at least somewhat necessary, because in many respects, it’s not true. The notion that big business is “right wing” has always been more sloppy agitprop than serious analysis. It’s true that historically, big business is against socialism and communism -- and understandably so. Socialism and communism were once close to synonymous with expropriation of wealth and the nationalization of industry. What businessman or industrialist wouldn’t be against that? But many of those same industrialists saw nothing wrong with cutting deals with statist regimes. For example, the Swope Plan, put forward by Gerard Swope, president of General Electric, laid out the infrastructure for much of the early New Deal. Yet the debate is always framed as if the choice is between “government intervention” on the one hand and free-market capitalism on the other. From 30,000 feet, that division is fine with me. My objection is the glib and easy association of big business with the free-market guys. (Milton Friedman was no champion of publicprivate partnerships and industrial policy.) This identification allows selfdescribed progressive Democrats to run against big business when they are in fact in bed with the fat cats. For instance, the standard line from the Democrats is that the plutocrats and corporate mustachetwirlers oppose health care reform because, in President Obama’s words, they “profit financially or politically from the status quo.” That sounds reasonable, and in some cases it is reasonable. But it makes it sound as if Obama is

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that it’s easier to steer a few giant oxen than a thousand cats. But health care is the most troubling example of the trend. Washington Post columnist Robert Samuelson notes that while everyone has been debating the government takeover of health care, what’s really transpired is health care’s takeover of government -thanks to what he calls the “medical industrial complex.” Already 1 in 4 federal outlays are for health care; government pays, directly or indirectly, for half of all health care costs; and the entire industry is heavily regulated. Obama’s answer to this state of affairs is more -- much more -- of the same, on the phantasmagorical grounds that it will cut costs. My biggest objection is not to what isn’t true about the claim that the right is the handmaiden to big business, it’s to what is true. Too many Republicans think being pro-business is the same as being pro-market. They defend the status quo against bad reforms and think they’ve defended economic freedom. The status quo stinks. And the sooner Republicans learn that, the sooner they’ll deserve to win again. (You can write to Jonah Goldberg in care of this newspaper or by e-mail at

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bravely battling “malefactors of great wealth.” But that’s not really how it works, as Timothy Carney documents in his powerful new book, “Obamanomics.” In 2008, Obama raked in more donations from the health sector than John McCain and the rest of the Republican field combined. Drug makers gave Obama $3.58 for every dollar they gave McCain. Pfizer gave to Obama at a 4-1 rate, as did the hospital and nursing home industries. In 2008, the insurance industry gave more money to House Democrats than House Republicans. HMOs give to Democrats over Republicans by a margin of 60 to 40. So far, the health care industry has mostly been trying to cut insider deals with the government, not fighting to defend the status quo. Discussions between Big Pharma and the White House have been more like pillow talk than a shouting match. This pattern is hardly unique to health care. The U.S. Climate Action Partnership, led by GE, includes many other Fortune 500 companies, including Goldman Sachs -- the company that has profited mightily from Obama’s brand of hope and change. CAP is an aggressive supporter of the Democrats’ climate change scheme. Why? Because GE and friends stand to make billions from carbon pricing, thanks largely to investments in technologies that cannot survive in a free market without massive subsidies from Uncle Sam. GE chief Jeffrey Immelt cheerleads big government as “an industry policy champion, a financier and a key partner.” Going back to U.S. Steel and the railroads, the story of big business in America is often as not the story of fat cats rigging the system. And the story of progressivism is the same tale. The New Deal codes were mostly written by big business to squeeze out smaller competitors. The progressives fought for these reforms on the grounds

