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Praying for a kinder, healthier and loving year in 2022

Posted on January 10, 2022

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Fran Bunn

Fran Bunn

Peachtree Baptist Church members would like to welcome all to a new year, 2022. Our prayer is that it will be a kinder, healthier, loving and peaceful year for all of us.

The sanctuary flower arrangement Sunday was lovingly given to honor our Lord by Janice Sykes in loving memory of her beloved husband, Bobby.

Pastor Gene Whitehouse played a beautiful solo. Sunday’s special music was “Holy Highway” by the Gaither Band.

The memory verse for the month of January is 2 Corinthians 5:17.

Pastor’s message: “Immersed in the Body of Christ,” with Scripture from Romans 6:3-5.

NOT GOING YOUR WAY?

Jerry’s devotional this week is, “When Things Are Not Going Your Way,” by Sarah Young, from “Jesus Always, Embracing Joy in His Presence.”

“When You said. ‘Seek My face,’ my heart said to You, ‘Your face, Lord, I will seek.’” — Psalm 27:8.

“When things are not going your way, refuse to get flustered. Stop what you’re doing and take some deep breaths. Seek My face — spend a few moments enjoying My presence. Tell Me about the matters that are frustrating you. I will help you see things from My perspective and sort out what is really important. Moreover, I will open up the way before you as you press on in trusting dependence, remaining in communication with Me.

“Your desire to feel in control is often the culprit behind your frustration. You plan your day and expect others to behave in ways that expedite your plans. When that doesn’t happen, you face a choice: to resent the situation or to trust Me. Remember that I am in control and My ways are higher that yours — as the heavens are higher that the earth. Instead of getting agitated about setbacks to your schedule, use them as reminders: I am your Savior-God, and you are My beloved followers. Relax in My sovereign control, trusting in My unfailing love.”

NEW YEAR’S COURAGE

My devotional this week is “Courage for the Days Ahead.”

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” — Joshua 1:9.

“Each year at this time, thousands of people stand in the cold in Times Square, New York. No big event beckons them. No ballgame is being played. No rock concert is getting underway. It’s simply a huge, lighted ball that drops from a tall building. And within a few seconds, hardly worth fighting traffic and crowd pushing for, it descends, marking a new year.

“Why has this nonevent turned into a huge, money-making holiday? Most other holidays celebrate a reputable person, famous birthdays, document signings or a noted event. But New Year’s Eve only celebrates the passage of time — something that most of us would rather not recognize. We make a huge deal out of it because it signals the end of an old era and the start of a new one.

“The old year’s problems, heartaches and struggles seem to vanish and become a faded memory when we think of getting the chance of a new year and a new start. It must have been the same way for the Israelites when they stood with Joshua looking forward to a new era ahead of them. They had wandered for 40 years in the desert, and finally they could see land flowing with milk and honey ahead. Better yet, they had God’s promise that He would never leave or forsake them.

“As you stand with your back to the old year and look forward to the new one, you can have hope in the promises of God. You will certainly face both trying and joyful times ahead, but you can rest assured that He ‘will never leave you nor forsake you’ (Joshua 1:5). That promise is enough to celebrate the new year ahead!”

CHURCH BUSINESS

• The Women’s Missionary Union will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, to plan more mission projects.

• The Men’s Ministry will hold its next monthly dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20. See you then.

COMMUNITY NEWS

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Area churches: If you have events coming up, please let me know on Saturdays two weeks before the events.

IN LOVING MEMORY

The entire Peachtree Baptist Church family expresses heartfelt, deep sympathy to the family and friends of Pattie Jane Bass, 88, of Momeyer, who passed away Sunday, Jan 2. She was born Dec. 28, 1933, in Nash County, to the late William Edd and Miley Bass Matthews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lee Bass.

PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS

• To all those sick and in need. Please keep them all in your prayers.

• Caregivers: Maxine Whitley, Jerry Hobgood, Dorothy Nelson, Bill Wakefield and Gail Brantley.

• Recovering at home: Ronnie Matthews and Norman Whitley.

• Undergoing treatment: Marta Whitehouse, Janie Joyner, Fran Bunn, Janet Barker, Joyce Brinkley, Deborah Massey, Sharon Edwards, Charlotte Bartholomew and Pete Infintino.

• Under doctors’ care: Melba and Jerry Hobgood, Bob Bunn, Barbara Privette, James Sheppard, Delcie Wakefield, Sherry Rose, the family of Lawrence Edwards’ cousin Richard Wilder, Roy and Debbie Carawan, Durwood Lamm, Victor Lopez and Orville Cooper.

• In the hospital: Mary Jane May, Mark Boykin and Chris Payne.

• Recovering from surgery: Norman Whitley.

• All of our United States armed forces, families of the armed service members killed in Afghanistan, U.S. citizens and Afghan comrades still in Afghanistan and their families.

• Wildfire victims in the western United States.

• Those infected by COVID-19 and their families, particularly in light of a new spike in cases. Almost all intensive care unit beds are filled with unvaccinated patients.

• The people of Haiti in the aftermath of a recent earthquake; pray for their recovery and their general living conditions.

• The U.S. president, vice president, Cabinet and Congress.

• All of our first responders: police, firefighters and emergency medical technicians.

• Birthday blessings to Julie Brantley (Jan. 11), Beth Baines (Jan. 13), Melvin Edwards (Jan. 18), Milton Vick (Jan. 26), Marta Whitehouse (Jan. 27) and Robby Bunn (Jan. 30).

If you have news, please call or email me. My email address is mfpbun@aol.com. My phone number is 252-478-2846. I will need your news no later than 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Fran Bunn is a member of Peachtree Baptist Church.

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