DECATUR, Ala(BNc) — Three prisoners were recently baptized into Christ at the Beltline church of Christ in Decatur, Alabama. Lisa, Ashley, and Cassandra were given permission by authorities to leave the jail for baptism.
Danny Truitt’s wife, Deborah, a WBS teacher, had studied with the three young women. He recaps the occasion: “Two deputies brought them to the building in handcuffs and shackles. The handcuffs and shackles were removed to allow them to put on baptismal garments, and then the handcuffs were placed on them again. The ankle shackles were left off to allow them to better negotiate the steps into the baptistery.” Truitt added, “Needless to say, she is pumped beyond measure,” referring to his wife’s excitement over the baptisms.
Despite the physical chains, these women have found freedom in Christ. What a joy it is to share in this triumph with the Beltline congregation.
Photo of Ashley’s baptism taken by Esco Olinger. Article submitted to BNc. It was originally written by Jonathan Towell.
MONTGOMERY, Alabama (BNc) – Jerry and Frances Davidson were honored at the Capital Prayer Breakfast, July 18, 2014, at the RSA Tower in Montgomery, Alabama. The breakfast is sponsored bi-monthly by Amridge University, also in Montgomery.
Brethren came from far and near to offer up prayers to God for thanksgiving, church leaders, families, city, state and national leaders, sick, bereaved, and shut-ins. Read more
SMITHVILLE, Tenn (BNc) – Christians in the Smithville, Tennessee area set up booths at the Smithville Fiddler’s Jamboree Craft Festival, July 4-5, in downtown Smithville for the second year in a row.
Workers from the Keltonburg, the Smithville, and the Northside congregations in Smithville quadrupled the accomplishments of last year’s efforts at the festival. When the tally was completed, those working the booths had given out over 1700 free bottles of water, 1500 blue and white scripture reference cards by John Hurt, 250 House to House Bible tracts and several copies of Michael Shank’s “Muscle and a Shovel” books. Approximately 40 signed up for free Bible correspondence courses. Read more
HICKMAN COUNTY, Tenn (BNc) – Laura, age 50, Claire, 19, and Will Shelburne, 22, were killed in an accident on Tennessee I-40, Friday, June 27. Funeral services will be held Monday, July 7, at 2:00 p.m. at Walnut Street Church of Christ, Dickson, TN. Visitation will be from 11:00 – 2:00. Burial will follow in Dickson Memorial Gardens.
To be updated on the conditions of Terry and Abel Shelburne, father and son, also injured in the accident, visit http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/shelburne. A Terry Shelburne Family Benefit Fund to help this family has been set up at Regions Bank. Donations may be given at any Regions Bank in the name of Terry Shelburne.
HICKMAN COUNTY, Tenn (BNc) — A terrible accident claimed the lives of Laura Shelburne and two of her children, Claire and Will, Friday, June 27, near Mile Marker 161 on I-40 west of Nashville, Tenn. Read more
Editor’s note: We asked BNc correspondent Glenda Williams to share her and her husband’s experiences with you, after she shared some of them with us.
GENEVA, Ala. (BNc) — It all began when we finally accepted that we were old enough to start attending the local senior citizen’s center. We’d been enjoying the exercise room for a while, but one day they needed more people to stay and eat, and they invited us. We stayed. We ate. We loved it. All for just two dollars a day – one for my husband, and one for me.
One day when we were eating at a round table with other seniors, I overheard a lady behind us say to those around her table, “The church I go to is just like the church of Christ, except we have music.” Read more
LUVERNE, Ala(BNc) — Raymond Elliott, preacher for the Luverne Church of Christ in Luverne, Alabama, reports members donated $6,399.00, on Sunday, June 15, 2014. The small South Alabama congregation, of approximately 100 members, gave liberally to purchase food for Christian brothers and sisters in Sudan. A check for the donated amount was sent to the church in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee who is overseeing this effort.
WESTVILLE, Fla. (BNc) — Eileen Speigner, 88 years old, is quilting and making blankets for the Geneva County Sheriff’s Department. The small blankets, both quilted and crocheted, are 36” square or by the width of the material.
The idea was presented to her by a friend she met in the local grocery store.
Knowing Eileen was a quilter, she mentioned about the need of blankets for children that are picked up by the Sheriff’s Department from abused homes, or other situations. She related how toys and stuffed animals are always given, but the children reach for and hang on to the blankets.
Eileen’s heartstrings were touched upon hearing this, and she knew she could make them.
WESTVILLE, Fla (BNc) — Ondrej Hubalek, 18, of Lukavice, Czech Republic was 16 years old when he decided to become an exchange student to the United States. He said kids start learning English in the third grade in his country, and he wanted to learn it better. He also wanted to learn the culture and experience what it is like to live in the United States. Read more
MCMINNVILLE, Tenn. (BNc) — The Earlyville Church of Christ ladies ended another year of work May 21, and what a year it was for them. The country congregation is on Short Mountain Road, McMinnville. Read more
BRANTLEY, Ala (BNc) — William (Bill) Davis, who was in Pentecostalism over 50 years of his life, and a third generation Pentecostal, spoke at the Sasser Church of Christ, Brantley, AL Sunday evening, May 18.
Members and visitors were riveted in their seats as they listened to Davis recap his life story of how he studied his way to the truth of the gospel.
At the age of 20, Davis believed he was “called” into the ministry and started preaching. He eventually ended up in the Assemblies of God where he was a licensed preacher for 27 years. Read more