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IMAGE ©SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. USE SUBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. l PAGE 2 MISS LANA HARRELL (right), of Florala, was presented the WallStreet Journal Student Achievement Award as the outstanding graduate in the School of Business at the annual gradua- tion banquet at Troy State University. Dr. Clifford Eubanks, Dean of the School of Business at TSU presented the award. Jones- A nsley Descendants Plan BY: Gracie Adkison Last Sunday was an exciting day at our church. The morn- ing service was edifying with an increase in Sunday School and visitors. The installation service for our new pastor, Brother Bill Williams, was new to some of us. We feel there is a lasting effect imprinted on the hearts of those who came and listened to the three preachers, and the singers, who took part in this solemn and dedicated service. Mark your calendar for Sun- day, July 20 for the Ordina- tion Service. In addition to the other good things that has come our way, we have another enjoyable ser- vice coming up next Sunday night, June 29. James John- son, a young Choctaw Indian, from the Mississippi Reserva- tion, will be at our church at 7:00 o'clock. James has a program of in- terest for the young people. He will speak and sing in his native tongue, as well as in our langu- age, and show some dress of his people. We hope to fill the sancturary with youth and teen- A church is like an orga- msm. It lives, thinks, wills, accepts responsibility, and is held accountable. It is like a human being, living and pulsat- ing, rejoicing and lamenting, striving and sometimes suc- ceeding, and at times failing. Every force has a counterforce. Every movement has an opposi- tion group and every advance has an obstacle. A church is only as strong as its members are willing to make it. Wouldn't you like to see your church thrive more than anytime in its 53 years? We can do it! Come on let's get to work! The functions of a church are not ends in themselves, but means to greater ends. God has plenty of current, but it lights the world only when it passes through the hu- man lamp. From The Garden Club's agers. Adults are also invited Reunion At Spivey Camp Grounds andurgedtoattend.we have lookedforwardtothe President coming of a new pastor with BY: Vera Whiddon The descendents of David rain, children, grandchildren, sent surgery, Andry Jones and great anticipation. We feelthat Some of the good things that Evander Jones and Ellen Lenora Ansley will meet for a family reunion at the Spivey Camp Grounds Saturday, July 5. All members and friends are invit- ed to come bring a covered dish, and spend the day. Mr. and Mrs. Jones were married in August 1877. To this union, 8 children were born: Houston, Ola, Helen, Berah, Lula, Harrison, Claude and Carl. The family of Houston and Ella Jones attending are: Est- her Fuqua and husband of Fie- and great grandchild; Roy Jo- nes and wife of West Palm Beach, Fla., children and grandchildre~ Hurley Jones and wife of Beaumont, Texas, children and grandchildren; Au- relia and Wesley Smith (both deceased) children and grand- children attending; Buford Jo- nes and wife from Montgo- mery, children and grandchild- ren; Ernestine Simmons and husband from Hacoda, child- ren and grandchildren; Etha- meeta Ham from Port Arthur, Texas and children. Due to re- The Truth Shall ..... Make You Free Barboursville, WV 25504 CHURCH POLITICS '~I am aware that there is going to be a lot of preachers who ~/.[ll get mad enough at me, if it were not for their Irellgion~ to "tar and feather" me for exposing the very fac[ t~t there is such a thing as church politics. Folks, there is no use kidding yourself. Religious politics has been in the churches for years; but no one, at least until now, would ever admit it. Now, I am sure that most of you more intelligent kind of folks know what the word politics means. WEBSTER'S NEW WORLD DICTIONARY defines it as the science of government, methods, tactics, etc. we normally associate this word with one who is an elected official in our government, such as president, senator, governor, etc. We are also aware as to how these men come by thelr positions. Basically, it's by appealing to the people and using their own methods and tactics to persuade the public to vote for them on election day. They will usually brag on themselves and state the great things they plan to accomplish• Oh, yes, let's not forget that they are also likely to tell the shortcomings and faults of their opponents, you see, it's always easier to pull someone down than to lift yourself up. If he succeeds in all his campaigning and politlcing, he will receive more votes; and the job is his. NOW, pray tell, what does all this have to d'o with the church and its pastors. Well, hold on to your wig, toupee, false teeth, or whatever might fly up, off, or out, but the honest truth is that some of the most energetic, cunning, tactful, deceitful, mud.slinging practices are going on in the local church. You've never heard