November 12, 2019

Pastoral Nuggets: What Changed?

It what now seems another lifetime; I attended Troup High School in LaGrange, Georgia. I was a member of the last class that went straight from grammar school to high school. I can remember walking the halls and seeing groups of upperclassmen gathered around somebody’s locker admiring a rifle or shotgun one of them had brought to school. I can remember … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Things I Heard Along the Way

Every once in a while, I devote a column to sharing things that I heard somebody else say along the way. Today is one of those columns. In my opinion, one of the greatest tools of all time is the notes feature on my iPhone. You see, ordinary people constantly say profound stuff. So, I have learned that whenever one of these nuggets, or pearls of wisdom, … [Read more...]

Balloon Release in honor of the late Mrs. Virginia Smith

(Franklin, GA) -- In Memory of Mrs Virginia Smith, you are cordially invited to attend a balloon release at Prospect Church, on Sunday, November 24, 2019, at 12:30 PM. With much love, we will celebrate almost 97 years of her life on her birth date, 11-24-22. Following the service, we will meet at the crosses, at the edge of the cemetery, for a few words … [Read more...]

Turkey Shoot this Saturday

Turkey Shoot (Frolona) -- High Point Church Of God is hosting a Turkey Shoot on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 10:00 AM. $3.00 per shot. Factory Barrels Only. No Scopes. High Point Church of God is located at 8511 Frolona Rd. in Franklin, GA. … [Read more...]

Welcome UMC Billy Gentry Memorial Turkey Shoot

(Centralhatchee, GA) -- Welcome United Methodist Church invites the community to participate in our 5th Annual Welcome UMC\Billy Gentry Memorial Turkey Shoot on Saturday, November 2nd. The shoot will begin at 9:00 AM behind the Centralhatchee Masonic Lodge, 851 Centralhatchee Parkway. Each round is $3 per shot (12 or 20 gauge only) and a Bonus round for … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Growing Into Your Destiny

On several occasions, I have mentioned to you readers that I was raised poor. And if the truth be known, I am glad I was. Why? Was it because I enjoyed not having things, or being forced to learn to “make do” with secondhand things, or even having to wear hand-me-down clothes? Of course not! I’m glad because being raised poor shaped me into the person I … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Jigsaw Puzzles

When I was growing up, you know, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, we were so poor at 38 Border Road in LaGrange, Georgia - we couldn’t even pay attention! Oh, I can tell you all kind of stories about just how poor we really were. We didn’t have indoor bathrooms until I was about thirteen years old. We certainly didn’t have any air conditioning. We … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Stuff I Heard Somebody Else Say Along the Way

In his book, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” one of the habits Stephen Covey gives is this: “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.” What’s he saying? He’s saying that before we try to convince somebody else that we are right and they are wrong, just maybe, we need to understand their point of view first. We need to learn to listen … [Read more...]

Caney Head Church Barbecue this Saturday

(Heard County, GA) -- Church members and other helpers will be hard at work this weekend as Caney Head Methodist Church prepares for their barbecue fundraiser this Saturday, September 28 at the church. The event has been a tradition at the church since the 1950's and draws hundreds of people annually looking to purchase the famous barbecue, brunswick stew, … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Getting the Corruption Out

My momma was a sage. She had a way of boiling her wisdom down to simple little sayings, that even as a child, I could understand. However, I later discovered that some of her sagely sayings were not grounded in as much scientific fact as she asserted. She was just manipulating my behavior! Sayings like: “Don’t cross your eyes; they’ll get stuck that way,” … [Read more...]