Page 2B THE SOUTHEAST SUN Wednesday, October 14, 2015 RELIGION CLUB NEWS 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 beyond.” 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 death. 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 21:4). 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] com. 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) CHURCH BULLETIN 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. for the next week’s paper. PUMPKIN PATCH 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. COMMUNITY COUNTRY FEST 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) 347-6082. 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. HOMECOMING 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 494-1068. 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. AGLOW MEETING 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 9683. United Methodist Church will observe homecoming on CHOIR ANNIVERSARY 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. SHOW AND SHINE Lee Street Baptist 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 LADIES POWER LUNCH 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.
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