Jul
13
2024
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SATURDAY AFTERNOON, 7/13/24

First, was able to speak to Tina Sprinkle via the phone earlier today.  She is “better” but is still having some issues with pain.  So, the surgeon plans on going back in on Monday to remove a screw.  He thinks this will solve the problem.  As always, Tina has high spirits and is trusting the Lord Jesus.  Keep praying for Tina & Kevin as they have had a tough few days.

Two requests.  First, it appears that we are extremely close to reaching a very unique point in our cake auction.  We are around twelve hundred dollars short of reaching a net total of eighty thousand dollars.  Only God!  I would “love” for us to reach the eighty thousand mark by the end of tomorrow night’s service.  Thank you to those who have given donations thus far – much appreciated.  Some folks who were not present at the actual auction have indicated a willingness to make a financial donation.  (Some who were present at the auction have given a donation)  So, if anyone who will be on our campus tomorrow wants to make a donation then I am asking that they do so before the end of our evening service.  Cash or checks made payable to GRACE Ministries.  Donations can be given to Eddie Albritton, Scott Fontenot, John Milton Ladnier or Larry Whitehurst.  If you are from out of town (Rex Looney, BJ Parson, whomever) then you can simply email me and we will trust you to follow through with your pledge.  Thank you in advance to each person who will accept this challenge.  This “thank you” comes from two hundred plus families in Guatemala.

Second, I will not be able to provide transportation or house Jason Husband for the next two Sundays, 7/21 & 7/28.  Jason is disappointed that it appears he will have to miss being at Friendship those two days.  So, if you can help, contact me via email.

What a sad situation in Pennsylvania this afternoon.  America, needs lots prayers.  Join me in praying for all involved.

Regular schedule on our campus tomorrow morning and evening.  Hope to see many folks in attendance.

Blessings!

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Jul
10
2024
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WEDNESDAY, 7/10/24

Tina Sprinkle’s surgery was a success according to the surgeon.  The actual surgery lasted just under four hours.  She will now be hospitalized for a few days and then down for about six weeks.  Keep praying for Tina and Kevin.

Regular schedule on our campus this morning and evening.  Rain or shine!

No, I do not have an update on the auction’s grand total.  That may take a week or so.

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

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Jul
09
2024
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TUESDAY, 7/9/24

I know, I know, I know.  There was no blog entry yesterday.  It was simply a “red truck” issue.  Enough said!

First, let me ask you to join me in praying for Tina Sprinkle as she will be having major back surgery today.  Surgery is scheduled to begin at 10:30AM and the doctor thinks it will last four to six hours.  Tina will then be hospitalized for four or five days.  Pray that this surgery will be a success and it will relieve Tina of the pain she has endured for years.

I learned Sunday night that Debbie Inabinett will have a medical test done today.  Pray for the doctors to get a good view of what has been causing Debbie problems.

Pam Baker’s father, Claude Landry, has been diagnosed with cancer.  They are deciding whether surgery or radiation is the best option at this point.  Pray for Claude & Kay.  (Obviously, this is Pastor Clint’s father too but I simply mentioned Pam as she is the favorite child!)

Marie Brooks’ brother has been hospitalized since early last week.  Pray for him.

The Lord blessed us this past Sunday.  The auction was awesome!  I am somewhat hesitant to give a total as I know it will change once everything is said and done.  (We need the help of a good CPA) However, I am told that our total received was over seventy thousand dollars – how about that!  All I can say is glory to God and praise the Lord!  Our God is an awesome God!

Thank you to each person who baked a cake or pie, gave a cow, donated a condo, cooked corn beef hash, did permanent jewelry, helped set up/take down, worked during the auction, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.

Thank you to each person who purchased the various items.  Obviously, that begins with the members of the Friendship family but we had folks attend/participate from Bay Minette, AL, Grenada, MS, Danville, AL, Pascagoula, MS, Milton, FL, Biloxi, MS and who knows where else – wow!  We had folks from Michigan who did not attend but did participate in the auction.  We had folks from Ellisville, MS who donated a cake.  Thank you to each one.

Thank you to our auctioneers – Jim and Justin.

Thank you to Stacey & Gayla for once again cooking a tremendous meal.  Someone told me that the chicken was the best they have ever eaten.  I just know they spent hours preparing and cooking and I am very grateful.  What a great couple!

Thank you to Miss Vinnie Brewer for once again being the “cake auction queen” as her cake sold for nine thousand dollars!  Way to go Miss Vinnie!

Two hundred and something students from Colegio JET along with their families say “thank you” as they will now be able to receive extra food over the course of the next year due to your generosity.  Folks, it is all about God and the cause which is feeding those in need.  “I was hungry and you fed me!” Again, to God be the glory!

