• Church must proclaim the good news of Jesus


    Christians have long agreed that the Lord has called the church to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ to all people, everywhere.
    In fact, some believers have even stated that when the church abdicates this responsibility, it ceases to be the church. It has forfeited the reason for its existence.

  • November is Hospice Month

    Special to The News

    November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.
    Hospice and palliative care is the model for quality, compassionate care for people facing a life-limiting illness or injury.
    Big Bend Hospice uses a team-oriented approach to provide expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support tailored to the patient’s needs and wishes.

  • Loss of a parent passes torch to another generation


    The loss of a parent can be very devastating.
    At such a time, we realize so many things. We understand that we no longer have our parent to call for help or advice.
    At the same time, we realize that we are now the eldest person in our lineage. We are now the person that others rely on for advice, experience, acceptance, and love. We have suddenly become the custodian of our legacy. We accept the responsibilities of keeping our family together, keeping them safe, and moving them toward a better life.

  • Church Briefs

    • Donations accepted for Operation Christmas Child

    Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, is ramping up as residents in Tallahassee and throughout the area prepare to collect 12,000 gift-filled shoeboxes during National Collection Week, Nov. 18–25.
    Crawfordville United Methodist Church will be open for donations during the collection week from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Nov. 18-23, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24, and 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, Nov. 25.

  • OUT TO PASTOR: If you like your apple fritter, you can eat your apple fritter


    Growing up back in “the day,” most people put a lot of credence on promises and lived by the motto, “A man is as good as his word.” Most agreements were sealed with a handshake. If you said you were going to do something, you did it. Period.
    Today it is an altogether different story. We need a lawyer with a pile of paperwork in order to do anything these days. A lawyer has the sneakability to make words say anything convenient at the time depending on what the word “is” is, and when you said it.

  • Messiah set for Dec. 8

    Special to The News

    Handel’s Messiah will be performed  for the 13th year by the Wakulla Community Chorus on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m. at Sopchoppy United Methodist Church.
     The chorus of 50 singers and musicians is directed by Reba Mason.
     Soloists are Daryl Langston, Becton Roddenberry, Terri Egler, Arlene Petrandis, Edie Brandt, Patsy Roberts, Staci Welch, Leah McManus, and Laura Hudson.
     Accompanists are Chris Hart, piano and Jennifer Brown, organ.

  • Church Briefs

    • Whiddon Lake P.B. to hold revival

    Whiddon Lake Primitive Baptist Church will hold revival services on Thursday, Nov. 7 through Sunday, Nov. 10.
    Night services will be held at 7 p.m., with the Nov. 10 service at 11 a.m. followed by lunch and fellowship.
    The Rev. Lindon Frost of Jasper, Ala., will be preaching. Pastor Bruce Taylor invites everyone to attend.

    • Panacea Full Gospel will have homecoming revival

  • OUT TO PASTOR: Does God expect me to pray for broccoli?


    For some inexplicable reason, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage is under the impression that my favorite hobby is flying kites. I have no idea where she got that notion. Last Thursday, for example, she said to me in one of her sterner voices, “Why don’t you just go and fly a kite?”
    The joke, of course, is on her.  Ha! That is not my hobby and I have not flown a kite since I was 9 years old when my mother made the same request. Who does she think I am? Benjamin Franklin?

  • It’s not about us


    In society, we are often focused on ourselves. What I want. What I need.
    The scriptures are clear that it’s not about us – that we are created for a purpose beyond mere existence for our own benefit and enjoyment.   
    Three key scriptures stand out in pointing to who we are to be as the Church: Christ’s teachings in the Greatest Commandments, the Great Commission, and the ministry to “the least of these.”

  • Cause of death pending


    At times, a death certificate may be issued with the cause of death listed as pending.
    This generally happens when an investigation is taking place and the cause of death is in question.
    Death certificates are necessary for legal, financial and real estate purposes. Most applications do not require cause of death, the exception to this rule is, of course, insurance.
    If your insurance policy has an accidental death rider, you will want to file for an amended death certificate after cause of death has been determined.