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with his 2007 Nissan Maxima. He and his wife were not hurt as they spun out and ended up on the side of the interstate. The Officer was able to remove the remaining pieces of the sofa from the roadway. • Boy did I have the wrong impression when I first started reading this one... Police responded to an apartment complex where neighbors were complaining about the shouting in the apartment upstairs. They knocked on the door and spoke with the man, who said he and his girlfriend were in an argument over the laundry not being done. Then his girlfriend stepped forward and set the record straight, pointing out that she was upset because he’d lost his job and he hadn’t gotten the laundry done. (I’m having to wear dress pants today because Allison ain’t washed my blue jeans, so I can relate!) • Just after midnight, an Officer spotted a little blue car pull onto Hwy 21 northbound. The driver then cruised through the grassy median, then pulled back into the turn lane to turn west on Hwy 30. The Officer pulled out behind the car, and when the light turned green, the driver pulled ahead, crossing into the eastbound lane while westbound. He made a traffic stop after she struck the fog line a couple of times, and immediately recognized the odor of alcohol in the car. He asked the woman how much she’d had to drink, and of course, she hadn’t had anything to drink. Her bloodshot eyes and the fact she was swaying back and forth while standing still implied otherwise. She was arrested for DUI. • Around 6pm, an Officer was on Monteith Road when he noticed headlights on the north side of the ditch. He found a Ford F 150 stuck there, and climbed onto the running board to speak with the driver, still in the truck. He tapped on the driver’s window, and the man slowly lowered it, saying he was alright and didn’t need any help. He tried to explain that he was trying to turn around and drove off into the ditch. The Officer then asked him about the odor of alcohol on his breath, and the man said he’d drank three beers while he’d been stuck in the ditch for the last three hours. The man had no answer when the Officer asked why he hadn’t used his cell phone, that was in his cup holder on his center console, to call 911 when he slid in the ditch if it happened three hours ago. He climbed out of his truck and the Officer asked him to submit to some field sobriety tests. “Ya’ll fixin’ to mess me up,” he said, accurately assessing his situation. He was taken to jail for DUI. • Around midnight thirty, an Officer was behind a Mazda at a traffic light when he noticed the license plate expired at the end of last month. He then made a traffic stop, asked for her license and insurance, etc. The woman quickly closed her purse, which caught the Officer’s attention. After deciding that she wouldn’t be charged with DUI, he got permission to search her car and purse, and soon had her under arrest for possession of a controlled substance. • Just after 1am, an Officer was patrolling the hotels on Hwy 21 and found an 18 year old New York man walking around the parking lot of one of them. He stopped and asked the man if he was staying in the hotel, and the man said no, he was staying in a different one just up the road. As the man got a little closer, the Officer could smell the overwhelming stench of burnt marijuana. He asked the man if he had any drugs on him, and the man said “Well, I do have a little bit of marijuana in my pocket.” The Officer searched him and found a pill bottle full of pot, a glass smoking pipe, five marijuana cigarettes, and five prescription pills. The Officer soon had backup Officers checking the man’s room where his mom was. Mom soon walked out to the patrol car and found her son in the back seat with his handcuffs on. She was given instructions on how to find the county jail. ___________________________________ Continued on page B1

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At its Dec. 3 council meeting, the City of Bloomingdale presented Pastor Darrell E. Bailey with a plaque recognizing him as Bloomingdale’s Citizen of the Year. Presenting the award was Councilman Billy Strozier, who spoke of some of Bailey’s accomplishments over the years. Bailey has served as chaplain for the police department for many years, and Strozier reminded those in attendance how the pastor had assisted him when he was mayor in response to the tragedy of 9/11. It was also noted during the pre-

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Let Us Remember...

John Joseph Rollins John Joseph Rollins, 45, of Pt. Wentworth, passed away at his home on November 30, 2009. John was born in Savannah on January 14, 1964, and was raised on his family estate, “Crosswinds,” in Millen. John did many things throughout his life, but using his artistic talents was his favorite. He excelled in photography, creating stained glass, landscaping, and interior design. He loved his family, wonderful music, his Camaro, his pets, and Huss the chicken. John was preceded in death by his father John Lee Rollins and close family friend Allen S. Kelly. He is survived by his life partner Alvin Joseph Riley of Pt. Wentworth, mother Lillie Mae Courson Rollins, brother

John Anthony Rollins, both of Millen, aunts and uncles Laura Beth & William Alton Courson of West Green, Linda Gail & Rev. HP Murray of Douglas, Ruby Nell & George Willis Courson of Ocilla, Mary Elizabeth & Joe Brazil of Ocilla, Shirley & Wilbert Mathis of Tifton, and his extended family “The Rileys” from across the globe. The family will announce services at a later date. Donations may be made to the John Joseph Rollins Foundation Fund 115 Cantyre St. Pt Wentworth GA 31407. Fairhaven Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Edna Ann McBride Edna Ann McBride, age 40, of Guyton, GA passed away suddenly on December 1, 2009. She is predeceased by her brother Murray Moyer III. Daughter of Murray & Edna Moyer Jr. of Williamsport, PA. Edna is survived by two sons, Tyler Fitzwater and Kyle McBride. Sisters Bobbie Moyer, Tammy Moyer

