Dec
26
2008
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FRIDAY, 12/26/08

Another Christmas Day has now come and gone!  The Lord was good to the Turrentine family as we enjoyed a peaceful day.  My day consisted of breakfast, taking down the Christmas decorations (I know but we are leaving today and I didn’t want Lisa to face it upon our return home), taking the dog on a long walk, convincing myself it was a Sunday afternoon so I could take a nap, taking the dog for another walk, and supper at the in laws.  Yep, uneventful – just as I had prayed it would be! 

I did “find” the time to watch the Lakers dismantle the Celtics and stop their winning streak at 19 games.  Life is good when the Lakers win!  Phil Jackson won his 1,000th game as a coach and, in doing so, reached that milestone faster than any other NBA coach in history.  Go Lakers!

One of the advantage of having Vietnamese folks in your home is that their family members sometimes show up with goodies.  Such was the case last night as we received freshly cooked egg rolls and a bucket of fresh shrimp.  I enjoyed some of the egg rolls for supper and spent some time after supper removing the heads from the shrimp before freezing the bodies. 

My family and I will spend today and tomorrow in Hartselle before heading to Michigan late Saturday afternoon.  I will be gone until next Friday, 1/2, but Bro. Jerry & Bro. Kerry will be here in the event of an emergency.  The church office will be open from 8:00AM until noon and 1:00PM until 5:00PM Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. 

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

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Dec
25
2008
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ANDREW BOEVE ENTERS HEAVEN

Mark Mast called me this morning to say that his maternal grandfather, Andrew Boeve, entered heaven around 12:30AM today.  God was gracious to allow Mark & his family the opportunity to spend this last week with Mr. Boeve.  Please pray for Mark’s mother and the entire family as they go through these next several days. 

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Dec
25
2008
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MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Lisa, the girls, and I want to wish each of you a Merry Christmas!  We pray that you will have an awesome day celebrating Him! 

I hesitate to share this on Christmas Day but it is what it is.  As the Bush family was leaving the graveside yesterday afternoon, Phyllis Bush’s father-in-law walked to his truck and then had an apparent heart attack and passed away.  I talked to Katrina via the phone last night to verify the story as I had already left the graveside before this took place.  So, pray for the Bush family in a special way today! 

I really enjoy our Christmas Eve service and last night’s was no exception.  It was great to see Clint Landry & family, Pastor Travis Northcut & family, Gene & Gena Davis, and a host of other guests. 

It is good to have children who have reached the age that Christmas gifts can be given on Christmas Eve which allows the parents to sleep in on Christmas morning. 

We will have breakfast together as a family this morning and then begin making ready to leave tomorrow.  We will travel to Hartselle to celebrate with my extended family on Saturday before turning northward and bound for Michigan.  I will be preaching in the Friendship Christian Reformed Church on Sunday night.  Pray for us as we travel and then as I preach Sunday night.

I pray that you will have a great Christmas Day with Jesus! 

P.S. – Louise Mason, please check your e-mail today.  Thanks!

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Dec
24
2008
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WEDNESDAY, 12/24/08

Merry Christmas!  I pray that you will have a great Christmas Eve!  I want to remind the members of the Friendship family of our service this afternoon at 5:00PM.  We will observe the Lord’s Supper, sing some carols, read the Word, and remember the Reason for the season. 

Please pray for the Bush family today as they will gather for Phyllis’ funeral service.  The visitation with the family is from 10:00AM until the service time at noon.  Thank you in advance to those who helped with the food for this family. 

I pray that you will have a great Wednesday with Jesus.  O come let us adore Him! 

 

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Dec
23
2008
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TUESDAY, 12/23/08

My heart goes out to the Bush family as those children, although adults, deal with the passing of their mother yesterday afternoon and will attend her funeral service on Christmas Eve.  Pray for them.  Phyllis Bush was a sweet lady and will be dearly missed by her family and friends.  Again, if you can help with the food preparation for this family, please call the church office today. 

