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.... v a.,--q Church THE FLORALA NEWS WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2011 PAGE 5 appenings Obituaries Church Services Church Activities Meetings BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor Wayne Brown and Bethel Baptist Church members welcome everyone to their services. Sunday School 10 a.m. Sunday Services 11 a.m. Sunday night 5 p.m. Wednesday night Bible Study 6:30 p.m. For more info call (850) 834-3440. Bethel Baptist Church is located on Highway 331 Paxton, FL. CANEY CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH Caney Creek Baptist Church, welcomes you to join them Sunday morning at 10 a.m. for Sunday school, 11 a.m. wor- ship service, 5 p.m. evening service, Wednesday service 6 p.m. Located Hwy. 2 West DeFuniak Springs, FL. Interim pas- tor is Larry Quattlebaum. CHAPEL HILL BAPTIST CHURCH Chapel Hill Baptist Church members and pastor, Dennis Sims, invite you to join their services on Sundays at 9:45 a.m. for Sunday School; 11 a.m. for Morning Worship; Sunday evening services at 5 p.,m. Wednesday Worship and Prayer service begins at 6:30 p.m. Ladies' meetings are on the third Thursday of each month in different homes at 6:30 p.m. Locat- ed seven miles east of Florala on Hwy 54. Church cookbooks on sale for $10, call 858-6843 or 858-6074. CHILDREN'S HOME ASSEMBLY Children's Home Assembly. Sunday School 10 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship at 11 a.m. Youth Service Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Pastor C.W. Pinner and church family welcomes all to their services. Church phone 850-834-5199. The church is located at 6974 Co. Hwy. 147, Laurel Hill, FL. CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST OF FLORALA The Church of God In Christ of Florala invites you to wor- ship every Tuesday 7 p.m. for prayer service and Bible study. Sunday sohool 9:30 am. Morning worship 11 a.m. Everyone is welcome and invited to attend all services. Pastor, Elder J.C. Rodgers. CLEAR SPRINGS BAPTIST CHURCH Brother Richard Murray, pastor and congregation of Clear Springs Baptist Church invites all to worship, fellowship and celebrate God's presence. Sunday morning Bible study classes, 9:45 a.m. and celebratory Worship Service, 11 a.m. Wednesday night prayer meeting, 6:30 p.m. Clear Springs Baptist Church is located at 1284 Highway 85 N, Laurel Hill, FL. CROSSROADS ASSEMBLY OF GOD The pastor and church family invite everyone to be a part of worship services and activities at Crossroads Assembly of God. Thursday 6:30 p.m. Bible study and youth activities; Sun- day School 10 a.m.; 11 a.m. revival services, Bro. Tim Col- lins ministering. Revival services will continue at 6:30 p.m. Sunday night, Monday night and Tuesday night. The church is located at 2678 County Highway 147W. (on Paxton Cut-Off road). 850-834-6026/902-1670; e-mail:crossroadsassembly@ fairpoint.net. Laodicean L E T T E R S by William Barjames What It Means To Be "Christian" I think the most difficult challenge in writing these articles is to complete a thought in such a small amount of space. This may be one of the most important subjects I've ever written about, so allow me to get right to the core of what it means to be "Christian". Christianity is an indwelling Presence! Jesus promised He would not leave us as orphans. He would ask the Father and He would give us another "Paraclete" - a counselor and comforter, an encourager and advocate. The Father is in the Son; the Father and Son are in the Spirit; and the Father, Son, and Spirit live within the hearts of believing people. The Holy Spirit dwells in men and clothes Himself with holy, consecrated humanity. He uses ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things. His only conditions are surrender, obedience, and faith. Jesus said, "Do not believe me unless I do what my Father does. But if I do it, even though you do not believe me, believe the miracles, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father." John 10:37,38 NIV The Father worked miracles through the Son and that was all the proof anyone needed. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit work within the human heart. And that is the miracle of the new birth which changes lives and makes new creations. "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV The proof is in the new life! Old habits are changed and new desires fill the heart. New desires such as: reading the Bible, going to church, talking to God every day, and sharing the love of Jesus with others. The Holy Spirit creates within the heart a desire to please God and the will to do right with confidence. One of the great Methodist preachers whom I highly admire is Samuel Chadwick. He made one of the most profound statements I've ever read on this subject, "Christ lives in men through the Spirit. He is no longer a model but a living Presence. Christian faith does not copy Him; it lives Him. Christ is not imitated, but reproduced." The essence of Christianity is that the life of. Jesus Christ should be reproduced in born-again humanity. And the essence of His life is in the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. This life finds no conflict with law. Chadwick also said, "The Christian life is not a philosophy to be debated, not an ordinance to be observed, or an ethic to be achieved." Above all else, Christianity is a life that must be imparted and lived. It is a gift of God. It is eternal life. It is eternal in its quality and Divine in nature. It is the life of God in man in all its fullness and fruition. Jesus is the way, truth, and life. He said that He came to give life in abundance. And that life is in the indwelling Presence of the Holy Spirit sent from God. The very Spirit and Life of Jesus as He continues to five in human flesh. That, I think in a nut-shell, is what Christianity is all about. Are you a Christian? Have you been born-again? Is Jesus living His life through you? DAMASCUS BAPTIST CHURCH Damascus Baptist Church extends an invitation to every- one to attend Sunday School 10 a.m. and church 11 a.m., dis- cipleship training 6 p.m. and evening worship 7 p.m. Wednes- day evenings 6 p.m. for Bible study and prayer meeting. The church is located on the Wing hwy. EMMANUEL APOSTOLIC CHURCH Emmanuel Apostolic Church, 1815 Ninth Street, Florala invites all to worship. Service times are Sunday praise and worship 10:30 a.m., morning worship 11:30 a.m. No evening services: Pastor is Rev. Danny Kendrick. ENON BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor Mark Perry and Enon Baptist Church extends an open invitation to everyone to attend worship services each Sunday. Sunday School begins at 10 a.m., and Sunday wor- ship service .11 a.m. A convention style gospel sing is held every fourth Friday of each month from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. The church is located on Cravey Bridge Road just off County Road 45 between Florala and Andalusia. For more information call (334)-222-7702 or 334-488-1129. FAITH DELIVERANCE APOSTOLIC CHURCH Pastor Belcher and the Faith Deliverance Apostolic Church family invites you to come and worship the Lord with them in spirit and in truth. (St. John 4:23- 24). Sunday - 9:45 a.m. prayer, Sunday school- 10 a.m., morning service - 11:15 a.m., 2nd Sunday night - 6 p.m., Wednesday Bible class - 7 p.m. and children's church - 7 p.m. Bishop Nathaniel Belcher is pastor. The church is located at 28 Kickapoo Street, Lockhart, AL. For more information call the church at (334) 858-7328 or home phone at 858-7203. FIRST AFRICAN MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH First African Missionary Baptist Church, Florala. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Worship Service, 11 a.m. on 2nd and 4th Sundays. Wednesday night, Prayer, Praise and Bible Study, 6:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to worship. Pastor is Terrance D. Bulger. FIRST ASSEMBLY OF GOD First Assembly of God services are Sunday school 9:45 a.m;, Children's Church 10:45 a.m., morning worship 10:45 a.m., and evening worship at 6 p.m. Teen choir/drama practice is held Monday at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 p.m. along with Teens On Track, Kids For Christ and Adult Bible Study. Joy Fellowship last Tuesday night of each month at 6 p.m Nursery provided. Pastor is Brother Ray Bundy. Every- one welcomed and invited to attend all services. Anyone who needs a ride, call 858-6357/858-6435. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH The members of First Baptist Church and Pastor Char- lie Lennard invite everyone to join them in worship. Sunday School 9:15 a.m., JUMP 2 Worship (Kid's Worship Service), Celebrative Worshi0.Service 10:30 a.m., AWANA (kids ages 2-18), Evening W0rship/Bible Study 6 p.m. Sunday (Bible Study and activit6S for everyone). Wednesday evening family dinner at 5:30 p.m. (request $2 donation/plate), service 6:30 p.m. includes a time of Bible study and activities for all ages. Staffed nursery provided for all services. Located at 23593 Fifth Avenue, Florala. Telephone 858-3234. Check out the website at www.fbcflorala.com. FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH The members of First Lutheran Church warmly invite you to worship Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Then stay for refreshments and Adult Bible Study and children's Sunday School. Pastor, Reverend Jack Betz, speaks from the Gospel each Sunday of Jesus' love for each of us. Known throughout the community as a friendly and serving church that welcomes newcomers. The church is located on Route 331 very near the Florida line (24213 5th Avenue) in Florala. Call 334-858-3515 for more specific directions. FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH The First Presbyterian Church (Presbyterian Church in America) the conservative older Presbyterian body which is pro life and pro family invites all to their services. Sunday wor- ship service at 11 a.m. Sunday School for all ages 10 a.m. and worship at 5:30 p.m. The church is located at 23492 5th Avenue, Florala, next to Piggly Wiggly. Rev. David McMillan is pastor, 858-3865. Rev. Earl Adams, from Bolivia, will speak at the 10 a.m. Sunday School hour and the 11 a.m. worship service on Feb- ruary 6. A fellowship meal will follow. FLORALA BIBLE METHODIST CHURCH Florala Bible Methodist Church located at Christian Life Vil- lage. Services 9:30 a.m. Sunday School; 10:30 a.m. Morning Worship; 6 p.m. Evening service and 6 p.m. Wednesday prayer meeting. Phone 850-834-2984. Pastor is Rev. Joe Christian. FLORALA CHURCH OF GOD Florala Church of God presents a call to worship. New pas- tor, Bennie C. Day, Jr. Phone 334-493-6018. Sunday School 10 a.m.; Morning Worship 11 a.m.; Sunday Evening Worship 5 p.m.; Wednesday night 7 p.m. 22564 8th Ave, Florala. GATEWAY BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor Hansard and the members of Gateway Baptist Church, extends a warm invitation to worship with them in a friendly atmosphere each Sunday. Sunday School for all ages at 10 a.m. Relevant preaching at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. from the Word of God, meets the need of the whole family. Wednesday evening prayer and Bible Study at 7 p.m. Everyone enjoys regular fellowship and a nursery is available as needed. They are located on Highway 331 two blocks North of Main Street. Call Pastor James Hansard at 334-858-3501 for additional in- formation. LAKEWOOD BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor Wendell Ard and congregation would like for you to join them in worship at Lakewood Baptist Church, 696 State- line Road. Sunday school 10 a.m., morning worship 11 a.m., youth services 5 p.m., evening service 6 p.m., Wednesday prayer service 7 p.m. LIBERTY HILL ASSEMBLY OF GOD Liberty Hill Assembly of God is located at Route 1, Flora- la. Pastor Rev. John White and congregation invites you to any and all services Sunday school 10 a.m., morning worship 11 a.m., children's church 11 a.m., youth services 5:30 p.m., women's ministries 5:30 p.m., evening worship service 6 p.m.; and Wednesday