The Meridian Star
Members of the Center Hill CDC ushered in the area's cooler weather with a designated potluck supper at the September meeting.
President Lou Ella Limerick welcomed members and turned the floor over to Brother Wallace Terry, who lead devotion and presented the opening prayer.
Reading from "Seeds from The Sower," a daily devotional written by Michael A. Guido, D.D., Wallace chose the selection "Practicing the Presence of God:"
Lord Moynihan is recognized as one of the world's greatest surgeons. Physicians came from distant places to observe his techniques and procedures. One day after he finished operating before a gallery of other surgeons a reporter asked him how could he work so calmly with such a famous crowd present. After pausing for a moment, he calmly replied, "There are just three people in the operating room when I operate – the patient, myself and God."
In Joshua we read, "I will not fail you or abandon you." In Hebrews we read, "I will never fail you, I will never forsake you!"
One thing is certain: Wherever Christians find themselves they can know with certainty that God is with the, will never fail, abandon nor forsake them! How marvelous is that.
When we learn to accept the reality of God's presence in our lives and come to depend on His strength and power rather than our own, we will begin to recognize the sufficiency of His grace and mercy. Once we make the transition from depending on ourselves to complete dependency upon god, our fears will be relieved, our anxieties overcome and our lives endowed with a "peace that passes all understanding."
God wants to do more than care for us, He wants to take care of us. And He will if we trust Him!
Readers who may be interested in "Seeds from the Sower" should go to the Website www.sowrministries.org or write to: Guido Evangelistic Association, P. O. Box 508, Metter, GA 30439-0508. The ministry's telephone number is (912) 685-2222.
The September meeting was designated a pot luck night several years ago, so after Bro. Wallace offered prayer and blessing, everyone lined up at the buffet where the aroma of home made offerings were abundant. The meeting resumed afterwards.
Stanley Lucky, Safety Program chairman, brought several things to the attention of members.
"First, with the cooler temperatures moving in, it will not be long before residents are using heaters," Lucky said. "It is very important to check your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are working correctly.
"Secondly, be extra cautious of strangers," he warned. "There has been a rash of burglaries in our area. Keep your vehicles locked even in your own driveway. Keep anything of value out of site."
Limerick brought members attention to the newly painted doors, the colorful fall wreath on the front door, the painted bench outside, the planter and sign and all the bushes. The work was done by the Bonita Lakes Mall Management office as their community project for 2012. Brandi Kinard Smith, who lives in the Center Hill Community, is Property Accounts manager. Kudos to Renee Williams, mall manager, and the rest of the office and their families for the wonderful job done! Thank you much!
The club's October meeting will be a paper drive. Members are encouraged to bring all types of paper products to the club house to donate to the Care Lodge.
With no further business, the meeting adjourned with the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag.
The next meeting will be Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. All community residents are encouraged to attend.
• Submitted by Cathy Clearman, reporter.