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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, …

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Not long ago, I needed to water some plants in my backyard. Mia, my granddaughter, was over for a visit and she wanted to help. I felt a little bit like Tom Sawyer, handing that hose over to her, but I didn’t have to convince her that it wasn’t every day that a child had a chance to water plants.

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Our 13-year-old Labrador Retriever, Dixie, died a couple of years ago. We loved our dog! She was a part of our family when our boys were teenagers. After she died, it was the first time in almost 30 years that we had no children and no pets in the house.

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Commerce First United Methodist Church’s pastor, Kathy Lamon, continues her August “Summer at the Movies” worship series on Sunday, August 18, looking at the Biblical messages in the movie “The Matrix.”

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Victory Chapel Holiness Church will host Cheryl Sumpter and Devine 3 and The Mitchell’s for a night of gospel singing on Sunday, Sept. 1, at 6 p.m.

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New Liberty Community Church will host Brian Burchfield for a “spirit filled” night of gospel singing on Sunday, August 18, at 6 p.m.