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James Edwin Carroll Ellabell- Mr. James Edwin Carroll, age 62 died Thursday morning, Dec. 3, 2009 at Bryan County Health and Rehabilitation Center. Mr. Carroll was a long-time resident of Ellabell and was a retired truck driver. He was an excellent shade tree mechanic and attended Black Creek Holy Church of God. Survivors include one son ,Jimmy Carroll of Ridgeland, S.C.; one stepson, Wayne Jackson of Richmond Hill; one step daughter and stepsonin-law Brenda and Carol Perkins of Ellabell; one brother Lowell Carroll of Beaufort, S.C..; 4 granddaughters; 5 great-grandchildren and several cousins, nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held last Sunday afternoon at Flanders Morrison Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Stanley Tyson officiating. Burial was in Effingham Memorial Gardens. Flanders Morrison Funeral Home handled arrangements. Loiuse Ludford Maxey Louise Ludford Maxey, 82, of Savannah, Ga. died Wednesday December 2, 2009 at Hospice Savannah, Inc. She was born in Norfolk, Va. She was a stay at home Mom for 20 years then returned to school and became a tax accountant for 32 years. She loved her family and her Bingo family, but most of all her husband of 64 years. She was a member of Sunday School at Bible Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband Robert L. Maxey, Sr. of Savannah, Ga.; 4 children, Candy M. Barefield (Chuck), Robin L. Sitton (John), Robert L, Maxey, Jr. (Wendy), William Maxey (Dickey); 10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Contributions may be made to Hospice Savannah, Inc. 1352 Eisenhower Dr. Savannah, Ga. 31406. The funeral service was held Saturday afternoon in the Chapel of Fairhaven Funeral Home, with Dr. John Rainwater officiating. Interment followed at Greenwich Cemetery. Fairhaven Funeral Home handled arrangements. Emma Gilda Morris Emma Gilda Morris, 82, of Savannah, passed away on December 3 at Memorial Hospital. Gilda was born in Savannah on March 17, 1927 to the late Kelly and Gladys Roddenberry. She was a true southern cook, and loved to share her food and her endless love with her family. She is preceded in death by her parents and son Michael Stump. She is survived by her husband of over 50 years, Joseph Hudson Morris, sons Harry Stump Jr. and Joseph H. Morris Jr., daughters Diana Bryson and Debra (Bruce) Arnold, grandchildren Jimmy (Jan) Bryson, Michael Bryson, Melissa (David) Altman, McKay Scott, Taylor Scott, and Aarin Arnold, and 6 great-grandchildren. Graveside Services were held Monday morning at Hillcrest Abbey Memorial Park, with Rev. John Smith officiating. Fairhaven Funeral Home handled ar-

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served in the U.S. Army and was a member of Village Baptist Church in Bowie, Md. He retired from the Office of Naval Research after 30 years. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife Dorothy C. Joiner of Annapolis, Md.; 1 son, Mark Joiner (Rhonda) of Bowie, Md.; 1 daughter, Susan Martin (Steve) of Mequon, Wi.; 2 brothers, Thomas J. Joiner and Billy J. Joiner; 2 sisters, Virginia Norell and Celia Tyler; sister-in-law Shirley O’Hayer; 5 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Contributions may be made to Village Baptist Church 1950 Mitchellville Road Bowie, Md. 20716. The funeral service was held Tuesday afternoon in the Chapel of Fairhaven Funeral Home, with Rev. Joe Springer officiating. Interment followed at Bonaventure Cemetery. Fairhaven Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Mitchell Richard Thomas Mitchell Richard Thomas, Jr., 71, died Saturday, December 5, 2009 at Hospice Savannah, Inc. Richard was born and raised in Douglas, GA and had lived in Savannah all of his adult life. He was the owner of Carolyn’s Flowers - Richards Florist and a communicant of the Catholic Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Beatrice “Bea” Harley Thomas. Survivors include his brothers, Andrew Thomas of Douglas, GA; two sisters, Teresa Thornton of Douglas, GA, Patricia Beecher of Eulonia, GA; two step-daughters, Anne Largis of Savannah, Janet Hutchins of Texas; special friends, Mrs. Colleen Eaton and Glenda Williams both of Savannah, GA; several nieces, nephews, other family and friends. In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial contribution be sent to Hospice Savannah, Inc., P.O. Box 13190, Savannah, GA 31416. Services will be private. Fairhaven Funeral Home handled arrangements.

