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Food pantry to be named in Williams honorThe Jerkins Food Pantry will be ofcially re-named the B.D. Williams Food Pantry during a ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 31, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Please see page A-6 for more details.In-town shuttle fees waived until Dec. 31Residents are reminded that fees for the in-town shuttle service remain waived through Tuesday, Dec. 31. The shuttle visits 22 stops throughout the city each hour from 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Typically, a one-way ride is 50 cents, but the county commission unanimously agreed to waive the fees for the holiday season. To schedule a ride, please call Big Bend Transit at 5845566.Two blood drives scheduled hereOneBlood has scheduled two community blood drives in Perry next week as they work to maintain their blood stores over the holiday season. The rst drive will be held Monday, Dec. 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Buckeye Community Federal Credit Union. No appointment is required but you may sign up for the drive by contacting Joleen Whitehead at (850) 223-7112 or joleen. firstname.lastname@example.org. The second drive will be held Saturday, Jan. 4, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Walmart. No appointment is required. Donors at both drives will receive a voucher for two free movie tickets and a wellness checkup. For more information, call (800) 68-BLOOD or visit oneblood.org.Holiday deadlinesPerry Newspapers, Inc., will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 1, in observance of New Years Day, so the classieds deadline for the Friday, Jan. 3, edition of the Perry NewsHerald will be Thursday, Jan. 2, at 10 a.m. The deadline for the Jan. 1 edition of the Taco Times will remain the same: Monday, Dec. 30, at 5 p.m.Churches hold New Year servicesChurches in the community plan to ring in the new year with services, breakfasts and revivals. For a complete listing, go to Religion page, A-6.Saturday is last 2013This Saturday, Dec. 28, will be the last freshwater license-free shing day for 2013. Beginning in 2014, there will be eight licensefree shing days that will fall on the same weekend days from year to year. This will allow anglers to plan shing trips in advance and businesses and nonprot groups to create events around these shing license holidays. (See sports, page A-7.) Serving the Tree Capital of the South Since 1889 Perry News-HeraldPerry News-Herald 50 Friday/ SaturdayDecember 27-28, 2013 Index One section 124th Year, No. 51www.perrynewspapers.com Weather Friday62 45 50%Saturday67 49 Sunday69 56 60% Perry News-Herald Perry News-Herald 60% Looking Back . ......... A-2 Living . ..................... A-4 Entertainment . ........ A-5 Religion . .................. A-6 Sports . .................... A-7 TV listings . .............. A-9 Classieds . .......... A-10 News Forum By ANGELA M. CASTELUCCI Staff writer When Kaitlyn Smith, 9, sat down to write a letter to Santa, she made her dearest wish ring loud and true: Ive been a good girl. For Christmas, I would like a lot of toys, but what I really want is for my Bubby to come home for Christmas from Afghanistan. I really miss my Bubby. I love you and Mrs. Claus and all the reindeers. Smith then placed the letter on the Christmas tree for Santa to see and left her wishes in his hands. When her parents, Jami and Herb Smith, read the letter, they knew the toy request was well covered, however, Smiths dearest wish was still thousands of miles away. My only hope was in Afghanistan and I just didnt have any idea it could come true, Jami said. Never under estimate Santas power. Just a few days later, Jami was surprised to receive a phone call from her son, Russell, saying that he and a few other Army personnel had been given an unexpected Christmas gift of their ownthe opportunity to come home for Christmas. At rst he thought he would surprise us all and just show up, but when he heard about Kaitlyns wish, he really wanted to make it come true. He called on Monday from Fort Campbell and then made the 10-hour drive here. He came in yesterday morning (Christmas Day) before Kaitlyn came out of her room. She didnt even see her other toys from Santa, but started opening the biggest present by the tree. When she got the wrapping off, she pulled down the front ap to see what was in the box and just dove in when she saw it was her brother. Words just cannot describe it. Jami captured the moment in photos and the joy on the siblings faces speaks