Nov
29
2018
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UPDATE ON CHARLOTTE & BENJI

In my haste to finish my earlier entry today I forgot to give an update on Charlotte and baby Benji.  Charlotte is scheduled to be discharged from the hospital today.  Last I heard Benji had improved and was doing better.  Keep praying for them.

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Nov
29
2018
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THURSDAY, 11/29/18

“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32)

Good morning from the Mobile airport.  Lisa and I have joined Morris & Diane Bryant in traveling to Guatemala a couple of days before the team arrives.  I have a meeting with the Minister of Education tonight and another gathering tomorrow night.  Of course it gives Lisa and me the opportunity to spend some extra time with Deidra and the girls.  I do want to say a huge “thank you” to Eddie Albritton for bringing Lisa and me to the airport this morning.

Pastor Randy Johnson will be preaching in all three of our services this Sunday.  He does a great job and I prayerfully hope that the members of the Friendship family will be faithful to attend the services.

I am asking the members of the Friendship family (others too if interested) to consider writing a note, card, et cetera about any memory relating to Sara Nell Moulds by Sunday, December 16.  You can give those to Julie McGath and she will compile a book that will be given to Carl Ray Moulds before Christmas.  These notes can be handwritten if you write legibly.  However, if you write like me (which no one does) then please type your note so it can be read by Carl Ray and family.  You can bring these to any church service, drop them by the church office, and drop them by Lisa’s office any Monday – Friday.

It is about time to board so this is somewhat abbreviated.  I do plan on blogging daily while we are away.  (May not do so Saturday and Sunday – we shall see).

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

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Nov
28
2018
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WEDNESDAY, 11/28/18

“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32)

Infant Benji Brown was placed in NICU upon his birth and remains there as he is having some breathing difficulties.  His mother, Charlotte, is set to come home tomorrow but Benji will remain hospitalized for the time being.  Pray for Benji, his parents, Zach & Charlotte, the doctors, nurses and all involved in Benji’s care.  I plan to visit later today.

The doctors will continue to monitor Sonny Bates’ condition for a couple of months.

We still have two seats available on the mission trip that departs from Mobile this Saturday, December 1.  Those spots must be filled by 5:00PM today or they will be lost.  Interested?  You must contact me today by 4:00PM.

Regular schedule this morning and tonight.  It is a bit “cool” (32 degrees) in Grand Bay but it will warm by tonight (projected low of 47 degrees) so all is good.  We will have the heat on this morning and “might” leave it on for tonight too!

Eddie & Marcus seem to have this basketball thing down pat.  Still could use some players in the first & second grade league.  Contact either of them for information or details.

Several things to keep in mind regarding our church schedule as we move into December – Pastor Randy Johnson will be preaching in all three of our services this Sunday, 12/2; children’s choir musical on Sunday, 12/16; adult choir musical on Sunday, 12/23 at 3:00PM; Christmas Eve service from 5:00PM until 6:00PM.  No Discipleship Training during December.  Only one service (10:30AM) on Sunday, December 30.

I bought gasoline for $1.95 a gallon yesterday in Gulfport, MS.  I “think” that is the first time I have bought it under two dollars a gallon since pre-Katrina but I could be wrong.

Lord willing I will be departing for Guatemala early tomorrow morning which means my Wednesday will be packed trying to get ready to leave.  I have plans to be in both services today, will visit the hospitals, et cetera but will also be purchasing, packing, and the whole deal.

Two seats remain on the trip to Guatemala that leaves this Saturday, 12/1.  Must be filled today, 11/28.

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

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Nov
27
2018
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TUESDAY, 11/27/18

“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32)

Charlotte Brown was admitted to the hospital at 6:00AM yesterday and her labor was induced around 9:00AM.  Somwhere around 9:30PM Benjamin Everett Brown made his appearance into this world.  He checked in weighing six pounds and fifteen point five ounces.  I am sure that Charlotte as physically exhausted but she & Zach are now the proud parents of their first son (third child).  I would imagine that the Browns need a day of no visitors as yesterday was such a long day.

Sonny Bates will travel to New Orleans today for his doctor’s appointment.  Pray that all goes well.

