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.&. Page 6 rAround Vernon I . By: Carolyn Reeves ! 695-7280 Mrs. Elna Hurt spent Thanksgiving Day with her grandsons, John David Hurt (who is a student at the Univer- sity of Alabama) and his younger brother, Christopher Hurt, and their mother, Dee Dee Hurt, in Columbus, MS. They came after her and brought her home after a won- derful day of fellowship and a delicious meal. Dee Dee's family also en- joyed the day with them. Elna enjoyed all those who visited her over the Thanksgiv- ing holidays. Dudley and Sondi Barton of Helena, AL, Tommy and ,,k, For mo#t p˘ol, ,your home ia ymw bi&- &est Imat. Wthar yoN rent or own, Alfa can hGlp y proCcot your home and inmate qulck lefln times ofdisa#tcr. We off a vart˘ of plans, pl special op- tions for additional protection and dis- ˘ounu for new homaa, home security sya- t,ma, #mokm alarms, deadbolt locks and othar wa2a you can Iowdw  premluma while maintaining optimm covragG. Get th# p#aca of mind you n##d and aav˘ mon too/Gi u# a call WAYIK BAINES joYcR GIBSON 44330 Hwy. 17 Vernon, AL 695-9179 THE LAMAR DEMOCRAT AND SULLIGENT NEWS "The Weekly Melanie Barton and Katherine Grace of Hoover, AL, Tammy and Barry Nelson and Heather of Alabaster, AL, Rebecca and Mike Preston of Memphis, TN, and Marilyn Storey of Vernon, AL, enjoyed a Thanksgiving dinner with Ruby Barton last Sunday. Ruby spent a few days the first of last week with her son and his wife, Dudley and Sondi Barton, of Helena, AL. Clara and Oliver Junkin of Gordo, AL, visited Zadus Sr. and Ruth Turner Sunday after- noon. J.T. and Lily Todd made a business trip to Fayette, AL, last Monday. While there they enjoyed lunch at Kentucky Fried Chicken. Pat Bryant and Russell Johnson spent Saturday after- noon with J.T. and Lily. J.T. attended the singing at the Care Center of Vernon Sun- day afternoon. Lucille Reeves of Sulligent, AL, visited Sarah Hayes last Tuesday afternoon. Dwight and Lana Hayes of Winfield, AL, visited his mother, Sarah Hayes, last Tues- day night. Nelton Hayes of Vernon, and his son, Lloyd Hayes of Birmingham, AL, ate lunch with Sarah on Saturday and again on Sunday. Lloyd returned home Sun- day afternoon. Sarah visited Neiton awhile Sunday afternoon. Gladys Bell visited Stella Morris in Columbus, MS, one day last week. Ora Mae Reeves, who is in the Progressive Care Unit, Bap- tist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle, Columbus, MS, had the following visitors last week, Dennis Bobo of Vernon, AL, Linnie Rae Nolen, Norma Jack- son, Patsy Johnson and Frances Turman of Sulligent, AL, Bro. Tom and Gail Harris (Ora Mae's pastor) of Columbus, MS, Howard and Carolyn Reeves of Vernon, AL, Sheela and Jefferson Finch of Colum- bus, MS, Herschel Reeves of Gardendale, AL, Jim Reeves of Oxford, MS, and Mary Helen Finch of Vernon who visited everyday. Josie Moore and Adean FAMILIES THAT by James George Barna has noted that the divorce rate for Christians is about two percent higher than the national average. George Gallup has pointed out that couples who pray together four times or more a week have a divorce rate of one to 1,052. Praying couples not only practice and important spiritual discipline, they also experience a powerful and stabilizing by- product. I remember making a pair of plaster hands in Vacation Bible School as a kid. The inscription said, "The family that prays together, stays together." Gallup's polling supports that conclusion. There are sO many things that are important ingredients in building strong and healthy families. Godliness is founda- tional. Spiritual intimacy is one of the most significant dimensions in building a healthy and full marital intimacy. Spirituality is one of the key traits of strong families. Praying together as a family can be a powerful tool in creating greater unity, concern, and selflessness in the family. This practice does not need to be long, formal, or highly structured. It should not be forced but done with simplicity and genuineness. The fabric of family strength is often woven together through the strands of consistent and genuine prayer. Children can learn much about prayer by praying with their parents. When it is a regular part of the family life, it signals its importance to the kids and helps point them to God. What parents say will usually have more impact when kids see Mom's and Dad's words matched with living. In pra2(er, families can seek forgiveness, wisdom, direction, and