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Spirit Newspapers • December 10 - December 16, 2009 • Page A15

In Loving Memory of

WAYNE BURNS December 31, 2006

He Only Took My Hand Last night while I was trying to sleep, My son’s voice I did hear. I opened my eyes and looked around, But he did not appear. He said: “Mom, you’ve got to listen, You’ve got to understand. God did not take me from you, Mom, He only took my hand. When I called out in pain that night, The instant that I died, He reached down and took my hand, And pulled me to his side. He pulled me up and saved me From the misery and pain, My body was hurting so badly inside, I could never be the same. My search is really over now, I’ve found happiness within. All the answers to my empty dreams, And all that might have been. I love you all and miss you so, And I’ll always be nearby. My body’s gone forever, But my spirit will never die. And so, you must all go on now, Live one day at a time. Just understand – God did not take me from you, He only took my hand.� - Author Unknown ~Dearly missed by your Mama and family

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2009 at Effingham Hospital. The North Carolina native attended the Assembly of God churches and was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her parents, John Coffey and Ida Bell Coffey; husband, Hubert Buford Tolbert; and son, Billy Tolbert. Survivors include her daughters, Betty Godbee of Springfield and Kathy Tolbert of Oley, PA; sons, Gene Deverges of Savannah and James Tolbert of Washington, D.C.; sister, Ocie Howard of Springfield; 8 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. A graveside funeral services wwas held Wednesday morning at Effingham Memorial Gardens. Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Home handled arrangements. George Walter “G.W.� Joyner Sr. George Walter Joyner Sr., “G.W.�, 65, of Ellabell, passed away on December 6 at Gwinnett Medical Canter in Duluth, GA. GW was born on September 11, 1944 in Savannah to the late Tillman and Elizabeth Joyner. He graduated from Jenkins High School in 1963, and proudly served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. GW had spent the last 30 years working in the electrical field, and enjoyed spending time riding his motorcycle. He was a

professional family man, and would do anything to make sure his family was provided for. He is preceded in death by his parents and his son George Walter Joyner Jr. He is survived by his wife of 45 years ,Julia Joyner, sons George A. Joyner (Wendy), Jamie Joyner(Christina), and Chris Joyner(Sharon), daughter Charlene Koskela(Bob), 16 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, brother Frank Joyner(Charlotte) and Donald Joyner(Debbie). The Funeral Service will be held Thursday at 1pm at the Chapel of Fairhaven Funeral Home, with O. Thomas Anchors Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Abbey West. Fairhaven Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Wallace Coleman “Bud� Warren Pembroke-Wallace Coleman “Bud� Warren, Jr. age 55, died Sunday evening, Dec. 6, 2009. Mr. Warren was a butcher, having worked at Kroger, M & M Grocers, and for over seventeen years at Ray’s Butcher Shop. Mr. Warren loved his work, was an avid fisherman and a member of the Baptist Faith. Survivors include his parents W.C. and Alice Warren of Pembroke, one son Wallace Warren III of Statesboro, one daughter Samantha Poteralski of Garden City, 2 brothers Mark and Bruce Warren, both of Pembroke; one sister Deborah McKie of Pembroke; 3 grandchildren Makala Knight, Jamie Poteralski and Chandler Warren; and several