Logan Wainwright has pneumonia in one lung.  They thought he had a blood clot too but the tests said “no!”  Pray for Logan.

My niece was taken off the vent yesterday and is obviously deemed to be some better.  Per the doctor she is “not out of the woods” just yet.  Thanks for praying.

My dad is “some” better.  He is now talking about going deer hunting later which is a positive sign.  Keep praying.

We are on a regular schedule tomorrow morning and evening. I know it is cold for South Mobile County but I pray that we will be found faithful.

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

 

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Nov
26
2018
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MONDAY, 11/27/18

“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32)

I did not post an entry yesterday so I did not have the opportunity to wish our oldest grandchild, Titus, a happy ninth birthday.  He seemed to have a good day as we celebrated yesterday afternoon.

Zach & Charlotte Brown will welcome their first son (third child) into the world at some point today as Charlotte will be induced this morning.  Pray that all goes well.

Katie and Charles Grant were discharged from the hospital last week and are doing great.  I am sure Addison is being a huge help in taking care of her little brother.

Sonny Bates will travel to New Orleans tomorrow to meet with his doctor.  Pray for wisdom as the doctor charts a course of action for treatments.

We have a team of forty two folks who will leave for Guatemala this Saturday.  It is about a sixty (Alabama) forty (Michigan) split. This team will mainly focus on celebrating Christmas with the families of the feeding center but they will also do painting and build a few houses.  Pray that their trip will be blessed.

Eddie & Marcus told me last night that everything is a go for the basketball leagues to begin on Saturday, December 8.  One of the needs is for those who have not paid to go ahead and do so now.  The uniforms have been ordered, the teams have been set, the practice schedules are in place, et cetera so they just need to settle the financial side of things.  Pray for this ministry.

I made a change for our adult choir’s Christmas musical on December 23.  That service will begin at 3:00PM instead of being in our customary evening service.  Why the change?  I want to give families an extra evening to either have a gathering or to just have family time.  The musical will be over by 4:00PM and everyone will then have the rest of the afternoon and evening free.  I appreciate Jeanette’s “flexibility” and support on this change.  Please begin praying now, make plans to attend, and bring others with you.

I do ask that the members of the Friendship family remember our Christmas Eve service that will begin at 5:00PM and will end no later than 6:00PM.  Invite others to join you for this special service.  Make this a family tradition!  (I have already extended the first invitation to someone to sing during that service and you will not be disappointed)

The college football regular season has now officially come to an end.  It ended on a good note for me as Ross & Kathy Genzink joined Lisa, Gina and me for game which they have done annually for years.  However, this past Saturday saw my older brother, Eddie, and his wife, Sue, also join us which was the first time for them to do so in Tuscaloosa (Eddie & I have attended a Bama game in Birmingham back in the Ray Perkins era)  So, it was a nice end to the regular season.  By the way, my sister, Melissa, and her husband, James, had joined me the week before.  What is up with me taking all of these Auburn fans to the Bama games?

This entry has been too long.  Sorry about that.  I pray that you will have a great Monday with Jesus.

 

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Nov
23
2018
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FRIDAY, 11/23/18

“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32)

Last night, around 10:00PM, Brad entered my hotel room to tell me that there had been gunfire in the Galleria Mall.  Brad and family along with Lisa, the girls and I are all staying in the hotel connected to the Galleria.  Lisa, Daphne, Henni & Gina were all in the mall at the time of the shooting.

Long story short – all four of our family members are safe and sound.  They had to “hide” and/or “flee the scene” but all ended well for us.  Henni & Gina were very near where the actual shooting took place and took shelter in a store until the area was given the all clear.

I am only writing this because a lot of folks know we are in Hoover and I just wanted you to know that we are all good.  Lord willing, we will see you on Sunday morning.

One other note – my younger brother, Freddie, has a daughter in ICU and on life support in a Decatur, AL hospital.  She is believed to possibly be septic.  Prayers appreciated.

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

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Nov
21
2018
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WEDNESDAY, 11/21/18

“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32)

The church office closes at noon today and will be closed until Monday morning, 11/26, at 8:00AM.  Happy Thanksgiving!

It appears my Wednesday is going to be full as I will do Logan’s surgery, make the other hospital visits and then head to Ashford (Dothan) for the celebration of life service for Pattie’s brother-in-law.

