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PASTOR APPRECIATION DAY

The Wadesboro Church of God had our Pastor Appreciation Day on April 30, 2017 to give recognition to Pastor Sam Abee and his family.  On the agenda was a covered dish luncheon after our morning Worship Service.

OUTSIDE CHURCH PIXS



Pastor Abee contacted Bishop Ernest E. Bowes, Pastor of the South Lenoir Church of God, Lenoir, NC to be our guest speaker, of which he agreed.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

Prior to our morning Worship Service, I got several pixs taken while Brother Bruce High was teaching the Adult Sunday school class.

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Earl and Nancy Burns, the parents of Joanne Abee were present and below is a pix of them:

Pastor Sam Abee's Mother, Ms. Carolyn Blankenship was present for this special occasion and gave a wonderful testimony.

MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE

After the buzzer rang for the morning Sunday school classes to dismiss and assemble into the Church sanctuary, Brother Wayne Kelly, Superintend took over for a while.

The choir was led by Brother Jerry McGrady with two of Pastor Sam Abee's favorite songs, Come and Dine and He Abides, which helped generate an atmosphere conducive for the Holy Spirit to move in our midst.  

Brother Bruce High also sang an inspirational song as well.

PASTOR APPRECIATION RECOGNITION

After our morning offering was received, Brother Sam Abee and his wife Joanne had a flower pinned to them by Sister Natalie Williams and Sister Glenda Goodwin.  Afterwards, Kevin McGrady presented Pastor Abee with a monetary gift for his service to our Church.  Pixs below:

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Sister Joanne Abee was also presented with a gift as well from the Ladies Group.

PASTOR ABEE INTRODUCES OUR GUEST SPEAKER

BISHOP ERNEST E. BOWES BELOW

Bishop Bowes gave a Spirit filled sermon concerning the power of Grace with scripture reading from Romans 16: 24-27 and what Grace can do in our lives as we serve Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.  After the message was given, those that needed prayer came to the alter to seek strength, healing and give praise to our Lord.  Speaking for myself personally, I definitely was touched and uplifted.  Our Lord has a way of keeping us humble, if we will accept him and allow his Holy Word and Spirit to dwell within our heart.  

Heart mentioned above, is not the physical blood pumping organ in our body, but is the seat of our intellect, affections and passions, as of love, joy, grief, enmity, courage, pleasure, understanding, conscience, strength; power of producing; vigor; fertility just to mention a few characteristic of our spiritual heart!

Micah 6:8  “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”

FELLOWSHIP HALL AND COVERED DISH LUNCH

At the conclusion of our Worship Service, Brother Abee gave a prayer to bless our food.  We then, made our way to the fellowship hall and there was plenty of food waiting for us. 

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TIME TO LOAD THE PLATES UP

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The friendship and fellowship along with all the excellent food was totally outstanding and as I like to say, "Off the chain good."  Two of the Greatest Ships that ever sailed, Friendship and Fellowship!

IN CLOSING

Going back through my "minds eye", The Wadesboro Church of God has been fortune enough to have some great "Men of God" who presented the Word of God to us.  I can say that Brother Abee is at the top in my humble opinion as to his dedication to God and his calling to preach the entire Word of God to us.  A few of those Pastors that come to mind that have gone on to be with our Lord; e.g., Brother Fields, Brother Reeder, Brother Gasaway, Brother Lewis, etc.  There are a number that are still alive today that also left a lasting impression on me.  A couple to mention; Dr. George E. Vorrhis and Avon Craven.

My Grandma "Della" Coley left the most lasting impression upon my life and it seems like only yesterday when I visited her in the hospital hours before she went to meet our Lord and Savior!  I hope to never forget our last words.  We talked about many things and she told me how much she loved me and I did the same.  My last words to Grandma at the hospital were, “I’ll see you in the morning” and she replied, “I hope so Son.”  It will have to be the Resurrection morning, because she died in her sleep on October 19, 1974! 

All the original Charter Members of the Wadesboro Church of God since its beginning on February 22, 1926 as the Independent Holiness Church and later became the Church of God on February 9, 1936 have gone on to be with our Lord.  The majority of those early Church members that I personally remember as a small boy who were pillars in the Church, have too gone.  "Time waits for no one."  I am thankful that God's Grace and Mercy has allowed me to "re-dedicate" my life to him. 

My Mom, Ann Porter (deceased) sang two of my favorite Inspirational songs, Pearly White City recorded in 1998 at Sister Mary Jane Martins funeral and I Cannot Fail The Lord which was part of her testimony in serving our Lord Jesus Christ with her singing.  Those two songs were her most requested ones.  I will see if I can locate a recording of, I Cannot Fail The Lord.   Our Lord Jesus Christ will soon return!

Open this link concerning the return of Christ.

Web published by Bill aka Mickey Porter on 04-30-17 and updated on 05-02-17.

LEAVING ON A SPIRITUAL NOTE

If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, please take this moment to accept him by Faith into your Life, whereby Salvation will be attained.   

Romans 10:9 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

Open this link of Bible Verses About Salvation, King James Version Bible (KJV).

Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”
 

IN GOD WE TRUST - GOD BLESS AMERICA - "FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD, THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH IN HIM SHOULD NOT PERISH, BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE"   JOHN 3:16 KJV 

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