May
27
2017
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APPRECIATION DAY FOR BRO. JERRY HOVEL

Tomorrow, 5/28, has been set aside to recognize Bro. Jerry Hovel.  The month of May marks the seventeenth anniversary of Bro. Jerry serving as our associate pastor/minister of education.  We will receive a love offering in all three services as a tangible way to show our love and appreciation to Bro. Jerry and his family.

Bro. Jerry is married to Tena and they have two sons, Josh & Luke.  Obviously, Tena is also a major part of the Friendship family.

So, join us tomorrow in celebrating Bro. Jerry’s  anniversary of serving the Lord through the Friendship family.  Pass the word!

 

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May
27
2017
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SATURDAY, 5/27/17

“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” I Peter 4:10

T0day’s Bible reading – 2 Chronicles 1-3; John 10:1-23

Visited Becky Sellers fairly early yesterday morning.  No significant change at that point and I spoke to Dave around 10:15PM last night and he said things were basically status quo.  Since Becky is now under hospice care, she wants to go home and Dave is going to honor her request.  So, it is very possible that either today or tomorrow she will be coming home.  I write this just in case someone wants to visit them in the hospital today – probably should check first as they could be discharged.

I plan to visit with Dave & Becky tomorrow morning fairly early as I make my way to Pell City for Rusty & Anna’s wedding ceremony.   I decided to stay in Grand Bay just in case and Rusty & Anna gave me their blessing to miss the rehearsal.  Nice gesture on their part.

I think we should coordinate meals for Dave & Brittany plus other family members once they are home.  Who wants to organize/coordinate this so we are not unbalanced (i.e. too much food one day and not enough the next) in this effort?

One more thing regarding Dave & Becky – at this point their door is open to any, and all, guests.  Such nice people!

 

Spoke with Caleb Watson yesterday afternoon about his dad, Tommy Watson.  Tommy is better.  They are now thinking he will be moved to a local facility probably mid-week next week.

Had a nice visit with Miss Ica Walley yesterday afternoon along with her daughters Betty & Sue.  Miss Ica is thankful for the prayer support and wants us to pray that she can get back in church soon.  Is that not incredible?  The lady loves the Lord Jesus and loves her church.

Received a call from a really good sibling in the Lord earlier this week.  Facing some uncertainty regarding a medical issue.  Concerned and asking for prayer.  Needs to remain anonymous for the time being but I do ask you to join me in praying.

Bro. Benny & the bus workers meet this morning at 8:30AM and will then go into the community visiting folks inviting them to ride the buses to Sunday School and church tomorrow.  Pray for this ministry.

Regular schedule tomorrow morning and evening.  As I wrote yesterday, I have plans to be in the pulpit for all three services tomorrow.  Hope those in town will join me in our services.

Bowling fellowship for the entire Friendship family tomorrow night.  Cost is only five dollars per person with a maximum of twenty dollars per immediate family.  Families will have the lanes from 8:00 – 10:00PM and then the students will take over from 10:00PM until midnight.  Students are welcome to join their families but that would not be so cool – LOL!

I did make it to the Due South Bar-b-que restaurant this week.  Did I receive the pastor’s discount?  Hello!  Actually, one member of the Friendship family who was in there pulled the old tried and true “I forgot my purse” and stuck me with her ticket too!  I will not identify her but do ask that you pray for Grant!  Plus, Elizabeth Westbrook basically harassed me the entire meal!  Just saying!

Here is my menu question for DSB – you get slaw on a large sandwich but not on a small one.  What is up with that?  At Big Bob Gibson’s you get slaw on any sandwich regardless of the size.  Plus, Big Bob has amazing white sauce!  Just saying!

I mentioned Caleb earlier in this entry which leads me to the question – does Bo even work any more?  She is never in the store when I go in needing assistance.  Does not have delivery service either!  Come on Bo!

Pray for me as I travel to Pell City and back today.  Pray for the wedding ceremony.  Pray for one another.

I pray you will have a great Saturday with Jesus.

 

 

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May
26
2017
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FRIDAY, 5/26/17

“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” I Peter 4:10

T0day’s Bible reading – 1 Chronicles 28-29; John 9:24-41

Visited with Becky Sellers in the hospital late yesterday afternoon.  We were able to have a good talk.  She was resting.  Dave sent me a message around 10:00PM saying that Bernard & Rusty had driven down from Pell City and that Becky was very happy to see them. Becky’s brother, Eddie, should be arriving today as he is driving from Montana or one of those Western States.  Becky’s attitude remains amazingly positive.

Mission of Hope tonight at 7:00PM.  Bus leaves at 6:15PM.  Everyone invited.

Regular schedule on Sunday.  We need every member of the Friendship family in town to attend as we will have folks out of town because of the wedding and the holiday weekend.  Bowling fellowship Sunday night.