nieces and nephews including Opal Warren. The funeral service will be held Thursday at 2 pm in the chapel of the Flanders Morrison Funeral Home, with Rev. Rodney Body officiating. Burial will be in Ellabell Methodist Cemetery. Flanders Morrison Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Pauline “Polly� D. Tucker Hagan-Mrs. Pauline “Polly� D. Tucker, 81, died Monday, December 7, 2009 at her daughter‘s residence in Hagan. Pauline lived in Ellabell for many years. She was a retired seamstress at Alexander Brothers Overall Factory on Bay Street and also worked at Taylor Made Draperies for 12 years. She was a member of Calvary Assembly of God in Pooler. She is survived by her children, Shelvie Lewis Burnette and Sandra Brown, both of Hagan; grandchildren, Zackary Brown, Sherese Barber, both of Hagan, Tammy Hannon of Jonesboro, Bobby Pitts of Savannah and Ricky Pitts of Pooler; five great-grandchildren and sister, Carolyn Elkins of Lake City, SC. Visitation will be Friday, December 11 from 11am until 1pm at the funeral home, with funeral services to follow at 1pm in the funeral home chapel. Burial will be at Hillcrest Abbey West Cemetery on Dean Forest Road. Friends may sign the online register book at Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Homes is handling arrangements. Edward Jay Lucas Edward Jay Lucas, a resident of Rincon, Georgia, laid to rest in his home on December 6, 2009. Jay was born October 16, 1959 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. Jay attended Cloverdale Schools in Cloverdale, Indiana where he graduated high school. After high school he enlisted with the United States Air Force and proudly served in Desert Storm. Once separated from the Air Force, Jay worked at Gulfstream as an Aviation Electrician. He left this world doing the things he loved – hanging out with friends, listening to music and having a cold beer. Jay is survived by his wife Marianne, mother Bernice, his two children, 4 grandchildren and numerous relatives. “I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter� -Winston Churchill Visitation is Thursday, December 10 from 6 -7 pm at Fairhaven Funeral Home. A memorial service will follow at 7 pm. Fairhaven Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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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 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 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 Firm Foundation Baptist Church 937 Mixon Road • 865-4505 Dr. Bernard D. Carter Effingham International Worship Center Marlow Learning Center • 748-7308 Pastor Eddie Tomberlin Berea Southern Methodist Church 2872 Noel Conaway Road • Guyton (GA 30 near Kolic Helmy Rd) Silver Hill United Methodist Church Silver Hill Church Rd. Pastor Al Fernandez

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 Rev. Jonathan E. Phillips Woodlawn Baptist 407 Talmadge Ave. • 964-8676 Gary Johnson, Pastor

Meldrim/Eden/Faulkville Meldrim First Baptist 748-5220 James Carlisle – Pastor Solid Rock Baptist Church 5th Street • Meldrim Pastor: Greg McAlister 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

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

United Methodist Church Meldrim Pastor: Rick Holt

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

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

Parkway Church of Christ 4360 Ogeechee Rd. • 234-4040 Clay Johnson Silk Hope United Methodist 5212 Silk Hope Rd. • 447-5282 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

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

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

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

United Methodist Church Ga. Hwy 17 • Marlow Rev. Peter Vermeulen

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

Hwy. 30 Church of Christ 1952 Noel C. Conaway Rd. 728-3819 John W. Wright, Jr.

Count It All Joy Ministries Highway 17 Michael Tucker

Guyton Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 301 Pine Street 772-3478

Living Hope Community Fellowship 5008 Augusta Rd. • Garden City (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

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

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)

The Church at Godley Station (Meeting Sundays at 9am behind Home Depot on Pooler Pkwy) Pastor Earnie Pirkle Assoc. Pastor: Steve Dees 220-4440

Springfield United Methodist 209 Cleveland St. Rev. Ben Martin

Bryant Temple W. 6th St. • 826-2896

Thomas Chapel AME Savannah Town Rd. • 754-1233

Ephesus Reformed Baptist 826-4598 • Pastor Steve Thomas

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

Faith Presbyterian 2000 Lexington Avenue 826-6880 Rev. Mary Beene 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

Lighthouse Baptist Church 106 Pipemakers Circle • 748-1164 Pastor: Dr. Van Power New Birth Savannah 118 Pipemaker’s Circle Suites 202-205 748-2969 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

Goshen Road Baptist 1323 Goshen Rd. • 826-1826 Rev. Frank Hodges

Chevis Oaks Baptist Church 102 Sylvania Rd. at Chevis Rd. 925-3852 Rev. Eric R. Carpenter

Grace Community Church 1094 Goshen Rd. • 826-4204 Pastor Wesley Corbitt

Bethel Baptist Church 748-9085 Pastor Eddie Deas

Marantha Assembly of God 454 Weisenbaker Rd. • 826-5234 Rev. Mike Beck

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

New Hope Christian Church 2420 Courthouse Rd. • 772-4499 Rev. Brad Proudfoot

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

Trinity Faith International Church 776 Kolic Helmey Road Pastor: Kaye Bell

Reaching For Souls Located in the All American Glass Shopping Center on Hwy. 80 478-494-0893 Pastors: Stanly & Angela Abraham

Savannah Christian Church 55 Al Henderson Blvd. Pastor Cam Huxford

Journey Community Church 5938 Highway 21 South • 754-9444 Pastor Michael Bassett

New Mount Olive Baptist 835 Chevis Rd. • 920-1133

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

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

Real Life Christian Fellowship 841 Crossgate Rd. Pastor Paul L. Taylor, Jr.

