Mar
06
2021
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SATURDAY, 3/6/21

The celebration of life service for Edna Glover’s sister, Arlene Hepinstall, takes place today at 1:00PM.  It will be preceded by a time of visitation with the family beginning at 11:30AM.  Everything will be at Sharon Baptist Church in the Laurel, MS area.  Pray for the Hepinstall family.

Miss Kittie Camp called me yesterday to let me know that her doctor is not satisfied, at this point, with the results of her heart surgery.  He will check her again next week and “may” have to go back in.  Miss Kittie asked us to pray that her heart will heal without having to do anything else surgically.

Regular schedule on our campus tomorrow morning and evening.  I hope to be joined by many members of the Friendship family.

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

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Mar
04
2021
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THURSDAY, 3/4/21

The visitation with the Jim Broome family takes place tonight from 6:00 – 9:00PM at the First Assembly of God in Richton, MS.  The celebration of life service takes place tomorrow at 2:00PM.

The visitation with the Arlene Hepinstall family takes place this Saturday from 11:30AM until the service begins at 1:00PM.  The visitation and celebration of life service will both take place at the Sharon Baptist Church.

I have copied and pasted the email that was sent out by Franklin Graham yesterday.  Pray, call, and encourage others to do the same.

Dear Friend,

Late last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a very dangerous piece of legislation—the Equality Act—and now it’s headed to the Senate. The Biden Administration has said they want to pass this within their first 100 days.

I cannot say this more emphatically—for people, for businesses, for churches, and for ministries of faith, the Equality Act is a threat to life as we know it in our nation today. It’s a real game-changer.

This is not about politics—it’s about Biblical truth and religious freedom. I urge you to contact your U.S. senators and ask them to vote NO to the Equality Act. You can also call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121, and they will connect you with a Senate office. I also encourage you to let the White House know about your strong opposition to this bill. The progressive Left is zealous about this issue and will pull out all the stops to try to make it the law of the land.

• Under the broad reach of the Equality Act, schools, churches, and hospitals could be forced to accept the government’s beliefs and mandates about sexual orientation and gender identity. That would be highly intrusive and incredibly far-reaching. It will threaten everyday speech where people can be fined or lose their jobs for using the wrong name or pronouns.

• The Equality Act will legislate that we allow boys in girls’ sports, boys in girls’ locker rooms, men in women’s shelters, and men in women’s prisons. It will force teachers and students to publicly pretend that a biological male is a female. Schools will be coerced to instruct first, second, and third graders that they can choose to be a boy or a girl, or neither, or both, making biological sex (and science) a relic of the past.

• The Equality Act will use the force of law across all 50 states to threaten the right of Christian and other religious ministries to hire people of shared faith to pursue a shared mission. Can you imagine a Christian organization being forced to hire people who have no passion for its beliefs, teachings, and mission—or who might even be hostile toward its deeply held beliefs? That doesn’t work.

• The Equality Act will strip health professionals of their rights of conscience. It will force doctors and medical professionals who long to do no harm to engage in gender transition treatments such as hormone-blocking, cross-sex hormones, or surgery. It is obvious that a Catholic or faith-based hospital should not have to perform gender transition surgeries that go entirely against what they believe.

• The Equality Act will be a tool used by the government to deny or threaten accreditation to religious colleges and universities if they do not satisfy the demands of the secular Left to apply sexual orientation and gender identity to dorms, sports, places of privacy, and even teachings. The Act could be used as a weapon to threaten the availability of federal student loans and grants to students at certain disfavored religious schools.

These are just a few examples. Friends, this is a pivotal time for our nation. The impact of this legislation is immense. We must not remain silent and accept what we know is wrong—especially when we have the power to do something about it!

People of faith need to PRAY. Churches need to recognize the significance of this and pray corporately, asking for God’s intervention and mercy to extend the religious freedoms we have been blessed with for so long.

We must act now in the remaining days before the Equality Act comes up for a vote in the U.S. Senate. As individuals, churches, and organizations, we need to let our senators know how important this is to us, and that we are asking them to vote an emphatic NO to the Equality Act.

Sincerely,

Franklin Graham
President

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Mar
03
2021
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WEDNESDAY, 3/3/21

Bobby Broome’s and Ann Clark’s nephew, Jim Broome, passed from this life yesterday afternoon.  Arrangements pending.  Pray for the Jim Broome family.

The visitation with the Vice family takes place today from 10:00AM until noon at Heritage Funeral Home in Escatawpa, MS.  A graveside service will take place in the Orange Grove Cemetery shortly after noon.  Pray for the Vice family.

Yesterday, I posted the obit for Edna’s sister, Arlene.  That service will take place this Saturday in the Laurel, MS area.  Pray for the Hepinstall family.

Nina Stringfellow was in hopes of being discharged from the hospital either yesterday or today.  Nina has been really sick and continues to need our prayer support.

Debbie Kendrick is quarantining in hopes of getting an earlier surgery date.  She is presently scheduled for April 6.  Keep praying for Debbie.