Coach Eric Collier received an award last night at the USA Mitchell Center.  (Husband of the year or something like that!). I appreciate Eric’s Sunday School teacher, Sonny Bates, and three of his Sunday School class members, Eddie Albritton, Chris Byrd & Billy Teasley, attending that banquet to support Coach Collier.  Alex Byrd and I went for the food!

I was also there to support Courtney Cavin and family as her late father, Coach Calvin Crist, was honored with an award.  Was able to see Calvin’s mother who spent time serving the Lord through the Friendship family when her husband pastored here in the 1950′s.

Lisa and I attended the visitation with the Nelson family yesterday.  Of course, Mr. Nelson is the Uncle of Amy Huhn & Kendall Falana which is why we were there.  What I did not know is that Amy is the cousin of another person I have known for years!  Small world.  I put two and two together yesterday and can now see it in their looks, personalities, et cetera.

I will be visiting with Becky again today and will then turn North at some point tomorrow for the wedding.  Lord willing, I will be in the pulpit for all three services this Sunday.

I pray that you will have a great Friday with Jesus.

 

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May
25
2017
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SPECIAL PRAYER REQUEST

Becky Sellers has been admitted to the hospital and has been placed under hospice care.  The situation is not good.  Pray for Becky, Dave, Brittany, Bernard, Rusty, the rest of the family and the medical folks giving care.

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May
25
2017
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THURSDAY, 5/25/17

“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” I Peter 4:10

T0day’s Bible reading – 1 Chronicles 25-27; John 9:1-23

The visitation with the Melvin Nelson family takes place today from noon until the 2:00PM service time.  Everything at Serenity Funeral Home in Theodore.  Pray for the family.

Tommy Watson remains hospitalized.

Visited ever so briefly with Dave & Becky Sellers late yesterday afternoon.  Not sure if Becky is going to be up to traveling to the wedding but you never know.  She is a very strong person.

Kenny Cooper left yesterday heading to serve as a counselor at the camps hosted by Chick-fil-A.  He will be serving in nine different camps and will return home on August 6.  Pray for Kenny as he continues to follow God’s calling on his life.

We were blessed with very good attendance in all of our Bible studies and classes yesterday morning and evening.  I am very thankful to the Lord for this blessing and appreciate those who are faithful to attend.

Tonight, Lord willing, I will attend a banquet at USA that will recognize Coach Eric Collier and Coach Calvin Crist.  Eric is the head football coach at Theodore High School and is very involved in the Friendship family.  Great guy!

Calvin Crist is Courtney Cavin’s father.  He passed from this life and entered Heaven back in November.  I had the privilege of knowing Calvin for many years and played basketball against many, many years ago.  His father served as pastor of the Friendship family back in the 1950′s.  I did not realize any of this until Chris & Courtney came to Friendship.  I was blessed to have a small part in Calvin’s celebration of life service and will be happy to see him remembered/honored tonight.  (I think tonight could be the night when Courtney will pledge her allegiance to the University of Alabama Crimson Tide which would make Calvin so proud!).

I will be traveling tonight heading to Pell City for the wedding which means I cannot work in the garden and yard tomorrow.  So, today will be juggling ministry work with pulling corn, picking beans and mowing grass.  It is all good!  Soy will give me an assist with the grass and hopefully I can find his twin to do likewise.

I pray that you will have a great Thursday with Jesus.

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May
24
2017
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WEDNESDAY, 5/24/17

“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” I Peter 4:10

T0day’s Bible reading – 1 Chronicles 22-24; John 8:28-59

“You did not blog today” is the comment I heard more than once yesterday.  Just for the record, I was aware of that fact – LOL!  I did learn that our youngest daughter, Gina, reads the blog which puts us at fourteen readers now – an all time high!  I am thinking we are now around the top two or three billion blog readerships in the world.

Tommy Watson remains in a Louisiana hospital.  He had to be put back on the breathing machine due to some low blood pressure issues.  I hope my source can get me another update today.

Becky Sellers remains at home and is fully determined that she will be attending Rusty & Anna’s wedding in Pell City this Saturday.  The girl is amazing!  What a awesome attitude!

Phil Sims remains at home and is now doing good.  Keep praying for Phil.

Charles Clark is doing good in his recovery.  Hopes to be full speed ahead very soon.

The funeral service for Keith Young takes place the morning in Georgia.  Pray for his wife and family as they go through this time.

The funeral service for Melvin Nelson, uncle of Amy Huhn & Kendall Falana, will take place tomorrow, 5/25, at 2:00PM from the chapel of Serenity Funeral Home.  It will be preceded by two hours of visitation with the family.  Pray for the Nelson family.

Regular schedule today/tonight.  The 7:30PM Bible study fare will be poppy seed chicken with all of the trimmings.  This is in honor of Zach Huhn being back with us!