for itself. Our daughter-in-law, Samantha, and 16-monthold grandson, Aiden, have been visiting since Thanksgiving and to have Russell home with all of us tooI just cant say how much it means having the family all together. This is the rst Christmas Russell has been home since he joined the Army in 2006. The best Christmas ever Construction begins Jan 6Fenholloway Bridge to be replacedThe U.S. 27 bridge over the Fenholloway River in eastern Taylor County is scheduled to be replaced beginning Jan. 6, 2014. The latest temporary repairs were made to the bridge in 2007 and 2008. According to ofcials, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) determined it is more economical to replace the bridge, built in 1950, than to continue repairing it. The bridge is also being replaced due to the washing away of materials at the piers, also known as scouring, however, the bridge is safe for travel, FDOT said. A temporary metal bridge is being built just south of the existing bridge. Once construction of the temporary bridge is complete, trafc will shift to it so the old bridge can be $369,000 received for Roberts Aman Road resurfacingTaylor County has received an additional $369,000 in state funding to help complete work on Roberts Aman Road started in 2010 but left incomplete when state funds provided at the time were insufcient to resurface the entire roadway. At its meeting last week, the Taylor County Commission unanimously approved a reimbursement agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) for the funding through the Small County Outreach Program (SCOP), as well as $239,000 for work on North Ellison Road through the Small County Road Assistance Program (SCRAP). On Oct. 1, 2007, the Board of County Commissioners approved a Small County Outreach Program agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation to provide $686,136 for the widening and resurfacing of Roberts Aman Road, County Engineer Kenneth Dudley said in a memorandum to the commission. On Aug. 17, 2010, the board received bids for the roadway project that more than exceeded both the remaining available FDOT funding and the local District IV Secondary Road Improvement Fund. Therefore, staff worked with the lone bidding contractor (Anderson Columbia) to reach an agreement to complete as much of the project as possible with the remaining monies available. With an agreement reached and construction underway, FDOT and the board executed Supplemental Agreement No. 1 to reduce the full length project limits to just past Joel Aman Road. The current SCOP Agreement is intended to fund the remaining portion of the original project, he said. The new funding is for widening and resurfacing Roberts Aman Road from just east of Joel Aman Road to Johnson Stripling Road. At the same meeting, the commission approved a reimbursement agreement under which FDOT will provide $239,068 to be used to offset the cost of resurfacing North Ellison Road from Green Street/San Pedro Road to East By ANGELA M. CASTELUCCI Staff writer When the tide rises, everybody oats a little higher. The tide is rising in downtown Perry and the rippling swells will cover the entire community. That sentiment is a closely held belief by a stalwart group of volunteers who are lending their time and talents to the revitalization of the historic downtown business district. If we all do something small, we can make a huge difference in our community, Main Street Perry President David Sullivan said. That is why we want to get everyone involved we want everyone to take pride in our community, not just sit back and fuss and complain. You can be a part of the solution or a part of the problem. I dont have a personal, direct interest in downtown like having a business or a building here, but as a private citizen, I recognize the importance a thriving downtown district has to the community as a whole. If you want to be part of an organization that will make a difference, be a part of Main Street--help someone helping themselves. In order for downtowns economic rejuvenation to be sustainable, everyone has to get involved, Sullivan said. I am proud of the board of directors and the caliber of leaders we have had come forward, he said. The past few years have seen Main Street volunteers re-evaluating the programs direction and taking steps to see thats re-growth is laid on a solid foundation. Joining Sullivan at the helm are Main Street Vice President Morris Steen, Treasurer Vivian Shefeld and Secretary Martell Shiver, working side-by-side with Program Manager Tracey Smith (who celebrates her oneyear anniversary with the organization this month). At-large board members include: Johnny Mack Brown, Margaret Dunn, Scott Frederick, Kay Green, Sandy Hall, Carol Sue Please see page 3 Please see page 3 Please see page 3 Economic tide rising in downtown Perry President Morris Steen.Please see page 3
