Sep
28
2007
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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

Dana & Gina will celebrate their 11th birthday next Wednesday, 10/3.  Since their birthday falls on a Wednesday, we had their party at “Pump It Up” last night.  They were pretty “pumped” themselves.  Lisa and I appreciate those who took the time to attend this celebration.  It was a good night! 

Tonight will see Bryant host Citronelle and this will be Bryant’s homecoming game.  I really hope that those guys can win the game tonight as they have come really close in a couple of their games only to come up short on the scoreboard.  I have always found Coach Collier to be such a nice guy and I really hope they can turn the season around beginning tonight! 

Tonight will also see Faith Academy visit Cottage Hill Academy.  They will have a huge crowd for that one and it should be a good game.  Again, we have students in both schools so it is a “neutral” game for me but I will be rooting for John Vickers as he is the only student we have actually playing in the game.  Best wishes to the Rams and to the Warriors! 

Over 300 women will gather tonight for the Women Walking Worthy conference featuring Bridget Taylor.  Pray for tonight’s session and the one they will have in the morning. 

We will have men cooking/serving tonight.  I need some of those men who can’t come today/tonight to show up in the morning at 7:00AM to help unload/reload the container. 

I did not get a report on Kayla Schoen yesterday except to hear that Kathy was coming home and then going back to Tuscaloosa. 

There are a couple of serious prayer needs.  Kenny & Nancy Lingle’s daughter-in-law gave birth to a girl late Wednesday afternoon.  As of yesterday afternoon, the doctors were telling the family that they simply didn’t see the baby living very long as she has several serious complications.  I will update this situation as I receive word this weekend.  Pray for this baby and this family. 

Daphne Patterson has an aunt, Sandy Atchison, who is in ICU in a local hospital.  The doctors don’t expect her to live very long.  She has been in this position in years past but has always recovered.  However, the doctors simply don’t think that will happen this time.  So, please pray for this family too. 

Suffice it to say that there are more “unspoken” requests than I can say grace over that are worthy of your prayer support.  We must pray.  Our 40 days prayer emphasis will move to the prayer room tonight due to the women’s conference being in the auditorium. 

Several long distance folks contacted me yesterday to order a wall calendar for 2008.  If you want to order one or more, please contact me via e-mail by this Sunday, 9/30.  They are $6 each and are really nice.     

I hope you have a great weekend.  I don’t plan on another post until Monday unless something happens that needs to be shared for prayers. 

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Sep
27
2007
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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

The Lord blessed and we had good services yesterday and last night.  I firmly believe God is honoring our prayer emphasis and we are seeing the results in our services.  Praise the Lord! 

This will be a busy place for the next couple of days as the women prepare for the conference with Bridget Taylor.  Men are needed to help cook/serve tomorrow.  Pray for the sessions Friday night and Saturday morning.

We need some men to come Saturday morning at 7:00AM to help us unload and reload the container.  We need to find the boxes marked “Christmas” and reload them near the door.  Some teams will transport these via suitcases on their upcoming visits to Casa Aleluya. 

For us, the hospitals are empty.  However, Kayla Schoen is in the hospital in Tuscaloosa.  Her mother, Kathy Wadkins, left yesterday to go be with her.  Pray for Kayla. 

The first Saturday night in October will see us begin a new phase of our prayer ministry as we will have folks gathering in the auditorium for a time of corporate prayer.  This ministry is being led by our staff & deacons.  You can volunteer to join one of these four teams which involves coming to the church one Saturday night per month.  We will have sign up sheets available this Sunday. 

Operation Homecoming is a phrase that will be used a lot in the coming days.  More details will be shared this Sunday evening during our service.  That service will also feature the ministry of Jon Cowart as he will lead our music and bring the message in song.  Jon has been leading the music for our senior high and junior high Bible studies on Wednesday nights. 

Our students are selling wall calendars for 2008 at a cost of $6 each.  These are beautiful calendars and all proceeds will help our students go to camp and/or on a mission trip next summer.  If any of our long distance readers would like to order some of these, please send me an e-mail stating so by this Sunday, 9/30.  We’ll get the calendars to you via the postal service.  You will have them by the end of October at the very latest. 

