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PAGE 6 THE FLORALA NEWS- WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2012 . l ]l I 4 I[-'l 00lh'lll I Church Activities i BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor Robert Glass and Bethel Baptist Church members welcome everyone to their services. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Sunday Services 11 a.m. Sunday night 6 p.m. Wednesday night Bible Study 6 p.m. For more info call (850) 834-3440, 850-951-0916. Bethel Baptist Church is located on Highway 331 Paxton, FL. 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 858-60-74. ( CHURCH OF CHRIST The Church of Christ at Florala meets at 827 3rd Street (Hwy 55) Florala. Sunday - Bible study 9 a.m. and10 a.m., worship service 11 a.m., Wednesday - mid-week Bible study 7 p.m. Greg Smith is evangelist. , CLEAR SPRINGS BAPTIST CHURCH Rev. Burdette Docter, pastor and congregation of Clear Springs Baptist Church invites all to worship, fellowship and celebrate God's presence. Sunday morning Bible study class- es, 9:45 a.m., Worship Service, 11 a.m. Wednesday night prayer meeting, 6:30 p.m. Clear Springs Baptist Church is lo- cated at 1284 Highway 85 N. 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. 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 mega Fi!oe "I am Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, says the Lord" What Grace Teaches The grace of God teaches every person who experiences a new spiritual birth in Jesus Christ. The Spirit of Jesus sets up a classrqom within the heart of every born-again believer and begins to instruct and train them to conduct their lives in such a way that brings honor to God. Grace teaches that everything we do should be to his praise and glory. Grace also teaches that anything not godly is ungodly and should be rejected. Grace calls out to all who are sinners and says, "follow me:' The Bible tells us the living Word of God came down from heaven; became human and took up residence with men. This same Word brought with him the gift of eternal life. A gift of righteousness apart from human effort. Moses gave the law which required people to obey all of its aspects to the letter (nobody could} but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. One day Jesus was walking by the sea and saw Levi (we know him as Matthew} sitting at the tax booth. I think Jesus stopped, looked him straight in the eyes, and said, "follow me." Those are powerful words when spoken by Jesus. Let me ask you, have you heard him speak those words? Have you ever come to a place in your life where you met Jesus face to face and heard those commanding words? When Levi heard them he immediately got up and became his disciple. A disciple is one who walks in the footsteps of another. A disciple becomes a pupil and adherent of the teachings of another. A disciple of Jesus Christ is one who hears his voice, follows his ways, and forsakes the desires and pleasures of this world for the love and approval of God. Grace also trains us to reject godless ways. What are godless ways? They are ways of impiety or lack of reverence and respect to God. Ungodliness is a lack of respect for sacred things. Anything not godly is ungodly. Anything that doesn't present itself to the glory of God should be classified as ungodly. It is here people fail to perform their proper duties toward God. 1 could site many ways that modern Christians fail in these duties but I want to mention one in particular that is hurting the church. Television! Anything corrupt human nature touches and has access to for any length of time will itself become corrupt. Today's television programs reflect more toward the corrupt nature of man than the glory of God. As a matter of fact you will find very little (almost nothing} to the glory of God. Yet God's people sit in front of this (should I call it what it is} idol and let all the filth and godless imaginations of unholy and ungodly people permeate their minds. One definition of an idol is an image or other material object representing a deity to which religious worship is addressed. The material object is the television set. The image is what you see and watch. The deity is the god of this world (Satan) who has control of most of its programs. And the worshipers are those who sit before its image allowing their minds to be influenced by its content. Grace corrects us when we're wrong. A disciple of Jesus is one who is disciplined to follow him all the way. There's nothing fun whatsoever about discipline. It hurts. I was thinking the other day about my mother telling me as a young boy to go out and pick my own switch for a whipping. She said if I didn't get one big enough the first time she would go. My memory's not what it once was but I think that only happened one time. Jesus disciplines the one he loves. His grace teaches the love of God through discipline. And when we are trained by his love it sometimes brings pain into our lives. But always for our good. 