SANTAS NICE; THESE GUYS WERE NAUGHTYAdjacent to the lifesize picture of Santa Claus on the Dec. 21 front page was an article detailing the arrest of a burglary ring, complete with pictures of guns conscated in the investigation. Six were in custody with additional arrests expected.HOLIDAY AWARDS ANNOUNCEDPete and Kay Smith won best overall in the Perry Garden Clubs Christmas Decorating Program, with Costas and Evelyn Karakitsios winning best doorway and the Robert Cantrell Family recognized for best childrens theme.CRACKER CORNBREAD FOR BRAND NEW YEARAs the holidays progressed, this recipe paid homage to New Years celebrations which wouldnt be complete without Cracker Cornbread. Cracker Cornbread 2 c. yellow cornmeal 1 T. our t. baking powder 1 t. salt Water to mix Mix the above ingredients and be sure that the mixture is damp, not dry. Put some grease in a cast iron skillet and heat to a medium temperature. Put mixture in pan and then add some grease on top. Cook at 400 degrees until it is brown all over. Serve with ham hocks and turnip greens, seasoned with two red pepper pods, salt and pepper.BABIES ARRIVE BEFORE YEAR ENDSJoshua James Hedden was born to Mr. and Mrs. James A. Hedden on Dec. 16 in Doctors Memorial Hospital (DMH). He weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces. Mr. and Mrs. Howard L. Lollie announced the birth of Amanda Estelle on Dec. 14 at DMH, weighing 6 pounds, 2 ounces. Brandy Elaine Miles was born to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Miles on the rst day of December. She weighed 7 pounds and ounce. Mr. and Mrs. Walt B. Sessions announced the birth of their daughter, Suzanna Bell, on Dec. 15 at DMH, weighing 6 pounds, 12.5 ounces.HOLIDAY WEDDINGSBelinda Gail Tedder, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bryant Tedder, married Donald Craig Gore on Dec. 6. Eugenia Elaine Morgan and James I. Parker Jr., both 1978 graduates of Taylor County High School, announced their upcoming wedding scheduled for Jan. 20, 1979, at Lakeside Baptist Church.GOVERNOR-ELECT INVITES ALL TO INAUGURATIONNeighbors in Taylor County were invited to the inauguration of Bob Graham as governor, and Wayne Mixson as lieutenant governor, on Jan. 2, 1979, at the Capitol. The ball was slated to begin at 9 p.m. PERRY SAILOR COMMENDEDDavid W. McCranie, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Neal McCranie, was commended by his commanding ofcer for his consistent display of zeal and desire to learn. He was stationed on the USS Nashville.A-2 Perry News-Herald December 27-28, 2013 Looking Back December 27-28, 2013 THE PERRY NEWS-HERALD December 21 & 28 1978 Editors Note: This column, which rst appeared in the Perry News-Herald in 1985, won the Sally Latham Memorial Award from the Florida Press Association. Sharon Carroll, now deceased, penned the piece as part of her weekly Editors Corner. Periodically, one of my several rude friends will ask me why it is that I insist on having at the top of my Christmas tree an angel who looks like she spent the night in the back seat of a Chevrolet. Its a fair question, and one that deserves a better answer than my usual reply, which is Be quiet, you swine. Ive been sharing my Christmases with this particular angel for about 16 years, and have developed an irrational attachment to her. Sixteen years ago, I was not the independent, ornery person many of you have come to know and tolerate. Back then, I was not much more than a very young woman with some very big problems who didnt know beans about much of anything. Like everyone else in my generation, I had been raised on the Ten Commandments, the Golden Rule, the Pledge of Allegiance and the general doctrine that if you do the right things and behave yourself, everything in your life will turn out just ne. Like I said, I didnt know beans. Also, like everyone else in my generation, I married the nicest boy in town and was all set to have a regular, normal American life when, as history will attest, the whole world went crazy. My husband, like all the other good American boys, went off to Vietnam to serve his country. When he returned, he had a radically altered personal agenda. (In case you werent around back then, there was nothing unusual about this.) Sufce to say that he was no longer