New Testament Fellowship UPC 307 South Laurel St. • 754-9782 Pastor: Walter Thomas

Port Wentworth United Methodist 201 Turnberry Street • 964-4210 Pastor: Tom Edwards

Bethel Lutheran ELCA 1984 Hwy 21N • 754-6561 Rev. Shelley Nelson-Bridger

Rincon Effingham Baptist Church 1007 North Columbia Ave. 826-3794 Pastor: Tom Davis

Holy Samaritan Apostolic Church of the Living God 148 Rawls Drive • 754-4234 Pastor Isiah Brehler, Sr.

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

First Baptist of Springfield 1435 Hwy 119N • 754-3443 Rev. Jeff Rollins

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

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

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

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

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

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. 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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Elohim Christian Fellowship 309 Main Street, Suite F • 966-5005 Pastor Leroy R. Kirkland III

Hwy 80 West, Just Outside Bloomingdale

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 41 Main Street • 964-1649 Rev. David Rasmussen

Holy Church of God Little Neck Road

Holy Church Of God 707 Little Neck Rd • 920-0042 Rev. Ryan Ralston

Garden City United Methodist Church 62 Varnadoe Ave. • 964-5780 Rev. Dan Pegram

Jasper Springs Baptist Church 62 Smith Ave. • 964-6864 Pastor: Rev. Johnny Bowen

Ft. Argyle Gospel Fellowship 909 Ft. Argyle Road (Hwy. 204) Pastors Robert and Renea Jordan 748-4339

Rincon United Methodist 107 Savannah Ave. • 826-5796 Sr. Pastor: Rev. Larry Bird

North Salem Baptist 955 Hwy 30 • 964-7933 Pastor Phil Hudson

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

South Valley Baptist Church Rev. Barry Jackson Pine Barren Road • 748-0279

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

Southside Assembly of God 401 Tibet Avenue Rev. Jack Moon

Coastal Christian Center 6073 Ogeechee Rd • 925-3166  Ron and Rosie Chambers

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

Rothwell Baptist Church 216 Rothwell Street • 748-7593 Rev. Devin Bell

Bible Based Lutherans of Effingham Blandford Elementary School 4650 McCall Road 1 1/2 Miles from Harold’s Body Shop Pastor Andy Krey

Quacco Baptist Church 215 Quacco Road • 925-3885 Pastor Barry Minsky

Rincon Church of Christ 306 E. 4th St. • 826-5440

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

New Providence Baptist Eric Palmburg 772-3590

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

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Hwy 25 • 964-0219 Father Michael J. Kavanaugh

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

Royal Temple Holiness Church 409 Samuel Small Dr. - 772-3498 Elder Verdie Banner

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

Rincon Baptist Temple 305 Weisenbaker Rd. • 826-5818 Pastor: Bro. Joe Springer

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

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

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

First Baptist Church of Port Wentworth Hwy 25 • 964-5811 Rev. John Ashworth

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

Liberty Christian Fellowship Church 302 Church Street • 772-5522 John Tanner, Pastor

Fellowship Bible Church 841 Old Dixie Hwy. • 754-9645 Pastor Robert Quarterman

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

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

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

Union Springs AME Union Springs Church Rd. • 7549460

Bible Connection Ministries 410 S. Coastal Hwy. • 965-1101 Pastor: Alex Grant, Jr.

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

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

Garden City Primitive Baptist 126 Smith Ave. • 964-5014 Pastor: Elder Hugh Thompson

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

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

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

Gateway Community Church Now meeting at the YMCA on Pooler Parkway • 220-1074 Pastor Matt Hearn

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

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

Wildwood United Methodist Garrard Avenue Pastor Lloyd Dees

Savannah First Seventh Day Adventist 50 Godley Way • Pooler • 748-5977 Rev. Mark Pioutrowski

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

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

Wilder Memorial Baptist 1 Gamble Road Rev. Tom Keller

MorningStar Baptist Church 131 Canal Street (off Pooler Parkway) Pastor Tom Byerly

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

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

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

West Chatham Baptist Church South Rogers Street Rev. David Stanford

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

Abercorn Baptist Baker Hill Rd. • 826-4213

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

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

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

“Salvation is by Grace alone, through faith alone in Christ alone.”