FYI, next year’s auction is scheduled for Sunday, June 29, beginning at 4:00PM in our CAB.  Ladies and gentlemen, start your ovens!  By the way, one of the highlights will be Miss June Bailey’s world famous carrot cake!

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

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Jul
05
2024
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FRIDAY, 7/5/24

This entry is obviously way late.  Katie Tillman asked me to post a little later today as she and Grant wanted to share some exciting news?  Well, it is now 2:30PM and I have heard nothing from them so I have to proceed.

Today marks my late brother-in-law’s fiftieth-sixth birthday.  Unbelievable that Michael would be fifty-six years old.  I only knew Michael for seven years but what a great seven years!  As always, praying for Charles, Ann, Kim & Lisa.

The auction just gets better and better.  We now have cakes, cow, corn beef hash and a weekend condo rental (Karen Walker) to be auctioned.  Plus, Kayla Hatcher is selling permanent jewelry (not sure what that means) with the total amount paid going directly to GRACE Ministries.  I am told one can buy anklets, bracelets and necklaces.  She will begin this at 3:30PM.  Again, Kayla is not getting even one cent from doing this.  She just wants to be a blessing to this cause!

We will have select cakes that will be in the silent auction only meaning those bids will begin at 3:30PM and end at 5:00PM.  Other cakes will be available in the silent and live auction.  The cow, corn beef hash and condo will only be available in the live auction.

I am still holding out hope that one or two more of our seasoned bakers will submit an entry.  Just think how many hungry children and adults will benefit simply because you baked a cake!

Regular schedule on our campus Sunday morning.  Meal begins at 4:00PM followed by the live auction at 5:00PM.

A very special “thank you” to Jeff Holifield and Ethan Nelson for their time and effort on the sports playing fields this week.  Bro. Abel knows the extent of their help.  It was huge!  Again, thank you Ethan & Jeff.

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

 

 

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Jul
04
2024
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THURSDAY, 7/4/24

Happy Fourth of July!

Tina Sprinkle told me on Monday that her back surgery has been scheduled for December 18 (yes, December).  She waited like seven months to see this surgeon.  However, they told her that surgery could happen earlier.  Learned last night that her surgery is now scheduled for next Tuesday, July 9.  How about that!  Pray for Tina and this surgery!

Bibbi Bosarge sent me an update on Kathy King’s surgery.  All went well.  Kathy is grateful for the prayers.

Jason Husband got an excellent report from the doctor.  His count has dropped significantly – praise the Lord!  He celebrated with Deacon TJ Vice!

Clinton Stringfellow has given us three watermelons recently.  Absolutely delicious!  Thank you, Clinton!

John Milton Ladnier has been giving us vegetables from his garden for the past couple of months.  Lisa has canned twenty-one quarts of snap beans given to us by John Milton, we have enjoyed tomatoes, cucumbers, et cetera.  Yesterday, John came with four watermelons.  They are equally delicious!  Dub Ladnier was a good gardener but I think John Milton is even better.  John Milton loves it and works hard at it.  Thank you, John Milton.

I am grateful for men like Clinton & John Milton for their generosity and their willingness to give.  Lisa and I are blessed!

Speaking of giving, Stacey & Gayla Dyess will be cooking the pork, chickens, baked beans and potato salad for the cake auction this Sunday, 7/7.  How awesome is that!  I am going to give Stacey a bottle of Big Bob Gibson’s white bar-b-cue sauce to show my appreciation!  What a great couple and what kind hearts!  They may get an assist from the boys!

We are asking the members of the Friendship family who attend the cake auction to bring a dessert – no cakes, please!  Also, Stacey says maybe some coleslaw or some type of salad?

Great news – we have had some more of our seasoned bakers sign up for the auction.  Praise the Lord!  Plus, Deidra has now one hundred percent agreed to bake a cake so now Scott F & Eddie A have raised their bid limit to one hundred and five dollars.  (Rumor has it that the beginning bid for Deidra’s cake will be fifteen hundred dollars.  Is that true?  Time will tell!)  I am still in hopes that a couple more of our seasoned bakers will join this effort!

Hartselle area folks, remember that if you win a bid on a cake then we can have it delivered to you on Monday, 7/8.  Ross Genzink & Tom Compagner, if you guys win a bid on a cake then we will tell you how great it tasted!

Tim or Peggy, please send Deidra the FB info on the place you have talked about.

I pray that you will have a great Fourth of July with Jesus.

 

 

 

 

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Jul
03
2024
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WEDNESDAY, 7/3/24

Nothing on our church campus today – morning or evening.

I am praying for Pastor Gene Clark and his family today.

Also, praying for Kathy King along with Matt and their daughter.

Praying for Jason Husband to have a receive a good report from his oncologist today.  I will be taking him for this visit.  My in box did not get blown up nor did my phone ring incessantly with folks willing to help house Jason for the next few nights.  Just the facts.  The Lord will work it all out.