The “unofficial” observation by the medical personnel is that Britan Gillespie’s situation may not be what the doctors originally thought.  I simply ask you to keep praying as the official word is scheduled to come in a couple of days. 

Gene Freeman asked me yesterday if we would continue to pray for him and Sandra.  They seemingly held up well during the funeral service but certainly need our prayers. 

Carla Felps Kyser takes her final radiation treatment today before getting a brief break in the routine.  Homer Perkins remains in a physical rehabilitation facility.  Shea Childress is still taking treatments and Joyce Bosarge remains at home awaiting some new medication. 

Our 2008 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering total is $25,000!  Praise the Lord!  We have actually received $22,300 plus but someone contacted me yesterday to say they would give whatever total was necessary to bring us to the $25,000 mark.  To God be the glory!   

T. Garrett, we appreciate the Christmas card from you and Johna as it actually said “Merry Christmas!”  However, it appears the check had fallen out of the card so you might want to stop payment on that one and send another one! 

Don’t forget our Christmas Eve service tomorrow from 5:00 – 6:00PM. 

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

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Dec
22
2008
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PHYLLIS BUSH ENTERS HEAVEN

Phyllis Bush entered heaven early this afternoon.  The arrangements have been made and are as follows:  the visitation take place on Wednesday, 12/24, from 10:00AM until the noon service time.  The visitation and service will take place from Serenity Funeral Home in Theodore. 

Members of the Friendship family who can help with food for the Bush family are asked to call the church office tomorrow during regular office hours. 

Pray for the Bush family.

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Dec
22
2008
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MONDAY, 12/22/08

The Lord blessed and we had an awesome day in our services yesterday!  Give Him praise!  First, He used you to give graciously and we exceeded our goal for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering – hallelujah!  To God be the glory!  Miss Edna will get the up to date total this morning but it appears we will be over the $22,000 mark which means you gave approximately $8,500 yesterday!  I will report an exact total in tomorrow’s post.  Again, to God be the glory! 

Our Girls In Action mission group and their leaders are to be commended for raising $1,020 through the GA post office.  Thank you for using that means to send cards within the church family. 

Bro. Kerry and the choir did a nice job of presenting the Gospel through song last night.  Sherry Lavelle and the hostess committee did a wonderful job of hosting the fellowship after the service.  Thanks to each choir member and to all of those who brought food and/or helped with the fellowship.

Pray for the John Freeman family today.  The visitation begins at 1:00PM and the service is at 2:00PM at Serenity.  Pray for Pastor John Womack as he ministers to this family. 

Britan Gillespie has a growth in her neck that the doctors do not like.  She will go for a needle biopsy today.  Miss Lenora Rivers has been diagnosed with cancer in her jaw area and will have a test today to determine if it is isolated.  Carla Felps Kyser receives her next to last radiation treatment today in her continuing battle against cancer.  Shea Childress continue to receive her treatments.  Phyllis Bush remains at home but needs our prayers.  Mark Mast’s maternal grandfather, Andrew Boeve, in Michigan is seemingly near death.  Mark and his family are en route to Michigan so pray for traveling mercy as they are driving through a pretty significant winter storm.  Larry Thompson continues to rehab at home from his hip surgery and Homer Perkins remains in a physical rehab facility.  Pray for all of these folks.

It was bad!  Curtis Taylor, father of our son-in-law, Michael, and his wife, Myrna “from Smyrna”, gave me a bright orange UT (we are not talking Texas either) cap yesterday as a Christmas gift!  Without a doubt, the ugliest Christmas gift I have ever received!  I was horrified and my girls have been scarred for life as they witnessed the opening of the “gift!”  Hey Bret Hart, what is your mailing address?  I will admit that it was nice having Michael in the family for sixteen months!  Our other son-in-law, Brad, is safe as his parents, Gary & Teresa, would never!  (The whole UT thing is actually the fault of Janice Moreland!)

Speaking of gifts, my family and I have received our fair share from the members of the Friendship family and we are extremely grateful!  The best gift I received from our church family was the reaching/exceeding of the LMCO goal!  Thank you for supporting our IMB missionaries! 

