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The Peachtree Baptist Church congregation and friends came together on Mother’s Day Sunday to worship.

The sanctuary flower arrangement Sunday was presented to glorify God by JoAnn in loving honor of her daughter, Melanie White.

SUNDAY SCHOOL

I welcomed the Mother’s Day Sunday school gathering and led the song, “Living For Jesus.” I then read, “Mother’s Day,” by Erin MacPherson, taken from Daily Guidepost 2019.

“‘Four generation girls’ night!’ my daughter Kate shouted as she jumped into the car and buckled in next to her cousin in the backseat. My sister hopped into the front seat, and we swung by my mom’s house, where we picked up my 89-year-old grandmother and my mom.

“We went to one of those paint-your-own-sign places. My daughter picked a turquoise sign with sparkling glitter as an accent. My mom picked a muted cream with a Bible verse. And my grandmother? She picked a stencil with the words ‘Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound,’ written in hot pink, of course.

“But soon, Grandma had a confused look in her eyes. Her canvas was blank. She had no idea how to even begin. The one who had cared for us all so well for so long, the one who was capable, the one who was so vibrant, and quick to begin was now…blank. Her once strong, vibrant mind was an empty canvas.

“I walked over to my grandma and helped her pick up the brush. I held her hand in mine, and we painted together. Up, down. Down, up.

“‘Look how pretty this is, Grandma.’ My sister laid a hand on her shoulder and pointed to the hot-pink.

“My grandma looked up with sparkling eyes. I painted it all by myself, you know.’

“‘Yes, Grandma, you did. And it’s beautiful.’”

“Wisdom is with the aged, and understanding in length of days.” — Job 12:12

I chose this Mother’s Day devotional because in the last days of my mother’s life, she had Alzheimer’s. It is so heartbreaking.

BIBLE STUDY

I led the Median Sunday school class Bible study, “Let the Dead Bury Their Dead: Following Jesus Takes Priority Over All Other Commitments,” from Luke 9:57-62. This lesson is the fifth in a seven-week series, “He Said What? Hard Sayings of Jesus.”

I began by reading “The Bible Meets Life.”

“Following a sports team can be a fun endeavor, but fans come in two breeds:

• 1. Fair-weather fans follow a team only when it wins.

• 2. Faithful fans follow a team through thick and thin. They develop a strong foundation to stand on as they support their team in both ups and downs.

“Your allegiance can change. It’s interesting how seasons of life can affect what we hold as important, even which sports team we follow. Life can often feel like an unending round of tasks and responsibilities. Many things call for our attention and care-and most of these are good and important things. So it’s a challenge when Jesus spoke of all-or-nothing commitment if we are to follow Him.

“How do we juggle the call to follow Christ with so many other duties and responsibilities pressing on us?

“ In Luke 9, Jesus challenged us to consider the cost of following Him. In these verses, we learn there were three men who came to commit to Jesus. But when Jesus turned to them and challenged them to move from superficial followers to become fully committed disciples, we see they put other commitments first.

“Unfortunately, the same can be true about the priority we place on following Jesus. It’s easy to follow Jesus when everything is going great, but what happens when it becomes uncomfortable or other things call for our attention? Most Christians are not required to leave their homes to travel on the road as Jesus did, but being a disciple of Jesus means the same total commitment.

“Jesus knows what it costs to follow Him. Jesus knows exactly what it would take for His followers to proclaim the kingdom of Heaven. Following Jesus is not an important thing; it’s the most important thing!”

If you are interested in joining a very active Sunday school class, come out and join us and stay for church.

Bible verse of the month: Acts 9:31.

Special music: Jane May played a piano solo medley, “Mother and Precious Moments.” The Peachtree Adult Choir, led by Pastor Gene Whitehouse, performed “Change My Heart, O God.”

SERMON NOTES

“Women of the Lord, Mother’s Day 2019,” from Proverbs 31:30, by Pastor Whitehouse.“To Praise the Woman Who Fears the Lord.”

Pastor Gene begin by reading “An Acrostic of Praise.”

M — is for the million things she gave me

O — means only that she’s growing old

T — is for the tears ‘twere shed to save me

H — is for her heart as pure as gold

E — is for her eyes with love-light shining

R — means right, and right she’ll always be.

What does it mean to fear the Lord?

• The fear of the Lord is fear of fleeing out of His fellowship into the way of sin.

• The fear of the Lord is accompanied by tremendous blessing.

• A woman who fears the Lord will not run away from God to satisfy her longings and relieve her anxieties.

Why should we praise such a woman?

• It feels good to do it.

• It honors God.

• It strengthens her hand in the Lord.

What does a woman who fears the Lord look like?

• She doesn’t fear tomorrow’s troubles.

• She has practical wisdom.

• She is strong.

• She will live for others.

• She cares for the needy.

CHURCH BUSINESS

• Thursday, May 16 — Men’s Ministry dinner and fellowship, 6:30 p.m.

• Sunday, May 19 — Graduate recognition and Children’s Home emphasis, 11 a.m.

• Sunday, May 19 — Lunch following worship service, noon

• Tuesday, May 28 — Deacons’ meeting, 7 p.m.

VISITS, GATHERINGS

• Some of the Median adult Sunday school class honored Jerry Hobgood Friday night with dinner at Main Street Grille in Wake Forest. Great time of fellowship.

• Lynn Griffin and the Monthly Lunch Group honored some senior ladies with a lunch for Mother’s Day.

• The Men’s Ministry honored the mothers and others for a Mother’s Day breakfast on Sunday.

• The WMU honored the oldest mother, Annie Belle Edwards, and youngest mother, Kristy, Ann Browder’s daughter. All mothers were given gifts.

• Congratulations to Melba and Jerry Hobgood on their 35th anniversary.

• Bob Bunn and I were treated to Mother’s Day dinner Sunday at my niece Jennifer’s home in Durham.

• JoAnn Blankenship helped chaperone her granddaughter Destiny’s senior prom. Destiny was chosen prom queen for 2019.

We would like to have more community news. If you have news, please call or email me. I do prefer an email. My phone number is 252-478-2846. My email address is mfpbun@aol.com.

Fran Bunn is a member of Peachtree Baptist Church.

PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS

• Daylon Finch needs our prayers. He is in the PICU at Duke Children’s Hospital. He is Catherine Gupton’s great-grandson.

• Trice Whitehouse is recovering at home from surgery. He is Pastor and Mrs. Whitehouse’s grandson.

• Prayer list: Jean Bunn, Billy Bunn, Norman Whitley, Ronnie Matthews, Janice and Bobby Sykes, Jake Robertson, Mary Alice Davis, unspoken requests, Dallas Matthews, Krissy Anderson, Diane Denton, Trish Bunn, Art Munoz, Art Vick, Renee Jones, Jean Womble, Eddie and Margaret Abbott, Wallace Reams, Gene Braswell, David Winstead, Helen Toney, Taylor Pope, Ray Jackson, Steve Bass, Betty Browder, Gail Manning, Fred Sykes, Carson Finch and Jack Harris.

We serve the powerful God. Prayers work.

• Birthday blessings to Sandra Breedlove (May 19) and Ann Browder (May 22).

We would like to have more community news. If you have news, please call or email me. I do prefer an email. My phone number is 252-478-2846. My email address is mfpbun@aol.com.

“Jesus allows no shortcuts to follow Him. The cost is high, but the reward is great; a full, joy-filled life now and forever. This joy-filled life is ours in Christ, if we choose to truly follow Him.”

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