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Hitesburg News for Dec. 12, 2013 / December 12, 2013

Sunday, call to worship was the chorus of “O Come, All Ye Faithful” by the choir at Hitesburg Baptist Church. The Reverend Mike Riley read the announcements and welcomed everyone. Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Ballance lit the Invitation candle and the second Advent candle, the Preparation candle, and read a skit about them. Alice Loftis also read some information about the Advent candles. Hymn was “What Child is This?.” The Rev. Riley spoke of the missionaries who are able to spread the Word with help from the Lottie Moon Christmas offering. Children’s sermon, which was lead by Sharon Kinsey, was concerning words we say. She asked them “How many of you have heard the phrase ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me.’?.” Sharon stated that the phrase wasn’t/isn’t true because words can hurt. She instructed the children to find someone that needs some good words said to them and say them. The children collected loose change from throughout the congregation for the December Loose Change project which will go toward the Lottie Moon Christmas offering. Prayer time ended with a prayer from the Deacon of the Week, Dean Elliott. Hymn was “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks.” Choir special was “Go Tell It On the Mountain.” Everyone fellowshipped with one another while Deborah Pulliam, pianist/organist, played a couple of verses. The Rev. Riley brought the sermon entitiled “Barnabas: Ever the Encourager.” Scripture came from Acts 4:36-37, Romans 15:4, Acts 9:26-27, Acts 11:22-24, Acts 15:1,2 and 12, Proverbs 12:10, Acts 15:36-39, Ephesians 4:29 and II Timothy 4. Hymn was “Jesus is Calling.” Visitors at HBC Sunday included a couple of people.

Recently, Norma Elliott went with Millcreek church to Oak Island Baptist Center in North Carolina. Last Wednesday, Cephus Overbey spent some time with Norma and some other family members and friends in the community.

Last Tuesday, Lois Martin and Linda Puryear visited Mrs. Janie Keeton. Thursday, Angie Williamson, E.C. Williamson, Brody Williamson, Sidney Williamson and Linda were her guests. David Martin and Chelsey Carter were Mrs. Keeton’s guests Friday. Saturday, Vicki Overby, Carissa Overby, Jade Overby, Haley Overby, Annie Sue Overby, Linda, Lylie Mae Puryear and David visited Janie. Sunday, Donald Wall, Lois and Linda stopped by to spend some time with her.

Abraham Tillotson visited W.G. Elliott a couple of days throughout the week. Also during the week, Mr. Tillotson and a couple of friends from Virginia Beach spent some time with each other. Tuesday, he went to the Senior Citizens’ gathering at HBC.

Melvin and Hollis Bowen visited Ms. Alice Bowen Friday and Saturday. Also, Friday evening, Mr. and Mrs. Bowen visited Phyllis Hudson.

Charlie Conner stayed the weekend with his cousin, Christina Smith, and her husband, James Smith.

Saturday evening, Mr. and Mrs. Dean Elliott attended the Hitesburg Class 7 Christmas party at Hitesburg fellowship hall. Those attending with them included Russ and Linda Singer, Ronnie and Deborah Pulliam, Carl and Phyllis Daniel, Tim and Elizabeth Lankford, Tony and Judy Deal, Mr. and Mrs. David Bryant, Reverend and Mrs. Mike Riley, Tammy Lloyd and Jimmy and Bonnie Wilson. They all had steaks, salad, baked potatoes and desserts. Fun was had by all that attended. Sunday Taylor Elliott visited with Layne and Laura Arrington and Parker Arrington.

Tuesday, the monthly Senior Citizens’ gathering was held at HBC. A good number of people, including some from the Hitesburg community, the Aarons Creek community, the North Fork community, the Mount Cana communiity, Union Christian Church, Roxboro and a couple of other communities, were there to enjoy food and fellowship with each other.

Remember the sick, lost and/or unchurched and those who have lost loved ones including the Nelson Mandela family, the Aubrey Duffer family and the Justin Whitaker family. Remember our great country, Middle East Situation, people searching for jobs, those on missions, new church members and the Missionaries throughout the world as well. Also, remember our troops including Mariah Johns Adkins, Brian Seate, Forest Clark, Timmy Wilkinson, Brandon Barksdale and Dan Elliott, BIRTHDAYS: Amanda W. Comstock, Ann Elliott, Marilyn Overbey, Cathy Craft, Lloyd Allen, Dean Elliott, Lewis Snydor, Vince Newton, Cephus Overbey, ANNIVERSARIES: Mike and Dale Bowen, Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Daniel, Ronnie and Marilyn Overbey.

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