I pray that you will have a blessed day with Jesus.   

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Sep
26
2007
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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

I realize that today’s entry is way late and I simply ask for your forgiveness and understanding.  I am emotionally spent.  I have attended/preached literally hundreds of funerals in my life/ministry and I am always seemingly most affected when the service involves a fellow Pastor or a young person. 

Honestly, I think Jonathan’s passing greatly affected me because of his age but also because of my appreciation, love, and concern for his grandmother, Edna.  My wife, Lisa, and our friends, Ross & Kathy Genzink, were with me when I received the initial call about Jonathan’s accident and they can verify that my first comments voiced my concern for Edna.  She is a strong lady but I have watched as she has buried her husband, both parents, and now a grandson, whom she helped raise, in the past nineteen months.  So, my heart goes out to Edna, Stacey, Savannah and the entire family. 

Thank you to those who prayed for me yesterday.  I received e-mails and words of support from several folks expressing your prayer support and I am very, very thankful for your kindness. 

Please continue to pray for the Vance May family too.  I visited with Nancy & Kenny and Linda yesterday but did not stay for the service as I felt the need to be with Edna and her family.

We had a good service this morning and are looking forward to tonight’s respective Bible studies and services.  I hope the members of the Friendship family will join us tonight.

I would use this space as a means to announce that my niece, Jamie Glenn, and her husband, Adam, are expecting their second child but she hasn’t bothered to inform me yet!  What’s up with that?  The news is on guesswhoishavingababy.com and every Turrentine in the world except me has received a call from Jamie herself.  She has called folks she doesn’t even know but hasn’t called me!  So, I can’t make that announcement!

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Sep
25
2007
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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

Wow!  The number of folks who attended the visitation for Jonathan Seaman was amazing!  Folks stood in line an average of two hours to get the opportunity to express their love, prayers, and support to the family.  The public visitation began at 5:00PM and ended shortly before 9:30PM.  What an incredible blessing to this family! 

I was particularly impressed by the administration, teachers, and students of Faith Academy.  Jonathan’s girlfriend, Carrie Wilson, is a senior at FA and those folks came in strong numbers to support her even though many of them had never met Jonathan.  In my opinion, that was a strong, positive testimony for Faith and their caring for one of their own.

The Friendship family did well in attending the visitation and hosting the large number of family members and friends too.  Thank you for being ministers! 

So, today we will gather around two gravesides.  First, Vance May’s service will take place at noon from Serenity and he will be buried in Serenity Memorial Gardens.  Pray for Vance’s family especially Nancy & Linda. 

Then, Jonathan’s service will take place at 2:00PM from the auditorium and he will be buried in the Grand Bay Cemetery.  Pray for his family too especially Stacey, Savannah, and Edna.

Lord willing, I will attend Vance’s service and then will preach Jonathan’s service.  I would appreciate your prayers as I pray and study this morning for that service.  As the Lord brings it to your mind, would you take a few moments to pray during the 2:00PM hour today?  Thank you!   

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Sep
24
2007
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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

First, the funeral arrangements for Jonathan Seaman are as follows:  visitation in the church auditorium tonight, 9/24, from 5:00 until 9:00PM and tomorrow from 1:00PM until 2:00PM.  The service will take place tomorrow, 9/25, from the church auditorium beginning at 2:00PM.  Interment will take place in the Grand Bay Cemetery. 

Second, Vance May, passed away Saturday, 9/22, at the UAB Hospital.  His funeral service will take place tomorrow at noon.  The obit in the paper says the service will take place from the chapel of the Serenity Funeral Home but I have been told it is going to be a graveside service.  Interment will be in Serenity Memorial Gardens.  Vance is the brother of Linda May and Nancy Lingle and they both are a part of the Friendship family. 

I visited with Martha Patrick this morning and she was thinking that she would be moved from the hospital to the convalescent home today.  Marie Howard, Jennifer Jackson’s mom, is in the hospital again.  Carla Kyser, Melanie Byrne, and Crystal Davis all continue to battle their respective cancer.  All of these folks need to be included in our prayers.