Grant & Katie welcomed Charles Grant Tillman into this world yesterday morning.  I “think” (check FB for the exact figures) that the baby checked in at six pounds and nine ounces.  I do know that big sister, Addison, said he was nineteen inches long.  Katie wants to come home tomorrow but that may be rushing it a bit.  Thank God for a safe delivery.  Pray for Grant, Katie, Addison & Charles Grant!

Logan Wainwright’s surgery is scheduled for this morning.  Pray that all goes well.

I have been visiting another person in the hospital for a number of weeks now.  They just seem to go from one thing to another.  God knows and I ask you to pray.

Jimmy & Morris Bryant have a brother-in-law, Bobby, and his son, Todd, who are both battling cancer and both are not doing well.  Pray for them as well as the wife/mother, Barbara, and the rest of the family.

Betty Clair’s mother meets with her doctor today.  Pray for wisdom as far as treatments are concerned.

My dad saw his primary care physician yesterday.  He got two shots and some medicines.  He will now be seeing a home health care nurse twice a week for the immediate future.  I “think” he is going to show improvement pretty quickly if he will eat.  I appreciate those who have expressed concern and the prayer support.

The celebration of life service for Nathaniel Rice takes place at 2:00PM today.  Pray for the family.

Our campus should be quiet today.  No services, classes or other activities.

As it stands right now, my plan is to shut this blog down until Monday morning, 11/26, unless something happens to warrant otherwise.  Just letting you know upfront.

I pray that you will have a great Wednesday with Jesus.  Same for your Thanksgiving Day.

 

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Nov
20
2018
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TUESDAY, 11/20/18

“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32)

If all goes as planned, Charles Grant Tillman should make his grand appearance into this world around 8:00AM today.  Pray for Katie as they perform the c-section.  Pray for Grant as he waits through the procedure.  What a fine young couple!

Logan Wainwright will be having surgery in the morning.  He has a torn ligament in his left knee.  I think it is the meniscus but I could be wrong.  Regardless, pray for Logan.

Betty Clair’s mother meets with her doctor tomorrow.  They will discuss the type cancer and treatment options.  Mrs. Barton is very grateful for all of the prayer support.  Keep praying.

Brandon & Pam took JZ back to Gainesville Sunday and yesterday.  They will repeat that process this coming Sunday and Monday.  Please pray for JZ, Brandon & Pam.

I talked to Bobby Jack Felps yesterday.  His family is facing some health issues so I ask you to join me in praying for them.

I posted the obituary for Pattie’s brother-in-law in a separate entry.  Pray for the family.

A good number of you have been so kind as to ask about my dad’s physical condition.  He continues to be very weak.  He is supposed to see his primary care doctor today unless my older brother or sister take him to the emergency room before his appointment time.  I appreciate your prayer support.  Update – the nurse seems to think his problems stem from not eating.  Says if he does not eat then he will not get better.  Says he has to eat even when he does not want to eat.  Attributes all of this to his chemo treatment.  I pray she is correct.

Remember, no services/classes/activities tomorrow on our church campus.  Also, the church office will close at noon and then remain closed until Monday morning, 11/26, at 8:00AM.

The comments on this past Sunday night’s community service have been positive.  To God be the glory!

We had a major water leak on the church campus yesterday.  Thanks to Larry Crawley for fixing the problem.  (Probably something Ross Genzink plumbed for us – just saying!)

Ok, got the details on the Briquettes gift card special.  This special is good for this Friday, 11/23, and Saturday, 11/24.  If you buy a gift card for $20 then you get another one for $10; buy one for $100 and get another one for $50.  Basically, whatever the amount you pay for the gift card you get a second one for half of that value.  I do not know if their cards have an expiration date.  They boast that it is the best deal in town but The Shrimp Basket has it beat as it is a dollar for dollar deal while Briquettes is a dollar for fifty cents deal.  However, both are good deals if you plan on eating at either place in the future.  Thanks to Kayla Hatcher and Rick Bradley for getting the information to me.  We have now helped thirteen readers make an informed decision about restaurant gift cards.  What other blog gives you that kind of information?  I mean seriously!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nov
19
2018
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OBITUARY FOR PATTIE SUTHOFF’S BROTHER-IN-LAW

Nathanael A. Rice

Nathanael A. Rice, age 73, a lifelong resident of Ashford passed away peacefully into God’s presence on Monday, November 19, 2018 at a Dothan hospital.

