By Fran Bunn
The Peachtree Baptist Church congregation continued to pray for the new and old leadership of our country, for new beginnings and that the people of this country will unite. God be praised.
Special music: Jane May performed a piano solo
Bible verse of the week: Acts: 4:31.
The sanctuary flower arrangement Sunday was presented to glorify God by Bobby Bunn and I in loving memory of Bobby’s parents, Claral and Chessie Bunn.
I presented the devotional, “The Grace of Gratitude,” by Billy Graham, from “Hope For Each Day: Words of Wisdom and Faith.”
“The Pilgrim fathers who landed at Plymouth in America in 1620 knew nothing of the bountiful prosperity that so many people enjoy today. During that first long winter, seven times as many graves were made for the dead as homes were built for the living. Seed imported from England failed to grow, and a ship that was to bring food and relief brought 35 more mouths to feed, but not an ounce of provisions. They caught fish and hunted wild fowl and venison. They had a little English meal and some Indian corn.
“Yet their lives were marked by a spirit of constant thankfulness. On one occasion, William Brewster, rising from a scanty Plymouth dinner of clams and water, gave thanks to God ‘for the abundance of the sea and the treasures hid in the sand.’
“According to today’s standards, they had little; but they possessed a sense of great gratitude. Gratitude is one of the greatest Christian graces; ingratitude, one of the most vicious sins. Ask God to open your eyes to all the blessings He has bestowed on you, and to give you a fresh spirit of gratitude — not just at this season of the year, but always.”
Lawrence Edwards and I are leading this month’s Bible study, “All In: A Life of Commitment.” This is the sixth installment of a six-session lesson, “Committed to His Worship: God deserves our worship and praise,” with scripture from Psalm 99: 1-9.
“We have many reasons to love the fall season: the leaves change color, the weather gets cooler and football season arrives. Boys in small towns and big cities put on pads and helmets so they can play a game that borders on sanctioned violence. Fans pack into stadiums to cheer for what has become the ultimate American pastime.
“In the United States every November, we celebrate a national holiday of thanksgiving, a time to reflect on and express gratitude for all the good things in our lives.
“The focus not only needs to be on the good things in our lives, but particularly on the good God who has provided those things. By doing so, our focus would change from what God does to who God is.
“Behind every good gift, God provides. He is the God of definite goodness and love. He is worthy of our praise even if we don’t have everything we would like to have.
“In these verses, we see Psalm 99 has been placed in a section of Psalms devoted to God’s reign and His majesty.”
• Peachtree Baptist Church is now collecting donations for its N.C. State Missions fundraiser.
• We are taking orders for Christmas poinsettias. We only have 25 this year. Please get your orders in. Sign-up sheet is in the narthex. Poinsettias are $12.
• The First Baptist Church of Spring Hope is now welcoming members and visitors to indoor services.
• Pastor Dougald McLauren was guest pastor at First Baptist Church of Spring Hope on Sunday.
• Ephesus Baptist Church is having tailgate services on Sundays starting at 10 a.m.
IN LOVING MEMORY
The entire Peachtree Baptist Church family expresses heartfelt, deep sympathy to the family and friends of Jean Carol Pridgen Bunn, 86, who passed away Nov. 16.
Jean was born on Sept. 24 and shared a birthday with her husband, William “Billy” Mack Bunn. Jean and Billy were married 67 years. Jean lived in the Peachtree community and was a member of Peachtree Baptist Church. Graveside services were held at the Bunn Family Cemetery with Rev. Dr. Richard “Rick” McDuffie officiating. Rick is a former pastor of Peachtree Baptist Church.
PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS
• To all those sick and in need. Please keep them all in your prayers.
• Maxine Whitley, Barbara Privette, Beverly Wilson, Linwood May, Ronnie Matthews, Kathy Farmer, Mac Bennett, Rudy and Gail Brantley, Jake Robertson, Mother Rose and Jerry Little.
• Norman Whitley is recovering from surgery.
• Beth Edwards is recovering from surgery.
• Frances Hedgepath is in Nash General Hospital.
• Timmy Clifton is in Wake Med.
• Eddie Tomlinson is recovering.
• Janice Sykes is recovering from surgery.
• Chaldi Vaccaro, Marta Whitehouse’s sister, is undergoing a test.
• Billy Bunn needs prayers.
• Flora Flood is recovering from eye surgery.
• Doug Hayes needs prayers.
• Janie Joyner is undergoing treatment.
• Audrey Farmer is scheduled for surgery.
• Al and Carol Ann Bell are home recovering.
• Delcie Wakefield and Pastor Bill need prayers.
• Bill Nelson of Waynesville js having treatment in Asheville.
• Dorothy Nelson needs prayer.
• Irene Page is preparing for knee surgery.
• Frances Hutchins is feeling better.
• Joyce Brinkley is undergoing treatment.
• Butch Keen needs prayers.
• Danny Manning is in Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.
• Randell Whitley is in Nash General Hospital.
• Eula Gupton is receiving treatment.
• Keep Seth and Eric Hicks and Jean Womble in your prayers.
• Birthday blessings to Diane Tucker (Nov. 25), Maxine Whitley (Nov. 29) and Melissa Whitley (Nov. 30).
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Fran Bunn is a member of Peachtree Baptist Church.