By Shirley Thorne
County Line Correspondent
It’s Thanksgiving week and County Liners are looking forward to eating turkey dinners, watching football games, hunting wild game, and shopping. Due to the deadly and highly contagious coronavirus and its inreased spread; turkeys are smaller as families are urged to delay large gatherings, some beloved family members will be missing as they succumbed to the virus, and business closings have affected some family finances.
As photos show, Society Baptist folks ensure 85 families on hard times will have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Church members greatly appreciate everyone’s support.
Jacob Riggs, digital marketing specialist of the North Carolina Baptist Children’s Homes, will be guest speaker at the 11 a.m. worship service Sunday, Nov. 29 at Society Baptist. As this is the time of emphasis and support for Baptist children’s homes across North Carolina, he will speak on the need, loving care, and other ministries provide to the children. Church members welcome others to jthis special service.
Other local churches have these service schedules this week, but contact the church for any updates weather may require:
• Calvary Baptist, no services;
• Clarksbury Methodist, outdoor Sunday worship at 10 a.m. and indoor “Book of John” Bible study at 7 p.m. Thursday, both services with masks and social distancing;
• Piney Grove AME Zion, outdoor Sunday worship at 10 a.m.;
• Pleasant View Baptist, regular indoor services Sunday and Wednesday; and
• Salem Methodist, indoor Sunday worship at 9:30 a.m. with social distancing and masks in the sanctuary.
All services for local churches will continue online as previously stated.
Upcoming community events include a live “Christmas Nativity” drive-thru from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 11-12 at Clarksbury United Methodist Church.
Kevin Stroud has been recuperating at home since last week and will continue medical care on outpatient basis. Faye Stroud continues to rest at home while under treatment for cancer.
Join us in prayer for the Lord’s divine healing and blessings upon Kevin, Faye, and other residents who are having health problems. Remember in prayer Douglas and Jennifer Cartner and family of Ridge Road; her mother Ruby Smith died Sunday of last week. Also, remember in prayer Jerry and Hollie Rash and family of Olin; Jerry’s mother Doris Rash died November 11; Jerry worked for and later operated West Davie Garage for many years after owner Ray Godbey retired.
Continue to pray for the many families in our area affected by the coronavirus as this holiday time will be sad and stressful. Pray for our country as the count of infection cases passed 12 million last weekend; pray for our state as the rate of positive tests climbed above 8 percent ( preferred rate less than 5 percent). The virus affects everyone differently, but thousands of lives could be saved if everyone would care about others and just wear a mask and social distance.
Here’s wishing everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving.
For news and memories to share, please call Shirley on 336-492-5115 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.