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Hitesburg News for Sept. 5, 2013 / September 05, 2013

Sunday, call to worship was “Through It All”, which was sung twice, by the choir at Hitesburg Baptist Church. The Reverend Mike Riley read the announcements and welcomed everyone. Hymn was “Higher Ground.” Children’s sermon, which was lead by David Riley, was concerning how God can, and does, use all of us, no matter how young, old, tall, short, etc. we are, to do His work. Scripture came from Ephesians 2:10 and ended with a prayer from Mr. Riley. The children collected loose change from thoughout the congregation for the September Loose Change project which will go toward the Alma Hunt offering. Prayer time ended with a prayer from the Deacon of the Week, Don Loftis. Hymn was “I Am Thine O Lord.” Choir special was “Won’t It Be Wonderful There?.” Everyone fellowshipped with one another while Deborah Pulliam, pianist/organist, played a couple of verses. The Rev. Riley brought the sermon entitiled “From Victims to Victors.” Scripture came from 1 Samuel 22:1-2, 1 Samuel 23:1-5, 1 Chronicles 11:15-19, 1 Chronicles 12:18, 21-22, Psalm 57 and 152. Hymn was “Onward Christian Soldiers.” Visitors at HBC Sunday included Helen Hayes, Brenda Ballou, Jessica Crute and a couple of others.

Bobby Cranfill visited and spent some time with Greg and Whitney Cranfill, Erin Cranfill and Aubrey Cranfill last Monday and last Tuesday. Connie Cranfill spent some time with them Saturday and Sunday. Monday, Bobby and Connie visited Ruth Overby.

Last Tuesday, Abraham Tillotson visited Donald and Evone Jacobs, Hanna Yancey and Clara Yancey. He also visited Mabel Seate that afternoon. Friday, Mr. Tillotson visited W.G. Elliott.

Nell Daniel, Billie Sizemore, and Brenda Young visited Deborah Pulliam and Helen Hayes last Tuesday. Phyllis Daniel was a visitor of theirs Thursday. Ronnie and Deborah Pulliam and Helen had lunch Sunday at Lamplighter Restaurant in Clarksville. Afterwards they visited Catherine Talbott. Labor Day lunch guests of Ronnie, Deborah and Mrs. Hayes were Scot and Robin McAlexander and Graham McAlexander of Raleigh. Other visitors were Layne and Laura Arrington, Parker Arrington, Mr. and Mrs. Dean Elliott, Taylor Elliott, Dennis and Kelly Ballance, Grayson Ballance and Harper Ballance.

Friday, Sam Parham, Norma Elliott, RUth Overby and Alma Elliott went to Stuart and enjoyed going to a number of yard sales there. They also went to Dominion Valley to hear some bluegrass gospel music while there that evening. Mitzie Waller visited Mrs. Overby Sunday.

Saturday, Decatur Overbey visited Mr. and Mrs. Robert and Peggy Overbey. Bobby Overbey and Robert visited Decatur Monday.

Saturday, Haley Overby, Gladys Newcomb and Lynn Overby visited Janie Keeton. Sunday, Johnny Noblin, Crystal, Mrs. Newcomb, Ashley Noblin and Emma Grace Noblin visited Mrs. Keeton. Monday, Annie Sue Overby and Charlie Overby visited Beth.

Sunday evening, Sam Parham and Norma Elliott enjoyed a picnic at Tommy and Elizabeth Elliott’s.

Remember the sick, lost and those who have lost loved ones including the Lucille Oliver family, the Angie Callahan family, the Birch Yancey family, the Gallie Gordon family and the William Cox family. Remember our great country and the problems in it, the lost/unchurched, HBC, hospital and nursing home patients, people serving on mission, children, teachers and workers as new school year begins, new church leaders and workers, people searching for jobs, Middle East situation and each other as well. Also, remember our troops including Mariah Johns Adkins, Timmy Wilkinson, Brian Seate, Forest Clark, Jonathan Fisher and Dan Elliott, BIRTHDAYS: Hurley Noblin, Alice Bowen, Kelly Ballance, Reid Driskill, Chad Newton, Carl Newton, Darrell Overby, Bear Overby, Reverend Lee Merck, ANNIVERSARIES: Reverend Lee and Christie Merck.

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