Many years ago now a pastor friend of mine in a neighboring church arrived at his office one morning in 32-degree weather. He parked in his usual spot. For some unknown reason, instead of going straight into his office he took a detour by the manger scene placed in front of the sanctuary each Christmas season.
The Daily Dispatch publishes announcements about events and special services at area churches each week in Saturday’s edition. The deadline for submissions was changed recently.
Military Appreciation Day was observed Nov. 9 at Oasis of Hope Ministries under the leadership of Elder James Inman, LaDoris Grimmett and Frank Williams.
St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church celebrated its 123rd church anniversary at 11 a.m. Nov. 9.
Bailey Barker, chairman of the board of deacons at Dexter Baptist Church in Oxford, presents a plaque to Wyvonne Wilkerson Owen on Nov. 9 to honor her many years of service to the church.
This entire year has been one of transitions for me. On New Year’s Day I visited, prayed with and said goodbye to my grandmother, knowing I would not see her again in this life. She went home to be with the Lord one week later.
Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Warrenton is continuing its long-standing tradition of making and selling fresh boxwood wreaths for the Christmas season.
The 2nd annual graduation of 26-week recovery program Champions of Hope, sponsored by Oasis of Hope Ministries, was held Nov. 7 with guest speaker Allison S. Capps, assistant district attorney for the 9th Judicial District.
North Henderson Baptist Church was recently recognized for its service to children in need around the world.
One of my favorite books in the bible is the book of Job. Largely because when I go through trials it helped me to understand that suffering is an everyday occurrence, but as long as God is in the trial, the test is easier to bear.
Like many people my age, I have vivid memories of the events from the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. Just 10 days after those horrific attacks, I got on a plane with my wife and children and moved to the Philippines. For the next 12 years we served there as missionaries, only returning to the U.S. for short visits over the years. We kept up with the news and knew about things happening back here in our home country, but it wasn't the same as living here.