Move by minister was difficult
As United Methodists, this is time of year for laity to welcome new ministers and for the clergy to welcome new congregations. Up until five years ago, I never gave this much thought. Then, God called me into the ministry, and now I have a new and profound outlook on the subject.
You see, we, as United Meth-odist ministers, are called by God and appointed by our bishop. The appointment process begins with the direction of the Holy Spirit, where both churches' and ministers' individual graces are taken into consideration. This system is not perfect, but if you believe God's word, "All things work to good; for those who love the Lord," peace will come.
After five great years of serving the same charge (two different congregations), I am one of the ministers who will be moving in our district. I had to say "So long for now" to both congregations recently, and it was the hardest thing I have ever had to do. As in life, with God's help, I was able to get through it. Sunday morning at 9:15, I preached my first sermon at my new appointment. At that time, an opportunity to begin new Christian friendships that will last a lifetime began. Therefore, if you are a United Methodist minister or a congregation that is affected by moving day, remember, "All things are possible through Christ," which strengthens me. We are Christians by the grace of God and United Methodist by choice.
The Rev. Mike Catoe
We are losing our freedoms
Why is it when crops are bad or oil prices rise, we consumers have to pay for someone else's hardships? It's not like the crop grown or whoever suffers a loss is going to be reimbursed for their loss. Raising the prices on the consumers isn't helping the losses of anyone.
It's bad enough we no longer have any freedom to say or do as we please. We now have to suffer the brunt of everyone's losses by not being able to buy food or gas while the politicians are getting richer off of our grief. Be prepared for more welfare customers, unless they turn you down for making too much money, money that doesn't cover enough food to feed your family or enough money to buy gas to go to work. Not everyone is able to ride the bus or ride a bike due to the fact they have two jobs, and one of the jobs requires your own tools. Do we strap them on our bikes and peddle off down the highway?
This country is becoming a total waste and useless! We are no longer a free state or country. America is as worthless as is its laws and the people that govern and make them. We're no better than a Third World country.
Election results a step backward
I am so honored to have Richard Smith elected sheriff. Now, we will have a county officer in every community, and they can put themselves in harm's way by protecting our bars and race track. Our county liability insurance will soar through the roof. But don't worry, because Mr. Smith will be getting all kinds of revenue from our wonderful County Council -- or maybe it will come from all the speeding tickets that will be written, like in Fort Lawn.
I look so forward to all the new patrol cars, equipment, additional officers and the money we will save on litter control, for, see, in Fort Lawn, he has said that his men put on gloves and pick it up. We can look forward to our county highways being litter-free.
And shame on you, Sheriff Benson, for removing all the drug plants. Worst of all, you had to arrest all those drunk divers and people with illegal guns, gambling machines, etc. What were you thinking? And not protecting all those bars and just protecting the good citizens of Chester -- how dare you! Getting money from grants so our taxes wouldn't go up, I don't know what to make of it.
That's right, Sheriff Benson, you are better off. Betty Griffin was far more qualified for coroner and she didn't make it either. Not to mention Tommy Martin and Joanie Winters. We need to move forward, not backward.