• Lest I forget

    I have been blessed with a terrible memory.

    It’s a blessing because I don’t remember things that haunt other people with better memories. I can’t remember most of the fights I’ve had with my husband or kids, or hurtful things people have said or done.

    However, I also can’t remember people’s names or my passwords and PINs or what I went into the kitchen to do or came to the store to buy.

  • Mommy, you aren’t holding a hand

    Isaiah 41:13 English Standard Version (ESV)

    13 For I, the Lord your God,
        hold your right hand;
    it is I who say to you, “Fear not,
        I am the one who helps you.”


    Recently when praying the closing prayer of our worship service, our small group gathered and held hands as to pray our closing prayer together. As we began to pray a small child’s voice spoke and said:

  • God fix this, please!

    Years ago I read about a college student in the middle of final exams, distracted and distraught because her mother was ill and she wanted to be home with her.

    The mom assured her daughter that she was fine, that she would be OK. 

    After her last exam, the college student raced home, and as she walked in to see her mom, her mom opened her eyes, smiled -- and died.

    It was the day before the young woman’s 21st birthday.

  • Church News | Dec. 24, 2015

    St. John Catholic Church Mass schedule

    The holiday Mass schedule for St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church is as follows: a children’s mass will be said  6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 24, and at 11:30 p.m., a Midnight Mass will be said.

    On Friday, Dec. 25, there will be mass at 10 a.m.and a Spanish Mass will be offered at noon; and Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, New Year’s Day Mass, will be at 10 a.m.

    Transfiguration Church in Perry Park will celebrate Christmas Mass, Thursday, Dec. 24 at 4:15 p.m. 

  • Nativity scene
  • Church News | Dec. 17, 2015

    Food pantry seeking volunteers

    Holiday Food Pantry needs help, volunteers are needed to help with the collection and distribution of Christmas food baskets on Thursday, Dec. 17, first shift starting at 9:30 a.m.; second shift 6:30 p.m.; On Saturday, Dec. 19, volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. until noon to add fresh food items to the Christmas food baskets and deliver them in Carroll County.

    St. John Catholic Church holiday mass schedule

  • Generosity comes in many forms

    On Christmas Eve, Nathan thought it would be nice to buy his wife a little gift for the next day. Always tight with his money, he thought long and hard about what that present might be. Unable to decide, Nathan entered a store in the mall and over in the cosmetics section he asked the girl, ‘How about some perfume for my wife for Christmas?’  The clerk showed him a bottle costing $150. “That’s way too expensive,” Nathan said.

  • Church News | Dec. 10, 2015

    Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration Dec. 11
    The Hispanic celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be at St. John’s Catholic Church, 505 Fifth Street in Carrollton Friday, Dec. 11, a procession will start at 7 p.m. at the church to Polk Street, to Sixth Street, to Clay Street, back to Fifth Street; mass at 8 p.m.; dinner at 9 p.m. with music ending at 1 a.m.

    Volunteers needed Dec. 17 and 19 to deliver food baskets

  • Christians wait for Christ’s coming during Advent

    Ever wonder why the old Chevy Chase movie “Christmas Vacation” is so funny?  It’s probably because we can relate to the Griswalds on some level or another when it comes to how we feel about Christmas.  Everyone gets busier this time of year.  We spend hours buying and wrapping gifts, creating cards, decorating our homes, attending parties, and everything else that comes with this season, all in an attempt to create the best Christmas we can. 

  • Who’s responsibility: His, yours, or mine?

    What is the first thing that comes to your mind if we start talking about a pastor? Maybe the CEO, the leader, the good guy, maybe the social activist comes to your mind?