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Galilee Christian Church, Jefferson, held its first drive-in service last Sunday. Minister Nick Vipperman stood on the back of a platform trailer to preach to those gathered in the church's parking lot in their vehicles. Other area churches are also reportedly doing similar services and onli…

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Faye Griffin, First Baptist Church Jefferson treasurer, is shown presenting a check to Ronnie Hopkins, Jefferson Board of Education chairman, for $3,000 for the Meal Sack Initiative. These meals are being provided, at a private expense, free of charge to the community. The food and nutrition…

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Do you ever feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders? I’ve been there and I’m sure we all have at one time or the other. During those times it can be difficult to keep a positive outlook. There doesn’t seem to be an answer in sight. We may have hope for a brief period of time, …

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I walked into a local grocery store on Saturday evening to pick up a gallon of milk, and that store was a sight to behold. Empty shelves. People with their carts stacked to the brim, and limits on certain items. I’ll admit if I were looking at this coronavirus scare through the eyes of my fl…

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At times I’ve talked to people who think they have to clean up their lives before they start a relationship with Jesus. I do my best to convince them that He will meet us exactly where we are. We will never be good enough without the righteousness of Christ.

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Dugar Strickland will host the fourth Friday Night “pickin and grinning” on Friday, Feb. 28, in the StonePath Church Fellowship Hall featuring Billy Nash and the Georgia String Band, Crystal River, Rivers Edge and other pickers and singers.

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I marvel at the miracles Jesus performed in the Bible. In John 11 we read the story of two grieving sisters, Mary and Martha. They’d called for Jesus, but their brother, Lazarus, had been dead four days before the Lord arrived. I imagine they had no hope, but this parable reminds me that the…

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The Chuck Wagon Gang will present a gospel concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 at Lawson Funeral Home in Hoschton. The funeral home is at 4532 Hwy. 53, Hoschton.

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Galilee Christian Church Senior Minister Nick Vipperman presented Hope Resource Pregnancy Center with a check for $5,000. The church had a special message on February 16 focused on the value of life, from the cradle to the grave. It was following this message that the church came together to…

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Have you ever stood in the gap for a person who needs a touch from the Lord? At times we may find ourselves going through a battle, but thanks be to the Lord, we do not have to go through the battle alone. God sends prayer warriors who will pray on our behalf. During that time we stand in the gap.

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What’s so important about the way we spend our time? As the moments of the day roll on, we can’t get them back. Let us use them wisely, and in everything, be about the work of the Lord.

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I sat there holding her hand and I began to think. God has given her so many years and she has blessed so many people! Now it looks as if God is preparing her for a homecoming.

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I recently sent a package through the mail. I was careful to put bubble wrap all around it. I even bought an envelope with extra padding. When I arrived at the post office I let them know that it was fragile. Quickly the postal worker marked it, “Fragile: Handle with care.” There are times I…

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As this year comes to a close, I have been reflecting on 2019 and a few decades earlier. Some things I would never change while there are other things in which I would do differently.

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Several local churches are making Christmas shoe boxes for Appalachian Lights Ministry that will go to the poverty stricken areas of the Appalachia. The shoe boxes are due on Friday, Dec. 6, and will be delivered by Terry Tanner. Churches participating are: Berea Baptist Church of Nicholson,…

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Athens author Herb Meyer, center, honored military veterans in his talk to the Jefferson Rotary Club last week. He is the author of “In the Tomb of the Soul,” a novel about the horrors of the Vietnam War and its aftermath. Ron King, left, a Rotarian and member of the Sons of the American Leg…

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Veterans were recognized at Holly Springs United Methodist Church, Pendergrass,  Sunday, Nov 10. Participants included, from left, Jim Tiller, Navy; Joel Mullinax, Air Force; Hope Loggins, Marines, and J.B. Benson, Army National Guard.

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Hoschton United Methodist Church plans a celebration and recognition of Veterans Day on Nov. 10 during the 11 a.m. worship service. There is also a visual exhibit in the sanctuary of patriots beginning with the Revolutionary War. Nancy Rhodes and Julie Clarke are shown here with the exhibit.…

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Hoschton Baptist plans men’s breakfast, work day

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If you could sit down face to face with Jesus, what would the conversation be like? I’m sure we would express our gratitude for his sacrifice on the cross. I am sure most of us would tell him we want to please him, but before our conversation ends, we would ask him to clarify his will for ou…

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I’d been living the high life; everything had been going almost perfect for days. Then it happened. In about five minutes I received a text and two phone calls and I was quickly brought back to reality. At that moment, I was faced with some tough issues.

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Hoschton United Methodist Church celebrated Youth Sunday on Sunday, Sept. 29. The congregation watched an excerpt from the movie, "The Shack," based on a book written by Wm. Paul Young. Following the service, the youth served a  taco bar lunch. The youth of HUMC are in charge of the service …

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Hoschton United Methodist Church recently hosted a clean-up work day. "We accomplished a lot," church leaders state. "All the shrubs were trimmed, the sidewalks and parking lot were edged, the flower beds got weeded, windows were washed and a general clean up of the entire church grounds was…

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The Commerce Presbyterian Church Youth Group recently packaged 50 hearty soup meals. Each kit feeds a family of four. The meals were donated to the Banks Jackson Food Bank. Shown from (left to right) are: Rev. Jeff Cain, youth leaders Jeff and Kay Coots, Gracie Cain, Eli Mott, Payton Coots, …