By Lou McQuary
Kenneth and Mary Ann Wilson recently took a vacation trip beginning with two nights in the Smoky Mountains. They stayed in the campground at Cades Cove. Then they went on through West Virginia to Presque Isle State Park at Lake Erie in Pennsylvania. They also enjoyed the elk viewing area in Benezette, Pennsylvania and the Amish Trail. Finally they went on to the grand destination at Niagara Falls, New York. They saw so many of God’s beautiful creations. Their journey began on July 5 and they returned July 12.
The youths from Macedonia Baptist Church left on a mission trip to Peachtree Boys and Girls Club in Decatur, Georgia on Monday, July 15. Going on the trip were Alyssa Powell, Hannah and Sara Beth Page, Emily Canoy, Savannah and Jacob Shirley, Helen Grace Grisham, Sami Bridges, Olivia and Reid Williams, Marley Long, Harley Watson, Christopher Smith, Jacob Benson, Andrew Rowe, and Jacob Cook. Adults attending were Melissa Powell, Melissa Williams, Angela Shirley, and Bro. Kelvin Meeks.
They started each morning with singing, drama, and a message. The children were grouped by age in four groups and the rest of the day was spent playing board games, basketball, and participating in art. They ministered to about 150 children each day. After meeting with the kids on Friday morning they left and went by Six Flags on the way home. They returned Saturday, July 20.
The Macedonia WOM II met at Pam Ferguson’s home on Tuesday, July 16. Attending were Regina Russell, Regina Garrett, Tammy Wilkerson, Kathryn Henderson, Charlotte Garrison, Shelly Grisham, Carol Crisel, Teresa Shettles, Mona Smith, and Pam Denham. Special guest speaker was Barbara Little, Wal-Mart Pharmacist, who spoke on the ramifications of adopting a foreign child. Barbara and her family have adopted a son, Nick, from Kazakhstan. The group took up an offering for Cheyenne Palmer who is a patient at St. Jude for a brain tumor. Good food and fellowship was enjoyed by all.
On Thursday, July 18 the Carwyle family went to Chattanooga for the weekend. Enjoying the trip were Norris, Ondeen, David, Emily, Jayden, Anna, Emma, Chris, Jennifer, Gunner and Laken Carwyle. They stayed in a cabin on top of Lookout Mountain, and they visited Ruby Falls, Cloudland Canyon State Park and Rock City. Emily and her family toured the Tennessee Aquarium while Jennifer and her family rode the Incline that takes you straight up the side of the mountain. They shopped at Chattanooga Choo Choo in downtown Chattanooga. In the evenings they fished at the pond next to the cabin and the kids enjoyed the hot tub. They returned in time for VBS on Sunday, July 21.
Friday, July 18 the family of Bo Garrison surprised him with a birthday party at Hillcrest Baptist Church Family Life Center. Many coworkers as well as friends and family gathered to celebrate with cake, chips, dips, candies, and punch while being entertained by the Rocky Ford String Band. About 70 guests were present.
Macedonia Baptist kicked off their first night of VBS with 234 present for the opening night. Excitement was in the air as the children sang, participated in crafts, played in the gym, and attended mission and Bible classes. A good meal was prepared by the kitchen committee.
A McQuary tradition is for the grandchildren to spend the week with us during Bible School week. Caroline Wigington, Maddie McQuary, and Anna Claire and Abbie McQuary enjoyed a week of Bible School with Granny Lou.
Tragedy struck the home of Serina and Will Jennings when their home burned on Sunday, July 21. They lost everything. They have two children, Victoria and Mikel.
Shirley Shirley was hospitalized on Friday, July 19 with a severe kidney infection.
Anna Robbins will be honored with a baby shower on Sunday, August 4 at Macedonia FLC from 2-3:30. It is twin boys!!
Thought for the week: Be an organ donor. Give your heart to Jesus.