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The Peachtree Baptist Church congregation welcomed family, friends and visitors to a beautiful, warm Sunday morning. We prayed for the new and old leadership of our country, for new beginnings and that the people of this country will unite. God be praised.
Pastor’s message: “Frauds in the Fellowship,” with scripture from Acts 5: 1-11.
Pastor Gene Whitehouse began his sermon by remembering our veterans and Veterans Day on Wednesday.
The text below is excerpted from “A Closer Look at Veterans Day” by Cyndy Salzmann.
“It was the 11th hour of the 11th day in the 11th month in 1918 when the world celebrated as a treaty was signed ending what was to be ‘the war to end all wars’ — World War I.
“One year later, on what came to be known as Armistice Day, Americans came together to remember and honor the sacrifices of the men and women who served during the war. Soldiers who survived the war marched in parades and were honored by speeches and ceremonies recognizing their contribution to peace throughout the world.
“Congress declared Armistice Day a national holiday in 1938. By this time, with unrest in much of the world, Americans realized World War I would not be the last war. After the Second World War, which was even bloodier than the first, Armistice Day continued to be observed. In 1954, Congress changed the name of the holiday to Veterans Day to include veterans of all United States wars.
“Today, Americans honor the service and sacrifice of our armed forces in the past as well as the present on Veterans Day. The official national ceremony takes place at Arlington National Cemetery at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers. A color guard representing all the branches of the military executes ‘Present Arms’ at the tomb, a presidential wreath is placed on the graves and a bugler plays taps.”
Special music: Jane May performed a piano solo. Pastor Whitehouse played a video presentation of “Amazing Grace.” The special music was dedicated to military service members who paid the ultimate price for this country.
Bible verse of the week: Acts: 4:31.
The sanctuary flower arrangement Sunday was presented to glorify God by Joan and Ray Eason in loving honor of their 53rd anniversary on Nov. 11.
Jerry’s devotional this week is “God Is All Mighty,” by Anne Graham Lotz, from “Fixing My Eyes On Jesus.”
“The Lord appeared to him (Abraham) and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before Me and be blameless.” — Genesis 17:1.
“Who or what seems to be greater than God? God is not one of ‘several’ gods — a trendy thought these days. Just as a potter is greater than the clay or an artist is greater than his painting, God is greater than His creation.
“There’s nothing in my life or in yours — no circumstance or crisis, no habit or heartache, no sickness or grief, nothing visible or invisible — nothing that’s greater than God!
“‘Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made’ (John 1:3). No king or ruler, no preacher or teacher — no one is greater than God.
“What are you facing that’s greater than you are? A habit? A person? A problem? Something beyond your ability to handle? God is greater! Put your focus and faith in the One who has authority over everything!”
Lawrence Edwards and I are leading this month’s Bible study, “All In: A Life of Commitment.” This is the fourth installment of a six-session lesson, “Committed to His Church,” with scripture from Romans 12: 3-16.
“‘Any friend of yours is a friend of mine.’
“Many of us have used that timeworn phrase, but as we get to know a friend’s friend, we may change our tune. Just because we have something in common with a friend doesn’t mean we have anything in common with his other friend.
“Friendships are one thing, but it’s a whole different matter with those we love. If someone said to me, ‘I love you, but I can’t stand your wife,’ I would be devastated. My wife is a part of me, and someone can’t truly love me without also loving my wife. Such a negative attitude toward my wife would always be a barrier in our relationship.
“We hear a similar statement in our culture; ‘I love Jesus, but I don’t love the church’ or ‘I’ve got Jesus and I don’t need anything or anyone else.’
“Maybe they have been hurt by people in the church or found commitment to the church is too demanding or difficult. Whatever the reason, this sentiment is far from the heart of God.
“The church is the bride of Christ. One of the blessings Christ gives us is a family — His body, the church. We need the support of other believers, and they need ours as well. We are to love that which Christ loves, and that included His bride, the church. In these verses, Paul laid out the doctrinal foundation of the good news of Jesus Christ.”
• Peachtree Baptist Church’s annual collard sale began Monday and continues through Nov. 20. Collards are cleaned, cooked and seasoned and are $8 per quart. They can be picked up from 3-6 p.m. on Nov. 11, 13, 16, 18 and 20 at the church, 3523 N.C. 581 N., Spring Hope. Collards must be reserved in advance. To reserve your order, call 252-478-4418 and leave a message stating how many quarts you wish to purchase and when you want to pick them up. Speak slowly and clearly.
• The First Baptist Church of Spring Hope and Ephesus Baptist Church of Spring Hope have started welcoming members and visitors to indoor services.
• Ephesus Baptist Church is having tailgate services on Sundays starting at 10 a.m.
IN LOVING MEMORY
The entire Peachtree Baptist Church family expresses heartfelt, deep sympathy to the family and friends of Joseph “Joe” Henry Coleman, 57, of Nashville, who died Saturday. Joe was a former paramedic who’s been a funeral home director in Rocky Mount and Wilson for more than 10 years.
PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS
• To all those sick and in need. Please keep them all in your prayers.
• Maxine Whitley, Barbara Privette, Beverly Wilson, Linwood May, Ronnie Matthews, Kathy Farmer, Mac Bennett, Rudy and Gail Brantley, Jake Robertson, Mother Rose and Jerry Little.
• Norman Whitley has surgery scheduled for Wednesday.
• Faye Vick has surgery scheduled for Nov. 16.
• Janice Sykes is recovering from surgery.
• Chaldi Vaccaro, Marta Whitehouse’s sister, is undergoing a test.
• Jean Bunn is home.
• Billy Bunn needs prayers.
• Flora Flood is recovering from eye surgery.
• Doug Hayes needs prayers.
• Janie Joyner is undergoing treatment.
• Audrey Farmer, recovering from surgery.
• Al and Carol Ann Bell are home recovering.
• Delcie Wakefield and Pastor Bill need prayers.
• Bill Nelson of Waynesville having treatment in Asheville.
Fran Bunn is a member of Peachtree Baptist Church.