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Weekend, other upcoming events
Hard to believe that this is the end of April! Seems it was New Year’s just yesterday. We were all praying for the new year to be better with the pandemic coming to an end. While it has not gone completely away, things do seem to be improving. Restaurants are opening back up. Events that were canceled last year are being scheduled. Churches are beginning to have inside worship services and expanding to more normal schedules. So, with one-third of the year gone, things seem to be improving.
Richville Volunteer Fire Department will host its bingo night this Saturday, May 1, at 6:30 p.m. Come out and support them. There are plenty of prizes to be won and refreshments to be purchased. Even if you don’t win, everyone has a good time!
Concord Baptist Church will have Homecoming this Sunday, May 2. Singing starts at 10:30 a.m. Bro. Dawson Self will bring the message, and a covered dish fellowship meal will follow. Everyone is invited. The church is located at 1309 Coosa County Road 10, Equality.
Providence Baptist Church continues to have two morning services at 9 and 11. The 9:00 service is also broadcast to the parking lot for those unable to attend inside. There is a ladies Bible study at either 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon or at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday. The men’s Bible study has started back on Thursday evenings at 6 in the fellowship hall. Both Bible studies are open to anyone interested, not just members.
The Historical Society met this past Sunday. We had a good crowd with several becoming members. Kerry Hatchett did an excellent job with his presentation on Native Americans in Coosa County. His map was spectacular! We discussed fundraisers for the society, as well as needing volunteers on Sunday afternoons beginning in May to help Nita Lavender have the old rock jail open. Our next meeting will be July 25 with J.T. McDonald bringing the program. So, mark your calendars now!
Don’t forget Mother’s Day is coming up soon on May 9. Also, tax season will end on May 17. Check your calendars to make sure you have these important dates marked.
The scripture this week is II Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” A spirit of fear is being timid or afraid. God doesn’t want us to shy away from fulfilling our destiny and feeling the strength of the Lord. This verse reminds us when we are anxious that God is there to keep us strong, giving us the strength and judgment to choose the right path. That is not as easy as it sounds, because sometimes we let ourselves get in the way of listening to God. Only with prayer and Bible study does this power come to us with that spirit of fear always close by to frighten us. We just need to remember that God gave us this powerful spirit; we just need to call and listen to it.
Please continue to be in prayer for the sick in our community and to those that have lost loved ones. God knows their names and needs. Until next week, take care and be joyful!