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Easter church services, helping others
We have certainly had our share of storms in the last couple of weeks. Most of Richville has been spared with it splitting north and south of us. This weekend is Easter, and the weather forecast seems to be good for sunrise services and egg hunts. It’s good to have fun, but remember Easter is more than bunnies and colored eggs. We celebrate because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Providence Baptist will have our sunrise service on the hill in the cemetery. Service starts at 6:40 a.m. There will be no breakfast afterward. Starting this Sunday, we will have two inside services to choose from. At 9 a.m. we will have inside worship service with it broadcast on the radio as usual for those that need to remain in their cars. Also, at 11 a.m. we will have the contemporary service inside as usual. We are gradually transitioning to having regular services in the future. The youth won’t meet this Sunday night because of Easter.
Sardis Baptist will have a sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. followed by breakfast and then worship service at 11. Concord Baptist will have an Easter Sonrise service at 6:30 a.m. They will not have Sunday school or their 11 a.m. worship service. It’s so good to see and hear that churches are beginning to have their regular services. As with any gathering, social distancing and face masks are encouraged.
School is back in session after spring break. Many students have changed from virtual classes to in-person school for these nine weeks. This has been such a difficult time for all, but especially those in the school system. This school year has been so different; it’s hard to believe there are only nine weeks left.
One of my daily Bible readings this week was Proverbs 3:27, “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so.” God is telling us to help those in need. Need and help can be in many forms. Often it doesn’t cost us anything to help someone. There are people that are needy spiritually, as well as physically. We are so caught up in our own lives that we don’t look around and see what is happening around us. Tell someone you are praying for them and mean it. Don’t just let it be said lightly; be sincere. We have several around us that have lost a loved one recently. Others are physically sick or caring for someone. Prayer doesn’t cost anything but some of your time. I know visiting others has been limited this last year, but you can call. The biggest thing I have missed with the wearing of masks is seeing people smile. A smile can make you feel good all over and encourages you to smile back. It’s up to you; you have the power to make a difference in someone’s day. I saw a T-shirt that read, “Count your blessings, not your problems!” Let one of those blessings be doing good to someone. Don’t dwell on the “can’t do” but the “can do.” It’ll make a difference!
Please continue to be in prayer for the sick in our community. God knows their names and needs. Also, be in prayer for our state and national leaders, as well as our local officials, including our school officials. This is a difficult time for everyone.
So, until next time, have a good and blessed week!
Organizations in the area, as well as churches, I need your events! If your family has some news or an event to share, please contact me. I would prefer text to 334-414-7147 or emails to firstname.lastname@example.org, but phone calls will be fine, too. If you don’t get me when you call, be sure to leave a message.