of such a thing7 Listen, folks, some of the campaigns put on at pastoral election time in some churches would make the Democratic NationaIConventlon look like a Sunday School outing• In case you may have your eyes blurred by some emotional moisture by now, wipe them gently with a hanky and let's continue. Most churches have their elections of pastors and officers either the first of the year or in mid.year, around JUly. No matter when the election is scheduled, the campaigning starts several weeks in advance. In fact, I know of one church that begins its campaigning two months before election time. This campaigning can work two ways, either it's the preacher trying to get elected or the congregation trying to get rid of him. There are several factions that can evolve out of this politicing. For instance, the church can be divided on who they want for pastor. Normally, churches are not divided up officially, say like the spiritual Republicans and the Holy Democrats• There could be times when a three-way division could arise, like a preacher campaigning as a Sanctified Independent. NOw, I will agree that you don't see the banner waving or hear the big speeches; but, for all practical purposes, they might as well do that too. Let's suppose that an average church is drawing near pastoral election time and the present pastor wishes to run for a second term. The first thing he begins to do is to lay plans for church programs that will extend into the next term. He'll begin catching up on his lagging visitations, especially to the influencial members of the congregation. His sermon~ will take on a more energetic note, like how much you wonder. ful people are doing for the Lord and what we can do together in the future. By the way, if some larger church that pays a bigger salary contacts him about his availability, he'll drop his present church like a hot potato and cover it up by saying, "well, I've prayed about it for a week, and this seems to be the way the Lord is leading." It's a shame that not all churches are operated on a democratic basis. Some of our denominational churches don't even have the right to vote for a pastor. I think they call that ,,dictatorship," or something. To you folks who have the privilege to listen to the political preachers' speeches and promises and to make up your own mind who you will vote for, you're lucky; and you should thank the Lord for that privilege. I am glad that our president is not elected under the same system as some pastors. Why, there are some pastors who have, through cunning and tactful politics, persuaded a congregation to vote him inonan indefinite or life. time term. Think of that, friends. He's here to stay. Some preachers have pastored the same church for thirty years, and it would be ea.cier to get rid of the church than to get rid of him. Whether some of you can bring yourself to believe this or not, there are many good church members who are afraid to vote their honest convictions at election time for fear of repercussions. Don't think I am trying to be funny• That's the way tb~s are, like it or not• The tli~hg that will make most pastors more nervous than anything I know is for another preacher to start visiting his church around election time. He will stammer and stutter, shake in the knees, and declare that that fellow is after his job. wife from Beaumont, Texas and wife from Beaumont, Texas may not be able to attend. Helen Geohagan, widow of Bud Geobagan, of Lockhart, Ala., will be accompanied by her daughter Inn Morgan. Berah Lowery, widow of Jim Lowery, of Bosier City, La., hopefully will be able to attend with her son, Raston and wife. Lula and Howard Marler's daughter, Opal Dodd, of Abbe- ville, Ala., plans to attend with her husband and children. Harrison Jones' widow, Irene of Florala, plans to attend with her son, Wilson and family. The children of Claude and Lola Jones, Hilda Carpenter and husband and son from Port Arthur, Texas. Frances Grif- fin and husband and daughter from Decatur, Ga., plan to at- tend, also Gene Jones from Port Arthur, Texas. Hopefully, Onida Rolls of Riverdale, Ga., will be able to attend. Her mother and father, Dolly and Carl Jones, are both in ill health now, and will not be able to attend. At the Harrison Cemetery, near Kinston, in Coffee County, a new block church is being built replacing the frame struc- ture that has been there for many years. In the past, vandalism has marred the church, but under the watchful eye of Kinston Chief of Police B. R. Skinner and Coffee County Sheriff Neff Grantham, that is in the past. They patrol that area regularly day and night. The foundation for the church has been poured and the com- mittee in charge of finance, is badly in need of funds. There are those who pledged to make contributions after the building was started and now is the time todo so. Jim and Chester Bedsole, whose forefathers started the cemetery over 100 years ago, are working on the building and soliciting funds. If anyone wants to mail a contribution, address it to either of these men on Kinston Route Z. If