November 25, 2015 Edition

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Dr. Bob Magee directs the Williams Singers in a performance of "I Will Rise" during the Community Thanksgiving Service held Sunday evening at Williams Baptist College's Manley Chapel.

Community Thanksgiving Service
honors officers, helps hungry kids

John Bland

The Lawrence County Ministerial Alliance hosted its annual Community Thanksgiving Service on Sunday evening at Williams Baptist College's Manley Chapel.

The well-attended service included stirring music, a message by Dr. Tom Jones, president of Williams Baptist College, and recognition of law enforcement officers in Lawrence County. An offering from the service totaled $1,000 and will benefit each of the four school districts in Lawrence County.

Dr. Bob Kary, a member of the alliance, shared that funds and food supplies for the Backpacks for Kids food program had been reduced. The Ministerial Alliance had agreed to divide the offering equally between school districts for their backpack programs that help feed hungry kids when school is not in session.

Dr. Kary also reported on the ministries of the organization, which include the Shepherd Care Clothing Ministries, Inc., and the Bags of Blessings food program. Because of the success of Shepherd Care, which charges the public 60 cents per pound for clothing, the Ministerial Alliance has helped several organizations.

Ten cents of each pound of clothes sold goes to the Bags of Blessings food ministry. Kary reported that Bags of Blessings fed 853 families in 2014 and 625 families thus far in 2015.

Through the funds raised at Shepherd Care, the Ministerial Alliance has also been able to give donations to such organizations as John 3:16, Jumpstart Ministries and the Butterfly Ranch. They also help senior citizens on fixed incomes with funds for gas to get to doctor's appointments, when they must choose between food and medical care.

Dale Hughart, president of the Ministerial Alliance, and David Craig, made a presentation to local law enforcement officials for their service in keeping Lawrence County residents safe and protected.

Dr. Tom Jones' Thanksgiving message was titled "Living a Thankful Life." He read scripture from John 8:2-11, which tells a story of forgiveness. Because all have sinned, Jones said that we can accept God's forgiveness, live a life of obedience and be thankful for that forgiveness.

Brent Powell, vice president of the alliance, and his daughter, Janai Powell Rindels of Sonoma, Calif., provided special music, as did the Williams Singers, the Walnut Ridge First Baptist Church Handbell Choir and Trenton Neeley, pianist, who performed "I Surrender All" for the offertory.

Dr. Chris Thompson served as pianist for the service, while Powell was worship leader.

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