interested in having a regular, normal life. He had decided that his true destiny was to become a recording star, and to ingest as many dangerous, illegal drugs as possible, preferably in the company of long-haired, teenaged maidens with names like Moonbeam and Rainbow. Admirable as these goals may have been, they were hardly compatible with being a husband and father. So he wandered off in pursuit of rock and roll paradise, and I didnt hear from him again for 10 years. Thus, 16 years ago, there I was: a very young woman who didnt know beans, in a cold house, with no money, no job, no job skills, no idea what to do next, and a beautiful golden-haired child in my arms. (I need hardly add here that when I was a little girl leaping around ballet class in a pink tutu, this was not the future I had envisioned.) As always happens during catastrophes, several people came rushing to my side with assurances that my life was, in fact, ruined. I can laugh about it now, but at the time it wasnt very funny. For several days, I sat around like someone who had been stunned with a two-by-four, and the next thing I knew it was Christmas. Considering the way everything else had been going in my life, it came as no surprise when I put my electric star at the top of the tree, plugged it in, and it just sort of sat there, refusing to light up. Still, it was Christmas and you cant just let that ugly top branch poke skyward, even if your life is ruined and you have no money. So I started foraging around to see what I could nd. I found one of those cardboard things that remains when the toilet paper is gone, and an old round glass ornament. Those would be the face and body. I found some discarded satin drapery material (a page from Scarletts book) and some lace scraps. Those would be her dress. I borrowed some acrylics and painted on her face, and glued on some hair from an old doll a neighbor had thrown away. I cut her wings from cardboard, and covered them with cloth. Then I found an old cross that had been in my jewelry box since the seventh grade, and hung it around her neck. Then I put her up on top of the tree. She was beautiful. I remember staring at her for a long, long time, amazed that I had been able to do that. Somehow, I had never thought of myself as a person who could do things. But as I looked at her, it occurred to me that there might be other things I could do. That there might be things inside me that even I didnt even know about. I remember feeling surprised and more than a little excited. In a certain sense, I could almost say that my life began the night I made the angel. I was introduced, as it were, to a new person: Sharon Carroll, a woman who can do things. Since then, I have done many things I never dreamed of 16 years ago. I went to college, graduated with honors, undertook graduate study and achieved a position in the highly rewarding (but not especially lucrative) eld of journalism. In these years, many things have changed. My golden child has grown up and is off to college in the fall. The angels wings disintegrated in 1976 and were replaced with chicken feathers. My ex-hippie, ex-husband became a born again Christian instead of a recording star. And I have had a life I wouldnt trade for anyones. Along the way, I learned many things, but the most important thing I ever learned is that there is no such thing as a ruined life. Once you know that, nothing can ever seriously defeat you. Its a lesson I wont forget. Every year, my angel reminds me. Taylor County visitors to the Florida Governors Mansion are likely to be pleasantly surprised to nd works by a local son on display. All four volumes of William Thomas Cashs A History of Florida (published in 1938) can be found in the mansions sunroom. W.T. Cash, as he is best known, was born in Lamont July 21, 1878, the son of Benjamin Franklin and Susan C. Cash. His father died when Cash was 13 years old. He left his mothers house when she remarried and began supporting himself by working as a farm hand. After ve years, he was able to save money to attend school in Taylor County, where his mother lived. Cary A. Hardee (who later became governor of Florida) was Cashs teacher in Taylor County. Hardee inspired Cash to study for the teaching certicate examination, which he passed when he was 19. Cash was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1909, 1915 and 1917, and to the Florida Senate in 1918. Cash served two years of his term in the Florida Senate and left to campaign for the ofce of superintendent of public instruction for Taylor County. He was elected in 1921 and served one term. Later, on April 1, 1927, the State Library Board of Florida appointed Cash as the rst state librarian and it was during his tenure there that the Florida history books were written. Just a little angel with tattered wings Perry son represented at Governors Mansion
