2017-10-05 / Personalities

Frances Wheelis WOM group gathers at Hopkins home

The Frances Wheelis Women on Mission of First Baptist Church met in the home of Rosemary Hopkins Monday evening, October 2.

Melanie Wells, facilitator, presided and led members in the WMU Watchword, 1 Corinthians 9:22b. Sharon Williamson offered the opening prayer.

The business meeting followed and several notes of thanks were shared.

Mrs. Wells thanked all those who participated in the Love Washington event as the group gathered with others at several of the assisted living complexes to sing with the residents.

New business and several announcements included the Chili Cook-Off for World Hunger on October 22 with the group providing desserts. The group will also provide the desserts for the Week of Prayer for International Missions focus in December when the guest speaker at the Wednesday evening service on December 6 will be Jerry Claxton, missionary to Israel. Members were also reminded of the Baptist Women’s World Day of Prayer Luncheon at the Georgia Baptist Association Mission Center on November 6. Af- ter the luncheon and program those who can are encouraged to remain and help pack the backpacks for the Appalachian project. With November also having emphasis on Operation Christmas Child, everyone was encouraged to begin collecting items for the Shoeboxes of Love that will be sent to children around the world through this program of the Samaritan’s Purse.

In her mission action report Kay Nelms also thanked everyone for their Love Washington support and told of plans to continue this music project during the holiday season. Members voted to continue support of Hope Chest for their sponsored child in Swaziland and Chris Drinkard in his ministry in Manila, Philippines, in addition to gifts to the Troupe Harris Scholarship Fund and Lottie Moon Christmas Offering in memory of Jane Newsome, and to other needs within the community.

Carol Souther led the program in the absence of Leslie McAvoy. She related the story of Operation Bedspread, the brainchild of Mrs. McAvoy’s brother, Rees Carroll of Brunswick. This project has provided more than 652 beds and linens for children and adults who simply do have beds in their homes. The need for beds has greatly increased since Hurricane Irma’s landfall and destruction. The group also made a donation to this project.

Mrs. Souther continued with mission support and after missionaries with birthdays on October 2 were named and those with special needs remembered, Julia Palmer closed in prayer.

Mrs. Hopkins, assisted by Melanie Wells, served delicious apple cake, nuts, coffee, and tea during a time of fellowship.

Members present were Kay Nelms, Susan Pope, Eloise Wood, Priscilla Moore, Sharon Williamson, Melanie Wells, Nancy Madden, Carol Souther, Julia Palmer, and Rosemary Hopkins.

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