Abundant Life Community Church (ELCA) 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

Bible Based Lutherans of Effingham Services at 9:00 a.m. Blandford Elementary School 4650 McCall Road 1-1/2 Miles from Harold’s Body Shop  Pastor Andy Krey

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

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

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 Gospel Baptist Church 5126 Wilma Edwards Rd. 690-1066 Pastor John Whitaker 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

Spirit Newspapers • December 10 - December 16, 2009 • Page A17


Fruits Vine

By Billy Graham Q: Why should I believe that Christianity is any truer than other religions? I’m not sure any religion can claim to have the truth (and in fact, I’m not even sure God exists), but I’m open to changing my mind. -- S.L.

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LETTER FROM JESUS ABOUT CHRISTMAS It has come to my attention that many of you are upset that folks are taking My name out of the season. How I personally feel about this celebration can probably be most easily understood by those of you who have been blessed with children of your own. I don’t care what you call the day. If you want to celebrate My birth, get along and love one another. Now, having said that, let Me go on. If it bothers you that the town in which you live doesn’t allow a scene depicting My birth, then just get rid of a couple of Santas and snowmen and put in a small Nativity scene on your own front lawn. If all My followers did that, there wouldn’t be any need for such a scene on the town square because there would be many of them all around town. Stop worrying about the fact that people are calling the tree a holiday tree, instead of a Christmas tree. It was I who made all trees. You can remember Me anytime you see any tree. Decorate a grape vine if you wish: I actually spoke of that one in a teaching, explaining who I am in relation to you and what each of our tasks were. If you have forgotten that one, look up John 15: 1 - 8. If you want to give Me a present in remembrance of My birth, here is my wish list. Choose something from it: 1. Instead of writing protest letters objecting to the way My birthday is being celebrated, write letters of love and hope to soldiers away from home. They are terribly afraid

and lonely this time of year. I know, they tell Me all the time.

2. Visit someone in a nursing home. You don’t have to know them personally. They just need to know that someone cares about them. 3. Instead of writing the President complaining about the wording on the cards his staff sent out this year, why don’t you write and tell him that you’ll be praying for him and his family this year. Then follow up... It will be nice hearing from you again. 4. Instead of giving your children a lot of gifts you can’t afford and they don’t need, spend time with them. Tell them the story of My birth, and why I came to live with you down here. Hold them in your arms and remind them that I love them. 5 Pick someone that has hurt you in the past and forgive him or her. 6. Did you know that someone in your town will attempt to take their own life this season because they feel so alone and hopeless? Since you don’t know who that person is, try giving everyone you meet a warm smile; it could make the difference. 7. Instead of nit picking about what the retailer in your town calls the holiday, be patient with the people who work there. Give them a warm smile and a kind word. Even if they aren’t allowed to wish you a “Merry Christmas” that doesn’t keep you from wishing them one. Then stop shopping there on Sunday. If the

The Church Bulletin Board • St. Boniface Church, Springfield, will celebrate Christmas with a Children’s/Family Christmas Eve Mass at 5pm. Another Mass will follow at 8pm. Mass on Christmas will be at 10am. All are welcome. For more information, please contact the parish office at 754-7473. •  Living Hope Community Fellowship’s Teen Ministry and Pastor Joyce Hall invites you to join them for their Car Wash Fundraiser for The Salvation Army on Saturday, December 12, from 7am to 2pm. The event will be held at 5008 Augusta Road (Hwy 21 in Garden City next to Dairy Queen). If you would like more information, please call 965-0406. • Solid Rock Baptist Church Christmas Concert… Sunday, December 20th starting at 6pm. Guest Singer: Belinda Jane of Savannah. All are invited to attend! All we ask is donation of non-perishable food item. Solid Rock Baptist Church is located on 5th Street, Meldrim. Call 728-4890 for more information or directions. •  Christmas Schedule for Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Laurel Street, Springfield: December 13th – 11am: Morning Prayer (matins), Christmas Program presented by Youth followed by a “Birthday Party for Jesus” December 24th – 7:30pm: Pre-service Christmas music, 8pm: Candle service of Holy Communion December 25th – 10am: Christmas Day – A spoken service of Holy Communion • Living Hope Community Fellowship and Pastor Joyce Hall invites

