Arrangements for Bro. Charley Jarrett

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Mother/Daughter Luncheon 2015

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Helen Calhoun Arrangements

Helen Arlene Dennis Calhoun, 76, of Kingsport went to be with Jesus and her son on Wednesday (April 29, 2015). Born July 22, 1938 to the late Buck & Alice Dennis, in Albermarle, NC. Helen left a legacy of her love for God, family, and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; son, Billy Lee Calhoun; seven sisters, Margie, Mabel, Pearlie Dennis, Mary Elizabeth Smith, Ruby “Kathlean” McClung, Minnie Ruth Reynolds, & Juanita Billings; five brothers, Mack, Allen, Truman, Odell, & Henry Dennis.

She leaves behind her loving husband of 62 years, Edsel Calhoun; two daughters, Anita Gay Brummett and husband Clarence, and Arlene “Anne” White; three grandchildren, Victoria Brummett, Melissa Brummett Simpson and husband Kenney, and Daniel Bishop; five great-grandchildren, Brittany Simpson Spellar and husband Kevin, Austin Simpson, Kimberly Simpson, Landon Tankersley, Ashley Tankersley; two “of the heart great-grandchildren”, Robbbie Lee Krug, and Nadesta Simpson; one beloved brother, John Dennis; and beloved sister-in-law, Glenna Absher; and many in-laws.

The family will receive friends on Saturday (May 2, 2015) from 5 to 7 p.m. at Trinity Memorial Centers Funeral Home. The funeral service will follow with Pastor Vern Hall officiating. The family will also receive friends anytime at 501 Lucy Road, Kingsport. and 3348 Lightwood St., Kingsport.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to everyone for their thoughts and prayers, and to Dr. Peter Platzer for all of his love and care.

Trinity Memorial Centers Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mrs. Helen Arlene Calhoun. For more information on services or directions please call (423-723-8177) or visit to send a message, flowers, a gift, or to sign the online register book for Mrs. Helen Arlene Calhoun.

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A Living Church

While listening to “Up For Debate” on Moody Radio today, I heard John J. Thompson say that Mega-churches are growing, medium-sized churches are shrinking, and small churches are dying. I’m thankful to God that this has not been the case with The Free Gift Gospel Mission. Next week we will celebrate the 8th Anniversary of our first service and enter our 9th year. Yes, we are still a small church, but we have only seen growth over the years-slow, steady, and healthy growth. We are flourishing with young people, and deeply value are older members as well. I give thanks to the Lord today for a living church….not a dying church.

I also want to remember to pray for those small churches that are having to close their doors. May those places where the Bible is being preached be blessed and revived, and may we all seek spiritual growth before numerical growth. May we also be reminded that although the word “church” may be understood in several ways, there is one church that is the bride of Christ. This church shall never die nor shall the gates of Hell prevail against it.

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Book Cover

Yay!  The design team finally sent me the proof of my new book cover.  Here it is.  The text you see on the back is just filler text.  It will be changed before printing.  What do you think?

-Pastor Vern

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The 2015 Easter Egg Hunt and Hot dog Picnic

The 2015 Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Hotdog picnic is now history. I believe this year’s event was one of the best we’ve had. I always look forward to sharing the good news of Jesus’ resurrection. We made 100 candy bags to give away to children and out of those 100 there were 31 left over, so if every child took their candy bag, that means 69 children were present for the event. This isn’t counting the many adults who were also on hand for the Bible reading and lesson. I would say, “SUCCESS!” Thank you, Lord.

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Good morning loved ones. Let’s start our day by looking at some scripture that might help us along and encourage our hearts this morning. If you’ve already started your day with scripture, this will just be a bonus. smile emoticon

Philippians 4:7-8 says, “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

God gives peace to those who come to him in child-like trust and confidence, and this peace from God transcends human understanding. Let us therefore fill our minds today with only the things that are good and holy. Let’s us avoid the negative things that might distract us and take our minds off of the Lord. May the good things of Jesus Christ guide our thoughts and direct our motives today, for if our thoughts are appropriately centered on Him, it will flow out of our lives.

Bro. Ryan Elliott will be preaching tonight at 7p.m. Please pray for the message. I need your prayers also as we gear up for one of the biggest weekends of the year…..Resurrection Day

Love in Christ,

Pastor Vern

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