Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492

Page 2B THE SOUTHEAST SUN Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492
One of the most significant events in history happened in 1492. Our country
celebrates that event with a
federal holiday the second
Monday of October.
For centuries the men
and women in Europe
looked out on the “Ocean of
Darkness” and wondered if
there was anything beyond
the western ocean. Scholars believed that you would
sail off the edge of the world.
There was nothing out there
at all. Inscribed on the shields
of Spain’s coat of arms was its
national motto, Ne Plus Ultra,
meaning, “There is nothing
On Aug. 3, 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail on the
Santa Maria along with two
other ships — the Nina and
Pinta — and 100 men. Their
first glimpse of the new world
occurred on Oct. 12. They
spotted an island they named
San Salvador – which means
Holy Savior. Two weeks later,
the Santa Maria arrived on
the island of Cuba.
Columbus’ return trip
began in January 1493 and
he arrived in Portugal March
4, 1493. He announced that
there was a land beyond the
sea, a glorious paradise rich
beyond their imaginations.
The king of Spain changed
the motto of the land, and it
is still the same today, Plus
Ultra, meaning, “There is
more beyond.”
For many centuries
people have stood beside the
dark hole of a grave, watching their loved ones lowered
into the earth, and wondering
if there is anything beyond
One day, over 2,000
years ago, the most significant event in the history of the
world happened when another explorer made a far more
important journey, descending into the darkness of death
and hell.
On Resurrection morning, the Son of God arose from
the grave as if to say, “There
is more beyond. There is a
paradise beyond your greatest expectations.” The Bible
tells us that in heaven, “God
shall wipe away all tears….
and there shall be no more
death, neither sorrow, nor
crying, neither shall there be
any more pain” (Revelation
Jan White
Sun Guest Columnist
Jesus promises, “In My
Father’s house are many
mansions; if it were not so, I
would have told you. I go to
prepare a place for you. And
if I go and prepare a place for
you, I will come again and
receive you to Myself; that
where I am, there you may be
also” (John 14:2-3).
Jesus came from heav-
en to the earth, so He can
describe what awaits us. And,
if God created the heavens
and the earth in six days; we
can only imagine what He’s
been preparing for us during
the 2,000+ years since Jesus
returned to heaven.
Anne Graham Lotz
writes, “The Bible assures us
that our Father’s House in
heaven does not need the sun
or the moon to shine on it, for
the glory of God gives it light…
The Father has left the light on
to welcome you Home!” (Revelation 22:4) She describes
heaven as a “prepared place
for a prepared people.”
Jesus promised He’s preparing a place for those who
confess their sins and accept
His love and forgiveness. Are
you prepared to go to heaven?
Jan White is a wife, mother, and freelance writer who
lives in Andalusia. Her email
address is [email protected]
Azalea Garden Club learns about butterflies
Brenda Evans, right, a Coffee County Master Gardener, was the featured speaker at a
recent Azalea Garden Club meeting. Evans presented a very informative slide presentation
on “How to Create a Butterfly Garden,” followed with slides of butterflies she had taken
photos of and identified on her property. With Evans is Ona Garwood, president of the
Azalea Garden Club. (Courtesy photo)
Editor’s note: The public
is invited to the events published in the church calendar unless otherwise stated.
Deadline is Friday at 5 p.m.
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Find your Halloween
pumpkins this year at St. Luke
United Methodist Church. St.
Luke’s Pumpkin Patch will
open Wednesday, Oct. 14,
at 11 a.m. and remain open
through Halloween. Hours of
operation are 11 a.m. through
7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 1 until 5 p.m.
on Sundays. The patch will
close at 2 p.m. on Oct. 31.
The Pumpkin Patch will support WinShape Camps and
mission trips all hosted by
St. Luke. St. Luke is located
at 201 Heath St. in Enterprise. For more information,
visit www.StLukeEnterprise.
org or call 347-9023.
County Line Baptist
Church will host a Community Country Fest on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 4-6 p.m.
Guests include Justin Martin,
host of TV’s Down South,
bluegrass music by the Jerry
Gay Family as well as the TriCommunities Fire Department. Other activities include
old time demonstrations, a
hay ride, petting zoo, carriage rides, antique tractors,
games, crafts, a peanut boil,
door prizes as well as popcorn and cotton candy. For
more information, call (334)
praises; For God is the King of
all the earth: sing ye praises
with understanding. Refreshments will be served in the
Fellowship Hall.
pastor. Lunch will be served
after the service with entrees
and drinks provided. Side
dishes and desserts should
be brought.
Eanon Baptist Church,
Co. Rd. 148, Jack, will have
homecoming services on
Sunday, Oct. 18. There will be
no Sunday School that morning. Song service will begin
at 10:30 a.m. with special
music by Derek Snellgrove
and Chosen at 11 a.m. The
sermon will follow the special
music as well as lunch following the worship service. For
more information, call Lisa at
New Hope Baptist will
celebrate its 175th anniversary homecoming on Sunday, Oct. 25, at 10 a.m. Pastor Lanny Shepard will be
preaching and Faye Allen will
lead in music. Lunch will follow the morning service. All
members and former members are encouraged to attend
this celebration of God’s
faithfulness. For more information, call Judy at 894-5892.
The next Aglow International meeting will be Saturday, Oct. 17, at 10:am. at
Po Folks in Enterprise. Guest
speaker is Janet Monteleone
from Graceville, Fla. For more
information, call (334) 406New Brockton First
United Methodist Church
will observe homecoming on
Sunday, Oct. 18. There will be
The Pea River Mission- no Sunday School and servicary Baptist Church, Hwy. 51 es will begin at 10 a.m. with
North, New Brockton, will singing and music by various
have its fourth annual Choir musicians. A slide show of
Anniversary on Sunday, Oct. memories through the years
18, at 2:30 p.m. The theme will be shown as well as a
is Psalm 47:6-7, Sing prais- special time of sharing. The
es to God, sing praises: sing sermon will be delivered by
praises unto our King, sing Dr. Craig Bailey, the church
battling cancer since March
2011. Originally diagnosed
with stage III, it was later
upgraded to stage IV. During
these four and a half years,
she has had surgery, radiation and is currently on her
seventh round of chemotherapy. Please RSVP by Oct.
19 by calling (334) 393-LOVE.
Child care is provided with
RSVP as well.
Church is hosting a Car,
Motorcycle, Truck and Tractor Show and Shine on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m.-2
p.m. Food and entertainment
will be provided by the Lee
The next Ladies Power Street youth. In case of rain,
Lunch at First Baptist Church the event will be canceled.
Enterprise is scheduled for
Thursday, Oct. 22, in the FelFALL FESTIVAL
lowship Hall from noon to
Come out and join the
1 p.m. Guest speaker will be fun of our Fall Festival at Mt.
Lara Dicus. Dicus landed Pleasant Baptist Church,
in Enterprise when her dad 4015 Hwy 27, Enterprise,
retired from the Army. She is on Wedneday, Oct. 28, 5:30
married to Dan and they have - 7:30 p.m. Come and enjoy
two sons, Daniel and Jacob. games, a cake walk, food, hay
They are members of Christ ride and Trunk or Treat. Dinthe King Lutheran Church in ner will be provided by the
Enterprise. Dicus has been church.