Our TNBA has exploded numerically as we had twenty six guys present last night.  I am not going to name the only guy who did not suffer defeat at all last night – just saying!  The competition has gotten stiffer which has caused Bradley Phillips and Johnny Five to stay away.

Looking forward to a large number of the Friendship family  joining us for bowling this Sunday night, 5/28, in Gautier.  Once again, Tim & Peggy Knighten will be hosting a “feeding” at their house since they live just around the corner.  Contact them for the details!  LOL!

I pray that you will have a great Wednesday with Jesus.

 

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May
22
2017
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OBITUARY FOR KEITH YOUNG

Keith Young age 53 of Tucker, GA; formerly of Snellville, GA; passed away on Saturday, May 20, 2017. He was born on August 10, 1963, a 1981 Graduate of South Gwinnett High School, Keith was employed with Home Depot for 18 years, and a member of First Baptist Church Tucker. He was preceded in death by his Father Allen Keith Young, Sister  Dianah Lynn Young, and Brother Ronald Allen Young. He is survived by Wife; Alison Smith Young of Tucker, GA, Mother; Wanda Welch Young of Snellville, GA, Brother & Sister In Law; Gordon & Jackie Young, Niece; Caroline Young, Nephew; Cooper-Young all of Oak Hill, VA,  Aunt: Mary Stewart of Cumming, GA. And many special friends in Friendship Baptist Church in Grand Bay, AL including Pastor Jerald Hovel and Jerry & Gloria Whitmore. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at 9:30 am at Snellville United Methodist Church with Dr. Jim Cantrell officiating. Interment will follow at Eternal Hills Memory Gardens. Arrangements by Byrd and Flanigan Crematory & Funeral Service Lawrenceville, GA. (770)962-2200 ByrdandFlanigan.com

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May
22
2017
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MONDAY, 5/22/17 (UPDATE)

I failed to mention in my first entry today that Bro. Jerry Hovel is on vacation this week.  He will not be back in the office until Tuesday, May 30.  Therefore, please respect his time away and do not contact him.  Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

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May
22
2017
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MONDAY, 5/22/17

“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” I Peter 4:10

T0day’s Bible reading - 1 Chronicles 16-18; John 7:28-53

Tuesday, May 23 – 1 Chronicles 19-21; John 8:1-27
Wednesday, May 24 – 1 Chronicles 22-24; John 8:28-59
Thursday, May 25 – 1 Chronicles 25-27; John 9:1-23
Friday, May 26 – 1 Chronicles 28-29; John 9:24-41
Saturday, May 27 – 2 Chronicles 1-3; John 10:1-23
Sunday, May 28 – 2 Chronicles 4-6; John 10:24-42

I am under the impression that Tommy Watson should be moved to a facility much closer to Grand Bay at some point within the next day or so.

Ethan Nelson said that Shelby remains in a lot of pain, is receiving wound care, and has begun some physical therapy.  Keep praying for Shelby as she has a long road in front of her.

Kendall Falana and Amy Huhn had a maternal Uncle pass away yesterday morning.  Pray for that family.

Bro. Jerry Whitmore will update us on the arrangements for Keith Young once he receives them.

Good day in our services yesterday.  Special thanks to Tena Hovel, the other workers and the children for the musical last night.  It takes a lot of effort to put together such a program and I appreciate their efforts.  This concludes our children’s choir ministry until August.

Special recognition went to Amber Brannon, Jordan Eckert & Madison Poiroux yesterday morning as being the 2017 high school graduates in attendance in our 10:30AM service.  Jordan was the co-valedictorian of the 2017 Alma Bryant High School Class which deserves a huge congratulations.  All three of these girls had a GPA of over 4.0 which is impressive.

Bro. Jim Chinners did a nice job of sharing the Word with us in our two morning services yesterday.  Thank you Jim!

Prayer time tonight from 5:00 – 6:30PM in the auditorium.  Use the West side door to enter/exit.

GROW ministry tonight from 6:30PM until 7:30PM.  Meet in the fellowship hall at 6:30PM and then in the auditorium at 7:30PM for report time.

Did the Celtics really beat the Cavs in Cleveland last night?  Levi S says they did but you know how Levi is.  Wow!

I pray that you will have a great Monday with Jesus.

 

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May
20
2017
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SATURDAY, 5/20/17 (UPDATE)

Received word from Jerry Whitmore earlier this afternoon that Keith Young has passed from this life.  Wow, that was a quick passing once they diagnosed him with this unusual affliction.  Pray for his wife, Allison, and the family.  Keith & Allison live in the greater Atlanta area.

Larry Whitehurst confirmed that Phil Sims was discharged from the hospital this morning.  Praise the Lord!

Also, praise the Lord for this rain.  We have not gotten a deluge as of this writing (6:50PM) but we have had some good showers.  I just pray that we Baptists will not let the rain keep us from attending the services tomorrow morning and evening.

I pray that you will have a great Saturday evening with Jesus.

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