Philadelphia News

Sunday was a good day to be in church, especially for me because I had not been this year.

Terri Pounders and Phyllis Wait sounded so good playing their instruments, the organ and piano.

Gerald Frederick was sick, but James Major Coffey took care of the singing.

Mickey Clayton taught our Sunday School Class and as always did a good job.

Our special music was done by two of our visitors, Brenda Leggett and Linda Serio.  They sang an arrangement of “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” that was very pretty.

Brother Bobby’s message was entitled “The Bride of Christ.”  I told him I had forgotten how good he preached.

Next Sunday the  West Union Baseball team will be visiting Philadelphia for the morning service.  We look forward to having the team with us and will have  a meal after the services.

Our Valentine Banquet will be Wednesday night, February 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center.

Brother George Mims of Phillipston Baptist Church at Sidon will be leading our revival April 5-8.

Congratulations to John Jim Bonds on celebrating his 90th birthday on Tuesday, February 3rd.  Cousins came to eat birthday cake and ice cream with he and Mary that afternoon. Daughter Marjon Bates had baked his cake that was very tasty and beautifully decorated too.

Sunday their children got together at the noon hour to have his birthday dinner together. Son Sonny and his wife came from Cary on Saturday to be with the Bonds and Mary told me their other son, Gary and Martha were coming after their church services at Calvary in Tupelo. Their two daughters, Sue Harvey and Marijon Bates are the Bonds’ neighbors.

When I heard the late Laney Jumper was 99 years old when she died it was hard to believe.  In my mind she refused to grow old. Laney and Morris were such good citizens and when any poll opened they were there to cast their votes.

She adored her daughter, then her granddaughter and then three great-granddaughters.

I send sincere sympathy to the family.

I was sorry to hear that Wesley Jumper has pneumonia and look forward to his complete recovery.

Pam and Bob were serving as missionaries to the Philippines and were praying for a fifth child.  Pam contracted amoebic dysentery, an infection of the intestine caused by a contaminated food or drink.  She entered into a coma and was treated with a strong antibiotic before they discovered she was pregnant.  Doctors urged her to abort the baby for her own safety and told her the medicines had caused irreversible damage to her baby.  She refused the abortion and cited her Christian faith as the reason for her hope that her son would be born without the disabilities the doctored predicted.

While pregnant, Pam nearly lost the baby four times but refused abortion.  She recalled making a pledge to God with her husband, “If You will give us a son we will name him Timothy and he will preach for You.”  She spent the last two months of her pregnancy in bed and eventually gave birth to a healthy boy.

Pam’s son is indeed a preacher.  He preaches in prisons, makes hospital visits and serves with his father’s ministry in the Philippines.  He also plays football and his name is Tim Tebow.

Last year the University of Florida quarterback became the first sophomore to win football’s highest award, the Hiesman Trophy!

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