A-3 Perry News-Herald December 27-28, 2013 torn down. The road will remain open to trafc, but motorists should expect lane closures and allow extra travel time in the area, ofcials said. The speed limit is being reduced to 50 mph during construction. The new bridge will remain a two-lane bridge with 12-foot travel lanes, 10-foot wide emergency lanes and 32-inch high concrete barrier wall along each side. FDOT hired Anderson Columbia Company, Inc., of Lake City to complete the work for $2.1 million in about a year, depending on weather and other unforeseen circumstances. Register, Norm Schreib, Ernie Sparkman, Penny Staffney (city liaison), Bettie Page (Taylor County Historical Society) and Dawn Taylor (PerryTaylor County Chamber of Commerce). After working hand-inhand with the City of Perry to develop a downtown revitalization, Main Street volunteers are concentrating on four core areas to help insure the plans success: organization, promotion, economic restructuring and design. The city is willing to put in the time and money to see the plan through. And the beauty is that it is all volunteer-led. Everyone involved feels ownership in the organization. We cannot move our goals forward without volunteers, Smih said. To that end, the group is in the middle of a membership campaign that is casting a wide net not only countywide, but throughout the region. We want downtown Perry to be a regional draw. Not only residents come downtown and our businesses are embracing that. There is more and more that continues to be available, Steen said. Residents and businesses who are interested in joining Main Street as it moves its plan forward may contact Smith at (850) 843-1279 or email MainStreetPerry@ yahoo.com. We have reinstated the organizations 501(c)3 status, so all donations are tax deductible, Steen noted. The group has developed a ve-year plan that addresses such tasks as marketing programs, landscaping plans and organizing additional downtown events to attract visitors. The excitement about the good things happening downtown is growing. Dont miss outget involved today, Smith invited. Ellison Road. In other paving news, the commission also agreed to advertise for bids on three locally funded projects, including improvements to Agner Acres, Aucilla Landing and Freeman Road Drive under the countys Secondary Roads Improvement Plan as well as the roads within the Steinhatchee Acres Subdivision under the Municipal Services Benet Unit (MSBU) Improvement Plan. Those bids are expected to be opened at the commissions Feb. 3 meeting. I know so many families dont have all their loved ones home for the holidays, but for us, it was just so special and we are so thankful. You cant buy memories like this, Jami said. Leave it to the nine-yearold to put it best: Mom, this is the best Christmas ever because my Bubby came home! TIDE RISING Continued from page 1 BRIDGE Continued from page 1 AndersonColumbia awarded $2.1 million contract ROBERTS AMAN Continued from page 1 3 local projects up for bids CHRISTMAS Continued from page 1Priceless memories Kaitlyn Smith, 9, with her idol, big brother SPC Russell E. Smith, who is a communications specialist with the U.S. Army. Currently stationed in Afghanistan, Smith joined the Army shortly after turning 18 and soon after graduating from Taylor County High School in 2006. He and his wife, Samantha, have a 16-month-old son, Aiden. Smith was due to return to his post overseas by the new year. Main Street: planning its work and working its plan for 2012-17Commission pursues $750,000 grant for housing improvements The Taylor County Commission is moving forward with an application for a $750,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to fund low-income housing improvements. Commissioners held the rst hearing on the grant in September and the second last week. During both hearings, they heard from representatives of Jordan & Associates, which the county contracted with to administrator CDBG applications. No one from the public spoke during last weeks hearing and the commission voted unanimously to approve the application. This summer, the county learned it was receiving $350,000 in State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) funds and County Grants Coordinator Melody Cox said the county would