Funeral services for Mr. Rice will be held at 2PM Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at Watermark Church with Pastor Todd Thorpe, Rev. Larry Adams and Rev. Gaylon Benton officiating. Burial will follow in the Ashford City Cemetery with Family First Funeral & Cremation Care directing. The family will receive friends at the church from 1:30PM until service time in the sanctuary. Contributions may be made to Watermark Church, Mission Fund, 103 Elmer Road, Ashford, AL 36312.

Mr. Rice was born in Houston County on June 23, 1945 to the late William Spurgeon and Velman Bradshaw Rice. Nathanael accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of 16. In his early twenties he developed a serious personal relationship with the Lord that continued to grow stronger every day of his life. Mr. Rice worked with his family at B & R Milling Company for most of his life and was the former Fire Chief for Ashford Fire Department for ten years. In his spare time, Nathanael enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, joking around and making people laugh. He also enjoyed Alabama football.

In addition to his parents, Nathanael is preceded in death by a brother, Matthew Rice and a brother-in-law, Leon Givens. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Brenda Rice of Ashford; a daughter, Rusti Rice of Ashford; two sons and daughters-in-law, Brad and Cilem Rice of Ashford and Heath and Kim Rice of Pansey; a sister Wylene Givens of Dothan; six grandchildren Hayden (Blake) Rosenkoetter, Maegan (Matt) Randall, Taylor Rice, Madelyn Rice, Reece Rice, Ezra Rice and four great-grandchildren.

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Nov
19
2018
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MONDAY, 11/19/18

“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32)

I begin this entry with some sad news.  Pattie Suthoff sent me a message early this morning to share that her sister’s husband, Nathaniel Rice, passed from this life around 4:00AM today.  They live in the greater Dothan, Alabama area.  Bernard & Pattie are headed that way now.  The celebration of life service is scheduled to take place on Wednesday.  Pray for the family as they walk through this valley.

Grant & Katie Tillman are set to welcome Charles Grant Tillman into this world tomorrow morning.  Katie will be having a c-section around 7:30 – 8:00AM.  Pray that all will go well as Charles Grant enters this world.  Katie is one of the sweetest young ladies I know.

Willard Garnett is a friend to me personally and a supporter of GRACE Ministries and Shining Light Abroad Ministries.  He and his wife, Amy, were scheduled to take part in our December mission trip to Guatemala but had to cancel as Willard will be having knee surgery on Wednesday.  Pray for all to go well and for Willard to be back up and at it real soon.

We had a very blessed day in our services yesterday.  The comments following our morning services were numerous and encouraging.  Pastor Ronnie Jarman did a very nice job of preaching the Word last night.  Attendance wise, our Pentecostal friends carried the load.  Brad, the praise team, Jeanette & Tena and Pastor Ronnie’s daughter all did wonderful.  Good service!  I am thankful!

Remember, the church office closes at noon this Wednesday and will not reopen until Monday, 11/26, at 8:00AM.

I agree with Auburn’s former AD, David Housel.  It is no longer the Iron Bowl as they do not make iron in either Lee or Tuscaloosa Counties.  This Saturday it will be the Alabama – Auburn game and next year it will be the Auburn – Alabama game.

The cup has been located and returned to its owner.  Glad that is behind me.  Actually this entry is late because the owner would not accept it back until I took it to the cup cleaning place in Pascagoula.  I said that I did not have time for that and she said, “you always say we all have the same amount of time!”  It looked very clean to me but she was insistent on it being cleaned by professionals.  Wow!  Corsages it is for next year!

There is now a Krispy Kreme shop in Guatemala City.  Just FYI.

By the way, today, tomorrow and Wednesday are the days to buy those gift cards online from The Shrimp Basket.  Rumor has it that Briquettes in Mobile has the same deal but I have not found any concrete information.  My sources are not real credible!  Anyone have any insight on this?

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

 

 

 

 

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