Deacon recognized for special talents, uses gifts for fellow Christians

rick-hinsonCLEVELAND, Tenn. (BNc) — A deacon with the East Side congregation was recently highlighted in the Cleveland Daily Banner newspaper for his special talents.

Rick “Bear” Hinson shapes artifacts and manmade materials by both hand and machine to perfect his artistic creations.

Hinson creates fountain and ball-point pens, but has also done T-shirts, fan collectibles, portraits and customizing on Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

One of his designs done for Earth Day sold tens of thousands of T-shirts.

Rick has designed T-shirts and fan collectibles for music artists Faron Young, Willie Nelson, Bill Monroe, and the Louvin Brothers, among others.

Rick uses his talent in the Lord’s church as well.

East Side minister Jeff Archey told the story to BNc.

“I recall a sister in Christ who lost her father, and he had military honors at the cemetery. After the 21-gun salute, Rick walked over and picked up a couple of casings. Shortly thereafter, he presented a custom-made pen from one of the carbine casings to this dear sister. I will never forget the expression of joy on her face. Rick’s gesture reminds her of her father in such a kind, good, and most unique way.”

Rick’s work as a deacon with the East Side congregation addresses their multiple mission efforts around the world and needed support on behalf of the elders.

“He is one of the finest, most genuine servants I know — a true blessing to our labors at East Side,” Jeff said.

Thanks to the Cleveland Daily Banner for the report and photo.

Church turns out the building lights to shine in community

Lights-Out program

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BNc) — Get out of the building and do something for Christ! That’s the sentiment of the Somers Avenue congregation’s “Light’s Out” program announced for Dec. 30.

In the church’s bulletin, “The Observer,” for Dec. 2, came this announcement:

The building will be dark at 5 o’clock, Sunday evening, December 30th. Pews will be empty and the lights will be out. The electric lights will be off, but our lights will be “out” shining in the community. We anticipate another faith-building, enriching afternoon which will involve more than 150 members singing at nursing homes, baking cookies, writing cards, delivering cookies and cards to fire and police stations and hospitals, visiting other members, and prayer warriors intensely praying for this good work. Mark you calendars and make your plans for “Lights Out!” on the 30th.

Sean Ashberry, who works in preaching and member involvement with the congregation, kindly replied to BNc to explain further the Lights-Out approach. He tells in his words. Continue reading