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Peachtree members welcomed a beautiful day Sunday, always praising our God. God is good.

The sanctuary flower arrangement was presented to glorify God by Bob Bunn and I in loving honor of our son Robby’s 53 birthday.

SUNDAY SCHOOL

I welcomed the Sunday school gathering and led the song, “I Am Thine, O Lord.”

I then read “Suffering and Success,” by Billy Graham, from “Hope For Each Day: Words of Wisdom and Faith.”

“Some godly people, men and women, were called upon to endure great suffering. They could have grown bitter and resentful… yet, because they knew Christ and walked in the joy of His presence every day, God blessed them and turned them into people who reflected Christ.

“Dr. Edwards Judson, at the dedication of a church in New York City, said, ‘Suffering and success go together. If you are succeeding without suffering, it is because others before you have suffered; if you are suffering without succeeding, it is that others after you may succeed.’

“Admittedly it’s hard to ‘count it all joy’ when suffering comes. But when it does, ask God to sanctify it and use it to make you steadfast in your faith.”

BIBLE STUDY

I led the Median Sunday school class Bible study. “When Life Gets Hard: Big Questions About Pain and Suffering,” is a new series of seven lessons.” The third lesson is “Why Am I Suffering? Don’t assume your suffering is the direct result of sin in your life,” from Job 11:13-16, 23:8-12, and John 91-3.

In this study, I read, “Football. Some of us love the game. Others among us couldn’t care less. We feel we are having to suffer through these games. But that is not real suffering.

“Of course, true suffering has nothing to do with personal preferences; no one choses to go through pain, heartache or tragedies.

“A common teaching in many eastern religions is ‘karma,’ the idea that your actions today determine what happens to you in the future, ‘You get what you deserve.’ Many in the church think this makes sense in explaining suffering. Even in the oldest written book in the Bible, men tried to use this argument to explain Job’s suffering.

“In these verses we learn, ‘We see one man, Job, struggle to understand the suffering that stormed into his life even though he was a righteous person.’”

Special music: Jane May preformed a piano solo. Marta Whitehouse sang a solo, “The People God Gives You.”

Verse of the month: Micah 6:8.

Sermon: Pastor Gene Whitehouse delivered a message titled “The Manipulator.”

CHURCH BUSINESS

• Peachtree Baptist Church members are looking for a clean copy of their first cookbook. If you have one, please loan it to us. We would like to make copies of it to make a new cookbook. We would return yours to you. Please call the church at 252-478-4418 if you have one.

• Friday, Jan. 31 — Faith Christian Ministry day, noon to 5 p.m.

• Sunday, Feb. 2 — The Peachtree Hostesses will host a soup and sandwich lunch at noon after the worship service. This lunch will be celebrating Peachtree’s 211th anniversary. Members are welcome to bring soup, sandwiches or desserts. There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex. All are welcome.

• Tuesday, Feb. 4 — Peachtree women’s book study meeting, 10 a.m.

• Wednesday, Feb. 5 — Women’s evening book study, 7 p.m.

COMMUNITY NEWS

• On Saturday night, Bob Bunn and I attended our niece Shannon Abbott’s 39th birthday party. We joined my sister, Margaret, and her family at Bad Daddy’s at Brier Cheek in Raleigh for the party. There were about 15 people there. If you go there, you must try their Bad Daddy buttermilk-battered bacon hamburger fully loaded. It was the largest bacon hamburger I have ever had. It is outstanding. Food and service is outstanding.

• On Sunday after church, some of the Sunday Lunch Group traveled to Zebulon for lunch at the Southland Steakhouse Restaurant. Food and service was wonderful.

• I attended the Dortches Ruritan Club’s installation of officers Thursday in my capacity as zone governor of the Nash County Ruritans.

• The two new business owners in Spring Hope — Tammy Sullivan of Spring Hope Barber and Donna Little of Little General Store — are enjoying great success. They’re planning open houses soon. Come and meet these new owners. Don’t forget, Spring Hope is up and coming. Visit all the shops and businesses there.

• On Jan. 18, the Moore parents hosted a Pinkalicious Peanut Butter and Jelly party for the twins’ fourth birthday. It was a fun time at their house.

• Dr. Kevin and Kasey Moore of Spring Hope First Baptist Church had a wonderful celebration Saturda. It was their youngest daughter Karis’ first birthday. Karis enjoyed her twin sisters, Kaisley and Kaylyn, other family, and friends at their party. They enjoyed cake and games. What a fun time.

• Saturday, Feb. 8 — Flood’s Chapel will hold its monthly men’s breakfast at 8 a.m. The church serves scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, biscuits, drinks and more. All men are invited.

• Monday, Feb. 10 — Stoney Hill men’s dinner, 7 p.m. All men are invited.

PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS

• To all those sick and in need.

• To Norman and Maxine Whitley, Kathy Farmer and Ray Jackson.

• Joan Rackley Eason is in Wake Med awaiting surgery.

• Please don’t forget to visit the people in the nursing homes in your area.

• The entire Peachtree Baptist Church family expresses heartfelt, deep sympathy to the family and friends of Ralph Edward Sykes, who passed away Jan. 18. Ralph was born June 13, 1942. Ralph was a member of Peachtree Baptist Church where he was buried.

• Birthday blessings to Marta Whitehouse (Jan. 27) and Robby Bunn (Jan. 30).

If you have news, please call or email me. It can’t be printed if I don’t know about it. I do prefer an email. My email address is mfpbun@aol.com. My phone number is 252-478-2846. You may leave a message.

“Whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy.” — James 1:2.

Fran Bunn is a member of Peachtree Baptist Church.

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