2018-06-14 / News


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Many children in the community and surrounding areas attended Vacation Bible School at Sardis Baptist Church last week. The highest number of children reported on a given night was 48. Tara Townsend coordinated a fantastic week of fellowship and fun for youth in Rayle, and she had a stellar staff of church members helping lead activities and teaching classes during the week. In addition to learning about Jesus, children learned about servant leadership and mission works; this year’s project benefits school children in Wilkes County. To end the week, students showcased what they had learned with songs and recited scripture, and families were invited to supper in the fellowship hall. My girls had a wonderful week and are already talking about next year’s VBS!

. Connie Gamble of Dunwoody and Rachel Holdsworth and Wilkes of Loganville took lunch and visited J.W. and Bonnie Boatwright on Tuesday, May 29.

. Reverend Jim Newsome visited J.W. and Bonnie Boatwright on Wednesday, May 30.

. Clifford Boatwright visited J.W. and Bonnie Boatwright on Thursday, May 31.

. Barry Echols visited J.W. and Bonnie Boatwright on Friday, June 1.

. Samantha and Hallie Parker, Nichole, Kayleigh, and Morgan Dooley, and Rylin Lamar, daughter of BreAnna and the late Larry Lamar, enjoyed a trip to the lake on Saturday, June 9. They were joined by Ashton, Hunter, Tiller, and Makayla Dozier of Tignall.

. On Saturday, June 9, Liam Callaway, son of Josh and Lindley Callaway, was honored at a party celebrating his upcoming third birthday. He was joined by many family members and friends, and his younger guests enjoyed playing on a waterslide. Everyone enjoyed finger foods, cake, and ice cream.

. Please lift the following individuals in thoughts and prayers: Gloria and Max Armour, Rubye Armour, Ruby Arnold, Willie Frank Blackburn, Bonnie and J.W. Boatwright, Nina Boatwright, Lincoln Bounds, Susie Brenizer, Horace Browner, Shirley Chafin, Sarah Chapman, Shirley Compton, Pam Davis, Tom Davis, Geraldine Willis Dill, Martin Echols, Mary Edwards, Ann Fleming, Glenda Gosnell, Mary Hawes, Billy Howard, Kathryn Jackson, Frankie Lee Johnson, Nan Jones, Chuck Jordan, Rosie Maxwell, Marrilyn Parks, Dot Porter, Annis Saxon, Kathryn Shedd, Marshall Sherrer, Mildred Sisson, David Smith, James Smith, Rosella Smith, Kenneth Spooner, Willie Mack Stone, Ellis Thornton, Maude Turner, Billy Walker, Norris Ware, Christine Wheatley, Betty Winfrey, and Brenda Wingfield.

. I will end this week with one more thought about Sardis Baptist Church and the wonderful ministries that continue to grow from the congregation. Maebrynn noticed the sign stating that the church was founded in 1788, and she asked what that meant. I explained to her that a few families who settled around Rayle wanted a place to worship, and this church is the result, like many others in our county. It is a powerful thought to take in – God’s love has reached down through generations for 230 years in this small church and has touched the community in big ways. Country churches were a hub of community 200 years ago, when people needed a sense of fellowship for survival, and it seems that we need them more than ever today.

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