Bethel Baptist to host gospel singing on Saturday

By FLORA OVERSTREET,

“Welcome to The Little Town with a Big Heart”

There were awesome services at Grace United on Sunday with Bro. Steve Winstead filling in for Bro. Jamie Leach absence.

Heaven’s Grocery Store

As I was walking down life’s highway many years ago, I came upon a sign that read Heavens Grocery Store. When I got a little closer the doors swung open wide, and when I came to myself I was standing inside. I saw a host of angels. They were standing everywhere. One handed me a basket and said “My child, shop with care.”

Everything a human needed was in that grocery store, and what you could not carry you could come back for more. 

First, I got some Patience. Love was in that same row. Further down was Understanding, you need that everywhere you go. I got a box or two of Wisdom and Faith a bag or two. And Charity, of course, I would need some of that, too. I couldn’t miss the Holy Ghost It was all over the place.

And then some Strength and Courage to help me run this race. My basket was getting full but I remembered I needed Grace, and then I chose Salvation for Salvation was for free I tried to get enough of that to do for you and me. Then I started to the counter to pay my grocery bill, for I thought I had everything to do the Masters will.

As I went up the aisle I saw Prayer and put that in, For I knew when I stepped outside I would run into sin. Peace and Joy were plentiful, the last things on the shelf. Song and Praise were hanging near so I just helped myself. Then I said to the angel “How much do I owe?” He smiled and said “Just take them everywhere you go.” Again I asked “Really now, how much do I owe?” “My child” he said,

“God paid your bill a long, long time ago.”

There will be a gospel singing at Bethel Baptist Church in Newton at 5 p. m. Saturday, Dec. 9. The Southern Heritage and The Gospel Travelers will be there.

The evening will include a silent auction and a stew cooking. This is a benefit for Bo Diveley and Dillon Williams. “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord.  “Plans to prosper and not harm you, … plans for a hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11.

Prayer requests go out for Barbara Blass,  Kristy Leach, Jacie and Bro. Jamie Leach, all with flu., Betty Whitman, Rex Gordon’s family, Stephanie Wright, Ally Gressett, Dannie Walker, (John Stogner from Bogalusa, La.), Norman Snowden, Rindy Pierman, Gerald Goodin, Carol Ann Alexander, William Redd, Jack Graham, Marie Eason, Bonnie Walker, Bill Matlock, John Patterson, Doyle Gibbs, Doyle McMullan, Cili Norman, Micheal Roland, Aaron Stokes, Stephanie Roland, Janie McMullan and Stacy Stevens. 

Shut-ins are Earlene Everett, Christine Herd, Johnnie McMullian, Mary Stamper and Abertine Walker.

Birthday’s for the week for Dec. 6 go out to Ronnie Norman, Jacie Leach and Austin Pippin; for Dec 7 to Jennifer Bond, Donna Ferguson and Marilyn Bishop; for Dec. 8 to  Kristina Evans; for Dec. 9 to Kayla Nunley and April Everett Gilbert; and for Dec. 12 to Wanda Dearing and W.A. Todd (in memory). 

Anniversary wishes for the week go out Ellis and Linda Acord and Tony and Jennifer Ferguson. Happy anniversary to all of you!

Recipe of the week

Three-Ingredient Christmas Swirl Fudge

Ingredients: 1 bag (12 ounce) white vanilla baking chips (2 cups), 1 container Betty Crocker, Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting, Betty Crocker,  green and red gel food colors,

Directions: 1. Line 8-inch square pan with foil, leaving foil overhanging at 2 opposite sides of pan; spray foil with cooking spray.

2. In large microwavable bowl, microwave white chips uncovered on High 1 minute. Spoon frosting over chips. Microwave on High 30 seconds; stir. If necessary, continue to microwave in 15-second increments until mixture can be stirred smooth.

3. Place 3/4 cup fudge mixture into each of 2 small bowls, leaving remaining untinted fudge mixture in bowl. Tint 1 bowl green and 1 bowl red by stirring in each food color to desired color.

4. Place 3/4 cup fudge mixture into each of 2 small bowls, leaving remaining untinted fudge mixture in bowl. Tint 1 bowl green and 1 bowl red by stirring in each food color to desired color.

5. Drop heaping tablespoons of green, red and white fudge mixture in bottom of pan to create random pattern. Pull table knife through layers for marbled design. Refrigerate uncovered until set, about 1 hour.

6. Remove from pan by lifting foil; peel foil away. Cut into 8 rows by 8 rows. Store covered in refrigerator.