communion with I Bryant made a business trip to Fayette, AL, and shopped last Monday. Patsy Cook, Gracie McCleskey, Josie Moore, Adean Bryant and Nadine Bryant visited Mattie Lou Johnson in Columbus, MS, last Tuesday. Everyone enjoyed lots of good food and fellowship. Patsy and Gracie spent last Wednesday with Pat, Adean and Josie. Josie left last Wednesday evening to spend the night with Charles and Nadine Bryant in Northport, AL, to be on her way home to Lakeland, Florida, Thursday morning. Brandy and Gracie McCleskey visited Pat and Adean last Thursday. Adean, Brandy and Gracie shopped in Columbus, MS, Fri- day. Tony and Debra Duncan vis- ited Pat and Adean Saturday evening. Phyllis Delk and Patsy Cook shopped in Columbus, MS, Saturday night while their hus- bands watched the SEC foot- ball game between Alabama and Florida. Debra and Tony Duncan vis- ited Pat and Adean Sunday af- ternoon. Others visiting Pat and Adean Sunday afternoon and eating supper with them were Marc and Brandy McCleskey and Gracie, Patsy and Dale Cook. Marjorie Cash visited with the family of Bobby Christian at Otts Funeral Home in Sulligent, AL, Friday night. Marjorie enjoyed lunch Sun- day with Clyde and Eldredge Motes and Elwanda Oakes. After lunch, Marjorie and Elwanda attended the singing at the Care Center of Vernon. While at the Center, they vis- ited some of the residents. Faustina Gosa and Willie Mae Barnes of Sulligent, AL, visited Nell Crowder in the Care Center of Vernon Friday. Bill Guyton and a neighbor from Hamilton, AL, visited and brought Nell a beautiful poin- settia Saturday. Marie Perkins and her son and his wife, visited Nell Sat- urday night. Edna Earl Lawrence and Helen Robertson visited Nell PRAY TOGETHER Rudy Gray Christ. In that experience, love is commu- nicated, felt, and personalized. Prayer is not the only thing families can do to grow in health and godliness. There are several other spiritual disciplines as well as sound psychological insights. Strong churches need real Christians. The top challenge of our day and our culture does not lay on some distant shore. It is in our own house. We believe we are called to reach the world with the gospel, but we must first reach our families. Someone has noted that if our Christianity does not work at home, it will not really work anywhere else. We can build healthy, strong, and godly families. Praying together helps. Study the Bible in Your Home/// - Seven lesson course: Jesus, the Way. - A self-guided, home Bible study. - Completely non-denominational. - F R Eli... and no obligation. Just write us at the address below Read Daily" Wednesday, December 8, Sunday afternoon. Larry Johnson of Columbus, MS, visited and ate lunch with his parents, Russell and Hortense Johnson, last Tues- day. Judge Sonny McLellan and his wife, Joan and daughter, Stephanie Duran, Visited Annie Averette Saturday afternoon. Bro. Don Myres visited Annie Sunday morning. Doris Higdon, Henry Grady Wright of Amory, MS, and Sa- rah Morgan, along with several others, enjoyed a get-together Saturday night at the One Stop Restaurant in Millport, AL. After supper everyone went to Leroy and Effie Lee Jones' for lots of delicious desserts. Teresa Brock of Caledonia, MS, visited her grandparents, Homer and Carmen Smith, last Wednesday. Evelyn Oakes and Edith Leigh enjoyed doing some shopping and eating in Colum- bus, MS, last Tuesday. Evelyn and Edith visited with the Dubose Family at Chandler Funeral Home last Tuesday morning. Bill and Grace Elliott visited Edith Leigh and Margie Sims last Wednesday. Sherry Elliott Russell and husband, Shawn and sons, from near Tupelo, MS, visited her aunt, Edith Leigh, Friday night. Jessica Harrison visited Edith Leigh and Etma Morton Saturday afternoon. Sunday after church, Bro. Garnett and Edna Earl Brown, Edith Leigh, Oliver and Clara Mae Junkin of Gordo, AL, en- joyed eating together at Max's Fried Chicken Restaurant. After lunch they visited with Edith and others in Vernon. At 6:00 Sunday evening they met with others from Blooming Grove Baptist Church atthe beautifully deco- rated Jay's Country Squire in Sulligent, AL, for their Christ- mas get-together. Everyone enjoyed the food and fellowship. Those visiting Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Motes last week were Bro. Mike Dankson and Zadus Turner, Sr. Jessie Mae Merchant and sons, Rickey Merchant and AI Merchant, attended the funeral of Jessie's daughter, Lois Mer- chant Hanson, in