Keep praying for Carol Lucky too.  She is at home and still taking dialysis at the facility in Grand Bay.  Carol is a woman of great faith.

Keep praying for Myrtle Bowden too.

Regular schedule on our campus this morning and tonight.

The annual yard sale is upon us as it will take place March 18, 19, & 20.  Contact Bro. Jerry if you want to donate items or help with the work.

Soccer sign ups have ended.  Bro. Abel tells me there are one hundred and forty eight players in the various leagues.  Practice begins soon and the first Saturday of games is March 27.  All games will be on Saturdays and each team will practice once a week.

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

 

 

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Mar
02
2021
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OBITUARY FOR EDNA H. GLOVER’S SISTER

Arlene Bush Heptinstall, 87, of Laurel, passed away on Friday, February 26, 2021, at South Central Regional Medical Center.

The visitation and funeral service will take place at the First Baptist Church of Sharon on Saturday, March 6, 2021. The visitation will be at 12 p.m. and the funeral will follow at 1 p.m.

She was born on December 16, 1933, in Jasper County and graduated from Sharon High School in Laurel, MS.

She was preceded in death by her parents Blanche and T. J. Miller, her first husband of 33 years Harold Bush, her second husband of 26 years Calvin Heptinstall, and brothers Thomas Lee Miller, Henry Miller, and James Miller.

She is survived by her three children Dr. Theresa Sanchez, Ernest Bush, and Tommie (Les) Rodgers; stepchildren Joyce (Gordon) Watson and Donna Crooke; grandchildren Jennifer (Nathan) Holly, Kelly (Casey) Buchanan, Laken (Jerry) Phillips, and Zachary and Elisha Rodgers; step grandchildren Jonathan and Christopher Watson; Joseph, Hannah, and Lydia Crooke; great grandchildren Anna Kate and William Holly and Sadie Buchanan; three siblings Annie Ruth Graham, Edna Holifield (Allen Glover), Sydney Miller and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arlene graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science degree in home economics and worked as a homemaker, substitute teacher, church secretary, and was the Sharon Elementary School secretary for 14 years.

Arlene loved people and loved the joy of laughter. She sought the company of others and was more than a school secretary. She was the unofficial school counselor, nurse, and life coach for many children, parents, and teachers.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Sharon where she taught Sunday school, first to young adults and later to adult women. She also enjoyed singing in the choir for a number of years.

Arlene was a gifted seamstress. After her retirement, she became an avid quilter and enjoyed various needle work projects. She enjoyed quilting with the Sharon Quilting Club for many years.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the family urges visitors to wear a mask and social distance at the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the First Baptist Church of Sharon, the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, or the Ellen Young Gunn Steinway Project through the Jones College Foundation.

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Mar
02
2021
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TUESDAY, 3/2/21

Happy birthday to my sister-in-law, Kim.  I hope she has a great day!  (I always try to respect my elders!)

Word came to Lisa this morning that her cousin, Jim, is not expected to live through the day.  Pray for his wife, children, parents and the entire family as they walk through this most difficult time.

The service for Gloria Merritt takes place today at noon.  Pray for her family.  I am praying that the rain will be stopped for thirty minutes or so as it is a graveside service.

The celebration of life service for Kevin Vice’s father takes place tomorrow, 3/3.  There will be a time of visitation with the family from 10:00AM until noon at the Heritage Funeral Home in Escatawpa, MS.  A graveside service will then take place in the Orange Grove Cemetery in Orange Grove, MS.  Pray for Kevin and family during this time.

Regular schedule on our campus tomorrow morning and evening.

The folks who attended our service this past Sunday evening need to remember their homework assignment, please.

John Milton Ladnier plowed my garden spot this past Saturday.  John is so very good to me and I appreciate it.  Now if I can just get him to plant, hoe, and pick it then I will be in good shape!

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

 

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Mar
01
2021
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MONDAY, 3/1/21

The Lord blessed us with a good day in our services yesterday.  Our attendance was good, the spirit was very good and the day ended in a great way with the baptism of Amanda Steele.  We give God the glory for all He has done.

Cecil Guidry shared with me yesterday that Kevin Vice’s father has passed from this life.  Pray for Kevin, Rita and the entire Vice family.

Cecil also told me that Nina Stringfellow has been admitted to the hospital again.  Pray for Nina.

The funeral service for Gloria Merritt takes place tomorrow.  It is a graveside service and the forecast calls for rain.  Prayerfully, there will be a break in the rain around noon and the service can take place as scheduled.

Read in the obituaries that Ed Keyes passed from this life last Thursday.  Ed was the worship leader at Cottage Hill Baptist for many years and was then at Luke 4:18 Fellowship for several years.

As I am typing this entry, Michael Holt and I are headed to Birmingham and back today.  Pray for us to have traveling mercies.

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

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Feb
26
2021
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FRIDAY, 2/26/21

The Equality Act passed in the US House yesterday along party lines with three Republicans voting with the Democrats.  It now goes to the Senate for debate and vote.