The Lord blessed and we had good services yesterday.  Honestly, I thought the rainy weather would cause our attendance to be down but it was very good in all three services – praise the Lord!  We had decisions in each service and Edna did a nice job of sharing what the Lord had laid on her heart during the 10:30AM invitation.  God is good and we give Him the glory for all He is doing within the Friendship family. 

We are on day twenty-one of our forty days of prayer.  We must pray!  Please take the time to come to the auditorium to join us for this season of prayer and fasting. 

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

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Sep
22
2007
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SATURDAY, 9/22, URGENT PRAYER REQUEST

Jonathan Seaman, 21, the grandson of our church secretary, Edna Holifield, was tragically killed in a motorcycle/vehicle accident late yesterday afternoon.  The accident occurred on GB/Wilmer Road just south of the truck stop.  Obviously, Stacey (mother), Savannah (sister) and the entire family is devastated so please pray for them as they go about making funeral arrangements, et cetera today.   

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Sep
21
2007
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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

Ben & Diane Vickers are the proud grandparents of a girl who checked in yesterday weighing 8 lbs and 14 ozs and was 20 1/2 inches long.  As of this writing, Nathan & Jennifer have not settled on a name.  Noah is now a big brother.  Congratulations to the Gill and Vickers families! 

Kim French e-mailed me yesterday to say that Melanie Byrne had a rough day Saturday but got up Sunday morning determined to go to church.  She also went shopping on Tuesday.  (The church I can understand but not the shopping!)  Kim says Melanie has all the signs of liver failure and probably should be confined to a bed but God is graciously allowing her to keep going basically pain free.  Please continue to pray for Melanie and her family. 

Melinda Eckert e-mailed me yesterday to say that her mother, Bettye Ory, has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.  Mrs. Ory is only 60 years old, is a dedicated Christian, and a faithful member of the Arlington Heights Baptist Church in Pascagoula, MS.  Mrs. Ory’s father passed away at the age of 63 in 1990 from complications associated with Alzheimer’s.  The doctors have put her on Aricept.  Please pray for Bettye Ory and her family. 

Since this entry is being posted in the early hours of the morning, I don’t have an update on Martha Patrick.  She is still hospitalized.  Keep praying!

Cameron Watson & I did attend the Faith versus Cottage Hill volleyball match yesterday afternoon and then enjoyed a meal at Whataburger as we bonded!  Jessica, Jamie, & Erica all did very well and I was proud of each of them for their play and attitude! 

Danish scientists have conducted a study that determined men who play soccer work off more fat and build more muscle than men who jog or simply sit on the couch.  I am going to stick with either the jogging or the couch as soccer is. . .

I don’t have plans to post again until Monday.  However, I have to wish a “happy birthday” to Rachel Mast who is presently a student at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago.  Her birthday is this Saturday, 9/22.  I haven’t been around Rachel a whole lot but she is definitely one of the most godly, sweetest young ladies I have ever been associated with.  Her parents, Mark & Tina Mast, are missionaries in Canada and have become dear friends.  (Jon is wondering why I didn’t mention his birthday on 9/10)  Happy birthday Rachel!  May you have a blessed day Saturday! 

I sure hope the members of the Friendship family will join us in Bible study and worship this Sunday morning and evening.  Don’t forget our forty days of prayer emphasis! 

Hope you have a great day with Jesus! 

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Sep
20
2007
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As I walked into the house for our college/young professionals Bible study last night, I was met with the news that my uncle, Franklin “Punk” Turrentine, had passed away yesterday afternoon of an apparent heart attack.  Uncle Punk lived in Collinsville, Oklahoma.  Please pray for his wife, Faye, their three girls and their families, and my dad and the other two surviving brothers.  We are thinking the funeral service will take place on Saturday. 

We learned during our morning service yesterday that Dennis Smith had passed away.  Dennis is Edwin William’s uncle-in-law.  So please pray for Miss Margaret and this family during this time too.  That service is set for tomorrow at 2:00PM. 

