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Hitesburg News for Dec. 30, 2013

SoVaNow.com / December 30, 2013

Sunday, call to worship was “Bless That Wonderful Name” by the choir at Hitesburg Baptist Church. The Reverend Mike Riley read the announcements and welcomed everyone. Michael and Stephanie Neal, Kensley Neal and Kate Neal lit the first Advent candle, the Invitation candle, the second Advent candle, the Preparation candle, the third Advent candle, the restoration candle, and the fourth Advent candle, the Proclamation candle.

They also read a skit pertaining to the candles. Alice Loftis read about them as well. Hymn was “O Little Town of Bethlehem.” Children’s sermon, which was lead by Sharon Kensey, was concerning Christmas presents/gifts.

She asked the children “On Christmas morning, when you find lots and lots of presents/gifts under the tree, do you tend to open the ones that are wrapped beautifully or just the ordinary ones first?.” Sharon pointed out that we all should unwrap the greatest gift, which is Jesus Christ from God, no matter how it’s “wrapped.” 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, Ronnie Pulliam. Hymn was “Silent Night.” Choir special was “Wandering Pilgrim.” Everyone fellowshipped with one another while Deborah Pulliam, pianist/organist, played a couple of verses. The Rev. Riley brought the sermon entitiled “Sharing the Gift of All Gifts.” Scripture came from John 3:16, 6:35 and 37, Romans 8:32, 1 Peter 1:3-5 and Psalms 107:9. Choir invitational hymn was “Draw Me Close.” Visitors at HBC Sunday included Dwayne and Becky Gordon, Spencer Gordon, Conner Gordon, Helen Hayes and Tim Hayes. Christmas cards that had been collected for the past few weeks were distributed to the HBC family.

Those visiting Ruth Overby throughout the week included Leslie Overby, Mitzie Waller and Theresa Davis. Sunday, Mitzie visited her again. Monday, the Reverend Mike Riley stopped by to visit Mrs. Overby.

Last Monday, Abraham Tillotson visited with a friend from Virginia Beach. Sunday morning, he went to Nelson Baptist Church for their monthly breakfast. Johnny Szynklewski, James Hart and a few others from HBC enjoyed the meal also.

Saturday, Beth gathered at Smokin’ Jake’s with some of her family members and enjoyed breakfast and fellowship with them. Later that day, she went to Danville.

Sunday, Mr. and Mrs. Dean Elliott, Taylor Elliott, Norma Elliott, Christian and Erica Willis Layne and Laura Arrington and Parker traveled to Lynchburg to celebrate Christmas with Jimmie and Barbara Elliott, Mrs. Mitchell, Jeff and Glenda Fralin, Ryan Fralin, Dylan Fralin, Makayla Fralin, Christian and Trina Kish, Brady Kish and Jackson Kish. They were joined by Eddie and Joan Newman and Mr. Ray Pulliam.

Sunday, Delores Hamlett, Charlie Conner, Rocki Hamlett and one of their friends went to Danville to do some shopping and enjoy eating out together.

Remember the sick, lost and/or unchurched and those who have lost loved ones including the Earline Wilborn family, the Marie Hudson family, the Deborah Roark family, the Fulton Fallen family, the Sue Mills family and the Christopher Johnson family. Remember our great country, Middle East Situation, people searching for jobs, those on missions and the Missionaries throughout the world as well. Also, remember our troops including Mariah Johns Adkins, Timmy Wilkinson, Brandon Barksdale, Jonathan Fisher and Dan Elliott.

BIRTHDAYS: Dean Elliott, Vince Medley, Danielle French, Nathaniel Wade, Evelyn Wade.



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