The Community Thanksgiving service this past Sunday at Dublin First Baptist Church was a soul-warming experience. Dr. Cliff Sims welcomed those attending, Rev. Ken Lunsford gave the opening prayer, the First Baptist praise band led us in song, and Rev. Gerald Freeman of the Highland Ave. Congregational Methodist Church made a heart-felt appeal for the organizations that the offering plate would go to, those are: Dublin Goodfellows, Dublin Salvation Army, and Christian Women’s Job Corps.
Rev. Jimmy Holleman, past of Double N Cowboy Church brought the evening’s message He read from I Thessalonians 5:16. This scripture tells us to rejoice always. Pastor Holleman told us to pray constantly and to keep our focus on Jesus. We don’t deserve the grace God has given us, but He bestowed it on us in the death and resurrection of Christ.
Rev. Greg Judy gave the closing prayer and the congregation moved into fellowship hall for a reception of plenty of finger foods, desserts, and drinks.
FUMC Community Table is Wednesday, November 28th, and we need drivers to help deliver food boxes. If you don’t want to drive, then work in the kitchen. That will free someone up to drive; Also, if you could bring a car-load to or fellowship hall to dine that would be good.
Jill Moore told us Sunday that her son, Brady, worked with his basketball team at East Texas Baptist University to prepare 200 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. Way to go, Brady, and ETBU!
Remember to bake cookies for the troops. The due date to deliver to the church is December 17th. Pack one dozen cookies in a one-gallon zip lock bag, two bags per box. Correct size boxes will be provided by the church.
Lawrence Outlaw will have laser surgery on his eye and requests your prayers. Others needing prayers are, Louise Sharp, Angie Milton, Michael Stein, Sr., and Rev. Ken Lunsford.
Rev. Lunsford titled his sermon, “Excuses, Excuses!”
You and I are responsible for the choices we make. We are responsible for how we live our lives. Life may be unkind to us or we may be incredibly lucky, but still, we are accountable for how we respond to life’s up and downs. Circumstances rarely determine our destiny. It is our character that makes the difference.
Now I am not referring to those with physical and mental disabilities. We, as a society out to do more to help these folks and have compassion for them.
Has God called you to do something or to do it better? Are you constantly looking for excuses for not doing His will? Let us all do better, and the Master will be pleased.