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September 2, 2012

Center Hill Community Development Club

MERIDIAN —     An inspirational reading from Brother Wallace Terry highlighted the August meeting of the Center Hill Community Development Club.

    Read from his favorite book, "Seeds of the Sower," Terry selected "Using Everything for the Lord" by Michael A. Guido, D.D.:

    Shauna was on her way home from work, tired from a difficult day.  the road was icy and the curves dangerous. Suddenly the car began to skid and plunged into an ice river. A truck with four men also returning form work was following some distance behind her. When they saw what had happened, they stopped their truck and with no hesitation dove into the icy water to help.    

    One of the four men was Terry Kelly. Terry did not know how to swim and had a withered right arm that was almost useless. Nevertheless, he knew he wanted to do something. And he did.

    The men found the car locked and Shauna on the inside losing consciousness, struggling in fear. But Terry got his small withered arm through a window that was partially open and unlocked the door. The men were then able to rescue and revive Shauna. Though many would have questioned the value of Terry's withered arm, it worked when it had to.

    Paul said that we should give ourselves completely to God since we have been given new life. And use your whole body as a tool to do what is right for the glory of God. God has a unique plan for each of our lives. And He wants to do through us what He has not or cannot do through anyone else. Whatever He asks us to do is within the gifts and abilities He has given us. His plan for each of us may include what we consider our defects.

    Terry concluded his devotional presentation with prayer and blessing.

    The meeting was called to order by Lou Ella Limerick, president.

    During the business session, Cathy Clearman, secretary, reported on the annual Sponsors Appreciation Supper. Attendees included 14 sponsors, 13 guests representing six CDC clubs and 14 Center Hill members,

    Norma Pace shared the following essay with the club that she received from an Internet friend titled "Enjoy This Day While it Lasts:"

    "Today is the oldest you've ever been, yet the youngest you'll ever be, so enjoy this day while it lasts.

    Your kids are becoming you.....but your grandchildren are Perfect!

    Going out is good....coming home is better!

    You forget names.....but it's OK because other people forgot they even knew you!

    You realize you're never going 6to be really good at anything...especially golf.

    The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but youreally do care that you don't care todo them anymore!

    You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than in bed.  It's calle "pre-sleep".

    You miss the days when everything worked with just an "ON" and "OFF" switch.

    You tend to use more 4-letter words...."what?"...."when?"....

    Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it's not safe to wear it anywhere.

    You notice everything they sell in stores is sleeveless!

    What used to be freckles are now liver spots.

    Everybody whispers.

    You have three sizes of clothes in your closet.... two of which you will never wear.

    But OLD is good in some things:  Old songs, Old movies, and best of all, Old friends!

    It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived!

    Safety tips for August reminded everyone that schools are back in session and to watch for school buses and children crossing roads. Members were also reminded of increased traffic from the Lignite plant on Highway 493 – something new to the small community.

    Yard of the Month honors were awarded to: Judy and Kenneth Rutledge for July, and Pru and Leon Bailey for August. Robbie Thead, YM chairperson, encouraged members to drive by and view the yards.

    Continued prayers were asked for longtime community residents Doris Lisenbe and Betty Crocker.

    Refreshments were served by host and hostesses Robert Hughes, Norma Pace and Lou Limerick.

    The meeting adjourned with the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag.

• Submitted by Cathy Clearman, reporter.

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