By Margie Ward, Columnist
Our family, church family and community was saddened on Wednesday afternoon to hear of the death of Florine Ward. She was 91 years old and always a very special person to all that knew her.
She always had words of encouragement and wisdom for anyone that she came in contact with and gave scripture verses to go with what she was saying. She knew her Bible.
She was a member of Brownwood Baptist Church for 63 years and was the oldest member of the church. She could teach any class that needed a teacher from the little ones to adults. When her health began to fail she was teaching the Senior Adult Sunday school class. To know her was to love her.
Our Christian sympathy goes out to her family during this time. We pray they will trust God for courage, hope, love and strength in the days ahead. Sunday morning attendance was good, visitors were present.
They are always blessed to have them and pray they will continue to come and worship with us and be as blessed as we are. Some of our regular members were out due to sickness work and various reasons. We pray for them that they all will be back soon. Bro. Ron had the opening prayer, welcome and announcements.
The choir special was “A Medley of Older Hymns.” Another special was by Ronald Atkinson, Vernon Mullins, Toy Sims and James Butler, “Each Day I’ll Do.” Bro. Ron continued message on Jonah using scripture Jonah 2: 10- Chapter 3. God didn’t give up on Jonah He gave him a second chance, a miracle from God, He had a plan, wanted Nineveh to repent; God gave Jonah a command, arise, get up and go to Nineveh and preach their wickedness has come before me, Jonah obeyed God.
As Jonah began to enter the city he preached, people repented, he shouted out to them 40 days from now Nineveh would be destroyed. Jonah saw clear what he was to do and he did according to the word of God; God was going before Jonah, the people were repentant, something had taken place, God had not changed, people humbled themselves, they realized their total need of God even the king repented, he said their was a King greater than he, the king proclaimed the message Jonah was preaching.
The people said maybe God would decide to let us live and hold his anger back from destroying us. God saw their works that they turned from their evil way and God repented of the evil that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.
All around us there is a Nineveh, are we being like Jonah wanting to do our will and not God’s? Aren’t we glad God gives us a second chance? One person can make a difference, lost people are everywhere, God goes before us when we have the opportunity to go and try to reach people for Him, Are we waiting for God to get our attention?
Like Jonah! Sunday night at 6 p.m. attendance was good. Bro. Ron’s message, “Love,” John 21: 15-17, I Cor. 13, and many more scriptures. The beautiful flowers in the sanctuary on Sunday were placed in memory of Florine Ward by her children. Friday night A. E. Carter Funeral Home was filled with family and friends of Florine Ward. Saturday afternoon the funeral for Florine Ward was held in the Chapel of A. E. Carter Funeral Home. Rev. Ron Swann was officiating minister. Burial was in Brownwood Baptist Church Cemetery. Following the service at the cemetery Brownwood Baptist furnished a meal in the Family Life Center for the family and friends. Julie Phillips, Sonny, Rachel and Zach Wood visited Margie Ward during the week. Saturday night Peggy Harper and Margie Ward attended Senior Adult Banquet at Gibbs Memorial Baptist Church. Seven churches from the association were represented, Apalachee, Brownwood, Centennial, Gibbs Memorial, Rutledge, New Hope and Hope and one pastor Rev. Wilburn Hill. Sixty were in attendance. Nancy Ward Butler from Dawsonville visited Margie Ward Saturday and attended the funeral of Florine Ward.