Interdenominational Sunday School lesson
Acta 2:41 to >:T
The lessoo given for today'* study
U again taken from the book a < Act*.
It is a continuing study of the
establishment of the first New
Testament church in Jerusalem, how
it was empowered, and how it grew
and expanded. Last week's lesson,
concerning the events on the day of
Pentecost, closed with Peter's in
vitation for men to repent and be
baptised. Three thousand people
responded and were added to the
church. The scripture text provided
for our lesson this week gives some
interesting insight into the early
church and it's activities. Read the
entire text, Acts 2:43-4:7, some ex
citing events took place. The crippled
beggar at the gate Beautiful was
healed. Peter and John were brought
before the Sanhedrin on charge* .
Ananias and Sapphera tried to
deceive the church and paid ?
terrible price. The Apostles were
arrested and put In jail. It was a
church inspired and empowered by
the Holy Spirit, directed by Christ,
and zealous in the spreading of the
Gospel. One of the writers for the
Standard Publishing Co. tells the
story about a man who once stopped
by a minister's study to discuss with
him the possibilty of becoming a
church member. As the discussion
progessed, the man expressed his
desire to unite with the church.
Pleased, the minister asked, "Now
that you decided, in which area
would you like to sersve?" "Oh, I'm
not interested in anything like that."
he replied, "I just want to join the
church." The minister patiently
explained that every member had
some kind of work In the church.
Visiting, teaching, tinging in the
choir, etc., but we try to have a job
for everyone. "I didn't know it wai
this kind of church," interrupted the
man, "I believe I will visit some
other churches before making a
decision." The minister smiled as he
replied, "This is the Church of the
Savior. Perhaps the church you are
looking for is the church of the
heavenly rest It is down the street
beside the cemetery." I'm afraid
that this man represents the atitude
of many church members today. It's
called salvation without respon
The Beginning of the Church
Acta 2:41 relates that "Pear came
upon every soul; and many wooden
and aigns were done by the
Apostles." The word "fear" might
better be Interpreted "awe". These
first century Christiana were not
frightened, they were preaching and
teaching boldly, even in the face of
peril. Marvelous things were hap
While we are not told what they
were, we know that the Apostles were
performing many miracles of
healing. Probably both the Christians
and the non-Christians were im
pressed alike. Verse 44 relates, "And
all that believed were together, and
had all things in common." By now
the Christians numbered in the
thousands. Many from foreign lands
had journeyed to Jerusalem for the
(east of Pentecost observance,
became believer* and stayed on.
Many local believer* were poor and
had little aubctenance, perhaps some
even had lost their Jobs over
becoming a disciple, bat those who
had possessions and goods sold these
and brought the money in so that all
would ahare as every man had need.
What happened, in a nutshell, is that
Christian love set in. Peoples'
troubles can't exist long where love
A Problem la the Church
Acts ?: 1-7
As usual, from time to time a
problem arises In a church
congregation. Most often it happens
In a church which is experiencing
growing pains. This is what hap
pened in the new church at
Jerusalem. The compUint ?u that
the Greek widow* were being
neglected in favor of the Jewish
widow*. They were not being
ministered to equally. Apparently
the Apostles were spending nearly all
of their time In the Gospel work.
Again the problem was quickly
solved. There should be no big
problems in Christ's churches. His
love and grace is sufficient for all
problems. They simply chose seven
men from tmong the disciples. We
note; however, that the seven chosen
were men of faith and of the Holy
Spirit. Where would our churches be
today were It not for the multitude of
be livers, full of faith and the Holy
Spirit, doing the work of the Lord?
Lesson based on International
Sunday School Lessons by the Lesson
Church news _
Bethany United Methodist Church
continues to observe Lent with
special services of worship. On
March 20, Coy Harbeson will again
preach. The service begins at 11 A.M.
and the public is cordially invited.
Mr. Harbeson, a certified lay
speaker, delivered the sermon at
Bethany on February 20. He and his
wife, Brenda, are participating in the
church's No Silent Pulpit during
Lent. Their exciting ministry will
encourage laity in their spiritual
The Lighthouse, an in
Outreach Center, will present two
movies, "The Enemy" and "The
Little Lost Boat", on Friday night.
"The Enemy", a film on dealing
with Satan, is geared for the older
youth viewing audience. It will be
shown downstairs at 7 : 30 P . M .
Also at 7:30 P.M. upstairs, "The
Little Lost Boat", will be shown. This
film is recommended for youth 12
On Saturday, night, "The Singing
Nelms", a gospel singing group will
perform at 7:30P.M.
The Lighthouse is located on
Church St. in Elizabeth City. It is
open to people of all ages, especially
Recreation in the form of pool,
foosball, ping-pong and table games
are provided upstairs and is open
Wednesday thru Sunday except
during worship services.
Admission is free and the public is
invited to attend.
The Rev. Quinton Jordan will
preach at the Ellis Temple Baptist
Church Sunday at 12 P.M. for the
trustees. The Spiritual Sensation will
also sing at 3 P.M. for the ushers
It's Back-The Gospel Singing Train
will sing Saturday, March 19 at 7:30
P.M. at Ryans Grove Baptist Church
in Edenton. Featured will be groups
such as the Belvidere Male Chorus,
Gates County Caravans, Perquimans
Male Chorus, RBJ Singers of Sun
Board to meet
The Board of Directors of the
Pettigrew Regional Library will
meet on Monday, March 21, at 8 p.m.
in the Tyrrell County Library in
Columbia. The Board is composed of
representatives from the four
counties served by the Library:
Chowan, Perquimans, Tyrrell, and
Washington. Reports on spring ac
tivities in the Libraries will be
:For Your Infornrtotior ? ?