you to join us for our Candle Light Communion Service, on Sunday, December 20, at 6pm. The event will be held at 5008 Augusta Road (Hwy. 21 in Garden City next to Diary Queen). Come and enjoy the worship, music, mime and dance as we present “The Sounds of Christmas.” Our musical guest soloist will be Rev. Cynthia Wilson. Our morning service will be at 8am. If you would like more information, please call 965-0406. • The Bethesda United Methodist Church invites the community to the annual Christmas Cantata on December 20th at 6pm. Bethesda UMC is located at 3608 Midland Road, Guyton. Please call 728-3332 for more information. • Live Nativity Drive thru of the Christmas Story at North Salem Baptist Church, 955 Hwy 30, in Port Wentworth, December 19th and 20th, 7pm-9pm . • Local church for sale. Fellowship hall is separate from church. Could be used as daycare/learning center with plenty office space. Plenty of parking space. Church is located in very nice neighborhood. Recreation center is within a block from the church. If interested, please call 912-541-5508 and leave contact information. • The International Worship Center will be meeting at the Marlow Learning Center until their new facility is complete. For more information, please contact us at 748-7308 or check us out at www. We declare “Ridiculous Favor” over your life. Service Times: Sundays 9am and 11am, and Wednesdays at 7pm.

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

House of Prayer Ministries P. O. Box 1924 Springfield, GA 31329

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store didn’t make so much money on that day they’d close and let their employees spend the day in worship and at home with their families 8. If you really want to make a difference, support a missionary- especially one who takes My love and Good News to those who have never heard My name. 9. Here’s a good one. There are individuals and whole families in your town who not only will have no “Christmas” tree, but neither will they have any presents to give or receive. If you don’t know them, buy some food and a few gifts and give them to the Salvation Army or some other charity which believes in Me and they will make the delivery for you. 10. Finally, if you want to make a statement about your belief in and loyalty to Me, then behave like a Christian. Don’t do things in secret that you wouldn’t do in My presence. Let people know by your actions that you are one of mine.

A: I hope you’ll continue to keep an open mind, because someone whose mind and heart are closed to God will never find Him. Jesus’ promise is for you: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find. ... For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds” (Matthew 7:7-8). Have you ever asked yourself how we could know -- really know -that God existed -- and not only existed, but cared for us and wanted us to know Him? The only way would be if God revealed Himself to us. Anything less than that would be guesswork on our part. And this is what He has done! God is not silent; He has shown Himself to us. How has He done this? He did it first of all through the universe He created. As the Bible says, “Since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities -- his eternal power and divine nature -- have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made” (Romans 1:20). But God has revealed Himself in a far greater way: He became a man. That man was Jesus Christ, who was not only human but also divine (which is what we celebrate at Christmas). Do you want to know what God is like? Look at Jesus Christ as He is revealed in the pages of the Bible. When you do, you’ll realize not only that God exists, but also that He loves you and will make you part of His family as you open your life to Christ.

(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:

Don’t forget; I am God and can take care of Myself. Just love Me and do what I have told you to do. I’ll take care of all the rest. Check out the list above and get to work; time is short. I’ll help you, but the ball is now in your court. And do have a most blessed Christmas with all those whom you love, and remember... I LOVE YOU, JESUS

23: Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. ~ Matthew 1:23

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ARDSLEY PARK BAPTIST CHURCH Bull at 56th in Savannah

For more information, please call us at 234-1256

Rev. Sam Khalaf, Pastor

• Sunday Worship at 11am • Sunday School at 9:30am • Evening Worship at 6pm • Prayer Meeting Wednesdays at 6pm

Join us after the morning service for a time of fellowship and refreshments in our social hall!

Bible Based Lutherans of Effingham Christmas Eve Service 7PM Located at Blandford Elementary 4650 McCall Rd., Rincon 1 1/2 miles from Harold Body Shop Offering collected for the Treutlen House Orphanage

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Prayer of the Week...

Dear Lord, Thank You for the night’s rest You gave me. I am grateful for the renewed energy and enthusiasm it has brought. Accept my gratitude for bringing me to the beginning of this new day. I accept it as a precious gift from You. May I use it minute by minute to do Your will. Guide me in every problem I face, every decision I make this day. Help me to treat everyone kindly, fairly and thoughtfully. If I should forget you during this day, please do not forget me. Amen.


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