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Students at North Pontotoc Attendance Center, Mississippi, may have been told in a court room they couldnt pray, but they decided to pray on another court - the basketball court in their school gymnasium.
National attention was focused a couple of years ago on the Magnolia State Campus as a legal battle unfolded over the issue of school prayer. In that case, Lisa Herdahl sued to stop a Christian club from opening the school day with prayer over the school intercom. District Judge Neal Biggers issued an injunction to stop the prayers and a year later declared the prayers unconstitutional.
But the students wouldn't take no for an answer. The Christian group that was responsible for the intercom prayers before the court case, the Aletheia Club ("Aletheia" is the Greek word for "truth") obtained permission from the school administration to hold student led, voluntary prayer and bible stories in the gym each morning before school.
Those who thought the meetings would soon fizzle out were wrong. Two years after the judge's injunction, more than 90% of the student body at North Pontotoc continues to meet every morning to sing, pray and listen to scriptures!
Praise the Lord for Christians who will take a stand and not just voluntarily surrender their rights as a Christian. Where there is a will to do God's will, God will provide a way!
Though there are many court cases warring across our land against Christians and Biblical issues, it's certainly not time to drop our hands in surrender and disgust. It's time to raise our hands in prayer to God and see Him show Himself mighty and to proceed forward in faith.
In the days of the one room school houses and early Colleges, it was mandatory to open the day in prayer. As the saying goes, "We've come a long way baby!" But, it's in the wrong direction!
How much more so in these last days should we take a stand for "truth" and allow the light of the glorious gospel to shine in sin darkened hearts, revealing the way of forgiveness and reception of the gift of eternal Life!
Sister Thomas Aquinas Kielceski, IHM is commemorating her 50th Anniversary of Profession in the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Sister is a native of Holy Name of Mary Parish. A celebration is planned for Sunday, June 15, at the 10:30 Mass with a reception following. Please plan to attend and congratulate Sister Thomas Aquinas for her dedicated service to the Church as an IHM Sister. Father Nash serves as Pastor.
Franklin Hill Presbyterian Church, the little white church on the hill, invites everyone to a Christmas Carol Songfest. Celebrate with song the miracle of the birth of Jesus. The wonderful old carols are in season even on the first day of summer! Join on June 21, at 7:00 p.m. for "Christmas in June." They are located near Milk Can Corners on Franklin Hill Road, between Route 29, Lawsville Center and old Route 11, Summersville. Refreshments will be served. A free-will offering will go toward the building fund.
Robert, Joyce and Jordan Hayes will present an inspirational concert of worship and praise at the Bridgewater Baptist Church on Sunday, June 15, 6:00 p.m. A variety of musical combinations will be used including keyboard solos, vocal solos, and duets. Their style of music is tasteful, worshipful, and Biblical. It will be a great time of remembering and rehearsing the greatness of our God.
The Hayes reside in Whiting, New Jersey, where Robert and Joyce are Artists in Residence at Americas Keswick, a Christian conference and retreat center. Robert also serves as the conferences Director of Program Ministries. Another operation of Americas Keswick is the Colony of Mercy, a spiritual restoration center for men with addictions.
The concert is open to all who would like to attend. For more information about the concert or directions to the church located on the corner of Church and Spruce in Montrose, call the church office at 2782352.
The Elk Lake Community Church had a mission collecting returnable soda cans to aid in raising money for a new piano. The Sunday School challenged the church adults to see who could collect more cans. The Sunday School members worked very hard to outdo the adults of the church. The final tally of returnable cans was 2,733, raising $136.65.
Thanks to all who helped make this project a success. Remainder of money for the piano was raised through special collections and donations. Pastor Bishop announced that a new piano is on its way, shortly to the Elk Lake Community Church.
The Montrose United Methodist Church will be holding their Vacation Bible School June 16 through June 20. The theme this year will be "Lighthouse Kids: Shining God's Light".
At Lighthouse Kids, the children will be dazzeled with the power of God's light as they explore the world of lighthouses all that light can do. There will be Lighthouse Kids stories, songs, games, crafts and fun.
For more information contact the church office at 278-3311.
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