Bro. Jerry is on vacation this week so please don’t contact him for anything church related.  Don’t forget our Christmas Eve service at 5:00PM. 

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

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Dec
20
2008
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SATURDAY, 12/20/08

I spoke with Larry Whitehurst via the phone late yesterday afternoon and said that the arrangements for his nephew, John Freeman, are as follows:  visitation with the family beginning at 1:00PM on Monday, 12/22, with the funeral service beginning at 2:00PM.  The visitation and service will take place at Serenity Funeral Home in Theodore.  Please continue to pray for this family. 

Jodie Johnson came home from the hospital early yesterday morning – even before I could get to the hospital!  So, it is obvious that she did well through the surgery or is just stubborn!  (I think she did well but I also give a vote to the latter!)

I want to remind the members of the Friendship family of our Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for international missions tomorrow.  We need a miracle! 

Also, don’t forget the Christmas musical that will be presented by our adult choir tomorrow night at 6:00PM. 

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

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Dec
19
2008
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FRIDAY, 12/19/2008

Sad news seemed to be the order of the day yesterday afternoon and last night.  First, I received a call from Dana Childress telling me that Coach Kevin Jackson’s first cousin had been shot and killed in Baltimore, Maryland.  I called Kevin on his cell phone as he was driving to Dothan to get his mother.  From there, they will drive to Atlanta, GA today in order to fly to Baltimore for the funeral service.  Pray for this family! 

Willie Johnson called to tell me that he had taken his wife, Jodie, to the hospital and she was about to go in for emergency surgery.  She just recently had surgery and now has undergone a second operation.  Pray for Jodie as she recovers from both of these surgeries. 

Larry Whitehurst called last night to tell me that his sister, Sandra, and her husband, Gene, had just found their 29 year old son, John Freeman, deceased in his home.  Tragic enough in and of itself but made even more so by the fact that their only other son, Richie, 31 years old (I think) passed away in April of this year.  I went to Gene & Sandra’s to pray with them and they were obviously in a state of shock and stunned disbelief.  Pray for this family in a special way.

I visited with Riley & Donna Glass in the hosptial yesterday morning and Riley was scheduled to have the second stent placed in his heart around 2:00PM.  With everything else taking place, I did not get an update on him.  Pray for Riley.

Mark Mast will be preaching the memorial service for Miss Vivian Smith this morning at 10:00AM so please pray for him.  His family will be involved in the service also from serving as a pall bearer, reading Scripture, to singing.  The Mast family was very close to Miss Vivian so say an extra prayer for them today too. 

I want to remind the members of the Friendship family of our effort to reach our Lottie Moon goal this Sunday, 12/21.  It can be done!  Pray and give as God leads.  We will give Him the glory for all He does in our midst! 

I pray that you will have a great Friday with Jesus!  Merry Christmas!

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Dec
18
2008
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THURSDAY, 12/18/08

Bro. Johnny Tucker did have surgery yesterday.  The doctor did not have to insert screws which is obviously a good thing as his recovery time will be shorter. 

Riley Glass will have another stent placed in his heart today.  He did not suffer a heart attack.  Homer Perkins is now in a physical therapy center.  Elizabeth Sessions mother, Catherine Leach, is in a local hospital.  Shea Childress took another treatment this past Tuesday and Carla Kyser continues to receive her radiation treatments.  Larry Thompson came home from the hospital yesterday.  Keep praying for all of these folks.

Yesterday, 12/17, marked three years since Miss Peggy Howard went to be with the Lord.  The 16th marked 42 years since Pastor L.G. Camp, Jr. went to be with the Lord.  Bro. Robbie Howard and Miss Kittie Camp are dear friends in the ministry and I have been praying for them in a special way these past couple of days.  This can be a tough time of the year for folks who have lost loved ones. 

We had a good day yesterday.  Our time with the young adults last night was another great time too.  I understand the Christmas party at the convalescent home went well.  God is good!

I hope you have a great Thursday with Jesus. 

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