Making a difference!

Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions.

Off in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching.  As the boy walked, he paused every so often and as he grew closer, the man could see that he was occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea.  The boy came closer still and the man called out, “Good morning!  May I ask what it is that you are doing?”

The young boy paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves,” the youth replied. “When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.”

The old man replied, “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.”

The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he turned, smiled and said, “It made a difference to that one!”

adapted from The Star Thrower, by Loren Eiseley (1907 – 1977)

Choices Pregnancy Resource Center is making a difference in the lives of families in crisis here in the River Valley.  For over 25 years they have been about the work of saving lives — making a difference one life at a time.

On Tuesday, April 11, 2017 the Choices Pregnancy Resource Center will hold their annual Fundraising Gala at First Baptist Church in Russellville, Arkansas.  We want to encourage you to attend and to give generously to this important ministry in our community.  To register go to the Choices website.  We will see you there!

Memorial Service for Lila Viner

A Memorialilavinerl Service will be held for Lila Jean Viner at 2:00pm on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Pottsville Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church with a reception to follow in the Fellowship Hall.  Lila Viner went to be with the Lord, January 29, 2017 after a long battle with Alzheimers.  We rejoice in her healing, but weep with one another. Please join us on February 25 as we gather to remember her life.

Her obituary is available at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home.

Pray for the family of Lila Viner

Lila Viner went to be with the Lord on the Lord’s Day, January 29, 2017 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. No longer does she see through a glass darkly, but now she knows as she is known. We rejoice in her healing, but weep with one another. Please be in prayer for her family — her children Paul and Melissa, her brothers Bill and David, and all her extended family.

Her obituary and service details are available through the following link to Roller-Ballard Funeral Home.

We Take Prayer Seriously…


Scripture speaks of the power of prayer and instructs us how to pray.

Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven.Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” James 5:13-16 

“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone.” 1 Timothy 2:1

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