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 Christian family and friends, it is with great pleasure and excitement that the membership cordially invites you to at- tend The Annual Missionary Day program at First African Mis- sionary Baptist Church of Florala, Rev. J.D. Hillsman, Interim Pastor. Date of this event is March 25, 3 p.m. The speaker that will be bringing the Word of the Lord will be Dr. W.L. Pe- terson, pastor of Greater New Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Elba, AL. Dinner will be served. 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 prac- tice 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. Ev- eryone welcomed and invited to attend all services. Anyone who needs a ride, call 858-6357/858-6435. 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 334-858-35i5 for more specific directions. FLORALA BIBLE METHODIST CHURCH Florala Bible Methodist Church located at Christian Life Village. Services 9:30 a.m. Sunday School; 10:30 a.m. Morn- ing Worship; 6 p.m. Evening service and 6 p.m. Wednesday prayer meeting. Phone 850-834-2984. Pastor is Rev. Joe Christian. 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. Ev- eryone 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 information. 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 6:30 p.m. and AWANA 6 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. Matthews A.M.E. on the 2nd and 4th Sundays. You are cor- dially invited to come and worship. NEW HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH New Hope Baptist Church would like to invite the entire surrounding communities to all service. Sunday School 10 a.m. and morning worship 11 a.m. Church is located between Florala and Opp off of Hwy. 331. Go north from Florala ap- proximately 10 miles, turn left on New Hope Rd. 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 more information call 334-858-3555. Rev. Jerry Johnson is pastor. PAXTON BAPTIST CHURCH The membership of Paxton Baptist Church invites every- one to hear the Word and worship God each Sunday at 9:45 a.m. for Sunday School, 11 a.m. for Morning Worship services, 5 p.m. for Evening Worship service, 6 p.m. for Wednesday Prayer Meeting, Youth Praise and Worship and Children Bible Time. We are located downtown Paxton. Pastor is Rev. John Lovelady, II1, For additional information, contact 850-834-2718 during normal business hours. SIXTH AVENUE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH Come to the Sixth Avenue Missionary Baptist Church where "Church is not a habit, it is an experience." Bring your bibles and read along as Rev. Ernest L. Powell, with clarity and pas- sion, explains the Word of God. Sing along with the soul-stir- ring Sixth Avenue Gospel choirs. Services are as follows: Sun- day school: 9:45 a.m.; worship service 2nd and 4th Sundays at 11 a.m.; Bible study Wednesday 6 p.m Located at 22507 Sixth Avenue right next to the Sixth Avenue Cleaners. Church phone: 334-858-8432. For further information call 858-5330. ST. JOHN MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH Members of St. John Missionary Baptist Church where Rev. A.D. Bell Jr. has been pastor for 31 years invite you to worship each Sunday. Sunday school 9:45 a.m., 11 a.m. regular order of service. Wednesday Bible class 7 p.m. 2nd Sunday after Sunday School there is a series of bible classes (subject: The Apostle Doctrine). (3rd Sunday regular order of service) (4) Sunday morning after Sundays School a bible class is held (subject: Making the Most of your Christian Life). Located on Martin Luther King, Jr. Street. THE LIVING WATERS CHURCH Rev. Billy W. Bell, Tammy L. Bell and the congregation of The Living Waters Church, located at 1294 Hwy 85, Laurel Hill, FL, welcome everyone