I visited with Martha Patrick earlier this morning and her condition is seemingly no better.   The bleeding test showed nothing out of the ordinary so the doctors are convinced her blood loss is due to coumadin.  She now has a kidney infection and gout in one of her feet.  She is in good spirits in spite of this being her ninth day in the hospital.  Pray for her. 

I heard through the grapevine that Ben & Diane Vickers’ daughter, Jennifer, is giving birth to their second grandchild today.  Diane has gone to Jackson, MS to be with Jennifer, Nathan, & Noah.  (I am not sure if Ben went or not)  Pray for a safe birth of this baby.

Lord willing, Cameron Watson & I will attend the Faith Academy versus Cottage Hill Academy volleyball match this afternoon.  Jessica & Jamie Hall play for Faith and Erica Stringfellow plays for Cottage Hill.  All three were in our senior high Bible study last night.  So, I will be cheering for Erica, Jamie, & Jessica to do well but will remain neutral otherwise.  (I probably will mainly be praying for patience as I put up with Cameron!) 

I read this morning where firemen in Lansing, MI had to use a forklift to remove a man weighing nine hundred pounds from the second story of his house because he had to go to the hospital.  He is only thirty-three years old and has a genetic condition that causes continual feelings of hunger.  According to his brother, he has not left the house since 2003 and they literally had to cut a hole in the wall to remove him this time.   To me, this is a sad story.  I hope the doctors can help this young man in some way. 

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

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Sep
19
2007
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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

First, my wife mildly scolded me for not mentioning Whitney Bryant’s 19th birthday yesterday, 9/18.  So, happy belated birthday wishes to Whitney! 

Speaking of birthdays, today is the 25th birthday of the “digital” smiley face! 🙂  Professor Scott E. Fahlman first used this as a means to express an emotion on this date in 1982. 

Jamie Hall sent me a forwarded message (I normally don’t do forwards) titled “you know you are living in 2007 when” and one of the ways was “you start tilting your head sideways to smile!”  So, happy birthday to the digital smiley face!  Take an extra fifteen to thirty minutes on your lunch break today as a means of celebration – I am sure your boss will understand! 🙂 

I don’t have any updated information on the folks mentioned in this space for the past couple of days.  We don’t have any scheduled surgeries on the horizon and for that we are grateful.  Please continue to pray for those battling these various afflictions. 

Wednesdays are busy days but they are enjoyable days too.  As a matter of fact, Wednesday is perhaps the busiest day of my week.  (Ever notice how folks who are so busy are never too busy to stop and tell you how busy they are?)  It will begin in a few hours with our morning service which has really been maintaing a good attendance.  Then comes our Senior High Bible study at 6:00PM, the evening service, Junior High Bible study, and classes at 7:00PM, and our college/young professionals Bible study at 8:00PM. 

I hope that you will have a blessed day with Jesus.  Go to church! 

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Sep
18
2007
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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

Love is in the air!  No wait, love bugs are in the air!  No wait, love bugs are all over my windshield!  You folks who don’t live in this neck of the woods don’t even know how to appreciate your grill and windshield being almost completely covered with these love bugs.  The only folks I know personally who like love bugs are Joey & Tiffany Switzer and that is simply because they own the local car wash! 

I had a chance to visit with Martha Patrick this morning and she was going for a bleeding test.  No word on when she will go home.  Vance May is still at UAB.  Allison Collins came home from the hospital.  No updated news on Melanie Byrne. 

I just received word from Miss Kittie Camp that her friends, Cy & Laura Garnett, son, Billy Garnett, passed away yesterday as a result of the injuries he received in the automobile accident.  So, please pray for the Garnett family. 

Our society is so messed up – thieves shot and killed, execution style, a seven months old baby last Friday in the Sacramento, CA area.  The killers came from the house where the baby’s father had simply gone to the front door leaving the baby in the car in his car seat.  The thieves killed the father and then stopped by the car and shot the baby. 

A state senator in Nebraska has sued God.  Yes, God!  He says his motive is to fight possible laws restricting the filing of frivolous lawsuits.  Crazy stuff!

Hope you have a great Tuesday with Jesus. 

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