September 06, 2015
The rummage sale for September 5 was cancelled in respect for James Fritts. The sale is rescheduled for September 26, starting at 7:00 a.m. is We will set up at Armstrong Automotive on N. Patrick St. We have something for everyone. I have already shopped the barn and bought shoes, sandals, and a pair of boots.
We have windows installed in the door to the Pastors office and all the classroom doors. The windows are part of a safety program to prevent the child abuse that has occurred in other churches and schools. And we want to thank Lee Lusk for doing such a professional job.
Juanita Duncan informed the congregation that a new Bible study titled “Fire on the Mountain” will begin on Monday, September 14. Juanita is teaching the class which starts at 10:00 a.m.
Ola Mae LaBaume is home from the hospital and feeling much better. Mary Haley had a good report from her doctor. And Brady Moore is healing from a football injury.
Barbara Stevens told the congregation that after church she going to a big birthday party for Jaden Harrell who turns 11 years old!
David Cleveland’s birthday was September 7 and Norma Sharp’s will be on September 18.
Our congregation extends their deepest sympathy to the family and friends of James Fritts.
Kathy Logan thanked the ladies who made desserts for the luncheon for the Fritts family held at the First Baptist Church of Dublin.
Instead of passing the offering plate, baskets were set at the doors to the Sanctuary. These are old garden baskets that were found in Pastor Ken’s barn.
“No Mercy for Those that Have Not Shown Mercy” was the title of Rev. Ken Lunsford’s sermon. Our scripture lesson was from James 2:1-17.
This section of James admonishes us to treat all people with kindness. It says, “My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, ‘Here’s a good seat for you,’ but say to the poor man, ‘You stand there’ or ‘Sit on the floor by my feet,’ have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?”
The author of James is writing to us in the church and he’s asking whether we pass judgement on people according to their economic status, a practice that is quite common. We assume that wealthy people deserve it and those living in poverty are the result of laziness, substance abuse, or poor management.
A few of you, particularly among our older members, come from the “working poor.” Many people today have the same situation, they may be working two jobs trying their best to care for their families. They deserve our admiration, not our scorn and where possible, even our help.