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June 2, 2013

Center Hill Community Development Club

MERIDIAN —     Lauderdale County Supervisor Josh Todd, District 3, shared his story of servitude at the May meeting of the Center Hill Community Development Club.

    Born and reared in the Martin Community, Todd has been employed with the County Barn for 14 years. He said he was born with a servant's heart and views the office of supervisor as an opportunity to help improve Lauderdale County..

    Todd and his wife, Leah, who is a teacher at West Lauderdale High School, have three children. The family attends First Baptist Church of Collinsville.

    A question-and-answer session followed Todd's presentation.

    The meeting opened with club president Robin Doerner making the following comment: "Behold the turtle.  He only makes progress when he sticks his neck out!"

    Brent Stephens presented the devotion, referencing 2 Chronicles 16:9: "For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him. You have done a foolish thing and from now on you will be at war."

    Stephens asked club members if they remembered Asa, the King of Judah.

    "Asa did what was right in the eyes of the Lord," Stephens said, "and was compared to King David. He reigned for 41 years. However, in his 36th year, he made an alliance with the King of Aram Damascus against the King of Israel, breaking the treaty between Judah and Israel.  

    "Asa's faithfulness to God was corrupted because of this compromise. God still loved Asa and tried to encourage him to return to him. Asa got a disease of the feet and, instead of turning to God, he turned to the physicians."

    "God," Stephens continued, "honors those whose hearts are fully committed to him."

    Stephens closed his devotion with prayer and blessing.

    Center Hill CDC members support recycling in any way possible. Many save plastic bags, newspapers, cans and other items that can be repurposed. Doerner recently sent clothing to Texas with her visiting sister to be distributed to some needy folks. All members contributed items to the Run for the Wall motorcyclists who stopped in Meridian.

    The recent tornado damage in Oklahoma was on the minds of the members. One member has family in Moore, Okla., the town hardest hit. At the time of the meeting, one child had not been located. A special prayer was said for those suffering and a donation was made to this family.

    Refreshments were provided by hostesses Caroline Wilson and Georgia Snowden.

    The meeting adjourned with the pledge of allegiance.  

    The next meeting will be held June 17. Community residents are invited to attend.

• Submitted by Cathy Clearman, reporter.

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