Also, the response to my request for more cakes from our “seasoned” ladies received no response.  We are missing some really, really great cakes from the past couple of years.  Obviously, there is still time to respond.  Will you at least pray about it?  (By the way, if you simply cannot afford to purchase the necessary ingredients then Lisa and I will gladly personally purchase them for you – no problem.  Just let us know)

I am ninety-nine percent certain that Deidra has agreed to bake a cake for the auction.  I have asked her to do so.  Eddie Albritton and Scott Fontenot have already agreed to spend up to fifty dollars for any cake she bakes!  Just saying!

On that same note, the wife of one of our deacons will be baking her “first ever” cake for the auction.  That is exciting (and scary!). I hope the wives of our other deacons will follow suit (not the first time to bake a cake) by baking a cake.

One more thing regarding the cake auction – if you live in the Hartselle, AL area and want to bid on a cake online, I have made arrangements to have your cake delivered to you on Monday, 7/8.  How about that!

The church office will be closed today and will not reopen until Monday morning, 7/8, at 9:00AM.  I have told Bro. Abel to take today to be with family.  I will be with Jason but otherwise am available in the event of an emergency.

In closing this entry, folks are asking about our December 2024 GRACE Ministries trip.  We are beyond capacity and have a waiting list for any openings.  I will be glad to add anyone to the waiting list but the prospects are basically slim and none.  Just FYI.

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

 

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Jul
02
2024
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TUESDAY, 7/2/24

I begin this morning by stating that Pastor John Womack did an excellent job of preaching the funeral service for Audrea Whitehurst yesterday.  Anyone who was there left knowing exactly what it takes to enter Heaven.  Thank you, Pastor John.

Speaking of pastors, Pastor Gene Clark’s wife, Sue, passed from this life this past Sunday, 6/30.  The visitation and service will take place tomorrow, 7/3, from the Irvington Fellowship Bible Church.  Visitation with the family will take place from 10:00AM until 11:45AM.  The service will begin at noon.  Pray for Pastor Gene and his family as they walk through this valley.

I “think” Kathy King will be having a surgical procedure tomorrow.  Pray for Kathy!

Jason Husband will see his cancer doctor tomorrow.  Pray that the report will be good.

Speaking of Jason, I will be taking him to his doctor’s visit.  He so wants to remain in Grand Bay until Sunday night.  Presently, we have a house full.  Is there anyone who will take Jason for one night, two nights, three nights or all four nights?  This will begin tomorrow night.  Jason can stay at our house during the day.  Any takers?  If so, please contact either Lisa or me.  The guy loves Friendship Baptist and Grand Bay.

We have a good number of folks baking cakes for the auction this Sunday, 7/7.  I have seen the list and I am very thankful to each person who is baking a cake.  However, I noticed that not nearly as many of our older adults (50+) have signed up to bake a cake.  Folks, those cakes have always sold the best.  So, I am calling on this group to prayerfully consider baking a cake for this worthwhile cause.  Contact Kayla Hatcher, Daphne Hutto or me if you will bake a cake.

Remember, we need folks to buy these cakes, a cow, and some corn beef hash.

Meal begins at 4:00PM and the auction begins promptly at 5:00PM.  We should be totally finished by 6:30PM.  Join us.  Pass the word!

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

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Jul
01
2024
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MONDAY, 7/1/24

Well, I figure a late blog entry is probably better than no blog entry.  Trying to get back in the groove!

This morning there will be a visitation with the Audrea Gale Whitehurst family from 10:00AM until the 11:00AM service time at the Cottage Hill Funeral Home.  Audrea is the sister of Kevin, Curtis & Ashley.  She is the niece of Larry & Judy Whitehurst.  Pray for the family today.

Cake auction week!  Big doings!  More to come.

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

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Jun
28
2024
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FRIDAY, 6/28/24

First, thank you to each person who has reached out to me regarding my “down time!”  The prayers were much appreciated.  I appreciate Bro. Abel and Bro. Chris stepping up to the plate in my time of need.

Mission of Hope service tonight at 7:00PM.  Everyone is invited to attend.

Regular schedule on our campus Sunday.  Let’s all make an effort to be present!

As it stands right now, we have had three folks sign up to bake a cake for the auction on July 7.  That should not take long!  We will have a sign up sheet this Sunday, 6/30.  You can email me at pastor@friendshipfamily.net.

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

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Jun
26
2024
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Good Wednesday morning.  I pray that you are doing well.  I have been dealing with my red truck.

Regular schedule on our campus today – morning and evening.

Regular schedule this Sunday, 6/30, too.  We will focus on our freedom as a nation in the morning service.

Annual cake auction on Sunday, 7/7.  We need folks to bake cakes!  You can email me if you will help.

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

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