be using $125,000 of that money as a match for a CDBG housing grant to receive additional points and make their application more competitive. In 2011, the county was awarded a $750,000 CDBG housing rehabilitation grant, which funded 13 projects, 10 of which were demolition and reconstruction. The county also used SHIP funds as a match for that grant. Taylors jobless rate falls for fourth consecutive month Taylor Countys unemployment rate fell for the fourth straight month in November, dropping to 7.0 percent for the month. The countys unemployment rate was 7.9 percent in July, falling to 7.6 percent in August, 7.3 percent in September and 7.2 in October. Novembers rate was the lowest recorded this year. For the month, Taylor had the 20th highest unemployment rate among Floridas 67 counties, with 660 people unemployed and 8,881 employed, according to gures released last week by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO. Among Taylors neighbors, Madison County had the highest unemployment rate at 8.3 percent, followed by Dixie County at 8.1 percent. Below Taylor were Lafayette at 6.1 percent and Jefferson County at 5.1 percent. Madison and Dixie counties rates stayed level from October to November, while Lafayette Countys rate rose slightly and Jeffersons fell. Hendry County had the highest rate in the state at 11.3 percent, while Monroe County once again boasted the lowest with 3.7 percent. Floridas seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.4 percent in November, down 0.3 percentage point over the month, and down 1.6 percentage points from 8.0 percent a year ago. The states November rate was the lowest since July 2008 when it also was 6.4 percent. There were 599,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 9,395,000. The U.S. unemployment rate was 7.0 percent in November. Floridas unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage point lower than the U.S. rate and was below the national rate for the ninth consecutive month. Compared to November 2012, the number of jobs in the state was up by 183,100, an increase of 2.5 percent. Floridas annual job growth rate in October and November 2013 was the fastest since June 2006. Nationally, the number of jobs was up 1.7 percent over the year. Floridas annual job growth rate has exceeded or been equal to the nations rate since March 2012. Yes, we are online. Find us at www. perry news papers .comSubscribe today and receive YOUR e-Edition every Wednesday and Friday.
A-4 Perry News-Herald December 27-28, 2013 Living McGrew honored Who are the candidates for Teacher of the Year? Taylor County Middle School has selected Amber Jones as its candidate for this years Teacher of the Year honor in the Taylor County School District. In the announcement, Mrs. Jones was described as tireless in her dedication to the students, faculty and staff at Taylor County Middle School. She sponsors several extra-curricular teams, serves diligently on various committees throughout the school, while serving as the business education teacher. Jones and her husband, Tanner, moved to Perry in 2011. He joined her for the recognition ceremony with Principal Kiki Puhl. TCMS picks Jones Get a book before New Years holiday!Jewelry workshop kicks off new year at library After closing Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the Taylor County Public Library is open again for business, and hopes youre reading your way through the holidays. Next week, the library will remain open on Tuesday, New Years Eve, until 5 p.m., and close New Years Day. It will open again on Thursday, the second day of 2014. To christen the new year, the library will offer a workshop on jewelry design and construction on Monday, Jan. 9. Moonower Designs has two price points: you may sign up for the $10 project or the $15 project (price varies because of stones and materials used). Step-by-step instruction will be given to all participants of this workshop for which registration is encouraged. You may call 850-5843512 for more information. Or you may visit the web site, www.3riverslibrary. com where details will be listed. Check under Upcoming Events in Regional Libraries. Kim Pegg, library director, urges young readers and adults alike to take advantage of the many workshops and services offered at the library.
