George Smith: Just as Spiritual as The Sistine
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WEDNESDAY’S LIST . . . of beans ‘n greens ‘n other things:


A red poinsettia looked out on the congregation from the baptismal, a tree dressed in white lights sat front left, and with a Sandra Triplett leading the congregation in "O Come, All Ye Faithful," the 2013 Christmas program at Blue Mountain Baptist was in session.

We are few in number, but a scattering of visitors upped the crowd a wee bit and the beginning of our Christmas was just as warming as if at the Sistine Chapel in Rome. Faith is a comforting blanket and it is, regardless of what’s going on out at Walmart or down at Dillard's, a time of renewing that faith.

I’ve told you about Sandra before. Opera singers can break a champagne glass, but when Sandra reaches for the high notes, no beer mug in the neighborhood is safe. It is Sandra who puts the program together (she’s our music director) and managed to hit a high hard one pretty good despite the absence of our pianist, Helen Henley.

I’ve told you about Helen before, too. Helen “took down” just before the Christmas program  and Sandra, who matches her program with Helen’s talented fingers, had like 48 hours to re-do the whole thing.

She did and we did enjoy.

There was also the meal afterward down in the Fellowship Hall. After that I suspect quite a few headed for the house to take a nap. I did.


IF YOU don’t have the meat for your Christmas table, don’t panic. The guys out at Saks Baptist Church on U. S. 431 have your back.

Translated that says they will have the big smokers going Friday and Saturday with Boston butts, turkey breasts, hams and chicken on the menu.

You’ll find them just before you get to the church and the meat will be available at 12 noon each day. It’ll be there ‘til gone.

Not only is the cooking good, but the proceeds are for a good purpose, too, the Saks Baptist Youth Department.


QUOTABLE: I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” – Nelson Mandela


BIRTHDAYS: Dec. 7 – Sandra Triplett; Dec. 8 – Dale Cox; Dec. 9 – Jeni Gabby; Dec. 11 – Eddie Tankersley and Leigh Wadkins; Dec. 13 – Banks Cotton; Dec. 14 – Dallas Johns; Dec. 15 – Anna Laurie Cotton;  Dec. 17 – Doris McWhorter; Dec. 18 – Bonnie Dobbs; Dec. 19 – Riley Smith, Braiden Delaney Key and Don Craft; Dec. 20 – Harsel Durham.


TOP TEEN: Meet Kevin Covington, a senior at Faith Christian School where his 4.0 GPA is a passport to the Senior Beta Club (honor society) and his 32 on the ACT is equally dazzling.

Kevin is on the soccer team, but between studying and playing, he finds time to do volunteer work at the Anniston Public Library and help with the distribution of food and services at World Alive where he is a member.

Young Mr. Covington has a Presidential Scholarship from the University of Alabama and is the recipient of an Engineering Leadership Scholarship.

“Kevin is an extraordinarily mature young man,” says Headmaster Bob Phillips. “Even with his outstanding scholastic accomplishments, he remains very humble, kind, and respectful. Kevin exemplifies the ideal Faith Christian Student and we know he will have tremendous success in the future.”

Proud parents are Robin and Ruth Covington of Oxford.

Take a bow, young man . . .


George Smith can be reached at 256-239-5286 or e-mail:

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