to their services. This white block church is located beside the Clear Springs Baptist Church. Sunday services 10-12 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Wednesday 6:30 p.m. For more information call 334-574-0112, 334:208-4722, 334-764-2870. UNITED METHODIST CHURCHES Florala First United Methodist Church, 1310 5th Street, Florala. Members cordially invite you to Sunday School for all ages at 10 a.m. Worship Services at 11 a.m. (nursery provid- ed). Weekly Bible Study is offered at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the church's Fellowship Hall. The church also has a Devotional Time at the Florala Health & Rehab LLC at 9 a.m. each Thurs- day in their dining hall. For further information call 858-3456. Christian Home United Methodist, 1479 Parrish Road (for- merly Highway 6), Florala (south of Highway 4 approximately 6 miles from Florala). Members invite y(u to Worship Services on the second and fourth Sundays of the month at 9 a.m., fol- lowed by Sunday School. Bible Study is offered every Wednes- day at 10 a.m. For further information call 652-4766. Hopewell United Methodist Church, 987 Gomillion Road, Florala (off Highway 4 approximately ten miles from Florala, south on Co Rd 20 or Gomillion Rd). members invite you to Worship Services on the first and third Sundays of the month at 9 a.m., followed by Sunday School. For further information call 652-4474. WESTSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH Bro. Phil McMillian and the congregation at Westside Bap- tist Church would like to invite all to join them for worship. Sunday services include Sunday School 10 a.m. morning worship 11 a.m. and evening worship at 5 p.m. Wednesday prayer service for adults, youth and children begin at 6:30 p.m. The church is located at 21967 Lockhart Blvd, Florala. For fur- ther information, call 334-858-3763. LEWIE RAYON ADAMS Lewie Rayon Adams, age 81, passed away Friday, March 23, 2012 at his resi- dence, 2130 County Road 89, Florala, in the Chapel Hill area. He was born Septem- ber 11, 1930 in Covington County, AL, the son of the late Roy Adams and Jewell Pelham Adams. He gradu- ated from Florala High School, Class of 1947. After high school he enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he was stationed at Shape Head- quarters in Paris, France. While there he met Ann Johnson, who also served in the U.S. Army. They were married on September 4, 1952. Several years later they returned to the States with their first two children, Sher and Ralph. After com- pleting 20 years of military service, including two tours in Vietnam, he retired in 1969 and returned to Cov- ington County to farm. Third child, Brad, joined the family in 1971. He spent time enjoying baseball, hunting and fish- ing and Alabama Crimson Tide football. He was a life- long Church of Christ mem- ber. His greatest love was his family and friends. Survivors include wife of 59 years, Ann; Sher, Ralph and Brad; grandchildren, Joshua Lew Jennings, Brandi Jewell Sapp, Han- nah Crews, Nicole Riedel and Eric Bergen; great- grandchildren, Madison Jewell Jennings, Joshua Lew Jennings Jr., James Sapp, Hudson Sapp, Dakota Riedel and Ceyenne Riedel; brother, Marvis Ray Adams; sister, Annis Merle Adams; nephews, Mark Adams, Ray Adams and Michael King. Funeral services were held Monday, March 26, at Evans Funeral Home with Ben Mays, Greg Cox and Grey Smith officiating. Interment followed in the Chapel Hill Cemetery with full military honors by Fort Rucker Honor Guard. RUPERT D. GREENE, JR. Rupert D. Greene, Jr., 86, of Florala died March 21, 2012 after an illness. He was a Veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Jo Ann Martin Greene of Florala; daugh- ters, Wanda Drasheff of Prattville, AL, Anne Rawls of Windemere, FL, Jennifer Phillips and Dafni Greene, both of Auburn, AL; sis- ters, Helen Stewart of Lady Lake, FL, Fannie Clark of Eufaula, AL, Elizabeth Ri- ley of Destin, FL and Alice Suitor of Daleville, AL; and 5 grandchildren and 1 great- grandchild. He was preced- ed in death by parents, Ru- pert Dacree Greene, Sr. and Fannie McQuagge Greene of Troy, AL and sister, Sue Conaway of Troy, AL. A memorial service was held Tuesday, March 27 at the First Presbyterian Church in Florala. In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations be made to the Presbyterian Church or to the charity of one's choice.