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By Liz Durr

In Children’s Church Sunday, Sandi Strickland asked the children if anyone thought they could be an enemy of God.  She told them that we can be an enemy of God.  She said that Jesus took all of our sin when he died on that cross.  We are an enemy of God before we are saved.  We can live for Christ. Christ gave us the Holy Spirit to live in us and bring glory to him.  We can serve God by telling others about Jesus and by telling others what Jesus has done for us.

Old Bethel sang happy birthday to George Posey and Alex Broadway.  We sang happy anniversary to Bro. Jay and Ida Jones.

Sunday, Bro. Jay Jones preached in view of a call at Old Bethel.  He preached from 1 Kings 18:30.  His theme was “Repairing the Broken Altar.” He told the church that we should take our burdens to the altar and lay them down and leave them there.  The only way to save a church is to repent. God calls the church to repent.  He said, “God is number one over your spouse, your church, your friends, your family and your finances.” If God is not number one you have a problem.

After the worship service, moderator Kevin Berry, called a business meeting to cast a vote on Bro. Jay Jones for pastor of Old Bethel.  The vote was cast as a secret ballot.  When the votes were counted, it was a 100 percent unanimous vote for Bro. Jay Jones to become the pastor of Old Bethel.

Bro. Jay was previously pastor of Warden Baptist Church. He is a bi-vocational pastor.  He works for the La.DOTD and his wife, Ida, works for the U.S. Post Office as a mail carrier.  They have three sons, Zack, Blake and Nathaniel.

Some of the class of 1967 went to Lasyone’s Saturday morning for breakfast.  Allen Posey, one of the classmates, was in town and wanted to get together for breakfast.  Allen was not able to attend the class reunion in March.

Those who were at Lasyone’s were Bennie Rikard Harsell, Susan Robertson Pullig, Warren Massia, Ben Rushing, Sue Weaver Davis, Malcolm and Liz Durr, Allen Posey and his brother, Mayor Lee Posey.  Dee Fulton made an appearance before we left.  Everyone had a good visit.

The Clara Springs fourth Friday fish fry is Friday. First Baptist Church in Converse will cook.  They will start serving around 5:15 p.m.   It is $9 for an adult plate and $5 for a child’s plate.

Westside will have an Operation Christmas Child meeting Aug. 29 at 6 p.m. There will be food, fun and fellowship.  They will give out boxes. All churches are invited.

Westside will be have a garage sale Sept. 15-16 to help with postage for the Operation Christmas Child boxes.  The cost to mail a shoebox has gone up to $9 a box.

Calvary Baptist Church will celebrate its 65th homecoming Sept. 10 at 10 a.m.  The speaker will be Bro. Wayne Hicks.  Paul Cormane will lead the music. There will be no Sunday school. They will have lunch in fellowship hall following the worship service.

District Eight is starting collection for the Mexico Mission.  They are collecting clothes in good condition, coats, blankets and toys that don’t require batteries. They are collecting pinto beans, rice, canned vegetables and fruit for the feeding program run by Bro. Frank Banda in Mexico.  Collection week is Nov. 13–16 at Spring Ridge Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill, Many City Hall, Southside Baptist Church in Mansfield, Florien City Hall and the District Eight Missions Office in Natchitoches.  For more information, contact Chris or Candi Funderburk at 318-586 4621.