The year 2014 is here. We are blessed to be in the beginning of another year. We give God all the glory, honor and praise.

All churches in the community are back at their regular schedules. There are some individuals who are still on the sick or shut-in lists. Some have lost loved ones recently. Whatever the situation, we keep the faith. Pastor Bennie Hopkins brought a wonderful message on Sunday at the Mount Ary Baptist Church. He spoke from the subject "When Strong Believers Glorify God." His scripture was Ephesians 10:3-5. His message was very encouraging.

Stallo United Methodist Church had an unusual crowd on Sunday. Several visitors came to be in worship services with family and friends.

The congregation was blessed with a wonderful message by Bro. Danny Hutcherson. His scripture was 2 Corinthians 10:3-5. According to members, his message was informative as well as encouraging. The Mount Talley Baptist Church will celebrate their pastor, the Rev. Lavoid Kelly. His 9th Pastoral Anniversary will be held on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. The Rev. Liminiski Patrick will bring the anniversary message. The Mount Talley church family is inviting their many friends to come and share in this special occasion with them.

Our condolences are being offered to Mrs. Mary Hudson and her family in the death of their mother, Mr. Bessie Gammage. Funeral service was held Monday, Jan.13 at 1 p.m. at the Mount Ary Baptist Church. The Rev. Charles Griffin officiated. Burial was in the Mount Ary Cemetery. Beck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Our prayers go out to the family of Catherine Hudson Harris She was the daughter of the late Berry and Lear Hudson. The funeral service was held Saturday, Jan. 11 in Jackson.

Our prayers also go out to Mrs. Gazelle Walker and her family in the death of their brother, Harrison Clark, who passed away recently in Chicago.

Special prayer has been requested for Bro. Presley Bush also for Sis. Catherine Stribling. Both are on the sick list at this time.

Remember them as well as others who are sick or shut-in.

Happy birthday wishes go out to DeAndra Graham whose birthday will be on Jan. 17. Happy birthday wishes go out to Marcello Hoskins on Jan. 19, to Brittney Hoskins on Jan. 20, to Christine Burnside and Janeth Burnside on Jan. 22, to Dinitha Rash and Erica Coleman on Jan. 26, to Ella Smith on Jan. 27 and to Vernice Kelly on Jan. 28.

Belated birthday wishes go out to Betty Triplett whose birthday was Jan. 1st, to Mary Price whose birthday was Jan. 2 and Jamar Hardy and Martha Sanders whose birthday was Jan. 8. Belated birthday wishes also go to Gary Culberson and Mary Kaye Hardy whose birthday was Jan. 10, to Ann Snow whose birthday was on Jan. 11, to Stanley Kelly who birthday was on Jan. 12, to Levi Moore, Jr. who birthday was on Jan. 13 and to Andy Lyons and Annette Walker whose birthday was on Jan. 14.

Belated anniversary wishes go out to Paul and Wilma Snow. They were married 56 years on Sat. Jan. 11, 2014. We wish them many years of good health and happiness. Take care of yourselves. Try to stay dry and warm. Remember those who are affected by very cold temperatures.

Thoughts for the week: Trials can be God's road to triumph. God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.