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Imagine my surprise when I opened my e-edition “Coosa News” to discover I had no column in it. After checking my email, I discovered that while I sent a message to Christa, I failed to attach the file. So, I’m using most of that column for this week. I apologize to Sardis for not getting the notice about their VBS this past week. From all reports Sardis had a good turnout and fun time, as well as Providence the week before.
Concord Baptist Church is planning its VBS “Happy Campers, spend your summer with God.” The time and date is July 12-15, ages 6-12, from 5:30 to 8 each night.
Just a reminder that the Old Rock Jail will not be open on July 2, but will reopen the next Sunday from 2 to 4. If you’ve not been, it’s interesting to see artifacts from past decades, as well as the actual jail.
I had written the following for last week’s paper. June 18 was Father’s Day. It’s been seven years since my dad passed away, and with my husband gone also, it’s not been a holiday celebrated at mama’s. But it’s important to remember not only men who are actual fathers, but those that have stepped up and provided that support whether male or female.
The first known Father’s Day service occurred in Fairmont, West Virginia, on July 5, 1908, after hundreds of men died in the worst mining accident in U.S. history. Grace Golden Clayton, the daughter of a dedicated minister, proposed a service to honor all fathers, especially those who had died.
While that was the first service, Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington, is usually credited for originating Father’s Day. She is said to have had the idea in 1909 while listening to a sermon on Mother’s Day, which was emerging as a holiday.
Mother’s Day has been celebrated for much longer with it becoming a national holiday in 1914. However, even though it has been celebrated for years, it did not become a national holiday until President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972! That’s 58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official!
President Calvin Coolidge urged state governments to observe Father’s Day in 1924. I did not realize this until I researched Father’s Day for my column.
My scripture this week is about the duty a father has to their children. Ephesians 6:4 reads, “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”
This verse is a command to parents from God. Fathers, as well as mothers, should raise their children with discipline and instruction from God. As a parent, I’m sure there have been many times when I have not followed this command. However, it’s one as parents we should strive to meet. It doesn’t say not to discipline your child, but to do it in a way that does not create anger in the child.
There are several in our community that are not feeling well, so please pray for their healing in God’s will. God knows their names and needs. Until next week, take care and be joyful!
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.