family night at 7 p.m. LOCKHART BAPTIST CHURCH Lockhart Baptist Church located on Highway 55 in Lock- hart cordially invites you to worship. Sunday school 9:45 a.m., morning worship 11 a.m. discipleship training 5 p.m., evening worship 6 p.m. Wednesday prayer services 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Rev. John Bryan is pastor. NEW BETHEL AME New Bethel A.M.E. in Florala and St. Matthews A.M.E. in Lockhart, AL. Morning Worship Services are held at 11 a.m. at New Bethel A.M.E. on the 1st and 3rd Sundays and at St. Mat- thews A.M.E. on the 2nd and 4th Sundays. You are cordially invited to come and worship. NEW HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor Fred Boyett and the congregation of the New Hope Baptist Church would like to invite the entire surrounding com- munities to the church. It is located between Florala and Opp offof Hwy. 331. Go north from Florala approximately 10 miles, turn left on New Hope Rd. Call 334-493-7439 for informa, tion. Sunday School 10 a.m. and Morning Worship 1i a.m. Call 334-493-7489 for information. NORTH CREEK HOUSE OF GOD North Creek House of God, at 10010 AL Hwy 55, north of Florala. Church services: Sunday School, 10 a.m., Sunday morning worship, 11 a.m., Sunday night service, 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday night service, 5:30 p.m. For moi'e information call 334-858-3555. CONTINUED PAGE 6 / Fifth Sunday service to be held at Paxton Baptist Sunday, January 30 the 5th Sunday Service will be held Needy Fund. at Paxton Baptist Church beginning at 6 p.m. Come to fel- Monday, February 7 will be the next meeting date of the lowship, pray and sing and give to the Tri-Cities Minister's ministers at First Assembly of God in Florala at 7 p.m. Obituary JIMMY WENDELL WILKERSON Jimmy Wendell Wilk- erson, age 73, of Loekhart, AL, passed away Thursday, January 20, 2011 after a long time illness of conges- tive heart failure. He was born in Lockhart and was a 1957 graduate of Paxton High School in Paxton, FL. He was preceded in death by parents, Iris (I.A.) and Annie Vae Wilkerson and broth- ers, Wayland Wilkerson and Johnny Wilkerson. He loved and adored his family and will be greatly missed. He cherished his friendships near and far and was very devoted to Lockhart Baptist Church where he was a dea- con. OLMCO Memorials onurnents In Home Or Cemetery Appointments 4a,soleums asr SELECTION Ce.melert.j Cor . SERVICE rOuults qu. a PRICE JOEL E. HELMS MONUMENT SPECIALIST 850-892-0111 850-499-4784 DeFuniak Springs email: ClasSageg@panhandle.rr.com He is survived by loving wife of 53 years, Ina Laird Wilker- son of Lockhart; daugh- ters and sons-in-law, Debra and Billy Harper of Cumning, GA, Linda and Don Snapp of Alpharetta, GA and Ellen and A1 Owens of Peachtree City, GA; brothers, Wayde Wilkerson (Mary) and Bud- dy Wilkerson, all of Paxton; sister, Faye Biggs of Can- tonment, FL; sister-in-law, Leah Wilkerson of Pax- ton; grandchildren, Chris and Mary Alice Harper, Clint and Melanie Harper, Wesley Snapp, HamPton Snapp, Ryan Owens, Jessi- ca Owens, Jennifer Owens; great-grandchildren, Amber Harper Taylor and Chris- topher, Blake Harper, Ellie Harper, Branden Harper; great-great-grandchild, Kin- sley Harper Taylor; several nieces, nephews and other relatives. Funeral services were held Monday, January 24 at Evans Funeral Home with Reverend Raymond: Williams, Reverend Gerald. Johns and Reverend John Bryan officiating. Interment, followed in the Paxton Cem- etery. In Loving Memory Of Jimmy W. Wilkerson 73 years old May 15, 1937 - January 20, 2011 Ina Laird Wilkerson, and daughters, would like to thank everyone for the support and prayers in the loss of our hus- band and father. Also, we want to thank everyone for the prayers, along with the sym- pathy and support, to our family. We appreciate the many phone calls, cards and friends and fam- fly that contacted us to express their sympathy. We also appre- ciate the food, flowers and con- tinued prayers for our family. Ina Wilkerson Debra Harper, Linda Snapp, Ellen Owens