a check, make it to the Harrison Church Building Fund. Any donation, large or small, will be appre- cialed and bear in mind your donation is tax deductible. This church will be nondenomina- tional and used for singings, reunions, marriages, etc. EBENEZER BAFFIST CHURCH TO HOLD GOSPEL SING There will be a gospel sing at the Ebenezer Baptist Church Saturday night, June 28, 1975 at 7:30. Featured singers will be the Harvest Time Singers from Paxton and The Searchers. Everyone is cordially invit- ed to attend. PERSONALS Tommy, Stephen and Roger Kendrick of Deunison, Texas, have returned home after visit- ing with their grandmother, Mrs. Mildred P. Kendrick. Friends of Mr. C. C. Cobb will be glad to know that he has returned home after spending a few weeks in High Springs, Flo- rida with his daughter, Mrs. Mary Evelyn Colvin. Mr. h. J. (Andy) Hutcbeson continues ill in the sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Florida. Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Lowrey of Montgomery were spend-the- day guests of Mrs. Henry Mc- Neill last Tuesday. Brother Williams is God's lead- er for us and was sent to us af- ter much prayer and searching. Members, with the help of our Heavenly Father, let's all work together in love for the growth of our church and of the King- dom of God. There are 144 members out there somewhere. Only a portion of these attend at all and some on a part time basis. Why? If you are one of these, will you honestly search your heart? If you perhaps have hurt feelings, can you truthfully say you are not at fault? Whatever greviance you might have, come back and for- give us. You'll find us ready to help you work it out. Try it! The world sees the actions of church members more closely than it hears the message of the preacher. Sinful people in the community will attack the church at every opportunity. They might raise questions about the character of the mem- bers. They will say,'Tm as good as anybody in that con- gregation." They will seek to abuse the Pastor and his people. Seeking to leave the impression that the church is nothing, but a body of hypocrites. Christ was attacked in the same way. There was no basis for such attacks, but he suf- fered, nevertheless. Every church has enemies. Every Pastor knows how dif- ficult it is to advance the cause of Christ with obstacles of every kind arising daily to impedethe progress of God's people. •.. Miss Davis Miss Davis Winner Of Scholorship Miss Laurie Lee Davis. a re- cent graduate of Crestview High School, is a recipient of a George C. Wallace Leader- ship Scholarship at Troy State University. The announcement was made recently by TSU President Dr. Ralph W. Adams. Miss Davis was valedictorian of her graduating class, Vice- President of the Beta Club, edi- tor of the yearbook and Secre- tary of the Anchor Club. She was named an Outstanding Teen-Ager of America and listed in "Who's Who Among American High School Stu- dents." She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jason Davis of Lau- rel Hill, Florida. OVER 1,400 RECEIVE DEGREES AT EMORY UNIVERSITY Over 1,400 graduates re- ceived degrees at Emery Uni- versity's commencement ex- ercises Monday, June 16. Sam Nuna, U. S. senator fromGeor- gin, delivered the commence- ment address: Among those from this area were: Florula o Miss Augusta Maria Hogar, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Woodford Pridguon, Stella Route - - B. A I mentioned in a former arti- cle, has really come home to us recently in getting the rose- bed beautified for the 24th of June Celebration. All of you will rejoice with me over this accomplishment, as the weeds and grass had completely taken over and made it a most un- sightly place, instead of "A thing of beauty." It is in or- der just now, to tender Mayor Joe Evans a vote of thanks for helping us in this worthwhile project and to our secretary for supervising the work. Soon now, we are going to en- joy a picnic for the member- ship, for we need that diver- sion from our work program, even though we are supposed to be on vacation. Committees are working and when the first' meeting of the club year comes around, they will be calledonto give a report of their accom- plishments. The Horticulture Chairman came forward with an informa- tive paper, having with D ... Mrs. Kyle PERSONALS Mr. and Mrs. Max Richburg and Miss Rachel Richburg of Alexandria, Virginia, are visit- ing with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Ganey, and Mrs. Vivan Richburg. THE FLORALA NEWS - TItURSDAY, nored "Unlike Abraham Lincoln, I wasn't horn in a log cabin. But as soon as we could afford it, we moved into one." That was Phillip (Coach) Anderson talk- ing about William Aplin's cam- paign speech the year he was elected State FFA President. "Mr. Baldwin had the best ag. boys in the state. Mrs. Midget had the best math class, and I had the best ball team," said Mr. Anderson, who was a guest at the Annual PTA Past Pre- sident's Supper at Paxton High School, recently. Everyone enjoyed talking the old times over, as they honored those