November 22, 2006 Edition

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Community comes
together to give thanks


John Householder (left) and Jenny Fisher, along with other members of the Praise Team from Walnut Ridge First Baptist Church perform and lead singing during Sunday evening's annual Community Thanksgiving Service.
John Bland
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Rev. Lynn Garmroth, pastor of Hoxie First Baptist Church, encouraged members of the community to focus on and be thankful for the many positive things occurring in their lives and communities.

Garmroth delivered the message Sunday night at the annual Community Thanksgiving Service held at First Assembly of God. Members of several denominations, primarily from Hoxie and Walnut Ridge, filled the worship center.

Garmroth urged attendees to remember that even small gifts can make a big difference. He told the story of an impoverished little girl, whose donation of 57 cents inspired major gifts for the building of Temple Baptist Church in Philadelphia.

Rev. Dale Hughart, pastor of First Assembly of God, welcomed the crowd to the service, and John Householder and the Praise Team from Walnut Ridge First Baptist Church performed and led singing.

Rev. Rick Anglin of New Beginning Family Worship in Hoxie gave the offering prayer. An offering totaling $576 was collected. The Lawrence County Ministerial Alliance will use the money to assist with benevolence needs.

Angel Food Ministries

Rev. Debbie Spangler of Walnut Ridge First Presbyterian Church gave a report on the Angel Food Ministry that her congregation expanded to Lawrence County earlier this year. The first month's order in March began with five $25 units, and through November, 1,848 units have now been distributed.

Bro. Monroe Baldwin of the Alicia Baptist Church shared how his church has incorporated the Angel Food Ministries into their existing program, Bridges Over Poverty. "Fulfilling physical needs first can lead to fulfilling spiritual needs," Baldwin said.

Shepherd Care

Rev. Steve Trail of First Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge reported that the Shepherd Care clothing ministry has now operated almost five years. Shepherd Care, a project of the Ministerial Alliance, is located at 710 Hwy. 67B North, Walnut Ridge. Trail recognized volunteers in the audience who process the clothing and keep the store open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Trail also announced that the Kiwanis Club of Walnut Ridge will again match donations given to Shepherd Care in December for up to $1,000. This is the fourth year for Kiwanis to offer the matching gift. To make a tax-deductible donation to Shepherd Care and have it matched by the Kiwanis Club, send gifts to: Shepherd Care, P.O. Box 401, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476.

Other participants in the program were Rev. Jerry Reed of the Sedgwick United Methodist Church, who sang a solo, and Rev. Michael Winberry of the Hoxie United Methodist Church, who gave the benediction.

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