Alabama’s senators are Richard Shelby and Tommy Tuberville.  I am asking each person reading this entry to call the US Capitol Switchboard (202) 224 3121 today and asked to be connected to Senator Shelby’s office and Senator Tuberville’s office.  (I assume this will mean placing two calls)  Ask our senators to vote against the Equality Act.  Folks, now is the time to take action.

Service at the Mission of Hope tonight beginning at 7:00PM.  Everyone invited to attend.

There are three celebration of life services over the next five days:  Amy Reynolds grandfather’s is today; Jennifer Jones father’s is tomorrow and Gloria Merritt’s is Tuesday.  Pray for these services and these families.

Bobby Broome’s and Ann Clark’s nephew, Jim, is some better in his battle against the virus.  He and his family are fully trusting God.  Keep praying.

Nina Stringfellow has been discharged from the hospital.  She is very thankful for the prayer support.  Keep praying for a full recovery.

Brad Hutto did well through his surgery and now has 20/20 vision.  Amen!  (He will now be able to see who is and who is not singing during the congregational musical worship times!)

Regular schedule on our campus this Sunday morning and evening.

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

 

 

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Feb
24
2021
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WEDNESDAY, 2/24/21

I received the following on Monday morning from a church member who is presently unable to attend our services due to physical restrictions:  “For those who think going to church is a choice, I would like to correct that. Going to church may be the greatest privilege we have as Christians and Americans. When that is taken away you realize that the worship of God is done best cooperately. We can worship alone and on line but it is best done with the congregation. The Holy Spirit can lift us up alone but I feel is manifested greatly in a Church environment. We can’t wait to get back in Sunday school and Church. For those who think it’s a choice, choose wisely. It could be taken away for a number of reasons. The Church needs us but of utmost importance, we need the Church.”

Amy Reynolds paternal grandfather, Mr. Max Howard, passed away unexpectedly this past Monday afternoon.  Mr. Howard lived in Huntsville, Alabama with his wife.  Pray for Mrs. Howard, Amy’s father, Johnny, Amy and the entire Howard family.  Arrangements pending.

Our son-in-law, Brad Hutto, will be having eye surgery this afternoon.  Outpatient.  Pray that all goes well.

Keep praying for Ray & Nina Stringfellow as they both are battling the virus.

Regular schedule on our campus this morning at 10:00AM and tonight at 6:30PM.  I am in hopes that more and more members of the Friendship family will make Wednesday attendance a priority.

Soccer sign up continues.  Not a ton of spots left.  Contact Bro. Abel for more information.

The annual yard sale cometh!  Contact Bro. Jerry for more information.

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

 

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Feb
23
2021
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TUESDAY, 2/23/21

Larry Childress, father of Jennifer Jones, passed from this life last Thursday, 2/18.  There will be a visitation with the family from 10:00AM until the noon service this Saturday, 2/27.  Everything will take place from the Evangelical Methodist Church on Padgett Switch Road.  Pray for the Childress family.

Word came to me yesterday afternoon that Ray & Nina Stringfellow both tested positive for the virus.  They were both taken to the hospital and Nina was admitted.  Pray for Ray & Nina as they battle this illness.  Nina is as faithful as anyone I have ever known at showing up for surgeries, funerals, et cetera of folks in Grand Bay.  Ray & Nina are good folks!

Keep praying for Miss Cora Martin.

Miss Lanell McConnell had surgery yesterday.  Pray for Miss Lanell.

Regular schedule on our campus tomorrow morning and evening.  I encourage our 10:00AM folks to attend the service as it is very easy to social distance.  I encourage our 6:30PM folks to keep up the attendance increase.

The forecast calls for eight of the next ten days to have highs in the seventies with other two days seeing sixty nine for a high.  After tonight the lows will be in the fifties or sixties.  I say, “Spring has sprung!”

Bibbi is pretty upset with me because I did not mention their website in my blog yesterday.  It is gulfcoastheritagefoods.grazecart.com.  I can personally verify that the pork chops are excellent.  Check them out!

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

 

 

 

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Feb
22
2021
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MONDAY, 2/22/21

The Lord blessed us with a really good day in our services yesterday.  We give Him the praise.  We saw the highest early morning service attendance since this pandemic began.  Our second morning service attendance was much better than the previous Sunday but we still have much room for improvement.  I am very thankful to those who are making church attendance a priority.

Some really good news came to me last night when Dylan shared that beginning this Sunday, 2/28, we will add a third bus route.  We will now have a bus in the Bayou La Batre area on Sundays – praise the Lord!

Bro. Jerry announced yesterday that the yard sale/auction dates have been set for March 18, 19 & 20.  Contact him for more information on volunteering or donating items.

Bro. Abel says that the soccer leagues are almost at capacity.  Yes, there is still room in all leagues but they could reach capacity very soon.  Contact Bro. Abel for the details.

Miss Cora Martin is some better.  Keep praying!

Welcome Spring!  The forecast calls for highs in the seventies and lows in the fifties/sixties this week.  I “think” Winter is over.  Time to begin thinking garden planting.

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

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