who had served through PTA. Mr. Ralph Adams, the first and oldest president, was elected in 1941 when the PTA was organized through the prod- ing of faculty member, Mrs. Otis Mathis. Mr. Adams shared some of the highlights of his ad- ministration with us, as did other past presidents. Among those present were the follow- ing: Mr. Leonard Smith, Mrs. Cliff Ballard, Mr. Jim Davis, Mrs. Woodrow Adams (on be- half of her late husband), Mrs. Annie L. Davis, Mrs. Frank Mclntosh (speaking for Frank ... Jordan Family the culture ofdaylillies. This John Jordan New Pastor At was very much appreciated and lets me know there is coopera- tion among all the different standing committees. The Flo- wer & Benevolence Committee also was active since the last writing, carrying flowers to a patient at the hospital. One member of the club went vislt~ New Harmony Baptist Hew ,Harmony Baptist Church would Mke to introduce to you, new Pastor, John Jordan ing at the Geneva Nursing Homo alglihls lovely family, wife, He received his A. A. de- last week. I have the infor~t-, C~fl=ami children, Cathy and gree from Pensacola Jr. Coi- tion from the anti-litter cha!~ Dough., [' lege, B. A. degree from Im- man that there will be an effort :o Brother Jordan is the formert manual Baptist College, At- to further this good cause in ~__~tor of Pleasant Home Bap-) lanta, Ga., and Master of Re- mak~ posters, etc. Also, the ltgious Education from Antioch Conservation Cllairman pro- ' Baptist College, with further nt~dies at Georgia State Uni- versity and Emery University. raises an article ial the paper in this regard, forreoi~er~ra- PHII~J~OUD • J tton is so essential tO~pl~ gram. ~ PARENTS OF ! I do appreciate such cooper- ation and will be meeting I/lib I ~J~: prospectus committee very BABY GIRL soon. I feel sure this group -'~'~ Ust Church, Black Water River and previous faculty member of Antioch Baptist College. will go forward with a good program of work for our club year and will have our year books ready for distribution at our first meeting. Would appreciate any sugges- tions at all times, for we are working together for one com- mon goal. See you next week. WALKERS PROUD Mr. and Mrs. F, arnest Phil- lips are ree~iving congratula- tions upon the arrival of a six pound and five ounce girl She made her arrival on Friday, June 13, 19'15 at th'~Mizell Memorial Hospital in OP[WiAla- bama. The young lady has been na- med Stepbanie Rene'. • .. Garvin PARENTS OF Carol is a student at Pensa- cola Junior College, Pensacola, Florida, where she is studying art. She is very active in church work and a wonderful wife and mother. She is a great in- ~ipiration to her husband. Cathy and Douglas come to the New Harmony Community from Pensacola Christian School. It is a pleasure to have this fine family in our church and lives. _ Garvin BABY GIRl, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Walker of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the former Earline Locke of Pax- ton, announce the arrival of a baby girl, Angela Vanessa, on June 10, weighing 6 pounds and 14 ounces. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Walker and Mr. and Mrs. Hollis Locke of Pax- ton. - PERSONALS Mrs. R. L. Lowrey of At- more accompanied her son, Clyde Lowrey to Florala re- cently, where they were guests in the home of Mrs. Henry Mc- Neill. Mrs. Lowrey spent several days here, returning home Wed- nesday. Attending the wedding of Miss Linnette Bishop and Stephen Engalls in Pensacola this past Sunday evening were Mr. and Mrs. Jack Zorn, Mr. and Mrs. Jack McDaniel, Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Bishop, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Zorn, Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Zorn, Mrs. Katherine Cannon and Miss Ann Green, and Mr. and Mrs. Leon Bishop and fa- mily of Laurel Hill, Florida. Mr. V. F. Cobb has under- gone surgery in the Mobile In- firmary this week. His friends wish for him a speedy recovery. Completes r$ Mclntosh), Mrs. try, and Mrs G. Retiring after ful years of ially honored at was Mrs Mrs Kyle was dozen red roses dozen ways creed - To prom of children in church, munity. To close cipal David E. Mrs. Kyle with plaque to event, Officers for the were installed nard Smith oath of office. pastor of Chapel Church and a Paxton faculty, ing with a giving for a strong port of the school s BUFORD own BCP" ptese~ AF School Technical Sergeant Shelby b. Garvin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Garvin of Route 1, Florala, Alabama, has gra- dunted from the Aerospace De- fense Command Noncommis- sioned Officer Academy at Tyn- dall AFB, Florida. The sergeant, who received advanced military leadership and management training, is a heavy equipment operator at Tyndall. Sergeant Garvin attended Covington County High School. His wife, Faye, is the daugh- ter of Sam Brown of 815 E. 13th St., Okmulgee, Okla. Dotal/./ Floralo, MONDAY JUNE 3 O, 1 9 7 5 GREENwARE SUPPLIES LESSONS HOURS: 9:00 A.M. TO 5:00 p.M, -BROWSERS WELC0i South 5th Street Beside Tuckers Recreation On Corner