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Wendy N. McDougal

Pastors Gary and Gloria Taylor, along with Assistant Pastor Melissa Glass, held a Ministers’ Appreciation Service recently to honor clergy members at the Oakville Christian Faith Center. Those honored were, front row: Kimberly Taylor, Carolyn Brackin Orr, Rhodella Mitchell, Vickie Jackson; middle row: Janet White, Gwen Griffin, Veronica Sharpley, Betty Griffin; back row: John Mason, Kenny Jackson and Dewayne Williams. Keynote speaker was Pastor Darius Crayton of the Bridge Builders Church International. Choir members from the church were special guests.
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Pastors Gary and Gloria Taylor, along with Assistant Pastor Melissa Glass, held a Ministers’ Appreciation Service recently to honor clergy members at the Oakville Christian Faith Center. Those honored were, front row: Kimberly Taylor, Carolyn Brackin Orr, Rhodella Mitchell, Vickie Jackson; middle row: Janet White, Gwen Griffin, Veronica Sharpley, Betty Griffin; back row: John Mason, Kenny Jackson and Dewayne Williams. Keynote speaker was Pastor Darius Crayton of the Bridge Builders Church International. Choir members from the church were special guests.

Save April 26 for fashion show to benefit free clinic

Wendy’s word

It was nothing but a barren stem, completely lifeless to the naked eye. Yet, in the warmth of the morning I walked out, and to my amazement, life was there. A tiny bud was poking out of the end of the branch, ready to burst forth with new life.

There really isn’t much else to say that could even begin to sum up the majesty and miracle of spring’s rebirth. Every second of every day, nature is waking up, preparing for the new season ahead.

Scientists continue to argue over whether there is a God and how creation actually came about. My question is this: How could anyone look at the countless gifts around us and think any of them could ever have come from man?

Now let’s see what the “chatter” is for today ...

Styles & Statements

Now that spring is here, it’s almost time for the annual Styles & Statements fashion show that benefits the Community Free Clinic of Decatur and Morgan County.

Mark this date on your calendars: April 26 at 11:30 a.m. at Point Mallard Pavilion. Plan to be at this festive fundraiser to see what’s hot in fashion from The Carriage House and Doncaster this year, as well as some stunning costume designs by Deloain Burgess. You’ll enjoy a lunch while viewing the latest styles.

Madge Hayes is chair, with Robin Limbaugh co-chairing the show. Committee heads include decorations, Wendy Smith and Deloain Burgess; invitations, Carolyn Stewart; publicity, Liz Pilgrim and Patsy Roby; reservations, Crevolyn Burchel; food, Jennifer Denton; and cleanup, Saundy Kittle. Mike Neville will handle lights and sound, and Jim Montgomery will video the event.

If you did not get an invitation and want to attend this $50-a-person event or reserve a table for a group, call the Decatur General Hospital Foundation office, 341-2187. Reserve your tickets by April 12.

Decatur High reunion

Spring is in the air, meaning it’s time, once again, to think about gathering old friends and classmates for a reunion. The Class of 1957 at Decatur High School already has plans under way but needs help in locating several “missing” classmates: Kenneth Alexander, David Baker, Jane Pruitt, Barbara Ricks, Lynda Roden, Peggy Rodgers, Helen Taylor, Ralph Turner, Robert Whitehead, Melvin Williams and Morris Williams.

If you have details on any of those classmates, contact Mary Wilkerson at 974-8745 or Lora Mae Vinson at 584-9636.

Women’s Connection

Women’s Connection, affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries, will meet April 4 at 11:30 a.m. at Decatur Country Club.

Beauty and nutritional consultant Judy Barth of Dayton, Tenn., will speak on “From Desperation to Resolution,” describing learning life’s truths in peculiar ways while raising five teenagers. Special entertainment will be provided by the Hartselle High School Performers, directed by Wanda Thompson.

The cost is $13. For reservations and complimentary nursery care, contact Nancy Fortune at 340-0113 or nbfortune@mindspring.com, or Maxine Hall at 773-4978 or Hornet@ieee.org.

Hartselle Newcomers

The Hartselle Newcomers Club met recently and welcomed a new Hartselle resident, Sharron Brown from Maryland.

Bettye English reported on the Heroes for Red Cross campaign that will start on Thursday. Through the fundraiser, the American Red Cross Disaster Program will support Lawrence and Morgan Counties when incidents occur in local areas.

Newcomer member Denise Stephenson, a victim of Hurricane Katrina, shared handmade jewelry she made from remnants of her belongings. Pieces are available at Nettie’s Place.

Susan Hines from the Chamber of Commerce shared information regarding the “Wings of Thunder” motorcycle rally scheduled for May 19. Proceeds will support the special needs playground at Sparkman Park.

Guest speaker Mayor Dwight Tankersley spoke on the new initiative to help clean up the community.

City employees will be reporting littering, and the police will notify violators. He also reported on new businesses coming to Hartselle.

Michelle Duryea organized the March day trip, taking members to Huntsville for the NEACA craft show at the Von Braun Civic Center.

Newcomers will meet again April 12 at the Hartselle Depot at 10:30 a.m.

Club member Kris Nowka will lead a personal development workshop to help members discover their own unique talents.

First United Methodist Church will provide child care. For more information, contact Sue Kalber at 751-0295 or Sandy Johnson at 751-4540.

That’s all for now. It’s been great chattin’ with ya! Let me know what is going on in your little corner of the world. If it’s special to you and features any of the great people who live in our community, then it will make a great Chatterbox item. Just e-mail me at ddchatterbox@yahoo.com, or call me at 350-5730. I look forward to hearing from you.

Wendy N. McDougal Wendy N. McDougal
DAILY Staff Writer

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