A mature husband
and wife should
what kind of work
she, as a widow,
might do to earn
extra, income ?
discuss what might
be done with the
house ? discuss
and insurance. It
will make them both
feel better ? and
draw them close
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bury. Halleluiah Gospel Chorus and
the Ryans Grove Senior and Gospel
The First Baptist Church will have
Sunday School at 9:45 A.M. with
superintendent R.B. Gibbs in charge.
The morning worship will begin at 11
A.M. with the Rev. J.H. London
preaching. The Senior Choir will sing
under the direction of Sister Barbra
The Perquimans County
Fellowship Union will meet Sunday
night at 7 P.M. with the Melton Grove
Baptist Church and the Pool's Grove
Baptist Church with pastor Rev.
Joseph L. Wills in charge. The Rev.
J.W. Law is the host pastor with Rev.
J.H. London, president.
The First Baptist Church Pastor's
Aide Club will celebrate their an
niversary Sunday, March 27 at 2
P.M. Rev. J.H. London, the pastor
will be preaching. Sister Mattie
Burk, the president invite all to at
"The Way of the Cross" will be
presented on Palm Sunday, March 27
at 7:30 P.M. at Hertford United
Methodist Church by the combined
choirs and guests from other chur
ches of the community under the
direction of Miss Carolina Wright,
organist-choir director. This in
spiring musical and pageant tells
again the wonderful story of Christ's
sacrifice for us. Rev. Irving E. Cook,
pastor, extends a cordial invitation
for you to attend.
A pot-bellied stove can be
an efficient source of heat
if it's properly installed.
Mrs. Charles Bradford Robinson, Jr.
Stallings ? Robinson
vows spoken Jan . 22
Serena Angela Stalling* and
Charles Bradford Robinson, Jr. were
married at 3 P.M. January 22 at
Anderson Methodist Church. The
Rev. Daniel M. Forbes of Mt. Olive, a
former pastor of the bride officiated
at the double ring ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Melvin Forehand of Hert
ford. The groom's parents are Mr.
and Mrs. Charles Bradford Robin
son, Sr. of Farmville.
Given in marriage by her parents
and escourted by her stepfather
Melvin Forehand, the bride wore a
formal length gown of polyester
organza with lace medallions at the
neckline and embroidered with seed
pearls. The long sheer sleeves and
?kirt were complimented with
matching lace. The gown extended
into a chapel length train which was
accented with matching lace.
Matron of honor was Mrs. E.C.
Stallings, Jr. the bride's sister of
Norfolk. She wore a floor length gown
of misty mauve polyester with lace
yoke and sleeves.
Bridemaids were Mrs. Ray Moore
of Greenville and Miss Angela
Robinson, sister of the groom of
Farmville. They wore identical
dresses of wine polyester with lace
yoke and sleeves.
The groom chose his father,
Charles B. Robinson, Sr. as his best
man. Usher was Ray Moore of
The candles were lit by Chad Britt,
nephew of the bride of Norfolk.
The pianist for the ceremony was
Mrs. Gary Smith of Greenville. The
groom's brother, Todd Robinson
sang "Colour My World" and
"Evergreen." The pianist played and
sang "The Lord's Prayer".
Ring bearer was Gary Robinson,
brother of the groom.
Mistress of ceremony was Mrs.
Edgar Dail, aunt of the bride of
The bride's parents hosted a
reception at their home following the
After a wedding trip to William
sburg, the couple will reside in
A rehearsal party at the home of
the bride's parents.
A miscellaneous shower at An
derson Church Educationa 1 Building
given by friends and relatives.
Local American Legion hosts meeting March 19
Wm. Paul Stallings 126th Hertford
Am. Legion Auxiliary will host the
First district meeting Saturday,
March 19 at 9 A.M., registration
meeting at 9:30 A.M. Mrs. Neal H.
Davis (Christine) Dept. President
will be guest speaker.
Davis has been a member of the
auxiliary for many years and is a
member of Beaver-Pittman Unit No.
115 in Kannapolis. She has served in
all unit offices; on the district level
as vice-president and president and
as a division president for two terms.
This past year she led the depart
ment in a very successful drive for
membership, being the 13th
department to reach national goal.
When serving as field service
chairman for two years, she received
a certificate from national for out
Davis is eligible for membership
through her husband Neal, who
served in the naval air corp during
WWII. Their only son. Steve, also
served in the naval air corp and now
lives with his wife and daughter
Mary Ann. in Raleigh. "M.A." will
serve as "Miss Poppy" this year for
the Dept. of N.C. Am. Legion
She is a member of Central United
Methodist in Concord. She is em
ployed with Bruce Johnson Trucking
Co. in Charlotte as a payroll super
visor. She also worked pa rt-time with
the City of Concord Parks and
Recreation Dept. as the official
score-keeper for softba'U leagues at
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The family of the late Julia E. Timberlake
would like to express their sincere appreciation
to their neighbors and friends for trie lovely
cards, food and visits. It is indeed a blessing to
know those around us care. Thank you.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bryant
Many thanks to everyone who remembered
me during my illness and hospitalization. They
prayers, cards, flowers, phone call*, visits, and
gifts were greatly appreciated. To each church,
friend, neighbor and relative, I would like to say
that your kindness and concern has meant so
much to me and my fomily. May God bless each
Gay P. Lilley
A special thank you to each of you for your
kindness and concern shown through prayers,
cards, flowers and ail other thoughtful deeds.
Each and every thing you have done is so greatly
. Eli Forehand
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I would Ilk? to thank ovoryono who romom
bored mo with flowors, gifts, cords, visit#, phone
coll#, and most of oil for your proyors during my
stay in Norfolk Gonoral Hospital and sinco my
return homo. May God blow ooeh of you.
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