Crystal River, Florida, on Friday, December 3rd. R.D. and Lucille Davis' visi- tors last week were Carl and Bertie Mae Mosley, Viola Pennington, Ethelene Hollis and Dovie Pennington. Ruby Matthews' daughter, Mary Elna Rector of Birming- ham, AL, and her son, John Matthews of Vernon, visited her in the Care Center of Vernon Saturday. J.T. Todd visited Ruby Sun- day afternoon. Belva-Pennington and Sue Pennington enjoyed a trip to Branson, Missouri, last week. George and Emily Pinkerton shopped in Columbus, MS, Fri- day night. Faye and Nathan Aldridge of Millport, AL, visited George and Emily Saturday afternoon. The Young Matrons' Club of Vernon, Alabama, held its December meeting on Monday night, December 6, 1999, at Bostick's of Vernon, Alabama. Hostesses were Ginger Collins and Glenda Kitchens. Club members attending the meeting were Norma Bickerstaff, Jane Burnett, Gin- ger Collins, Lola Mae Edwards, Peggy Elliott, Carol Faulkner, Dianne Glasgow, Charlotte Hankins, Glenda Kitchens, Joyce Long, Jan McGee, Lavola Rector and Carolyn Reeves. The Club was glad to have Ann Duran attend the meeting. Everyone enjoyed browsing through the beautifully deco- rated store before and after the business meeting. It was impos- sible to see everything. Anne Hankins, of Bostick's, said that for a program she thought the Club would enjoy hearing about funny, happy or unusual experiences they had had at Christmas in past years. The Club decided to get their adopted grandmother, Viola Rogers, several items from Bostick's for her Christ- mas present. The hostesses served very delicious refreshments which included a beautiful and dell- cious red velvet cake. The children and relatives of the late Mrs. Ida Jordan gath- ered at the home of Anna Hankins for their yearly get to- gether. Those present were Eldon Barham of Columbus, MS, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Jordan, Sulligent, AL, Mr. and Mrs. Claxton Jordan of Sulligent, AL, Joe Jordan of Sulligent, AL, Truman Sartor of Vance, AL, Mr. and Mrs. Billie Sarter and daughter Chrystal of El- Rod, AL, Mr. and Mrs. Owen Cowart of McShan, AL, Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Cowart of Gordo, AL, Mr. Joe Collier and daughter Cassie and Bill of Beaverton, AL, Mr. and Mrs. Grover Hankins of macon, MS, Mrs. Mike Hankins and daugh- ter Shannon of Sulligent, AL. OOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Lamar County To Receive $1 O, 902 FEMA Funds Lamar County has been awarded Federal Funds under the Emergency Food and Shel- ter National Board Program. Lamar County has been cho- sen to receive $10,902.00 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the area. The selection was made by the National Board that is chaired by the Federal Emer- gency Management Agency (FEMA) and consists of repre- sentatives from the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Council of Jewish Federations, Catholic Charities, USA Na- tional Council of Churches of Christ in the USA and United Way of America which will provide the administrative staff and function as fiscal agent. The Board was charged to distrib- gress to help expand ity of food and shelter in high-need areas country. A local Board Lamar County citizens termine how the to Lamar County wi] tributed among the shelter programs run service organizations area. The local Board is sible for recc cies to receive these any additional funds under this phase of gram. Under the terms from the National government or private tary organizations ceive funds must: (1) profit, (2) have an system and conduct an audit, (3) practice nation, (4) have the capability to deliveri gency food and grams, and (5)if they vate voluntary or they must have a board. Qualifying ot tions are urged to Lamar County uted Emergency Fo Shelter funds t Community Service participating. responsible for providing and Shelter assistance. Fu?ther information obtained by contacting office at 695-9573. • • • IHHHHHHHI O e • O YESTERYEARS Fel 1973 - Sulligent: cation: Lake Nolen, honored recently for years of service to the of Sulligent, said he taken a vacation durin years of 'ze. i !i:/! !!i i ii:i  :!  i InlplHIOVlt JlIVI n n* ini,(ioll * IlWl In int Ima, (Iw ale 12 Illl Irnl il pwn, a un, nW djl,num U  rill Ig Pgl/ IN III aUl gl I ll.o Il,s-mqm i us oly by tho I4N 12 or old I1 YAMAHA OF HAMILTON ......... hazatdowa to omo [ yo s€ 210 Bexar Avenue West Hamilton, AL ,.". 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