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A-6 Perry News-Herald December 27-28, 2013 Religion Churches ring out one year, ring in a new one Dont ring, pray! At Antioch Revival Center, the emphasis is, Pray out the old; pray in the new. The church will have a New Years Eve service on Dec. 31 from 7 p.m. until midnight. The Rev. Robert Watson invites all to come and bring a friend. Preach Bowl begins at 9 p.m. Temple of God Baptist Church will have its annual Preach Bowl on Tuesday night, Dec. 31, to usher in the 2014 New Year. The program will begin at 9 p.m. and last until midnight. There will be preaching, singing and dancing. Breakfast will be served immediately after the program. Everyone is invited to attend.What is revival?On Jan. 5-8, Fellowship Baptist Church in Steinhatchee will welcome Evangelist Ed Lacey for a Conference on Revival. What is revival? Lacey will explore that topic, reminding all that the word is typically used to explain the process through which God restores His people to a place of obedience and righteousness. As he says, It is a move of God, in answer to the prayers of His people. Sunday services are planned at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., with 7 p.m. services Monday through Wednesday. Everyone is cordially invited to attend. Watch Night service The Citywide Watch Night meeting will be held at Mt. Olive M.B. Church on Dec. 31 beginning at 10 p.m. and continuing until midnight. Sponsored by the Perry Alliance of Pastors and Ministers, this event will conclude with a breakfast for all. The Rev. George Williams, pastor of the church, invites everyone to attend. tidbits: Food pantry to be named in honor of B.D. Williams By SARAH HALL Dedication planned Dec. 31 at 11Youre invited to celebrate a historic moment with us as we ofcially name the Jerkins Food Pantry, the B.D. Williams Food Pantry. This dedication ceremony will be Tuesday, Dec. 31, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. with refreshments provided for all. Linda Davis, coordinator, invites everyone to attend. Weekend sessions begin tonightThe Taylor County Ministers, Deacons and Superintendents Union will convene with the New Mt. Zion Church Family beginning tonight (Friday) at 7 when the host church is in charge of the program. The Rev. Izell Montgomery Jr. is pastor of the host church. On Saturday at 9:45 a.m., the youth department takes charge with Frances Toliver and Jacquelyn Beasley as directors. Evening services will follow. Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. kicks off activities with morning worship at 11 a.m. on Dec. 29. A special concluding service is planned at 2 p.m. Make your plans to attend.Prayer listSpecial prayers are requested for Flo Jenness at home; Alma Jean Ingram in Atlanta, Ga.; Sheppard Salter at home; Nobie Roberts (V.A.); Sandy Hall at home; Dorothy Howard at TMH; William Spivey in Shands; Krystal Briggs in TMH; and Nadine Mango at home. Also remember the families of the late Lorraine Lane and the families of the late Thelma (Miller) Myles.Dont miss Watch NightA Citywide Watch Night is planned for New Years Eve (Dec. 31) at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church. The event begins at 10 p.m. and ends at midnight, followed by breakfast. Sponsors are members of the Perry Alliance of Pastors and Ministers. Vandebrakes send blessings for 2014As a message to friends and extended church family in Perry, Bob Vandebrake forwards assurance of his prayers for your entire family for 2014. Writing on behalf of his wife, Dee, Vandebrake said he was reminded of the angels words from Luke 1:37, For with God nothing shall be impossible. As Elizabeths barreness was wiped away with the birth of her son John, God will take our barren and unfullled dreams and give us a renewed faith in His plan for our lives. I like Elizabeths response, after her baby leaped at Marys greeting: And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told to her from the Lord. Luke 1:45. As a Christ follower, we must remember that God has a performance left for all of us to complete. And yes: He is still in the business of the impossible. We thank you so much this Christmas for the blessing you have been to Dee and me in 2013. Your prayers and nancial support have had a permanent impact on Uganda and Kenya. Dee and I have eyewitnessed: orphans opening Christmas boxes of love, 80-plus families supporting themselves in their new businesses, Bible schools training pastors in Kenya and Uganda (more than 1,700 graduates to date), and accreditation for new four-year degree in biblical studies. If you would enjoy reading the full report go to www.gokenya.org/2013year-end-report/. May God bless you in 2014: it is going to be a great year because with God, all things are possible.
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